Alison Miller in action against New Zealand

When Portlaoise native Alison Miller scored Ireland’s second try against New Zealand in last month’s Women’s Rugby World Cup, she immediately etched h(...)

“Rory’s got that real athlete’s body now,” said Greg Allen of RTÉ of the world’s number one golfer, Rory McIlroy, “not totally ripped, in the Tiger Woods sense; he’s just superbly conditioned, especially when you watch him from behind”. Photograph: Hunter Martin/Getty Images

I was having a beer with Greg Allen in Zurich last weekend and he was telling me about Rory McIlroy’s arse. It was early and the beer was light and it(...)

Silver medallist John Treacy leads bronze medal winner Charlie Spedding of Great Britain during the  Marathon event   at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California during the 1984 Olympics.  Photo:  Tony Duffy/Getty

Not long now until the quiet jubilee of the most magnificently spontaneous sporting commentary in Irish athletics history. That is no exaggeration, be(...)

Ireland’s Rob Heffernan celebrates as he comes home to win gold at the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow.  Photograph: Ian MacNicol / Inpho

Once again it’s a case of better late than never as Rob Heffernan becomes the latest Irish athlete in line for a major championship medal due to the (...)

 Ireland’s Roisin McGettigan competing in the Women’s 3000m Steeplechase. Photograph:   Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Athletics Ireland have begun seeking the European Indoor bronze medal now due to Roisin McGettigan after Russia’s Anna Alminova became the latest athl(...)

 Mayo manager James Horan (left) and Gavin Duffy (centre) along with Mayo players at Dr Hyde Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

We were delighted to welcome David Gillick in to us on the Irish Times Second Captains Podcast on Monday, to talk about his decision to retire from in(...)

 Derval O’Rourke: ”I’ve had an absolutely amazing career in athletics and for that I am so grateful to all the support I have received along the way.”

Some athletes are forced into retirement, others simply make the hard call, and for Derval O’Rourke it’s probably a bit of both. After 12 seasons c(...)

Men’s Javelin competitor Terry McHugh in action at the Sydney Olympics. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

When it seemed another week of nothing but high praise for Brian O’Driscoll sounded a bit repetitive, along came some reminders of what it mean(...)

Mock no more: Liverpool-Irish country star Nathan Carter is the subject of a gushing paean by Marie-Louise O’Donnell

For a long time it was the love that dare not speak its name, but these days it is a ubiquitous lifestyle, and elements of its distinctive culture are(...)

Sarah Lavin: Chasing records.

My old friends at letsrun.com – now the global leaders in running websites – are conducting a “clean or dirty” poll of all current world records. The (...)