Ireland’s Scott Evans is a serious medal candidate in badminton at the European Games in Baku. Photograph: Getty.

There is no limit to our welcoming into the Kingdom of Azerbaijan. Such is their lavish consideration of our needs that they built the Baku Sports Hal(...)

Ireland’s Kieran Behan on his way to finishing fourth at the European Games. Photograph: Francois Nel/Getty Images for BEGOC

If each new day brings fresh evidence of where they’ve poured the estimated €9 billion into the staging of these first European Games – a brand new fl(...)

Ireland’s Kieran Behan finished in fourth place in Baku. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

With an obvious mixture of pride and disappointment Kieran Behan has finished just outside the medals in the floor exercise final at the European Game(...)

 Ireland’s Kieran Behan competing at European Games in Baku. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Not many major sporting events offer the chance for an intro that features both an Irish archer and an Irish diver – if only for one day. It may be p(...)

Baku 2015 European Games, National Gymnastics Arena, Baku, Azerbaijan 15/6/2015Gymnastics ArtisticIreland's Kieran Behan Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

The difficulty with any winning streak is that the longer it lasts the more likely it is to end. No athlete has come to these European Games with a lo(...)

David Wallace massaged by Willie Bennett at the Ireland rugby training camp in 2001: “Nobody actually believes me that this actually happened. They think that I set it up, that I put on a tape or something and got them to pose for it. But genuinely I just happened to be in the room and it came on the television. It was a complete happy coincidence. They weren’t paying any attention to me, they were just working away. Willie was giving him a massage and there was different stuff on the TV. And then this shot came up and obviously when they saw it, they started laughing.”

The All Blacks were coming, coming. Tacking their merciless way down towards the Havelock Square end. Aside from the referee and the 15 Irish men tryi(...)