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(...)

An emotional Oliver Wilson  celebrates on the 18th green after winning the  Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at The Old Course  in St Andrews, Scotland. Photograph: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

An emotional Oliver Wilson admitted he could be “drunk for a while” following his win in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, after starting the wee(...)

Former Ireland rugby captain Brian O’Driscoll chips  onto the first green on the Old Course at St Andrews during the final practive round for the  Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Photograpgh: David Cannon/Getty Images

Brian O’Driscoll will face a new type of pressure first thing on Thursday morning after being drawn in the opening fourball at St Andrews for the Dunh(...)

 Craig Williams rides Gordon Lord Byron to victory in the George Ryder Stakes during Guineas Day at Rosehill Gardens on March 29th, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Photograph: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images

If the perfect race could be designed for Gordon Lord Byron it might just be Sunday’s Prix de la Foret at Longchamp and Irish flat racing’s fairy-tale(...)