Crowds watch as performers from the French arts group Royal de Luxe take to the streets of Limerick with their Giant Grandmother parade as part of this years city of culture celebrations. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire. 1:59

A 25-foot Giant Grandmother moved much more than traffic when she finally arrived in Limerick for her highly anticipated three day visit.A sea of smil(...)

Connacht athletes take part in the parade through Limerick city this evening. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho 0:47

Forget São Paulo, for unforgottable sporting opening ceremonies, Limerick was the place to be tonight as the city opened its arms to welcome Special O(...)

 Jockey Sam Waley Cohen and Long Run. The 2011 Gold Cup winner  has been given a rating over a stone and a half lower than his career peak. He’s not as good as he was – but he surely hasn’t regressed that much. Photo: Nick Potts/PA

It’s almost 40 years since a Cheltenham Gold Cup winner won the Grand National and it is a very different Grand National now to when L’Escargot fam(...)

 Aintree Racecourse on the opening day of the Crabbie’s Grand National 2014. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

County Kildare trainer Peter Maher feels he has Big Shu in the shape of his life ahead of Saturday’s first £1 million Crabbies’ Grand National (...)

Tony McCoy on Colbert Station after winning the Paddy Power Chase in 2012.

Ground conditions could yet dictate what Irish-trained horse Tony McCoy teams up with in Saturday’s Crabbie’s(...)

 Tidal Bay, with Ruby Walsh on board, clears the last to win The John Smith’s Hurdle Race at Wetherby in 2012. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Tidal Bay has been allotted top weight of 11st 10lb for the Crabbie’s Grand National at Aintree on April 5th. The Paul Nicholls-trained 1(...)

Runners and riders in the Grade One Racing Post Novice Chase during Day One of the Leopardstown Christmas Festival yesterday.photograph: niall carson/pa

Gold Cups and Champion Hurdles might represent the pinnacle but while JP McManus knows what they’re like to win, the legendary owner relishes successf(...)

Ruby Walsh returns on Briar Hill following their victory in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper at last March’s Cheltenham Festival. The partnership are fancied to land tomorrow’s Grade One €70,000 Navan Novice Hurdle.

Even by Irish standards, just four runners in tomorrow’s €70,000 Navan Novice Hurdle is a below average Grade One turnout in terms of quantity, but Br(...)

A second Irish Examiner poster, erected in Limerick after the first was torn down. Picture: Mike Cowhey

There have protests in Limerick and Kerry over a billboard advertising campaign promoting the Irish Examiner which has prompted more than 20 complaint(...)

Tony McCoy has chosen to ride Colbert Station. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Tony McCoy has decided to ride the Ted Walsh-trained Colbert Station in Saturday’s Grand National at Aintree. The champion jockey faced a(...)