Gerry McIlroy’s successful  lucrative bet on his son’s British Open success inspired Vinny Fitzpatrick to wager on his son’s future sporting successes. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/RPA

Little Oisín’s art prowess a more likely path to fame and fortune

Vinny Fitzpatrick’s efforts at building the biggest sandcastle ever seen on Kilmore Quay beach in Wexford were looking good until the tide turned.

Bereft busman’s beach bailiwick battered and broken

 The sun shines along the passage floor into the inner chamber at newgrange during the  Winter Solstice at Newgrange. The passage tomb in Co  Meath was built over 5000 years ago. Photograph: Alan Betson

What he was doing in a darkened tomb at dawn was a mystery the ancient druids would have struggled to solve

A spectator emerging from the gorse during an  Irish Amateur Open Championship  at Portmarnock Golf Club. Photo: Alan Betson

Six hours caddying for his pall ensures a pleasant and profitable day at the famed Portmarnock course

 Tonalist (Joel Rosario) lands the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park, New York.

Clontarf’s finest has to pinch himself as wife Angie sets up a trip to Belmont Park

Runners, joggers and walkers of  all sorts were part of  the  40,000 people who took to  the streets of Dublin for the annual  Women’s Mini-Marathon. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Five amigos don bear outfits and pink singlets for a great cause

Good deed backfires when the burly bus driver steps forward to aid an old pal in a sudden crisis

Vinny Fitzpatrick’s pal Nicolas Roche leads his Tinkoff-Saxo team-mates across the line during the Team Time Trial of the  Giro D’Italia in Belfast. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Our steward for the day helps out team Roche and pulls a cheeky stunt

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