Olympic silver medalist Kenny Egan: now an elected city councillor for Fine Gael.   Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Too often, sporting achievement has become a shortcut to political mediocrity

 High Chaparral ridden by Mick Kinnane at the Curragh Races in 2003. Photograph: Tom Honan/Inpho

Coolmore Stud’s highly successful stallion was euthanised at Fethard Equine Hospital

Turf Club chief executive Denis Egan: ‘We very much welcome the allocation of funds for laboratory improvements. This matter has been of concern to us for some time.’ Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

HRI’s 2015 budget includes provision of €7.1 million for integrity services, which includes capital provision for new lab equipm(...)

McLoughlin had been pondering a tilt at the Coral Welsh Grand National at Chepstow

Trainer Dermot McLoughlin to stay local with his star stayer in the Paddy Power Chase

Silver Concorde, ridden by Robbie McNamara, winning the Weatherbys Champion Bumper during Ladies Day at Cheltenham this year. Photograph: David David Davies/PA Wire

Cheltenham winner to lead trainer’s team of promising novices at Christmas festival

Willie Mullins: will be hoping triple-bumper winner Lyrical Theatre can claim the mares’ maiden hurdle at Thurles. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Alan King’s smart chaser will mount a challenge for Paddy Power Dial-a-Bet Chase

19/12/14 - NEWS - Tanaiste Joan Burton presenting Joanna Morgan, trainer and former jockey, winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award  at the 10th Annual  The Irish Times/Irish Sports Council Sportswoman of the Year awards.Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

At a time when female jockeys encountered sexism, Joanna Morgan bucked the consensus

Horse racing  boosted by €100 million Racecourse Capital Development Fund to cover work between 2015 and 2019. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

All eligible to apply but focus likely to be on Leopardstown and the Curragh

Andrew Lynch and Sizing Europe on their way to a popular victory during the Punchestown Festival in April. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Paddy Power Dial-a-bet Chase at festival a possible target for Henry de Bromhead’s star

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