Jenny Egan endured more frustration when she was just two seconds off a medal at the World Sprint Championships in Milan, only 11 seconds separating the top six. Photograph:  Inpho

After missing out on qualifying for London 2012 by a single place Jenny Egan might have been forgiven for concluding sport was far too cruel and life(...)

Kerry O’Flaherty missed out on place in the steeplechase final at the World Championships in Beijing. Photograph: Inpho

It proved another tough morning for the Irish athletes inside the Brid’s Nest, as the trio of Irish women all fell short of making the World Champions(...)

Irish men’s 800metre champion Mark English has a relatively easy opening heat at the IAAF World Athletic Championships. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho.

(In order of appearance, times Irish) Mark English (UCD AC) – Men’s 800m (heats Saturday, 4:50am) After a rollercoaster summer, emotionally a(...)

Sarah Byrne excelled for Ireland in basketball at the Special Olympics this year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

We’ll trust that Aer Lingus overlooked excess baggage charges when they were bringing Ireland’s Special Olympics team home after they’d won, between t(...)

Sara Treacy was one of three Irish athletes to make the qualifying time for the 3,000 metres steeplechase at next year’s Olympics in Rio during a race in Letterkenny. Photograph: Sasa Pahic Szabo/Inpho

That old feeling of waiting around for something only for it to arrive in multiplicity is certainly true about the three Irish women who qualified for(...)

Kerry O’Flaherty: her 3,000m Steeplechase time of 9:42.61 qualifies her for both the World Championships and 2016 Olympics. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Three Irish women athletes achieved the 3,000m steeplechase qualifying time for the 2016 Olympic Games in Letterkenny. Kerry O’Flaherty (Newcastle AC(...)

Boxer Katie Taylor when arriving back at Dublin Airport after she won gold at the 2015 European Games, held in Baku, Azerbaijan, last month. Photograph: PA.

There was decidedly bad news for Katie Taylor’s rivals in her division when, after winning her 18th consecutive title at the European Games in Baku, (...)

 Katie Walsh  after winning the Irish Grand National Steeplechase on board the 20-1 shot Thunder And Roses, trained by Sandra Hughes, at Fairyhouse, Co. Meath. Photograph: Inpho

It was back in 2010 that Katie Walsh won her first Sportswoman of the Month award after a memorable visit to Cheltenham where she had two rides – and (...)

Gráinne Dwyer of Team Montenotte Hotel in action in the National Cup final. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

A year ago Gráinne Dwyer made our choice for the January sportswoman of the month an easy one after her MVP-winning performance in the National Cup fi(...)

Ireland’s Fionnuala Britton finished sixth at the European Cross Country Championships in Samokov, Bulgaria. Photograph. Photograph: Sasa Pahic Szabo.

Sometimes the best medals are the ones we don’t expect, those won not from the front but from behind, when bronze shines almost as sweetly as gold.No(...)