Noelle Lenihan was second on her debut at World Championships. Photograph by Francois Nel/Getty Images.

As medal hauls go, the one the Irish team brought back from the Paralympic Athletics World Championships in Doha, Qatar, last month was an impressiv(...)

Kevin Seaward produced the fastest Irish marathon performance in three years in Berlin. Photograph: Inpho

So already the selection dilemma begins, with four Irish men finishing the Berlin marathon well inside the qualifying standard for next summer’s Rio O(...)

Ireland’s Paul Pollock has already proved he is capable of bettering the Olympic marathon qualification time of 2:17:00. Photograph: Ian McNicol: Inpho.

Only 314 days to go! No one does this cheap and tiresome countdown better than the Olympics. And no one recognises the utter nonsense of it better (...)

Jenny Egan endured more frustration when she was just two seconds off a medal at the World Sprint Championships in Milan, only 11 seconds separating the top six. Photograph:  Inpho

After missing out on qualifying for London 2012 by a single place Jenny Egan might have been forgiven for concluding sport was far too cruel and life(...)

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 Walsh  after winning the Irish Grand National Steeplechase on board the 20-1 shot Thunder And Roses, trained by Sandra Hughes, at Fairyhouse, Co. Meath. Photograph: Inpho

It was back in 2010 that Katie Walsh won her first Sportswoman of the Month award after a memorable visit to Cheltenham where she had two rides – and (...)

The Rio Olympics: only 475 days to go and each one of those will count for aspiring Irish athletes

Gore Vidal said us newspaper reporters should only be concerned about the present, not the future. And now more than ever that rings true. If anything(...)

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(...)