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Michelle Smith de Bruin's victories at the Atlanta Games were questioned, but she still holds the medals. Photograph:  Frank Miller

Former Olympic swimmer Michelle Smith de Bruin has praised the “stunning performance” of Ireland’s latest gold medallists and said she still receives (...)

Michelle Smith of Ireland celebrates after winning the 400m freestyle event during the 1996 Olympic Games. Photograph: Allsport

Atlanta in 1996 and we brought the Friday to a close watching the opening ceremony in a bar. Francis Barrett, the first Traveller to carry the Irish f(...)

China’s Sun Yang is swimming under a cloud in Gwangju with a doping case against him set to be heard at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in September. Photograph:   Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Fun fact about our family: only one person in my family can swim. My two older brothers can’t, although one is learning, another brother claims he’s s(...)

SMBC chief executive Peter Barrett said the capital contribution was further evidence of shareholder support for the Irish company. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Irish aircraft leasing specialist SMBC Aviation Capital’s shareholders plan to pump $1 billion (€863 million) into the Dublin-based company, which has(...)

Making waves in the River Liffey. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

On September 19th, the Liffey will be churned white by hundreds of swimmers forging a 2,200-metre path down the river as fast as they can. I hope the (...)

China’s Sun Yang with his award for best male swimmer  at the Aquatics World Championships in Kazan, Russia. Photograph: Sefan Wermuth/Reuters

China’s Sun Yang was a shock late withdrawal from the final of the men’s 1,500 metres freestyle at the world championships on Sunday. Sun, the reigni(...)

Swim Ireland’s high performance director Peter Banks: I think the environment will be good for everybody. It will certainly help [Irish swimming] if he does what he is capable of doing.” Photograph: Inpho

A former member of the USA Swimming national team will arrive in Dublin next month with a view to competing for Ireland and qualifying for the 2016 Ol(...)

Take 3: Hotels for athletes

Sophia Country Club, Sophia Country Club, Sophia-Antipolis, Biot, France.  Pat Cash, Novak Djokovic, Justine Henin and Caroline Wozniac(...)

Barry Murphy took the bronze medal in Eindhoven

Barry Murphy has won bronze in the 50m Breaststroke at the Fina short-course World Cup in Eindhoven.The 27-year-old Dubliner qualified third fastest t(...)

Sycerika McMahon: travels with Fiona Doyle, Chris Bryan and Barry Murphy for the July Championships. Photograph: Inpho

Sycerika McMahon leads a four-person Irish team to this year’s World Championships in Barcelona, which run from July 20th-August 4th. The European sil(...)

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