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Father Alec Reid;

Fr Alec Reid, priest who brokered peace in Northern Ireland, dies

Tributes paid to Father Alec Reid, trusted go-between of both the IRA  and British Government

WestJet, based in Calgary, is extending its domestic network across the Atlantic to Ireland

Canadian airline WestJet sparks air fares war across the Atlantic

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Martin O’Neill (right) and Roy Keane watch their team make a winning start
<b>23 OCTOBER</b><br/>
<b>New Zealand 8-7 France</b><br/>
The hosts and the favourites for the tournament keep to the script, just, by edging out France at Eden Park. With many predicting a landslide victory for the All Blacks before the game, the reality is very different. A tense and thrilling final is won by a single point against an unpredictable French side who finally run out of luck. What were to be the winning points are kicked by Stephen Donald, who before the tournament began, would have been considered the All Blacks sixth choice kicker. Richie McCaw lifts the Webb Ellis Trophy and a country that has experienced a testing couple of years is united in celebration as 24 years of hurt come to an end.

Ireland set to launch 2023 Rugby World Cup bid

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Adam Ashley Cooper

Australia suspend six players for 'excessive drinking session' before victory over Ireland

Wingers Adam Ashley Cooper and Nick Cummins among players who will miss the final Autumn international against Scotland

Martin O’Neill (right) and Roy Keane watch their team make a winning start

Republic of Ireland 3 Latvia 0 match report: Joy for Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane as Republic revel in fresh start

It was one of those curious nights when events on the sidelines were always going to be more telling than those on the pitch, but Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane can at least take plenty of encouragement from a statement first win in charge of the Republic of Ireland. The new regime got off to a fine start with a commanding win over Latvia.

Lock Devin Toner is nearly 7ft tall and Ireland hope he will dominate the line-out

Round-up: Irish want towering Lock Devin Toner to disrupt Australia

Ireland are looking to snuff out Australia in Dublin today at the very first phase – by dismantling their line-out.

Martin O'Neill (left) and Roy Keane take training with Ireland

International friendly: Republic of Ireland v Latvia match preview

A look ahead to the international friendly fixture at the Aviva Stadium

Roy Keane has been appointed O'Neill's number two

Roy Keane first to arrive for Republic of Ireland training

The assistant manager was there 90 minutes before even manager Martin O'Neill

Leighton Baines is tackled by Jake Livermore

Everton v Liverpool: Leighton Baines delighted to skip Merseyside derby fever while on England duty

The game at Goodison Park is hugely anticipated

RSA suspends its three top executives in Ireland over £70m losses

Second profits warning in a week piles pressure on chief executive Simon Lee to quit

Round-up: Scots wary of Japan recapturing Tokyo form

Scotland lock Alastair Kellock believes extra competition from within the squad and the growing strength of this afternoon’s opponents Japan mean every player in dark blue will need to be at their best at Murrayfield.

England forward Sam Burgess has been named in the England squad for their match with Fiji after serving a one-game suspension

Rugby League World Cup: Three changes for England as Sam Burgess returns after suspension for Fiji clash

Steve McNamara could also give Michael McIlorum his first start of the tournament after naming him in place of James Roby

Sam Warburton will lead out Wales against South Africa on Saturday

Sam Warburton ready to reclaim Wales captaincy and admits 'I wanted it back big time'

The successful British and Irish Lions skipper will lead out the Welsh when they take on South Africa on Saturday at the Millennium Stadium

Mystery woman found in Dublin is from Australia

A woman at the centre of a worldwide police appeal after being found in Ireland – confused and virtually unable to communicate – has been identified.

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