Defrocked Irish priest Cornelius Horan attacks  Vanderlei Lima of Brazil in the latter stages of the marathon during the 2004 Athens Olympics. Photograph: Jiro Mochizuki/AFP via Getty Images

Peaceful protest or reckless sabotage, overtly politically motivated or religious in the extreme, several Irish competitors and at least one spectator(...)

Visitors wearing masks take photos near the Olympic rings in Tokyo. The coronavirus outbreak has forced several major events to be cancelled in Japan, which could see the 2020 Summer Olympic Games postponed until later in the year. Photograph: Christopher Jue/EPA

As of Friday lunchtime, all underage Gaelic games in Co Clare have been cancelled in response to the arrival of the coronavirus. But, as things stand,(...)

My lungs – a church organ, heavily vandalized: I feel large dents delivering no real acoustics apart from an infrequent soprano squeak. Sweat falls off me

July, 2018. I’m in the park, wheezing and heaving, recovering after the seventh sprint of 10. Skipping breakfast wasn’t smart; dizziness blobs black s(...)

Vanderlei de Lima of Brazil (left) is grabbed by Irish ex-priest Neil Horan during the men’s Olympic marathon at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. Photograph: Ruben Sprich/Reuters

As the Brazilian marathon runner Vanderlei de Lima prepared to light the Olympic cauldron in Rio’s Maracanã stadium in the early hours of Saturday mor(...)

 The Olympic flag is raised during the opening ceremony in Rio last night. Photograph: Ruben Sprich/Reuters

Rio de Janeiro got South America’s first ever Olympic Games off to a happy start last night with an opening ceremony that was as colourful and efficie(...)

The Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, overlooked by the Christ the Redeemer statue. Photograph: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Like it or not, the Games of the XXXI Olympiad are coming. Blanket coverage begins late on Friday night with the opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro’s (...)

New IOC president Thomas Bach (right) who succeeded Jacques Rogge (left). Photograph: Simon Hofmann/Bongarts/Getty Images

You would not believe some of the derision hurled my way from certain colleagues in Croke Park last Sunday, simply for spreading the news that Tokyo g(...)