Olive Loughnane looks certain to have her world silver World Athletics Championships medal, won in Berlin in 2009, upgraded to gold by the IAAF. Photograph: Morgan/Inpho.

The IAAF – the governing body of world athletics – has confirmed that “major international titles will be redistributed” following the latest doping(...)

Olive Loughnane: “A part of me was half expecting this day would come, especially with so many of the Russian athletes being banned over the last year or so.”

Olive Loughnane was waiting in the passport office in Cork city when news arrived that she was now world champion. It may be almost six years after th(...)

Race-walker Rob Heffernan came fourth in the 50km race at the 2012 Olympics but could be awarded a bronze medal after the IAAF confirmed three Russian athletes have received provisional suspensions. (Photograph: Inpho/ Morgan Treacy)

Fresh allegations of doping offences involving Russian athletes could now result in an Olympic bronze medal for Irish race walker Rob Heffernan. There(...)

Everton’s predicament this season has been bothering Vinny. Seamus Coleman has been a wonder going forward but if Vinny was in charge he’d remind him of his primary duty – defending. Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire.

The walk along the Clontarf promenade from the wooden bridge to the garda station and back measured six kilometres, for which Vinny Fitzpatrick’s pers(...)

Ireland’s Roisin McGettigan and Russia’s Anna Alminova compete in the heats of the women’s 1,500m at the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Turin in 2009. When Alminova was stripped of the gold medal, McGettigan received the bronze. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

She didn’t name any names, nor indeed could she, although Roisin McGettigan is pretty certain other Irish athletes have been denied a place on the med(...)

People will get the chance to walk beside world champion 50km walker Rob Heffernan  (above) in Bishopstown, Co Cork, on Sunday, October 19th, and he will join walkers in Baltinglass, Co Wicklow, on Monday, October 27th. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Inpho

Irish world champion 50km walker Rob Heffernan has called on the people of Ireland to get their walking shoes on to raise much-needed funds for the Ir(...)

Ireland’s Rob Heffernan congratulates the winner of the men’s 50k race walk, France’s Yohann Diniz at the  European Athletics Championships at  Letzigrund Stadium, Zurich. Photograph: Inpho

Hitchcock always said no drama should last longer than the endurance of the human bladder. He might have made an exception for certain sporting events(...)

Rob Heffernan talks to his wife and coach Marian Heffernan after he dropped out of the Men’s 50k walk at the  European Athletics Championships in  Zurich, Switzerland. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

If everything had gone to plan Rob Heffernan was exactly where he intended to be. Standing at the finish of the 50km walk, on the banks of Lake Zurich(...)

 Yohann Diniz kisses the hand of Ireland’s Rob Heffernan after the Frenchman won the 50km walk gold medal at the European Athletic Championships in Zurich. Heffernan dropped out of the race after 36km. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

In the end it wasn’t the physical challenge which broke Rob Heffernan’s medal hopes at the European Championship 50km walk, but the mental one. Cut ad(...)

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(...)