Stephen Scullion celebrates after winning the Irish national title at the KBC Dublin Marathon in 2019. Photograph:  Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Irish marathon runner on his battles with binge drinking that led him to give up alcohol

Sam Bennett claimed victory on the opening stage of the Tour of Algarve.  File photograph:  Marco Bertorello/AFP via Getty Images

Irish cyclist holds on for victory despite losing two lead-out riders after a crash

Irish International athlete Seán Hehir at the launch of the 2021 KBC Virtual Dublin Marathon and Race Series. Photograph:  Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Two-time national marathon champion believes events could take place in Ireland

A view of the Dublin Marathon as it makes its way up Fitwilliam Place in 2019. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Final decision on exact form the event will take will be made on June 25th

Diarmuid O’Keeffe and Wexford meet Laois this weekend. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Davy Fitzgerald’s side saw their Leinster SHC title defence end meekly last year

Sam Bennett is competing in Portugal as his Tour preparation picks up. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/Getty/AFP

Dan Martin will be aiming for a hat-trick of Grand Tour stage wins as he lines up in Giro

Christopher O’Donnell, Shartene Mawdsley, Thomas Barr and Phil Healy of Ireland after the 4x400 Metres Relay Mixed at the World Athletics Relays Silesia21. Photo: PressFocus/MB Media/Getty Images

So far, 21 athletes have either qualified or are very close to – four more than in Rio 2016

Aoife Cooke was victorious in the Cheshire Elite Marathon near Chester. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

34-year-old wins Cheshire Elite Marathon as she comfortably runs inside Olympics time

Rhys McClenaghan of Ireland competes on the pommel horse during the European Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Basel. Photo: Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images

The 21-year-old was aiming to defend his title at the European Championships

Elite Irish athlete Aoife Cooke: ‘I’m so just grateful to get the opportunity.’ File photograph: Inpho

Long-distance athlete will run in make-or-break marathon event on Sunday

Ireland’s Emma Slevin finished 19th in the women’s All-Around final at the European Championships. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images

Adam Steele also had a good competition finishing in 21st position

Nicholas Roche of Ireland and Team DSM and Alessandro De Marchi of Italy and Team Israel Start-Up Nation during the 44th Tour of the Alps 2021. Photo: Tim de Waele/Getty Images

Felix Grossschartner secured the win on the shores of Lake Garda

A woman takes a selfie in front of the Olympic rings in Tokyo. Photo: Carl Court/Getty Images

Sport Ireland hold counsel on prospect of whether athletes should be vaccinated early

File photo of Rhys McClenaghan during the World Championships in 2019. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

The 21-year-old will fancy his chances of a title defence after Max Whitlock crashed out

A view of the New National Stadium, the main stadium for the Tokyo Olympics. The Japanese government is expected to impose a third state of emergency in Tokyo soon amid an increase in cases of Covid-19. Photo: Getty Images

State of emergency in Tokyo has raised concerns among officials ahead of the Games

Dan Martin of Ireland and Team Israel Start-Up Nation during the 44th Tour of the Alps 2021, Stage 4. Photo: Tim de Waele/Getty Images

Irish rider looked shaken after taking a tumble as Pello Bilbao went on to win

The €5.8 million in funding will be made available to the FAI for football development programmes, pending approval by the board of Sport Ireland. File photograph: Inpho

A total of €2,389,653 has been allocated to the GAA and €2,250,843 to the IRFU

Emma Slevin, pictured at the Youth Olympics homecoming in 2018, will now compete in the all-around final as one of Europe’s best on Friday. File photograph: Inpho

The youth Olympic Games finalist becomes first Irish female gymnast to do so

Dan Martin is still on the same time as third place with two stages remaining at the Tour of the Alps. Photograph: Getty Images

Nicholas Roche rode strongly again and he now sits 26th overall as Froome struggles

Sonie O’Sullivan is to take up a coaching role with Nike based in Portland, Oregon. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

O’Sullivan will work with Pete Julian helping to coach distance runners up to Tokyo Games

Dan Martin is up to third after the second stage of the Tour of the Alps. Photograph: Luc Claessen/Getty

Irish rider snatches third in a hectic finish in short but mountainous second stage

Ireland’s Phil Healy in action  at the Athlone International Athletics Grand Prix last February. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Deal will bring international meetings to Irish TV for the first time in over 20 years

Ireland’s Philip Doyle and Ronan Byrne celebrate securing their Tokyo qualification at the  World Rowing Championships in Ottensheim, Austria, in September 2019.  Photograph: Detlev Seyb/Inpho

As a doctor, Doyle believes games will be a huge morale-booster and should go ahead

 Ireland’s Nicholas Roche will start his 24th Grand Tour race in next month’s Giro d’Italia. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP via Getty Images

Team DSM rider to start 24th Grand Tour of his career next month

 Paul and Gary O’Donovan with their medals at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Photograph: Getty Images

Virtual medal table completed before last week’s European Rowing Championships

Sarah Lavin competing in the 60m hurdles  at the 2021 European Indoor Athletics  Championships in Torun, Poland. “I’m under no illusion, it’s skin of my teeth. I know I’ll have to be better than ever before in the few outdoor races I get, if I am to make Tokyo.”  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Limerick woman within touching distance of joining elite 100m hurdlers in Tokyo

 Rhys McClenaghan: ‘I would absolutely love for anybody to challenge gymnasts in terms of bodyweight training.’ Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Irish gymnast looking forward to renewing his pommel horse rivalry with Britain’s Max Whitlock

David Puttnam: “I think it speaks to people’s inner sense of what they want themselves to be.”’ Photograph: Justin Walpole.

David Puttnam recalls series of accidents that helped make Chariots of Fire a classic

 Looking north towards Tibradden and Two Rock Mt from Cruagh Mt. Photograph: Francis Bradley

Foothills of Dublin and Wicklow mountains evoke spirit of famed Irish playwright/poet

Dublin will look to make it seven All-Irelands in a row. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Intercounty season will get underway on May 8th with the Allianz Hurling League

Ireland’s Leon Reid competing in the heats of the men’s 60m at the European Indoor Championships last month. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Reid appeared in a Bristol court last week

 Jasper Philipsen of Alpecin-Fenix team sprints to win the Scheldeprijs ahead of Sam Bennett and Mark Cavendish. Photograph:  EPA

Jasper Philipsen gets the jump on Irish rider in bunch sprint

Rhasidat Adeleke has broken the Irish junior 200m record twice in two weekends. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

18-year-old has broken record twice in two weekends after it had stood for 21 years

Stacey King outside Re-Cycle Bikes in the Dublin Mountains. Photograph: DLR

Re-Cycle Bikes won New Business Entrepreneur award after just six months

Aoife Cooke from Cork after winning the women’s category in the 2019  Dublin Marathon. She is targeting the elite-only Wrexham marathon in Wales on April 25th in her bid to qualify for Tokyo.    Photograph:  Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

With spring marathons abandoned due to Covid, handful of elite races offer last chance

Daniel Martin: will be team leader with Israel Start-Up Nation in the Giro d’Italia which begins in  in Turin on May 8th. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty

Irish rider eager to try to complete his set of Grand Tour stage victories

Kilbeggan GAA training at  St James Park, Kilbeggan, Co Westmeath, in June 2020.  Tuesday’s announcement from the Government now clears the way for intercounty training to resume on April 19th. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leadership hoping to confirm intercounty fixture calendar by the end of next week

Dublin celebrate their six in a row last December: competitive action this year should begin on either the weekend of May 15th/16th, or the weekend of May 22nd/23rd. Photograph: Tommy  Dickson/Inpho

Intercounty window originally set to last 20 weeks now likely to be squeezed into 15

Ronan Mclaughlin in action during last year’s Everesting attempt on Mamore Gap in Donegal.

33-year-old lowers mark by almost 20 minutes after 79 laps of tough climb

Rhasidat Adeleke in action at the Athlone International Athletics Grand Prix in February of last year. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

18-year-old Dubliner enjoying strong freshman campaign with University of Texas

Sam Bennett (in blue) missed out in the Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday. Photograph: Tim de Waele/Getty

Irish rider has nothing left to give as he fades in Sunday’s 83rd edition of Gent-Wevelgem

 Shane Ryan: is now selected for the 100m backstroke for Tokyo, a place in the final certainly within reach of the 27-year-old. Photograph:  Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Athletes keep their eye on the prize as they eschew the negativity that drags others down

Robert Dickson, coach Matt McGovern, and Sean Waddilove after qualifying for the Olympics. Photo: Irish Sailing

Sixth place was enough to ensure the Irish boat of a high enough overall standing

Shane Ryan is set to compete for Ireland in the pool at the Tokyo Olympics. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Ireland’s American swimmer struggled with lockdown but is now raring for the Olympics

Ireland’s Sam Bennett of Deceuninck-Quick-Step (left) wins the men’s world tour elite classic race Brugge-De Panne. Photograph:  Dirk Waem/Belga/AFP via Getty Images

Irish rider gets perfect platform to strike from his Deceuninck-Quick-Step team-mates

Paul O’Donovan and Fintan McCarthy will continue in the lightweight men’s double in Italy. File photograph: Inpho

Eight Irish crews made up of 17 rowers selected for European Rowing championships

Runners makes their way up Crumlin Road during the 2019 Dublin Marathon. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Organisers looking at races in other cities before confirming October plans

Belgian rider Jasper Stuyven (C) of the Trek - Segafredo team celebrates while crossing the finish line to win the one-day classic cycling race Milan-Sanremo in Sanremo, Italy. Photo: Luca Bettini/EPA

Celab Ewan takes second place as Wout van Aert completes the podium finishes

Sam Bennett: “Just judging off myself and the numbers, I think I’m in a good place, but it’s just about having the legs on the day as well.”  Photograph:  Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty  Images

Carrick-on-Suir native will be hoping to emulate Sean Kelly when he lines up in Milan-San Remo

 Jack Woolley will be one of the first athletes in action in Tokyo, competing in the Makuhari Messe Hall on July 24th 2021. Photograph: Sportsfile

Skinny Irish kid no longer just a taekwondo novelty but a real threat for Olympic medals

Protective work has been  allowed to continue on the UCD track despite the general Covid-19 restrictions on construction

Protective work being carried out on the site ahead of construction restrictions being lifted

Team Deceuninck rider Ireland’s Sam Bennett wearing the best sprinter’s green jersey. Photo: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP via Getty Images

Irish rider now turns his focus to the Milan-San Remo race next weekend

 Ireland’s Sam Bennett wearing the best sprinter’s green jersey during the seventh stage of the Paris-Nice cycling race. Photograph: Getty Images

Primoz Roglic wins stage and extends his lead in the green jersey and overall lead

Oisin Murphy is set to return from a three-month ban from racing. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/PA

Rider has discussed the difficulty of boiling back down on his return from a drugs ban

A view of the Covid testing facility at the Torun Arena in Poland for the European Indoor Championships. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Close contacts of athlete are now self-isolating for 10 days

 Ireland’s Sam Bennett celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win  stage 5 of the Paris-Nice race between Vienne and Bollene. Photograph:  Bas Czerwinski/AFP via Getty Images

Irish rider takes issue with other team’s tactics after being boxed-in at end of stage

The running scenes, both in training and competition, are as well represented as anything in the history of cinema

A hymn plays at Abrahams’s funeral and young men run barefoot on an open beach

Slovenia’s Primoz Roglic of Team Jumbo celebrates as he crosses the finish line at the end of stage 4  of the  Paris-Nice race between Chalon-sur-Saone and Chiroubles. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP via Getty Images

Sam Bennett will ride in green jersey on stage 5 despite being knocked off points lead

Switzerland’s Stefan Bissegger competes during the third stage of the Paris-Nice race. Photograph: Getty Images

Sam Bennett retains the sprinters’ green jersey after Stage 3

The GAA are still waiting to hear from the Government when games can resume. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Association unlikely to receive a steer on a return to play until ‘the turn of the month’

Sam Bennett retains the green jersey in the Paris-Nice. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/Getty/AFP

Cees Bol wins chaotic sprint after Irish rider is left out of position on approach to line

Ireland’s Sean Tobin running in the men’s 3000m final at the European Indoor Championships. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Sean Tobin left disappointed with performance in final of the 3,000m on Sunday

Team Deceuninck rider Ireland’s Sam Bennett celebrates as he crosses the finish line at the end of the first stage of the 79th Paris - Nice race between Saint-Cyr-lEcole and Saint-Cyr-lEcole. Photo: Bas Czerwinski/AFP via Getty Images

Irish rider timed his sprint to perfection to get over the line in Saint-Cyr-lEcole

Phil Healy ran a PB but just missed out on a medal in Poland. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

400m time of 51.94 would have been enough for podium in last five Indoor Championships

Ireland’s Sarah Lavin competing in the heats of the Women’s 60m Hurdles at the European Indoor Athletics Championships. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Lavin has been in impressive form lately and will take place in semi-finals on Sunday

Ireland’s Cian McPhillips after finishing second in the Men’s 800 metres heats at the 2021 European Athletics Indoor Championships in Torun, Poland on Friday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Everyone knows the secret to great coaching is finding a great athlete – or vice versa

Gold medalist Jakob Ingebrigtsen of Norway celebrates following his victory in the Men’s 1,500 metres final at the European Athletics Indoor Championships at Arena Torun  in Torun, Poland. He was disqualified and then reinstated as the winner. Photograph: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images for European Athletics

Drama as Norwegian star reinstated after initial disqualification from 1,500m final

Ireland’s Andrew Coscoran during the 1500m heats at  the European Indoor Championships in Torun, Poland. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

English is joined by McPhillips and Fitzsimons in the 800m men’s event in Torun

Ireland’s Andrew Coscoran during the men’s 1500m heats at the 2021 European Athletics Indoor Championships. Photograph: Inpho

European Indoor Championships: Both Irish runners finish third in their heat

A view of the athletics arena in Torun, Poland  ahead of the start of the European Athletics Indoor Championships. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Action gets under way in Poland on Thursday with four Irish athletes in action

Nickey Brennan is hopeful the leagues can begin in March and the new rule will be first trialled before championship. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Former GAA president expects new rule to make for more open game with more goals

Ciara Mageean will not compete at this weekend’s European Indoor Championships  in Poland. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

1,500m runner says training setbacks have left her short of her best form

Daniel Day-Lewis as Danny Boy Flynn in The Boxer.

Jim Sheridan and Day-Lewis immersed themselves in a tale inspired by the life of Barry McGuigan

 Caleb Ewan crosses the finish line ahead of Sam Bennett at the seventh stage of the UAE Cycling Tour from Yas Mall to Abu Dhabi Breakwater. Photograph: Getty Images

Caleb Ewan just about got himself in front of the Irishman to win by just half a bike length

Sam Bennett celebrates on the podium after winning the sixth stage of the UAE tour cycling race, from Deira Islands to Palm Jumeriah, Dubai, UAE. Photograph: Gian Mattia D’Alberto/LaPresse via AP

It was a flat-out race down the valley to catch master sprinter record a stage victory

Sam Bennett (left) of Deceuninck Quick Step team wins the sixth stage of the UAE Cycling Tour. Photo: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP via Getty Images

Irish rider praises his team who he says are ‘pretty much nailing it at the minute’

Denmark’s Jonas Vingegaard celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the fifth stage of the UAE tour   in Abu Dhabi. Photograph: Fabio Ferrari/LaPresse via AP

Pogacar finishes second to extend his overall lead to 45 seconds over Yates

Ireland’s Nadia Power in action during the women’s 800m at the World Athletics Indoor Tour Madrid 2021 on Wednesday. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Nadia Power continues her fine run of fast times as she takes third in the 800m

Ireland’s Sam Bennett celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the fourth stage of the UAE tour, a sprint stage in Al Marjan Island, in Abu Dhabi. Photo: Fabio Ferrari/LaPresse via AP

Irish rider broke away to cross the line first on stage four at Al Marjan Island

 Leon Reid of Menapians AC, Wexford, centre, on his way to winning the Men’s 60m ahead of, Joseph Ojewumi of Tallaght AC, left, and Dean Adams of Ballymena & Antrim AC, right, during day two of the Irish Life Health Elite Athlete Indoor Micro Meet at Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena in Dublin. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Irish sprinter is fronting new campaign highlighting how to deal with online abuse

UAE Team Emirates’ Slovenian cyclist Tadej Pogacar celebrates upon crossing the finish line to win the third stage of the UAE Cycling Tour from Al Ain to Jebel Hafeet. Photograph: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP via Getty Images

Wednesday’s flat stage 4 offers opportunity for Sam Bennett

Irish athlete Leon Reid pictured at  the launch of the new Olympic Federation of Ireland campaign ‘Don’t Scroll By’. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Irish athlete talks about how he deals with ongoing online abuse

 Mark English edges Cian McPhillips at the Elite Micro Meet in Abbotstown on Saturday. Photograph: Sportsfile

Majority who qualified were racing in standard running spikes according to rules

Síofra Cléirigh Büttner set a new Irish 800m record. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The 25-year-old’s run comes just days after Nadia Power had broken it in Poland

Mark English and Cian McPhillips fronted the landslide of super-fast times at the Athletics Ireland Elite Micro Meet. Photograph:  Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

English and McPhillips set new 800m personal bests as Healy shines in 400m race

Mathieu van der Poel of Team AlpecinFenix celebrates as he approaches the finish line to win the first stage of the UAE Cycling Tour from al-Dhafra Castle to al-Mirfa. Photo: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP via Getty Images

Mathieu van der Poel sprinted clear of the pack late on to win the first stage

Mark English on his way to winning the men’s 800m, ahead of Cian McPhillips at the Athletics Ireland Elite Micro Meet. Photograph: Sportsfile

He edges superb race with Cian McPhillips at Athletics Ireland Elite Micro Meet

 Nadia Power on  her way  to her Irish indoor 800 record in Poland on Wednesday. Photograph: Aleksandra Szmigiel

Record breaker travels around Europe alone relying on her own high performance unit

Three and a half months after finishing his memorable 2020 season Sam Bennett will start his first race of 2021 at the UAE Tour this weekend. File photograph: Getty Images

The Irish cyclist will start his first race of 2021 at the UAE Tour, beginning on Sunday

Waterford’s Stephen Bennett is tackled by Limerick’s  Will O’Donoghue in the 2020 All-Ireland hurling final. Photograph: Inpho

The new playing rules were originally intended to be tested out during the league

Of the 47 motions approved for the Clar, only 37 will be debated and voted on by virtual means at this month’s first ever remote Annual Congress. File photograph: Inpho

Motions include the radical proposals for reforming the football championship

Nadia Power’s new Irish record will almost certainly see her qualify for the Tokyo Olympics on the ranking system. File photograph: Inpho

Her 2:00.98 will almost certainly see her qualify for the Tokyo Olympics

John Horan’s term of office concludes at Congress. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon/Inpho

Reform of the football championship deferred to special congress in the autumn

Ireland’s  Jason Smyth celebrates after winning the 100m T13 final at the World Para-Athletics Championships in Dbai in November 2019. Photograph:  Moto Yoshimura/Getty Images

Sprinter remains confident he can still go faster after 15-year domination

Síofra Cléirigh Büttner finished third in Boston. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Dublin 1,500 metre star was one of several Irish athletes to qualify over the weekend

File photo of Nadia Power on her way to winning the 800m at last year’s Moyne Athletic Club Summer Games. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The 23-year-old Dubliner ran the second fastest time of her career indoors

A Rough Ride, written by Paul Kimmage and published in 1990, revealed to a shocked public the extent of the doping culture in cycling.

Between the lines: Paul Kimmage’s A Rough Ride remains one of sports’s seminal books

Conn McDunphy is back in the saddle after being involved in a serious crash in France last October. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

24-year-old Irish rider is fit again following a grisly crash in the French Alps last October

Eddie Dunbar training near his home in Banteer, Co Cork last May. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Cork cyclist looking to put frustrating period on sidelines behind him at Tour de la Provence

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