Rachael Blackmore teams up with the lightweight hope Poker Party for the Tote Galway Plate. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Rachael Blackmore and Bryony Frost, jump racing’s highest-profile female jockeys, have history in their sights in Wednesday evening’s Tote Galway Plat(...)

Publican Louis Fitzgerald said his staff were spending hours every day travelling long distances to and from work because of a shortage of affordable housing. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Young emigrants should be offered a tax concession to entice them home to fill staff shortages in the pub trade, the businessman behind some of Dublin(...)

The refurbished Curragh Racecourse with its centrepiece – the new stand. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

After four years and just over €80 million the new Curragh opens to the public today. Irish racing’s flagship facility has been built. The question no(...)

Trainer Willie Mullins during day five of the Punchestown Festival. Photograph: PA

Willie Mullins was officially crowned Irish champion jumps trainer for the 13th time on the final day of the Punchestown Festival. In each of the pr(...)

 Punchestown Festival on Friday where two industry representatives met  the agriculture counsellor at the Irish permanent representation to the EU in Brussels. Photograph: PA Wire

Politicians should not allow Brexit negotiations slip to the October 31st deadline to agree a EU-UK divorce deal, representatives of the Irish and Bri(...)

 Barry Geraghty riding Buveur D’Air (left) wins the  The  Champion Hurdle  from Melon  at Cheltenham last year. Melon was runner-up again this March, this time to Espoir D’Allen. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Melon has been a “nearly horse” for much of his career although Friday’s Punchestown festival feature looks a promising opportunity for him to finally(...)

 Ruby Walsh riding Kemboy  clear  to win The Coral Punchestown Gold Cup from Al Boum Photo and Paul Townend. Walsh then announced his immediate retirement from race riding at Punchestown. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Rarely if ever can a big-race winner have wound up so sidelined from the spotlight as Kemboy was after Ruby Walsh took his Coral Punchestown Gold Cup (...)

Ruby Walsh (centre): ‘I’d love to get off one in Punchestown, pull the saddle off and tell Willie [Mullins] that I won’t be out for the next one.’ Photograph: PA Wire

It’s 20 years since Ruby Walsh first hit the Grade One bullseye at the Punchestown festival and the renowned rider can mark that anniversary in top-fl(...)

Trainer Willie Mullins with Burrows Saint after his runner took the BoyleSports Irish Grand National Chase. File photograph: PA Wire

Willie Mullins begins the 2019 Punchestown festival with a 17th Leading Trainer prize at Ireland’s richest National Hunt festival already all but assu(...)

Racegoers at Punchestown: the racing festival is expected to deliver a €64 million boost to the local economy. Photograph: Eric Luke

Independent News & Media has hired American investment bank Lazard to advise it on a potential sale for the company, which has attracted the inter(...)

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