Leanne Kiernan of Liverpool is congratulated on scoring for her side against Aston Villa. She scored 13 goals this season as Liverpool sealed promotion. Photograph:  Lewis Storey/Getty Images

Cavan woman’s goals a big factor in helping the club seal promotion

Fans of Katie Taylor at Madison Square with Garden in New York prior to her fight with Amanda Serrano on April 30th. Photograph: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing/Inpho

Women’s events are attracting record crowds – it’s time to build on that success

Ireland and England clash in their Women’s Six Nations match at Mattioli Woods Welford Road in Leicester.  Adrian Dennis/AFP via Getty Images

Head of women’s performance role and prospect of player contracts are positive signs

Meath’s Vikki Wall and Amy Boyle Carr of Donegal battle for supremacy during the Lidl Ladies Football National League Division One final at Croke Park. Photograph: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Murray’s the shining light of the LGFA for their fairytale rise to the top

Katie McCabe: ‘It wasn’t always plain sailing growing up.’ Photograph: Andres Poveda

Ireland’s team captain on equality in women’s football and inspiring future generations

A world record 91,553 spectators packed into the Camp Nou for last week’s edition of El Clasico. Photograph: Joan Valls/Urbanandsport/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Joanne O’Riordan: Blueprint set out for long-term structures that lead to record success

 Transgender swimmer Lia Thomas  cheers on fellow swimmers at the 2022 Ivy League Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Photograph: Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images

The data behind Lia Thomas’s times reveal that trans women will not be dominating in the pool

Nichola Fryday: The new Ireland captain’s excitement is clear. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

New coaching ticket look to begin rebuild against Welsh side undergoing own transition

Laura Delany in action for Ireland against New Zealand. ‘For me they would be our two main goals, the T20 qualifiers World Cup and maintaining our number nine ranking position.’ Photograph: Oisin Keniry /Inpho

The move to professional contracts for players comes in tandem with increased expectations

23.5 per cent of   NBA referees are women, compared to just 1.6 per cent in the 2017/18 season. Photograph:  Nic Antaya/Getty Images

Fair to applaud outlying women but more urgent to remove the barriers they overcame

Fifa president Gianni Infantino with   Russian President Vladimir Putin in  Sochi. Russia was growing and bolstering itself throughout the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Sochi 2014 and during the Fifa World Cup in 2018. Photograph: Alexey Nikolsky/AFP/Getty

World’s sporting bodies have long been used by the Russian leader for his own nefarious ends

Russia’s Kamila Valieva (R) next to her coach Eteri Tutberidze. Photograph: Kirill Kudryavtsev/Getty/AFP

Eteri Tutberidze notoriously won’t allow her athletes to have water while skating

 Austin Stack Park in Tralee, Co Kerry. Photograph:  ©INPHO/Ben Brady

The one issue that sticks out is basic access to GAA events for those with a disability

Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers: faced serious allegations from women during a long and successful career. Photograph: David Eulitt/Getty Images

Stars’ fall from grace inevitably particularly painful for female supporters

Action Audio could be a game changer for blind and visually-impaired fans.

Action Audio is being used at the Australian Open and provides an immersive experience

A good sports bra, like any piece of equipment, will you in the right place to achieving all your goals.

Women deserve choice – and with that comes complexity associated with all types and size

Michael Currane has worked with Irish players to prepare them for the AFLW over the last six years.

Fourteen Irish players are competing this year in the Australian women’s game

“Capturing that freedom and independence these riders must feel is something that sends shivers down my spine.” Photograph:  Koki Nagahama/Getty Images

Emulating para-dressage athletes and riding solo will create spine-tingling independence

In an incredibly tense 50m butterfly, Nicole Turner wrote herself into the history books by earning a silver medal. Photograph: Delly Carr/Inpho

‘Other than being a bit smaller than everyone, I can’t see myself being any different’

Women’s World Cup Qualifier at Tallaght Stadium, where the Republic of Ireland’s Ciara Grant came on against Georgia. File Photograph: Inpho

‘I’m so far from the hero, I went back to help on non-Covid wards ... I helped out, a little bit’

Barbarians’ Sene Naoupu in action against South Africa during the Killik Cup game at Twickenham. Photograph: Craig Mercer/Inpho

Twickenham game in front of a record crowd showed what possibilities could lie in store

Dr Sims has conducted extensive research into the effect of the menstrual cycle on athletic performance. Photograph: Getty

Joanne O’Riordan talks to an expert on the menstrual cycle’s effect on athletic training

This Liberty Race is about giving wheelchair users the opportunity to go out, grab a few pals and enjoy themselves. Photograph: ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Like running a marathon in flip-flops, Fulham will use an everyday wheelchair

Galway and Athenry player Dervla Higgins says the grounds would open up many avenues for girls in the local area. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Camogie club are aiming to become first in the country to buy, build and develop facility

Alexia Putellas in action for  FC Barcelona Femení in a Champions League game against Arsenal at the  Estadi Johan Cruyff. Photograph:  Eric Alonso/Getty Images

Once little more than an afterthought they are now standard bearers for women’s soccer

Invest in, support and hire women and the financial rewards from women’s sport will increase dramatically. Photograph: Kalle Parkkinen/Inpho

Financial rewards associated with women’s game set to explode as public interest grows

Newcastle United’s Saudi Arabian chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan and  minority owner Amanda Staveley take their seats for the  Premier League  match against  Tottenham Hotspur at St James’ Park. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP via Getty Images

Saudi Arabia’s takeover of Newcastle United should turn focus on human rights record

Former North Carolina Courage goalkeeper Meghann Burke is now executive director  NWSL Players’ Association. Photograph: Grant Halverson/Getty Images

NWSL Players’ Association executive director on the challenges faced by her members

North Carolina Courage head coach Paul Riley was recently fired after allegations of abuse and misconduct. Photograph: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Lack of accountability leads to toxic work conditions that are now coming to light

Ireland players dejected after losing to Italy and failing to qualify for the 2021 World Cup. Photograph: Matteo Ciambelli/Inpho

Interview: Union bosses say focus on grass roots and game’s development key

Katie McCabe with a supporter after Ireland’s win over Australia. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

#GirlDads are unintentionally admitting they didn’t see women before fatherhood

A banner reading ‘#Believe Kathryn Mayorga’ flies over Old Trafford during the Premier League game between Manchester United and Newcastle United. Photograph:  Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Major reform is required or victims will continue to be the ones that suffer

Rachael Blackmore celebrates Champion Hurdle victory on Honeysuckle at Cheltenham. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty

Given a chance, the likes of Rachael Blackmore show the heights that can be achieved

Ireland’s Jordan Lee during the opening ceremony of the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games at the  Olympic Stadium in  Tokyo. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

You can use this time to become an ally, to learn what it’s like to have a disability

Jordan Lee will compete in the high jump for Ireland at the Paralympics. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

20-year-old was a talented basketball player before switching to Para sports

Simone Biles: withdrew from five gymnastic events before returning to claim a bronze medal in the Women’s Balance Beam Final at the Tokyo Olympics. Photograph: Jamie Squire/Getty

American gymnast took the right option to protect her mental and physical health

 Japan’s Momiji Nishiya  celebrates during the women’s skateboarding street final   at Ariake Urban Sports Park   in Tokyo. Photograph: Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Athletes have displayed love, respect and togetherness during a time of darkness

Ahead of her fifth Olympic games, 35-year-old Allyson Felix is helping other Olympic moms pay for child care. File photograph: Steph Chambers/Getty Images

It’s been 35 years since the LA Olympics barred the ‘weaker sex’ from the marathon

Leona Maguire    during the third round of the Marathon LPGA Classic  at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio,  on July 10th. Photograph: Jorge Lemus/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Tokyo is next step for Cavan golfer who is enjoying a stellar season

Kristen Worley and professional golfer and trans rights campaigner Mianne Bagger address guests during a Speak Out event. Photograph: Don Arnold/WireImage

New Zealand weightlifter, Laurel Hubbard, aims to be the first transwoman to compete at the Olympics

Leona Maguire’s stock is rising as she delivers a series of impressive showings on tour. Photograph: Kevin C Cox/Getty

Women’s golf more fun to watch than men’s, as players plot their away around the course

About 2,400 spectators attended  the Littlewoods Camogie League final on Sunday.  Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/ ©INPHO

It wasn’t the usual packed 82,000, but it was enough to know normality was resuming

Linda Djougang at Ireland Women’s Rugby squad training at Sport Ireland Campus in  Abbotstown, Dublin in January 2020.  Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Rugby’s Linda Djougang continues to overachieve in spite of limited resources

Gráinne Dwyer in action for Fr Mathews: “We have a really nice squad. Hopefully, it will be picked by the end of June, and going forward, we’ll get a gold medal in July in Small Countries.” Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Ireland and Fr Mathews stalwart hopeful for a good year for Irish basketball

 Ryan O’Callaghan:  “If I could go back to when I first realised that I was gay, I would tell myself, ‘just come out, it’ll be okay’ because I really didn’t start living until I was 30 years old.” Photograph:  Leon Bennett/Getty Images

Joanne O’Riordan: Ryan O’Callaghan hid sexuality until opioid addiction threatened his life

 Naomi Osaka: Has raised an interesting issue. Nobody, from athlete to manager to maor uisce owes us reporters anything. We are not a government or governing body. Photograph: Martin Bureau/AFP via Getty Images

Japanese star has raised important issue of the limits of an athlete’s responsibilities

 Cork goalkeeper Martina O’Brien, bottom, can’t stop Tipperary from scoring a goal during the  Lidl Ladies Football National League Division 1B clash at   Páirc Uí Chaoimh in Cork. Photograph:  Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Offaly player notched a combined 4-13 in camogie and football over one weekend

Megan Rapinoe of the US celebrates scoring their second goal against Spain in the Women’s World Cup round of 16 match  at  Stade Auguste-Delaune in  Reims, France, on June 24th, 2019. Photograph: Bernadett Szabo/Reuters

Just Women’s Sports hopes to level the playing field for female sports content

 Alberto Salazar: Nike’s Big Bet’s homage to Alberto Salazar pushed the  idea that would probably make Lance Armstrong laugh. Maybe Salazar was this misunderstood genius who just pushed to the limits without stepping over the line.   Photograph: Andy Lyons/Getty

Documentary’s theme of a ‘misunderstood genius’ seems dangerously wide of the mark

Hilda Breslin: the president of the Camogie Association faced an early crisis over the controversial proposals on the season that have now been withdrawn. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Start to the new season embroiled in unnecessary controversy

 A fan in a wheelchair makes his way into St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton. Photograph:  Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Accessibility is about much more that just the physical when it comes to clubs and grounds

Dr Una May of Sport Ireland: ‘We’ve been successful in getting people to open their eyes to new opportunities and new target audiences, and new ways of delivering their sport.’ File photograph: Inpho/Morgan Treacy

People just looking for camaraderie and to stay fit often feel left out

 Christen Press, right,  of Manchester United celebrates with teammates Ella Toone, Jackie Groenen and Lauren James after scoring against West Ham at Old Trafford. Photograph:  Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

USA and Man United star’s daily activism challenges stereotypes and breaks barriers

The final scoreboard tells a sorry tale following  France’s routing of Wales in the Six Nations. Photograph: Damien Meyer/AFP/Getty

Watching amateurs being humiliated by pro teams won’t entice any girl to take up the sport

Football Beyond Borders is an education and social inclusive charity using the power of football to change the lives of young people. Photograph: Fiona Goodall/Getty Images

Charity has designed a programme aimed at girls that also develops social and emotional skills

Bobby Clay  wins the women’s junior race during the Great Edinburgh cross-country  in Holyrood Park in 2016. Photograph:  Ian MacNicol/Getty images

Absence of menstrual periods is so common among women who exercise

An empty Páirc Uí Chaoimh plays host to the Munster hurling semi-final between Limerick and Tipperary last November.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Evidence from the Bundesliga shows lack of home support is having a telling impact

Barcelona president Joan Laporta this week couldn’t name a single female football player at the club, despite former Euros and The Best Fifa Women’s Player winner Lieke Martens (pictured) being the club’s most outright signing. Photograph: Urbanandsport/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Joanne O’Riordan: We need to normalise women in leadership, broadcasting and sporting roles

Ruthie Bolton, a point guard for the United States, pictured in 1994. Photograph:  Tony Duffy/Allsport/Getty

Two-time Olympic gold medallist and WNBA Hall of Famer likes to lead by example

Ayeisha McFerran, Ireland’s hockey goalkeeper, celebrates qualifying for the Olympic Games  after victory over Canada. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Niamh Tallon identified a gaping void and set up a website to provide quality news and content

Nike, New Balance, Adidas and other footwear companies are going to want their brand, their shoe and their athlete as top dog

Changes in training may have allowed athletes to simply run more and become stronger

BT Sport presenter  Karen Carney received toxic comments, death threats and outright sexism after Leeds United picked up on some of her comments in a tweet. Photograph: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Everyone offers immediate help but few solutions to problem that's getting worse

Tampa Bay Buccaneers’s   Antonio Brown celebrates after catching a   touchdown pass against the Kansas City Chiefs. Photograph:    Chris O’Meara/AP

Super Bowl involved players who have turned women into victims

Teams prepare to start the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in 2013. Photograph: Ben Duffy/Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge/Getty

Carroll is raising money for charity as she races from the Canary Islands to Antigua

Jessie Barr: ‘If you’re only accountable to yourself, it’s very easy to go easy on yourself.’ Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Sports psychologist Jessie Barr has some tips on how to stay focused on your fitness goals

Ted Lasso is  based on the character NBC showcased during their Premier League coverage in 2013. The idea  had potential: a lower league college football coach from Kansas drafted to London Premier League Team AFC Richmond to help the club.

Despite everything thrown at him, the football coach has something to covet – optimism

While I used my laziness as an excuse to hide from exercise or working out, the truth is I just hadn’t found what suited me and my body. Photograph: Getty Images

We take fitness for granted, but many with disabilities have difficulty accessing facilities

ESPN The Body issue came to an end in 2019. Photo: Getty Images

Joanne O’Riordan speaks to photography editor Nancy Weisman on her experiences

Galway take on Cork at Croke Park in the moved All-Ireland semi-final. Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Systematic change is needed to give women a fairer claim to facilities and venues

Andy Murray (right) with his brother Jamie and mother Judy.  Judy gave her sons the opportunity both to succeed and sometimes to fail. Photograph:  Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

New sports psychology book examines factors behind development of top-level athletes

Peamount’s Niamh Farrelly leads celebrations after the club clinched the Women’s National League title by defeating Shelbourne in a crucial clash at Newcastle, Co Dublin. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Crucial investment needed to fund the development of the Women’s League

Natalie Achonwa: ‘Being part of a league that’s 80 per cent black women is how my desire and use of my platform has changed, especially now.’ Photograph: Jeffrey Brown/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Indiana Fever player is keen to use her platform to highlight racial inequality

Cork’s Saoirse Noonan. Photograph:  ©INPHO/Laszlo Geczo

Cork footballers are on the cusp of a breakthrough

Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Players received a message that their games were off just 24 hours before throw-in

Monaghan referee Martin McNally is excited to be involved in the 2020 football championship. File photograph: Inpho

Monaghan referee Martin McNally is excited to be involved in this unique championship

Edel Thornton pictured at the launch of the 2013-14 Irish basketball season. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Cork 23-year-old isn’t your average athlete, and she isn’t your average basketballer

 Easkey Britton: “For me, it’s been this constant force and a really positive one in my life, to have that connection with the outdoors and something like the sea.”

Easkey Britton is a strong advocate of the healing and therapeutic properties of water

Cork’s camogie and ladies teams are facing a number of fixture clashes over the coming months. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Condensed calendar has led to more fixture clashes and tough decisions for players

Justine Dupont competing last December in Nazare, Portugal. Photograph:  Stefan Matzke/Sampics/Corbis via Getty Images)

Joanne O’Riordan: Being one of world’s top big wave surfers doesn’t happen by accident

Mental health literacy is crucial as it is closely related to help-seeking behaviour and mental health outcomes.

Constant and determined commitment required to develop effective mental training regime

 Clive Tyldesley commentating on the  Scottish Premiership match between Rangers  and St Mirren at Ibrox  in August. Photograph: Willie Vass/Pool via Getty Images

Life in the commentary box and an enlightening bus trip to Ballybofey

Jade Wheatley from Australia taking part in the Bali Adaptive Pro, an international contest for surfers with disabilities, at Canggu beach on Indonesia’s resort island in  September, 2019. Photograph: Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP via Getty Images

Adaptive surfing has taken off around the world and is on the list for future Paralympics

Shelmaliers’ Brian  and Glen Malone (centre) celebrate  the Wexford SHC Final victory over Naomh Éanna at   Wexford Park. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

After winning a county hurling title with his club, Malone is back on the football beat

  Washington Mystics players  each wear white T-shirts with seven bullets on the back protesting the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Photograph: Julio Aguilar/Getty Images

The recent shooting of Jacob Blake brought an incredible response from US athletes

During sports like swimming you can quite easily get into an induced panic stage just from your breath. Photograph:  Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

Breathing expert Eoin Burns on why learning to breathe through your nose is key

 Tipperary’s dual star Orla O’Dwyer will once again kit out for the Brisbane Lions. Photograph:  Chris Hyde/Getty Images

So many Irish women footballers are joining the AFLW, it must be doing something right

‘You gotta get ’em up there, girls!’: Tampax’s banned Tampons & Tea television advert

Joanne O’Riordan: Orreco and Dr Georgie Bruinvels are changing attitudes

Shelbourne take on Waterford at Tolka Park - you can stream the rest of the League of Ireland season for €55. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

A wealth of sport is available on the internet but once again women have been left behind

Players are following the rules but delighted to be back as GAA season resumes. File photograph: Inpho

Joanne O’Riordan: Killarney Legion GAA club give an insight into the new normal

 Amy Rodriguez  of Utah Royals FC beats  Nichelle Prince  of the Houston Dash to the ball  during the second half in the quarter-final match of the NWSL Challenge Cup at Zions Bank Stadium  in Herriman, Utah. Photograph: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

It’s been far from plain sailing but could provide blueprint into what sport will look like

Sarah Colgan, cofounder of the 20x20 initiative: ‘What 20x20 wants to give everybody is a big hug and the opportunity to experience the gift of being active.’ Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Joanne O’Riordan: Why aren’t we exercising more? 'No Proving, Just Moving' explained

New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (right) watches his team play in a simulated game before the start of the 2020 Major League Baseball  season at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York on Monday. Photograph: Jason Szenes/EPA

We’re all eager to get back to our sports, but it takes just one outbreak and it’s game over

Michelle Finn at the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championship in Doha, Qatar in September 2019. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The Cork steeplechaser is determined to get over the hurdles and qualify for Tokyo

Joanne and Steven O’Riordan

Joanne O’Riordan: My own brother’s story is a heartfelt plea for inclusivity in the game

Tyson Fury celebrates his win by TKO in the seventh round against Deontay Wilder in February. Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images

Most with vested interests in big fights are happy to ignore anything that could harm them

Quarterback  Jimmy Garoppolo  of the San Francisco 49ers throws a pass against the Kansas City Chiefs during  Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium  in Miami at the start of February. Photograph: Rob Carr/Getty Images

The former sports journalist has seen plenty of changes at one of America’s biggest teams

US president Barack Obama holds a jersey while posing for a picture during an event to honour the Minnesota Lynx team for its 2015 WNBA championship victory, in the East Room at the White House in June , 2016. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

League changed its stance and got behind the movement after initially fining clubs and players

‘Effectively, wipe your mind of everything but where you want the ball to go,’ says Bob Rotella. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Renowned psychologist speaks about his work and getting through lockdown

Fans watching the FA Women’s Super League match between Spurs and Arsenal at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on November 17th, 2019 in London. Photograph: Kate McShane/Getty Images

Women’s game has to accept financial instability and that it is different to men’s game

 Real Betis coach Rubi wearing a face mask while observing players from a balcony during a training session at the Luis del Sol training ground in Seville. Photograph:  Fernando Ruso/Real Betis/AFP via Getty Images

Putting my wants ahead of those who find themselves compromised is a bit of a tall ask

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