Thomas Barr

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Thomas Barr of Ireland after finishing in fourth place with a new Irish record of 47.97 during the Men’s 400m hurdles final in the Olympic Stadium, Maracanã, during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images

It may go down as one of the great near misses in our Olympic history but there was no disputing Thomas Barr the honour of Irish athlete of the year f(...)

For Olympian Thomas Barr  sleep is critical.

Irish Olympian Thomas Barr is not just a champion hurdler; he’s a champion sleeper too. The likeable 24-year-old – who narrowly missed a medal in Rio (...)

Thomas Barr has sights firmly fixed  on next year’s World Championships in London. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

First Rio and the Olympics, now London and the World Championships, this has been a year of change and acceleration for Thomas Barr. At 24 years of a(...)

Thomas Barr on his way to fourth place in the Olympic 400 metres hurdles final. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

All through my athletics career, September was the month of reflection. It was closing time on the season, and with that came the sense things were ab(...)

President Michael D Higgins and his wife, Sabina Higgins, with Olympic silver medalist Annalise Murphy at Áras an Uachtaráin yesterday. Photograph: Julian Behal/Maxwell/PA Wire

A reception hosted by President Michael D Higgins for the Irish Olympic team was conspicuous by those who were absent as much as by those who attende(...)

 Sabina Higgins, President Michael D Higgins and  Olympic silver medallist Annalise Murphy during a special reception for members of Team Ireland who competed at the Rio 2016 Olympics at  Áras an Uachtaráin, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Serious doping and administration issues surrounding Ireland’s part in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games could undermine public confidence in sports, Preside(...)

Joel Thomas (5) from Baldoyle was delighted to have his boxing gloves signed by returning Olympic Irish boxer Paddy Barnes. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

It was a ticketless event. Everyone welcome. Ireland’s Olympic team arrived home from Rio de Janeiro yesterday to a loving but low-key welcome – a(...)

OCI President Pat Hickey is escorted from hospital on Thursday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Nothing to be done. Dusted off the flat screen 15 days ago. Transformed living room into darkened cockpit to pilot this Olympic spaceship. Hard day(...)

Ireland’s Thomas Barr performed admirably in Rio, coming fourth in the 400m hurdles. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Con Houlihan always said he missed most of Italia 90 because he was away at the World Cup. Something feels similarly removed about being in Rio these (...)

Happier times: Olympic Council of Ireland president Pat Hickey, Olympic silver medal winner Annalise Murphy, and Minister for Sport Shane Ross last Tuesday. The following morning Hickey was arrested by Brazilian police.

Not long after the sailors had returned to the beach at Gloria marina, a celebratory photograph was taken that would, by the following morning, seem (...)

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