Andrew Lynch and Sizing Europe on their way to a popular victory during the Punchestown Festival in April. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

He’s approaching his official 13th birthday but if Sizing Europe gets a green light to take on Grade One opposition at Leopardstown next week he is s(...)

Barry Geraghty and Shutthefrontdoor (centre) on their way to winning the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse. J P McManus’ charge could line up for  the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Shutthefrontdoor won the Irish Grand National on his last visit to Ireland at Easter and the JP McManus-owned star could attempt to cement claims on (...)

Jessica Harrington, Kate Harrington and Robbie Power with two of the yard’s star performers Jetson and Jezki. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Visiting a racing yard can have multiple benefits, not least of which is a reminder that a racehorse is a living, breathing individual, preoccupied mo(...)

Ruby Walsh rides Vautour to victory at Cheltenham in March. He is unbeaten in five starts for Willie Mullins. Photograph: Inpho

Navan has hosted the steeplechase debuts of many good horses over the decades but rarely has there been the sense of expectation surrounding a newcome(...)

Dermot Weld-trained Silver Concorde, ridden by Robbie McNamara, wins the Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham festival in March. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It doesn’t include the former bumper winner Forgotten Rules but Dermot Weld is readying a small-but-select team of jumpers for a winter campaign that (...)

Pádraig Harrington, Darren Clarke and Tiger Woods  on the putting green before the afternoon rounds in the jp mcmanus invitational Pro-Am in Adare Manor  in  July 2010 Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

JP McManus has emerged as the highest bidder for Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort with a knock-out offer of €30 million. Final bids for the five-st(...)

Dermot Smurfit: “For Powerflute, it is a big deal. This deal fundamentally doubles our Ebidta (a measure of cashflow) from €20 million to €40 million.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Dermot Smurfit had been chasing the deal for some time before his speciality listed packaging group Powerflute finally acquired Corenso, an internatio(...)

The Mullins pair of Zaidpour (above) and Twinlight scored a lucrative Grade Two double at Navan. Photograph: Inpho

Any suspicion of fitness vulnerability there might have been about some of Willie Mullins’s all-powerful string looked to be blown out of the Navan m(...)

Barry Geraghty and Jezki after winning the 2014 Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham in March. Photograph: Inpho

Nicky Henderson’s plans for this weekend’s Cheltenham fixture look like proving crucial to whether Barry Geraghty will be reunited with his Champion (...)

Food surplus redistribution hub: (from left) Karen Horgan, project manager, Trevor Keating, depot manager, Brendan Dempsey, director, and Leonard Murphy (driver) at the Bia Food Initiative’s hub in Cork.  Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

The industry term is surplus food, but that’s merely a euphemism for food waste – a problem said to cost the Irish economy up to €4 billion a year.W(...)