A mother, whose 11-year old son died in violent circumstances after they had just emerged from a period of homelessness, has dedicated herself to helping others who are struggling with the loss of a child or living without a home of their own.
It was both a look back and a glance forward — an appreciation of a past great and the heralding of her successor. And through all of yesterday’s National Athletics Awards in Santry, there was an excited sense of expectancy with an Olympic year starting to loom on the horizon.
For something widely described as the worst-kept secret in golf, Pádraig Harrington’s eventual unveiling as Europe’s next Ryder Cup captain surprised us in just how pleasant and important a reminder it was of what a special golf nation this is, and what a special sportsperson Harrington is.
The long-held suspicion that Sonia O’Sullivan was cheated out of medals at the 1993 World Championships has been strengthened by claims from a Chinese whistleblower that the country ran a systematic, widespread doping programme through the 1980s and ’90s.
From Atlanta in 1996 to her elimination from Celebrity Masterchef, running has always helped Sonia O’Sullivan overcome her setbacks. She tellswhy she reaches for her running shoes to deal with life’s challenges.
A Dublin man, who set up a fake Facebook account to meet a woman who had stopped contact with him, told gardaí he strangled her when she screamed on seeing the pellet gun, Stanley knife and cable ties he had brought to frighten her.
Paul Brady is often referred to as a musician’s musician, the implication being that his work is better appreciated within the trade than among those who take their music off the car radio. The Pat Hickey business last Wednesday had that feel.
FROM an Irish perspective, there is bitter irony in the fact that China is where former Olympic 1,500m champion Sebastian Coe won the race to be president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the body that governs world athletics.