John Treacy: “We’ve seen loads of evidence down through the years of people who scrape in around July and by the time the Olympics come around they don’t have it.” Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

If Irish athletes have hopes of performing well at Rio 2016, this is the year in which to qualify. The Irish Sports Council (ISC) has targeted the (...)

Kieran Mulvey, Chairman, Irish Sports Council says that increased funding will increase participation and enhance high performance - A total of €8.16m will be invested in 22 Performance Plans which will support Ireland participation at the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Payday for the 59 national governing bodies of Irish sport - and with the Rio Olympic countdown well underway, Government funding for 2015 is up on la(...)

FIRA Under 18 European Championships Semi-Final, Plewiska, Poland 15/4/2014Ireland U18 vs France U18Ireland’s Max DeeganMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Szymon Gruchalski/www.eurorugby2014.pl

“The Senior Cup teams are getting as professional as any set-up you are going to see in Europe.” – Darragh Fanning – Leinster. No supplements. No dopi(...)

19/12/14 - NEWS - Joanna Morgan, winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award and Katie Taylor winner of the   ‘Sports woman of the Year 2014’ at the 10th Annual  The Irish Times/Irish Sports Council Sportswoman of the Year awards.Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Joanna Morgan rode five winners on five continents during a pioneering riding career and she is set to finish her training career in exotic fashion i(...)

Joanna Morgan, pictured here with Katie taylor at the Irish Times Sports Woman of the Year awards, has announced her retirement from training. (Photograph: INPHO/Morgan Treacy)

The pioneer jockey and successful trainer Joanna Morgan has announced her retirement from training.Morgan, 61, received the Hall of Fame Award at last(...)

The campaign by Sport England urges women of all sizes and shapes to get active. Photograph: Still from This Girl Can video/Sport England

It’s hard to resist a jiggle to Missy Elliott’s Get Ur Freak On, which made it the perfect backing track for Sport England’s latest bid to get women u(...)

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

Boxer Katie Taylor has been crowned The Irish Times/Irish Sports Council ‘Sportswoman of the Year 2014’ for her exceptional achievement in winning a r(...)

The general consensus in schools is ‘no supplements allowed’ but the temptation remains for those unlikely to experience this level of competition again. Photograph: Inpho/Morgan Treacy

“Everyone has a personal gold medal. That might be just making the First XV of your high school rugby team. “These drugs are rife – you can get(...)

Europe Ryder Cup winning team captain Paul McGinley  back in September. Photograph: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

The Olympic Council of Ireland has unveiled the Team Ireland leaders for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and an “honoured” European Ryder Cup captain Paul(...)

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(...)