Paddy Barnes fights Zou Shiming in the light flyweight semi-final at the London Olympics in 2012. The 28-year-old is set to compete at the record-breaking third Olympics. Photograph: Scott Heavey/Getty Images

Paddy Barnes tells the story of how the kids in Belfast began calling him Paddy Bronze after London 2012. They may set high standards in the Ardoyne,(...)

Joanna Morgan, winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award and Katie Taylor winner of the ‘Sports woman of the Year 2014’ surrounded by the monthly winners of 2014 on stage at the 10th Annual The Irish Times/Irish Sports Council Sportswoman of the Year awards.Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times 3:15

This year Katie Taylor stood above the rest but The Irish Times/Irish Sports Council Sportswoman of the Year ceremony was about all of the women ac(...)

Monthly award winner Anna Geary takes a picture with Irish Times Sportswoman of the Year boxer Katie Taylor at the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho 3:15

It’s the only event of the year where names like Katie Taylor, Stephanie Meadow and Briege Corkery stand equal to those of McIlroy, Keane or Sheffl(...)

Soccer player Stephanie Roche of Peamount United, who is shortlisted for Fifa’s Puskas Goal of the Year Award,  was joint winner of the Sportswoman of the Month Award for November. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

It’s hard to believe that we’re already approaching the end of 2014 when it seems like a wet week since it started. But it’s trickier still to accept(...)

Stephanie Meadow smiles  on the second hole during the third round of the 69th US Women’s Open at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, North Carolina. Photograph:  Scott Halleran/Getty Images

On the third Sunday in June, history was made. As Martin Kaymer’s coronation as the new US Open champion was played out with all the assuredness of G(...)

Stephanie Meadow: her Category 17 status means she may play a number of tournaments on next year’s LPGA tour. Photograph: Hunter Martin/Getty Images

Stephanie Meadow was the last player standing in the LPGA tour Q-School but, unfortunately for her, she left Daytona Beach without a full tour card fo(...)

Stephanie Meadow missed out on winning top status at LPGA Final Qualifying in Florida when Karlin Beck chipped in for birdie on the 11th hole of ma play-off. Photograph: Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Image

Northern Ireland’s Stephanie Meadow missed out on a gold-plated LPGA card after a dramatic 12-hole play-off ended when America’s Karlin Beck chipped i(...)

Leinster’s 24-18 defeat against Harlequins at The Stoop rounded off a mixed weekend for the provinces in europe
The Morning Sports Briefing
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  • December 8, 2014, 08:35

Lacklustre Leinster The provinces enjoyed decidedly mixed fortunes as they returned to European competition this weekend. On Sunday Matt O’(...)

Stephanie Meadow of Northern Ireland dropped three shots and five places during the fifth round on Sunday. Photograph: Scott Halleran/Getty Images

After an incredible sudden-death saga, Stephanie Meadow will have to wait until Monday morning to finish out her four-player play-off for the final 20(...)

Stephanie Meadow remains in contention to win her card after the fourth round of the LPGA qualifying tournament in Daytona Beach. Photograph:   Tyler Lecka/Getty Images

Stephanie Meadow recovered from a double-bogey on her first hole to card a one-under 71 in the fourth round of the LPGA qualifying tournament in Dayto(...)