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(...)

Sportswomen of Month winners Rhasidat Adeleke (Athletics) and Kate O’Connor (Athletics). Photographs: Sportsfile/Getty Images

When the judges began their chatting about the destination of our Sportswoman of the Month for July award, there was a sizeable sense of déjà vu about(...)

Rhasidat Adeleke celebrates winning the 200m final in Baku. Photograph:  Inpho/Bryan Keane

Rhasidat Adeleke has this week won double gold in the 100m and 200m at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Baku, Azerbaijan. The 16-year-old is fr(...)

Ireland’s Rhasidat Adeleke celebrates as she crosses the line to win the 200m Final at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Baku, Azerbaijan. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Finishing off a properly rare sprint double for Irish athletics, Rhasidat Adeleke has won the 200 metres at the European Youth Olympics in Baku, Azerb(...)

 Cian Lynch and his Limerick team-mates celebrate their All-Ireland win over Galway at Croke park in August. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

All Blacks We waited 111 years for Ireland’s first victory over New Zealand, now we have two in two years. It’s becoming a habit. “As of now Ireland (...)

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 (...)

 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(...)

 Rhasidat Adeleke   celebrates winning the 200 metres at the  U-18 European Championship   in Gyor, Hungary.  (Photograph: Laszlo Balogh/Getty Images

Another gold rush in Gyor and this time with a silver lining - Sophie O’Sullivan following Rhasidat Adeleke’s victory in the 200 metres with a brillia(...)

 Ireland’s Patience Jumbo Gula celebrates after winning the bronze medal  in the 100m the European Youth Olympic Festival  in Gyor, Hungary. Photograph:   Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

So, even after all the loose talk, still nothing sparks a sporting debate quicker than the subject of nationality. Only if this week’s lesson is anyth(...)