Thomas Barr will compete for Ireland in the European Championships before making the trip to Rio for the Olympics. Photo: Inpho

Thomas Barr and Ciara Mageean are two of the Olympics-bound athletes making trip

 Conor Duffy of Glaslough Harriers AC celebrates after winning the Men’s 5000m ahead of Conor Bradley of City of Derry AC Spartans, right,  in Santry. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Victory in the 800 Metres a huge relief for the UCD athlete as he looks forward to Rio

Donegal’s Michael Murphy and Vinny Corey of Monaghan in action during the Ulster SFC semi-final at Breffni Park. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

Conor McManus keeps his composure to earn Ulster champions a deserved replay

Donegal’s Michael Murphy and Vinny Corey of Monaghan in action during the Ulster SFC semi-final at Breffni Park. Photograph:  Andrew Paton/Inpho

Two sides to meet again next Saturday to decide who will play in Ulster final

Irish triathlete Bryan Keane: “For me it was about how I could achieve it, because it has been something I’ve dreamed of my whole life.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland’s only qualifier for men’s triathlon in Rio 2016 has been working at it for 24 years

Mark English has returned to full training following injury. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

Mark English and Thomas Barr return after injury to begin road to Rio in earnest

Ireland’s Rob Heffernan will soon receive his 2012 Olympic bronze medal for the 50km walk. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

Delayed presentation of Olympic prizes does not diminish the achievement of winning

Westmeath manager Tom Cribbin is not looking beyond Sunday’s game with Kildare. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Manager Tom Cribbin open about his side’s chances Leinster semi-final

Denis Bastick: “There was a great shift in our mentality as a team and it probably took that All-Ireland win in 2011 to get to that stage.” Photo: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Dublin veteran keenly aware of the traditional keen rivalry with the Royal County

Jamie Farrell of Laois celebrates scoring a point against Armagh. Photo: Tom Beary/Inpho

Kieren McGeeney’s Armagh win reprieve following replacements blunder at O’Moore Park

Galway’s Liam Silke and David Wynne celebrate after their side’s shock victory over Mayo in the Connacht GAA senior football semi-final on Saturday.  Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

‘Once we conceded the goal, Galway got second breath and kicked on’

Anne Jennings is training for a 24 hour-race in Belfast: ‘The aim in Belfast is to get to the 100-mile mark, and there’s no better way to do that than with people around you.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Anne Jennings loves running for ‘as long as she can’. That means six marathons in six weeks and now, a 24-hour race

 Mayo’s Keith Higgins is crowded out by David Wynne and Declan Kyne. Photo: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Rank outsiders record their first win over Connacht rivals since 2008 at McHale Park

 Sebastian Coe, president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) at a news conference after a council meeting in Vienna, Austria. Photograph: Lisi Niesner/EPA

IAAF votes to extend sanctions against Russia over continued use of illegal doping

Shane Long and Seamus Coleman. Long  won a string of national titles as an athlete including an under-16 double over the 100m and 250m hurdles in Tullamore in 2002. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The likes of Shane Long, Robbie Brady and Coleman move like natural athletes

All-Ireland winning hurler Michael Duignan of Offaly laments the decline in fortunes for his county in recent years. Photograph: Matt Browne/Sportsfile.

All-Ireland hurling winner fears for worse if county cannot address current failings

Former Tyrone forward Brian McGuigan: “I would have always tried to find pockets of space out on the wing and at the top of the D, but there is just no room to manoeuvre anymore.” Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer

Brian McGuigan: traditional role of a centre forward largely eliminated by modern tactics

Stephen O’Brien: “The players and management have to get back to basics.” Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Former All Star defender says conceding 3-15 in first big game in Munster ‘unacceptable’

Kerry’s Stephen O’Brien celebrates after scoring an early goal in the Munster SFC semi-final against Clare at Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Kingdom will meet Tipperary in decider after Cork beaten in Thurles

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, has been highlighted as having had a huge doping irregularities.

IAAF have to decide whether to allow a country tarnished by systematic doping compete at Olympics

Galway’s Joe Canning with Tommy Gallagher of Westmeath. Photo: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Last year’s beaten All-Ireland finalists eased their way into the Leinster SHC semi-finals

There is  increasing evidence that the war on drugs is no longer limited to the professional sport. Photograph: Getty Images

Testing times for sport with some calling for legalisation of performance-enhancing drugs

 Michael Darragh Macauley: was among the travelling fans when Dublin last played a Leinster clash outside of Croke Park ten years ago. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Experienced pair unfazed by the prospect of a Leinster clash with Laois in Nowlan Park

Waterford’s Austin Gleeson is looking forward to facing Clare again. “The second day then was a lot more open, and I expect Sunday to be exactly like that again.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Talented Mount Sion man looking forward to renewing battle with Clare

Dublin haven’t played a Leinster Championship match outside of Croke Park since 2006. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Over 10,000 tickets are still available for SFC clash with Laois at Nowlan Park

Paul Pollock’s place at the Rio Olympics is in doubt after the Olympic Council of Ireland withheld his selection. Photograph: Inpho

Paul Pollock selected ahead of ex-Moldovan athlete Sergiu Ciobanu despite slower time

American athlete Jesse Owens (1913-1980), winner of four gold medals at the 1936 Olympic Games revisiting the Olympic stadium in Berlin, the scene of his former victory. Photograph: Express/Getty Images

Hero to zero: from sweet high of Jesse Owens to depressing low of Ben Johnson

 Ben Johnson   prior to the start of the men’s 100m Final at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea. Photograph:  Tony Duffy/Allsport

It’s 28 years since the infamous 100m final at Seoul Olympics

Michael Darragh MacAuley: “I nearly feel a bit guilty because the lads  worked their socks off all year and I only scraped in to rob a medal.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Jim Gavin knows change is good even for champions, says Michael Darragh MacAuley

Sergiu Ciobanu: “I have placed reliance on the published selection policy and have used that selection policy as the basis of my preparations for the Olympic Games. It’s disgusting to see that rules were not respected.”

Athletics Ireland rejects former Moldovan runner’s claim of bias in selection process

 Mick Clohisey, along with Kevin Seaward and Paul Pollock, make up the Ireland team for the Olympic marathon in Rio this summer. Photo: Inpho

Kevin Seaward, Dublin’s Mick Clohisey and Paul Pollock will make up the team for Rio

Usain Bolt is the shining light as athletics continues to face into dark controversies. Photo: Getty Images

Now more than ever, the sport needs Usain Bolt not just on the track but also off it

‘Athletics is not about dopers. It’s about being the best you can be’

 Wexford’s Conor McDonald at the launch of the Bord Gáis Energy U21 Hurling  Championship at  Kilmacud Crokes, Glenabyn, Stillorgan, Co Dublin. Photograph:  Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Talented forward hoping Model County can end their Dublin hoodoo at Croke Park

Waterford hurler Austin Gleeson, Limerick hurler Seamus Hickey, Clare hurler Podge Collins and former Kilkenny hurler Henry Shefflin at the launch announcing Centra’s continued sponsorship of the  All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship.  Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Kilkenny legend doubts if either team up the task of taking on All-Ireland champions

Offaly’s Niall McNamee in action against Longford: “It’s just a really brilliant feeling, not just for the team and for the panel, but for the supporters as well.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Faithful stalwart relieved county have finally ended nine-year wait for a championship win

Brian Cody and Eoin Larkin: the James Stephens player has won eight All-Ireland medals and is one of Kilkenny’s most trusted lieutenants. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Veteran forward hits seven points as he reminds Brian Cody of his value to Kilkenny

Offaly’s Graham Guilfoyle scores his side’s first goal of the game against Longford. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Impressive second half showing wins high scoring encounter against Longford

Cork’s Eoin Cadogan wants his team to earn back some respect. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Rebels are looking for positives, firstly they need to believe in themselves again

Shane Ryan has been living in his parent’s home country for one year so is now eligible to compete for Ireland at the Olympics. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

US-born swimmer now eligible to compete for Ireland at Olympics after 365-day wait

Shane O’Donnell: admits he just wasn’t on from in Sunday’s final replay. Photograph: Ray McManus/Sportfile

Clare forward waiting for confidence to return following ankle injury

Roscommon’s Cathal Cregg with New York’s Killian Moynagh during the  Connacht championship clash at Gaelic Park, New York. Photograph: Ed mulholland/Inpho

Following the scare against New York, facing Leitrim away looks a tricky assignment

Boxer Michael Conlan is one of  10 athletes featured in the new RTÉ series ’Road to Rio’ that begins on Wednesday night. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

New RTÉ series has followed 10 Olympic journeys around the world over the last four years

Waterford players warm down after playing extra-time in drawing against Clare in Allianz Hurling League Division 1 final at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Waterford manager Derek McGrath takes positives despite wasteful display from his side in front of posts

Olympic Council of Ireland officials and qualified Team Ireland atheletes mark the 100 days from Rio countdown in Dublin this week. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kevin Seaward, Mick Clohisey, Sergiu Ciobanu and Paul Pollock vie for three places

Boxer Paddy Barnes, flag bearer for the Ireland team at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, with Olympic Council of Ireland president Pat Hickey. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

OCI president Pat Hickey says clean athletes should not be tarnished by cheaters

Team Ireland boxer Paddy Barnes who was named as flagbearer for Team Ireland for the forthcoming Rio Olympic Games during a press conference to celebrate 100 Days out from the Rio Olympic Games. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

The Belfast boxer has been selected to carry the Irish flag at the Maracanã Stadium

Kerry’s Aidan O’Mahony is sent off by referee Eddie Kinsella at the Division One final in Croke Park. Photograph: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Kerry manager concedes there is a gap to Dublin but he does not think it is huge

Ronan O’Neill celebrates scoring Tyrone’s goal in the Allianz Football League Division 2 Final against Cavan at Croke Park. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Mickey Harte’s men see off Cavan in all-Ulster Division Two decider

Australia’s Adam Scott admitted that winning an Olympic medal wasn’t something he’d ever aspired to. Photograph: Jung Yeon-Je/ AFP Photo/Getty Images

Louis Oosthuizen and Adam Scott among players to have withdrawn from Rio Games

Phil Healy of UCC in action at the Irish Universities Athletic Association Track & Field Championships 2016 at Morton Stadium in Santry. A video of her performance in the anchor leg of the 4x400m has gone viral around the world. Photograph: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile.

Raw excitement and innocence helps anchor 4x400m relay leg by UCC student go viral

Colm Cavanagh: “Peter has come in and done a tremendous job. He’s a superb coach . . ”.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/inpho

Strength and conditioning coach’s role having desired impact in Red Hand camp

Cavan’s Gearoid McKiernan in action against Fermanagh. Photograph: John McVitty/Inpho/Presseye

Terry Hyland’s side developing a keen attacking instinct with number 11 playing key role

Kerry’s veteran midfielder Bryan Sheehan is challenged by Mayo’s Conor O’Shea during the Division One campaign last month. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

Allianz Football League – Division One final: Midfielder points to balance of not picking up injuries and keeping fresh

Denis Bastick has won all three of his All Ireland medals in his 30s. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Midfielder’s decision to stay on for another year motivated by desire to win another Sam

Mickey Harte: “I believe we have the potential to be back in that zone again, that there is a really good bunch of players there.” Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Veteran Tyrone boss wants silverware this year – beginning on Sunday against Cavan

Pádraig Walsh: “They’re a quality team, this Clare team, and I suppose it has been a while since we were opened up like that.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kilkenny defender says Clare defeat shows there’s very little between the top teams

Roger Bannister about to cross the tape at the end of his record breaking mile run at Iffley Road, Oxford. He was the first person to run the mile in under four minutes, with a time of 3 minutes 59.4 seconds. Photograph: Norman Potter/Central Press/Getty Images

Roger Bannister returned from Olympic failure to reach target few thought possible

Loyal followers: fans watch Loughmore-Castleiney play. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

We’re on the hunt for Ireland’s best sports club, and we want you to help by nominating yours. The winner of the competition – and(...)

Austin Gleeson is one of the young Waterford players to have become physically stronger, according to manager Derek McGrath. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Deise manager admits team’s goal record is poor but there is no panic in camp

Linda Byrne competing for Ireland in the Women’s Marathon at the London Olympics: “I went into a new low, and I found it very hard to get out of it.”  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Athlete fit and healthy again after suffering some dark times mentally since London 2012

TJ Reid: “There certainly won’t be any pictures going up on the walls saying ‘Ger Loughnane this and Ger Loughnane that’”  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Hurler of the Year ignores Loughnane’s view as he focuses on upcoming Clare challenge

   Aidan O’Shea: “They are a very talented group of lads and obviously we have a good crew of them in with us at the moment.”

‘They are great leaders already, at 21 years of age. Hopefully a few more will knock on in the next few years too’

Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice: “There’s a great collective thing there at the minute, a sense of selflessness. ” Photograph: Inpho/Cathal Noonan

Kingdom faces sterner test against Dublin after easy victory over Roscommon

Colm Cooper scored Kerry’s opening goal against Roscommon. Photograph: Inpho

Kingdom put on an exhibition at Croke Park to reach first league final since 2009

World Anti-Doping Agency director general David Howman. Photograph: Getty.

Use of drugs by non-professionals is becoming an increasing concern for authorities

Director general of Wada, David Howman, is to step down from the role in June. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile.

Wada director general David Howman voices fears of drugs in amateur and underage sport

David Howman: “We’ve got to get to the level of secondary school or high school principals, because they have the responsibility, not just sport.”

David Howman was speaking at Sport Ireland’s anti-doping review

Cork’s Stephen Cronin tackles  Kerry’s Barry John Keane in last year’s Munster football final. He subsequently broke his leg while playing for his club Nemo Rangers. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Cronin leads Rebels in provincial Under-21 decider eight months after breaking leg

Tyrone footballer Colm Cavanagh: “The balance can be achieved but you have to plan your time very well.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Moy player baffled by apparent arson attack at the club’s newly built gym facility

Colin Fennelly: “It’s not pure luck that you win all those trophies” Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Classy forward quick to dispute the views of the former Clare manager

Kilkenny  outclassed Offaly by 24 points last  Sunday.  “I don’t believe that one game and one result should overall change how it’s run,” said Ó Fearghail. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

GAA president says any format chosen will inevitably produce some anomalies

Páraic Duffy has defended the decision to move Roscommon’s Division One clash with Dublin to Carrick-on-Shannon. Photograph: Inpho

‘So you can’t win in this situation, and I don’t think too many people were inconvenienced’

Wexford’s Liam Ryan attempts to gather the ball under pressure from Waterford’s Maurice Shanahan during their Allianz League clash. Photo: ken Sutton/Inpho

The hosts ran Waterford close with a Maurice Shanahan point proving the difference

Joe Gough of Ireland celebrates winning the men’s 800m masters final at the World Indoor Championships in Oregon. Photograph: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Eamonn Coghlan’s TV series ‘Super Fit Seniors’ shows how older athletes can inspire

Shane Dooley: talented forward will be available to help Offaly’s cause against Kilkenny at Nowlan Park.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Faithful County face trip to Nowlan Park to take on Kilkenny in league quarter-final

Dublin manager Ger Cunningham: will be aiming to lead his charges to victory over Limerick at Parnell Park on Saturday. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Work rate identified as key factor for Dubs as they host Limerick in league quarter-final

A ground official working on the pitch at Dr Hyde park before the Roscommon versus Mayo clash last Sunday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

County officials confident pitch will be ready to host eagerly-awaited high-profile clash

Kerry’s Donnchadh Walsh in action against Karl  O’Connell of Monaghan during the Division One clash at Clones. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

Kingdom boss Eamonn Fitzmaurice keen to see his men continue their excellent run

David Moran’s Kerry turned things up a notch in the second half against Monaghan. Photograph: Inpho

Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s team hit another gear in second-half for their latest win in Clones

Ireland’s Paul Pollock (r) continues to strengthen his chances of competing in the Rio Olympics Photograph: INPHO/Sasa Pahic Szabo

Leads Ireland to seventh place finish at World Half Marathon championships

Children running during the Spar Mini Great Ireland Run in 2015. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Irish government should take note of what’s happening in a primary school in Scotland

 Rob Heffernan on his way to fourth place in the 50km walk at the 2012 London Olympics. On Thursday he was awarded the broze medal. Photograph: Inpho

Olive Loughnane will also be officially upgraded to World Championship gold from the 20k walk in 2009

The recent bad weather has been unkind to the playing surface at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Inpho.

Assurances given playing surface in Thurles is being minded ahead of major fixtures

Mick Fitzsimons: “Even with the few vacancies now, I would have still fancied my chance to try to break back into it.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Versatile All-Ireland-winning defender back battling for a starting place with Dublin

Mayo manager Stephen Rochford has called up a number of players from Castlebar Mitchells. Photo: Inpho

Mayo manager in need of every help as his side face crucial tie with Roscommon

Kerry’s Bryan Sheehan in action against Mayo’s Conor O’Shea at Castlebar. Photograph: Andrw Paton/Inpho

Kingdom stalwart suffered a hand injury during the victory over Mayo

Paddy Andrews: “Guys are just comfortable and we know what we’re doing, we know how to win the games.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Classy forward taking nothing for granted as they renew rivalry with Ulster visitors

Rob Heffernan during the London Olympics four years ago. Photograph: Getty Images

The Court of Arbitration for Sport will deal with the cases of the six Russian athletes

Peter Sagan: Slovakia’s reigning world road race champion raised eyebrows when he showed  up for last week’s Tirreno-Adriatico spring classic with unshaven legs. Photo: Angelo Carconi/EPA

Top cylists and swimmers too will always seek any advantage to be a cut above the rest

Rose-Anne Galligan runs in the heats of the 1,500m at the World Indoor Athletic Championships in Portland, Oregon on Friday. Photograph:  Adam Jastrzebowski/Inpho

Meath athlete is Ireland’s sole participant at World Indoor Championships

Cushendall’s Shane McNaughton (left) with his father Terence “Sambo” and brother Christy. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/Inpho.

After All-Ireland final against Na Piarsaigh it off to New York to live acting dream

Oisín Gough battles against Michael Walsh during last week’s away victory over Waterford at Walsh Park. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

In-form defender looking forward to side’s next big test – this time against Kilkenny

Darragh Nelson: “And any team that beats Crossmaglen deserves to be strong favourites. This is all new to us, a first time for the club.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Former Dublin panelist leads his side against Castlebar in pursuit of All-Ireland club title

 Oulart-The Ballagh’s Eoin Moore in action against Na Piarsaigh’s David Breen in the semi-finals. Photo: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Munster champions captain well aware of the threat of perceived outsiders Cushendall

 Jim McNamara was different in that he didn’t just touch the elite end of distance running, he also “touched the ordinary end”.  Photograph: Tomás Greally

Funeral mass hears of an athlete with an extraordinary ability to get the best out of himself

Down’s Joe Murphy attempts to block  Dublin’s Kevin McManamon during the Allianz Football League Division One game at  Páirc Esler in Newry. Photograph:   William Cherry/Inpho/Presseye

Early goal proved a false Down for home side in Newry

 Maria Sharapova’s racket sponsor is backing the grand slam winner and is planning to extend its contract with her despite admitting to failing a drugs test. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Understanding difference between what is designed for athletes and what isn’t is not easy

Colin Jackson   was in Dublin to encourage runners  to sign up for the Irish Wings for Life World Run race in Dœn Laoghaire on 8 May. Registration is now open at www.WingsForLifeWorldRun. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Former world champion says some looking for the fast-track to success

Kilkenny’s Richie Power came on for the last 14 minutes of last year’s All-Ireland final against Galway. Photograph: Ryan Byrn/Inpho.

Retired Kilkenny star regrets not taking more time to recuperate from knee injury

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