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 –(...)

 Labour deputy leader and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and Dublin West byelection candidate Loraine Mulligan at the latter’s campaign launch yesterday in Castleknock. Photograph: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

The Opposition parties are shouting slogans and designing posters but failing to produce alternative policies, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has claimed.Howe(...)

Cllr Ruth Coppinger of the Socialist Party. Photograph: Eric Luke

The political consensus has anointed Fingal Cllr Ruth Coppinger of the Socialist Party as the favourite to take the Dublin West seat vacated when form(...)

Nicky McFadden: Her sister Gabrielle said she will contest the by-election caused by Ms McFadden’s death

The sister of the late Fine Gael TD Nicky McFadden has said she will contest the by-election caused by Ms McFadden’s death, increasing the like(...)

GAA director general Paraic Duffy: “It is simply not possible for the GAA to ensure free-to-air coverage at home while at the same time making its games accessible to Irish people abroad.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Sky Sports was the only British broadcaster interested in screening Gaelic games, GAA director general Páraic(...)

Niall Bruton celebrates as he wins the Wanamaker Mile at the Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden in 2002.

Where is he now? “Well, Niall, how are you?” he’s asked, as he shows me into the Directors’ Box at Old Trafford. “Well, Niall, hope you e(...)

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(...)

Is Ming Flanagan about to throw his hat in the ring for a seat in Europe? Photograph: PA

Is Ming Flanagan about to throw his hat in the ring for a seat in Europe? The Independent TD for Roscommon-South Leitrim ran in Connacht-Ulster in 199(...)