Katie Mullan attacks during Ireland’s win over Scotland in Belfast on Saturday. Photograph: Adrian Boehm

Sean Dancer’s side put nine goals past Euros opponents across two Test matches

Blackrock College RFC has agreed to sell its car park to developers. Photograph:  Ben Whitley/Inpho

Egm expected to pass motion after members told of debt of €1.2m at south county Dublin club

The IOC has said to Russia: fill in all those holes in the walls and floors where you swapped dirty urine samples for clean samples, cleanse yourself of all the corrupt scientists and officials, and then come join us for this summer’s garden party in Tokyo. Photograph: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP via Getty Images

The IOC has thrown in the towel, and now the bad guys are calling the shots

The 6.6 acres at the YMCA club in Sandymount was offered to the market by Savills for €10 million. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Sandymount ground put on the market for €10m by charity owners

 Shaun Murphy ‘The Magician’ is feeling that old magic again. Photograph: Zac Goodwin/Getty Images

World championship runner-up was stopped everyday by Guards on his way to practice

Ronan Michael is the only Irish professional player in Super League in the last decade.

Dubliner began by playing union as a child before trying his hand at other code

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman: the Yemen war has killed over 100,000 people with observers estimating that two-thirds of those killed came to be dead because of Saudi’s aggressive airstrikes. So, let’s play golf. Photograph: Alexey Nikolsky/Sputnik/AFP  via Getty Images

Proposed Premier Golf League another attempt to use sport for base political reasons

Katie Taylor is declared the winner in the WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO female lightweight title fight. Photo: Dave Thompson/Matchroom Boxing/Inpho

Bray boxer was pushed hard by Natasha Jonas but did enough to defend her titles

It is nearly decision time for Warren Gatland. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

It’s nearly decision time for the Lions coach - who should make the South Africa tour?

Katie Taylor  celebrating her victory over Natasha Jonas at the London Olympics in 2012. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Taylor may be cautious knowing her opponent will be trying to land one magical punch

An IABA elite training session at the  Sport Ireland Institute at  Abbotstown. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

All-out attack on Ireland’s high-performance programme should concentrate minds

Sport Ireland chief outlined issues with decision to Wada last week

Dr Una May: “We feel we don’t have a systemic problem in Ireland with doping.” File photograph: Inpho

Despite Covid-19 restrictions, 1,045 tests were carried out across 27 different sports

Katie Taylor in action against  Natasha Jonas in the quarter-finals of the women’s 60kg lightweight at the 2012 Olympic Games at the ExCel Arena in London. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

‘I think we are both very different fighters now to what we were back then’

Anna O’Flanagan scored Ireland’s goal in the game against Britain at Bisham Abbey. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Anna O’Flanagan on target in second half after slow start

Bernard Dunne and the high-performance unit at the IABA have been heavily criticised by an anonymous document. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

SWOT Analysis distributed to board and recommends for Dunne to leave role

Former Ireland boxing coach Billy Walsh. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Faceless attack on HPU head in run-up to Tokyo Olympics is from an old playbook

John McClean, a former teacher and rugby coach, was sentenced to eight years in prison last February for the sexual abuse of 23 boys in Terenure College between 1973 and 1990. Photo: Collins Courts

College responded to Irish Times FOI request saying they have no control over rugby club

Kim Garth of the Scorchers bowls during the Women’s Big Bash League match between the Melbourne Renegades and the Perth Scorchers in Melbourne in October 2019. Photograph: Mike Owen/Getty Images)

The Victoria player has big ambitions to play cricket at international level for Australia

The Ireland squad will travel to Bisham Abbey in London as part of their preparation for Tokyo Olympic Games this summer. File photograph: Getty Images

Trip to London comes after tour to Malaysia was called off at the last moment

 Ukrainian health minister Maksym Stepanov speaks with Anna Ilina, a member of the Ukrainian Olympic shooting team as she receives a dose of Chinese-developed CoronaVac vaccine in Kiev. Photograph: Volodymyr Petrov

There is an ethical question athletes from Europe and the USA must ask

Ulster’s Jacob Stockdale scores his side’s fifth try against   Northampton Saints   at Franklin’s Gardens, England. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

McFarland’s province stage comeback win to advance to Challenge Cup semi-finals

 Ireland’s Fintan McCarthy and Paul O’Donovan celebrate winning the lightweight men’s double final at European Rowing Championships in Varese, Italy. Photograph: Detlev Seyb/Inpho

O’Donovan and McCarthy triumph in double sculls as Women’s Four place second

Ireland’s Fintan McCarthy and Paul O’Donovan celebrate winning the Lightweight Men’s Double A Final at the European Rowing Championships in  Varese, Italy on Sunday.  Photograph: Detlev Seyb/Inpho

Paul O’Donovan is now among most-decorated athletes in Irish sporting history

Ireland’s Fintan McCarthy and Paul O’Donovan celebrate their gold medal win in Italy. Photograph: Detlev Seyb/Inpho

Pair’s victory follows silver medal for women’s four crew at European Championships

Ulster’s John Cooney celebrate after scoring a try in the Challenge Cup quarter-final against Northampton at  Franklin’s Gardens. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Tries from John Cooney and Jacob Stockdale in the final quarter seals the win

Ireland’s Paul O’Donovan and Fintan McCarthy in action in Italy. Photograph: Detlev Seyb/Inpho

Paul O’Donovan and Fintan McCarthy into final in European Rowing Championships

Ulster’s Sean Reidy on his way to scoring a try against Harlequins. Photo: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Stuart McCloskey says province can use lack of silverware as a motivating factor

Ireland’s Paul O’Donovan and Fintan McCarthy on the way to qualifying for the A/B semi-final at the European Rowing Championships. Photo: Detlev Seyb/Inpho

Paul O’Donovan and Fintan McCarthy were impressive in their semi-final

Ireland head coach Seán Dancer said the decision was announced to the squad on Friday morning. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Late decision was taken not to travel for training camp ahead of Olympics

A view of the cricket grounds at YMCA. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Charity’s decision to sell cricket land says history and club’s social value count for nothing

Hockey team will take on Great Britain and Malaysia

Tennis Ireland has become one of the first associations in the world to launch the new ITF World Tennis Number. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

ITF World Tennis Number has been compared to the handicap system in golf

 Stephen Kenny: Far from apologetic or deflated, just six months in and he  emerged fighting from the drawn Qatar game strafing the room with defiance. Not at all the empty husk of a defeated manager.   Photograph: Trenka Attila/PA

It’s been a tough start but the Republic’s manager is keeping the faith

 Josh van der Flier has been working with his coaches at Leinster and Ireland at getting on the ball more. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Flanker has been working with coaches to improve ball-carrying options for Leinster and Ireland

Leinster’s Hugo Keenan makes a break during the Guinness Pro 14 Final against Munster at the RDS. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Fullback has sped through crowded field to take the fullback jersey for province and country

Leinster’s Robbie Henshaw runs away from Munster’s Damian de Allende during the Guinness Pro 14 Final at the RDS. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Senior coach praises influence of in-form Robbie Henshaw ahead of Champions cup clash

Jack Conan was one of the standout performers in Ireland’s Six Nations win over England. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster number eight had not started an international since 2019 before Saturday

England’s head coach Eddie Jones looks on during the warm up ahead of the Six Nations match against Ireland. Photo: Niall Carson/AFP via Getty Images

England head coach praised Irish performance but is confident his side are moving forwards

 Robbie Henshaw was named the Guinness Six Nations Player of the Match. Photograph: Inpho

Johnny Watterson hands out the marks after an inspirational Six Nations win in Dublin

Jacob Stockdale taking part in the Ireland captain’s run at the Aviva Stadium on Friday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Conan back under starter’s orders . . . Daly the ‘world-class’ centre . . . Stats don’t stack up

Ireland’s   CJ Stander embraces his wife, Jean-Marie,  at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin in November  2018. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP

It is not difficult to understand how South African-born forward came to decision

In a survey of Irish athletes taken in the final quarter of last year, 83 per cent  said they would take a coronavirus  vaccine if it was made available to them. Photograph: Thomas Kienzle/AFP via Getty Images

83% told survey they would take vaccine if offered while 2% said they wouldn’t take one

Warren Gatland looks on during Ireland’s win over Scotland. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Plenty for Warren Gatland to ponder; Robbie Henshaw shines again in Murrayfield victory

Ireland’s Jamison Gibson-Park kicks past Jonny Gray of Scotland. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Ireland scrumhalf kicked 13 times against Scotland but looks comfortable in position

Dave Kearney scored a hat-trick as Leinster swept past Zebre. Photograph: Luca Sighinolfi/Inpho

Veteran scores a hat-trick as Pro14 finalists continue their long unbeaten run in Italy

Portmarnock GC:  is the club seeking change for the same reason the British clubs did? In order to be able to host prestigious tournaments such as the Irish Open. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty

The 'gentlemen' out on the peninsula are being less vocational than transactional it seems

 Ireland’s Jordan Larmour tries to evade a tackle from Italy’s  Paolo Garbisi during the Six Nations  match at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Photograph: Fabio Frustaci/EPA

Leinster player on the mental challenge that also comes with returning to the international game

Paul O’Connell, Johnny Sexton and Andy Farrell during an Ireland training session at the IRFU High Performance Centre at Abbotstown. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland forwards coach enjoying challenge of coaching a new breed of player

Ireland forwards coach Paul O’Connell offers encouragement on the sidelines at the Stadio Olimpico during the Six Nations game against Italy. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ireland forwards coach has huge respect for any side coached by Gregor Townsend

Robert De Niro as Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull: An irreparably depraved, crouching brawler of a boxer who arrives on screen a ready-made ball of threat and jealousy

There’s no redemption, but there is dark magic at work in Scorsese and De Niro’s film

 Members of the public playing golf at Bunclody golf club in Co Wexford while adhering to social distancing. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Not everyone in golf works for Davys but there is a perception of privilege

Ireland captain Katie Mullan is looking forward to the three-match series against Great Britain in Belfast. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/Inpho/Presseye

Three-match series to take place at Queen’s University as Olympic preparations ramp up

Actor and martial artist Bruce Lee poses for a Warner Bros publicity still for the film Enter the Dragon in 1973 in Hong Kong. Photograph: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Bruce Lee’s influence can still be seen today in areas ranging from UFC to Hollywood

Garry Ringrose impressed for Ireland, scoring a try during the win over Italy in Rome. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/Getty/AFP

Catt gets his claws into Ireland’s attack, James Ryan leads by example on return

 Will Connors scores a try during against Italy at the Olympic stadium in Rome. Photograph: Getty Images

Johnny Watterson hands out the marks after Ireland’s first win of this year’s Six Nations

John McClean:   sexually abused 23 boys from as young as 11-years-old.  Photograph: Collins Courts

The dogs in the street knew yet his criminal career spanned three decades

Adam Hastings holds on against Ulster’s Eric O’Sullivan, John Cooney and Stuart McCoskey. Photograph: Getty Images

Golden phase either side of half-time sees them keep Leinster in sight in Conference A

One of the tattoos on James McClean’s leg reads: ‘You Are Now Entering Free Derry’. File photograph: Inpho

Brief history of Creggan for bigots: estate on outskirts of Derry is a byword for resistance

Paul Wallace is one of a number of former players to sign a letter to World Rugby from a group called ‘Progressive Rugby’. Photograph: Inpho

Profound changes called for to protect the rugby-playing community from brain injury

Robbie Henshaw eludes the challenge of France’s Antoine Dupont at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

‘I suppose we just need to be more clinical and take the chances’

Ireland’s Rhys Ruddock is dejected while Brice Dulin of France celebrates at the final whistle of the Six Nations match. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

This is a French team with all-conquering ambitions for 2023 and they showed it

 The TG4 team of presenter Máire Treasa Ní Dhubhghaill, commentator Máire Ní Bhraonáin, and analysts Deirbhile Níc a Bháird, Jenny Murphy and Eimear Considine on duty for the Leinster  v Cardiff Blues game last November. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Female broadcasters an easy target for the anonymous keyboard warriors

Johnny Sexton goes off with a head injury during the Six Nations match against Wales last Sunday. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

Johnny Watterson: Medics have player’s best interests at heart but all have a different view

Hugo Keenan tries to find a gap between Wales’ Dan Biggar and George North. Photograph: Inpho

The Irish fullback’s kicking was average and it is the work in progress part of his brief

 Robbie Henshaw consoles Billy Burns of Ireland after his penalty kick fails to make touch on the last kick of the game. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Johnny Watterson on the talking points after the first weekend of Six Nations rugby

Patrick Reed  during the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines  in San Diego, California.  Photograph:  EPA/Etienne Laurent

Should PGA Tour officials call out a player who has a problematic history with the rules or let it slide?

If Finn Russell could be boxed as a player it is his sleight of hand, his dexterity, his potential to be one of the most creative and exhilarating players in world rugby. File photograph: Craig Watson/Inpho

Return of Scottish outhalf greeted with giddy expectation, but his uniqueness can be fatal

Ireland’s Caelan Doris will be out of this weekend’s Six Nations match against Wales. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Calcutta Club free bar; new format for women’s tournament; quote of the day and more

Paul O’Connell with James Ryan at an Ireland squad session at the   IRFU High Performance Centre, Sport Ireland Campus, Blanchardstown, Dublin. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Former Lions captain is tailor-made for Irish forwards coaching role

 Alun Wyn Jones: one of a small group to have won  three Grand Slams for Wales during a long and outstanding career.   Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

World’s most-capped player a vital influence for a struggling Welsh side in transition

Chris Eubank fights Michael Watson for the WBO middleweight title at Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London in 1991. Photo: Brendan Monks/Mirrorpix/Getty Images

Iconic sports books revisited: Donald McRae speaks about the journey writing Dark Trade

Florida has many major stadiums including Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which will host this year’s Super Bowl on February 7th. Photograph: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Whole New Ball Game: As Covid-19 rages, the state’s officials are still living in Disney World

George Gibney photographed in 2019 close to his home near Orlando in Florida. Photograph: Mark Horgan

Producers Mark Horgan and Ciarán Cassidy tracked former swimming coach to Florida

Australian tennis player Bernard Tomic exercises in his hotel room in Melbourne. Photograph:  William West/AFP via Getty Images

Stars shocked that the same rules apply to them just like everyone else

Peter Hain, leader of the Stop The Seventy Tour,  leaving Bow Street Magistrates Court in London in September 1971 after answering summonses alleging conspiracy to disrupt sporting events. Photograph:  Roger Jackson/Central Press/Getty Images

Native South African led high-profile protests to expose the ugly nature of the apartheid regime

Sports Direct CEO  Mike Ashley:  Among the many brands he  owns are Carlton, Dunlop, Donnay, Lillywhites, Slazenger, Karrimor, Campri, No Fear, Kangol, Firetrap, House of Fraser and Newcastle United Football Club. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Whole New Ball Game: Sports Direct owner’s treatment of workers not good for the optics

The future of the Tokyo Olympics remains in the balance. Photograph: Charly Triballeau/Getty/AFP

Delayed Games meant to start on July 23rd but city is currently in a state of emergency

Trump supporter Richard Barnett inside the office of US house speaker Nancy Pelosi after rioters stormed the Capitol in Washington, DC on Wednesday. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Jack Nicklaus, Mike Tyson and Conor McGregor in danger of joining hall of infamy

Ulster’s head coach Dan McFarland before the win over Munster. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Win over Munster was important but head coach rues not getting a bonus point

Dublin celebrate after beating Mayo to win the 2020 All-Ireland. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Johnny Watterson: GAA have faced harder calls than this and reason says do nothing

Kieran Treadwell and Jack O’Donoghue get to grips with each other during Ulster’s win over Munster. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Depleted visitors make life hard for McFarland’s side but still fall to first Pro 14 defeat

The Lions will face world champions South Africa in three Tests on their tour next summer. Photograph:  Duif du Toit/Gallo Images/Getty Images

Johnny Watterson looks at the year ahead as sport, like life, tries to get back to normal

Gloucester’s George Barton scores a try in their victory over Ulster  at Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Captain Billy Burns laments defeat but believes it provides valuable lesson to squad

 Gloucester celebrate after George Barton dives over to score the  match-winning try against Ulster in the  Heineken Champions Cup match at  Kingsholm Stadium. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

George Barton’s late try denies visitors the victory as they take home two points

Argentina’s  captain Pablo Matera  sits on reserve players benches before the  Tri-Nations  match between  Australia and Argentina in Sydney. Photograph: David Gray/AFP/Getty

World governing body dragging their heels in tepid response to Argentinian tweets

Robbie Henshaw tackles Siya Kolisi during a 2017 Test match in Dublin. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Centre knows World Cup is a long way away but welcomes South African involvement

Devin Toner: “If I don’t get picked again, I’ve got 70 caps for Ireland. I’ve won a fair bit and I’ve played well when I did.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Leinster stalwart on the international periphery for now but focusing on other priorities

A family photograph of Benjamin Robinson, who died aged 14 from Second Impact Syndrome after playing a schools rugby match in 2011. Photograph: Kieran Dodds/The New York Times

Next month marks 10 years since 14-year-old died from Second Impact Syndrome

Many of the players involved are former internationals from Six Nations Championship unions, all of whom sustained head injuries. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Over 70 players will be part of litigation with IRFU expected to become involved

  Olympic Federation of Ireland president Sarah Keane.

The new executive committee will be composed of six females and six males

  Argentina captain Pablo Matera was stripped of the captaincy last week after posts resurfaced from his Twitter account from 2011 and 2013. Photograph:   Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

World Rugby seeks update from ARU on action being taken against Argentina captain

Last month nine players on a Leinster Pro14 squad all came from the same Dublin school, St Michael’s College. File photograph: Inpho

Busy performance chief might reflect on fact that Dublin schools are virtual academies

The 2018 world champion Kellie Harrington is one of the Irish boxers due to compete. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Thirteen Irish to compete in event that began in March but was abandoned due to Covid

Former Irish swimming coach George Gibney. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Podcast to air new historic child abuse allegations against former swimming coach

Johnny Sexton has missed Ireland’s last two matches through injury. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Captain issues stern defence of his side but admits second 40 against Georgia was poor

Dave Miley has agreed to become the Tennis Director for the Kazakhstan Tennis Federation. File photograph: Getty Images

Kazakhstan have six players, male and female, inside the top 100 in the world

Munster’s Craig Casey scores a try against Zebre. Photograph: Inpho

Committed but out classed Zebre struggle to contain a far from error free Munster

Diego Maradona during the 1990 World Cup in Italy. Photograph:  ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

Maradona’s death brings a sadness to sport but no bewilderment, no surprise

  Harlequins player Cliodhna Sargent has expressed disappointment over Hockey Ireland’s decision to sanction her side. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Women’s side handed 5-0 defeats for two matches for not fulfilling fixtures

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