Aisling Daly

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Paddy Holohan, former UFC fighter and Sinn Féin councillor in his Gym in Tymon North, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

On the wall of the Straight Blast Gym (SBG) in an industrial estate in Dublin 24, there’s a huge picture of the gym’s owner, the red-bearded MMA fight(...)

Conor McGregor, chilling out ahead of a press event in Dublin. Photograph: Getty Images

Patrick Hyland, a gentle and amusing former boxer who once called himself The Punisher, waits for the boys and girls he now trains at the gleaming Str(...)

Irish international rugby player Gordon D’Arcy,   Rejuvenate Ireland organiser Calodagh McCumiskey and the Indian ambassador Mrs Vijay Thakur Singh. Photograph: Paul Sherwood

How we can make contact sports safer will be explored in a live-streamed public talk tonight at 6pm. Dr Bennet Omalu, a forensic neuropathologist who (...)

A mural in memory of MMA fighter João Carvalho in Pragal near Lisbon. Photograph: Malachy Clerkin

I Tufts of weeds poke up through the cobbles all the way down Rua São Miguel Nascente. Brick square tower blocks stand sentry on either side, eight-s(...)

Portuguese MMA fighter João Carvalho during his fight with Charlie Ward  in Dublin last year.  Carvalho died due to blunt force trauma to the head he sustained in the fight. Photograph: Dave Fogarty

A year after the death of Portuguese fighter João Carvalho, a consultant neurologist from the hospital in which he died has said that Ireland is the s(...)

Aisling Daly, right, in action against Ericka Almeida during UFC Fight Night at the 3 Arena in Dublin last year. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Almost a year has passed since Aisling Daly’s victory at UFC Dublin. She had designs on getting back in the octagon since then but the intervention of(...)

Jack Kennedy Horse racing Still only 16, the young Kerry man has been quicker making a name for himself as a jumps jockey than anyone in recent time(...)

Ireland’s Aisling Daly in action against Ericka Almeida during the UFC Fight Night at the  3 Arena in Dublin. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The UFC’s Fight Night in Dublin ended, as expected, with UFC president Dana White telling the Irish fans: “I’ve travelled the world putting on these e(...)

Laura Kennedy takes on Suzanne Roche in Brazilian jiu-jitsu at SBG, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Until now, I’ve always considered my body’s primary purpose to be keeping my brain off the floor. I’m like a lot of people – fundamentally disconne(...)

Aisling 'Ais the Bash' Daly -

“I beat people up until they want to quit and give me a submission,” says Aisling Daly, who likes to remind people that in 2011 it was she who beca(...)