Katie Taylor at the OCI promotion  ‘100 Days to Go’ marking a countdown the European Games. “It’s a huge occasion and I think that in years to come it will be massive for European athletes.” Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Like an oversized hatchling, the European Games will, this summer, heave its competitors aside for elbow room. After that it will start to grow. That(...)

APB fighter David Oliver Joyce can qualify for the 2016 Olympics Games almost 18 months before they start in Rio. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Irish boxers Joe Ward and David Oliver Joyce are just two wins away from qualifying for Rio 2016. Both boxers, competing in the AIBA Pro Boxing (APB),(...)

Darren O’Neill: “That lad I’m fighting Friday night is very, very big for a heavyweight. He’s very muscular. I’ve a big task ahead of me.” Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

London 2012 Olympic captain Darren O’Neill hopes his gamble to move from middleweight to heavyweight will pay off tonight. The two-stone shift has n(...)

Northern Ireland’s Paddy Barnes celebrates winning gold in the light flyweight category at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Photograph: Ian McNicol/Inpho.

The BBC dedicated six channels to their coverage of the Commonwealth Games. For a conglomerate of minority sports, it got quite a showing.A corner of (...)

Blood flows from a cut above Michael Conlan’s right eye as he fights Sean McGoldrick during their bantamweight semi-final at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Photograph:   Peter Byrne/PA

Paddy Barnes will be reunited with Devendro Singh-Laishram in the Commonwealth Games light-flyweight boxing final after a convincing win over Fazil Ju(...)

Michael Conlan has won a place in the Commonwealth Games semifinal. The Irishman had to be careful against Uganda’s Bashir Nasir after getting cut in his first fight in an accidental clash of heads. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Belfast’s Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan are guaranteed Commonwealth Games medals after concinving wins in Glasgow. Derry middleweight Connor Coyle a(...)

Northern Ireland’s Michael Conlan is through to the quarter-finals of the men’s bantamweight  at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA

Northern Ireland fighter Michael Conlan eliminated his biggest rival for the bantamweight gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow with a unani(...)

Ranked number two in the world at bantamweight, Michael Conlan (left), pictured at London 2012, came through the first of his bouts at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland’s Olympic bronze medal winner at London 2012, Michael Conlan, won the first of his fights in the Commonwealth Games. The Belfast bantamweight (...)

Northern Ireland’s Paddy Barnes during a press conference at the Athletes Village, Glasgow. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire.

Northern Ireland boxer Paddy Barnes has branded Commonwealth Games drug test timings a “disgrace” and insisted the procedure could have put his parti(...)

Katie Taylor will finally get a chance to win an Irish title in the ring when she faces Alanna Murphy from Belfast in the women’s lightweight final at this year’s national championships. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The Commonwealth Games in Glasgow have become an unlikely aid to Katie Taylor in her preparation for this year’s European Championships. The Ol(...)