Age: 30. Event: Marathon. Hometown: Belfast

Age: 30. Event: marathon. Hometown: Holywood, Co Down

Age: 23. Event: 400m hurdles. Hometown: Waterford

Age: 23. Event: Lightweight double sculls. Hometown: Skibbereen, Cork

Age: 22. Event: Lightweight double sculls. Hometown: Skibbereen, Cork

Age: 27. Event: Artistic gymnastics all-around. Hometown: London

Age: 39. Event: Lightweight double sculls. Hometown: Letterkenny, Donegal

Age: 29. Event: Pole vault. Hometown: Los Angeles

Age: 25. Event: 20km walk/50km walk. Hometown: London

Age: 31. Event: 10,000m/marathon. Hometown: Kilcoole, Co Wicklow

Age: 26. Event: 3,000m steeplechase. Hometown: Cork

Age: 27. Event: 3,000m steeplechase.Hometown: Moynalvey, Co Meath

Age: 24. Event: Keirin. Hometown: Melbourne, Australia

Age: 29. Event: Road race. Hometown: Birmingham

Age: 29. Event: 50km walk. Hometown: Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Age: 24. Event: 100m/200m breaststroke. Hometown: Limerick

Bryan Keane

Age: 36. Event: Triathlon. Hometown: Cork

Age: 24. Event: Modern pentathlonHometown: Tomastown, Kilkenny

Age: 18. Event: Artistic gymnastics all-around. Hometown: London

Age: 35. Event: 3,000m steeplechase. Hometown: Newcastle, Co Down

Age: 26. Event: 800m. Hometown: Kilkenny

Age: 26. Event: Lightweight double sculls. Hometown: Dublin

Age: 28. Event: Singles. Hometown: Dublin

Age: 23. Event: 800m. Hometown: Letterkenny, Donegal

Age: 30. Event: Marathon. Hometown: Dublin

Age: 24. Event: 1,500m. Hometown: Portaferry, Co Down

Age: 38. Event: Marathon. Hometown: Kinlough, Co Leitrim

Age: 23. Event: 100m/200m breaststroke. Hometown: Castlebar, Co Mayo

Age: 22. Event: 100m backstroke: 50m/100m freestyle. Hometown: Havertown, Philadelphia

Age: 34. Event: Single sculls. Hometown: Riga, Latvia

Age: 34. Event: Triathlon. Hometown: Derry

Age: 25. Event: Modern pentathlon. Hometown: Tara, Co Meath

Age: 23. Event: 3m springboard. Hometown: Harrowgate, Yorkshire

Age: 38. Event: 50km walk. Hometown: Cork

Age: 36. Event: Marathon. Hometown: Cork

Age: 32. Event: Road race. Hometown: Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, France

Age: 27. Event: Singles. Hometown: Raphoe, Donegal

Usain Bolt will be back on the track in Rio for his third Olympics. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Dark shadows are being cast over Rio, but there’s still something magical about the Olympic Games

Ger Hartmann with Sonia O’Sullivan. Photograph: Brian Gavin/Press 22

Former Irish team physio forgoing opportunity to work at Olympics Games in Rio

GAA director general Páraic Duffy: “Our attendances are somewhat down this year, but we’d hope that would recover as the summer goes on.” Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Effect of any decreased income from gate receipts will be felt by the county boards

GPA CEO Dessie Farrell, GPA chairman Séamus Hickey, GAA president Aogán Ó Fearghail and GAA director general Páraic Duffy at  Croke Park. Photograph: Piaras Ó Midheach/Sportsfile

New agreement with GAA a substantial improvement for the players’ body

Derek McGrath: “Now I reckon we’ll be 4/1, 5/1, for the semi-final. And that’s a great place to be.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

‘It’s a great place to be – in the last four’ says relieved Waterford hurling manager

Waterford’s Michael Walsh with Matthew O’Hanlon and Liam Ryan of Wexford during their All-Ireland quarter-final encounter. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

In a poor game at Semple Stadium Wexford’s truckload of wides cost them semi final place

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean came second to England’s Alex Bell in the 800m at the Morton Games on Friday. Photograph: Inpho.

Olympic hopeful just misses out in 800m but believes it will help in 1,500m in Rio

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt holds out his arm with a sticking plaster on during a press conference in London ahead of the Anniversary Games. Photo: Justin Talliss/Getty Images

After the ‘good versus evil’ showdown last August, Bolt is trying to get back to normal

A last-ditch effort by Irish marathon runner Sergiu Ciobanu to get a place at the Rio Olympics has failed, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) dismissing his appeal against the selection policy of Athletics Ireland. Photo: Inpho

Moldovan-born marathon runner claimed he was unfairly treated in Rio team selection

CAS have upheld the Rio Olynpics ban of 68 Russian athletes after appeal. Photograph: Afp

Russia are now on the brink of an outright ban from next month’s games in Brazil

Dublin’s Dermot Connolly at the GAA launch of the   All-Ireland football series at the  East Pier in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin. Photograph:  Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Dublin forward says he and his team are focussed on lifting another All-Ireland title

Tyrone’s Tiernan McCann at the launch of the 2016 All-Ireland senior football series. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Wing back delighted with response of team after Mattie Donnelly was given black card

An independent report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency has confirmed widespread state-sponsored Russian doping at Sochi 2014 . Photograph: Getty

Wada - widespread state-sponsored Russian doping occurred at Sochi 2014

OCI chairman Pat Hickey has slammed a report calling for an outright Russian Olympic ban, which is due to be released on Monday. Photograph: Inpho

Head of OCI questions integrity of independent report to be released on Monday

 Rory McIlroy walks up the 12th fairway during his second round of the British Open at Royal Troon. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

Maybe we can all come clean on why golf never deserved to be invited back in the first place

Joe McQuillan books Donegal’s Neil Gallagher and Tyrone’s Sean Cavanagh in last season’s clash between the counties. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/ Presseye/Inpho

Donegal have history on their side but Cavanagh says his side are ready to turn tables

Dublin football manager Jim Gavin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Dublin manager not thinking beyond Leinster football final against Westmeath

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean celebrates winning a bronze medal in the women’s 1500 metres at the European Championships. Photograph: Karel Delvoije/Ipho

European Championship 1,500m medal can prove the perfect confidence boost

Sabrina Wiedmar completing the Dál Riata swim, from Mull of Kintyre on the Scottish coast all the way to Cushendun, 17 kilometres away on the Antrim coast.

Ian O’Riordan on the long distance swimmer who conquered the deadly Dál Riata route

Rob Heffernan is the first Irish athlete to  be  selected for five consecutive summer Olympic Games after being named among a 17-strong team for Rio. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Corkman becomes first Irish athlete to be selected for five consecutive Games

Ciara Mageean of Ireland with the bronze medal she won in the Women’s 1500m Final at the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam.

Tough times explain why Mageean’s bronze medal in Amsterdam was so justifiably celebrated

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean celebrates after winning the bronze medal in the 1500m  at the European Athletics Championship in Amsterdam. Photograph:  Karel Delvoije/Inpho

So close to silver - joins Sonia O’Sullivan and Derval O’Rourke on European podium

The Irish men’s 4 x 400m relay time wait nervously for confirmation of their time after finishing fourth in heat one at the European Athletic Championships at the Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam. Photograph: Karel Delvoije/Inpho

4 x 400 team will have a chance to make Olympics in Sunday’s European final

South African-born distance runner competed in three Olympic Games for Ireland. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

Alistair Cragg represents how Ireland is willing to take top athletes in as our own

Ireland’s Ciara  Mageean leads during her qualifying heat for the women’s 1500 metres at the  European Athletics Championships  in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

‘It’s fantastic, and I really can’t sum up how it feels to be back in an Irish vest’

Thomas Barr of Ireland during Thursday’s 400m hurdles semi-final at the European Championships at the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam. Photograph: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty.

400m hurdler fails to make final but is now looking to Rio after recovery from injury

Sara Treacy is in confident mood for the Olympics. “Everything indicates I’m in shape to run a personal best,” she says. “I just have to do it. It’s all about Rio.” Photograph: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Meath steeplechaser wants to give it best shot before knuckling down career in medicine

Fionnuala McCormack (centre) running in the 10,000m final at the  European Athletics Championships in Amsterdam. Photograph: Karen Delvoije/Inpho

Wicklow athlete has to settle for fourth in 10,000m final at European Championships

Ireland’s Brian Gregan in action in Amsterdam on Wednesday. Photograph: Karen Delvoije/Inpho

David Gillick bows out of 400m during heat two in Amsterdam - ‘it’s great to be back here’

 Fionnuala McCormack: running in the 10,000m at the European Athletics Championships. Photograph: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Fionnuala McCormack and David Gillick among Irish medal hopefuls in Amsterdam

Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney on Dublin: “They are class, and there’s no point taking away from it.”  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Armagh manager believes O’Carroll and McCaffrey are a big loss for Jim Gavin

Usain Bolt (second from left) in action during the Jamaican Olympic trials in Kingston. Photograph: Gilbert Bellamy/Reuters

Sprinter suffered grade-one tear during Jamaica trials

Lance Armstrong in a slight lead over Marco Pantani during stage 12 of the 2000 Tour de France between Carpentras and Mont Ventoux. Photograph: Getty Images.

As the 103rd edition of the race sets off it will once again try to escape shadows of cheating

David Rudish  walks with  Brother Colm O’Connell  ahead of a track training session at Moi University   in Eldoret, Kenya in 2012. Photo: Michael Steele/Getty Images

‘It would be misleading to say I knew his mental or physical strength. He has not been in touch for a long time’

Galway’s Conor Cooney: his red card in the Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship semi-final against Offaly has been rescinded, so he will be free to play in Sunday’s showdown with Kilkenny. Photograph: Tom Beary/Inpho

Reversal of red card for forward means Tribesmen at full strength for Sunday’s final

Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney. Won’t be hosting the bumper attendance which would usually be present for a Kerry v Cork Munster final. Photograph:  Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Small band of Tipperary fans expected to head to Killarney for clash with Kerry

Football qualifer could be switched to Gaelic Grounds

Thomas Barr will compete for Ireland in the European Championships before making the trip to Rio for the Olympics. Photo: Inpho

Thomas Barr and Ciara Mageean are two of the Olympics-bound athletes making trip

 Westmeath’s James Dolan: “I’m sure we’ll go in a lot more focused, and the occasion will be kind of taken out of it. But we’ll go up and enjoy it too, because they don’t come around very often.” 

Despite setbacks and relegation, team relish another final showdown with Dublin

 Conor Duffy of Glaslough Harriers AC celebrates after winning the Men’s 5000m ahead of Conor Bradley of City of Derry AC Spartans, right,  in Santry. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Victory in the 800 Metres a huge relief for the UCD athlete as he looks forward to Rio

Donegal’s Michael Murphy and Vinny Corey of Monaghan in action during the Ulster SFC semi-final at Breffni Park. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

Conor McManus keeps his composure to earn Ulster champions a deserved replay

Donegal’s Michael Murphy and Vinny Corey of Monaghan in action during the Ulster SFC semi-final at Breffni Park. Photograph:  Andrew Paton/Inpho

Two sides to meet again next Saturday to decide who will play in Ulster final

Irish triathlete Bryan Keane: “For me it was about how I could achieve it, because it has been something I’ve dreamed of my whole life.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland’s only qualifier for men’s triathlon in Rio 2016 has been working at it for 24 years

Mark English has returned to full training following injury. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

Mark English and Thomas Barr return after injury to begin road to Rio in earnest

Ireland’s Rob Heffernan will soon receive his 2012 Olympic bronze medal for the 50km walk. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

Delayed presentation of Olympic prizes does not diminish the achievement of winning

Westmeath manager Tom Cribbin is not looking beyond Sunday’s game with Kildare. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Manager Tom Cribbin open about his side’s chances Leinster semi-final

Denis Bastick: “There was a great shift in our mentality as a team and it probably took that All-Ireland win in 2011 to get to that stage.” Photo: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Dublin veteran keenly aware of the traditional keen rivalry with the Royal County

Jamie Farrell of Laois celebrates scoring a point against Armagh. Photo: Tom Beary/Inpho

Kieren McGeeney’s Armagh win reprieve following replacements blunder at O’Moore Park

Galway’s Liam Silke and David Wynne celebrate after their side’s shock victory over Mayo in the Connacht GAA senior football semi-final on Saturday.  Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

‘Once we conceded the goal, Galway got second breath and kicked on’

Anne Jennings is training for a 24 hour-race in Belfast: ‘The aim in Belfast is to get to the 100-mile mark, and there’s no better way to do that than with people around you.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Anne Jennings loves running for ‘as long as she can’. That means six marathons in six weeks and now, a 24-hour race

 Mayo’s Keith Higgins is crowded out by David Wynne and Declan Kyne. Photo: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Rank outsiders record their first win over Connacht rivals since 2008 at McHale Park

 Sebastian Coe, president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) at a news conference after a council meeting in Vienna, Austria. Photograph: Lisi Niesner/EPA

IAAF votes to extend sanctions against Russia over continued use of illegal doping

Shane Long and Seamus Coleman. Long  won a string of national titles as an athlete including an under-16 double over the 100m and 250m hurdles in Tullamore in 2002. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The likes of Shane Long, Robbie Brady and Coleman move like natural athletes

All-Ireland winning hurler Michael Duignan of Offaly laments the decline in fortunes for his county in recent years. Photograph: Matt Browne/Sportsfile.

All-Ireland hurling winner fears for worse if county cannot address current failings

Former Tyrone forward Brian McGuigan: “I would have always tried to find pockets of space out on the wing and at the top of the D, but there is just no room to manoeuvre anymore.” Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer

Brian McGuigan: traditional role of a centre forward largely eliminated by modern tactics

Stephen O’Brien: “The players and management have to get back to basics.” Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Former All Star defender says conceding 3-15 in first big game in Munster ‘unacceptable’

Kerry’s Stephen O’Brien celebrates after scoring an early goal in the Munster SFC semi-final against Clare at Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Kingdom will meet Tipperary in decider after Cork beaten in Thurles

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, has been highlighted as having had a huge doping irregularities.

IAAF have to decide whether to allow a country tarnished by systematic doping compete at Olympics

Galway’s Joe Canning with Tommy Gallagher of Westmeath. Photo: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Last year’s beaten All-Ireland finalists eased their way into the Leinster SHC semi-finals

There is  increasing evidence that the war on drugs is no longer limited to the professional sport. Photograph: Getty Images

Testing times for sport with some calling for legalisation of performance-enhancing drugs

 Michael Darragh Macauley: was among the travelling fans when Dublin last played a Leinster clash outside of Croke Park ten years ago. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Experienced pair unfazed by the prospect of a Leinster clash with Laois in Nowlan Park

Waterford’s Austin Gleeson is looking forward to facing Clare again. “The second day then was a lot more open, and I expect Sunday to be exactly like that again.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Talented Mount Sion man looking forward to renewing battle with Clare

Dublin haven’t played a Leinster Championship match outside of Croke Park since 2006. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Over 10,000 tickets are still available for SFC clash with Laois at Nowlan Park

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