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Ellen Keane  after winning the women’s 100m breaststroke swimming event: ‘We’re being treated as equals to Olympians. We’re just athletes who happen to have a disability.’ Photograph: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP via Getty

Ellen Keane can’t yet luxuriate in her new status as a Paralympic champion. The protocol that attends winners swallows chunks of time in the immediat(...)

Ibrahim  Hamadtou of Egypt  competes in his men’s singles table tennis match at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics on Wednesday.  Photograph: Chang W Lee/New York Times

It was Joanne O’Riordan, of this here parish, who made the point at the start of RTÉ’s coverage of the Paralympics that while it’s good to highlight t(...)

Ireland’s Róisín Ní Ríain on her way to finishing eighth in the final of the S11 100m Butterfly on day one of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at the Tokyo Aquatic Centre on Wednesday. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

There are no lowball achievements when it comes to personal bests in sport. It’s there in black-and-white, an unequivocal recognition and measurement (...)

Jason Smyth will be looking to win a fourth straight gold medal in the T13 100m at the Tokyo Paralympics. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Jason Smyth is a prophet in his own land in sporting terms, recognisable every four years, a brief spike in interest that subsides within 48 hours. T(...)

Orla Barry of Ireland celebrates in front of Ireland supporters after taking silver in the Women’s Discus F57 Final at the Olympic Stadium. Photograph: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Day eight, medal number eight, and the prospect of more. The Ireland Paralympics team in Rio is motivated by a variety of goals. For some the high wa(...)

Orla Barry of Ireland in action during the Women’s Discus F57 Final at the Olympic Stadium. Photograph: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Orla Barry has won Ireland’s eighth medal of the Paralympics in Rio by claiming silver in the Women’s F57 Discus final at the Olympic stadium. The 26(...)

Daráine Mulvihill, presenter of RTÉ’s Paralympics TV coverage. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It’s a quiet enough spell in the life of Daráine Mulvihill. Well, if you don’t count her daily work as a presenter on RTÉ’s coverage of the Paralympi(...)

Phillip Eaglesham with his three sons Tyler, aged 9, Travis, aged 13, and Mason, aged 6. Photograph: Sportsfile

Philip Eaglesham wanted to die. Unable to bear the mental torment and the way his depression affected his wife and three children, he made an attempt (...)

Silver Medalist Liam Stanley of Canada, Gold medalist Michael McKillop of Irlend and Bronze medalist Madjid Djemai of Algeria celebrate on the podium at the medal ceremony for the Men’s 1500 metre T37 Final during day 4 of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo: Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images

A claustrophobic weight of expectation hung over Michael McKillop like a pall. For two nights the last thing he saw before turning out the light was h(...)

Russia have failed in their appeal against Paralympic ban. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

Russia has failed in an appeal against its exclusion from the Rio Paralympic Games, the Court of Arbitration for Sport has announced. The Russian Par(...)