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(...)

Trainer Gordon Elliott: will be hoping The Game Changer can secure €300,000 first prize for the Galway Hurdle.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The financial aspect of Ireland’s richest ever National Hunt race is reason enough to target the Guinness Galway Hurdle but Gordon Elliott probably(...)

Patrick Mullins: rides Whiteout in Galway’s Day One festival highlight. Photograph: Inpho/Dan Sheridan

Patrick Mullins has been Ireland’s record-breaking champion amateur jockey for the last eight years, but Whiteout could earn herself a special plac(...)

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, (...)

 Katie Walsh  after winning the Irish Grand National Steeplechase on board the 20-1 shot Thunder And Roses, trained by Sandra Hughes, at Fairyhouse, Co. Meath. Photograph: Inpho

It was back in 2010 that Katie Walsh won her first Sportswoman of the Month award after a memorable visit to Cheltenham where she had two rides – and (...)

Ruby Walsh riding Un De Sceaux to  win The Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy at Cheltenham. Photo: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

The Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary isn’t renowned for giveaways but there’s a €115,000 Grade 1 highlight at Punchestown that looks to be just waiting f(...)

Runners and riders, including eventual winner Wish Ye Didnt ridden by Nina Carberry, clear Ruby’s Double during the Kildare Hunt Club Fr Sean Breen Memorial Chase at Punchestown. Photograph: Pat Healy/PA

A record opening day crowd of 20,214 crammed in for the the start of the 2015 Punchestown festival – where having a Mullins of some description on (...)

Douvan and Ruby Walsh  clears the last fence on the way to winning the Champion Novice Hurdle at Punchestown. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Willie Mullins hailed Douvan “as good as we’ve ever had” after another scintillating display in the  Champion Novice Hurdle, the opening succe(...)

Arctic Fire ridden by Ruby Walsh falls at the last to allow Jezki, with Tony McCoy on board, to win the Doom Bar Aintree Hurdle at a canter. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Tony McCoy may now be less than 48 hours away from retirement, but there was no easing off here, no lessening of the intensity that has hallmarked hi(...)

Jockey Nina Carberry celebrates after winning the Crabbie’s Fox Hunters’ Chase with On The Fringe during the Grand Opening Day of the Crabbies Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA

On The Fringe gave Nina Carberry a dream outing over the Grand National fences when posting a stylish success in the Crabbie’s Fox Hunters’ Chase at A(...)