Katie Walsh:  ‘I never in my life went down to the start of a race thinking that I was girl in a field of lads.’ Photograph: Spencer Murphy

Katie Walsh fishes for her phone and digs out the publicity photo she had shot a couple of weeks ago to promote Ladies’ Day at Aintree. “I had to ride(...)

Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, USA: Padraig Harrington waves to the gallery as he walks up to the 17th green during the second play-off hole during the final round of the Honda Classic. Photograph: Peter Casey/USA Today

It ended with a missed three-foot putt, which was appropriate since he’d been missing from that distance all weekend. But for once it didn’t matter. P(...)

Tommy O’Donnell is tackled by Billy Vunipola and Richard Wigglesworth after coming on for Seán O’Brien in Ireland’s 19-9 victory against England. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

There have been times in this Six Nations when it has looked like Tommy O’Donnell was doomed to be the one who was one too many. Three games down, he(...)

Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor make his first start of the year as his side face Monaghan at MacHale Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

SATURDAY Division One Tyrone v Derry, Healy Park, 7.0, Live Setanta Ireland  It’s been going from bad to worse for Derry and manage(...)

Irish Times sports journalist Carl O’Malley, who passed away suddenly on Thursday at the age of 36

To the utter shock and deep sadness of all who knew him, Irish Times sports journalist Carl O’Malley died suddenly on Thursday night. He became(...)

Aogán Farrell: his big pitch on the campaign trail  was for clarity and due respect to finally be brought about for club players. Photograph: Inpho.

If, in the three years that lie ahead, the need arises for Aogán Farrell to show backbone as GAA president, maybe an incident from back in 2008 wil(...)

Shane O’Donnell and Domhnall O’Donovan after winning the 2013 All-Ireland final replay in which O’Donnell scored a hat-trick. Photograph: James Crombie/INPHO

‘I haven’t done one of these in a long time,” smiles Shane O’Donnell, flopping into the seat opposite. It’s Rag week in Cork and all his friends are i(...)

Dublin’s Danny Suttcliffe evades  Kieran Bergin of Tipperary during the Dubs Allianz League win. (Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer)

Unpredictable as ever, unvarnished as you like, the Allianz Hurling League coughed back into action over the weekend with the bookies’ favourites goin(...)

St Vincent’s Ger Brennan with Garrycastle’s Dessie Dolan. “He is an exceptional player for Vincent’s and he’s the one person that makes them tick,” says Dolan. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

You don’t go on a two-and-a-half-year unbeaten run without squeaking through a tight spot or two so maybe it’s perversely apt that the last time St Vi(...)

Cork’s Donal Og Hodnett tries to get past Monaghan’s Stephen Gollogly. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Presseye/Inpho

Four games in the top two divisions of the Allianz Football League yesterday and not a single home team managed a win. Cork are now top of the pile, (...)