The Irish team, led by flag bearer and hammer thrower John Lawlor, enter the National Stadium at the opening ceremony of the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo.

56 years on the memories are still vibrant for some of the Irish team and their families

Patsy McGonagle: “There is a ready-made plan B for Athletics Ireland to latch onto, if the will is there. The athletes need the opportunity to compete after a completely disastrous year.”  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

This could be the year to make a bold move and stage the championships in different provinces

Seán Boylan and Trevor Giles celebrate Meath’s Leinster victory in 2001. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Inpho

Director Alan Bradley brings intimate freshness in look at the legendary Meath manager

 Pierce O’Callaghan: “The athletes deserve the chance to compete and the championships deserve to happen.”  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Government decree means National Track and Field Championships now in grave doubt

Spectators watch the Mayo SFC game between Breaffy and Westport from inside and outside the ground. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

GAA's Horan: ‘We don’t want our members becoming too despondent or disheartened’

Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Supporters paid out €120 for tickets that covered league, opening championship game and club fixtures

Dan Martin  in action during stage two of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana between Torrent and Cullera. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Irish cyclist looking forward to hitting the road with new team-mate Chris Froome

Defrocked Irish priest Cornelius Horan attacks  Vanderlei Lima of Brazil in the latter stages of the marathon during the 2004 Athens Olympics. Photograph: Jiro Mochizuki/AFP via Getty Images

From flagpole protests in 1906 to a defrocked priest disrupting the marathon in 2004

Shane Healy of Adams State approaches the finish line taking first place in the NCAA division 2 Championships. Photo: Al Bello/ALLSPORT

A troubled background and incredible talent makes Shane Healy a compelling story

Irish cyclist Sam Bennett of Deceuninck Quick Step wins the fourth stage of the Vuelta a Burgos. Photo: Santi Otero/EPA

Tipperary rider claimed his first stage victory since switching to Deceuninck-QuickStep

In action for Team Ireland in 2016, Ronan McLaughlin has broken the world record for the fastest ascent on a bicycle up the height of Mount Everest. File photograph: Inpho

He cycled the height of Mount Everest in an astonishing seven hours and four minutes

The CPA says “more than ever we need strong leadership, direction and action”. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

GAA requested to designate specific periods to club, intercounty and third-level

David Brady:  “I don’t think we can take any chances. And I wouldn’t bat an eyelid if it was my county, or any other county, that is deemed a threat.” Photograph: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Former Mayo midfielder asks would a team with a positive test have to be pulled from competition?

Edward Dunbar will be in action at the  Vuelta a Burgos in northern Spain along with fellow Irish cyclist Sam Bennett. Photograph:  Dan Istitene/Getty Images

Irish duo taking part in five-stage tour in northern Spain as cycling gets going again

Supporters  look on from outside the ground during the Brooks Galway Senior Hurling Championship match between Sarsfields and Portumna at   Kenny Park in  Athenry on Sunday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Croke Park believe players should not be included in number limits for grounds

Billy Mills of the USA waving and smiling after winning the 10,000 metre race at the 1964 Olympics. Photo: Getty Images

Ian O’Riordan: Story of Billy Mills’ 10,000m gold an inspiring tale of overcoming adversity

Ciara Mageean broke the Irish women’s 800m record on Friday. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The 28-year-old is the first Irish woman to run sub two minutes for the distance

The Ireland cricket team are presently in a bio-secure environment within a hotel at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, where they will play England in three One Day Internationals. Photograph: Stu Forster/PA Wire

Ireland men’s cricket team in a bio-secure environment ahead of England series

The 21  switchbacks on Alpe d’Huez are each numbered in descending order. Photograph:  Robert Laberge/Getty Images

Part torture chamber, part music festival - the climb that can break a rider’s Tour de France

Dublin footballer Sinéad Goldrick at the Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camp in St Brendan’s GAA Club, Dublin. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Dublin remains the first priority for now but seven-time All Star keeping options open

Conor McKenna in action for the Essendon Bombers during the round six  AFL match against  the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Metricon Stadium on July 11th. Photograph: Chris Hyde/Getty Images

‘I’d like to give you some names, but it probably wouldn’t be a good career move’

Action from last November’s National Cross-Country Championships at  Abbotstown. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Athlete Lizzie Lee hoping event will go ahead at Abbotstown after Dublin Marathon cancellation

Ronan McLoughlin riding his Everesting record at Mamore Gap in Donegal last Sunday.

Breaking records in distance and height of Everest has become an obsession for many

Munster prop James Cronin: Sport Ireland, although not happy with the leniency of the suspension, decided against an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

He received one-month ban after taking banned substance following pharmacy mix-up

 Dr Una May, Sport Ireland’s head of anti-doping and director of ethics and participation. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Sport Ireland will only begin testing again when intercounty training begins in September

Opening weekend will see hurling clashes from Wexford and Dublin on TG4

GAA dressingrooms will remain closed when competitive club games get back underway this weekend. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Feargal McGill says Association want to keep everyone outdoors in bid to keep sport going

Stephen Scullion at the launch of the KBC Virtual Dublin Marathon, which takes place over the October Bank Holiday weekend. Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Irish marathon runner on the many perils of doping in sport

 Fireworks burst over Olympic Stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Photograph: Popperfoto/Getty Images

Heralded as the ‘cleanest Olympics ever’, London 2012 now turns out to be the dirtiest of the lot

Colm O’Connell with David Rudisha on the Thomond Park pitch in 2012. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Colm O’Connell’s goal is to nurture and inspire next generation of distance runners

Sarah Rowe  with her sisters Fiona (left) and Lorna at the launch of  Lidl Ireland’s new exercise programme initiative. Photograph: Jar Finnegan

Irish Player of Year is enjoying time back home in Ballina and training with Kilmoremoy

Clubs can now report breaches of intercounty training directly to the GAA. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Croke Park are keen to allow clubs have their window before county training returns

Andrew Coscoran training in Balbriggan during the lockdown at the end of March. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It’s 38 years on Tuesday since Ray Flynn set the Irish record on Dream Mile night in Oslo

Billy Morton with his Santry shovel in 1958.

If Minister of State for Sport Dara Calleary is looking for ideas, the old Santry sod a good start

 Nadia Power: “It would have been a bonus, to make the Olympics this year, but next year now it’s a bigger target, I’ll be 23, and no excuses.” Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Talented European U-23 800m champion happy to lend her support to Black Lives Matter campaign

Kit-man Seán Holden sanitises sliotars before a Ballyhale Shamrocks  training session. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Players’ body says GAA’s injury benefit scheme must cover sessions if counties decide on early return

Nicolas Roche of Ireland and Team Sunweb during the 106th Tour de France last year. Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Rider will be part of Team Sunweb, bringing his number of Grand Tour starts to 23

Ballyboden St Enda’s are the defending Dublin Football champions. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Dublin football championship set to conclude weekend of September 19th

Stephen Roche celebrates after winning in 1987. Photo: Getty Images

The drama of the closing stages of the 1987 race held the nation in rapture

Dublin’s James McCarthy and Brian Fenton challenge David Moran of Kerry for the ball during last year’s All-Ireland Senior Football Championship final. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

It’ll be a championship like no other in 2020 and these are the days to mark on the calendar

Dublin could lift a sixth All-Ireland SFC title six days before Christmas. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Intercounty competition will restart on October 17th with final two round of the league

Stars of Erin secretary Gaye O’Brien at the club’s grounds on the Dublin and Wicklow border.

The club on the Dublin and Wicklow border has been a hive of activity ahead of the restart

Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

National Championships to take place in Santry on August 22nd/23rd

Irish international swimmer Robert Powell has received a one-year ban for an anti-doping rule violation. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Inquiry found international bore ‘no significant fault or negligence’ after clostebol found in system

Ireland’s world record-breaking quartet on their lap of honour after setting a new time at Belfleld (L-R Frank O’Mara, Marcus O’Sullivan, Ray Flynn and Eamonn Coghlan). Photograph: Dermot O’Shea/The Irish Times

Four of Ireland’s greats joined forces to break a relay record and raise money for Ethiopia

Premier League players, coaches and officials have all been taking a knee since the restart. Photo: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Current regulation essentially outlaws any form of protest in or around the Games

Jason Sherlock: ‘I remember every kind of situation where I was slagged, be it by a player, a crowd, a manager, and that doesn’t leave you.’ Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

All-Ireland winner calls on GAA to explore new ways to make clubs more inclusive

American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos, gold and bronze medal winners in the 200m, stage their famous protest as  they give the black power salute on the winners’ podium  during the Olympic Games in Mexico.

Medal podium would provide perfect platform for movements like Black Lives Matter

Donegal’s Michael Murphy in action against Monaghan’s Niall Kearns during the Allianz Football League Division 1 game in Ballyshannon on March 1st. Photograph: Evan Logan/Inpho

Donegal star favours knock-out format to get championship played in calendar year

Sonia O’Sullivan, pictured during the 2000 Sydney Olympics, was one of the Irish athletes to sign the petition. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Inpho

Sonia O’Sullivan among those to sign petition against decision to cut men’s team

David Corroon took up running during the lockdown. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Veteran of Special Olympics embraces new challenge in an effort to retain his fitness

Shane Kingston received the Electric Ireland GAA Higher Education Rising Star Hurling Player of the Year award. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Young Cork hurler star believes knock-out competition is the only way to go

Croke Park: GAA president John Horan has  indicated the Hill 16 terrace  could become all-seater, as part of temporary measures put in place by the GAA to allow supporters to safely attend fixtures at HQ. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Association’s plans dependant on success of Government’s phased reopening roadmap

Four-year-old Cole Cronin cycles past a mural of George Floyd by artist Emmalene Blake in Kingswood, south Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan

Diversity and inclusion played such a big part of my time at Brown University in the 1990s

The easing of restrictions will help sport open up further from this Monday

Eoin Murchan celebrates after scoring a goal in the  All-Ireland SFC Final replay against Kerry. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Dublin defender has brought the best skills from a number of sports with him along the way

 Irish figure skater Conor Stakelum has been training in his back garden after returning from his base in Dundee during the coronavirus outbreak. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Ice skater has put his microbiology qualification to good use to help with fight against Covid-19

Photograph:  Charly Triballeau/AFP via Getty Images

Main Tokyo qualification principles remain unchanged for 2021 staging

The meeting of Navy and Notre Dame at the Aviva stadium in August  was calculated to be worth over €80 million to the Irish economy. Photograph: Inpho

The game was expected to bring in 40,000 American visitors to Ireland

Much of the Wicklow Military Road naturally opens itself to one-way traffic. Photograph: Ian O’Riordan

58km route across the roof of the Wicklow Mountains National Park is a dream for cyclists

Irish athlete Ciara Neville trains at home in Limerick. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Federation argues Irish athletes are facing a ‘significant disadvantage’ to their rivals

Jack McCaffrey believes professionalism would destroy Gaelic games. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Dublin star admits he would be ‘hugely opposed’ to professionalism

Organisers have confirmed that the Women’s Mini Marathon will not be rescheduled for this year. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Race had 30,000 entries and was originally due to take place this Sunday in Dublin

The 2020 Dublin Rock ‘n’ Roll race series has been postponed to 2021. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Four-race series was expected to attract more than 10,000 runners on August 8th-9th

Conor Flannery of Round Tower GAA trains at Corkagh Park in Dublin during the lockdown. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Online survey aims to collate feedback from coaches across every sport in Gaelic games

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

Team Ineos rider is making the most of life at home in Cork ahead of October’s Giro d’Italia

Action from the 2012 meeting of Notre Dame and Navy at the Aviva stadium. The two sides are scheduled to meet again at the stadium on Saturday, August 29th. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

35,000 visitors expected to travel from the US for meeting of Notre Dame and Navy

Jonathan Smith: ‘Take some deep, deep breaths, exhale slowly, and definitely don’t gasp’

Covid-19 restrictions on sea swimming have been lifted, but it’s not easy to just jump in

Rhasidat Adeleke training at Carolan Park in  Kiltipper. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Talented sprinter and Leaving Cert student had heart set on World U20s in Kenya

Anton Tohill (left) is to return to Collingwood in Melbourne and will undergo two weeks of quarantine when he arrives in Australia. Photograph:  Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images

Players came back to Ireland in March due to Covid-19 outbreak

Mary Lou Craig at the crossroads at Glencullen in south county Dublin after one of her daily runs.

Craig was holding out hope of securing a ‘return’ entry having embraced running during lockdown

A picture of the 2019 Dublin Marathon - the 2020 event has been cancelled. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Entries for this year’s race, due to be held on October 25th, will carry forward into 2021

Jonathan Smith emerges from the water after his early morning swim in Blackrock.

Social distancing applies but, after weeks of lockdown, the benefits are even better

A jogger runs at the Battle of the Boyne Site in  Oldbridge,  Co Meath on St Patrick’s Day. Phootograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Benefits to mental health every bit as important as the physical ones when going running

The main peleton of the Tour de France heads up the Wicklow Gap in July 1988. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Spectacular Festina affair revealed the culture of widespread doping in cycling

Sarah Lavin training in her back garden. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Hurdler missed out on Rio four years ago after developing relative energy deficiency

Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Maximum of four people allowed to train together while observing social distancing

“It’s no walk in the park, creating this vaccine, so I think it’s a very dangerous rule or standard, or whatever the word is, to take, to say you’re not going to do anything until there’s a vaccine.” Photograph: Inpho

Prof Kingston Mills is an immunology expert and a former national marathon champion

Two joggers run along the quays in Dublin city centre. Photo: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Runners are low-risk, says a top immunologist, but 25,000 runners? That’s a problem

Last year’s race saw a record number of 22,500 runners. Photo: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Organisers set to meet this week to potentially decide if race should be postponed

Brian Fenton (centre) celebrates Dublin’s win over Kerry in the All-Ireland final replay at Croke Park last September. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dublin star doesn’t believe championship will be the same without the crowds

Sonia O’Sullivan on her way to finishing second in the 1,500m. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Medals won by Chinese women would later be said to have been ‘showered in doping’

Donegal’s Michael Murphy turns 31 in August and says he’s keen to play as much as he can. Photo: Evan Logan/Inpho

Donegal player says he’s desperate to play as much as possible as he turns 31 in August

Offaly manager John Maughan has called on the GAA to ’pull the curtain down’ on this year’s championship. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Offaly manager also doubts both 2020 and 2021 championships can be played in one year

Martin Fagan’s confession in January 2012 has been one of the few efforts to come at least partly clean. Photograph: Inpho

Ian O’Riordan: GAA player is latest to resort to the old dope tricks after failing drugs test

Johnnie Fox’s - has long laid claim to being the highest pub in the country

With the doors closed to customers the pub has started a home delivery food service

Ray Walker: the Carlow footballer decided not to appeal his four-year suspension for a doping offence. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

How banned substance Meldonium ended up in his system will not be clarified

Carlow footballer Ray Walker was banned for four years. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Carlow footballer tested positive for Meldonium and says it will likely end his career

Munster prop James Cronin received a one-moth ban after failing an anti-doping test following his side’s  Champions Cup draw with Racing 92 at Thomond Park last November. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Munster prop will not miss any playing time due to Covid-19 after receiving one-month ban

Sport Ireland chief executive John Treacy. ‘We don’t think we have a huge doping culture in Ireland, but we always have to be vigilant, and we will continue to be vigilant.’ Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Sport Ireland chief urges vigilance after reporting seven rule violations in 2019

Carlow footballer Ray Walker has released a statement denying he intentionally took any banned substance after receiving a four-year ban. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

35-year-old confirms he has accepted four-year doping ban

Munster’s James Cronin recently failed a drugs test and received a one-month ban during which no rugby will actually be played. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Of the 1,303 tests carried out across 36 sports, there were seven rule violations in all

Cumin Clancy, Jimmy Reardon and John Joe Barry, the original trio of American scholarship athletes, at Villanova University in the spring  of 1949.

A full list of the 700 athletes to head across the Atlantic has been compiled

 Tom O’Riordan from Tralee CBS winning the senior boys mile at the 1956 Irish Schools Athletics Championships at Duggan Park, Ballinasloe.

Irish Schools Athletics Association has cancelled all regional and provincial events

John Treacy speaking at Government Buildings on Friday at the launch of the #InThisTogether wellbeing initiative. Photograph:  Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland/PA Wire

Outdoor sports that allow for physical distancing will be the immediate priority

The European Athletics Championships scheduled for August at the Charlety stadium in Paris have been cancelled. Photograph: Zakaria Abdelkafi/AFP via Getty Images

August’s event in Paris was holding out against hope with no future date possible

Paul and Gary O’Donovan pictured at  Skibbereen Rowing Club in west Cork. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Hard work continues indoors as Cork duo confined to dry land due to coronavirus

Will O’Donoghue and David Reidy celebrate last year’s Munster Final win against Tipperary. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Limerick hurler believes behind closed doors championship could be option later in the year

Gymnastic club membership has grown by 27,000 in the last decade, up to 36,000. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Model based around thriving club scene presents unique problems during shutdown

Harold Abrahams wins the 100 yards at the 1924 AAA Championships at Stamford Bridge. Photograph: Central Press/Getty Images

A recent viewing of Chariots of Fire opened up the debate yet again

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