A maize field, Mkushi, Zambia, December 2019. Photo credit: Eoin Ryan. Maize is the staple food crop of most African countries.

Each year, Africa Day falls on 25 May to commemorate the formation of the African Union (formerly the Organisation of African Unity) in 1963. More spe(...)

James McClean has suffered abuse for the last decade for his decision not to wear the poppy because of the events of Bloody Sunday in his native Co Derry in 1972. File photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The abuse suffered by Republic of Ireland international James McClean as a result of his refusal to wear the poppy is “inexcusable”, the Royal British(...)

 Ciara Mageean knocked three and a half seconds off Sonia O’Sullivan’s 27-year-old 1,000m mark in 2020. File photograph: Inpho

“This year has just been a rollercoaster for absolutely everybody, and it’s no different for us athletes,” said Ciara Mageean, speaking to us at Dubli(...)

Katie Taylor enjoyed a highly successful 2020, defending her titles against Belgian rival Delfine Persoon and Miriam Gutierrez from Spain. File photograph: Inpho

Virtually unprecedented, some performances defying reality, and in the end providing an undisputed winner, maybe the first and lasting live impression(...)

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(...)

Sanita Puspure celebrates winning a gold medal in the Women’s Single Sculls at the 2020 European Rowing Championships, in Poznan, Poland. Photograph:   Detlev Seyb/Inpho

It was last December, when she was crowned our Sportswoman of the Year for 2019, that Sanita Puspure spoke about how much she was looking forward to 2(...)

Japan’s  Naomi Osaka  wearing a mask with the name of George Floyd on it during an interview following her  quarter-final  win against Shelby Rogers of the United States at the US Open. Photograph:   Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has always sold itself as a state-of-the-art organisation, woke to the modern world. Carefully cultivated, i(...)

Gina Akpe-Moses has been a powerful and moving voice on the Black lives Matter movement. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It was back in July 2017 that Gina Akpe-Moses first came to the attention of most of us, although those in the world of athletics were long since awar(...)

Lydia Gratis, Nick Reynolds, Jeanne Nicole Ní Áinle, Aghogho Sophie Okpara and Nubi Kay. Photograph: Tom Honan

GINA AKPE-MOSES Gina Akpe-Moses is a 21-year-old athlete who came to Ireland from Nigeria at the age of three. From a very early stage, Akpe-Moses sh(...)

Gina Akpe-Moses: ‘I don’t want to raise my children in a world where I have to tell them to be careful just walking down the street’ Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Gina Akpe-Moses ends the interview with a sprinter’s flourish; her words bound by idealism and terrifying reality. “I wish I could travel back in tim(...)

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