Sports stars like Stepanie Roche and  the Irish women’s rugby team are promoting women’s participation in sport. Photograph: Inpho

“Give me the child of seven and I’ll show you the man,” said the Jesuits. In a similar vein, doctors would say they can predict the future health of a(...)

Prof Niall Moyna of DCU is optimistic about the future as it is more acceptable for girls to continue in sport and there is an increase in team sport options. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The fitness level of Irish girls stalls in their early teenage years, with the average 16-year-old performing no better in tests than a 12-year-old, (...)

Dublin’s Conor McHugh: man-of-the-match in last year’s under-21 football championship final. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

With new title sponsors EirGrid on board another All-Ireland under-21 football championship gets underway on Wednesday, beginning with three openin(...)

UCC’s Conor Cox is challenged by Carlow IT’s  Thomas Featherston during the Sigerson Cup semi-final at The Mardyke in Cork. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

UCC 2-12 Carlow IT 0-8UCC will meet DCU in the Sigerson Cup final after an ultimately comfortable 10-point win over Carlow IT. Despite trailing at hal(...)

DCU’s Enda Smith celebrates victory over UCD in the semi-final of the  Sigerson Cup at The Mardyke in Cork. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

DCU 2-8 UCD 0-11By the hair on their chinny-chin-chins and no more. DCU made it through to the Sigerson Cup final despite heading into injury-time a p(...)

 Conor McHugh of DCU: his side will take on   UCD in the first of Friday’s Sigerson Cup semi-final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

According to some experts Conor McHugh is entering the perfect storm – Sigerson Cup finals, promptly followed by the under-21 championship, with Allia(...)

 DCU’s Jack Smith keeps a tight rein on UUJ’s Cillian O’Conoor during the Sigerson Cup round one match at Jordanstown. Photograph:  Jonathan Porter/Inpho/Presseye

UUJ 0-10 DCU 3-10Two first-half goals inside five minutes set DCU on their way to a comfortable Sigerson Cup victory over a heavily fancied UUJ team a(...)

DCU manager Niall Moyna was axed and then reinstated - but DCU will be delighted to have his experience on their side ahead of Saturday’s clash with UUJ. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

It’s been nearly 10 years since Niall Moyna led DCU to their first ever Sigerson Cup title in 2006. A fresh faced Bryan Cullen captained that team and(...)

DCU manager Niall Moyna, who agrees with Cathal Cregg’s claims that young players are being over-trained. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Many crises that ‘erupt’ have been a long time coming and lag behind the warnings that preceded them. In the GAA, it is no different.The two hottest i(...)

Niall Moyna: “The Sports Council have made great strides in the last 20 years, but we are still a Third World sporting nation – there is no doubt about that.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ireland is a Third World sporting nation. That’s the considered view of Professor Niall Moyna from Dublin City University’s centre for preventive m(...)