Ireland’s Roisin McGettigan and Russia’s Anna Alminova compete in the heats of the women’s 1,500m at the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Turin in 2009. When Alminova was stripped of the gold medal, McGettigan received the bronze. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

She didn’t name any names, nor indeed could she, although Roisin McGettigan is pretty certain other Irish athletes have been denied a place on the med(...)

 Derval O’Rourke celebrates winning  silver in the women’s 100m hurdles final at the 2010 European Athletics Championships in Barcelona. Since her retirement she has turned her focus to food. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

More than a decade ago British rower Steve Redgrave and his band of merry men were training one morning when they were visited by a journalist from(...)

Derval O’Rourke retired from competitive athletics last June. Photograph: Inpho.

Four months after formally hanging up her track spikes Derval O’Rourke has now found herself a new role in the rugby arena, taking up the position (...)

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 etche(...)

“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(...)