Russia’s Bator Sagaluev beat Brendan Irvine of Ireland in the light flyweight final of the European Games at Crystal Hall, Baku. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Even if these European Games turn out to be nothing more than a minor rumble in the sporting jungle they will always be remembered by Brendan Irvine. (...)

Ireland’s Brendan Irvine takes a strong left from Russia’s  Bator Sagaluev during their  light-flyweight final at the European Games in Baku, which was won by the Russian on a split decision. Photo: Stoyan Nenov/Reuters

So it’s not yet a first European Games gold medal for Ireland, Brendan Irvine narrowly losing out in the light flyweight final to the fiercely competi(...)

Not everyone can put an exact value yet on a European Games gold medal, although Brendan Irvine clearly has. In earning the right to contest the final(...)

Ireland’s Brendan Irvine in action during his victory over Bulgarian Tinko Banabakov in the light flyweight last 16 clash in Baku, Azerbaijan. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Such is the lavish efficiency with which these European Games are being run that even Billy Walsh was lured into a false sense of security. Not that (...)

Campaigners attend a rally in Belfast to show their support for marriage equality. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Some 20,000 gay rights campaigners have marched in Belfast demanding a change in the law to allow gay marriage. The crowd, organised by Amnesty Inter(...)

The attack, described by police in Belfast as vicious, happened as the 22-year-old engineering student went outside during the early hours of the morning.

Police in Belfast believe the killer of a promising young boxer lay in wait while the victim was visiting a friend. Eamonn Magee Jnr – whose father, a(...)

Scott Evans recently made the top 25 in the world rankings in Badminton with only four other European players ahead of him. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

The first wave of Irish athletes selected for the inaugural European Games comes to 36 with more names promised in the coming weeks. Katie Taylor hea(...)

Martin Fagan ran inside the marathon qualification time for the 2016 Olympic Games during a race in Zurich. Photogrph:  Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Martin Fagan fully expected some degree of contention, and now here it comes: because in running 2:16:09 at the Zurich marathon Fagan has almost certa(...)

 Paddy Barnes fights Zou Shiming in the light flyweight semi-final at the London Olympics in 2012. The 28-year-old is set to compete at the record-breaking third Olympics. Photograph: Scott Heavey/Getty Images

Paddy Barnes tells the story of how the kids in Belfast began calling him Paddy Bronze after London 2012. They may set high standards in the Ardoyne,(...)

Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan show off their bronze medals from the London 2012 Games at a homecoming event in Belfast. Photo:  Kelvin Boyes/Inpho/Presseye

Irishboxers Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan both qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics after winning their bouts at the World Series of Boxing (WSB) in (...)