Athlete Ciara Mageean speaking at the Sport Ireland’s Anti-Doping Annual Review for 2016 on Thursday. Photograph: Seb Daly/Sportsfile.

Irish 1,500m runner Ciara Mageean says ‘No I wouldn’t, definitely not’

 In attentance at the Sport Ireland’s Anti-Doping Annual Review for 2016 were (from left) Caroline Murphy, chairperson, Anti Doping Committee, Sport Ireland; John Treacy, chief executive , Irish Sports Council; Patrick O’Donovan, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport; Dr Una May, Sport Ireland Director of Participation and Ethics, and Siobhan Leonard, Sport Ireland Anti-Doping manager.  Photograph: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Just 4 of 1,003 doping tests carried out by Sport Ireland resulted in rule violation

The Dublin team at last year’s Senior All-Ireland final. Photograph: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Dublin-Mayo clash ahead of Dublin-Roscommon mens ‘promises to be a great game’

Brian Cody: “As far as we’re concerned, Brian Cody will always be up there. No matter what happens from here on,” says Eddie Keher. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Kilkenny legend says manager’s achievements will never be repeated in any county

Dublin’s Dean Rock scores a point from a free kick against Mayo in the Allianz League. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Free-taking forward has played in every game of Dublin’s unbeaten run

Derek McGrath: “I’m such an obsessive character. First thing in the morning I tend to think about hurling.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Waterford boss has taken break from teaching after he felt his standards were slipping

Waterford manager Derek McGrath with Cork manager Kieran Kingston after the recent league clash at Walsh Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Waterford manager joins calls for the revamping of both main hurling competitions

Colm Cooper of Dr. Crokes scores a goalas they beat Slaughtneil to claim the All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Kerry star to decide future in coming days after win over Derry side Slaughtneil

“It used to get him bad tempered and act down said his wife. He used to pick on me. But now he’s stopped he’s much better in our sex life and in our general life.” Photograph: Murray Close/Getty Images

Not many people noticed massive dose of anabolic steroids seized in Donegal

Representing Ireland should require some basic knowledge of Irish sport, right?

Kerry’s Killian Young in action against Dublin’s Shane Carty in the last league or championship game Dublin lost  – in Killarney in March 2015. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kerry stalwart keen for Kingdom to register an overdue win over Dublin in Tralee

Down’s Conor Maginn and Derry’s Conor Nevin in action in the National Football League Division Two. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/Presseye/Inpho

Fermanagh prop up the table and yet remain only four points adrift of the Lillywhites

Ballyea’s Tony Kelly  gets away from David Noonan of Glen Rovers during the Munster hurling club final in Thurles. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Tony Kelly’s outfit are riding a wave of momentum ahead of All-Ireland club final

 Oisín Gough, David Treacy and Paul Schutte lift the trophy after Cuala’s  Leinster club final win over O’Loughlin Gaels at O’Moore Park, Portlaoise. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Schuttes, O’Callaghans and Treacys now bidding for historic All-Ireland club success

Mattie Donnelly played an attacking role for Tyrone in their  Football League Division One win over Cavan at  Healy Park on Sunday. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/Inpho.

Loss of Connor McAliskey to long-term injury will not hold Tyrone back

Lee Chin has qualified comments he made about his experience with the Vancouver   Canucks. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Wexford hurler had talked openly about his spell with the Vancouver Canucks

Kevin Mulcaire: “How many Irish juniors actually go on to achieve something? It’s so easy to get lost in Ireland.” Photograph: Inpho

Kevin Mulcaire the latest to slip through the cracks in the Irish athletics system

Lee Chin features in The Toughest Trade this Friday at 10:35pm on RTÉ2. Photograph:  Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Wexford hurler says fighting part of the game while drinking culture is tolerated

Lee Chin swapped places with former Vancouver Canucks goalkeeper Alex Auld for AIB’s Toughest Trade. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

‘They were lowering pints the day before a game, and that was sitting at lunch,’ he said

Danielle Hill in action during 200m backstroke heats at the European Championships at  London Aquatics Centre in 2016. Photograph: Inpho

The Belfast swimmer broke the national 50 metres freestyle record at the age of just 17

 Cian O’Callaghan: “We had a 13-week gap, between the Leinster final and the semi-final, which I suppose is unheard of in any other sport.” Photograph:    Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Fixtures chaos ensures Cuala defender is unable to fulfil UCD and Dublin duties

Ballyea’s Tony Kelly, left, and Cian O’Callaghan from Cuala ahead of their clash in the AIB GAA Senior Hurling Club Championship Final in Croke Park on St Patrick’s Day. Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Former Hurler of the Year: ‘If the Super 8 were to come into the hurling I’d be a fan of it’

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean had to drop out of the 1,500m final at the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Belgrade. Photo: Inpho

The 1,500m runner was the great medal hope in Belgrade but withdrew during the final

Tempers flare between both sets of players during the Allianz League Division 1A clash between Kilkenny and Cork. Photo: Ken Sutton/Inpho

An assured performance from the Cats saw them ease past Cork and answer the critics

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean after dropping out of the 1,500m final at the European Indoor Athletics Championships. Photo: Sasa Pahic Szabo/Inpho

Irish runner struggled after her heat yesterday and dropped out with two laps to go

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean on her way to finishing fourth in her heat and qualifying for the European Indoor 1,500m final . Photograph: Sasa Pahic Szabo/Inpho

Irish athlete glad to get through in European Indoors, despite illness affecting performance

Coach Alberto Salazar with athletes Mo Farah (right) and Galen Rupp. Photograph: PA.

Wada consider reinstating world’s favourite stimulant to banned substance list

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean after finishing fourth on Friday. Photograph: Sasa Pahic Szabo/Inpho

John Travers saw his chances of qualifying disappear after he heard a re-start gun

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean competing in the 1,500m at the Rio Olympics last year. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

Portaferry native getting over all difficulties to give her best at European Indoor Championships

Ciara Neville of Emerald AC (number 72) will make her senior debut for Ireland in the 60m at the European Indoor Championships. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile.

Ciara Mageean is the leading hope of the team of 10 travelling out to Serbia

Brian Cody: “I wouldn’t say we are in a difficult place. We’re in a difficult league. It is a competitive league.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Kilkenny manager will continue to ‘bed in younger players’ despite two league defeats

 Michael Murphy trained with Clermont Auvergne as part of  AIB’s ‘The Toughest Trade’ airing at 9.30pm on Wednesday the 1st of March on RTÉ2. Photograph:   Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Courtesy and welcome within Top 14’s side professional environment surprised him

Michael Murphy in action against Dublin in the Allianz League.  The Donegal forward says the pace of the competition has risen over the past few years. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/Inpho/Presseye

Donegal forward says issue is ‘demoralising’ for intercounty and club players

 Television commentator and former Wales player Shane Williams: “I have no idea what happened in the second half. Scotland frustrated Wales.” Photograph: Getty Images

Former Wales winger reflects on his week with Donegal’s Michael Murphy

“There may be a slight increase in the number of games [broadcast] but it’ll be limited,” says GAA director-general Páraic Duffy. Photograph: Inpho.

Duffy says more games could be broadcast but there will be no change in financial terms

Tempers flared during the 2015 league meeting between Kerry and Dublin in Killarney. The sides meet in Tralee on March 18th this year. Photograph:   Cathal Noonan/Inpho

A win for Jim Gavin’s team over Mayo on Saturday would set up intriguing encounter

The International Olympic Committee is left with only two candidate cities for the 2024 Olympics – Paris and Los Angeles – after Budapest, Boston, Hamburg and Rome dropped out of the race. Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

The Olympics are a poisoned brand few cities want to touch – where do they go from here?

 Páraic Duffy:  as chairman of the intercounty work group, 17 years ago, he successfully introduced the most radical reform in the history of the GAA’s championship. Photograph: Donall Farmer

GAA director general aims to pilot through biggest reform to championship since 2000

GAA director general Páraic Duffy. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

70% of membership against proposed reform to football championship

The GAA Annual Congress will take place in Croke Park this year. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

Donegal and Wexford will voice unanimous opposition to Páraic Duffy’s plan

 Club Players’ Association chairman Michael Briody: “We have called the GAA to take on board other stakeholders’ views.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Association remains emphatically opposed to proposed football championship changes

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ciara Mageean hoping to repeat or improve on European bronze medal at 1,500m

Ciara Mageean of UCD AC with her gold medal after winning the 3000m at the National Senior Indoor Championships at the National Indoor Arena, Abbotstown. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile.

Transfer of allegiance now suiting Ireland as shown at new National Indoor Arena

“And that is the magic of cycling: the simple forward motion from the power in your legs treats you to great bursts of freedom.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Cycling on the open road has its own gentle rush and slow thrill

Darren O’Sullivan: the Kerry star will spearhead Glenbeigh-Glencar’s bid for the All-Irlenad Junior title against Tyrone side The Rock.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Kerry star Darran O’Sullivan bidding to add an All-Ireland junior medal to his honours' list

Ciara Mageean: finished fifth in the 1500m at the Athlone International Indoor meeting. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Romanian Claudia Bobocea runs a personal best of of 4:08.19 as she secures victory

Liam Rushe: “These lads have the same route to travel. Ger [Cunningham] has given them the rope. It’s up to them to seize their opportunity.”  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Captain says young guns must grab their chance as Dublin face tough trip to Cork

Wexford hurler Lee Chin: “I’m not worrying about injury. Obviously I just hope I come back in one piece.” Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Wexford’s finest heads to Canada to train with professional NHL team Vancouver Canucks

Shane Carthy of St Vincent’s  is put under pressure by the Slaughtneil trio of  Christopher Bradley, Keelan Feeney and Patsy Bradley  during the All-Ireland club semi-final at Pairc Esler, Newry. Photograph: Inpho

Derry champions already in football final while the hurlers face Cuala in the semi-final

Dublin’s Ryan O’Dwyer and Paddy Smyth tackle Aidan McCormack of Tipperary during their Allianz League clash. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The All-Ireland champions picked up exactly where they left off at GAA headquarters

Eamonn Coghlan winning the Wanamaker Mile in New York in  1977. Photograph:  William N. Jacobellis/New York Post Archives /via Getty Images)

Bernard Ibirogba and Emily Kelly get the chance to compete at world famous event

 Sarah Keane is congratulated after being elected as the new president of the Olympic Council of Ireland during their EGM at the Conrad Hotel in Dublin. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Swim Ireland chief executive wins overwhelming majority of vote at EGM

Willie O’Brien: worked closely with Pat Hickey and has been involved with the  OCI for 21 years. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile/Getty

Former competitive archer has long been regarded as a Pat Hickey loyalist

Pat Hickey was president of the Olympic Council of Ireland from 1989. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Who is favourite; how will the vote work; who has a vote and what will it take to win a seat

 Cian Dillon at the Allianz Hurling League launch in Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Banner County begin defence of their league title away to Cork on Saturday night

Tipperary’s Seamus Callinan:  “Sometimes you won’t score as much as you do in other days, but you have to take that too. Once you’re enjoying the game, that’s the main thing.” Photograph: Inpho

Winner of All-Star in 2016 says Tipperary want to continue last year's success

Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald at the Allianz Hurling League launch in Croke Park. Photograph: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Former Clare manager has mellowed but his passion for competition is still unmistakable

Pat Hickey will play no role in Thursday night’s vote to replace him as OCI president. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

71-year-old: ‘Time has now come to pass the Irish Olympic torch to a new generation’

Richie Hogan scored 11 points as Kilkenny edged out Galway to secure a 20th Walsh Cup. Photograph: Inpho/Tommy Dickson

Ever-reliable Richie Hogan slots 11 points to see Brian Cody’s Cats home at Nowlan Park

Mick Clohisey in the marathon in Rio. “I’ve seen some pictures of myself in Rio, and can’t believe how bad I look.” Photograph: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Ron Hill clocked up over 150,000 miles, the equivalent of running six times around the world

Dublin’s Rory O’Carroll is currently living in New Zealand. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

All Star full-back is expected to remain in New Zealand until after the summer

 Peter Crowley will continue as Kerry captain for the time being. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Roscommon manager Kevin McStay names two debutants to take on Tyrone

Last year’s Ice Mile swim in Lough Dan.

Sixteen half mad swimmers will attempt the Ice Mile in Lough Dan this Saturday

Sports agent now represents the interests of best-known figures from a range of sports

 Wicklow manager Johnny Magee watches his side play Carlow in the All Ireland Senior Championship last year. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Manager feels his county would benefit from a more liberal cross-border agreement

There are three candidates to succeed Pat Hickey as president of the OCI. Photograph: Inpho/James Crombie

Willie O’Brien, Sarah Keane and Bernard O’Byrne the candidates to replace Pat Hickey

Michael Fitzsimons started for Dublin at corner back in the All-Ireland final replay against Mayo. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Corner-back has proven a breakthrough can be made despite champions’ wealth of talent

William O’Brien is looking to remain in his role in the OCI. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Deloitte recommendation was to limit the terms of all executive committee members

Luggala estate,  Co Wicklow

‘A miraculously preserved kingdom where the only certainty is that it never stays the same’

Kerry’s Darran O’Sullivan finds the back of the net in the All-Ireland semi-final against Dublin last summer. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Kerry forward has no regrets about giving up his job to concentrate on his football career

Rhys McClenaghan performing for invited guests including An Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the opening of eh new National Indoor Arena at Adamstown, Dublin. Photograph:  Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

New facility the jewel in the crown of the National Sports Campus at Abbotstown

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross, has confirmed the government report into the Rio Olympics ticketing controversy will be five months late. Photograph: Inpho/Billy Stickland

Shane Ross declines to comment on Pat Hickey who is yet to receive Brazil court date

Marita Koch’s 47.60 for 400m  has stood as both the European and world record since 1985 and that may never be broken as doping was systematic in that era in East Germany. Photograph : Tony Duffy/Getty Images

European Athletics’ bid to weed out dubious records an exercise fraught with difficulty

 Mayo’s Sarah Rowe, Donegal’s Geraldine McLaughlin, Cork’s Jess O’Shea and Dublin’s Sinéad Goldrick attend the announcement of Lidl Ireland’s second year of partnership with the Ladies Gaelic Football Association.  Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

All Star player calls for more State funding for Women’s Gaelic Players Association

GAA Director General Paraic Duffy has strongly defended the proposed reform to the All-Ireland football championship. Photo: Inpho

GAA director general has defended the proposed reforms to the football championship

Aidan O’Mahony: “I have utmost respect for every player whom I have played against as we all put on our county colours with a common goal in mind.” Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

‘His aggression and never-say-die attitude was an inspiration’ says Jack O’Connor

Jonny Cooper (right) with Kerry’s Donnchadh Walsh   at the 2017 Allianz Football League launch on Monday in Croke Park. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

‘I would agree that the black card has helped to clean the game up’ says Dublin defender

Donnchadh Walsh of Kerry: ‘The whole ethos in the dressing room ... is that it’s up to the players to be the leaders.’ Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Stars will not be following intercounty retirement of Aidan O’Mahony and Marc Ó Sé

FAI chief executive John Delaney  had been identified by Pat Hickey as his successor as president of the OCI. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dáil committee’s behaviour during week doesn’t augur well for greater accountability

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

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