Irish Sports Council chief executive John Treacy says criminalising doping should be considered. Photograph: Inpho

The chief executive of the Irish Sports Council (ISC), John Treacy, believes that criminalising athletes who deliberately cheat in sport by taking pr(...)

Ronnie Delany of Ireland wins the 1500m at the Melbourne Olympic Games of 1956, three years previous he won the Irish schools 800m. Photograph: IOC/Allsport.

So less than a year now before that big 1916 anniversary special, and we still don’t know exactly how to celebrate it. How does one begin to recognise(...)

Sinker sunk: the wreck of U-20, the U-boat believed to have torpedoed the Lusitania off the Old Head of Kinsale. Photograph: Bain/Library of Congress

When Gregg Bemis, a US businessman, takes a boat to the Lusitania wreck site with Eoin McGarry, an Irish deep-sea diver, next week he will be carry(...)

Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor of Kenya  wins at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Guiyang, China. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

How sad and yet entirely fitting that even while writing this column it already feels dated. Because, by the time you read it, the World Cross Country(...)

European indoord silver medalist Mark English missed out on full podium funding. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland’s Paralympics athletes, swimmers and cyclists are once again the big winners in the latest allocation of the Irish Sports Council’s Internatio(...)

John Treacy: “We’ve seen loads of evidence down through the years of people who scrape in around July and by the time the Olympics come around they don’t have it.” Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

If Irish athletes have hopes of performing well at Rio 2016, this is the year in which to qualify. The Irish Sports Council (ISC) has targeted the (...)

President Ronald Reagan and Ms Nancy Reagan during their visit to Ireland. President Reagan is drinking a pint of Guinness in the Ronald Reagan pub in Ballyporeen, Co Tipperary. File photograph: Pat Langan/The Irish Times

It was a time when a Labour party in coalition with Fine Gael took a kicking in European elections, two cases involving the deaths of babies shook the(...)

The Indian summer is set to continue another 10 years for Ireland’s young cricketers after the announcement yesterday of a multi-million euro naming r(...)

Silver medallist John Treacy leads bronze medal winner Charlie Spedding of Great Britain during the  Marathon event   at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California during the 1984 Olympics.  Photo:  Tony Duffy/Getty

Not long now until the quiet jubilee of the most magnificently spontaneous sporting commentary in Irish athletics history. That is no exaggeration, be(...)

Runners, joggers and walkers of  all sorts were part of  the  40,000 people who took to  the streets of Dublin for the annual  Women’s Mini-Marathon. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

There were five bears in the Baggot Street throng on Monday morning; a Grizzly, a Panda, a Polar Bear, a Koala and a giant Teddy Bear.They each wore b(...)