Ballybunion’s hero Brian Slattery and team-mates (from left) Philip Byrne, Ronan Cross, Frank Geary and Adrian Walsh after their victory in the final of the AIG Junior Cup at Carton House.  hotograph:  Pat Cashman

Facial expressions drawn in a rictus of anxiety, caught in no man’s land between grimace and grin. Divots that would dress a small child fly in all di(...)

Olympic medalist Annalise Murphy competing on her foiling Moth class dinghy at the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

With the next Olympic Games in Japan still three years away, Ireland’s Annalise Murphy is being trialled as a crew-member in the forthcoming Volvo Oc(...)

John Treacy, chief executive, Sport Ireland: “We have to tier [resources] like every other country does. We are already doing it.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

We have two new buzz phrases. They are multi-annual funding (MAF) and tiered funding (TF). New to Ireland, not new to the world. New Zealand, the spor(...)

Ireland’s Andrea Brewster and Saskia Tidey on their way to 12th place in Rio.  Photograph: William West/AFP/Getty

As the new Olympic quadrennial gets under way, Irish veteran Saskia Tidey has started training with Team GBR, with the goal of representing Britain in(...)

The Irish Times Sportswoman of The Year Annalise Murphy with Outstanding Achievement Award Winner Sonia O’Sullivan. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The ‘Breeze Queen.’ It was Annalise Murphy’s unwanted middle name for a full four years. It was the slight on her medal winning ability that year afte(...)

Olympic siver medal winner Annalise Murphy arrives in Dún laoghaire harbour on a flotilla of boats  containing  other members of the Irish Olympic sailing team. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Annalise Murphy was back in Dún Laoghaire harbour on Thursday evening, where the sailing star spent so much of her childhood honing the skills that d(...)

Ireland’s Annalise Murphy at the beginning of race two in the women’s Laser Radial Class in Rio. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

After years of speculation, both Annalise Murphy and Rio answered questions about their respective abilities for their Olympic regatta challenges. Bo(...)

James O’Callaghan: This is my fifth Olympics and we’ve seen this all before

The moment of truth arrives in Rio today when the Olympic Games get underway, with four boats representing Irish sailing hopes. The latest problem t(...)

Annalise Murphy: “There’s maybe three or four that are likely to win the gold medal but eight of us definitely have the potential to win. I think on my good days I’m in that eight.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Cycling down Dublin’s Rathgar Road in morning rush hour traffic is a bitch. Healthy and tanned today, she has come to bicycle grief on three occasions(...)

Andrea Brewster and Saskia Tidey (foreground) have a six-nation fight for Olympic selection in the 49erfx class next month in Spain. Photo: Brian Carlin.

An Irish berth at the Rio Olympics hangs in the balance following the announcement of an unexpected African entry in the women’s International 49erfx(...)

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