Noel McGrath at the launch of the 2016 Allianz Hurling League on Monday. Tipperary face Dublin in Thurles next Saturday. Photograph: Brendan Moran/SPORTSFILE

There aren’t many 25-year-olds who can talk about their playing career pre- and post-cancer, especially not as openly as Noel McGrath can. Although b(...)

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(...)

Sonia O’Sullivan competes in the 5000m at the World Championships in Stuttgart in 1993. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Nothing will ever replace the feeling of winning two World Championship gold medals, in near perfect succession, especially not 23 years later, altho(...)

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 (...)

David Redmond in action for Oulart: “We have a better team now, a better balanced team than we ever did. And I think a kind of a stubbornness about us too.”  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

He’d been called a coward, a bottler, a loser and possibly even worse. Not directly to his face, although David Redmond would often hear those names (...)

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 (...)

Kevin Downes: “No Limerick club has won the All-Ireland, and Limerick haven’t won an All-Ireland since ’73. So you can’t walk away from that.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

“I thought that was going to come up,” says Kevin Downes, acutely aware there is no avoiding the concussion issue these days. Hurlers, it seems, are (...)

Ireland’s Eimear Mullan has now completed 10 “Ironman” competitions including a personal best time of 8:56:51. Photograph: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images.

Not many sporting events have more legendary origins than the Ironman. Nor now sound more gender biased. Because with the leading women fast catching(...)

Mick O’Dowd’s team begun the 2016 league with a win over Laois. Photograph: Inpho

Meath 1-10 Armagh 0-8 The Royals are sending out an early season warning sign. If winning is indeed a habit they’re getting pretty good at it and for(...)