Ewan MacKenna

Ewan MacKenna

Profile Tiger Woods : Out of the Woods?

Profile Tiger Woods : Out of the Woods?

Factfile Name: Tiger Woods Age: 42 Appearance: fit, smiling and happy to be back in the headlines...

Irish football’s great joyless journey to nowhere

Irish football’s great joyless journey to nowhere

Reports of Roy Keane’s rows with players and recent dismal match performances have laid the unedifying spectacle that is football in Ireland all too bare

Getting your house in order, GAA style

Getting your house in order, GAA style

The Gaelic Athletic Association continues to ignore the major financial advantage Dublin has when it comes to its rivals

Life after Rio: Banned boxer Michael O'Reilly

Life after Rio: Banned boxer Michael O'Reilly

Michael O’Reilly was an Olympic gold medal contender until he tested positive for a steroid and was sent home from Rio in disgrace. A four-year ban and two high-profile brushes with the law followed

When a win means there’s not much worth cheering

When a win means there’s not much worth cheering

If Dublin win four-in-a-row today, they will do so because the dice are loaded financially in their favour

Gone to the dogs

Gone to the dogs

A decade ago, Thomas Chamney ran for Ireland at the Beijing Olympics and got no thanks for it. Today, running a small food business in Sweden, he can look back at the madness of his athletics days and laugh

New Irish giving athletics a compelling new lease of life

New Irish giving athletics a compelling new lease of life

A racially mixed Irish team claimed several medals at the World Under-20 Championships in Tampere last week, eliciting an avalanche of richly deserved praise – but also a waft of bigotry from the usual suspects

World Cup is a win for Putin, but France deserve the crown

World Cup is a win for Putin, but France deserve the crown

Leaving aside the geopolitics of it, this World Cup has been, as ever, a faintly outrageous carnival of sportsmanship

Tour de farce

Tour de farce

Floyd Landis feels he was thrown to the wolves when he was stripped of the 2006 Tour de France after testing positive for testosterone. And he believes cycling has a long way to go to restore its reputation

Profile Super 8s :Baptism of ire

Profile Super 8s :Baptism of ire

Factfile Name: Super 8s Age: One year old Appearance: Unclear Newsworthiness: the new structure f...

Brazil’s yellow shirt has been hijacked by the far right

Brazil’s yellow shirt has been hijacked by the far right

A recent poll showed that 41 per cent of Brazilians now have no interest in their World Cup team, even more felt winning would not improve national self-esteem

Blurred lines between politics and sport

Blurred lines between politics and sport

Soft political power of World Cup now in Putin’s armoury

Man of the century

Man of the century

Kevin O’Brien last week made history by scoring 118 runs on Ireland’s test cricket debut against Pakistan, a gruelling five-day battle that showcased the national team’s fighting spirit

The gentle giant

The gentle giant

Pat Burke has played with the greats of US pro basketball, but even more impressive than his career is what he has gleaned from his experience

Gambling: ‘I stole, begged, borrowed... I should not be alive’

Gambling: ‘I stole, begged, borrowed... I should not be alive’

One recovering addict shares his story of hope in the face of a national epidemic, but an apathetic government and avaricious bookmakers are hardly helping the situation