Tom O’Riordan from Tralee CBS winning the senior boys mile at the 1956 Irish Schools Athletics Championships at Duggan Park, Ballinasloe.

The plan was to sit back until the last 300m and then kick blindly to the line. There was no sure or best way of winning, only the dream way, and when(...)

Sonia O’Sullivan takes silver behind Gabriela Szabo in the 5,000m at the Sydney Olympic Games. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Before Dundrum became a Town Centre and they paved our paradise we lived just around the corner on Weston Park and every summer transformed the place (...)

Patrick Brennan: ‘I never thought anything else was wrong. But I’d found it hard to do my daily walk. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

After experiencing heart failure and undergoing a triple bypass Patrick Brennan recovered and normal life resumed – for a while. For several years ev(...)

Monday, December 3rd, 1956 For the first time in 24 years, the Irish tricolour was raised at the Olympic Games when Ronnie Delany, the 21-year-old Ar(...)

Silver medallist John Treacy leads bronze medal winner Charlie Spedding of Great Britain during the  Marathon event   at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California during the 1984 Olympics.  Photo:  Tony Duffy/Getty

Not long now until the quiet jubilee of the most magnificently spontaneous sporting commentary in Irish athletics history. That is no exaggeration, be(...)