Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice before the 2013 All-Ireland SFC semi-final against Dublin at Croke Park. Kerry lost but such was their performance the young manager emerged with his reputation actually enhanced. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

At half-time in the 2006 All-Ireland final, the Kerry dressing room was a crankier place than it ought to have been given they’d just posted a lordly (...)

 Middleweight Jason Quigley (left)  against Zanibek Alimkhanulyin the World Championship final last year. Quigley will face Howard Reece in his first professional fight on Saturday. Photograph: Cahal Noonan/INPHO

Jason Quigley will face Florida’s Howard Reece in his debut professional fight on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas. The former Irish (...)

Katie Taylor (left) in action against Estelle Mossely during the 60kg final at the Polyvalent Arena in Bucharest, Romania. Photo: Octavian Cocolos/Inpho

It seemed an unlikely end when the tears came to Katie Taylor and the words began to choke her up in Bucharest. An audible gasp of relief, the sense o(...)

Irish middleweight Jason Quigley has yet to reveal if he will try to qualify for the Rio Olympic Games. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Irish boxers will find it much harder to qualify for the Rio Olympic Games than they did for London. With the changing landscape in amateur box(...)

 Ireland’s Jason Quigley on his way to defeat  against Zanibek Alimkhanuly  of Kazakhstan during their middleweight final clash. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It was a leaden Jason Quigley who took to his 3.50am flight from Almaty on Sunday morning. Several hours after his World Championships final defeat, t(...)

Light-heavyweight Joe Ward after he stopped Russian opponent Nikita Ivanov early in the bout to record a technical knockout. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

If the emotional currency of Irish coach Billy Walsh is equilibrium and a clear mind you might say that on days like yesterday at the World Championsh(...)

Ireland’s Paddy Barnes (red) vs Jasurbek Latipov of Uzbekistan during their quarter-final bout. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Paddy Barnes left the Palace of Sport in Almaty yesterday with possible concussion following his defeat to Uzbekistan’s Jasurbek Latipov. The Belfast (...)

Ireland’s Paddy Barnes after his defeat to Jasurbek Latipov of Uzbekistan in Almaty. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Paddy Barnes has criticised Aiba’s decision to get rid of headgear in amateur boxing following his quarter-final defeat at the World Championships in (...)

Ireland’s Adam Nolan exchanges punches with Souleymane Cissokho of France during their 69kg bout at the AIBA World Boxing Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Photograph: Paul Mohan/Sportsfile

Ireland manager Billy Walsh believes Irish welterweight Adam Nolan was very unlucky to lose a split decision against France’s Souleymane Cissokho in h(...)

 Irish coaches Zuar Antia, Billy Walsh and Eddie Bolger. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Irish boxing coach Billy Walsh tried to talk John Joe Nevin out of turning professional a number of times before the European champion and Olympic (...)