Northern Ireland’s Paddy Barnes (left) on his way to gold against India’s Devendro Laishram during the light flyweight bout at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Just as every long journey starts with a small step, the unseemly row in Foley’s hostelry on Saturday teatime broke out as a consequence of several st(...)

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 (...)

Gold medalist Paddy Barnes of Northern Ireland poses during the medal ceremony for the Men’s Light Fly (49kg) Final in Glasgow. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Paddy Barnes has again stamped his authority on the on the men’s light flyweight division as he defended his Commonwealth title to claim gold in Glasg(...)

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(...)

Rory McIlroy and caddie JP Fitzgerald  at the pro-am at Fota Island. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

On the day that was in it, Rory McIlroy’s wearing of a green shirt – Nike, of course, with a trademark swoosh over his heart rather than a shamrock – (...)

Katie Taylor: proved too strong for Switzerland’s Sandra Brugger in her opening bout at the European Championships in Bucharest. Photograph:  Cyril Byrne/ The Irish Times

As Katie Taylor entered Bucharest’s Polyvalent Hall from one corner yesterday, Sofya Ochigava was walking out the other. It’s possible Olympic champi(...)

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(...)

Katie Taylor and Paddy Barnes, seen with their Olympic medals after the London Olympics.

Shushhh . . .tat tat. Shushh . . . tat, tat. Shushhh . . . tat, tat is the sound of Katie Taylor punching Paddy Barnes. It disappears fo(...)

Katie Taylor, with father and coach  Pete Taylor, will be going for her sixth successive European championship gold medal in Bucharest. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

JOHNNY WATTERSONOlympic champion Katie Taylor will hope to win her sixth successive European Championships in Bucharest later this year. The venue and(...)