Cyclist Stephen Roche’s triumphant homecoming to Ireland in 1987 after winning the Tour De France. His victory sparked a new wave of interest in cycling.

When Stephen Roche won the Tour de France back in 1987 Ireland caught cycling fever. The Dubliner’s open-top bus homecoming through his native city wa(...)

Joe Gough of Ireland celebrates winning the men’s 800m masters final at the World Indoor Championships in Oregon. Photograph: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

We piled into the Volvo estate with Rhode Island plates and tore up I-95 towards Harvard University. If there’s one thing guaranteed to get college at(...)

Rose-Anne Galligan runs in the heats of the 1,500m at the World Indoor Athletic Championships in Portland, Oregon on Friday. Photograph:  Adam Jastrzebowski/Inpho

Not many people willingly left Cheltenham at the start of this week, especially those with any interest in horses, although Rose-Anne Galligan had a p(...)

 Jim McNamara was different in that he didn’t just touch the elite end of distance running, he also “touched the ordinary end”.  Photograph: Tomás Greally

One of the stories told at the funeral of Jim McNamara was about the day he convinced one of his Donore club mates to go altitude training in the Dub(...)

Alexis Sánchez of Arsenal takes on Dani Alves of Barcelona during their Champions League clash which Barca won 2-0: “What surprised was the level of Barcelona’s superiority.” Photograph: Paul Gilham/Getty Images

It was a German managed by a French man but it said something stereotypical about English football: Arsenal versus Barcelona on Tuesday night and as t(...)

Fianna Fáil Senator Paschal Mooney (right): said rural people could see the impact of Government policies. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Claims by Fianna Fáil Senators that the Government has abandoned rural Ireland led to sharp exchanges. Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly said some 20 GP(...)

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(...)