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# Analysis

August 2023
Donnacha Ó Beacháin: 'Putin's chef' and enforcer Prigozhin is gone - who took him down?
The politics professor looks at the death of the head of the Wagner Group and says once Prigozhin challenged Putin, he was a dead man walking.
Prendergast, McCloskey, or a selection surprise for Ireland?
Head coach Andy Farrell will confirm his final 33-man selection on Monday.
Trailblazer, role model, legend - The importance of Áine O'Gorman to Ireland
O’Gorman has announced her international retirement after 17 years and 119 caps.
'Silent assassin' Stewart can still play his way into Ireland's World Cup plans
The Ulster player might not make the 33-man squad but he’ll be the next cab off the rank should Ireland’s hooker issues continue in France.
McCloskey in midfield, Baird's big role, and Samoan showdown
Andy Farrell has shaken things up for Ireland’s final World Cup warm-up.
Challenge for two of Ireland's hottest Championship strikers could not be more different
Aaron Connolly in early stages of finding consistency while Sinclair Armstrong just has to worry about finding his feet.
Earls try a fitting finale as Ireland attack cuts England open
There were frustrations in Ireland’s performance but they created some thrilling tries.
Ireland's brilliant, creative back three central to World Cup hopes
Hugo Keenan, James Lowe, and Mack Hansen were excellent against England.
Ireland provide all the spark as England watch their problems pile up
The home side’s attack looked sharp on a relatively stress-free day in Dublin.
Nathan Collins is a victim and beneficiary of exploitative market
The 22-year-old needs a coach to help shape next stage of career, but Brentford’s model could make him just another part of game’s churn.
Six-year government stasis on Donegal planning corruption report borders on farcical
Even if the issue of Mulcahy report seems like one more for political anoraks, planning issues have been a thorn in the side of Irish public life for decades.
The attack intricacies Ireland will want to show more of against England
Andy Farrell’s side are showing signs of continued development in their clever attack.
What happens next with the controversial Owen Farrell case?
World Rugby has appealed but there is no guarantee of success at the new hearing.
Prendergast handed golden opportunity to stamp World Cup ticket
The young Connacht forward will be hoping to deliver a big performance against England on Saturday.
Ireland go close to full tilt with a dash of adventure
Andy Farrell has picked a strong team and wants a big performance against England.
Farrell whittles Ireland squad down but still has tough calls to confirm
The Ireland head coach will have to cut five more players from his group.
Coombes' Ireland career yet to take off as Munster man released
The 25-year-old remains stuck on two caps after being released from World Cup camp.
Ambitious Ben Healy is a quality addition to Scotland's World Cup squad
Gregor Townsend knows he has a real talent on his hands after including the Tipperary native in his final 33-man selection.
Farrell escapes ban in latest example of disciplinary guessing game
The England captain had been sent off for a high tackle against Wales.
Big guns to return as Ireland move World Cup prep up a level
This weekend’s clash with England should be different to the 2019 game.
How did Dublin's Caffrey nullify Kerry's attacking star?
The pair played out an intriguing battle in the All-Ireland final.
Ntamack injury a major blow but France still have quality to win World Cup
The tournament will be poorer for the absence of the gifted Toulouse out-half.
Dublin's first-half storm, more heartbreak for Kerry and Tyrrell's crowning moment
The Sky Blues reigned supreme in front of 45,326 fans at Croke Park today.
Versatile O'Brien looks ready to play important role for Ireland at World Cup
The Leinster player only made his Test debut last November but he’s already a valuable member of the Ireland squad.
Why Ireland’s biggest private landlord is struggling - despite average rents of €1,800 a month
The short answer: interest rates.
Five key questions ahead of Dublin and Kerry's novel All-Ireland final showdown
Who will lift the Brendan Martin Cup tomorrow?
Controversy galore as Jones drops a bombshell of a Wallabies squad
The Australian boss appears to be building for the future at a World Cup.
Stockdale and Earls: How did Ireland's wings go against Italy?
Both wide men had impressive moments but made errors too.
'It's going to be an off-field review' - Rugby's bunker system is welcome
It involves another new match official but it should help speed the game up.
Analysis: What are the pros and cons of allowing DAA's proposed car park monopoly?
Catarina Marvão looks at what DAA’s plan to buy a private carpark near Dublin Airport would mean for consumers.
19/14 or 18/15? Ireland juggle with World Cup numbers game
New Zealand, England, and South Africa are among those to have shown their hand so far.
Parenting: Tips for supporting children and young people with body image issues
Fiona Flynn of Bodywhys has some helpful advice for parents and guardians of young children and teens.
22-year-old McCarthy shows why Farrell and POC rate him
The Leinster second row impressed on his first Test start for Ireland.
Farrell's intriguing decision and Crowley's fine showing at 10
The Munster out-half had a strong first half before shifting to fullback and doing well there.
6 players who impressed as Farrell's Ireland beat Italy
Caelan Doris was the pick of the bunch, while Joe McCarthy also shone.
Doris shines and Crowley futhers case as Ireland clear first summer hurdle
Andy Farrell will be frustrated with aspects of Ireland’s performance, but there were plenty of positives in the 33-17 win over Italy.
Chance for Stockdale to start showing his Ireland peak is not in the past
Still only 27, the Ulster wing is set for his first Test since 2021.
What will Andy Farrell want to see in Ireland's clash with Italy?
The build-up to the World Cup begins in earnest in Dublin this evening.
Earls must show he can still be 'The Man' for Ireland after year out of Test team
The Munster winger wins his 99th cap for Ireland tomorrow but faces a battle for a place in the World Cup squad.
Larry Donnelly: This Trump indictment is explosive - it makes for chilling reading
The Boston lawyer and law lecturer says the case against Trump is no joke but neither is the support he continues to receive.