Sarah Byrne excelled for Ireland in basketball at the Special Olympics this year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

We’ll trust that Aer Lingus overlooked excess baggage charges when they were bringing Ireland’s Special Olympics team home after they’d won, between t(...)

The Rio Olympics: only 475 days to go and each one of those will count for aspiring Irish athletes

Gore Vidal said us newspaper reporters should only be concerned about the present, not the future. And now more than ever that rings true. If anything(...)

France’s Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad takes his jersey off as he approaches the finish line in the men’s 3’000m steeplechase final of the European Athletics Championships in the Letzigrund Stadium in Zurich, Switzerland. Photograph: EPA

As sporting celebrations go not many athletes would have the nerve to pull off their running vest while clearing the final hurdle in the 3,000 metres(...)

Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad of France takes his vest off as he clears the last jump on his approach to the finish line to claim gold in the men’s 3000 metres Steeplechase final  at the 22nd European Athletics Championships at Stadium Letzigrund, Zurich. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

As sporting celebrations go not many athletes would have the nerve to pull off their running vest before clearing the final hurdle in the 3,000 metres(...)

Ireland’s Kelly Proper (centre) finishes fourth in her heat of the Women’s 200m, qualifying for this evening’s semi-final in Zurich. Photograph: Morgan Treacy / Inpho

Kelly Proper ran a personal best of 23.15 to come fifth in the first women’s 200m semi-final this evening but fell just short of qualifying for the Eu(...)

Ciarán Ó Lionáird (centre) will be joined by  Paul Robinson and John Travers in the 1,500 metres at the European Championships next month. Photograph: Inpho

A team of 30 Irish athletes with at least three medal favourites have been selected for the European Athletics Championships, which take place in Zuri(...)

Ireland’s Laura Reynolds goes through a mist station during the women’s 20k walk , where she finished in 31st place. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Olympic champion Elena Lashmanova overcame confusion over where the finish line was to lead home a Russian one-two in the women’s 20km race walk at th(...)

Pole-vaulter Tori Pena  will be Ireland’s sole field athlete in Moscow

It is instantly more pronounced by the names that are not there rather than the names that are and still the Irish team for the 14th World Athletics C(...)