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SIX NATIONS RUGBY: Ireland supremacy against Wales not reflected in Dublin scoreline

Ireland stormed ever closer to a NatWest 6 Nations title showdown with England by dismissing Wales 37-27 in Dublin.
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Jacob Stockdale crosses for the opening try in the Ireland v Wales game in Dublin

SIX NATIONS RUGBY: Ireland survive Welsh scare to keep Six Nations Grand Slam on track

IRELAND 37 WA;LES 27
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Banbridge Academy's Katie McKee.

Banbridge Academy and Rainey through to ULster Senior Schoolgirls Cup final

Holders Banbridge Academy are safely through to the Ulster Senior Schoolgirls’ Cup final after Katie McKee proved to be captain fantastic in a 2-0 semi-final win over Sullivan Upper at Stormont.

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Ireland and Ulster rugby captain Rory Best

Rory Best is one of the great players: according to Wales’ Ken Owens

Wales hooker Ken Owens has described Ireland captain Rory Best as “a great player” ahead of Saturday’s NatWest 6 Nations clash in Dublin.

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Michael O'Neill

Northern Ireland to face Israel in friendly

Northern Ireland will host Israel in a friendly international at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park on Tuesday 11 September (kick-off 7.45pm).

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Banbridge's ''James Hume

ALL IRELAND RUGBY: Banbridge claim bragging rights with Ballynahinch and throw title race wide open

Billed by the host club as the ‘biggest local derby in Ireland this week’, this battle between the two leading clubs in Ulster lived up to expectations.

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WATCH: Ireland captain Rory Best's reaction to Italy claim that the Irish are superior to England

Italian captain Sergio Parisse said he felt Ireland played better rugby than England after losing to both sides in the opening rounds of this year's NatWest 6 Nations Championship.

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FOOTBALL: Michael O'Neill signs four year Northern Ireland contract extension

Michael O'Neill has signed a four-year extension to his contract that will see him continue as Northern Ireland senior men's international manager until 2024.

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Three-time champion Jonathan Rea could soon be racing in a World Superbike round on his home patch in Northern Ireland.

Three-year deal signed to bring World Superbikes to Northern Ireland

A three-year deal has been reached between World Superbike Championship organisers Dorna and Manna Developments to host a round of the series at the £30m Lake Torrent Circuit in Coalisland, Co Tyrone.
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IRISH LEAGUE: Burns targets honours as he signs for Coleraine

Aaron Burns has his sights set on silverware after joining Coleraine from Linfield.

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2017 NI Open champion Robin Sciot-Siegrist from France with the trophy alongside Modest! Golf directors Mark McDonnell and Niall Horan

GOLF: Strokeplay format returns for Northern Ireland Open at Galgorm in 2018

Niall Horan might be in the Emirates this week supporting his players and friend Rory McIlroy, but he has news of his own international golf tournament as Modest! Golf confirmed they are back on board for this year’s Northern Ireland Open at Galgorm Castle.

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Ireland captain Rory Best at Wednesday's Nat West 6 Nations Launch in London with the other Union captains

RUGBY: Rory Best expected to extend contract until end of 2019 World Cup

Rory Best expects to finalise a new contract with Ulster and Ireland “in the very near future”.

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Dromore's Aaron Lyttle in action with Dalriada's M Kennedy

SCHOOLS’ RUGBY: Dalriada beat Dromore High in Schools’ Cup third round

Dromore High School sufferred a 27-11 home loss to Dalriada School in the second round of the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Cup.

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All six Danske Bank Premiership games will now be played on the Friday night.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

IRISH LEAGUE: Games rescheduled following NI friendly announcement

The Northern Ireland Football League have announced that all Danske Bank Premiership fixtures scheduled for Saturday 24 March will now be played on Friday 23 March (kick-off 7.45pm).

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WATCH: Rory Best happy to end a remarkable haunting statistic

It was incredible to think that the captain of Ireland and Ulster, Rory Best, had not played in a winning Ulster side for 386 days!

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Blackhorse NI Motorcycle Festival organiser Billy Nutt pictured with (from left) Simon Reid, Keith Farmer and Alastair Seeley at the launch of the event on Thursday at the Eikon Exhibition Centre.

Plans in top gear for 2018 Blackhorse NI Motorcycle Festival

The 2018 Blackhorse NI Motorcycle Festival was launched on Thursday at the Eikon Exhibition Centre in Lisburn, where Alastair Seeley, Keith Farmer and Simon Reid were among the special guests.

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A late Niall Toner goal gave Derry victory nover Down in Celtic Park.

McKENNA CUP: Late Toner goal gives Derry victory over Down

Bank of Ireland Dr McKenna Cup, Section B

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David Holmes

Tributes pour in for cricket writer David Holmes

Tributes have come pouring in from across Ireland for the News Letter’s cricket correspondent David Holmes, who died on Sunday.

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Aaron Burns. Pic by Pacemaker.

IRISH LEAGUE: Glenavon boss rules out move for Linfield’s Burns

Glenavon manager Gary Hamilton has dismissed speculation over a deal for Linfield’s Aaron Burns.

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