Sport Ireland undertook 1,112 anti-doping test in 2018, with just one adverse finding. Photograph:  Patrik Stollarz/Bongarts/Getty Images

Anti-doping in sport will always be a game of cops and robbers, and Irish rugby is now second on the most wanted list. Testing on rugby players in 201(...)

According to their 2019 Anti-Doping annual report, now in its 19th year, of the 1,112 tests carried out by Sport Ireland only one came back with an adverse result. Photograph: Inpho

Once again anti-doping in sport comes across as a sort of stand-off between the statistics and the truth, and the latest report from Sport Ireland wou(...)

A children’s room palette by Fleetwood.

1 Reduce your energy bills Kicking yourself for having missed out on the Home Renovation Incentive Scheme? All is not lost. Make a beeline for the Su(...)

Liam Casey’s late goal was crucial in Tipperary’s win over Donegal. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Tipperary 3-9 Donegal 0-13 A late smash and grab effort by Tipperary lifted them out of the bottom of Division Two and left erstwhile table-toppers D(...)

Conor Wallace in action during his amateur days against Michael O’Reilly in the  National Elite Male Championships Finals at the National Stadium, Dublin. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

After helping Conor McGregor prepare for the eagerly anticipated rematch with Nate Diaz back in 2016, life is now a far cry from the supercars and sta(...)

Steroids, like addictive substances, enslave the user

“I’m 19 and I’m taking steroids,” admits an articulate young man called Killian, early in RTÉ Investigates: Steroid Ireland (RTÉ One, Wednesday, 9.30p(...)

On Friday, in Mountjoy main prison, 227 prisoners were on a protection regime, meaning they are locked up for at least 19 hours a day. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Over half of the prisoners in the country’s biggest prison, Mountjoy, are currently in protection regimes for their own safety due to gang violence. (...)

Kerry’s Brendan O’Sullivan was handed a suspension of just 21 weeks after a positive test for the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine that he claimed was contained in fat-burning   supplement.  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

It’s come too late for Kerry footballer Brendan O’Sullivan but the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) have recalled the entire range of Falcon La(...)

Michael O’Reilly became the first Irish athlete to be sent home from an Olympics for failing a doping test. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Irish middleweight Michael O’Reilly has been banned from boxing for four years for testing positive for a performance-enhancing anabolic steroid. O’R(...)

IABA high performance director Bernard Dunne. Photograph:   Ryan Byrne/Inpho

For a boxer, whose career brought him 13 Irish amateur championships and the WBA Super Bantamweight world title in 2009, it must have come as a surpri(...)

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