Helen O'Reilly has been given the honour of refereeing the hosts in the last match of an action-packed opening day of the Women's Rugby World Cup in France when it kicks off on Friday.
The history of rugby in Ireland is as much about the people who played the game as the game itself. The archives of the IRFU contain links to those stories and in this section we want to give you a chance to read about more than just matches and results.
The information in these articles is the work of many people but in particular of IRFU Archivist Willow Murray who has painstakingly collected the memorabilia and memories. The stories, facts and figues are accurate to the best of our knowledge but we are always looking to add to that store, so if you have a correction or information relating to one of the articles please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Tom Crean VC, DSO||Not the hero of the Antartic but a hero on and off the rugby field|
|O'Connell STAMPS His Mark||A history of Irish players on stamps|
|St. Mary's '57/'58||Celebrating the vintage St. Mary's team|
|Longford RFC||A look back in time|
|An Historic Victory||Edmund Van Esbeck looks at Ireland's first victory over a major touring side|
|Belvedere Book Place in History||The launch of the Ray Carroll Collection in Belvedere College|
|It Was 60 Years Ago Today||Edmund Van Esbeck looks at Ireland's 1948 Grand Slam|
|Ireland's Late, Late Show||Ireland secure a first RBS 6 Nations Triple Crown|
|Ireland are Grand Slam Champions||A first Grand Slam in 51 years!|