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(...)

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(...)