Ireland’s Aifric Keogh, Eimear Lambe, Fiona Murtagh and Emily Hegarty  pose with their bronze medals after the Women’s Four final   in Tokyo, Japan. Photograph:  Naomi Baker/Getty Images

They were more or less 200 metres from the finishing line when suddenly those fateful words from Aifric Keogh started racing around in my head. God kn(...)

Aileen Crowley  and Monika Dukarska  compete during the women’s pair repechage at Sea Forest Waterway on Sunday. Photograph: Naomi Baker/Getty Images

Monika Dukarska’s mother Katarzya works in the SuperValu in Killorglin owned and run by Kerry senior football manager Peter Keane. She admits she’s ne(...)

Fintan McCarthy and Paul O’Donovan  of Ireland pose on the podium after their win in the men’s lightweight double sculls final at  the Rowing World Cup on Lake Rotsee in Lucerne. Photograph: Urs Flueeler/EPA

Paul O’Donovan and Fintan McCarthy squeezed out Norway and Germany in the World Cup series to win a gold medal in the lightweight men’s double sculls (...)

Paul O’Donovan and Fintan McCarthy will continue in the lightweight men’s double in Italy. File photograph: Inpho

Two-time European champion Sanita Puspure will not be defending her women’s single sculls title at next month’s European Rowing Championships in Vares(...)

Paddy Barnes leads Team Ireland out at the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Olympics. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

With the golfers to be added, the boxing team to resume their qualification process, judo and badminton to ratify names, swimmers to swim and the rugb(...)

Sanita Puspure: qualified for the Olympics by claiming gold at the World Championships.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The Ireland squad is winding down in training, all set to depart for warm-weather training camps at the end of this month. On a recent day at the Nat(...)

The next five months in the run-up to the pre-selection trial at the end of March, will decide, for the most part, who is going to Tokyo and who is not. Photograph:  Christopher Lee/Getty Images

Castleconnell Head of the River continues to grow. Saturday’s event, with an entry of 500 crews from around the country makes the claim to be the big(...)

Fintan McCarthy and Paul O’Donovan were victorious in Austria. Photograph: Detlev Seyb/Inpho

This was extraordinary. Paul O’Donovan and Fintan McCarthy won the most dramatic of finals to claim gold at the World Championhships. Their semi-fina(...)

Reigning world champion Sanita Puspure won her quarter-final at the World Championships in Linz, Austria by more than 15 seconds. Photograph:  Naomi Baker/Getty Images

Ireland seriously boosted their chances of qualifying five boats for the Olympic Games with another fine set of performances in quarter-finals here at(...)

Paul O’Donovan picked up a silver medal in Rotterdam. Photograph: Craig Watson/Inpho

Ireland won two silver medals at the World Cup Regatta in Rotterdam on Sunday – the second after an extraordinary race by Paul O’Donovan and Fintan Mc(...)

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