We take a look back at some of the big moments for Irish Rugby in 2014, a year which included Six Nations and Nations Cup success, fourth place World Cup finishes for the Ireland Women and Under-20s and a memorable send-off for the great Brian O'Driscoll.
Irish rugby was celebrating on the double last night as Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt was selected as the RTÉ Sport Manager of the Year, while recently retired centre Brian O'Driscoll was inducted into the RTÉ/Irish Sports Council Hall of Fame.
IRFU international referees John Lacey and George Clancy will take charge of matches in the upcoming 2015 RBS 6 Nations, while the first game of Ireland's title defence - against Italy in Rome - will be refereed by Pascal Gauzere of France.
Aviva Stadium, the iconic home of Irish Rugby, will play host to a very special guest next week. The RBS 6 Nations trophy will be on display as part of the regular stadium tours from Tuesday to Thursday.
IRFU President Pat Fitzgerald accompanied members of the Ireland squad, management team and backroom staff as the RBS 6 Nations champions were honoured at a special Stormont reception hosted by Northern Ireland's Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín.
Kitman Labs, whose new contract with the IRFU was announced today, provides sports science software to the Ireland squad's coaching and medical staff to help reduce injuries and improve athlete performance.
On this very day 55 years ago - April 18, 1959 - an Ireland team containing the likes of Syd Millar, Noel Murphy, Ronnie Dawson and Tony O'Reilly lined out for Ireland against France at a packed Lansdowne Road.