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(...)

Derval O’Rourke makes a healthy beef  stew in her slow cooker

My life is super busy with two small kids and running my website. I’ve always loved to cook healthy and tasty food with Irish ingredients, this was a (...)

What drama: Ireland’s Fittest Family host Mairead Ronan (centre) with coaches (from left); Derval O’Rouke, Donnacha O’Callaghan, Anna Geary and Davy Fitzgerald.

Ireland’s Fittest Family (RTÉ1, Sunday) begins with 15 families of exactly four members each striding confidently into the future as though animated b(...)

Ciara Mageean on her way to setting a new indoor Irish record in the TG4 Women’s 1,500m of 4:06.78sec during the AIT International Grand Prix. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans... Not the most original intro, only something and everything about that line seems (...)

Enjoying Savour Kilkenny were Stella McGowan (7) and Aibhe Courtney (10) from Kilkenny. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan.

Thanks to its fame as the craft capital of Ireland, Kilkenny has more than its share of craft makers and, wanting to get my hands dirty, I set out on (...)

Ciara Mageean is one of Ireland’s main medal hopes at the European Championships in Berlin. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Follow that, as Neil Diamond once said backstage to Bob Dylan, the rest of which is better left unsaid. Some acts will always be bettered when followe(...)

Derval O’Rourke: ‘I’m a big fan of stretching, I do basic stretches for my hamstrings, quads and back regularly.’ Photograph: Miki Barlok

For 12 years my whole world revolved around sport and running; that was my job and my focus. I started running from a very young age with a goal in mi(...)

Most of the time we seemed to be making good speed or better with ‘firehose’ conditions on deck.

And so it ends, a bittersweet finale to our round the world epic that is the Volvo Ocean Race. Even though I’ve wanted this to be over, I’m sad that (...)

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