Ireland’s Kurt Walker reacts after Germany’s Hamsat Shadalov gets the decision during the Road To Tokyo Boxing Qualifying Event at the  Copper Box Arena in  London last March. Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Inpho

Lisburn featherweight Kurt Walker will join Brendan Irvine on the plane to the Tokyo Olympics without even throwing a punch following a major qualific(...)

Sanita Puspure in rowing has a great chance of going for gold at the Olympics in Tokyo. File photograph: Inpho

Lee Keegan (Mayo footballer) Who is Ireland’s best gold medal prospect at the Olympics in Tokyo? How many medals in total will Ireland claim? Golf is(...)

The Lions will face world champions South Africa in three Tests on their tour next summer. Photograph:  Duif du Toit/Gallo Images/Getty Images

Ghosting through the year like a slow-moving glacier before calving a sanitised form of soccer, rugby and GAA, sport leaves 2020 for a vaccinated 2021(...)

 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(...)

The 2018 world champion Kellie Harrington is one of the Irish boxers due to compete. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Chapter two of the widely criticised Olympic boxing qualification tournament, which began in the Copper Box Arena in London’s Olympic Park in March be(...)

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(...)

Paddy Barnes leads Team Ireland out at the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Olympics. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

With the golfers to be added, the boxing team to resume their qualification process, judo and badminton to ratify names, swimmers to swim and the rugb(...)

Farmer Billy O’Kane watches the golf during day three of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Galgorm in Ballymena. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Having just come through the coldest September night in Ballymena in 110 years, you’d imagine that Billy O’Kane’s cattle wouldn’t have had much sympat(...)

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