Nina Carberry (left) and Jane Mangan after they were presented with the Mary Hyde cup having tied  as leading women rider for the national hunt season, on day one of the Galway Festival. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

In the grander scheme of things, the only tip that mattered on the first evening of Galway’s Race Week was to be found in the blue and gold colours i(...)

Pat Smullen: hoping ground comes up soft for Fascinating Rock in flat season highlight. Photograph:   Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Ahead of an Epsom Derby date with Fascinating Rock next Saturday, Pat Smullen is in Haydock today for six rides which include Garswood, favourite for(...)

Carnacon’s Cora Staunton in action against  Donaghmoyne during the All-Ireland senior club football final in which see scored 1-5 in helping her club regain the title. Photograph: Inpho

Where does the time go? We’ve reached the end of another awards year, one that produced monthly winners and high achievers in athletics, basketball, r(...)

Galway senior camogie player Therese Maher holds the O’Duffy Cup. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

There’s less than a year between Therese Maher and Juliet Murphy, both players starting their intercounty careers in the mid 1990s, both giving the sa(...)

Kelly Proper, left, pips Ailis McSweeney to win the Women’s 100 metre title at the  National Senior Track and Field Championships at Morton Stadium, Santry, in July. Photo:  Tomas Greally/Sportsfile

It was back in the dim and distant past of January 2008 that Kelly Proper first came to the attention of these awards, the Waterford athlete, who was (...)

Annalise Murphy has her mind firmly fixed on success at Rio 2016.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Irish Times/Irish Sports Council Sportswoman of the Month – May 2013Almost a year on from that day Annalise Murphy suffered the heartbreak of finishin(...)

Jane Mangan with winning trainer Dermot Weld celebrates her victory in Galway last year. Photograph: INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

‘What dreams are made of,’ Jane Mangan tweeted after her first Grade One winner last month at Punchestown, the 19-year-old from Conna, Co Cork, riding(...)

 Davy Russell riding Sir Des Champs clear the last to win The Bet Online With Thetote.com Punchestown Gold Cup  from Long Run  at Punchestown yesterday. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

There’s an irony in Willie Mullins supplying Davy Russell with the winner that might seal the jockeys championship but after Sir Des Champs landed (...)

 Colm Sweeney rides Salsify to victory as Oscar Delta rider Miss Jane Mangan lies on the floor in the CGA Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup at Cheltenham.

Salsify was a dramatic winner of the CGA Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup at Cheltenham after Oscar Delta unseated Jane Mangan when leading o(...)