Bryan Cooper rides No More Heroes to victory in the  Bar One Racing Drinmore Novice Steeplechase at Fairyhouse. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

It isn’t precisely winter yet but Fairyhouse’s Winter Festival looked a sign of what’s to come as top trainers Willie Mullins and Go(...)

Nicholls Canyon and Ruby Walsh won the Grade One Royal Bond Novice Hurdle last year at Fairyhouse: Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Fairyhouse’s triple-Grade One ‘Winter Festival’ card is the biggest fixture of the Irish jumps campaign so far but track officials already have an eye(...)

 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Coneygree is top weight for next Saturday’s Hennessy at Newbury. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

It is 10 years since Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown Stud team first struck Grade 1 gold at Fairyhouse’s Winter Festival, and a decade later the(...)

 Ruby Walsh riding Vautour  clear from the last to win The Stella Artois 1965 Steeple Chase from Ptit Zig at Ascot. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

If first impressions really do count then ante-post odds as short as 5-4 about Douvan winning the Arkle at Cheltenham next March mightn’t be ridiculou(...)

Glanbia managing director Siobhán Talbot: named the most admired female leader in a survey of 400 senior Irish business people. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Glanbia managing director Siobhán Talbot was the recipient of the Ireland-US Council’s 2015 award for outstanding achievement at the council’s annual (...)

Michael O’Leary: I was the one who was slow to move. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary admits he was last to get on board with the company’s new policy of being nice to customers and had no idea “just how (...)

Road To Riches with Bryan Cooper and the winning connections after winning the   Clonmel Oil Steeplechase. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Cheltenham Gold Cup third Road To Riches thrilled trainer Noel Meade with a perfect reappearance in the Clonmel Oil Chase. Also third in the Punchesto(...)

“I remember covering the 1965 general election for this newspaper. I was having a drink with a Labour candidate, Frank Cluskey, in the old Pearl Bar. Another young Labour candidate, Michael O’Leary [above left with  Fine Gael leader Garret FitzGerald] joined us. At the time – and long before his defection to Fine Gael – Michael was extremely left-wing.” File photograph: Eddie Kelly/The Irish Times

One-time rebel Jeremy Corbyn is beginning to recognise that conformity may not be a bad thing in politics. The leader of the British Labour Party has(...)

Michael O’Leary, chief executive officer of Ryanair, has seen his wealth soar as the airline’s stock price reaches new highs. (Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg)

For Ryanair Holdings chief executive officer Michael O’Leary, being nice has its rewards. The Irish billionaire who in the past has derided passenger(...)

After a bumper summer Ryanair is forecasting full year profits will be towards the upper end of its € 1,175m to € 1,225m range. (Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES)

Irish airline Ryanair saw its first half profits soar by 37 per cent to €1 billion, on the back of a “bumper summer” and fuel savings, as it forecast (...)