Ciara Mageean knocked three and a half seconds off Sonia O’Sullivan’s 27-year-old 1,000m mark in 2020. File photograph: Inpho

“This year has just been a rollercoaster for absolutely everybody, and it’s no different for us athletes,” said Ciara Mageean, speaking to us at Dubli(...)

Katie Taylor enjoyed a highly successful 2020, defending her titles against Belgian rival Delfine Persoon and Miriam Gutierrez from Spain. File photograph: Inpho

Virtually unprecedented, some performances defying reality, and in the end providing an undisputed winner, maybe the first and lasting live impression(...)

Sanita Puspure was last year's winner of the award. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

So there we were, in the Shelbourne hotel in December 2019, listening to our monthly award winners talk about how much they were looking forward to 20(...)

Honeysuckle with Rachael Blackmore up wins the Hatton’s Grace Hurdle renewal at Fairyhouse Racecourse on Sunday. Photograph: PA

Honeysuckle will go into the new year with her unbeaten record intact – and speculation about what race she might line up in at Cheltenham in March st(...)

Minella Indo was victorious at Navan on Sunday. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Minella Indo further enhanced his Cheltenham Gold Cup credentials with a near-faultless display at Navan. Reeled in late on by Nicky Henderson’s Cham(...)

Rachel Blackmore and Notebook took the  Grade Two Poplar Square Chase at Naas. File Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Notebook bounced back to winning form in the Grade Two Poplar Square Chase at Naas. Henry de Bromhead’s charge was a dual Grade One winner last term,(...)

Rachael Blackmore onboard Minella Indo celebrates winning the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham in 2019. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Rachael Blackmore and Minella Indo are set to take another step towards a potentially momentous Cheltenham Gold Cup in March when lining up at Navan o(...)

Presenting Percy impressed with victory at Thurles. File photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Presenting Percy got back to winning ways in fine style in the Chase at Thurles. In what was a high-class affair for a Thursday afternoo(...)

Abacadabras (L) took the Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Dethroning Willie Mullins as Ireland’s champion trainer is Gordon Elliott’s greatest ambition so he can take Abacadabras’ Grade 1 victory at Punchesto(...)

Sanita Puspure celebrates winning a gold medal in the Women’s Single Sculls at the 2020 European Rowing Championships, in Poznan, Poland. Photograph:   Detlev Seyb/Inpho

It was last December, when she was crowned our Sportswoman of the Year for 2019, that Sanita Puspure spoke about how much she was looking forward to 2(...)

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