Ireland’s Katie Taylor (red) on her way to defeating Estelle Mossely of France to win the 2014 European Elite Women’s Championships 60kg final at the Polyvalent Arena, Bucharest, last month. photograph: Octavian Cocolos/Inpho

When Katie Taylor won a record-breaking sixth European title in the first week in June, we reckoned that was our judging job done for the month, it wa(...)

 Sanita Puspure of Ireland poses with the bronze medal after the Women’s Single Sculls final at the  European Rowing Championships  in Belgrade, Serbia. Photograph: Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)

She took up rowing in her native Latvia when she was 15, and, in 2004 won gold at the World Student Games in France. Seventeen years on from when she (...)

Montenotte Hotel Cork captain Gráinne Dwyer after leading her side to victory in the National Cup final against UL Huskies at the   National Basketball Arena, Tallaght, in January. Photograph: Inpho

It was this time last year that we chose basketball’s Michelle Fahy as our sportswoman of the month after her MVP(...)

Carnacon’s Cora Staunton in action against  Donaghmoyne during the All-Ireland senior club football final in which see scored 1-5 in helping her club regain the title. Photograph: Inpho

Where does the time go? We’ve reached the end of another awards year, one that produced monthly winners and high achievers in athletics, basketball, r(...)

 Joint 
Irish Times
/Irish Sports Council Sportswoman of the Month for October Aoife Clarke rode 
her horse
Fernhill Adventure to 
win
silver at the World Breeding Federation of Sport Horses Championships in France, the best performance by an Irish rider in the event’s 25-year history
 of the event
. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

After the spell they’ve enjoyed this year on the international stage, Aileen Reid (née Morrison) and Aoife Clark presented the judges for these awards(...)

Galway senior camogie player Therese Maher holds the O’Duffy Cup. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

There’s less than a year between Therese Maher and Juliet Murphy, both players starting their intercounty careers in the mid 1990s, both giving the sa(...)

Kelly Proper, left, pips Ailis McSweeney to win the Women’s 100 metre title at the  National Senior Track and Field Championships at Morton Stadium, Santry, in July. Photo:  Tomas Greally/Sportsfile

It was back in the dim and distant past of January 2008 that Kelly Proper first came to the attention of these awards, the Waterford athlete, who was (...)

‘It probably seems a bit crazy, especially when we’re not getting paid, but it’s sport we’re doing it for, it’s not about money,’ says 200-times capped Ireland hockey international Nikki Symmons.

Not everyone who knows her has been convinced by the wisdom of her commitment to her sport for over a decade: “People always say, ‘you have no life!’,(...)

Annalise Murphy has her mind firmly fixed on success at Rio 2016.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Irish Times/Irish Sports Council Sportswoman of the Month – May 2013Almost a year on from that day Annalise Murphy suffered the heartbreak of finishin(...)

Aisling Blake is last month’s sportswoman of the month winner

While the emergence of long-time international team-mates Madeline Perry and Aisling Blake only a few years apart proved to be a boon for Irish(...)