Twenty sit-ups in a minute. Twenty press-ups in a minute. Run a mile in 11 minutes — not too high a fitness bar, but beyond many hoping to join the army.


Final audition will change or reinforce Joe Schmidt’s thinking

Eighty minutes to change or reinforce Joe Schmidt’s thinking. That is all that is left for the Ireland players on duty this weekend to convince the head coach they are worth a place in his 31-man squad for the World Cup, now just three weeks away.


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Street trend: Summer in a city

Food & Drink

Restaurant review: Iberian Way, Cork

Health & Life

Working life: Cathy O’Sullivan, midwife teacher

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Solutions for styling, storage and delicious slumber in the bedroomKya deLongchamps


Weekend break: Retreat at Glengarrif, West CorkColette Sheridan

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