Mark English has been combining his athletics preparations with his third year of medical studies at UCD. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Not many Irish athletes can talk up their medal prospects in such realistic terms as Mark English. At 21, he may still be a student of 800 metre runn(...)

Katie Taylor with third-year pupils, from left, Rebecca O’Grady, Shannon MacAnaspie and Lauryn Groome, at New Cross College, Finglas. Photograph: Eric Luke

‘She’s amazing, basically. She doesn’t get enough publicity compared to the men. I love her. I love boxing: you can take out your anger and any emo(...)

Actor and comedian Niall Tóibín is to be honoured with the Freedom of Cork this year. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Veteran actor and comedian Niall Tóibín is to be honoured with the Freedom of Cork later this year, after city councillors voted overwhelmingly to bes(...)

Ricky Simms, director of PACE Sports Management, Monaco, and agent to track and field stars, including Usain Bolt

When the fastest man on the planet, Usain Bolt, decides he wants to buy a new car, take a holiday or even just have a night on the tiles, there’s one (...)

There are fears over the water quality for the sailing events at the Rio Olympic Games but Ireland’s chef de mission, Kevin Kilty, says ultimately it will be up to the International Sailing Federation to decide whether or not it is safe for sailing. Photograph: Buda Mendes/Getty Images

Kevin Kilty knew he’d accomplished his first mission when he suddenly joked to himself: “If I’m ever going to have a heart attack, this is the plac(...)

 Cyclists at the 2014 Cycle Against Suicide.Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

The predominating message for the 3,500 secondary school students at a charity Cycle Against Suicide event today, was that it is alright not to feel o(...)

 John O’Shea starting one of the Goal Mile runs at  Leopardstown race course on Christmas Day. Photograph: Alan Betson

Noel Carroll always said the day you’re too busy to go for a run is the day you’re too busy. And in saying that he definitely meant Christmas Day, to(...)

Cork’s Briege Corkery: has won an astonishing total of 14 senior All-Ireland medals in Gaelic football and camogie. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

It was 2005, the second year of the Sportswomen of the Year awards, and the memory still raises a chuckle. Briege Corkery had won the double with Cork(...)

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(...)

 Fionnuala Britton (right) and Sara Treacy helped Ireland  claimed the bronze in the women’s  team event at the   European Cross-Country in  Samokov, Bulgaria. Photograph: Sasa Pahic Szabo/Inpho

There was mud, there was snow, there was sweat, and in the end there was the pleasant surprise of bronze medals for the Irish women’s team at the Euro(...)