Fans look on during the 2018 Munster Hurling Final between Cork and Clare at Semple Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

You cannot stop the tide. But Tuesday’s announcement that Semple Stadium has joined the long list of sports venues named for a sponsor felt like the e(...)

The Newcastle United team line up as fans display a welcome message to new manager, Eddie Howe, who was not able to attend after testing positive for Covid-19 prior to the Premier League match against Brentford. Photo: George Wood/Getty Images

If this was Newcastle United’s Christmas Day come early, it was more Home Alone than the Queen’s speech - thrilling, dizzying and with a lot of collat(...)

On March 8th 1971 in New York at the Madison Square Garden, Muhammad Ali lost the first of his three-fight trilogy with Joe Frazier. Photograph: Getty Images

In his classic book “Loser and Still Champion”, Budd Schulberg opens the chapter concerning the first Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier bout at Madison Square (...)

Katie Taylor and Delfine Persoon with promoter Eddie Hearn at a press conference in Essex prior to their rematch on Saturday night. Photograph: Mark Robinson/Inpho

Undisputed world lightweight champion Katie Taylor is confident of “shutting up” her critics when she defends her titles in the rematch against Delfin(...)

In 1980 Muhammad Ali fought Larry Holmes for the WBC belt in an attempt to win the heavyweight championship a fourth time at 38, but it was not to be. File photograph: The Irish Times

Well, ho hum, yes, it nearly is always the boxers isn’t it. Sugar Ray Leonard, who dominated four weight divisions and was king of comebacks, tried it(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone

When Ireland first announced its candidacy for a seat on the United Nations Security Council for the 2021-22 term, Bertie Ahern was taoiseach, George (...)

Frankie Carbo pictured in 1959. Photograph: Getty

The czar of boxing did not have an office. Frankie Carbo preferred to conduct business at his favorite table in the Garden Cafeteria just across Eight(...)

Enda McNulty pictured at the launch of his book in 2017. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

In the autumn of 1929, Frank McNulty from Mullaghbawn tried the door of the Manhattan bank where he had lodged his savings to find it locked for good.(...)

Marcus O’Sullivan running indoors in 1989. Photograph:   Tim de Frisco/Allsport

In the winter of 1988 I’d just turned 18 years old and had been at Villanova University for about six months. Only I wasn’t running much during that t(...)

Stevie Wonder’s September 7th concert was sold out. File photograph: Aidan Cawley/The Irish Times

Sell-out shows by Drake, Ariana Grande, Elton John and Stevie Wonder helped Dublin’s 3Arena to box-office revenues of €58.6 million last year. Accord(...)

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