Ewan MacKenna

Ewan MacKenna

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

Fergal Carruth is bloodied but unbowed

Fergal Carruth is bloodied but unbowed

IABA chief executive Carruth discusses Billy Walsh, Michael O’Reilly and whether Irish boxing can find its way back to being ‘a new Cuba’

The highs have been high, but the lows are really devastating

The highs have been high, but the lows are really devastating

Bohemians sacked him. So did Dunfermline and Shamrock Rovers. Then the outspoken Stephen Kenny got his hands on Dundalk, and the rest is Irish footballing history

Moving away from the memory of Rio

Moving away from the memory of Rio

Ahead of the Winter Games, Olympic Council of Ireland chief Sarah Keane reveals how she’ll bring the organisation out from under the shadow of Rio

O'Neill's reappointment all about filling stadiums

O'Neill's reappointment all about filling stadiums

The FAI has showed admirable restraint in keeping their toys in the pram

Time to stop playing with matches

Time to stop playing with matches

Micheál Briody and the CPA are desperate to sort out the clogged mess that is the GAA’s calendar of club fixtures. But he believes their efforts are being stymied at every turn, writes Ewan MacKenna

2018: The year sport saves its soul?

2018: The year sport saves its soul?

Imagine if this year were different: if sporting officials dropped their hypocrisy, if superstars started campaigning for the homeless, if Mayo stormed to an historic All-Ireland victory. You never know, some of it might happen...

McGregor heading for a takedown

McGregor heading for a takedown

As he lurches from one embarrassing situation to another, Conor McGregor’s future on and off the canvas already looks like it will have a very predictable ending

We were deluding ourselves from the start with this fanciful bid

We were deluding ourselves from the start with this fanciful bid

It wasn’t Scotland or Wales which sank our bid, it was our own fatal hubris that everything would turn out all right on the night

Empire of the Dubs

Empire of the Dubs

Is the success of Dublin GAA simply down to numbers, or is there more to it than sponsorship and population?

The FAI is playing politics on a barren pitch

The FAI is playing politics on a barren pitch

Unless we reform the inept FAI, we will keep losing to the Serbias of the world again and again

Amateur hour: Is Irish amateur boxing disintegrating?

Amateur hour: Is Irish amateur boxing disintegrating?

Five years ago, Irish boxing was the toast of the London Olympics. Now it’s mired in a welter of rows over money as disillusioned fighters lose faith in those who run the sport

Kara Goucher’s marathon struggle against doping

Kara Goucher’s marathon struggle against doping

Blowing the whistle on her former coach has cost the long-distance runner dearly. But she refuses to give up the fight against drug cheats in sport