Level playing field?: in 2013 the FAI had an income was €36.7 million, with a surplus of almost €9 million. It gave grassroots affiliates €1.1 million in development and operating grants. Illustration: Maciej Frolow/Getty

When John Delaney of the Football Association of Ireland admitted recently that the organisation he heads had accepted a €5 million loan from Sepp Bla(...)

Dr Una May, Irish Sports Council’s Anti-Doping director:  “Regardless of what level players are playing at doping is banned.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The problem, according to the Irish Sports Council’s anti-doping director Dr Una May, is not a culture of doping in Gaelic games but the widespread u(...)

After 12days the European Games are feeling more and more like the OIympics. Photograph: Epa

Day 12, and by now, Baku is beginning to feel less like a European Games and more like an Olympic Games. The steady rush between venues. The dizzy spe(...)

Oisín McConville: “I had a fair idea that he [Thomas Connolly, who got a two-year suspension for doping] was going to be made an example of and that’s a pity.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Following Thomas Connolly’s two-year suspension for ingesting anabolic steroids, the opinions of former Armagh footballer Oisín McConville and Kilkenn(...)

Parks Tennis:  every summer it  attracts a huge throng of 25,000 children to tennis courts nationwide. Photo: Sports

For the people who originated the idea, there was a feeling the image of the sport required some readjusting. Tennis needed to reach out. The sense t(...)

Monaghan’s Thomas Connolly has been banned for two years for testing positive for anabolic steroids. Photograph: Inpho

A precedent has been set for future doping cases in the GAA after the unsuccessful defence, leading to a two year suspension of Thomas Connolly, who t(...)

Monaghan’s Thomas Connolly has been handed a two-year ban after testing positive for the banned anabolic steroid Stanozolol. Photograph: Inpho

Monaghan footballer Thomas Connolly has been suspended for two years after admittedly taking stanozolol, an anabolic steroid prohibited under the wada(...)

 Leona Maguire’s form in the US has been so exceptional she has reached the top of the world amateur rankings after three tournament wins in her first season. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The Irish Times/Irish Sports Council Sportswoman Award for May: Leona Maguire (Golf) and Madeline Perry (Squash) Career-wise, our joint Sportswomen o(...)

Dublin footballer James McCarthy has a therapeutic use exemption for a Ventolin inhaler.

James McCarthy answers the first question of the day with that look of complete inevitability – and no, it’s not about drug testing in the GAA.Because(...)

 Katie Walsh  after winning the Irish Grand National Steeplechase on board the 20-1 shot Thunder And Roses, trained by Sandra Hughes, at Fairyhouse, Co. Meath. Photograph: Inpho

It was back in 2010 that Katie Walsh won her first Sportswoman of the Month award after a memorable visit to Cheltenham where she had two rides – and (...)