Pat Hickey: Arrested in Rio de Janeiro on August 17th last. Photograph: Getty Images

Delegates at European Olympic assembly concerned at Hickey treatment in Brazil

The Irish Olympic Council tweeted out this picture on Friday morning - showing a message of support for Pat Hickey from The European Olympic Committees, and the Association of National Olympic Committees at the General Assembly of the European Olympic Committee in Minsk, Belarus. Photograph: Twitter

Assembly is told the former president is innocent of all Rio ticket touting charges

Paul Howard at Luggala, Co Wicklow, where Tara Browne is buried. Tara Browne is the subject of Howard’s new book ‘I Read The News Today, Oh Boy’. Photograph: Eric Luke

Running can be meditative, especially if you find "frosty grass of an early morning”

Ireland’s Robert Heffernan after crossing the finish line of the London 2012 Olympic Games Men’s 50km race walk. Photograph: Getty Images

There will be a special medal presentation on November 3rd at the City Hall in Cork

The Irish Olympic Council tweeted out this picture on Friday morning - showing a message of support for Pat Hickey from The European Olympic Committees, and the Association of National Olympic Committees at the General Assembly of the European Olympic Committee in Minsk, Belarus. Photograph: Twitter

‘We’ve studied allegations against Patrick Hickey, from what we know he’s not guilty’

Lance Arsmtrong has pulled out of an appearance at Dublin’s One Zero conference. Photograph: Getty

No refunds will be offered with disgraced cyclist citing legal reasons for withdrawal

Stephen Colvert is free to compete but continues to try and clear his name after he received a two-year doping ban in 2014. Photograph: Inpho

Sprinter Colvert now free to compete after two-year ban following positive test in 2014

GAA director general Páraic Duffy has made some running repairs to his proposed reform of the All-Ireland football championship. Photograph: Inpho

Quarter-final round robin ties would be shared between HQ and county grounds

Allianz League games previously shown on Setanta will not be broadcast on Virgin

“They were very happy for me personally, but as managers and players they weren’t as happy. They (Éamonn Fitzmaurice and Jack O’Connor) didn’t put any pressure on me to stay, they said it was my own decision.”

‘It’s a very quiet place, like Dingle, and I was very comfortable there’

Paul Mannion celebrates scoring the goal which sealed Dublin’s quarter-final win over Donegal. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dublin star has no regrets about taking a break from the game to pursue his studies in China

“We’d love to have him back and we all wish him well but he’s happy so that’s the most important thing.”

Dublin defender is expected to still be in New Zealand for 2017 championship

 Fionnuala McCormack  on her way to winning the senior women’s race during the Autumn open cross country festival at the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown, Dublin. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Olympic marathon runner takes first cross country race of season at brand new track

Olympic Council of Ireland president Pat Hickey in his dressing gown moments after Brazilian police arrived at his hotel.

Ian O’Riordan speaks to athletes and OCI team members who were on the scene in Rio

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan with Irish cross country runner Ciara Mageean at the opening of the Sport Ireland National Cross Country Track. Photograph: Sportsfile

Ian O’Riordan: Failure to increase funding and development of Olympic sports doesn’t auger well

Marc Ó Sé retires from Kerry with five All-Ireland titles and three league medals. Photograph: Don MacMonagle.

Long-standing family dynasty in Kingdom concludes with youngest of brothers calling time

Tipperary’s Ronan Maher tackles Kilkenny’s TJ Reid. “It was nice to get another one over on them [Kilkenny],it’s been a long time since 2010.”Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Defender planning for club final with Thurles before focusing again on Premier ambitions

Philly McMahon at the Ireland Active Conference launch: “This team isn’t going to be here next year – it’s going to be a different team.”   Photograph: dan Sheridan/Inpho

Defender expecting fierce competition to win a place in champions’ defence in 2017

Colm Cooper: “We certainly didn’t think they [Dublin] were invincible. When you come from Kerry, you think you can beat everyone.”  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Kerry star concentrating for now on Dr Crokes’ Kerry county final assignment

Brothers Séamus and Aidan O’Shea of Mayo show their dejection following Mayo’s agonising one-point defeat to Dublin  at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

‘This team is hardened enough and steely enough, and the appetite will be there’

Canada’s Shawn Barber was allowed to compete at the Rio Olympics despite testing positive for cocaine after the national trials. Photograph: Getty Images.

Cocaine use by professional athletes and players needs to be addressed

Tipperary’s Séamus Callanan has been nominated for the Player of the Year award. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

One third of candidates for awards playing with reigning All-Ireland champions

Athletics Ireland will straightaway begin the search for a new director of High Performance after Kevin Ankrom confirmed his decision to step down from the role. Photo: Inpho

Ankrom’s current contract ended with the Rio Olympics, having being appointed in 2011

Stephen Cluxton: one of the 11 players nominated from back-to-back All-Ireland champions Dublin. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Champions and beaten All-Ireland finalists account for 22 (11 each) of the total of 45 spots

Referee Maurice Deegan black-carding Dublin defender Jonny Cooper during the All-Ireland final replay against Mayo. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

Dublin defender suggests referees need assistance when it comes to black cards

Waterford’s Austin Gleeson: he is one of those in line to pick up the Player of the Year accolade on Saturday night

Westmeath’s Niall Mitchell is first player from county to pick up such an award

Dublin’s Cian O’Sullivan: “It’s a bit unfair on the clubs, that the players are only handed back to them, with a week to go, before the championship.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Cian O’Sullivan prepares to lock horns with All-Ireland club champions Ballyboden

Dublin’s Philly McMahon celebrates at the final whistle after the All-Ireland final replay victory over Mayo. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Dublin defender says players becoming increasingly frustrated by controversial rule

Dublin’s Brian Fenton celebrates after Dublin’s All-Ireland win over Mayo at Croke Park. “It’s special, special times.” Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Two seasons, two Sam Maguires – RTÉ’s player of the year will enjoy it while it lasts

Dublin’s Eric Lowndes celebrates Saturday’s win with manager Jim Gavin. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dublin manager weary but contented after 19 months of hard graft lead to Sam Maguire

Dublin’s Cian O’Sullivan, Diarmuid Connolly, Michael Fitzsimons and Eric Lowndes celebrate. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Michael Fitzsimons, Ciaran Kilkenny and Dean Rock the star men for the All-Ireland champions

Referee Maurice Deegan black cards Lee Keegan of Mayo. Photo: James Crombi/Inpho

Ian O’Riordan looks at the main talking points as Dublin retain Sam Maguire for the first time since the 1970s

Lance Armstrong will appear at the RDS in October. Photograph: Elizabeth Kreutz/Reuters/Lance Armstrong Foundation/

Don’t expect freewheeling revelation when disgraced cyclist comes to the RDS

Dublin manager Jim Gavin during the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship final at Croke Park. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Dublin manager says his side will relish challenge of improving in Saturday week's replay

Dublin’s Dean Rock battles with Keith Higgins of Mayo during the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship final at Croke Park. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Ian O’Riordan runs the rule over Jim gavin’s men after their draw with Mayo

Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor celebrates scoring the equalising point late in injury time during the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship final between Dublin and Mayo. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Ian O’Riordan takes a look at the defining moments from a scrappy game at Croke Park

Jim Gavin (Dublin football manager) and the Boeing Stearman. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

The Dublin manager sees similarities between flying and running a football team

Michael McKillop  celebrates his victory in the men’s 1,500m T37 final in  Rio. Photograph: Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images

Instead of taxing sugary drinks, the Government should focus on getting people active

Darren Daly:  came off the bench in both the 2013  final (replacing Jack McCaffrey) and the 2015 final (replacing Cian O’Sullivan). Photoghraph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Dublin replacement upbeat on prospects of playing part in All-Ireland final against Mayo

Jim Gavin and Declan Darcy have been a tightly knit management pair since 2002. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Jim Gavin’s selector is fascinated by adaptations football has undergone

Philly McMahon says that fame is not what motivates him or the Dublin camp as they prepare for their All-Ireland final clash with Mayo. Photo: Inpho

No-nonsense defender says talk of greatness never enters the fully focussed Dublin camp

 Former Dublin forward Ray Cosgrove: “Listening to the Mayo lads, they kind of have unfinished business. So I’d be very, very wary.” Photograph:  Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Former Dublin forward believes his county should be ‘very wary’ as they enter the fray

 Former Mayo manager James Horan. Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Former manager outlines factors that favour his native county in All-Ireland football final

2015 footballer of the year Dublin’s Jack McCaffrey. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Letting media talk to only one main player ahead of All-Ireland final is embarrassing

Waterford blitzed Antrim in their    All Ireland Under 21 Hurling Championship semi-final, while their final opponents Galway had a much sterner test against Dublin in the other semi-final. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Déise go into Under-21 hurling decider against Galway as red-hot favourites

Jim Gavin belives a bounce of the ball could settle the All-Ireland final against Mayo. Photograph: Inpho

Dublin manager in no way surprised Mayo have made it to the All-Ireland final

Kerry manager Éamonn Fitzmaurice took over from Jack O’Connor in 2012. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Manager could have longest continuous term since Páidí Ó Sé if he stays until 2018

 Eamonn Fitzmaurice looks set to extend his tenure as Kerry manager. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Club delegates will decide at Tuesday night’s monthly county board meeting in Tralee

Facing up: Kilkenny manager Brian Cody looks on during the presentation of the Liam MacCarthy Cup to Tipperary in Croke Park on Sunday. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

All-Ireland hurling final: Kilkenny manager turns his fire on cheap analysis of tactics

A dejected TJ Reid of Kilkenny after the game. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kilkenny manager concedes Tipperary were the better team on the day

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody looks on during the cup presentation after his side were beaten by Tipperary in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship final. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Ian O’Riordan evaluates the performances of the losing Kilkenny team at Croke Park

Former OCI president Pat Hickey: claim of needing “permission to do things” from the OCI executive committee now seems  a little suspect. Photograph:  Larry French/Getty Images for ANOC

The way the Olympic Council of Ireland operates will need to be completely changed

Michael Ryan: “There is a consistency Kilkenny reach that the rest of us need to get to.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Premier County manager claims it’s the initial bar his charges have to reach in final

Brian Cody celebrates during Kilkenny’s  All-Ireland semi-final win over Waterford. Photograph: Donall Farmer

Kilkenny manager seems happy just to keep on keeping on ahead of 15th final

Dublin manager Jim Gavin and Kerry manager Éamonn Fitzmaurice shake hands after Sunday’s All-Ireland SFC semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

After classic semi-final, it is not yet clear whether Kerry manager is less likely to leave

Kerry manager Éamonn Fitzmaurice during the All-Ireland SFC semi-final against Dublin at Croke Park. Phorograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

‘We threw everything at it, and just came up a bit short again’

Stephen Cluxton and David Byrne of Dublin fail to stop Paul Geaney of Kerry scoring his side’s second  goal in the All-Ireland SFC semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Kerry had led by five points at half-time after scoring two quick goals

Michael Conlan’s post-defeat interview was grief in sport at it’s most cruel. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

From Thomas Barr’s heroics, to the lows of Michael Conlon and Katie Taylor’s exits

South Africa’s Caster Semenya celebrates winning the women’s 800m final in Rio. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

Trio’s gold medals at Olympic Games will always come with an asterisk

Ethiopia’s Feyisa Lilesa makes a gesture after taking the silver medal in the men’s marathon at the Olympic Games in Rio. Photograph: Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty Images

Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge takes gold; Paul Pollock leads home Irish trio in 32nd

Britain’s Mo Farah completed a double-double after he added the 5,000m gold to his 10,000m success in Rio. Photograph: Afp

Surprise 1,500m winner, USA’s Matthew Centrowitz, also coached by Alberto Salazar

800m Silver medallist Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba (left), gold medallist South Africa’s Caster Semenya, and bronze medallist Kenya’s Margaret Nyairera Wambui. Photograph: Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images

South African runs fastest time in eight years without strain and with plenty in reserve

Ireland’s Aileen Reid finishes in 21st position. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Gwen Jorgensen eases to victory - Nicola Spring takes silver ahead of Vicky Holland

Ieland’s Rob Heffernan in action in the 50km walk. This Rio appearance leaves him the only Irish athlete to compete in five consecutive Olympics. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Cork man achieves his fourth top-10 finish in five Olympic appearances

Ireland’s Thomas Barr performed admirably in Rio, coming fourth in the 400m hurdles. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Many athletes find normal life extremely difficult after the high of competing on greatest stage

Ireland’s Natalya Coyle after finishing in seventh on Friday night. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Meath woman secures Ireland’s second top-10 finish of the day after late surge in Rio

Rob Heffernan battled cramp to finish fifth in his fifth Olympic Games. Photograph: Inpho/James Crombie

Walker’s bronze medal from London believed to be in Pat Hickey’s possession

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt wins the men’s 200m final at the Olympic Stadium on the Thursday night. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA

Third consecutive Olympic gold in this race for Jamaican - Andre de Grasse takes silver

Ireland’s Tomas Barr was desperately unlucky not to win a medal on Thursday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The Irish hurdler overcame some nerves to deliver his best ever race to finish in fourth

Ireland’s Thomas Barr comes home in fourth place as USA’s Kerron Clement takes gold in the men’s 400m hurdles at the Olympic Stadium. Photograph: David Davies/PA

Silver and bronze medalists represent countries with the worst anti-doping records

Ireland’s Tomas Barr reacts after crossing the line in the final of the 400m Hurdles final at the Olympic Stadium in Rio. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Irish hurdler smashes Irish record for second time in three days as he finishes fourth

The Brownlee brothers, Alistair (left) and Jonathan. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Britain’s gold and bronze medallists in 2012 will be the men to beat in Copacabana

 Thomas Barr of Ireland competes during the Men’s 400m Hurdles semi-finals earlier this week. Photograph: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Our first Olympic sprint finalist in 84 years has what it takes to win a medal on Thursday

Ireland’s Ciara Everard during the 800m heats in Rio. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

‘It’s a very sensitive topic’ - Irish 800m runner’s view on Caster Semenya debate

 A spectator sits among empty seats during athletics events in Rio. Photograph: Dominic Ebenbichler/Reuters

The low numbers of fans at many events is embarrassing for everyone

 South Africa’s Caster Semenya is the favourite for the Women’s 800m Final. Photograph: John Giles/PA

Difficult questions raised by the South African’s high level of natural testosterone

Thomas Barr of Ireland after reaching the men’s 400m hurdles final on Tuesday night. Photograph: EPA

National record smashed as Thomas Barr blazes into Thursday’s 400m hurdles final

Brazil’s Thiago Braz da Silva celebrates his victory at the end of the men’s pole vault final. Photograph: Getty Images

French silver medal winner Renaud Lavillenie apologises for comparing crowd to Berlin in 1936

Kenya’s David Lekuta Rudisha reacts as he wins the men’s 800 metres in Rio. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA

Fellow Kenyan Alfred Kipketer took an early lead but paid the price as the race wore on

Usain Bolt will be confident of adding to his 100m gold medal in the 200m. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters

Is the Jamaican unbeatable or should we keep an eye on young Wayde Van Niekerk?

New Zealand’s Nick Willis: “In Rio it’s just about getting down to business and trying to make amends for London.” Photograph: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

The athlete is more relaxed yet also more motivated at his fourth Olympic Games

Ireland’s Scott Evans thanks the Irish fans after losing on Monday night. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

‘I’d really worked hard to get in my best shape possible for this tournament’ - Rio exit

Ireland’s Thomas Barr clears the final hurdle on his way to finishing second in heat four of the  men’s 400m hurdles in Rio. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Sara Treacy finishes 17th in final of 300m steeplechase

Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates winning the men’s 100 metre final in Rio. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Jamaican eyes 200m for ‘triple triple’ - first man to claim three successive track golds

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean dejected after failing to qualify for the final. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Irish 1,500m runner is unable to find a way into the final after falling away on Sunday

Britain’s Mo Farah celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the Men’s 10,000m at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: Getty Images

Briton confronts unwanted questions after winning his third Olympic gold

Ireland’s Lizzie Lee, Fionnuala McCormack and Briege Connolly after competing in the women’s marathon. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Jemima Sumgong wins Kenya’s first ever gold medal in the women’s marathon

Ireland’s Mark English after finishing fifth in the third semi-final of the men’s 800m. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Donegal runner finishes fifth behind defending 800m champion David Rudisha

Britain’s  Mo Farah  celebrates as he crosses the line to win the 10,000m and defend his Olympic title in Rio. Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

British long-distance runner becomes sixth man to defend title

Ireland’s Sara Louise Treacy during the 3000m steeplechase round one on Saturday. Photograph: Getty Images

Meath woman wins her appeal after being taken out/tripped in her heat on Saturday

Ireland’s Fiona Doyle had dreamed as a child of becoming an Olympian. But the Limerick swimmer struggled in Rio, with her two swims ending in elimination.Photograph: David J Phillip/AP

Emotional pain of athletes is perhaps reason Games take place only every four years

Round one of the Women’s 1500 metres at the Olympic Stadium on Friday night. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Impressive run puts the Irish runner into the semi-finals of the 1,500 metres in Rio

Usain Bolt dances samba during a Jamaican Olympic Association press conference. Photograph: Getty Images

Usain Bolt is cast the hero and Justin Gatlin the villain – whose side should we be on?

Ireland’s Mark English during the men’s 800m heats at the Olympic Stadium on Friday. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA

Disputed 23-year-old record broken in extraordinary women’s 10,000m

 Mark English competes in the 800 metres heats. Photo: David Gray/Reuters

Ayana wins gold medal in the women’s 10,000m, crushing controversial world record of 29:31.78

Ireland’s Mark English has built up considerable experience, winning the bronze medal at the 2014 European Championships. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Inpho

UCD runner aiming for semi-final spot in a hugely competitive 800m event

Tuvshinbat Byamba of Mongolia (left) and Steven Donnelly trade blows at the Riocentro. Photo: Peter Cziborra/Reuters

Ballymena fighter comes through last 16 bout with Tuvshinbat Byamba in Riocentro

 Wang Yihan of China and Chloe Magee walk off the court after Wang won their match. Photo: Marcelo Del Pozo/Ireland

Magee will now face Karin Schnaase with place on the last 16 on the line

Ireland’s Pádraig Harrington and Séamus Power during a  practice round at the newly-built Rio Olympic Golf Course. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

On the tee - a Brazilian who learned to play golf with broken branches

Ireland’s Fiona Doyle on the way to finishing second in the first heat of the  women’s 200m breaststroke in Rio. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

‘I stand by the things I said earlier in the week’ says Irish swimmer

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