Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan with Irish cross country runner Ciara Mageean at the opening of the Sport Ireland National Cross Country Track. Photograph: Sportsfile

My morning run takes me down Boranaraltry Lane and through the valley and across the side of Glencullen Mountain. From there it drops around Raven’s R(...)

Ireland’s Lizzie Lee, Fionnuala McCormack and Briege Connolly after competing in the women’s marathon. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Even for a city famous for its street carnivals this was wild and beautiful, and in the end turned into a parade of women in various states of agony a(...)

Rob Heffernan is the first Irish athlete to  be  selected for five consecutive summer Olympic Games after being named among a 17-strong team for Rio. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It’s not the largest ever Irish athletics team being sent to the Olympics but it’s already somewhat historic, Rob Heffernan becoming the first athlet(...)

Fionnuala McCormack (centre) running in the 10,000m final at the  European Athletics Championships in Amsterdam. Photograph: Karen Delvoije/Inpho

They say the only feeling worse than finishing fourth at a major championship is finishing fourth again, and Fionnuala McCormack now knows that feelin(...)

Kellie Harrington with her silver medal she won at the World Boxing Championships in Kazakhstan last month. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

For most of us Kellie Harrington was an unknown before she set sail for the World Boxing Championships in Kazakhstan last month, her success there yie(...)

Nina Carberry celebrates as she comes into the winner’s enclosure on On The Fringe after winning the Foxhunter Chase on the final day of the Cheltenham Festival. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/Getty Images

That she was nigh on an afterthought in the coverage of the Foxhunter Chase at Cheltenham last month, despite actually winning the race, wasn’t just (...)

Fionnuala McCormack was victorious in the Great Ireland Run. Photograph: Inpho

Fionnuala McCormack was victorious in the Great Ireland Run on Sunday as her preparation for Rio 2016 gathers pace. This year’s Olympics will be McCo(...)

Mark English will run the 800m at the  World Indoor Championships in Portland, Oregon. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ireland will have just two representatives at the World Indoor Championships in Portland, Oregon later this month, with Mark English qualifying for th(...)

Fionnuala McCormack (second from right) with the bronze medal winning Ireland team (left to right): Kerry O’Flaherty, Michelle Finn, Caroline Crowley, Lizzie Lee and Ciara Durkan. Photograph: Inpho.

You know what they say, that fourth is the most infuriating place to finish, and having endured that frustration in three of the last six European Cr(...)

The Ireland women’s team who won bronze at the European Cross Country Championships, from left to right, Caroline Crowley, Ciara Durkan, Fionnuala McCormack, Lizzie Lee, Kerry O’Flaherty and Michelle Finn. Photograph: Inpho

The effort couldn’t have been more complete and the reward duly justified as for the second successive year the Irish women have run themselves onto t(...)

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