Kylie Murphy of Wexford Youths lifts the FAI Cup at the Aviva Stadium after beating Shelbourne. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

And so we have completed our list of contenders for the 2015 Sportswoman of the Year award, 14 names making the roll of honour, two of them – Katie T(...)

Katie Taylor (red)  has won the Sportswoman of the Year title in 2007, 2008, 2012 and 2014. Photograph: Inpho/Donall Farmer

What on earth are we all going to do when Katie Taylor hangs up her gloves? Last year Taylor was crowned The Irish Times/ Sports Council’s Sportswom(...)

 Madeline Perry: “You’re winning titles, people are telling you you’re great, and then all of a sudden you become a nobody. You lose your identity in a way.”  Photo:  Stanley Chou/Getty Images

She was under no illusions about just how difficult retirement would be; you don’t walk away from a 16-year career as a professional sportswoman witho(...)

Jenny Egan endured more frustration when she was just two seconds off a medal at the World Sprint Championships in Milan, only 11 seconds separating the top six. Photograph:  Inpho

After missing out on qualifying for London 2012 by a single place Jenny Egan might have been forgiven for concluding sport was far too cruel and life(...)

Sarah Byrne excelled for Ireland in basketball at the Special Olympics this year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

We’ll trust that Aer Lingus overlooked excess baggage charges when they were bringing Ireland’s Special Olympics team home after they’d won, between t(...)

Boxer Katie Taylor when arriving back at Dublin Airport after she won gold at the 2015 European Games, held in Baku, Azerbaijan, last month. Photograph: PA.

There was decidedly bad news for Katie Taylor’s rivals in her division when, after winning her 18th consecutive title at the European Games in Baku, (...)

 Leona Maguire’s form in the US has been so exceptional she has reached the top of the world amateur rankings after three tournament wins in her first season. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The Irish Times/Irish Sports Council Sportswoman Award for May: Leona Maguire (Golf) and Madeline Perry (Squash) Career-wise, our joint Sportswomen o(...)

Madeline Perry of Ireland won the Irish Open.  Photo: Stanley Chou/Getty Images

Madeline Perry brought her career on the professional circuit to an end in fine style, the former world number three beating Nicolette Fernandes of Gu(...)

 Madeline Perry  claimed her sixth Irish Open squash title at Fitzwilliam on Saturday in her final game on the pro circuit. Photo: Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images

Madeline Perry brought her career on the professional squash circuit to an end on Saturday in fine style, the former world number three beating Nicole(...)

Fitzwilliam Lawn Tenis Club is the venue for the Irish Open Squash. Photograph: inpho

Madeline Perry got off to a strong start in the Gillenmarkets Squash Irish Open on Wednesday at Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club as two out of three Iri(...)