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,(...)

The Rio Olympics: only 475 days to go and each one of those will count for aspiring Irish athletes

Gore Vidal said us newspaper reporters should only be concerned about the present, not the future. And now more than ever that rings true. If anything(...)

 Jason Smyth celebrates  wining the 200m T13  final during the London 2012 Paralympic Games. He received €40,000 from the Irish Sports Council. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Gone are the days when our elite athletes greeted the announcement of the International Carding Scheme with applause, surprise or else total horror –(...)

European indoord silver medalist Mark English missed out on full podium funding. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland’s Paralympics athletes, swimmers and cyclists are once again the big winners in the latest allocation of the Irish Sports Council’s Internatio(...)

Ireland’s Rob Heffernan finished fourth in the 2012 Olympics but may be upgraded and given the bronze medal.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Rob Heffernan is now one step away from an Olympic bronze medal after the IAAF – the governing body of world athletics – confirmed its appeal against(...)

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(...)