Aoife Clark on Master Crusoe at the 2012 Olympic Games in London where she finished seventh in the individual final. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Trainers Michael O’Brien and Ted Walsh, the Tara Harriers, the Dublin Horse Show: the direction of Aoife Clark’s life’s took on a familiar yet inevita(...)

Every day is a school day for our swimmer Rachel Collins. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Rachel Collins I firmly believe every day is a school day. Working in a newspaper, you find yourself dealing with new ideas, information and people o(...)

Rose-Anne Galligan runs in the heats of the 1,500m at the World Indoor Athletic Championships in Portland, Oregon on Friday. Photograph:  Adam Jastrzebowski/Inpho

Not many people willingly left Cheltenham at the start of this week, especially those with any interest in horses, although Rose-Anne Galligan had a p(...)

Adi Roche with baby Victoria Doronona in the cardiac unit of Kharkiv general hospital, eastern Ukraine, in 2015. Ms Roche is set to be nominated for the award in the coming weeks by Cork’s Lord Mayor.

Adi Roche is expected to be awarded the Freedom of Cork city later this year for her work in assisting the people of Chernobyl following the nuclear (...)

Maeve Kyle, Ireland’s only woman athlete competing in the Olympic games in Tokyo, says goodbye to her husband, Seán, at Dublin Airport, in 1964 before leaving for Japan. Photo: Dermot Barry

When women first took part in the Olympic Games in Paris in 1900, four years after the first modern Olympics in Athens, it was something of a novelty.(...)

Conor McGregor during the UFC 196 weigh-ins at the MGM Grand. Photograph: Getty

Touchy lot, these UFC fans. You’d have thought that a sport in which the ability to give and take insults plays such an apparently crucial role in fig(...)

Top scores: Emma Byrne, Susan Whelan, Stephanie Roche, Sonia O’Sullivan and Leona Maguire

Susan Whelan Chief executive officer, Leicester City Football Club Wow, Susan Whelan has sure made her mark on England’s Premier League. Who woul(...)

Patricia Amond-Lawler: “These days it does help sustain my faith in athletics because at that age it’s all about school rivalry, fun and watching real raw talent shine.”

So time for that big 1916 anniversary special to get underway, to give some proper recognition to the enormity of an event which impacted on so many (...)

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(...)