Patsy McGonagle: “There is a ready-made plan B for Athletics Ireland to latch onto, if the will is there. The athletes need the opportunity to compete after a completely disastrous year.”  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The plan was to sit back early on and then make one bold move. There have been lots of important dates in the 147 unbroken years of the Irish Track an(...)

Sonia O’Sullivan kicks for home ahead of Portugal’s  Fernanda Ribeiro on her way to winning the 5,000m final at the World Championships  at the Ullevi stadium in Gothenburg. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Allsport

Where to begin? A gangly teenager winning her first Irish senior title; chasing a bronze medal in her first Olympics; European champion in Helsinki; o(...)

Pierce O’Callaghan: “It will be a little bit different to London all right. That’s not to say there won’t be some great athletics.”  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

“It will be a little bit different to London alright,” says Pierce O’Callaghan, gently addressing some of the fears and concerns surrounding the World(...)

 Paula Radcliffe:  faces having her 2003 women’s marathon world record of two hours 15 minutes 25 seconds expunged due to proposed new measures:  Photograph: Tim Goode/PA Wire.

Innocent athletes worried that their world and European records will be struck off received an apology on Tuesday from the official who proposed the r(...)

Judges take little notice as an athlete competes in the trampoline individual qualification during day five of in Baku yesterday. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

When simply getting out of Baku airport alive feels like such a relief – after missing your flight connection, losing your luggage, misplacing your vi(...)

Ireland’s Rob Heffernan congratulates the winner of the men’s 50k race walk, France’s Yohann Diniz at the  European Athletics Championships at  Letzigrund Stadium, Zurich. Photograph: Inpho

Hitchcock always said no drama should last longer than the endurance of the human bladder. He might have made an exception for certain sporting events(...)

Men’s Javelin competitor Terry McHugh in action at the Sydney Olympics. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

When it seemed another week of nothing but high praise for Brian O’Driscoll sounded a bit repetitive, along came some reminders of what it mean(...)