Jim McNamara was different in that he didn’t just touch the elite end of distance running, he also “touched the ordinary end”.  Photograph: Tomás Greally

One of the stories told at the funeral of Jim McNamara was about the day he convinced one of his Donore club mates to go altitude training in the Dub(...)

The Arena Carioca Olympic venues in Rio: the suitability of Brazil as host country has been questioned. Photograph: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images

It doesn’t feel that long ago since Ronnie Delany was telling me the difference between fate and faith. Fate, he said, was when you knew something abo(...)

Sonia O’Sullivan was one of the many Irish athletes to accept a scholarship at a US university. Photograph: Getty.

The plan was to smash a few records and then run in the Olympics. There is no sure-fire path to any sporting glory, only the tried and trusted. And wh(...)

Katie Taylor will meet Bulgaria’s Denitsa Eliseeva in Sunday’s bout at the European Games in Baku. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

If it still feels like Baku has been missing one proper headline act at these first European Games that should change on Sunday afternoon when the mo(...)

Men’s Javelin competitor Terry McHugh in action at the Sydney Olympics. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

When it seemed another week of nothing but high praise for Brian O’Driscoll sounded a bit repetitive, along came some reminders of what it mean(...)

Ronnie Delany, the Irish Olympian who won the 1,500 metres gold medal in Melbourne in 1956. He is the ambassador for Friends of the Elderly, having taken over from the late Maeve Binchy. Photograph: Eric Luke

It is 57 years since Ronnie Delany ran the three minutes and 42.2 seconds that would define the rest of his life.The passing of the years has not dimi(...)

Accumulated losses at the Clarence Hotel in Dublin fell slightly last year, according to accounts for Brushfield Ltd, the company under which the hote(...)

Ronnie Delany, Noala Thomas, Albie Thomas and Paddy Marley president of Clonliffe at Morton Stadium in 2008.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The death has taken place of former Australian middle-distance runner Albie Thomas, a contemporary of Ronnie Delany who set two world records in Dubli(...)

Chairman of the British Athletic Association Lord Coe with President of the Olympic Council of Ireland Pat Hickey, Minister of State for Transport Tourism and Sport Michael Ring TD and sculptor Paul Ferriter at the unveiling of sculpture of the London 2012 Olympic Torch. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Three years to Rio and Rory McIlroy’s Olympic marathon doesn’t look like flagging. Even the intervention of a Lord yesterday could not ease the(...)