Annmarie McGlynn, Fionnuala Britton, Michelle Finn, Sara Treacy, Siobhan O’Doherty and Laura Crowe show off their medals in Samokov yesterday. Photograph: Sasa Pahic Szabo/Inpho

Whoever designed the European Cross Country course in Samokov was not thinking of a 34-year-old mother of two. Melting snow in some parts, treachero(...)

Ireland’s Fionnuala Britton finished sixth at the European Cross Country Championships in Samokov, Bulgaria. Photograph. Photograph: Sasa Pahic Szabo.

Sometimes the best medals are the ones we don’t expect, those won not from the front but from behind, when bronze shines almost as sweetly as gold.No(...)

Sonia O’Sullivan had a wonderful year in 1995, winning the World Athletics Championships women’s 5000m. Photograph: Tom Honan/Inpho.

On this date 20 years ago Sonia O’Sullivan felt rubbish and unmotivated. She started off with her usual warm-up around Richmond Park, close to her (...)

Joe Ward after  the Irish National Elite Championships men’s finals in March. He will be in APB action again next month. Photograph: Inpho

Irish light-heavy Joe Ward outclassed Serge Mitchel to record his second AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) victory in Sofia, Bulgaria on Friday night.The 2011 Eu(...)

Ventsislava Lyubenova with her son, Angel, and husband Ivaylo Siromashki outside the apartment in Blanchardstown. All their possessions are still inside. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

For almost two weeks, Ventsislava Lyubenova, her husband Ivaylo Siromashki, and their son, Angel (10) have been locked out of the apartment they had r(...)

Protesters during demonstrations against fracking  in Barlad, Romania.  Photograph: Cristian Movila/The New York Times

Vlasa Mircia, the mayor of the destitute village of Pungesti in eastern Romania, thought he had struck it rich when US energy giant Chevron showed up (...)

Ludogoret’s Georgi Terziev celebrates his late equaliser against Liverpool in Sofia

A Champions League campaign intended to showcase Liverpool’s return among the European elite has delivered only torment for Brendan Rodgers. There was(...)

Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard at  a training session at the club’s Melwood training complex. Liverpool will play Bulgarian side Ludogorets Razgrad in the Champions League on Wednesday. Photograph: Phil Noble / Reuters

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers accepts captain Steven Gerrard is no longer the driving force he was but insists it is wrong to write him off entire(...)

 People taking part in the anti-water charges protest march, in O’Connell Street, Dublin, earlier this month. Photograph: Eric Luke

The debate triggered by recent water charge-related incidents has focused attention on the scope and limits of our entitlement to protest. The startin(...)

The Minister for the Environment, Alan Kelly, has announced households made up of two adults or more will have to pay €160 a year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Another Q&A about Irish Water? Seriously? Have we not been here before? Yes, yes we have. This is the fifth water-based Q&A we’ve done in j(...)