Ireland coach Craig Fulton remains upbeat about his side’s campaign at Rio Olympics. Photograph: James Crombie.

Coach Craig Fulton would have been looking for a more sympathetic draw for his Irish hockey team’s opening few games in the Rio Olympic Games. The So(...)

Greek actress Katerina Lehou, playing the role of High Priestess, lights a torch from the sun’s rays reflected in a parabolic mirror during the Olympic flame lighting ceremony for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the site of ancient Olympia in Greece, April 21, 2016. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

The official countdown to this year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics began on Thursday when the torch was lit at the site of the ancient Games, with organis(...)

 Dee Forbes: has jumped the fence from a multinational media world backed by billionaire shareholders to a relatively puny national one beset by political inertia

What, or who, links RTÉ and Discovery Communications? One answer is Dee Forbes, the president and managing director of Discovery Networks Northern Eu(...)

Jordan Spieth and Lexi Thompson as 14 year olds during the Fourball Matches of the Junior Ryder Cup at The Club at Olde Stone in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Photo: Mike Ehrmann/PGA of America via Getty Images

Lexi Thompson and Jordan Spieth represented the United States as teenagers in a mixed fourball match at the 2008 Junior Ryder Cup. As Spieth remembere(...)

Alpha Des Obeaux ridden by Bryan Cooper comes home to win at Gowran Park. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

In 1990 Mouse Morris saddled Trapper John to enter the Ryanair World Hurdle roll of honour. A lot has changed in the 26 years since, as the Co Tippera(...)

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.(...)

A jogger runs on a snowy day near the small Bavarian village of Olching near Munich. Photograph:  Christof Stache/AFP/Getty Images

It must be 40 years since my dad was running up Dundrum Road when someone shouted out their car window that he’d already passed the mental hospital. I(...)

A clock in front of Hamburg town hall displays a countdown to the German city’s referendum on whether to bid to host the Olympics – last November, the citizens voted against the bid. Photograph: Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images

There was a rumour going around the office this week that Dublin might be considering a late bid for the Olympics. Not without some hope either. Th(...)

Garbage floats in the polluted Cunha canal which flows into the notoriously polluted Guanabara Bay, site of sailing events for the Rio 2016 Olympic Game. The Rio government promised to clean 80 percent of pollution and waste from the bay in time for the games but have admitted that that goal now is unlikely to be reached. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Concerns over preparations for the Rio 2016 Olympics are set to dominate this week’s meeting of the International Olympic Committee’s executive board.(...)

Jasa Veremalua scores a try for Fiji against England in the final of the Dubai Rugby Sevens on Saturday. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images.

It was a weekend of the same game played in different ways and also one that wasn’t played at all. Rugby sevens is the new kid on the block. Although (...)