Michelle De Bruin was banned form swimming for four years two years after winning three swimming gold medals at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. Photograph: Eric Luke.

Someone needs to talk about Michelle. How much longer can her Olympic medal history remain so conveniently muted, now that the whole world is open to (...)

Sonia O’Sullivan was one of the many Irish athletes to accept a scholarship at a US university. Photograph: Getty.

The plan was to smash a few records and then run in the Olympics. There is no sure-fire path to any sporting glory, only the tried and trusted. And wh(...)

Paul Dunne’s time at University of Alabama and at Blackrock College in Dublin was mentioned in the Seanad. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA

Golfing boy wonder Paul Dunne has made a lot of Senators very proud, although a number admitted not previously knowing who he was. In the Upper House (...)

Campaigners opposed to a Yes vote in this month’s marriage referendum are fixated with the topic of sex, according to Fine Gael senator Eamonn Coghlan.

Campaigners opposed to a Yes vote in this month’s marriage referendum are fixated with the topic of sex, according to Fine Gael senator Eamonn Coghlan(...)

Simon Coveney watches as Taoiseach Enda Kenny pins a ‘Yes’ badge onto Health Minister, Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins.

Arguments put forward by the No side in the same-sex marriage referendum have been described as “bogus” by Fine Gael’s director of elections Simon Cov(...)

Eamonn Coghlan: “I was lucky enough to marry the woman of my dreams. Who are we as a nation to deny our sons and daughters the basic right of marrying the person they love?” Photograph: Inpho

Fine Gael Senator Eamonn Coghlan has spoken about the difficulties faced by his son as a gay teenager, and of his own challenge in coming to terms wit(...)

 John O’Shea starting one of the Goal Mile runs at  Leopardstown race course on Christmas Day. Photograph: Alan Betson

Noel Carroll always said the day you’re too busy to go for a run is the day you’re too busy. And in saying that he definitely meant Christmas Day, to(...)

Ireland’s Rob Heffernan congratulates the winner of the men’s 50k race walk, France’s Yohann Diniz at the  European Athletics Championships at  Letzigrund Stadium, Zurich. Photograph: Inpho

Hitchcock always said no drama should last longer than the endurance of the human bladder. He might have made an exception for certain sporting events(...)

Runners, joggers and walkers of  all sorts were part of  the  40,000 people who took to  the streets of Dublin for the annual  Women’s Mini-Marathon. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

There were five bears in the Baggot Street throng on Monday morning; a Grizzly, a Panda, a Polar Bear, a Koala and a giant Teddy Bear.They each wore b(...)

 Harry Purcell, Castleknock College, Dublin, with the Lar Byrne Cup for Athlete of the Meet at the  Aviva All-Ireland Schools Track and Field Championships in Tullamore. Photo:  Tomás Greally/sportsfile

Track doubles don’t come much harder than the 400/800 metres, and yet Harry Purcell pulled it off in real style – and with some terrific excitement –(...)