Ireland’s Niamh McCarthy  competing in the F41 women’s discus final at the Olympic Stadium. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

There’s a reason ‘on the day’ is an integral part of sporting parlance when it comes to performance, a reckoning between preparation and the ability t(...)

Gary O’Reilly of Ireland competes in the men’s H5 road race at the Fuji International Speedway. Photograph: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Road cycling: Gary O’Reilly finishes in fourth place in the H5 road race. Swimming: Ellen Keane finishes fifth in the final of the 200m indi(...)

Barry McClements competing in the Men’s S9 100M Backstroke final at the Tokyo Aquatic Centre. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Swimmer Barry McClements set his third personal best time on Monday in the S9 100m Backstroke final. The Comber man battled gamely against a world cla(...)

Nicole Turner during her heat at the Tokyo Aquatic Centre. Photograph: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Swimming: Nicole Turner wins a silver medal, Barry McClements finishes seventh, and Róisín Ní Riain finishes sixth in their respective fi(...)

Ellen Keane celebrates winning a gold medal at the Paralympic Games in the SB8 100m Breaststroke final at Tokyo’s Aquatic Centre. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ellen Keane, Paralympic champion. It’s got a nice ring to it. The 26-year-old fulfilled a dream, 13 years on from Beijing, in this her fourth Games wh(...)

Ireland’s Róisín Ní Ríain on her way to finishing eighth in the final of the S11 100m Butterfly on day one of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at the Tokyo Aquatic Centre on Wednesday. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

There are no lowball achievements when it comes to personal bests in sport. It’s there in black-and-white, an unequivocal recognition and measurement (...)

Limerick 16-year-old Róisín Ní Ríain will be Ireland’s youngest athlete at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Visibility is important in inspiring young boys and girls to take up sport. People, not medals or achievements, initially fire the imagination of the (...)

Ellen Keane during  the announcement  of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games Ireland swim team. Photograph:   David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Ellen Keane will compete in her fourth Paralympic Games, one of a five-strong Team Ireland swimming contingent that will compete in Tokyo. The Dubline(...)

“College life is all about expanding your horizons; infection prevention is all about limiting them. It was an intensely isolating experience.” Photograph: iStock

By March 2020, everyone knew the situation regarding Covid-19 was serious and only getting worse. Nevertheless, the announcement on Tuesday March 10(...)

Ireland’s Victoria Catterson during the mixed 4x100m freestyle relay heats at the  LEN European Aquatics Championships at the  Duna Arena in  Budapest. Photograph: Andrea Staccioli/Inpho

Ireland has now set a new national senior record in every relay it has competed in so far at the LEN European Aquatics Championships in Budapest, afte(...)