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 Collin Morikawa in action during the  third round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions at the Plantation Course at Kapalua Golf Club  in Lahaina, Hawaii. Photograph: Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images

Maybe a case of later rather than sooner after all in Collin Morikawa’s bid to leapfrog Jon Rahm at the head of the world rankings, with the American’(...)

 Olivia Mehaffey missed out on a Ladies European Tour card by one stroke back in December’s Q-School. Photograph:  Jeff Gross/Getty Images

Who? Now, that one word poser is a loaded question when it comes to the golfer/golfers most likely to make the year ahead a breakthrough one; for, in (...)

 Malachy Clerkin the Trinity City Hotel with sports personalities, Annalise Murphy, Sarah Keane, Marie Crowe and Vikki Wall. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Mid-November in a city-centre hotel. The weather hasn’t turned yet so it’s still crisp and dry outside. There’s talk of rising Covid numbers out in th(...)

Rachael Blackmore: she became the first woman to win the Grand National. Photograph: Tim Goode/PA Wire

National Treasure: “I can’t believe I am Rachael Blackmore. I still feel like that little kid. I can’t believe I’m me . . . keep your dreams big, I su(...)

Rachael Blackmore became the first woman to win the Grand National earlier this year. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

It has been an enormous year for women’s sport in Ireland. The success achieved by Irish female sports stars has been unprecedented and it is the incr(...)

Rachael Blackmore winning the  Sportswoman of the Year award: Horse racing is most likely genuflecting at her feet after a year when she was one of the sport’s few good news stories. Photograph: Alan Betson

One of the many charming things about Rachael Blackmore is that you always have the notion that she’d rather go through root canal treatment than talk(...)

Dublin’s Sinéad Goldrick and Orla Finn of Cork in the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Senior Football Championship Final at  Croke Park on December 20th, 2020. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It’s customary for us to start these annual previews of the Sportswoman of the Year awards, which got under way in 2004, by talking about just how dif(...)

Des Cahill with boxer Kellie Harrington. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

I’ve been fortunate enough to have presented the Sportswoman of the Year awards since they began in 2004, and to this day they remain one of my favour(...)

The Ireland team celebrate with the EuroHockey trophy in October after winning the tournament and qualifying for the World Cup. Photograph: ©INPHO/Giuseppe Fama

So what’s next? Sport is merciless in its propulsion. Regardless of what was achieved in 2021, the next 12 months of the diary are sitting there, wait(...)

Maguire’s performance at the Solheim Cup was her standout moment of the year. Photo: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

On the course, the mask is that of a silent assassin. Emotions are kept in check, the eyes more often than not hidden from view by the dark lens of he(...)

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