Philip Doyle

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Paul O’Donovan of Team Ireland at Tokyo 2020: ‘There is a lot more testing being done between the rounds, which is good to see for sure.’ Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images|

Missed tests and spoiled samples: just how clean are the pandemic Games? They warned us in the Tokyo playbook well in advance that everyone would be (...)

Ireland’s Sanita  Puspure in action during her heat of the women’s single sculls at  Sea Forest Waterway in Tokyo. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

There was a ‘so what’ attitude from Sanita Puspure when she came off the saltwater lake at Tokyo’s Olympic track at Sea Forest Waterway on Friday. ‘So(...)

Jack Woolley is the first Irish Taekwondo Olympian. File photograph: Aleksandar Djorovic/Inpho

There are plenty of Team Ireland’s biggest stars in action on day one of the Tokyo Olympics. As Ireland’s first ever Olympian in taekwondo, Jack Wool(...)

Rhys McClenaghan: he has been talking a big performance well in advance of Tokyo. Photograph:  Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Show me the medals, only just don’t tell. Or should that be other way round? It used to be anyway, those innocent days when no Irish athlete dared pre(...)

Sanita Puspure is one of Ireland’s best medal hopes. She competes in the Women’s Singles Sculls Rowing Heats at 1.40am. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Team Ireland swing straight into action on Friday at the Olympics with rowing taking centre stage before the opening ceremony in the evening. Rowing (...)

 Ronan Byrne, left, and Philip Doyle. Photograph: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Ronan Byrne Age: 23 Event: Men’s Double Scull (M2X) Titles: World silver 2019, European bronze 2020 Club: UCC Rowing Club Comes from Ballinl(...)

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 (...)

Ireland women’s coach Adam Griggs working with the squad at Donnybrook in advance of the Italy clash. “Top-three finish was our target,” said Griffin, “and that is in our grasp.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland v Italy, Donnybrook, 12pm – (live on RTÉ Two) There has been a Groundhog Day feeling in the build-up to this Six Nations third-place play-of(...)

Ireland’s Philip Doyle and Ronan Byrne celebrate securing their Tokyo qualification at the  World Rowing Championships in Ottensheim, Austria, in September 2019.  Photograph: Detlev Seyb/Inpho

The problem with most of the talk around the Tokyo Olympics right now – should or shouldn’t they go ahead? – is the difficulty in separating athlete a(...)

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(...)

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