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Wednesday 1 February 2023 Dublin: 7°C

# Ireland

# friction
Netflix cameras fight for access as new Six Nations series begins shooting
The first series is due to be streamed ahead of next year’s championship.
# Selection
Byrne and Crowley vie for back-up slot to Sexton against the Welsh
Andy Farrell’s bench selections could be pivotal against Wales.
# Nous
Gatland reveals hand by calling on the veterans for Wales against Ireland
The Wales boss has brought back some experienced heads alongside a sprinkling of youth.
Yesterday
31st January 2023
# Welsh ties
'I’d made my decision that I wanted to wear green, not to be in red'
Tadhg Beirne had the option of playing for Wales but decided to return home to Ireland.
# Job Losses
Tesco says its Ireland stores are unaffected by UK overhaul of 2,100 jobs
It announced that it will extend changes to store management roles, shut remaining counters and hot delis and shut a number of in-store pharmacies as part of the shake-up.
# Underdogs
Wales happy to be written off ahead of Ireland clash, says Warren Gatland
Gatland is back in charge of Wales, 15 years after his first Six Nations campaign in charge.
# Incumbent
Keenan remains a key man as Farrell's Ireland target a Six Nations title
The 26-year-old recalls visiting the Principality Stadium as a supporter back in 2015.
# Team news
Gatland names 34-year-old Halfpenny to start against Ireland
The Welsh boss has announced his matchday 23 for Saturday’s Six Nations showdown.
This week
29th January 2023 - 1st February 2023
# inside centre
Aki, McCloskey, or Osborne? Ireland have a big call to confirm at 12
Andy Farrell has been weighing up his options in Ireland’s midfield.
# Injury Update
Kelleher managing hamstring injury as Stewart links up with Ireland
The Leinster man has had a cruel time with injuries recently.
# hot shot
Ireland call up Ulster hooker Stewart amid injury concern for Kelleher
The 22-year-old Belfast native has been excellent for the northern province.
Last week
22nd January 2023 - 28th January 2023
# Red Carpet
'It wasn't meant to cause offence. We didn't realise the uproar that'd come out of it'
It’s 20 years since Martin Johnson made his stand, as recalled by England legend Jason Leonard.
# business time
Ireland get to work in Portugal as the marginal Six Nations favourites
Andy Farrell’s squad will spend the next week at The Campus preparing for Wales.
# Lebanon
Tánaiste promises to ensure Women Of Honour report recommendations 'are fulfilled'
The Women of Honour report is due go to the minister within the next week to ten days.
# rugby weekly extra
'You do look at it with a different lens when it's an Irish player'
John Cooney qualifies for Scotland next month and has spoken to Gregor Townsend.
# Astronomy
Rare green comet to be visible from Ireland for the first time in 50,000 years
Travelling as far as possible away from cities and bright lights will increase your odds of a good view.
# Withdrawal
Ulster Bank announces final closure dates for 63 branches across Ireland
Ulster Bank Chief Executive Jane Howard described the withdrawal of their services from communities as “poignant”.
# killer
Kilcoyne's strong Munster form puts him in frame to add to Ireland caps
The 34-year-old is due to be out of contract at the end of the current season.
# Cricket
Ireland to play first Test in four years on Bangladesh tour
Test scheduled for 4-8 April in Dhaka.
# depth chart
Which players have played the most for Ireland under Andy Farrell?
The Ireland boss has handed out 30 debuts since his tenure began in 2020.
Last month
January 2023
# adventure
'My entire world has changed through my move to Munster'
Second row Jean Kleyn is enjoying the new attacking approach in the province this season.
# bounce back
'He is reminding me of CJ' - Coombes earns swift recall to Ireland squad
The Munster back row has been in brilliant form after being dropped by Ireland back in November.
# Thriller
Andrew Balbirnie century in vain as Ireland suffer dramatic loss to Zimbabwe
The ODI series continues on Saturday and will conclude on Monday.
# Call-up
Ben Healy named in Scotland's Six Nations squad
Munster out-half qualifies through his grandmother.
# Adriaan Palm
Dutch Ambassador: There has been a shift in how Ireland is discussing neutrality
Recently The Journal met with Dutch Ambassador Adriaan Palm and his country’s military attaché Lieutenant Colonel Richard Piso, to discuss Ireland and the Netherlands’ connections.
# preparation
Ireland's RWC opponents Scotland announce four warm-up Tests
The Scots play World Cup hosts France twice ahead of the tournament as well as facing Italy and Georgia.
# Housing Crisis
Homelessness record broken again as 11,542 people in emergency accommodation in November
The CEO of Dublin Simon Community said that the figures convey “nothing short of a tragedy.”
# Tackle Your Feelings
'It's just me doing my job, but I can see how happy it makes my family'
Ireland international Andrew Porter recently hit the 100-cap mark for Leinster.
# Number 10
Carbery could get Six Nations shot as Sexton faces race against time
Jack Crowley and Ross Byrne also featured in green last autumn.
# Blow
Sexton a major doubt for start of Six Nations after procedure on cheekbone
Ireland get their campaign underway in just five weekends’ time.
Voices
Analysis: How is Ireland doing after 50 years in the EU?
Emma DeSouza recently visited Strasbourg and looked at how Ireland has been doing as a member state.
Last year
2022
# ciphers of the past
The strange history of Ireland's British Empire-era postboxes
An Post archivist Stephen Ferguson tells The Journal about the quirks and surprises of these everyday objects.
Voices
Michéal Martin: Europe’s most sacred task remains its first - peace
The Tánaiste reflects on Ireland’s 50 years in the EU and the development of the country’s voice within.
Books from Pamela Anderson and Frances Haugen among the non-fiction to look out for in 2023
From memoir to biography.
# book extract
'I bring my passion for sport and connect that with my passion for God'
In this book extract, Irish rugby star Josh Van Der Flier talks about faith and sport.
# feeling 22
World Cup qualification, Hampden history and 'a magic year for women's football in Ireland'
Emma Duffy reflects on Ireland’s monumental 2022.
# Céad Míle Fáilte
Irish tourism hasn't returned to pre-pandemic levels
The Irish Tourism Industry Confederation has estimated that a full recovery to 2019 levels won’t happen until 2026.
# Quiz
Quiz: How well do you know Ireland's cultural oddities?
Naas Ball. Naas Ball! NAAS BALL!
# Addition
Manchester United defender in line for Ireland call-up
Aoife Mannion has been name-checked by Vera Pauw.
# Flights Cancelled
Eamon Ryan 'not asleep at the wheel' says Taoiseach as more flights cancelled due to weather
More flights are cancelled in and out of Dublin today as weather continues to disrupt travel.