Ireland  coach Craig Fulton faces a huge challenge to get his team in the best shape for the Rio Olympics. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

The men’s Irish hockey team are €225,000 short of what they need to plan a detailed programme for their participation in the Rio Olympic Games in Aug(...)

Craig Fulton: he hopes the Ireland players can be off work to have a decent shot at the Olympics. Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Ireland kick off their preparation for Rio on home soil next month when they play two Test matches against France. Following from the two-week camp (...)

Ulster’s Ian Humphreys: “You have to fight that bit harder for recognition and respect, not in a bad way, but you know you are on your own.” Photograph: Darren Griffiths/Presseye/Inpho

The last decade has shown that club loyalty in rugby is only as strong as the contract. The business of sport has ensured that. Leaving, as Johnny Se(...)

Jasa Veremalua scores a try for Fiji against England in the final of the Dubai Rugby Sevens on Saturday. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images.

It was a weekend of the same game played in different ways and also one that wasn’t played at all. Rugby sevens is the new kid on the block. Although (...)

David Harte: “For me to play in Holland and India and all around the world with Ireland is an incredible experience.” Photo: Dennis Grombkowski/Bongarts/Getty Images

David Harte is probably the best hockey goalkeeper in the world. Next year’s Olympic Games might bring his ability to a wider audience than ever be(...)

Nick Kyrgios enters the court to face Diego Schwartzman in his first round match at Wimbledon yesterday. Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

At January’s Australian Open he became a national figure, his forehand ripping him a route to the quarter-finals, where he was stopped by Andy Murray(...)

Brian O’Driscoll and Shane Horgan show their disappointment after the defeat by France at the 2007 World Cup. Morgan Treacy/Inpho

A legal practice and the Irish rugby team may have a lot in common but they probably don’t call him Shaggy in the London offices of Lee and Thompson L(...)

Luke Fitzgerald has played 663 minutes for Leinster in the Pro12 this season, 41.4% of the total 1,600. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

When measured by the number of minutes played, at least half a dozen of Leinster’s frontline players have not been playing for their province during (...)

Ireland men’s hockey team are hoping to bridge a 67-year gap and be the first to qualify for the Olympic Games in a team sport since the soccer team did in 1948. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

The Irish men’s team, who are currently in South Africa preparing for the first of their Olympic qualifiers are ranked 15th in the world, while the I(...)

Kelley Currin (centre)    before she talks to the media after her former swim coach Rick Curl was sentenced for abusing her on   May 23rd, 2013 in Washington, DC.  Photograph:  Getty Images

Brian Hindson was one of the most respected swimming coaches in the US midwest, working with promising kids at two high schools and with the Centra(...)