Father of Irish Olympic runner Sara Treacy (pictured) said he “purchased further supplies painlessly from the Brazilian site online, paid by credit card and printed them off”. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The father of Irish Olympic runner Sara Treacy has described his problems securing tickets for the Rio games through the official Irish channel and ho(...)

Ireland’s Thomas Barr clears the final hurdle on his way to finishing second in heat four of the  men’s 400m hurdles in Rio. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

You don’t need a medical degree to know that a hip and then a groin injury aren’t ideal preparation for a near flat-out race of 400 metres, which incl(...)

Ireland’s Sara Louise Treacy during the 3000m steeplechase round one on Saturday. Photograph: Getty Images

It’s hard enough running a 3,000m race that includes 28 barriers, each two and a half feet high, plus seven water jumps, without having athletes getti(...)

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean celebrates winning a bronze medal in the women’s 1500 metres at the European Championships. Photograph: Karel Delvoije/Ipho

It was the last day of the European Athletics Championships, and it felt a little like Groundhog Day for Derval O’Rourke, Jerry Kiernan and I inside t(...)

Rob Heffernan is the first Irish athlete to  be  selected for five consecutive summer Olympic Games after being named among a 17-strong team for Rio. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It’s not the largest ever Irish athletics team being sent to the Olympics but it’s already somewhat historic, Rob Heffernan becoming the first athlet(...)

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean celebrates after winning the bronze medal in the 1500m  at the European Athletics Championship in Amsterdam. Photograph:  Karel Delvoije/Inpho

You know what they say about talent and the face of adversity, and Ciara Mageean is now smiling right back at it, a European Championship bronze medal(...)

Ireland’s Ciara  Mageean leads during her qualifying heat for the women’s 1500 metres at the  European Athletics Championships  in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Not every athlete can justify or afford to celebrate making a European Championship final with such deep satisfaction although for Ciara Mageean it’s (...)

Sara Treacy is in confident mood for the Olympics. “Everything indicates I’m in shape to run a personal best,” she says. “I just have to do it. It’s all about Rio.” Photograph: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

According to all the bibles of sports science, the key to success in any athletic event is to choose your parents wisely. Sara Treacy made a good choi(...)

Jenny Egan endured more frustration when she was just two seconds off a medal at the World Sprint Championships in Milan, only 11 seconds separating the top six. Photograph:  Inpho

After missing out on qualifying for London 2012 by a single place Jenny Egan might have been forgiven for concluding sport was far too cruel and life(...)

Kerry O’Flaherty missed out on place in the steeplechase final at the World Championships in Beijing. Photograph: Inpho

It proved another tough morning for the Irish athletes inside the Brid’s Nest, as the trio of Irish women all fell short of making the World Champions(...)