Dublin footballer Kevin McManamon at a media event this week at Parnell Park. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Dublin star believes that mental preparation a key factor in any sporting success

Former Olympic Council of Ireland president Pat Hickey. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

IOC role gives former president right to stay in organisation and vote in upcoming election

 Kilkenny hurler Michael Fennelly at the GAA Healthy Clubs launch at Craobh Chiaráin GAA Club in Donnycarney, Dublin. “Hurling is such a large part of my life, over the last number of years, and I feel I have more to give.” Photograph: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

The Kilkenny hurler is facing the prospect of his Achilles’ tendon injury ending his career

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte: “The pressure is to deliver the best of ourselves; that’s the only pressure I can entertain.” Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho/Presseye

Mickey Harte doesn’t buy ‘myth’ that managers are demanding the impossible of players

Cavan’s Alan O’Mara: “A lot of other things were going on that I chose to ignore, in the interest of chasing one goal, that dream.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

‘Corinthian: Sports and Mental Health’ seminar will feature three elite athletes’ stories

 Students preparing their stand at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition  at the RDS. Photograph: Eric Luke

Karen Murray’s timely project focuses on an issue that requires attention

Davy Fitzgerald’s first game in charge of Wexford saw them thrash UCD at Gorey. Photograph: Inpho/Donall Farmer

Under-strength students easily dispatched in Gorey as new boss sees his side notch five

Frank Murphy broke Ronnie Delany’s Irish 1,500m record in 1969 – 13 years after Delany had set it  Melbourne Olympics.

Middle distance runner won countless admirers for his talent and his personality

Acting president Willie O’Brien: candidate for  OCI  president. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Associates and opponent of Pat Hickey expected to be among candidates for president

Frank Murphy, who was inducted into the National Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014, has died aged 69. Photograph: Barry Cregg/Sportsfile

Won a silver medal in the 1500m in the 1969 European Championships in Athens

Kellie Harrington in action against China’s Wenlu Yang in the light-welterweight final at the 2016 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in  Astana, Kazakstan.  Photograph: Inpho

Kellie Harrington, Ciara Mageean, Mona McSharry, Aisling Moloney, Natalya Coyle

Longford’s Francis McGee in action against Dublin’s Jarleth Curley, Jonny Cooper and James McCarthy during last year’s O’Byrne Cup clash. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

‘I’d say Dublin’s weak team could be quite strong,” says Longford boss Denis Connerton

 Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge winning the London marathon  in 2016. Kipchoge will  be part of Nike’s Breaking2 project. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.

Sports scientists say we won’t see landmark time until 2075 but Nike believe otherwise

At just 24, the Waterford athlete had also become Ireland’s first Olympic sprint event finalist in 84 years, neatly tracing the trial back to Bob Tisdall at the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles.

Sports review of 2016: Barr delivers in 400 metres final but misses out by .05 of a second

Jim Gavin: will have the opportunity to experiment in the O’Byrne Cup; Dublin’s first game is on January 8th against DCU.  Photograph:  Dara MacDonaill

Vast majority of Jim Gavin’s All-Ireland winning panel will be unavailable

Pat Hickey: “I have returned to Ireland where I will undergo ongoing medical treatment under the care of my medical consultant.” File photograph: AFP

Former OCI chief intends ‘to adhere to any requests made by the Brazilian authorities’

The Irish Times/Sport Ireland Sportswoman of the Year Annalise Murphy with Sonia O’Sullivan, who was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award at the annual awards ceremony at the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Drive to be best is often buried so deep that sporting greats are not even aware it exists

Frances Kavanagh of Sport Ireland at the Irish Times/Sport Ireland Sportswoman Of The Year Awards at the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin on Friday. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Tánaiste highlights ‘empowering’ nature of sport at Sportwoman of the Year awards

Overall award winner Annalise Murphy with Sonia O’Sullivan who was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award at the The Irish Times/Sports Ireland Sportswoman of the Year awards ceremony at the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin. Photo: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The former Olympic silver medalist was honoured at The Irish Times/Sport Ireland Sportswoman of the Year awards

Pat Hickey will not contest the OCI presidential election in February. Photo: Inpho

Hickey held position largely unchallenged since 1989 until arrest in Rio de Janeiro

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody: “We weren’t good enough to win the final. Next year has the same challenges as every other year.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Entering his 19th season, Cody has no fears the conveyor belt of underage success is at an end

Vice-President of the Irish Olympic Council, Willie O’Brien and Dr. David Feegan outside the Hospital Samaritano in Rio after Pat Hickey’s arrest at the Olympics. O’Brien is understood to be putting forward his name for re-election. Photo: Inpho

OCI confirm elections for all executive committee positions will take place in February

A judge in Rio de Janeiro has given the go-ahead for former Olympic Council of Ireland president Pat Hickey to leave Brazil.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Former OCl president has been detained in country since ticket controversy in August

Ireland’s Fionnuala McCormack competes during Sunday’s European Cross Country Championships in Chia, Italy. Photograph: Sasa Pahic Szabo/Inpho.

Kenyan women competing for Turkey claim gold and silver as Irish runner comes fifth

Fionnuala McCormack during the European Cross Country Championships in Chia, Italy. Photograph: Sasa Pahic Szabo/Inpho

Kenyan women running for Turkey take gold and silver at European Cross Country

Ireland’s Fionnuala McCormack will be hoping to regain the European Cross Country title in Chia, Italy, on Sunday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

African converts present biggest competition for former champion in Sardinia

Of the 136 banned substances detected in 104 athletes,  36 were for stanozolol, the same anabolic steroid that Ben Johnson tested positive for back in 1988.

Retesting of old samples from London and Beijing results in 104 bans on athletes

Yasemin Can wins the European 10,000m in Amsterdam last July just over four months after completing her transfer from Kenya to Turkey. Photograph: Getty

Fionnuala McCormack’s chances of regaining her title are slim for a very good reason

Shona Heaslip celebrates winning the Senior Women’s race during the Irish Life Health National Cross Country Championships at the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown, Co Dublin, in November. Photograph: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Disillusioned with dancing in feiseanna, she started running, and has never looked back

Jackie Tyrrell considers himself one of the lucky ones, that he retires still fit and able to play for his club, with a career to go with it

Kilkenny great: ‘If we didn’t win All-Ireland it was a waste of a year'

  Cork camogie star Anna Geary, Waterford hurler Austin Gleeson and former Kilkenny hurler Jackie Tyrell at the Littlewood sponsorship launch in Croke Park, Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Company investing over €3 million in three years to help sponsor hurling and camogie

Fionnuala McCormack after finishing fourth at the European Cross Country championships in France last year. Photograph: INPHO/Sasa Pahic Szabo

Chances of Fionnuala McCormack winning back the European Cross Country title in Italy now look slimmer

Seantrel Henderson of the Buffalo Bills: agent says suspension was due to using cannabis to relieve  effects of Crohn’s disease. Photograph: Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

While not performance-enhancing, Wada believes it violates the ‘spirit of sport’

Seán Cavanagh: suggested the commitment to intercounty football has gone “completely mental”, and that he was already back training hard for 2017.  Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

GAA head of games administration Feargal McGill unaware of any breaches

Aogán Ó Fearghail: “There has always been an attraction to the sight of the best players in a province playing with instead of against each other.” Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Parnell Park and Nenagh to host semi-finals in football and hurling next week

Pat Hickey: the statement said the payment was made as a “temporary loan” so he could return to Ireland to receive medical treatment for a heart condition Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images

Association of National Olympic Committees: temporary loan made on ‘humanitarian’ grounds

Thomas Barr of Ireland after finishing in fourth place with a new Irish record of 47.97 during the Men’s 400m hurdles final in the Olympic Stadium, Maracanã, during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images

‘This year made me realise I don’t need to be afraid of these guys. I’m at their level’

Ronnie Delany watches footage of his Olympic final victory with Ian O’Riordan earlier this week. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Olympic win was seen by nobody in Ireland but news soon spread by word-of-mouth

 Ronnie Delany winning the 1,500 metres gold medal at the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games. Photograph: IOC/Allsport

Champion athlete relives day: ‘It’s only after it’s won that you realise the immensity of it’

 Fionnuala McCormack of Kilcoole AC: Chia will be her 34th international appearance. Photograph: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Ciara Mageean, Kerry O’Flaherty and Michelle Finn are also heading to Italy

The leaders in the women’s senior race at the Irish Life Health National Cross Country Championships in Abbotstown,  Co Dublin, on Sunday. Photograph: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Shock win in 8km race earns runner a place on senior European Championships team

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt successfully defended his three Olympic sprinting titles in Rio this summer. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA.

Invitation to London premier withdrawn due to awkward questions being asked

Corofin’s Gary Sice and St Brigid’s Karl Mannion ahead of the Connacht club football final.  Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Gary Sice and Karol Mannion are two survivors from dramatic 2006 provincial final

Seán Cavanagh: “Probably the most disappointing thing is that I’m not even sure if players are behind the mark.” Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Red Hand stalwart unconvinced of the merit of the newly-introduced mark

Paddy Stapleton: has announced his retirement after ten years on the Tipperary senior panel. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Former Premier County stalwart Paddy Stapleton announces his retirement

Vincent O’Brien: bought supplements online from what appeared to be a reputable company, only later to learn that the supplement industry, especially in bodybuilding, is poorly regulated. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Vincent O'Brien also bought supplements online. The clot was discovered on honeymoon

Pat Hickey in Rio in August: it is expected that it could be about 15 days before his passport is returned. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Judge notes risk of former OCI president failing to return to Brazil must be balanced with health concerns

Pat Hickey: Arrest overshadowed Ireland’s participation in the Rio games. Photograph: The Irish Times

Judge rules passport should be returned and exit permitted so as ‘to treat health problems’

Conor McGregor’s stares down Eddie Alvarez in a UFC 205 billboard on Times Square in New York City. Photograph: Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

Olympic hero dominated indoor racing in New York when athletics really mattered

Pat Hickey with  IOC president Thomas Bach at the NOC general assembly  in Washington DC last year. Photograph: Larry French/Getty Images

Thomas Bach says ‘it is very clear that the presumption of innocence prevails’

International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach has called for Pat Hickey’s release from Brazil. Photo: Getty Images

It’s the first time the International Olympic Committee president has spoken on matter

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Former Cork All Star footballer Paudie Kissane joins Limerick backroom team

Virgin, who have just over 300,000 mostly urban subscribers, dropped the eir Sport package, which includes BT Sport, at the end of July. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Virgin Media subscribers will be denied access to Allianz League games on eir Sport TV

Rob Heffernan is presented with the 2012 London Olympic Men’s 50km Race Walk bronze medal  at City Hall in Cork Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It’s not easy to get a proper perspective on one’s career what career is still ongoing

Ciarán Ó Catháin, who resigned from the OCI crisis committee on Wednesday. Photo: Inpho

Olympic council letter blames crisis committee for spiralling expenses in Pat Hickey case

Pat Hickey was arrested in Rio during the Olympics. He has stepped aside from his role as OCI president pending the outcome of that investigation, while also claiming there was “no substantive proof of any wrongdoing on my part”.

Statement claims OCI inquiry would be ‘inappropriate’ and ‘worthless’

Two and a half months after his arrest, Pat Hickey remains in Rio, not under house arrest, but having surrendered his passport under the conditions of his temporary release, he is not permitted to leave Brazil. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Injunction threat forces OCI to shelve Rio tickets inquiry, as third executive quits

Brian Fenton won the All-Ireland football final with Dublin this year. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Dublin midfielder up against team-mate Ciarán Kilkenny and Mayo’s Lee Keegan

Pat Hickey (71) was arrested in Rio over the alleged illegal sale of tickets for the Olympic Games. He denies any wrongdoing. Photograph:   Humberto Ohana/AFP/Getty Images

Independent investigation into controversy will be held when criminal proceedings end

St Vincent’s Dermot Connolly in action against Ballymun Kickhams’ Kevin Leahy at Parnell Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dublin star has never faced first-time finalists at any level in his illustrious career

Rob Heffernan finishes fourth in the 50km walk at the London Olympics in 2012: the original gold medal winner, Russian Sergey Kirdyapkin, was stripped of his title in March. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Four years after the fact, the athlete will receive his bronze medal in Cork city

Laura Graham: First Irish woman to finish in Sunday’s Dublin Marathon. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

First Irish woman home Laura Graham gives the credit to four young motivating factors

Sergiu Ciobanu celebrates winning the Irish national marathon championship with his on Daniel, aged 4 months, at the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon at Merrion Square in Dublin. Photograph:   Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Ethiopian wins comfortably as Irish champion makes up for disappointment at missing trip to Rio

Thousands of runners on  Fitzwilliam Street Upper for the start of last year’s Dublin Marathon. The expected figure of 19,500 runners this year is well up on last year’s 13,000 total. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

East African runners expected to dominate the elite race for top prize of €12,000

The Dublin Marathon takes place this Sunday. Photograph: Inpho

Ian O’Riordan has plenty of experience of running marathons. Here’s his advice...

Former president of the Irish Olympic Council Pat Hickey

Many have little sympathy for 71-year-old’s plight but situation is no laughing matter

OCI president Pat Hickey insists he remains president of the council and has merely stepped aside temporarily.  Photograph: Alan Betson

If recommendations implemented Pat Hickey’s 28-year reign as president will end

 Pat Hickey:  facing ticket-touting charges in Rio de Janeiro following his arrest at the Olympic Games. Photograph: Alan Betson

Move could see ex-OCI president return to Ireland from Brazil ahead of a possible trial

Collette O’Hagan at Navvy Bank, Dundalk. “For me the worst thing I could do now is stop running marathons. My body would go into cold turkey.” Photograph: Paul Mohan/Sportsfile

She only took up running at age 40 but has now completed an amazing 425 marathons

Kevin Kilty (left), with OCI vice president of the Olympic Council of Ireland,  Willie O’Brien and president Pat Hickey at the European Games in Baku  last year. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Resignation coincides with the completion of the Deloitte report into OCI’s governance arrangements

Declan Brennan, the former Monaghan selector who last week announced his plans to establish the club players body, said  the CPA “don’t aim for any confrontation with anybody”. Photograph: Inpho

Declan Brennan expects launch within the next 10 days to a fortnight

Chairman of the GAA’s medical, scientific and welfare committee: We have somebody attending that Berlin conference on behalf of the GAA.” Photograph: Inpho

Association will not adopt rugby’s controversial pitch-side assessment methods

Munster club hurling championship quarter-final between Thurles Sarsfields and Waterford champions Ballygunner wil be played at Semple Stadium, Thurles. Photograph: Inpho

Loughmore-Castleiney against Moyle Rovers will be played at Leahy Park, Cashel

Pat Hickey: Arrested in Rio de Janeiro on August 17th last. Photograph: Getty Images

Delegates at European Olympic assembly concerned at Hickey treatment in Brazil

The Irish Olympic Council tweeted out this picture on Friday morning - showing a message of support for Pat Hickey from The European Olympic Committees, and the Association of National Olympic Committees at the General Assembly of the European Olympic Committee in Minsk, Belarus. Photograph: Twitter

Assembly is told the former president is innocent of all Rio ticket touting charges

Paul Howard at Luggala, Co Wicklow, where Tara Browne is buried. Tara Browne is the subject of Howard’s new book ‘I Read The News Today, Oh Boy’. Photograph: Eric Luke

Running can be meditative, especially if you find "frosty grass of an early morning”

Ireland’s Robert Heffernan after crossing the finish line of the London 2012 Olympic Games Men’s 50km race walk. Photograph: Getty Images

There will be a special medal presentation on November 3rd at the City Hall in Cork

The Irish Olympic Council tweeted out this picture on Friday morning - showing a message of support for Pat Hickey from The European Olympic Committees, and the Association of National Olympic Committees at the General Assembly of the European Olympic Committee in Minsk, Belarus. Photograph: Twitter

‘We’ve studied allegations against Patrick Hickey, from what we know he’s not guilty’

Lance Arsmtrong has pulled out of an appearance at Dublin’s One Zero conference. Photograph: Getty

No refunds will be offered with disgraced cyclist citing legal reasons for withdrawal

Stephen Colvert is free to compete but continues to try and clear his name after he received a two-year doping ban in 2014. Photograph: Inpho

Sprinter Colvert now free to compete after two-year ban following positive test in 2014

GAA director general Páraic Duffy has made some running repairs to his proposed reform of the All-Ireland football championship. Photograph: Inpho

Quarter-final round robin ties would be shared between HQ and county grounds

Allianz League games previously shown on Setanta will not be broadcast on Virgin

“They were very happy for me personally, but as managers and players they weren’t as happy. They (Éamonn Fitzmaurice and Jack O’Connor) didn’t put any pressure on me to stay, they said it was my own decision.”

‘It’s a very quiet place, like Dingle, and I was very comfortable there’

Paul Mannion celebrates scoring the goal which sealed Dublin’s quarter-final win over Donegal. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dublin star has no regrets about taking a break from the game to pursue his studies in China

“We’d love to have him back and we all wish him well but he’s happy so that’s the most important thing.”

Dublin defender is expected to still be in New Zealand for 2017 championship

 Fionnuala McCormack  on her way to winning the senior women’s race during the Autumn open cross country festival at the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown, Dublin. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Olympic marathon runner takes first cross country race of season at brand new track

Olympic Council of Ireland president Pat Hickey in his dressing gown moments after Brazilian police arrived at his hotel.

Ian O’Riordan speaks to athletes and OCI team members who were on the scene in Rio

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan with Irish cross country runner Ciara Mageean at the opening of the Sport Ireland National Cross Country Track. Photograph: Sportsfile

Ian O’Riordan: Failure to increase funding and development of Olympic sports doesn’t auger well

Marc Ó Sé retires from Kerry with five All-Ireland titles and three league medals. Photograph: Don MacMonagle.

Long-standing family dynasty in Kingdom concludes with youngest of brothers calling time

Tipperary’s Ronan Maher tackles Kilkenny’s TJ Reid. “It was nice to get another one over on them [Kilkenny],it’s been a long time since 2010.”Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Defender planning for club final with Thurles before focusing again on Premier ambitions

Philly McMahon at the Ireland Active Conference launch: “This team isn’t going to be here next year – it’s going to be a different team.”   Photograph: dan Sheridan/Inpho

Defender expecting fierce competition to win a place in champions’ defence in 2017

Colm Cooper: “We certainly didn’t think they [Dublin] were invincible. When you come from Kerry, you think you can beat everyone.”  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Kerry star concentrating for now on Dr Crokes’ Kerry county final assignment

Brothers Séamus and Aidan O’Shea of Mayo show their dejection following Mayo’s agonising one-point defeat to Dublin  at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

‘This team is hardened enough and steely enough, and the appetite will be there’

Canada’s Shawn Barber was allowed to compete at the Rio Olympics despite testing positive for cocaine after the national trials. Photograph: Getty Images.

Cocaine use by professional athletes and players needs to be addressed

Tipperary’s Séamus Callanan has been nominated for the Player of the Year award. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

One third of candidates for awards playing with reigning All-Ireland champions

Athletics Ireland will straightaway begin the search for a new director of High Performance after Kevin Ankrom confirmed his decision to step down from the role. Photo: Inpho

Ankrom’s current contract ended with the Rio Olympics, having being appointed in 2011

Stephen Cluxton: one of the 11 players nominated from back-to-back All-Ireland champions Dublin. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Champions and beaten All-Ireland finalists account for 22 (11 each) of the total of 45 spots

Referee Maurice Deegan black-carding Dublin defender Jonny Cooper during the All-Ireland final replay against Mayo. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

Dublin defender suggests referees need assistance when it comes to black cards

Waterford’s Austin Gleeson: he is one of those in line to pick up the Player of the Year accolade on Saturday night

Westmeath’s Niall Mitchell is first player from county to pick up such an award

Dublin’s Cian O’Sullivan: “It’s a bit unfair on the clubs, that the players are only handed back to them, with a week to go, before the championship.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Cian O’Sullivan prepares to lock horns with All-Ireland club champions Ballyboden

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