Athletes First – Athletes’ Commission Comment on Karate

Statement from Shane O’Connor, Chairman, Athletes’ Commission of the Olympic Federation of Ireland   Over the past 2 weeks our Athletes’ Commission was approached by an athlete in relation to the Karate Ireland ONAKAI team who competed at the recent World Championships in Madrid.  Concerns were raised in relation to the difficult position these athletes […]

Karate – World Championships Results Update

Ten Karate Ireland ONAKAI athletes competed at the Karate World Championship in Madrid this week, with a target of gathering points on the qualifying table for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, where Karate will feature for the first time on senior level. Competition takes place from the 6 – 11 November. The event started with […]

Hockey: Green Machine Beat England In Shootout

4 Nations Tournament Valencia Ireland 2(Magee, Murray) England 2 (Wallace, Taylor)   Shootout: Ireland 4 England 3   There was nothing to separate the two sides for much of the opening half. Mark Gleghorne and the English defence were content to pass the ball around the back in search of an opening that rarely appeared. […]

Short Track Speed Skater Sean McAnuff Breaks Two Irish Records At Calgary World Cup

Irish short track speed skater Sean McAnuff broke two national records at the International Skating Union (ISU) World Cup in Calgary, Canada over the weekend.   McAnuff began his season debut by knocking half a second off his personal best in the 500 metres preliminary rounds in a time of 42.833. In the repechage quarterfinals […]

Short Track Speed Skater Sean McAnuff To Open Season At Calgary World Cup

Sean McAnuff (21) will make his season debut as Ireland’s sole representative at this weekend’s International Skating Union (ISU) World Cup Short Track Speed Skating in Calgary, Canada (2-4 November).   In January, McAnuff finished 28th at the European Championships in Dresden, Germany to earn two berths for the 2019 edition in Dordrecht, Netherlands. This […]

Irish Figure Skaters Conor Stakelum And Sam McAllister Top Ten At Halloween Cup

This weekend saw Ireland’s national figure skating team compete at the Halloween Cup in Budapest, Hungary with Conor Stakelum and Sam McAllister both earning top ten finishes in the senior men’s event.   Stakelum was the first to take to the ice in the short programme on the first day of competition. The Dubliner included […]

Qualifications at the 2018 Gymnastic World Championships

Team Ireland gymnasts Adam Steele, Andrew Smith and Rhys McClenaghan competed at the Men’s Artistic qualifiers in the World Championships in Doha today. Highest score was 13.766 by Adam Steele on Vault with an All-Around score of 76.864. European Championships and Commonwealth Games pommel-horse gold medallist Rhys McClenaghan had two unlucky falls so unfortunately will […]

McCarthy Crean Through to Semi Finals – Karate

Corkman Sean McCarthy Crean has qualified for the semi-finals of the Men’s Kumite +68kg Semi Finals at the Youth Olympic Games today. The Cloghroe Karate Club member won two of his three rounds in Pool B of the Elimination Rounds, moving to the semi-finals with a bronze medal now guaranteed.   Speaking after his round […]


Dean Clancy and Dearbhla Rooney will now fight for bronze in the men’s and women’s flyweight categories respectively following losses in today’s bouts while Miriam Daly achieved 62.15 in the women’s 400m hurdles.   Boxing: Dean Clancy was defeated by Team GB’s Ivan Price in the men’s fly (49-52kg) semi-finals today. The Ballinacarrow native looked to […]


Fifth place for Slevin in the balance beam, 14th for Miranda Tcheuthchoua in the women’s 3kg hammer throw while Team Ireland golfers Kitt and Crowley Walsh finished up T13 in the Mixed Team event.   Gymnastics: Emma Slevin has finished fifth in the balance beam finals at the Youth Olympic Games with a score of […]


Dearbhla Rooney qualified for the Women’s Feather (54-57kg) semi-finals after a dominant win over Roma Linda Martinez from the USA. Manorhamilton’s Rooney had not met the American fighter previously and was relieved to progress to the next round.   Speaking after her fight she said, “I’m absolutely delighted with it. I was happy with how […]
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