Seamus O’Connor of Ireland reacts during the men’s snowboard halfpipe qualification run at Bokwang Phoenix Park. Photograph: PA

A brilliant first run saw Irish snowboarder Seamus O’Connor within touching distance of qualifying for the half-pipe final at Tuesday morning’s Winter(...)

A steward works in the snow after the cancellation of the Women’s Giant Slalom race. Photograph: Guillame Horcajuelo/EPA

Tess Arbez is the latest Irish athlete to have their Winter Olympics debut put on hold after Monday’s Giant Slalom was postponed due to the weather. (...)

Some of Ireland’s Winter Olympic hopefuls (from left): Alpine skiers John Brown and Brendan Newby, Cross Country skier Tomas Westgard, Alpine skiers Tess Arbez and Pat McMillan and snowboarder Seamus O’Connor. Photograph: Eoin Noonan/Sportsfile

A tiny island municipality in the middle of Norway. The White Mountains of New Hampshire. Co Clare. These are just some of the places Ireland’s Winter(...)

Seamus O’Connor of Republic of Ireland crashes during the Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle Final. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Ireland’s Seamus O’Connor has finished tenth in the Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle World Championships in Kreischberg, Austria.The 17-year-old, who hails (...)

Ireland’s Sean Greenwood takes part in  the  men’s Skeleton.

Tying those shoelacesThere’s an old West Wing episode where Jed Bartlett is expected to wi(...)

Conor Lyne’s preparations for this morning’s giant slalom have been disrupted by a fall in practice  and bad weather but he’s ready to give it his best shot. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Conor Lyne goes in this morning’s giant slalom, almost three weeks after arriving in Sochi a(...)

Ireland’s Seamus O’Connor during qualification for the the men’s halfpipe in Sochi. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

Ireland’s Seamus O’Connor narrowly missed out on a place in the snowboard halfpipe final today when he hit the snow for the first time all day(...)

Canada’s Dara Howell, who took the gold medal, performs a jump during the women’s freestyle skiing slopestyle finals. Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters

Stored snow has been used in the Winter Olympic mountain venues in Sochi, but the International Olympic Committee moved to allay fears that hig(...)

Great Britain’s Skip Eve Muirhead in action during their Curling Round Robin match against Sweden at  the Ice Cube Curling Centre. Pihotograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire.

The cold hits you in the face the second you close the door behind you. Harsh on the nostrils, wet on the eyes. This is it, finally. Winter cold at th(...)

Ireland’s Seamus O’Connor in action in Sochi. Photograph: Ian NcNicol/Inpho

Despite a much improved showing in this morning’s slopestyle semi-final at Rosa Khutor, Irish snowboarder Seamus O’Connor missed out on qualification(...)

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