Fine Gael local election candidate Kenneth Egan meets Niall Reilly and his daughter Lily (1) while campaigning in Clondalkin, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Kenneth Egan’s decision to run in the local elections attracted more media attention than any other new candidate. Egan (32) was not just an Olympic l(...)

Katie Taylor will finally get a chance to win an Irish title in the ring when she faces Alanna Murphy from Belfast in the women’s lightweight final at this year’s national championships. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The Commonwealth Games in Glasgow have become an unlikely aid to Katie Taylor in her preparation for this year’s European Championships. The Ol(...)

 Ireland’s Jason Quigley on his way to defeat  against Zanibek Alimkhanuly  of Kazakhstan during their middleweight final clash. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It was a leaden Jason Quigley who took to his 3.50am flight from Almaty on Sunday morning. Several hours after his World Championships final defeat, t(...)

Ireland’s Jason Quigley throws a right hand during yesterday’s middleweight semi-final against Russia’s Artem Chebotarev at the World Boxing Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Jason Quigley stands poised to become the only Irish boxer after Katie Taylor to win a World Championship gold medal. The 22-year-old from Donegal mee(...)

Jason Quigley celebrates beating Artem Chebotarev of Russia in their World Championships middleweight semi-final bout in Almaty, Kazakhstan as coaches Zuar Antia, left and Billy Walsh, second left, are interviewed. Photograph: Paul Mohan/Sportsfile

Even the austere Kazak guards permitted a small security breach yesterday. Conor Quigley, Jason’s father, was ushered through to meet his son as he wa(...)

Joe Ward (left)  exchanges punches with Julio Peraza of Cuba in their AIBA World Boxing Championships Almaty 2013. Photograph: Paul Mohan/Sportsfile

Ireland’s Joe Ward bowed out of the World Championships in Almaty to a slick Cuban, Julio Peraza. A World champion from Baku 2011, Peraza was almost u(...)

Jason Quigley and Joe Ward relaxing in their team hotel ahead of their semi-final bouts today. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho Jason Quigley and Joe Ward relaxing in their team hotel ahead of their semi-final bouts today. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. And here we are, generally lost, on the streets of Almaty, a camera crew(...)

Light-heavyweight Joe Ward after he stopped Russian opponent Nikita Ivanov early in the bout to record a technical knockout. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

If the emotional currency of Irish coach Billy Walsh is equilibrium and a clear mind you might say that on days like yesterday at the World Championsh(...)

John Joe Nevin at the Westbury Hotel in Dublin yesterdeay: “I’m going away to be the best in the world and hopefully make tons of money and bring back world titles.”  Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

As his erstwhile bag brothers Paddy Barnes and Joe Ward were making their way through to the quarter-finals of the World Championships yesterday, John(...)

Ireland’s  Paddy Barnes celebrates after knocking out Kenya’s Simon Nzioki during their flyweight last 16 bout at the World Boxing Championships in  Almaty, Kazakhstan. Photograph: Paul Mohan/Sportsfile

A devastating left from flyweight Paddy Barnes finished his fight in the first round and sent him into the quarter-finals of the World Championships i(...)