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(...)

A furious Michael Conlon shows what he thinks of the judges following his controversial defeat to Vladimir Nikitin in the bantamweight quarter-final at the Rio Olympics.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

They were the middle fingers which sent shockwaves around the world and changed Olympic boxing forever. Michael Conlan had just succumbed to a points(...)

Katie Taylor celebrates her victory over Christina Linardatou after the super-lightweight championship fight at the  Manchester Arena. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

  Following her unanimous win over Christina Linardatou in the Manchester Arena last weekend to become a two-weight world champion, Katie Taylor,(...)

Marilyn Monroe’s bra, $1,000-$2,000, Julien’s Auctions in Beverly HIlls

In May 1962, Marilyn Monroe created a stir when she sang her breathless rendition of Happy Birthday to president John F Kennedy for his 45th birthday (...)

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