Recorder, ridden by Frankie Dettori, seen wining the Acomb Stakes  at York, is a likely contender for the National Stakes during Champions Weekend at the Curragh.  Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA

It is pitched as Irish racing’s shop-window to the flat racing world and those behind the €4 million Champions Weekend are hoping Queen Elizabeth II’(...)

Trainer Jim Bolger is directing Sanus Per Aquam  towards Group 1 glory at the Curragh on Champions Weekend. Photograph: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Sanus Per Aquam lost his unbeaten record at long odds-on in last month’s Tyros Stakes but is still on course to bid for Group 1 glory over Champions w(...)

Joseph O’Brien celebrates winning the Irish Derby on Australia last year with his father and trainer Aidan O’Brien, owner JP Magnier, and other connections and relatives. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

This Saturday sees the 150th Irish Derby at the Curragh, a landmark moment in the history of Ireland’s premier classic race with its evocative roll ca(...)

William Buick riding Golden Horn to victory in the Betfred Dante Stakes at York. Photo:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

An attritional run-in has resulted in an Epsom Derby shape that would have seemed unlikely at the start of the season but which could provide Frankie (...)

 Cashel Place Hotel in Co Tipperary: architectural gem

One of Ireland architectural gems, the Cashel Palace Hotel in Co Tipperary, is to offered for sale at a guide price in excess of €2.25 million. John (...)

Val Lamb receiving a presentation from Irish Times caseroom staff on the occasion of his retirement. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Valentine Lamb, always known as Val, was an outspoken editor of the weekly Irish Field for 33 years who articulated a clear vision of a better future (...)

Windsor Road is one of those lovely Victorian streets of warm redbrick houses that seem endlessly adaptable to contemporary family life. At the end(...)

Ireland under-19s beat France 13-10 in Marcoussis. Photograph: FFR

Ireland beat France 13-10 in the first of two Under-19 internationals between the countries at the French training base of Marcoussis, just outside Pa(...)

Willie Mullins at the gallops at his Closutton headquarters in Carlow. He will bring a formidable 50-strong team to Cheltenham. Photo: Niall Carson/PA

The scale of Willie Mullins’s overarching influence at Cheltenham next week can be gauged in any number of statistical permutations, but few have put (...)

The new-look Darren Clarke shows the fruits of his fitness regime. Photo: Warren Little/Getty Images

As the star attraction of the night entered the room, tall, tanned and toned, Vinny Fitzpatrick sank his bulging buttocks a little lower in his seat a(...)