Cork brothers Gary and Paul O’Donovan  won gold in the lightweight double sculls at the World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Photograph:  Dan Istitene/Getty Images

“It’s time to celebrate but it’s also time to reflect and see what we can do better next year,” the Ireland high performance director for rowing said (...)

Aoife Casey and Margaret Cremen are in action at the World Junior Championships in Trakai in Lithuania.

Another weekend, another Ireland crew in contention at an international event. This time it is the double of Aoife Casey and Margaret Cremen at the W(...)

Brothers Gary (bow) and Paul O’Donovan winning an Olympic medal was the highlight of Irish rowing in 2016. Photograph: Getty Images.

The team of the year are rowers, the videos have gone viral and pull like a dog is the catchphrase of the day. Rowing in Ireland is coming to the end(...)

Professor Richard McLaren: his report implicated more than 1,000 Russian athletes in about 30 sports in an  “institutional conspiracy” to use banned drugs at the Sochi and London Olympics. Photograph: Getty Images

Sochi has been stripped of next year’s bobsleigh and skeleton World Championships in the wake of the second McLaren report into state-sponsored doping(...)

Ireland high-performance director Morten Espersen.

Irish rowing successes have made a splash outside the country. The new coaching roles advertised by Rowing Ireland have drawn applicants from far and(...)

Katie Taylor has received a bye to the second round. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

While Katie Taylor received a bye through to the second round of her sixth consecutive World Championships in Astana, not everything has gone perfectl(...)

Katie Taylor fighting with Russia’s Sofya Ochigava during the women’s lightweight final at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Photograph: Scott Heavey/Getty Images.

In more a case of being intelligent about how to improve over the next four weeks than a crisis of confidence, Katie Taylor has requested that Russia’(...)

Thomas Barr: finished fourth in his semi-final, clocking 48.71 seconds. Photograph: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

There was always going to be some element of luck needed for both Mark English and Thomas Barr if they were to make a World Championships final in the(...)

Usain Bolt pipped Justin Gatlin to win gold in the World Championships 100m. Photograph: Afp

Over darkened Beijing skies, a moment of blinding light. For two years Justin Gatlin has been the undisputed king of sprinting as well as athletics’ m(...)

Mark English finished fifth in the semi-finals of the 800m at the World Championships in Beijing. Photograph: Inpho

No luck for the Irish on day two of the World Athletics Championships in Beijing, with both Mark English and Thomas Barr missing out on a place in the(...)

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