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Trainer Willie Mullins, jockey David Mullins and owner Rich Ricci celebrate after winning the Ladbrokes  Champion Stayers Hurdle  with Faugheen at Punchestown on Thursday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Punchestown authorities have said changes to its festival dates are unlikely in the short term but conceded the “pros and minuses” to moving the Natio(...)

Jessica Harrington watches as Our Duke passes by during the media visit to her Commonstown Stables in Moone. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Jessica Harrington’s father was a British Army Brigadier so it’s no surprise command comes easy to her and she wasted little time exerting her author(...)

Our Duke and Robbie Power (left) win the Grade Two  Red Mills Steeplechase from Presenting Percy  at Gowran Park. Photograph: PA Wire

Michael O’Leary reckons his ambitions for a Cheltenham Gold Cup hat-trick could flounder against the English favourite Might Bite. The Ryanair boss –(...)

Robert Power clears the last on Our Duke before going on to win the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse in April 2017. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

With just over four weeks to the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Our Duke looks set to put his ‘Blue Riband’ credentials to the test at Gowran this Saturday. Je(...)

Jack Kennedy onboard Monbeg Notorious celebrates winning the Goffs Thyestes Handicap Steeplechase  with trainer Gordon Elliott. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Willie Mullins has issued an upbeat report on Faugheen ahead of his intended appearance in the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown on (...)

Skellig Michael, Co Kerry is a Unesco world heritage site.

Looking for things to do in 2018? Below are 20 Irish experiences you can try out this year. 1. Gather for a story in Ireland’s oldest pub The Braze(...)

People on bridge despite road closed to Wooden bridge in Dollymount, ahead of Hurricane Ophelia hitting Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Hurricane Ophelia has caused widespread disruption on the country’s roads, with fallen trees making many impassable. A Roadwatch has released a list (...)

Colin Keane is bidding to claim the jockeys’ championship for the first time: “ I have the height of regard for Colin Keane. He is an excellent young rider. It will be very close,” said Dermot Weld. Photograph: Tom Beary/Inpho

Pat Smullen is odds-on to land a 10th jockeys title but his boss Dermot Weld reckons the season’s five remaining all-weather fixtures at Dundalk could(...)

Massive crowds in Galway prove an annual boon to the bookmaking fraternity. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When Oslot and Ruby Walsh passed the winning post in the 2008 Galway Plate, bookmaker Daragh Fitzpatrick quickly estimated it would cost him €70,000. (...)

Ruby Walsh rides  Limini  to win The Trull House Stud Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle Race at Cheltenham last year. Photograph: Getty

Connections of Limini pointed to it having been a “big ask” to pitch her into the Stan James Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival after the mare(...)

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