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Mar 8, 2014

Rugby-Dublin bids emotional farewell to local legend O’Driscoll

DUBLIN, March 8 (Reuters) – Dublin’s Aviva Stadium bade an emotional farewell to local hero Brian O’Driscoll on Saturday as the man widely regarded as Ireland’s greatest-ever player became the game’s most capped international in his final home appearance.

The 35-year old centre did not add to his tally of 46 tries in Ireland’s 46-7 demolition of Italy, but decisive passes in three of the seven tries was enough to win him man of the match and three standing ovations from an ecstatic crowd.

Mar 8, 2014

O’Driscoll sweeps Ireland past Italy to extend Six Nations lead

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland took pole position for their first Six Nations title in five years with a crushing 46-7 win over Italy on Saturday as talismanic centre Brian O’Driscoll became the most capped player ever in his final home game.

O’Driscoll made decisive passes to set up three of the home side’s seven tries and sparked the biggest cheer of the day when he left the field after 62 minutes to end his world record 140th game for Ireland.

Mar 8, 2014

Rugby-O’Driscoll sweeps Ireland past Italy to extend Six Nations lead

DUBLIN, March 8 (Reuters) – Ireland took pole position for their first Six Nations title in five years with a crushing 46-7 win over Italy on Saturday as talismanic centre Brian O’Driscoll became the most capped player ever in his final home game.

O’Driscoll made decisive passes to set up three of the home side’s seven tries and sparked the biggest cheer of the day when he left the field after 62 minutes to end his world record 140th game for Ireland.

Feb 8, 2014

Gatland to take hard look at Wales after Irish humiliation

DUBLIN (Reuters) -

Wales coach Warren Gatland promised to take a long, hard look at his team after the Six Nations title holders fell to a humiliating 26-3 defeat by Ireland on Saturday.

Wales conceded 15 penalties and allowed Ireland to turn over the ball 10 times in an error-prone two-try loss, their first away defeat in the tournament since 2011.

Feb 8, 2014

Rugby-Gatland to take hard look at Wales after Irish humiliation

DUBLIN, Feb 8 (Reuters) -

Wales coach Warren Gatland promised to take a long, hard look at his team after the Six Nations title holders fell to a humiliating 26-3 defeat by Ireland on Saturday.

Wales conceded 15 penalties and allowed Ireland to turn over the ball 10 times in an error-prone two-try loss, their first away defeat in the tournament since 2011.

Feb 8, 2014

Ireland pummel Wales to lift Six Nations hopes

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland dealt a devastating blow to Welsh dreams of an historic hat-trick of Six Nations titles with a comprehensive 26-3 win at the Aviva stadium on Saturday.

In the latest sign of a revival under new coach Joe Schmidt, the Irish went 13-0 up in the first half after flanker Chris Henry forced his way over the Welsh line.

Feb 8, 2014

Rugby-Ireland pummel Wales to lift Six Nations hopes

DUBLIN, Feb 8 (Reuters) – Ireland dealt a devastating blow to Welsh dreams of an historic hat-trick of Six Nations titles with a comprehensive 26-3 win at the Aviva stadium on Saturday.

In the latest sign of a revival under new coach Joe Schmidt, the Irish went 13-0 up in the first half after flanker Chris Henry forced his way over the Welsh line.

Feb 3, 2014

Ryanair sees pricing pressures easing after customer service overhaul

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ryanair (RYA.I: Quote, Profile, Research) reported strong forward bookings and an easing of intense price competition among European airlines on Monday, raising hopes it can quickly regain height with a new customer-friendly image after a profit warning spooked markets last year.

Shares in the Irish airline, Europe’s largest by passenger numbers, opened up 6 percent after it said it was already seeing improved demand for tickets following the changes to how it treats customers announced late last year.

Feb 3, 2014

Ryanair posts quarterly loss but sees price pressure easing

DUBLIN, Feb 3 (Reuters) – Ryanair reported its
biggest third-quarter loss in five years on Monday as average
fares slumped 9 percent, but management said intense price
competition in Europe was easing and forward bookings were up.

The Irish airline, Europe’s largest by passenger numbers,
issued its first profit warnings in a decade last year on weak
winter bookings but has said it hopes to bounce back by
improving its customer service.

Jan 22, 2014

New air finance kingpin promises more cautious style

DUBLIN, Jan 22 (Reuters) – When he takes a top seat in the
$200 billion aviation finance world later this year, Irish
accountant Aengus Kelly will bring a new caution to an industry
long known for risk taking and marketing swagger.

After steering his underdog firm AerCap through the
financial crisis unscathed, he engineered the most audacious
deal in the sector for two decades with the takeover of
struggling industry pioneer ILFC, quadrupling its fleet.