Amy Broadhurst and Lisa O’Rourke secured at least bronze medals at the IBA World Championships in Istanbul on Monday. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Irish boxers make it through to the semi-final stage of the World Championships

An independent report recommended that the IABA adopt a new structure that would include a 12-member board of directors to oversee its running. Half of the board would be independent. Photograph: Brian Reilly-Troy/Inpho

Minister for Sport threatens IABA with ‘immediate and severe financial sanctions’

Cullen has never got it so right as first half where they were unplayable

Leo Cullen was satisfied with his side’s performance. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

No fine margins in this one as Leinster blow past Toulouse in satisfying display for Cullen

Leinster’s Brian O’Driscoll celebrates his try against Toulouse in the   Champions Cup semi-final in 2011. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Sides meet for fourth time in semis, with Leinster the only non-French side left in cup

Munster’s Keith Earls scoring a try against Toulouse in  their Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final in the  Aviva Stadium, Dublin, on May 7th. Photograph: Ben Brady/Inpho

The club’s history and ambition has always been to reach for the stars and not pick over glorious defeats

Munster’s Peter O’Mahony competes in the air with Rory Arnold of Toulouse in their Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final game at Aviva Stadium in  Dublin on May 7th. Photograph: Ben Brady/Inpho

The Australian lock has learned lessons from the Munster game as Toulouse face Leinster

Mack Hansen, who has just signed a new long-term contract which will keep him at Connacht until 2025, has been nominated for  the Ireland players’ player of the year awards. Photograph: Steve Haag/Inpho

Talented back one of four nominees for men’s XVs players’ player of the year

Bernard Dunne: his  head was always the goal of the SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) report.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Bernard Dunne’s resignation from high-performance boxing concludes another cheerless chapter in the sport

 Katie Taylor  trades punches with Amanda Serrano at close quarters during their  World Lightweight title fight at Madison Square Garden in New York on Saturday night. Photograph: Sarah Stier/Getty Images

Taylor has baked brawl into her boxing cake to survive when the heat comes on

Katie Taylor in action against  Amanda Serrano at  Madison Square Garden, New York. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Champion had to survive a torrid fifth round before again emerging triumphant

 Katie Taylor  trades punches with Amanda Serrano at Madison Square Garden. Photograph:  Sarah Stier/Getty Images

‘The best night in my career,’ says champion after enthralling victory over Serrano

Katie Taylor celebrates her win over Amanda Serrano at Madison Square Garden on Saturday. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Problem of getting insurance for boxing events in Dublin needs to be addressed

After 21 professional fights Katie Taylor  remains unbeaten and retains her major belts from the WBA, WBO, IBF and WBC. Photograph:  Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images

In a bruising 10 round fight, Taylor finally won the contest on a split decision

Katie Taylor vs Amanda Serrano. Photograph: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing/Inpho

Boxing has always fitted in with Madison Square Garden’s affairs of demigods and goons

Katie Taylor and  Amanda Serrano during the  weigh-in for their World Lightweight title fight at Madison Square Garden in New York on Saturday night. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Irish fighter weighs in a pound heavier than Puerto Rican rival for Saturday’s fight

Muhammad Ali and  Joe Frazier in Madison Square Garden, New York, in January 1974. Photograph:   Herb Scharfman/Sports Illustrated via Getty Images

Ghosts inhabit corridors and dressing rooms of famous New York venue

Irish fighter Katie Taylor in New York ahead of her showdown with Amanda Serrano at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA

Not since the beginning of her amateur career has she not been the favourite

Ireland’s Katie Taylor during a public workout at Chase Square at Madison Square Garden. Photograph: Angela Weiss/Getty Images

Undisputed world champion hasn’t fought in her hometown since turning professional

Rhys Ruddock is focused on the task at hand in South Africa despite the absence of a number of big names. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Backrow leading the squad in South Africa while Ireland contingent prepare for Europe

Rangers: have a large following in unionist areas of Northern Ireland. Photograph: Andy Buchanan/AFP via Getty

Concern that fans will go to Glasgow for Europa League semi-final without casting vote

Leinster’s Ronan Kelleher in action against Connacht. He will be looking for more game time against the Sharks. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Particularly humid conditions will prove an extra challenge for travelling side

Schoolboy rugby player Ben Robinson (14), the first person in Northern Ireland to die from second impact syndrome. Photograph: PA

Backed by science and tragic examples Hana Walker-Brown explores head trauma and contact sport

Ireland’s James Ryan leaves the field with a head injury at Twickenham. He has yet to return to competitive action.  Photograph:  Bob Bradford /CameraSport via Getty Images

Current trial that allows a replacement for a sent off after 20 minutes is wrong-headed and dangerous.

Andy Warwick: ‘It clues you in to working as a unit and making sure we are working together as an eight and everybody is fully focused in each individual scrum, maul, lineout.’ Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

But stats show McFarland’s side possess the backs to thwart the champions again

Dan McFarland, Ulster’s head coach. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty

Buzz around Belfast as home European Cup quarter-finals do not come very often

Beijing 2008 Olympic medallists Paddy Barnes and Kenny Egan with Ireland’s first Olympic boxing medallist John McNally in 2010. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The story of Ireland’s first Olympic boxing medal winner is intrinsically linked to his home city

Ulster’s Robert Baloucoune in action against Connacht in their United Rugby Championship game at  Kingspan Stadium, Belfast last Saturday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Skills coach Dan Soper knows what his side are up against with French giants

France’s Emilie Boulard scores a try aganst Ireland. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Women’s Six Nations: Captain Nichola Fryday says team must put right obvious issues

France’s Madoussou Fall tackles Sam Monaghan of Ireland during the  TikTok Women’s Six Nations Championship match at  Stade Ernest-Wallon in  Toulouse. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

French dominate scrum and lineout in bonus-point victory

Fintan McCarthy: ‘I just loved it, the Olympic Games. It was like a dream’

The Olympic gold medallist is working hard in preparation for the world championships

Tiger Woods  celebrates on the 18th green after winning the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia on April 14th, 2019. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

DeChambeau, Seve or Woods. Love or hate them, they're personalities who draw eyes

Boris Johnson: the wonderful and ongoing narrative of Johnson is nobody yet knows where his mendacity begins and incompetence ends. Photograph:  Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty

PM advocates Ukraine getting Euro 2028 despite backing Britain and Ireland’s bid

Richard Fahey was Tennis Ireland chief executive until the end of last year. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Former Tennis Ireland and FAI official steps into role vacated by Jerome Pels

World number one  and three-time Grand Slam winner Ashleigh Barty has announced her retirement from tennis at the age of 25. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

World number one is putting her mental health before the demands of the game

 Dan Sheehan celebrates after scoring a try against Scotland. Photograph: Ben Brady/Inpho

Ireland hooker looks at home at international level after just seven caps since debut

Tadhg Beirne is relishing going into the New Zealand tour off the back of the high of winning a Triple Crown. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Improvements identified by secondrow ahead of crunch summer New Zealand tour

Whistleblower among group of minor swimmers brought allegation of inappropriate behaviour

Ireland will win their sixth Triple Crown since 2004 if they manage to beat Scotland on Saturday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

In an era of World Cups, retaining silverware appeal is open to question

Ireland flanker Josh van der Flier breaks with the ball against England. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Ireland flanker eager to take home Triple Crown after being in the crowd for 2004 win

Rob Herring at Ireland Rugby squad training in Carton House, Co Kildare last week. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It was a weakness against England last week, but hooker Rob Herring is not panicking

Ireland’s Hugo Keenan gathers the ball under pressure during the win over England. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The Ireland fullback sustained an aerial bombardment during win over England

Michael Conlan falls out of the ring after being knocked out by Leigh Wood in their WBA Featherweight World Title contest at the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham. Photograph: Zac Goodwin/PA Wire

Belfast fighter spent night in hospital after falling from ring after final round knock-out

England head coach Eddie Jones watches Ireland’s bonus point win at Twickenham. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

England head coach ‘a bit disappointed the referee didn’t allow us to scrum fully’

Chelsea is vastly limited in its actions now that Roman Abramovich has been sanctioned. Photograph: Matt Dunham/AP

Johnny Watterson: Prepare for endless whataboutery aimed at Newcastle and City

Kellie Harrington has been asked to be grand marshall of the St Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

‘I’ve a target on my back. They’re not even boxing anymore, just dirty little tactics’

Ireland’s Caelan Doris (centre) in action during the Guiness Six Nations round 3 match against Italy in Dublin on February 27th. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster player knows Irish team will have to arrive in London with a changed game face

Caoimhin Agyarko Hynes lands a punch on Noe Larios Jr during a WBA international middleweight title fight at M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool last December. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Irish middleweight is on undercard of Conlan’s WBA featherweight world title fight

Ireland secondrow is looking forward to the challenge of going up against England’s Maro Itoje in Saturday’s Six Nations game at Twickenham. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Secondrow looking forward to pitting his wits against England talisman Maro Itoje

Leo Cullen is confident that international prop Andrew Porter can make it back in time to play a key role in some key games later in the season. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

‘He’s good at pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, he’ll be back in quickish time’

Belief has taken Tadhg Beirne to unimagined heights and it just might take him further. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ireland and Munster secondrow still showing the self-belief that resurrected his career

Gianni Infantino and Thomas Bach, heads of Fifa and the IOC respectively. Their bodies have been part of the sporting governance rush to unite over Ukraine. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

It is a wonder sporting bodies found a collective spine with which to respond to Ukraine

Ireland’s Michael Lowry   and Craig Casey celebrate after beating Italy at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Youngster hopes to have impressed Farrell enough to earn selection for England clash

Tadhg Beirne continued his excellent form this season with a powerful showing against Italy. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Johnny Watterson hands out the marks to Andy Farrell’s side at the Aviva Stadium

 Lia Thomas and Iszac Henig during the Ivy League swimming and diving championships earlier this month. Photograph: Erica Denhoff/Getty Images

Lia Thomas’s emergence as a dominant force in swimming has polarised opinion

Joey Carberry: ‘They have got to find a way [to experiment] because you cannot rely, going into a World Cup, on a guy of Sexton’s senior years. You just can’t put all your eggs into one basket.’ Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

‘I would love to see Joey get a bit more game-time, not necessarily just this weekend’

Ulster’s Nick Timoney will wear the captain’s armband for the first time against Dragons. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Dragons are struggling at the bottom just above Zebre with one win in eight matches

 Connacht’s Kieran Marmion will earn his 200th cap against Scarlets. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Victory beckons for recharged province as Welsh opponents missing 19 players

  Ross Byrne will play alongside his brother Harry for Leinster’s clash with Ospreys. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Leo Cullen focused on season amid questions about when head coach will leave province

 Felipe Contepomi has been linked with the head coach job in his native Argentina. Photograph: Ben Brady/Inpho

Leinster backs coach is the frontrunner to take over as head coach of Argentina

The Casement Park stadium development project board has said that the project will undergo a two-year build with major construction set to commence in the first half of 2022. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Harder side of unionism doesn’t appear to think ‘would this not be good for Belfast?’

Ireland fullback Hugo Keenan makes a break during last weekend’s Six Nations defeat in Paris. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Irish fullback full of praise for Michael Lowry but not keen on him starting against Italy

Andrew Porter is tackled by France’s Julien Marchand and Paul Willemse. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Learning to live with the bully boys will be the acid test for Andy Farrell’s side

Ireland were left to rue their slow start in Paris. Phtoograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty

Antoine Dupont’s second minute try meant visitors were always fighting an uphill battle

The outcry over Kurt Zouma’s mistreatment of his pet cat has continued to grow in the wake of a video showing him dropping, kicking and slapping the animal.  Photograph:  Zac Goodwin/PA Wire.

Johnny Watterson: Clubs failing to equip their stars with the skills needed to stay out of legal trouble

Bundee Aki scores a try for Ireland in the opening victory over Wales at the Aviva Stadium.   Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Abrasive centre says – despite Sexton’s absence – Ireland have the players to take the game to the French

Ireland’s  Tadhg Furlong  is tackled by Wyn Jones of Wales during the  Six Nations match at the  Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Irish prop does not believe scrum battle will necessarily decide outcome against France

Ireland’s James Ryan collects the ball in the lineout during the Six Nations match against Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ireland plan to ‘go after’ France, says James Ryan, but will avoid ‘PlayStation rugby’

Ireland’s Robert Dickson and Seán Waddilove celebrate winning their final race at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, in Enoshima Yacht Harbour, Fujisawa, Japan. Photograph: Oceansport/Dave Branigan/Inpho

Irish Sailing welcomes review that outlines missed targets for athletes as well as successes

Ireland’s Mack Hansen at the Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales in the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Irish coach’s promise to bring emerging players into the squad yielding rewards

Wales’ Dan Biggar and Ireland’s James Hume in action during the Six Nations clash at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Ulster centre wasn’t really expecting a run until later in the Six Nations

Sinead Kavanagh at the start of her fight with Cris Cyborg in Florida last November.Photograph: Lucas Noonan/INPHO/Bellator

Fighter on teen motherhood, homelessness, avoiding heroin and finding her passion

Mack Hansen was named man of the match in Ireland’s win over Wales. Photograph: Paul Faith/Getty/AFP

Mack Hansen is named man of the match as he impresses on his debut against Wales

Andrew Porter delivered another fine performance as Ireland dispatched Wales. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Johnny Watterson hands out the marks after Andy Farrell’s side win Six Nations opener

 Jerome Pels is moving to head up another national governing body in England. Photograph: Rowland White/Inpho

He joined in 2017 and during his tenure the sport has enjoyed historic moments

Ireland’s  Johnny Sexton: he has already said he sees no reason why he cannot play in the next World Cup in 2023. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Maintaining performance is a lot more than managing physical changes

Ronan Kelleher during training at  the  IRFU High Performance Centre in  Blanchardstown. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Strength of hooker and his frontrow peers will help Farrell’s side stand out against Wales

Hugo Keenan in action for Ireland against New Zealand in the autumn international series at the Aviva Stadium in November. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

The Ireland fullback arrived from Sevens rugby perfectly formed

Ireland’s Johnny Sexton talks to Wales’s Dan Biggar   after their 2020 Guinness Six Nations game at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Welsh outhalf believes he and his Ireland counterpart have many similarities

Gianni Infantino and Thomas Bach had shown that while sport  may be politics, sport simply does not care. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/Getty Images

Johnny Watterson: Affronts come so fast that we lose the ability to react accordingly

There have been governance issues withing Tennis Ireland for a number of years. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Move comes in the wake of the organisation suspending three directors late last year

Andrew Jennings’s work was part of the basis for a 2015 investigation conducted by the US’s FBI. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

He was one of the last big-game hunters of investigative sports journalism

Chris Wood is Newcastle United’s second signing of the January transfer window. Photograph: Serena Taylor/Getty Images

Striker says he felt powerless to say no to Saudi Arabian-controlled club

SoftCo and Hockey Ireland have agreed a new sponsorship deal for both the Irish men’s and women’s national teams on an equal basis. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Hockey is now aligned in all aspects of the sport in terms of gender-equality

The RTÉ panel was not impressed with Johann van Graan’s pre-match comments. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Career changes aplenty; TMO Brian MacNeice showing who’s boss in Zebo card saga

Ben Moxham will make his first start for Ulster in Saturday’s URC game away to Munster at Thomond Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Johann van Graan’s side will need a vastly improved performance after Connacht defeat

Michael Conlan will fight for the WBA featherweight title against Leigh Wood in Nottingham in March. Photograph: Emily Harney/Inpho

Belfast fighter to take on local favourite Leigh Wood in Nottingham in March

 Novak Djokovic: no one doubts his ability but his standalone off-court gift to the world has become less tennis and more big cheese with creepy sideshow. Photograph: Ben Solomon/The New York Times

Federal government realised star’s sense of entitlement grated with Aussie public

Flanker Alex Kendellen will make his first start for Munster in Saturday evening’s URC game against Connacht at the Sportsground. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Alex Kendellen to make first Munster start in exciting young backrow

Ulster’s John Cooney has signed a new deal with the province. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Province have also announced that Sean Reffell will join from Saracens next summer

Jake Mac Siascais, who is part of Belfast’s scarred past, was involved in setting up Laochra Loch Lao, becoming its first chairman in 2006. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker

Former prisoner remembers Gaelic football in the cages and teaching loyalists Irish

Charlie and Tiger Woods: their clothes were not the only things to match. Charlie’s body language, the twirl of his club, the fist pump, walking after his ball on putts  triggered a fawning coverage that veered towards excess. Photograph:  Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Tournament sponsors and TV to the fore as industry shamelessly profiteers off a minor

Ulster were due to face Leinster at Kingspan Stadium. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Interpro is one of three matches to be called off this weekend due to positive tests

Luke McGrath in training at Donnybrook for Leinster’s weekend URC  clash against Ulster. Photograph: Dan Sheridanin/Inpho

Cullen says most teams would prefer if games were played rather than decided on a rules basis

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has tested positive for the Covid variant Omicron and recovered. Photograph: Ben Brady/Inpho

Leinster head coach hopes cancelled match against Montpellier will be played

The death has taken place of former RTÉ commentator Jim Sherwin. Photograph:   Eric Luke

The voice of rugby for over 30 years, he also covered eight Olympic Games and Grand Slam tennis

Kingspan Stadium in Belfast, home of Ulster Rugby. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Tory backstabber has urged Ulster to consider its deal with materials maker Kingspan

 Olympic gold medallist  Kellie Harrington was the joint most admired athlete this year, a poll has found. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Dubliner’s boxing gold in Tokyo seen as greatest achievement in Teneo poll

 Ciara Griffin, Lindsay Peat and Cliodhna Moloney were three of the representatives that met with Government ministers. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ciara Griffin, Lindsay Peat, Cliodhna Moloney and Claire Molloy met with Ministers

Katie Taylor in action against Firuza Sharipova last week. Photo: Paul Greenwood/Inpho

With no professional fights in Ireland and a base in the USA, boxer stays out of the spotlight

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