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(...)

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(...)

Sophie, Spence, pictured here in action against Scotland at Cumbernauld during the 2015 Six Nations campaign, has been shortlisted for the World Rugby Women’s Player of the Year award. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland secondrow Sophie Spence has been shortlisted for the World Rugby Women’s Player of the Year 2015. The 28-year-old played a key role as Irelan(...)

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell has been named the Rugby Writers of Ireland player of the year for a second time. Photograph: Inpho

As befits a playing and living legend of Irish rugby, Paul O’Connell was named The Guinness Rugby Writers of Ireland Player of the Year at the annual (...)

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, (...)

Simon Coveney watches as Taoiseach Enda Kenny pins a ‘Yes’ badge onto Health Minister, Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins.

Arguments put forward by the No side in the same-sex marriage referendum have been described as “bogus” by Fine Gael’s director of elections Simon Cov(...)

 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 (...)

Ireland captain Niamh Briggs with the Six  Nations trophy. Briggs is the March Sportswoman of the Month,  an easy choice both for her own performances and as captain and representative of the 2015 Six Nations champions. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland’s Niamh Briggs is the winner of the Irish Times/Sports Council Sportswoman of the Month award for March, an easy choice both for her own perfo(...)

Tom Tierney talking to the Irish backs during the captain’s run recently. The Grand Slam may have slipped out of reach but a second Six Nations in three years is within touching distance. Photograph: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Let’s briefly revisit the French visit to Ashbourne in February. Not to highlight the floodlight failure again but to reveal its positive impact.Unbek(...)

Ireland’s Sophie Spence. “You can only get better if you are playing at that level against international sides.” Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

There is a plan. What it is will be revealed in due course but neither Ireland coach Tom Tierney nor Sophie Spence envisage Sunday’s Six Nations titl(...)