Michael Blake

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Paul Kennedy continued Ireland’s strong start in Spain. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

The Irish have made a great start to the Spanish five-star jumping show in Gijon, with Paul Kennedy’s win in Thursday evening’s speed class following (...)

Italy’s Vittoria Panizzon leads the The Irish Field CCI3* class after dressage. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty

Vittoria Panizzon maintains her lead in the Irish Field CCI3* class at the Tattersalls international horse trials in Co Meath following Saturday’s cro(...)

Shane Sweetnam helped Ireland to joint-third place in the Italian five-star Nations’ Cup in Rome. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

There were emotional celebrations in Rome on Friday when the home team won the Italian five-star Nations’ Cup for the first time in 32 years. Jumping(...)

Mark McAuley produced a brilliant second round in Norway. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

The Irish team, led by development manager Michael Blake, won Friday night’s Nations’ Cup competition in Drammen, Norway. Thirteen teams started in (...)

Ireland beat USA and Brazil in Florida on Friday. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland defended its title in the four-star Nations’ Cup in Wellington, Florida on Friday night when beating the USA and Brazil. In the first round, (...)

Sally Corscadden has been  appointed high performance director of the senior eventing team by Horse Sport Ireland. Photograph: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Sally Corscadden, who has served as high performance manager of the Irish junior and young rider teams, has been appointed high performance director o(...)

Cian O’Connor wants a winning mentality to return to the Irish team. Photograph: Inpho

A second clear round from Cian O’Connor on Seringat sealed victory for Ireland in Friday’s FEI Nations’ Cup in Ocala, Florida. The team of Cork nativ(...)

Edna O’Brien was reported to be “a bit stunned” to hear Drewsborough, near Tuamgraney village in east Clare,  had gone for auction, “as she had loved the place”.  Photographer: Dara Mac Donaill

The Property section of this newspaper recently reported that Edna O’Brien’s childhood home, in Co Clare, was withdrawn from auction after failing to (...)

Conor Byrne, events manager at Smock Alley Theatre, with the 300-year-old bell.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Dublin’s “freedom bell”, the first Catholic Church bell to ring in Dublin in breach of the Penal Laws 200 years ago, is to be restored as part (...)