Simon Zebo:  It appears everybody loves him  and totally understands the reasons for his move to “France”. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Way back in 1999 I received a phone call from Mike Ruddock. Rugby had gone professional in 1995, but season 1999/00 was to be the first fully-fledged (...)

A photograph of Jimmy Magee at his funeral in  Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Jimmy Magee would have been “so, honoured, so proud” about the attendance at his funeral, his son Mark Magee said. “He loved people, He loved his fri(...)

Jimmy Mcgee: he was a walking pre-internet search engine filled with information gleaned from covering 11 Olympic games and 12 World Cups. Photograph: PA Wire

It was like an art critic admiring the brushwork of Rembrandt or a wine connoisseur savouring a fine Bordeaux. Diego Maradona has just pirouetted pas(...)

Children from around the country compete in table tennis at the Aldi Community Games Festivals. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.

The table quiz final at the Community Games is barely two rounds old and already the fat lady has started to clear her throat within earshot of the te(...)

Munster’s Francis Saili scores his second try against Ospreys in the Guinness PRO12 at Musgrave Park. Taken on Canon EOS-1D X, 100th sec @ f2.8. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Times change. And they change all the time. When Billy Stickland was taking photographs at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, he needed everything short of(...)

‘I was expecting the worst when I was spinning about,’ said Olympic boxer Michael Carruth about a crash he had over the weekend while driving near the Red Cow Roundabout in Dublin. Photograph: The Irish Times

Olympic boxer Michael Carruth has called on road safety authorities to examine a road where he had a serious crash on Saturday morning. His SUV aquap(...)

The Donegal players were inspired as they listened on the radio to Michael Carruth win an Olympic gold medal in Barcelona 1992. At the end of that week, the county won the All-Ireland final.Photograph: James Meehan/Inpho

What are Mayo going to do? That question was rattling around in my mind last weekend. I’ve heard tickets are gold dust for this All-Ireland final and (...)

Boxer Michael Conlan (right) shows his disgust as Vladimir Nikitin of Russia is declared the winner in their  bantamweight  quarter-final in  Rio. Photograph:  Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The stench of a sporting injustice stank all the way from Rio to the RTÉ studios and beyond. Yet, in a Games that have been rotten in so many ways, th(...)

Samuel Carmona Heredia of Spain lands a left on Ireland’s Paddy Barnes during then men’s Light Flyweight fight. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Would you ever have thought there’d be a day when you’d be hollering ‘go on Jonty, ya good thing!’ at your telly screen, or thanking the heavens for (...)

Former Ireland Boxing Head Coach Billy Walsh makes his way through the departures of Dublin Airport last Thursday. Photograph: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Up to a week ago, most people couldn’t have picked Billy Walsh out in a crowd. Then suddenly he was the lead item on RTÉ One’s Six One News, as heads (...)

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