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Decathlon to open first store in Ireland at Ballymun, Dublin  Irish Mirror

'Our planning application has been fully granted so the construction will begin very soon'

Owen Farrell a doubt for England's Six Nations opener in Ireland  SkySports

Owen Farrell is a doubt for England's Six Nations opener in Ireland after a thumb injury ruled him out of Saracens' European Champions Cup match against ...

Will Greenwood's combined Ireland/England XV is pretty remarkable

Former England and Lions centre Will Greenwood has gone top-heavy with his best XV between his native country and the Grand Slam champs.

'Genuine depth and unprecedented self-belief' - Australia's Fox Sports tips Ireland to win 2019 World Cup

Ireland are currently second favourites with the bookies to win the 2019 World Cup - but Australian media outlet Fox Sports thinks Joe Schmidt's men have what ...

Former NYPD police officer injured through work in 9/11 aftermath credits Irish blind charity for giving him  The Irish Sun

Paul McCormack, 50, has hailed Vision Sport Ireland, one of the 11 charities rewarded for their contribution to their communities at the GSK IMPACT Awards, ...

Irish sports star accused of rape and assault arrested and released  IrishCentral

The Irish sports star accused of raping a woman at a Dublin hotel, in December 2018, has been arrested and released without charge after questioning.

Sports Review 2018: Hold the front page, Irish women’s hockey arrives in style  The Irish Times

Two gloriously tense shoot-outs catapult sport from obscurity.

Cork's Amy O'Connor still shattering glass ceilings  Irish Examiner

Amy O'Connor's criticism of camogie's rules and tactics is a breath of *fresh* air in a sporting climate where so many stars now spout vanilla. The Cork forward is ...

Ireland v England: Dylan Hartley not in squad for Six Nations opener  BBC Sport

Co-captain Dylan Hartley is absent from England's initial Six Nations squad because of a knee injury. The Northampton hooker, who has not played in nearly ...

Sports Review 2018: Agony turns to ecstasy for conquering Dubs  The Irish Times

Dublin women are an outstanding team, packed with plenty of exceptional players.

Sport Ireland says IOC comments on Russia are ‘deeply unhelpful’  The Irish Times

John Treacy has hit out at Thomas Bach after he hinted that Russia won't be banned.

WATCH: Moment heroic Irish ladies hockey team were awarded the sports team of the year at the Sports Star of the year Awards

The Ireland ladies hockey team were awarded the sports team of the year at the Irish Independent Sports Star of the Year Awards at Croke Park.

Irishman arrested in US in connection with alleged sexual offences in Ireland  Irish Mirror

An Irishman who previously worked in GAA circles has been arrested in the US in connection with alleged sexual offences which took place in Ireland. The man ...

Boxer Frampton fighting to help religious integration in Northern Ireland  Yahoo Sports

Northern Ireland's former two-weight world boxing champion Carl Frampton grew up as a boy watching the riots that flared up between Protestants and Catholics ...

Highest-rated Irish pentathlete internationally wins overall 2018 South East Sports Star Award  Waterford Live

Arthur Lanigan O'Keeffe was crowned the overall winner of the Beat South East Sports Star Awards on Thursday (January 17) at The Set Theatre in Langton Ho.

Jacob Stockdale: Ireland and Ulster star the world's best wing - Monye  BBC Sport

Ireland and Ulster star Jacob Stockdale is currently the best in his position in the world, says former Lions and England wing Ugo Monye.

A County-By-County Breakdown Of Top 2018 Irish Sporting Achievements

2018 has been a remarkable year for Irish sports, with athletes from all parts of the country contributing to a hugely successful 12 months. All 32 counties have ...

Mona McSharry wins The Irish Times/Sport Ireland Sportswoman of the Month award  The Irish Times

In just three days the Sligo swimmer won six national titles and broke six national records.

Gavin Whyte apologises over lewd act video  BBC Sport

Northern Ireland and Oxford United winger Gavin Whyte says he was "stupid" after being filmed performing a lewd act in public.

Sanita Puspure and Paul O’Donovan set new Irish indoor records  The Irish Times

World champions Sanita Puspure and Paul O'Donovan both set new Irish records at the Irish Indoor Rowing Championships in the University of Limerick on ...

Jonathan Rea: World Superbike champion wins sports award for second year in a row  BBC Sport

Four-time World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea wins the Belfast Telegraph's Sports Star of the Year award for the second consecutive year.

Ireland sending five rowing crews to the next Olympics  Evening Echo Cork

Roisin Burke. FIVE rowing crews are expected to be sent to Tokyo 2020 and all the top athletes training in Cork for the Olympic Games will receive two new ...

Handy Guide to Sport on Television this Week  The Irish Times

Monday – Sunday, January 14th – 20th.

Handpass rule axed for League by narrow margin

The controversial handpass rule endorsed by Central Council last November and trialled during the pre-season competitions will not continue into the League.

Afghanistan to play one-month long series against Ireland in India  The Indian Express

Afghanistan Cricket Board on Monday announced that they will play a month-long series (3 T20Is, 5 ODIs and one Test) against Ireland in February 2019.

Ireland Contracting Sports Call: Dec. 21, 2018 (Pt. 3)  CBS Pittsburgh

KDKA-TV Sports' Josh Taylor and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Paul Zeise talk about the sports topics of the day. Next Video. Web Extra: Henne Jewelers Break-In ...

Sports Law Ireland Conference 2019  LawInSport

LawInSport in partnership with the Sports Law Bar Association of Ireland will be hosting a one-day conference in Dublin on the 8 February 2019 to contemporary ...

‘Django wins in the end’: Irish star’s fighting response to racist abuse  Fox Sports

Ireland international Simon Zebo was the target of “racist insults” during Racing 92's European Cup match against Ulster in Belfast, the French club confirmed.

Sporting calendar 2019: Major events of the year  BBC Sport

BBC Sport picks out the major sporting events of 2019, including the Cricket World Cup, Women's Football World Cup and the Rugby World Cup.

Ireland call up Connacht's Jack Carty, Caolin Blade and Tom Farrell for Six Nations  SkySports

Carty has been picked ahead of his Leinster counterpart Ross Byrne by head coach Joe Schmidt in a 38-man squad for the first two rounds of the Six Nations, ...

Hand-pass experiment axed ahead of national league  The Irish Times

Four other proposals get the green light; ticket price rises for league and championship announced.

RTÉ announce details of Allianz Leagues coverage

RTÉ Sport today announced details of its 2019 Allianz League coverage across television, radio and online with live GAA television coverage now extended to ...

Irish Sports Calendar for Major GAA, Rugby, Soccer and other Sports dates  SportsNewsIRELAND

So another year has come and gone in the sporting but 2019 looks set to be another massive year of sport. We will take you through below what there is to look ...

Billy Vunipola says there's an 'extra layer' when facing Ireland

England number eight Billy Vunipola said that there's an extra layer when facing defending Six Nations champions Ireland.

Month-By-Month Guide To The 2019 Irish Sporting Calendar  Pundit Arena

2019 will be an incredible year for sport and to ensure you don't miss a second of the action, we've compiled all the key dates into one essential guide.

Irish Sailing announces selection criteria for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games  The Irish Times

Ireland has yet to qualify in any of the four events included in the official ISA performance programme.

Declan Rice: Republic of Ireland boss Mick McCarthy says West Ham player could be his captain  BBC Sport

Mick McCarthy says he would build his team around Declan Rice should the West Ham player declare for the Republic of Ireland. London-born Rice, 19, ...

1989 NASCAR Cup car ‘found’ in Ireland, still runs strong on original tires and motor  Yahoo Sports

The chassis was built by Dale Earnhardt Inc., with a Richard Childress Racing motor under the hood.

Johnny Sexton claims Rugby Union Writers' Club award after Ireland and Leinster successes  SkySports

Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton has been voted the Rugby Union Writers' Club personality of the year for 2018.

Brexit casting a shadow over Irish golf in 2019  Irish Examiner

On New Year's Day, we reviewed the 2018 experiences of eight golf clubs around Ireland. Now Kevin Markham looks to the future – and how eight clubs see ...

2018: Quiz of the Year

How closely were you paying attention during the year? Take the big sports quiz of 2018 to find out.

2019 sports events calendar: a month-by-month guide  The Week UK

The Ashes Test cricket series headlines a busy sporting year.

Sexton named in Ireland squad for Six Nations openers  Yahoo Sports

Ireland have named Johnny Sexton in their squad for the opening two Six Nations fixtures as the fly-half recovers from a knee injury.

Pain no barrier to Waterford star Niamh Rockett  Irish Examiner

She's only 25 and already has a decade-worth of inter-county *service*, but Niamh Rockett probably shouldn't be playing camogie at all for Waterford, whose ...

New Year Honours 2019: Willie John McBride and Harry Gregg recognised  BBC Sport

Ireland rugby great Willie John McBride and Manchester United goalkeeping legend Harry Gregg are recognised in the New Years Honours.

Talking Horses: BHA on alert as Irish increase jockeys' cocaine bans  The Guardian

Anti-doping programmes in Britain will be the priority as two jockeys in Ireland are given five-year suspensions after returning positive tests.

Team of the year: Who did BBC Sport users select?  BBC Sport

The votes have been counted - find out which players were selected in BBC Sport users' team of 2018.

Ireland Contracting Nightly Sports Call: Jan. 4, 2019 (Pt. 2)  CBS Pittsburgh

KDKA-TV Sports' Rich Walsh and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Paul Zeise discuss the sports topics of the day. Next Video. KDKA-TV Evening Forecast (1/15) ...

Rebel Óg awards honour the games' rising stars  Evening Echo Cork

A SELL-OUT crowd attended the annual Rebel Óg awards banquet at the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs on Friday night. The annual ceremony, sponsored by the ...

Jorge Linares: Three-weight world champion defeated by Pablo Cesar Cano  BBC Sport

Three-weight world champion Jorge Linares suffers a shock first-round defeat by Pablo Cesar Cano in New York.

County Antrim Shield: Final live on BBC Sport NI website and Radio Ulster  BBC Sport

The BBC Sport NI website will have live coverage of the County Antrim Shield Final between holders Crusaders and Linfield on Tuesday, 5 February. In addition ...

Ireland’s hockey World Cup finalists still pinching themselves  The Irish Times

There was many a great story to be told after Ireland's magical World Cup adventure in London during the summer, but few matched the one Emily Beatty had to ...

GAA complacent to the point of contempt in its treatment of media coverage  The Irish Times

Keith Duggan: Gagging of players will ensure other sports inevitably fill the resulting void.

'Gutted' Beast pays tribute to retiring Lambie  Sport24

Springbok front-row legend Tendai "Beast" Mtawarira has paid an emotional tribute to former team-mate Pat Lambie who has been forced into retirement at 28.

No longer At The Races: Sky Sports comes under starter’s orders  The Guardian

The broadcaster wants to revolutionise televised racing – and is prepared to invest money and resources to do so.

Sportsman arrested over alleged sex assault in Dublin  The Irish Times

Suspect released and file to be sent to DPP in connection with December 9th incident.

Angling star hits out at lack of funding for world title bid

One of Ireland's top sea anglers, who will represent the country in South Africa this month, has hit out at the Government for its lack of financial support.

Ireland Contracting Nightly Sports Call: Dec. 27, 2018 (Pt. 1)  CBS Pittsburgh

KDKA-TV Sports' Josh Taylor and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Gene Collier discuss the sports topics of the day. Next Video. KDKA News Update AM: Jan.

‘I’m just glad Johnny Sexton didn’t come in a dress’  The Irish Times

There was no upstaging Kellie Harrington on a day that put sportswomen centre stage.

Talking Horses: racing in need of leadership as Irish replays disappear  The Guardian

The latest example of racing tripping over its own feet came on Tuesday when video replays of Irish races disappeared down a hole as the rights to screen Irish ...

A county ‘gasping for change’: All-Ireland winners help Cork set out its football vision to 2024  Irish Examiner

Cork GAA leaders have committed to a wide-ranging root and branch review of football in the county in a bid to stoke passion and rekindle success at national ...

'I've memories, stories and friendships. What's better than that?' - Brid Stack  Irish Examiner

After a standout career in red, which delivered 11 All-Ireland victories, Brid Stack has decided to call time on her inter-county football career. She spoke ...

Large crowd attend tribute night to Dr Con Murphy

Almost 1000 people from throughout the country gathered at Cork City Hall tonight to pay tribute to one of the county's most respected GAA figures, Dr Con ...

New Year Honours: Alastair Cook and Bill Beaumont knighted  BBC Sport

Former England cricket captain Alastair Cook and ex-England rugby union captain Bill Beaumont are knighted in the Queen's New Year Honours list.

The year 2018 in sport: Our team pick out their highlights from the last 12 months

The Sporting Life end-of-year countdown begins with our writers' favourite moments of 2018, including Masar's Derby win and Tiger Woods' return.

Egan leads Westmeath to O'Byrne Cup win over Dublin

Westmeath 1-12 Dublin 0-10. Ger Egan led the line superbly as Westmeath scored a rare win over Dublin to claim the Bord na Mona O'Byrne Cup title.

Nottingham Forest manager Martin O'Neill wants Roy Keane as assistant  BBC Sport

Martin O'Neill says the timing is right to manage Nottingham Forest and he hopes Roy Keane will join as his assistant.

History Lesson: Creedmoor Match Returns To Ireland After 136 Years  Shooting Sports USA

From the vault: an article by Larry Bartholome about the 2011 Creedmoor Match conducted in Ireland―the first to be held there since 1875. This was first ...

The infamous day a 'savage mob' broke bones and a club died  BBC Sport

It's the 70th anniversary of the Windsor Park riot in which Belfast Celtic striker Jimmy Jones almost lost a leg after being attacked by Linfield supporters.

Brendan Crossan - a sporting wish-list for 2019 - The Irish News  The Irish News

As 2019 gets under way, Brendan Crossan has a few New Year requests... One last rage against the dying light… THE hope is that there is one more big fight ...

Future Rory? Northern Ireland's Owens, 6, has quite the golf swing  Yahoo Sports

Northern Ireland's Tomas Owens, 6, has one of the best golf swings you'll ever see for someone his age. He hopes to one day be just like his idol, Rory McIlroy.

2019: the events to watch out for in world politics, sport and arts  The Guardian

A look ahead to the new year's elections, anniversaries, awards, contests – and Brexit.

SEAT announce arrival new Cupra Ateca from dedicated sports car bran  Irish Examiner

SEAT Ireland has announced details of pricing and arrival time in the Irish market for the new Cupra Ateca, the first model in SEAT's new dedicated sports car ...

Martin O'Neill: Nottingham Forest name club legend as manager  BBC Sport

Nottingham Forest say club legend Martin O'Neill is "realising a lifelong dream" after he was appointed as manager of the Championship club. The 66-year-old, ...

Sporting success? The ball’s in our court, warn chiefs  The Australian

Australia will fall behind emerging nations in major international sports over the next decade unless there is a material increase in corporate and government ...

England's Six Nations opener perfect time to test Elliot Daly, says Will Greenwood  SkySports

Will Greenwood says England's Six Nations opener against Ireland is the perfect chance to properly test Elliot Daly at full-back.

Gaelic Games leapfrogs soccer as most popular sport, study says  Irish Examiner

Gaelic Games has overtaken soccer as Ireland's favourite sport, according to a major national sports survey. The Teneo Sport and Sponsorship Index is a ...

Nearly half of Irish population participate in sport at least once a week  Irish Times

Irish Sports Monitor: rugby does not register in top 12 when it comes to sport participation.

Sport Ireland ‘very concerned’ at threat to boxing at Olympics  The Irish Times

John Treacy believes uncertainty will affect boxers preparing for Tokyo Games.

Sports books of 2018: The best, the rest and all in between  The Irish Times

Malachy Clerkin looks at some of the volumes taking up the sports sections this year.

Ryohei Takahashi loses IBF super bantamweight title via 11th-round TKO  The Japan Times

Ryohei Takahashi suffered a technical knockout in his first world title fight on Friday. The 28-year-old Takahashi was attempting to wrest the IBF super ba.

Eleven Sports may be facing closure in UK and Ireland  The Irish Times

Online sports streaming platform has struggled to attract enough subscribers.

The Irish women's hockey team have been named RTÉ Sport Team of the Year.

The Irish women's hockey team have been named RTÉ Sport Team of the Year in a public vote. Graham Shaw's team entered this year's World Cup finals in ...

Recap what happened in the world of sport in 2018  Irish Examiner

2018 has been a remarkable year for sport on the international stage, with plenty of excitement and drama to look back on. In the world of football, Man City won ...

Sport Ireland 'deeply concerned' as IOC freezes boxing plans for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

THE future of boxing as an Olympic sport hangs in the balance following a decision of the International Olympic Committee to freeze planning for the tournament ...

Jacob Stockdale named 2018 BBC Sport Northern Ireland Personality of the Year  BBC Sport

Ulster and Ireland wing Jacob Stockdale has been named 2018 BBC Sport Northern Ireland Personality of Year. Stockdale won the Six Nations player of the ...

Irish club apologise after falsely reporting player's death  BBC Sport

An amateur Irish football club have apologised after falsely reporting the death of one of their players. Dublin club Ballybrack FC had informed the Leinster ...

National Sports Policy 2018-2027: Government to double investment to €220m  Irish Times

Policy aims to increase participation and bring greater high performance success.

High profile Irish sports star 'co-operating' in investigation of alleged rape in Dublin  IrishCentral

A notable world-famous Irish sports star is at the centre of an alleged violent hotel rape.

Who is Irish sports star accused of rape in Dublin? Why have they not been named?  Express

AN IRISH sports star has been accused of raping a woman in Dublin - but they haven't been named. The latest on the investigation:

'Irish sports women are leading the way and there's no longer this dominant sense of tokenism'

It's an outstanding time for Irish sports that needs to be recognised and relished, writes Emma Duffy.

Sky agrees deal to make BT Sport available to its Irish subscribers  The Irish Times

Pay television giants Sky and BT have agreed a deal to extend a major slice of their UK *content* partnership to Ireland. From next summer, Sky will become BT's ...

Longlist for 2018 RTÉ Sportsperson of Year announced

After a victory-laden year for Irish sport both at home and abroad, RTÉ Sport has today announced a longlist of 23 nominees for the RTÉ Sport Awards 2018 ...

Irish hockey's Tokyo 2020 preparations boosted by new €600,000 pitch  The42

ON THE BACK of Ireland's women's World Cup silver medal, Hockey Ireland have today received a major boost with the news Sport Ireland will install a new ...

Extra €15m for projects outlined in new National Sports Policy  The Irish Times

Retention of 9% VAT rate for sporting facilities and increased investment welcomed.

WATCH | The Saturday Panel | Minority sports in Ireland  Off The Ball

Baseball, American Football and Ice Hockey.

Nominees for RTÉ Sport Team of the Year announced

The nominees for the RTÉ Sports Awards for 2018 Team of the Year were announced on Game On on 2fm, with 11 teams in contention to win the award.

Stars align to help kick-start a 20x20 vision of women’s sport  The Irish Times

Target of 20x20 campaign to increase relevant figures 20 per cent by the year 2020.

Department gets four times more applications for Sports Capital Grants than funds available  Irish Examiner

More than 2,300 sports clubs and community groups have applied for almost €162m in funding under the Government's latest round of Sports Capital Grants ...

Sky Sports live blog update at full-time sums up Ireland mess

You may have already forgotten, but the Republic of Ireland played out an awful goalless draw with Denmark on Monday night. Martin O'Neill's side didn't have ...