Gráinne Dwyer of Team Montenotte Hotel in action in the National Cup final. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

A year ago Gráinne Dwyer made our choice for the January sportswoman of the month an easy one after her MVP-winning performance in the National Cup fi(...)

Ann Marie McGlynn (left) with the bronze medal-winning Ireland team at the European Cross Country Championships. Photograph: Inpho.

We’re off again. Hardly had the applause abated for our 2014 Sportswoman of the Year Katie Taylor, after she was honoured in Dublin last month, it wa(...)

Ireland’s Fionnuala Britton came second in the Great Edinburgh Cross-Country title behind British winner Emelia Gorecka. Photograph: Sasa Pahic Szabo/Inpho

Ireland’s Fionnuala Britton missed out on a third Great Edinburgh Cross-Country title as she came home in second place behind Britain’s Emelia Goreck(...)

Annmarie McGlynn, Fionnuala Britton, Michelle Finn, Sara Treacy, Siobhan O’Doherty and Laura Crowe show off their medals in Samokov yesterday. Photograph: Sasa Pahic Szabo/Inpho

Whoever designed the European Cross Country course in Samokov was not thinking of a 34-year-old mother of two. Melting snow in some parts, treachero(...)

Ireland’s Fionnuala Britton finished sixth at the European Cross Country Championships in Samokov, Bulgaria. Photograph. Photograph: Sasa Pahic Szabo.

Sometimes the best medals are the ones we don’t expect, those won not from the front but from behind, when bronze shines almost as sweetly as gold.No(...)

 Fionnuala Britton (right) and Sara Treacy helped Ireland  claimed the bronze in the women’s  team event at the   European Cross-Country in  Samokov, Bulgaria. Photograph: Sasa Pahic Szabo/Inpho

There was mud, there was snow, there was sweat, and in the end there was the pleasant surprise of bronze medals for the Irish women’s team at the Euro(...)

Sonia O’Sullivan had a wonderful year in 1995, winning the World Athletics Championships women’s 5000m. Photograph: Tom Honan/Inpho.

On this date 20 years ago Sonia O’Sullivan felt rubbish and unmotivated. She started off with her usual warm-up around Richmond Park, close to her (...)

2014 European Athletics Championships, Ireland’s Mark English is congratulated by friends after winning Bronze in the Men’s 800m Final. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

After delivering on the country’s expectations as much as his own Mark English has been named athlete of the year for 2014, perfectly rounding off (...)

 Fionnuala Britton, Kilcoole AC, Co. Wicklow, on her way to winning the Senior Women’s 8000m race at the GloHealth Inter County  Cross Country Championships at Dundalk Institute of Technology,  Co. Louth. Photograph: Ramsey Cardy / Sportsfile

Only the untouchables of cross country running make it look this easy, and in defending her National Inter-counties title Fionnuala Britton sent out (...)

 Ireland’s Fionnuala Britton finished in 10th position in the marathon in Zurich. Photograph: Morgan Treacy / Inpho

As debut marathons gme o Fionnuala Britton had good reason to be satisfied with her 10th place finish at the European Championships in Zurich earlier(...)