Michelle Smith

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Sam Lynch, stroke, Neville Maxwell, Tony O Connor and Derek Holland, bow. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Nobody remembers fourth? It’s always been a lie, of course; one of the shiny, hollow aphorisms of sport and life that places a premium on the straight(...)

Michelle Smith of Ireland celebrates after winning the 400m freestyle event during the 1996 Olympic Games. Photograph: Allsport

Atlanta in 1996 and we brought the Friday to a close watching the opening ceremony in a bar. Francis Barrett, the first Traveller to carry the Irish f(...)

Munster prop James Cronin was handed a ban that was so meaningless as to be cynical for an anti-doping violation. Photograph: Inpho

A lifetime ago the boss pointed towards Dublin airport and barked ‘go.’ The simple instruction demanded a degree of impudence. Ask Michelle Smith, who(...)

Shane Ryan, Jack McMillan, Mona McSharry and Danielle Hill in Glasgow. Photograph: Giorgio Scala/Inpho

Swimming may claim it happened many years back. But sometimes milestones have to be reached to pause a moment and then move on. It was 21 years ago wh(...)

Paul Howard and his creation, Ross O’Carroll-Kelly. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

“It was a means of getting under their skin,” remembers Paul Howard of his decision to invent an insufferably privileged, monstrously egotistical lion(...)

Sportswomen of Month winners Rhasidat Adeleke (Athletics) and Kate O’Connor (Athletics). Photographs: Sportsfile/Getty Images

When the judges began their chatting about the destination of our Sportswoman of the Month for July award, there was a sizeable sense of déjà vu about(...)

Mona McSharry: ended her year in some style at the Irish Short-Course Championships. Photograph: Andrea Staccioli

You might well have thought you’d seen the last of the celebrations of our sportswomen’s 2018 feats but because our 2019 monthly awards begin, somewha(...)

Donald Trump at an event  in the Oval Office of the White House on Friday. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty

US President Donald Trump has discussed firing Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell as his frustration with the central bank chief intensified follo(...)

Women draw tickets during the Irish Hospitals Sweep Hurdle draw (sweepstakes) at Ballsbridge in Dublin in January 1986.Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Margaret Thatcher told Peter Mandelson “you can’t trust the Irish; they’re all liars”. That was a bit harsh, maybe. But we’re certainly not above the (...)

Apostasy director Daniel Kokotajlo. “The film forced me to look at my own life.” Photograph: Curzon/Artificial Eye

You wait for ages for a movie about the Jehovah’s Witnesses and then two come along at once. The Children’s Act, based on the novel by Ian McEwan and (...)

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