John Conlan

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Michael O’Reilly became the first Irish athlete to be sent home from an Olympics for failing a doping test. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Irish middleweight Michael O’Reilly has been banned from boxing for four years for testing positive for a performance-enhancing anabolic steroid. O’R(...)

Joe Ward goes into Friday’s semi-final with a bronze medal already secured. Photograph: Inpho

An irresistible Joe Ward cruised into the World Championships semi-finals with a 5-0 unanimous decision over Mikhail Dauhaliavets in Hamburg. The wi(...)

Eddie Bolger (right) pictured with Ireland head coach Zaur Antia (centre) and John Conlan. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Irish high-performance boxing coach Eddie Bolger has resigned his position with the Irish Athletic Boxing Association (IABA) to take up the role as he(...)

Michael Conlan was devastated  following his defeat to Vladimir Nikitin of Russia. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Before the Olympic Opening ceremony had even taken place Irish coaches Zaur Antia, Eddie Bolger and John Conlan slipped out of the Rio hotel where the(...)

Happier times - Ireland’s Michael Conlan with his Dad and coach John Conlan and coach Zaur Antia. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Irish Athletic Boxing Association (IABA) have been drawn into an ongoing dispute with one of their top coaches, John Conlan, who is the father of (...)

A distraught Michael Conlan following his defeat to Russia’s  Vladimir Nikitin in the quarter-finals of the men’s bantamweight at the  Riocentro. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

There was a moment when all his talking was done and his father John was expressing his disgust at the ‘amateur’ boxing world, Michael Conlan laid hi(...)

USA coach Billy Walsh with flyweight boxer Antonio Vargas before his round of 32 win over Brazil’s Juliao Neto in Rio. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The defeat of Katie Taylor in her first fight in Rio brings boxing in a full circle. A week beginning with scandal has ended in disappointment as Padd(...)

A dejected Paddy Barnes after his defeat to Samuel Carmona Heredia. “At the end of the first round my energy was completely gone. I had nothing to give.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

This is how the Olympic world reveals itself to be a flimsy reality. Paddy Barnes is standing by himself as his coach John Conlan lauds him in an empt(...)

Clare’s Tony Kelly and Colm Galvin with David Burke of Galway. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

There was a curious similarity in one sense to both hurling quarterfinals in that first Wexford and then Clare had a window of opportunity, at five po(...)

Davy Fitzgerald is one of the few managers happy to acknowledge  the emotional pull of being involved with a team. Photographs: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Sooner or later in Thurles tomorrow, the hurling will become so absorbing the audience in the stadium and watching across the country – the world – wi(...)

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