Sarah Byrne excelled for Ireland in basketball at the Special Olympics this year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

We’ll trust that Aer Lingus overlooked excess baggage charges when they were bringing Ireland’s Special Olympics team home after they’d won, between t(...)

Boxer Katie Taylor when arriving back at Dublin Airport after she won gold at the 2015 European Games, held in Baku, Azerbaijan, last month. Photograph: PA.

There was decidedly bad news for Katie Taylor’s rivals in her division when, after winning her 18th consecutive title at the European Games in Baku, (...)

Katie Taylor’s determination to keep winning gold medals shows no signs of tapering off. Photograph: Ryan Byrne

Another brilliant spike in the already high performance of Irish boxing means Katie Taylor is not the only one leaving Baku with next year’s Olympics(...)

Katie Taylor dominanted Estelle Mossley to win Ireland’s first gold medal of the European Games. Photograph: Inpho

There are no more words of praise for Katie Taylor. Only more acknowledgement, more respect, and yet more gold medals. This time, a first European Gam(...)

 Katie Taylor in action against Azerbaijan’s Yana Alekseevna in the women’s light 57-60kg semi-finals in Baku. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

And there’s still no stopping Katie Taylor. It doesn’t get any easier, although in securing her place in the gold medal bout at these European Games(...)

Katie Taylor is through to the lightweight final at the European Games after a semi-final win over Yana Alekseevna. Photograph: Inpho

It was at times unbearable tense and not helped by the wildly partisan crowd, and then came the enormous relief, as Katie Taylor just about out-classe(...)

After only facing three rounds in her last two bouts Katie Taylor is fresh heading into her World Championship final against Azerbaijan’s Yana Allekseevna

With some amusement among those who cover the high octane world of Katie Taylor’s career, no one has ever had the experience of asking her how it felt(...)

Katie Taylor arrived on Jeju Island in South Korea two weeks before the start of the Women’s World Boxing Championships. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Jeju. A sub tropical, volcanic island in the East China Sea. Okinawa is one way, Japan another and South Korea 64 kilometres to the north. A World Her(...)

Ireland’s Katie Taylor (red) on her way to defeating Estelle Mossely of France to win the 2014 European Elite Women’s Championships 60kg final at the Polyvalent Arena, Bucharest, last month. photograph: Octavian Cocolos/Inpho

When Katie Taylor won a record-breaking sixth European title in the first week in June, we reckoned that was our judging job done for the month, it wa(...)

Katie Taylor (left) in action against Estelle Mossely during the 60kg final at the Polyvalent Arena in Bucharest, Romania. Photo: Octavian Cocolos/Inpho

It seemed an unlikely end when the tears came to Katie Taylor and the words began to choke her up in Bucharest. An audible gasp of relief, the sense o(...)