Sarah Lavin in action in Lucerne last month. Photograph: Marc Schumacher/Inpho

Age: 27 Event: 100m hurdles Club: Emerald AC Patience and persistence in the face of injury finally paying off, Lavin became only the second Irish (...)

Sarah Lavin competing in the 60m hurdles  at the 2021 European Indoor Athletics  Championships in Torun, Poland. “I’m under no illusion, it’s skin of my teeth. I know I’ll have to be better than ever before in the few outdoor races I get, if I am to make Tokyo.”  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

How many times would you check your lifelong investment knowing its value was slipping out of the black and into the red and there’s nothing to be don(...)

Former Olympian Derval O’Rourke at the official announcement of Allianz’s eight-year worldwide partnership with the Olympic and Paralympic Movements. “The Olympics is about going there to do your best. The other stuff, it’s not relevant.” Photograph : Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

The ban on singing and chanting certainly wouldn’t bother her and Derval O’Rourke sounds pretty clear on the rest of the Tokyo Playbook, published by (...)

RTÉ   display a photograph of of French rider Rémi Cavagna instead of Sam Bennett at their Sportsperson of the Year awards on Thursday night.

In the end it added insult to the wrong imagery and even the simulated applause sounded terribly mute. It’s bad enough waking up in the morning unsure(...)

Ireland’s Fittest Family: the Kulczynski family. from Co Clare, take part in the Bog Bath challenge

‘Why are you hitting yourself, Freyne?” says Ireland’s Fittest Family, as it propels my hand towards my face with its superior fitness. “But you’re m(...)

Derval O’Rourke celebrates winning a European silver medal in the Women’s 100m Hurdles final in 2006. The annual RTE award instead went to Henry Shefflin that year. File photograph: Inpho

Here we go again. Because nowhere does the objective meet the subjective with greater fear or envy of gender bias than at your choice of annual sporti(...)

Sanita Puspure was last year's winner of the award. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

So there we were, in the Shelbourne hotel in December 2019, listening to our monthly award winners talk about how much they were looking forward to 20(...)

Tommy Bowe: has become a familiar figure on our television screens having embraced a media career   following his rugby career. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Tommy Bowe is on the road. Work, a weary daily beat of Belfast, Dublin, Dublin, Belfast. “Tired but I’m good. It’s all go,” he says, unbroken by the (...)

 Tom O’Riordan from Tralee CBS winning the senior boys mile at the 1956 Irish Schools Athletics Championships at Duggan Park, Ballinasloe.

The plan was to sit back until the last 300m and then kick blindly to the line. There was no sure or best way of winning, only the dream way, and when(...)

  Fionnuala McCormack: It’s exciting to be able to go out and compete on an undulating, mucky, tough, ‘level playing field’ where times and shoe technology don’t have an impact and it comes down to the purest element of our sport, racing!”

The last thing Fionnuala McCormack wants is some fancy headline or blurb announcing her next big race, which is fair enough. Some athletes feel that n(...)

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