Champion Hurdle favourite Faugheen (above with Ruby Walsh onboard) is one of Mullins’s headline festival acts.

Just three weeks away from the start of Cheltenham, Willie Mullins believes he is set to bring his most powerful ever team to National Hunt racing’s g(...)

19/12/14 - NEWS - Tanaiste Joan Burton presenting Joanna Morgan, trainer and former jockey, winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award  at the 10th Annual  The Irish Times/Irish Sports Council Sportswoman of the Year awards.Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Since Ireland in the 1970s was hardly noted for a progressive attitude towards equality, it is safe to say Joanna Morgan brought the country with her (...)

Joanna Morgan, winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award and Katie Taylor winner of the ‘Sports woman of the Year 2014’ surrounded by the monthly winners of 2014 on stage at the 10th Annual The Irish Times/Irish Sports Council Sportswoman of the Year awards.Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times 3:15

This year Katie Taylor stood above the rest but The Irish Times/Irish Sports Council Sportswoman of the Year ceremony was about all of the women ac(...)

Cork’s Briege Corkery: has won an astonishing total of 14 senior All-Ireland medals in Gaelic football and camogie. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

It was 2005, the second year of the Sportswomen of the Year awards, and the memory still raises a chuckle. Briege Corkery had won the double with Cork(...)

Soccer player Stephanie Roche of Peamount United, who is shortlisted for Fifa’s Puskas Goal of the Year Award,  was joint winner of the Sportswoman of the Month Award for November. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

It’s hard to believe that we’re already approaching the end of 2014 when it seems like a wet week since it started. But it’s trickier still to accept(...)

Jockey Paul Townend teams up with with trainer Willie Mullins to ride likely favourite Alelchi Inois at Galway this evening. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Willie Mullins could try and secure some of the Champions Weekend success later this week but in the meantime Alelchi Inois can keep the National Hunt(...)

 Nina Carberry (left) and Jane Mangan after they were presented with the Mary Hyde cup having tied  as leading women rider for the national hunt season, on day one of the Galway Festival. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

In the grander scheme of things, the only tip that mattered on the first evening of Galway’s Race Week was to be found in the blue and gold colours i(...)

 Nina Carberry can score on On The Fringe at Killarney.

Since it is just 10 days since On The Fringe secured one of the most convincing victories at the entire Punchestown Festival it may be a big ask for h(...)

Willie Mullins’s novice hurdlers have been in brilliant form all week and I think Briar Hill (...)

Benefficient (3) clears the last on his way to beating Hidden Cyclone in the two-mile Paddy Power Dial-a-Bet Chase at Leopardstown at the Christmas Festival meeting. The pair renew rivalry in today’s Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Nothing at the festival comes easy but sometimes it’s possible to over-complicate things and the evidence of thei(...)