Natalya Coyle

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 Natalya Coyle  competes in the European  Pentathlon Championships last week in Bath, England. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

The years building up to an Olympics are always fascinating ones. Calculations are being done across the board to discover how many medals one country(...)

Natalya Coyle is in line to qualify for her third Olympic Games at the European Championships in Bath. Photograph:   Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Natalya Coyle is within touching distance of her third Olympic Games after qualifying for the women’s individual final at the European Modern Pentathl(...)

Rena Buckley lifts the O’Duffy Cup in 2017. The  Cork star ticks all the boxes when it comes to an inspirational sporting figure. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Over the weekend I got completely caught up in a wave of cycling, athletics and even pentathlon. I thought 2018 was the year for learning new sports(...)

Annalise Murphy has lost her direct international carding scheme funding of €40,000 and will now be dunded through the Irish Sailing Association  . Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

A year and a half before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Rio Olympic silver-medal winning sailor  Annalise Murphy has lost her direct funding from Sport(...)

World champion boxer Kellie Harrington has been crowned the Irish Times Sport Ireland Sportswoman of the Year for 2018. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

And, just like that, boxer Kellie Harrington sprung into a different type of public consciousness. All it took was a world championship medal and an a(...)

Ireland goalkeeper Ayeisha McFerran saves from Spain’s Carlota Petchame in the World Cup semi-final shoot out   in London. Photograph: Christopher Lee/Getty Images

Justine Sowry, coach of the University of Louisville hockey team, had a look at Ireland’s World Cup draw and reckoned Ayeisha McFerran would be ready (...)

Monday morning, coming down. This is what a hurling hangover feels like. After a weekend of unbelievable action at Croke Park, we’re pale and drawn an(...)

Eilidh Prise, Natalya Coyle  and Sive Brassil celebrate with their silver medals at the  ECMP European Championships in  Hungary. Photograph: Pentathlon Ireland

Irish pentathlon is celebrating another landmark achievement after Natalya Coyle, Eilidh Prise and Sive Brassil joined forces to win women’s team silv(...)

 Sarah Healy at Dublin Airport with her gold medals for  the 1,500m and 3,000m events  in  Hungary. Photograph: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

We probably should all have learnt by now to resist pumping up expectations to lunar levels after one of our young sportspeople excels in their teenag(...)

“You’re swept up in the whole thing, I’ll never forget it. And then Mum was crying on the phone. My family have been there for me from day one and supported me through all the dark days, so it was incredibly emotional. It was a really, really good day.”

Natalya Coyle had enjoyed plenty of good days through her sporting career, not least those ninth and sixth place finishes at the London and Rio Olympi(...)

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