Ireland’s Brian Gregan celebrates after finishing third in the heats of the 400m at World Athletics Championships in London. Photograph: Patrick Smith/Getty Images

For a self-confessed night owl everything about the way Brian Gregan ran his 400m heat inside the Olympic Stadium this morning was perfectly timed – h(...)

Usain Bolt  during a training session ahead of the World Athletics Championships in London 2017. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty

So what’s the exact lowdown? The 16th World Athletics Championships, over 10 days, starting this Friday evening until Sunday week, back inside the Lo(...)

Katie Walsh and Seabass in the Aintree Grand National in 2012. Photograph: Paul Ellis/Getty Images

It started out as just a bit of fun, a rule-free spot of reminiscing, a list of 50 memorable moments produced by Irish sportswomen. But then(...)

Ciara Mageean: will have learnt a lot from competing at the Rio Olympics. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The difficulty with true championship running is that nothing can replicate it except for true championship running. And no one is more aware of that (...)

Ciara Mageean will face Caster Semenya in her 1,500m heats at the World Championships in London. Photo: Inpho

No one said it would be easy, and Ciara Mageean’s task of qualifying from Friday’s opening heat of the World Championships 1,500m has unquestionably b(...)

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean is aiming for titles and new records. Photograph: Inpho

Ciara Mageean will bypass the European Team Championships in Finland later this month to focus on her preparations for the World Championships in Lond(...)

The Republic of Ireland women’s soccer team  outlined their grievances with the FAI at a  press conference this week. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

As the ins and outs of any major debacle fade from the public mind, some image of it inevitably lingers on. With Saipan, it was the image of Roy Keane(...)

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean had to drop out of the 1,500m final at the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Belgrade. Photo: Inpho

The problem with one athlete carrying the medal hopes of a nation is that if it’s not delivered then everyone feels let down. The problem for Ciara Ma(...)

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean after dropping out of the 1,500m final at the European Indoor Athletics Championships. Photo: Sasa Pahic Szabo/Inpho

They say anything can happen in a championship final, although not finishing wasn’t what Ciara Mageean had in mind in Belgrade tonight, the Irish woma(...)

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean on her way to finishing fourth in her heat and qualifying for the European Indoor 1,500m final . Photograph: Sasa Pahic Szabo/Inpho

The relief was obvious – in every sense – as Ciara Mageean knew full well how properly sickening it would have been had she not qualified. She hadn’t (...)