“The recent union flag controversy is perhaps the most obvious example of blows suffered by loyalists in general,” says Rev Mervyn Gibson, Orange Order chaplain. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters.

Failure lies in wait for young working-class Protestant males. That is the stark warning in a recent Community Relations Council report presented to t(...)

Paul Nolan: local trainer has four runners at Wexford this evening with at least two holding solid chances. Photograph: Brenda Fitzimons

Ground conditions are sure to be quick at Wexford this evening and local trainer Paul Nolan could be the man to follow with at least two of his four (...)

Jockey Barry Geraghty and  Rebel Fitz on the way  to victory in the Powers Gold Cup  at Fairyhouse. Photograph: Barry Cronin/PA

Racing round-up: Rebel Fitz is set for a busy summer after capitalising on Ballyc(...)

 Willie Mullins, trainer of Shesafoxylady

Connections of Shesafoxylady are confident the three-time bumper winner can make a successful start to her jumping career in the Killinan Maide(...)

Hurricane Flyer (Ruby Walsh) leads Our Conor over the last flight before landing Leopardstown’s Ryanair Hurdle at the Christmas festival meeting.

A “Round Two” atmosphere is set to surround Sunday’s BHP Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown and bookmakers reckon it is heavy odds-on that Hurrican(...)

Hurricane Fly and Ruby Walsh  on their way to winning the Ryanair Hurdle during day four of the Leopardstown Christmas Festival.

Hurricane Fly’s achievements are already sufficient for comparisons to be made with the legendary Istabraq, comparisons that will be aired again if th(...)

Jockey Mark Walsh onboard Defy Logic clears the last fence on his way to winning the Racing Post Novice Steeplechase on day one of the Leopardstown Christmas Festival. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Any presumption that the St Stephen’s Day action would turn into a Willie Mullins benefit got resoundingly turned on its head at Leopardstown yeste(...)

Jim Dreaper: is aiming Goonyella at the Welsh Grand National.

Goonyella may be one of the favourites for the most valuable prize at Leopardstown’s Christmas Festival but trainer Jim Dreaper has stressed his star (...)

Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown Stud team will be in action this Bank Holiday Monday.

Sweeney Tunes is the hope of Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown Stud team in the Grade Three feature at Naas but the future will be the Ryanair boss’s prio(...)

Mouse Morris gives First Lieutenant first run of season at Punchestown today.

Trainer Mouse Morris has warned stable star First Lieutenant will need the run in the Star Best For Racing Coverage Chase at Punchestown today.The eig(...)