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Nov 21, 2013

Civil war beckons as five unions back Heineken Cup

DUBLIN (Reuters) – European rugby could be on course for civil war after the Scottish, Welsh, Irish, French and Italian unions on Thursday announced their commitment to existing European club competitions after a meeting in Dublin.

The unions’ determination to push on with a competition under European Club Rugby (ERC) control risks isolating English clubs who, along with their French counterparts, are planning a breakaway contest to replace the Heineken Cup from next season.

Nov 19, 2013

Paddy Power profits hit by soccer and horse racing results

DUBLIN, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Bookmaker Paddy Power
expects full year operating profit to be about 11
million euros ($15 million) lower than it forecast three months
ago after unfavourable soccer and horse racing results.

The Dublin-based group, which has posted stellar top-line
profit growth in recent years, said results had gone against it
since July, particularly at the Australian Spring Horse Racing
Carnival and Champions League soccer.

Nov 18, 2013

Ireland plans ambitious bid for 2023 World Cup

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland will consider launching a bid for the 2023 rugby World Cup this week, the country’s sports minister said on Monday, hoping a politically-symbolic proposal will win it the right to host the event for the first time.

The ambitious effort would see games played on both sides of the Irish border as unlike soccer, the national team is an all-Ireland selection, and would represent another major step since a 1998 peace agreement mostly ended three decades of violence in Northern Ireland.

Nov 18, 2013

Rugby-Ireland plans ambitious bid for 2023 World Cup

DUBLIN, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Ireland will consider launching a bid for the 2023 rugby World Cup this week, the country’s sports minister said on Monday, hoping a politically-symbolic proposal will win it the right to host the event for the first time.

The ambitious effort would see games played on both sides of the Irish border as unlike soccer, the national team is an all-Ireland selection, and would represent another major step since a 1998 peace agreement mostly ended three decades of violence in Northern Ireland.

Nov 17, 2013

Long wary, UK pub chains take chance at last on Ireland

LONDON/DUBLIN (Reuters) – After years of waiting on the sidelines, Britain’s major pub chains have finally spotted an opening in Ireland, hoping tumbling property prices will give them a chance to expand into a neighboring market they never managed to crack.

At the height of a property boom in 2007 one in six Dublin pubs that changed hands was sold for at least 14 million euros, with almost half sold for over 6 million – far too pricey for big players in need of as many as 12 sites to make a market work.

Nov 16, 2013

Australian attack outclass Irish in 32-15 win

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Australia handed new Ireland coach Joe Schmidt his first defeat as they outclassed and outscored the hosts by four tries to none in an easy 32-15 victory at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

Two tries from flanker Michael Hooper and one each for Nick Cummins and Quade Cooper, who added 12 points from his boot, saw Ewen McKenzie’s side follow up last week’s demolition of Italy after defeat against England earlier this month.

Nov 16, 2013

Rugby-Australian attack outclass Irish in 32-15 win

DUBLIN, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Australia handed new Ireland coach Joe Schmidt his first defeat as they outclassed and outscored the hosts by four tries to none in an easy 32-15 victory at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

Two tries from flanker Michael Hooper and one each for Nick Cummins and Quade Cooper, who added 12 points from his boot, saw Ewen McKenzie’s side follow up last week’s demolition of Italy after defeat against England earlier this month.

Nov 15, 2013

Soccer-O’Neill and Keane restore the buzz as Ireland win

DUBLIN, Nov 15 (Reuters) – Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane’s task of bringing back the good times started encouragingly on Friday with a 3-0 friendly win for Ireland against Latvia that capped a whirlwind 10 days since the pair took charge.

The arrival of new manager O’Neill and his assistant has dominated the front and back pages of the newspapers with former Ireland captain Keane’s first news conference this week packed with foreign journalists and broadcast live on three TV channels.

Nov 15, 2013

O’Neill and Keane restore the buzz as Ireland triumph

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane’s task of bringing the good times back to Ireland football started with a 3-0 friendly win over Latvia on Friday to cap a whirlwind 10 days since the pair took over as the management team.

The arrival of new manager O’Neill and his assistant has dominated the front and back pages of the newspapers with former Ireland captain Keane’s first news conference this week packed with foreign journalists and broadcast live on three TV channels.

Nov 15, 2013

Soccer-O’Neill and Keane restore the buzz as Ireland triumph

DUBLIN, Nov 15 (Reuters) – Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane’s task of bringing the good times back to Ireland football started with a 3-0 friendly win over Latvia on Friday to cap a whirlwind 10 days since the pair took over as the management team.

The arrival of new manager O’Neill and his assistant has dominated the front and back pages of the newspapers with former Ireland captain Keane’s first news conference this week packed with foreign journalists and broadcast live on three TV channels.