Ireland’s Ciara Mageean already has an Olympic qualifying time in the bag. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

As opening races go, Ciara Mageean couldn’t be feeling more satisfied, running an Irish record and World Indoor qualifying time over 1,500m at the Ka(...)

Ireland’s Sonia O’Sullivan on her way to finishing second at the 1993 World Championships in Stuttgart. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

So nothing about the unravelling truths of world athletics surprises Sonia O’Sullivan anymore, only the secrets that might still be hidden – including(...)

   Sonia O’Sullivan may be in line for  much-belated World Championship gold medals  after cold truths appear to have emerged about the notoriously dominant Chinese women’s distance runners of the early 1990s. File photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Sonia O’Sullivan may be in line for a much-belated World Championship gold medal – possibly even two – after cold truths appear to have emerged about (...)

Wang Junxia and  Ma Junren. Photograph:  Anton Want/Allsport

They say the truth always come out in the end, and perhaps the only surprise about the cold truth now emerging about the notoriously dominant Chinese (...)

Patrick Logue and all the family  head for Termonfeckin beach on Christmas morning, come hail rain or snow. In 2010 actually was snow on the beach.

We asked some of our journalists what they do to feel healthy – or alleviate the calorie intake guilt – on Christmas Day and over the coming days. Wa(...)

Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor square up in Dublin ahead of their proposed meeting at UFC 189, a fight that was cancelled after the Brazilian picked up an injury. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

1. Jose – gone in 60 seconds? John Kavanagh not only teaches Conor McGregor but learns from him too. His gut feeling that the fight could be over wit(...)

Cork captain Anna Geary lifts the cup after beating Kilkenny in the All Ireland Senior Camogie Final in Croke Park against Kilkenny. Photograph: Alan Betson

I was having a conversation last week with some friends and the topic of women’s sports came up, more specifically the challenges we sportswomen face.(...)

Are we so inured to doping that even O’Sullivan’s disillusionment with a sport she adorned for two decades is insufficient to shake us out of our stupor? Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Sonia O’Sullivan declared some weeks ago that inadequate doping procedures were a reason why she lost her emotional attachment to athletics during the(...)

Katie Taylor (red)  has won the Sportswoman of the Year title in 2007, 2008, 2012 and 2014. Photograph: Inpho/Donall Farmer

What on earth are we all going to do when Katie Taylor hangs up her gloves? Last year Taylor was crowned The Irish Times/ Sports Council’s Sportswom(...)

Sonia O’Sullivan: “I never really thought about winning the race, just getting myself to the point in the race where victory was an option.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It still takes something special for a woman to grab the sporting headlines. Especially in Australia. The first Tuesday in November was one of those d(...)