University of Limerick players celebrate   their victory over UCD in the final of the  Gourmet Food Parlour O’Connor Cup  at DIT Grangegorman. Photograph: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

University of Limerick 2-16 University College Dublin 1-10 UL are the Gourmet Food Parlour O’Connor Cup champions for a record 12th time after goals (...)

Ireland’s Eve Higgins is tackled during the  quarter-final against Spain at the Sydney 7s at Spotless Stadium. Photograph: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images

Ireland 22 Spain 7 The Ireland Women’s Sevens guaranteed themselves a first top-four finish after they defeated Spain 22-7 in today’s quarter-final i(...)

Cricket Ireland will offer professional contracts to women in 2019. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Cricket Ireland is to offer senior professional playing contracts to women for the first time in 2019 after endorsing a recent decision made at its bo(...)

 Bronte Law and Leona Maguire playing together at the 2016 Curtis Cup at Dún Laoghaire Golf Club. Photograph:  Patrick Bolger/Getty Images

Bronte Law shot the lights out to move into sole lead after three rounds of the Ladies European Tour Final Qualifying tournament in Morocco but Leona (...)

 Katie Taylor  participates in media workouts at Madison Square Garden  in New York on Thursday ahead of her fights against Eva Wahlstrom on Saturday. Photograph: Sarah Stier/Getty Images

Katie Taylor says the defence of her IBF and WBA World Lightweight titles against current WBC World super-featherweight champion Eva Wahlstrom at Madi(...)

Stephanie Meadow: showed fortitude and resilience in returning from serious injury. Photograph: Photograph:  Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

The hashtag of #invincible could have been invented for Stephanie Meadow, who let actions speak louder than words with her endeavours on tour this pas(...)

Dublin’s Sinéad Aherne: “During the league we had double headers [with men’s fixtures] so to bring them into championship would bring it to the next level.”   Photograph: Laszlo Geczp/Inpho

Serena Williams spoke at Wimbledon about not bothering to scout “these young ladies” anymore because they bring a “totally different game when they pl(...)

Irish Banshees joint captains Laura Corrigan Duryea and Onóra Mulcahy celebrate the win with team coach Brendan Kelly. Photograph: Scott Barbour/AFL Media

When she started out playing Gaelic football as a young girl for Galbally Pearses back in Tyrone the prospect of one day scoring the winning goal for (...)

Shelbourne Ladies’ Leanne Kiernan celebrates scoring the second of her three goals against  Wexford Youths in the FAI Cup final at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The Irish Times/Sport Ireland Sportswoman Award for December: Leanne Kiernan (Soccer) She won’t be 18 until April but even if Leanne Kiernan played(...)