Paddy Barnes leads Team Ireland out at the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Olympics. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

With the golfers to be added, the boxing team to resume their qualification process, judo and badminton to ratify names, swimmers to swim and the rugb(...)

Irish gymnast Ellis O’Reilly, seen here in action during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, has announced her retirement from the sport. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Irish Olympian Ellis O’Reilly, who made history as becoming the first Irish female to qualify for an Olympic Games in gymnastics at the Rio 2016 Olymp(...)

The Irish Times/Sport Ireland Sportswoman Of The Year Awards winners. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Olympic silver medallist Annalise Murphy has been crowned The Irish Times Sport Ireland Sportswoman of the Year for 2016. The 26-year-old claimed sil(...)

Irish gymnast Kieran Behan who dislocated his knee in action at the Olympic Games in Rio. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Another Olympics and another set of inspirational stories and new role models for the world’s youth. Like shooter Ginny Thrasher who won the first go(...)

London-born Ellis O’Reilly will become the first female gymnast to represent Ireland at the Olympic Games. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

So, Rio is almost upon us, the build-up interminable but a mere fraction of it focussed on actual sporting matters, the bulk of it taken up with repea(...)

Kellie Harrington with her silver medal she won at the World Boxing Championships in Kazakhstan last month. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

For most of us Kellie Harrington was an unknown before she set sail for the World Boxing Championships in Kazakhstan last month, her success there yie(...)

Ryan Quinn (11) from Lucan, National BMX Champion two years running. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times
Sporting an Olympic dream

It’s an Olympic year and the Games in Rio this August will start many a child dreaming that they could be an Olympian some day. Here’s a look at six s(...)