Rob Heffernan

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Broadcaster and comedian Bernard O’Shea and Karen Byrne. Photograph: Kyran O’Brien/RTÉ

“I feel like I’m going on a Tinder date,” says a nervous Erin McGregor during rehearsals for Dancing with the Stars’ Switch Up Week. Technically, at w(...)

Marty Morrissey with Ksenia Zsikhotska dancing the quickstep. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The revolving glitter ball is back. In the dark of winter we worship it like the sun, and this year the druids at RTÉ have found more people who will (...)

Rob Heffernan was named Athlete of the Year at the Irish Life Health National Athletics Awards  at the Crowne Plaza hotel  in Santry. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Not a vintage year by recent standards, and yet in celebrating 2017, Athletics Ireland did get to toast one of the finest moments of its times – a rec(...)

Ireland athletics manager Patsy McGonagle has stepped down from his position. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Patsy McGonagle has confirmed he is stepping down as manager of the Irish Athletics team, completing a 25-year stint which first began at the World Ju(...)

Rob Heffernan crosses the finish line in eighth place in London. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

He took a quick bow on crossing the finish line, as well he might, Rob Heffernan exiting the World Championship stage for the last time. His eighth p(...)

Two cases of norovirus have been identified after an outbreak of illness at one of the official London 2017 World Championships hotels. Photograph: PA

Irish Athletics team manager Patsy McGonagle has requested those athletes yet to compete in London are accommodated at a different hotel to that curre(...)

Usain Bolt  during a training session ahead of the World Athletics Championships in London 2017. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty

So what’s the exact lowdown? The 16th World Athletics Championships, over 10 days, starting this Friday evening until Sunday week, back inside the Lo(...)

Mo Farah training prior to the  World Athletics Championships in London where he will seek to win another 5000/10,000 metre double. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Catch him if you can. Because whether or not you still believe in athletics magic, the stage is now set for Mo Farah to perform one of the great dista(...)

Jessica Ennis-Hill (R) finished second behind Russia’s Tatyana Chernova in the Heptathlon at the 2011 World Championships - Chernova was banned for doping in 2013. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP

When the athletics world championships begin next month in London, there will be a few extra medal ceremonies. Eleven athletes and five teams whose r(...)

Claire McCarthy running the Women’s Half Marathon at the 2016 European Athletics Championships in Amsterdam. Her selection for London was confirmed last month. Photograph: Karel Delvoije/Inpho

There are now several well-founded benefits for women distance runners returning to their sport after giving birth. As there appear to be in most endu(...)

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