Trying times for Irish rugby
Disappointing performances by the national team - and rapidly falling ticket prices - are putting severe pressure on IRFU finances, writes John Burke.
When Ireland lost to Wales by two points in the opening game of the Six Nations tournament earlier this month, it seemed to compound the view of many critics that the so-called "golden age" of Irish rugby was spluttering to a sad end.
The loss followed the team's exit from the Rugby World Cup at the quarter-final stages, again at Welsh hands, by a rather more decisive scoreline of 22-10. It was a performance which...
Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!
All Digital Access + eReader
Unlimited Access for 1 Month
*New subscribers only
€149 For the 1st Year
Unlimited Access for 1 Year
90 Day Pass
Unlimited Access for 2 Years
Get a Business Account for you and your team