Rachael Blackmore celebrates Champion Hurdle victory on Honeysuckle at Cheltenham. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty

After a mammoth few weeks of sport, one is forgiven for being so exhausted that the initial feeling of inspiration and motivation has simply left the (...)

Katie Taylor earned a unanimous decision as she beat Jennifer Han in Leeds to stretch her professional record to 19-0. Photograph: Mark Robinson/Matchroom/Inpho

Katie Taylor flew back to her spiritual home in Bray for a short break. Jennifer Han jetted back to El Paso to reunite with her two boys, one with her(...)

Nicole Turner’s family and friends celebrate the Paralympian’s success  at home in Garryhinch, Co Offaly. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A calculated risk has “paid off” for Paralympian Nicole Turner, who opted to put her studies on hold to train for the Tokyo games. Nicole’s mother (...)

Eddie and Laura Keane, with their children, Graham, Hazel and Philip, celebrate at their home after their daughter Ellen Keane, won Ireland’s first medal of the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. Photograph: Damien Eagers

Behind every successful athlete there is a parent or parents who get up at all hours, sacrifice evenings and weekends and feel every triumph and failu(...)

      Matt Cullen (left) competing for Ireland in the half mile against Scotland in Croke Park in 1931. The rift that emerged in Irish athletics in the 1930s shattered the hopes and dreams of some of the nation’s most promising runners.

Now that the nation’s euphoria and spontaneous outpouring of pride and joy surrounding boxer Kellie Harrington’s spectacular gold medal win in Tokyo h(...)

Mayo presented James Horan and defender Stephen Coen (pictured) for interview after their victory over Dublin and that was it. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

As you know it’s National Heritage Week and one of the finest of all the Wicklow estates is open for public viewing not far down the hill from me at C(...)

Kellie Harrington: “When the opportunity comes to get back into the ring, I don’t think it will be hard.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Impossible as it is to imagine those dawning moments when being Olympic champion begin to take hold there is one that Kellie Harrington can readily sh(...)

Boxer Kellie Harrington was one of three Irish athletes who struck gold at the Tokyo Olympics. File photograph: The Irish Times

I met Johnny Watterson for a quick Tokyo debriefing session on Thursday in the pub just around the corner from me. Every Olympic cycle begins exactly (...)

Irish boxer and Olympic gold medallist Kellie Harrington was paraded on an open-top bus through the streets of Dublin’s north inner city on Tuesday as(...)

Future fighters: Scott Molloy (7), Addison Whelan (11), Bobby Molloy (9) and Penny Moore (6) at Corinthians Boxing Club, Buckingham Street, Dublin 1, on Monday. Photograph: Tom Honan

The boxing club where Kellie Harrington began her career has been “inundated” with calls from parents hoping to sign their kids up to join since she c(...)

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