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(...)

 Irish players warm up in the Keep Rugby Clean IRB Anti-doping tee shirts before the 2014 Junior World Championship match against Fiji  in Auckland, New Zealand. Photo: Jason Oxenham/Getty

Within the last 18 months, one of the Irish provinces made contact with the Irish Sports Council regarding one of their players. The player had made h(...)

Construction under way at the National Stadium for the Baku 2015 European Olympics. Photograph: Getty Images

Typical of Pat Hickey to answer my first question before he’s even asked. Hickey hasn’t lasted a quarter of a century – or a record seven terms – a(...)

Ireland’s backroom team during the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup. The side currently has no coaches.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan

In a move that should, in theory, prove hugely beneficial for women’s rugby in Ireland, the IRFU have moved the 15-a-side game from their domestic gam(...)

Jobe Watson (left) and Dustin Fletcher representing Essendon. The pair’s involvement in the International Rules series has caused controversy due to doping allegations. Photograph: Michael Dodge/Getty Images

The former head of Asada (Australia’s anti-doping authority) Richard Ings has questioned the validity of tomorrow’s International Rules series in Per(...)

Travis Tygart, CEO, US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) speaking at the Irish Sports Council’s information day at Croke Park, Dublin. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

The last question Travis Tygart wants again is exactly how he took down Lance Armstrong, although he smiles in the face of monotony, knowing full wel(...)

Maria McCambridge crosses the line in second place in the women’s race at the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2014. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

“I’m gutted – but it’s a happy gutted,” said Maria McCambridge after her outstanding Dublin Marathon performance last month, which earned her the Iri(...)