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January January 3rd A succession of storms causes major damage, particularly in the west and south. Widespread flooding requires €70(...)

Rory McIlroy holds up the Wanamaker Trophy after winning the PGA Championship  at Valhalla in Louisville, Kentucky. It was his second Major win of the year. Photo: John Locher/AP

Rory McIlroy’s magnificent year in golf has been acknowledged with his last award of 2014, and there have been so many, after being crowned RTÉ Spo(...)

Sean Moncrieff discussed the dangers of Christmas at home. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It is, unfortunately, a familiar story. Sean Moncrieff (Newstalk, weekdays) hears of a benign religious tradition whose meaning and message have be(...)

 Katie Taylor pictured at Dublin Airport after arriving home from the world women’s boxing championships in South Korea where she won her fifth gold medal. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Katie Taylor has landed her fair share of uppercuts in boxing rings around the globe. Now comes confirmation that she can deliver a knockout blow in t(...)

It’s a sign of the times that we’re sitting here the week before Christmas and already it’s pretty obvious that there will be no Irish winner of the E(...)

France’s Sebastien Vahaamahina on the charge. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

March 15th 2014 – Stade de France, Paris.The wonder is when not if it will happen. Ireland lead 22-20 as the seconds tick away. Not again. France refu(...)

Paddy ‘Rala’ O’Reilly celebrates with the Ireland rugby team on there way back to Dublin after winning the Six Nations last season. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Paddy O’Reilly, or ‘Rala’ as the Irish rugby team calls him, has been Ireland’s bagman for the last 20 years and ‘Baggage Master’, an uppity title (...)

The  physicality of the collisions  in international rugby is breathtaking  but so too the athletic prowess,  as demonstrated here by  Australia’s Kurtley Beale, who beats team-mate Israel Folau and Ireland’s Rob Kearney to the ball at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

One truth comes screaming out of this week’s debate about the use of strength-enhancing substances in rugby union: even the insiders are slightly bewi(...)

THE BEST The Bloodied Field by Michael Foley (O’Brien Press, €16.99) A sports book, a history book, a thriller. Like a quietly determined geek wit(...)

Brian O’Driscoll, with daughter Sadie, after playing his last home International game for Ireland. The match, along with a  gruesome episode of Love/Hate were among the most tweeted events of 2014.Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Brian O’Driscoll, an episode of Love/Hate and the All Ireland football semi-final got the country tweeting in 2014, according to the annual “Year on T(...)