Ciara Mageean knocked three and a half seconds off Sonia O’Sullivan’s 27-year-old 1,000m mark in 2020. File photograph: Inpho

“This year has just been a rollercoaster for absolutely everybody, and it’s no different for us athletes,” said Ciara Mageean, speaking to us at Dubli(...)

Sanita Puspure was last year's winner of the award. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

So there we were, in the Shelbourne hotel in December 2019, listening to our monthly award winners talk about how much they were looking forward to 20(...)

Sanita Puspure celebrates winning a gold medal in the Women’s Single Sculls at the 2020 European Rowing Championships, in Poznan, Poland. Photograph:   Detlev Seyb/Inpho

It was last December, when she was crowned our Sportswoman of the Year for 2019, that Sanita Puspure spoke about how much she was looking forward to 2(...)

Limerick’s Martina McMahon in action on her way to winning the All-Ireland 60x30 softball title for third time in a row at Crinkle  in Co Offaly. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

It was back in 2018 when she spoke to this here paper after one of the more extraordinary years in her handball career, during which she won three wor(...)

 Martina McMahon of Limerick in action during last year’s All-Ireland singles finals. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Handball only started out as a way of expending some of her bountiful supply of energy during the camogie off-season, Martina McMahon following her br(...)

Westmeath’s Robbie McCarthy in action against Dublin’s Eoin Kennedy in the final of the MyClubShop.ie All-Ireland 60x30 senior singles title at Croke Park on Saturday. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/actionshots.ie

Westmeath’s Robbie McCarthy retained his MyClubShop.ie All-Ireland 60x30 senior singles title at Croke Park on Saturday evening when he overcame Dubli(...)

 Reigning handball world champion Paul Brady, Martin Mulkerrins, Team Ireland captain and world champion Aisling Reilly. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Chicago in the year 2000 and Mick Dunne, a renowned Gaelic games scribe of the old school, is putting pen to paper. Having just watched the great Ame(...)

Aisling Reilly (left) of Antrim is the current world handball champion while Cork’s Catriona Casey won the All-Ireland championship in Kingscourt, Co Cavan, a month ago. photographs: inpho

Imagine a sporting landscape where there is not one but two Katie Taylors, Irish female superstars who are the undoubted brand leaders in the world in(...)

Paul Brady: crushed Robbie McCarthy 21-12, 21-7 in the semi-final.

The drive for five is alive – that was the big news from day nine in Calgary, Canada after four-time defending champion Paul Brady demolished Team Ire(...)