Katie Taylor fighting with Russia’s Sofya Ochigava during the women’s lightweight final at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Photograph: Scott Heavey/Getty Images.

In more a case of being intelligent about how to improve over the next four weeks than a crisis of confidence, Katie Taylor has requested that Russia’(...)

Ian Madigan at the Ulster Bank League – Drop Kick for your Club Launch at Lansdowne RFC yesterday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

When Joe Schmidt sat down with Ian Madigan, he wanted what the IRFU wanted. That was for Madigan to remain in Ireland under their auspices. It was, s(...)

Ireland’s Brendan Irvine in action against Daniel Asenov of Bulgaria in the Olympic qualifying event. Photo: Inpho

Though back to winning ways Katie Taylor will nonetheless be stung by her defeat at the Rio Olympic qualifying event in Turkey. Her win over Svetland (...)

Leinster flanker  Josh van der Flier stretches over to touch down for try in the Guinness Pro 12 game against Edinburgh at the RDS. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Leinster 30 Edinburgh 23 Leinster will be disappointed with a couple of the tries Edinburgh scored against them but they always had another gear in a(...)

Katie Taylor reacts as Yana Alekseevna of Azerbaijan celebrates victory in their European Olympics qualifier semi-final in Samsun, Turkey. Photograph: Ilyas Gun/Anadolu Agency

It’s is not the end of the road to Rio for Katie Taylor, with another qualifying event available in the world championships next month. But her defeat(...)

Banbridge host Glenanne at Havelock Park in the EY Hockey League this weekend.

Apart from a couple of stray matches here and there the EY Hockey League will be largely resolved this weekend with Lisnagarvey, Monkstown and Banbri(...)

Katie Taylor is into the last four at the European Olympic Qualification tournament. Photograph: Inpho

There was disappointment for the women’s team at the Olympic Qualifying tournament in Turkey, when Cavan’s Ceire Smith and Christina Desmond, who was (...)

Paul O’Connell: suffered a career-ending injury in the World Cup that ruined his hopes of playing club rugby in France. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

An average of two rugby players from each province suffer career ending injuries each year in the Irish system. That figure is drawn from 250 profess(...)

A pool of blood stains the canvas after a UFC bout:  Mixed martial arts brings people into a world that is more closely associated with assault and violence than any other sport. Photograph: David Dermer/ Diamond Images/Getty Images

The death of Joao Carvalho plays out to the back drop of an orchestra of screaming, excited fans, many of them children. Some leave their seats to run(...)

 Ceire Smith and Christina Desmond both enjoyed wins in Turkey on Monday. Photograph: Inpho

Olympic lightweight champion Katie Taylor took the first step towards defending her title in Rio next August with a win in the European Olympic Qualif(...)