Paul McNamara | Team Behind The Team | Athletics Ireland HP Director

It takes a brave person to admit that “my appointment was as much a surprise  to me as anyone else” and that he initially suffered from imposter syndrome. But that is how Paul McNamara felt when he was appointed Athletics Ireland’s Director of High Performance in April 2017. He had already amassed World Athletics’ highest [...]

Laura Weber | Multidisciplinary Fashion Designer

Getting to know a three-time Irish Olympian, ahead of one of the biggest days in her life away from sporting arena, was the genesis for Irish fashion designer Laura Weber designing Team Ireland’s uniforms for the opening and closing ceremonies in Paris 2024. Weber, a textile graduate from NCAD, first came to international prominence when [...]

Performance Round Up – March

Catch up on the latest results of Team Ireland athletes throughout the month of March. Jack Woolley Qualifies in Taekwondo For Paris 2024 Three years on from the delayed Tokyo Games, where he became Ireland’s first participant in any Olympic taekwondo event, Woolley has again sealed his place in the 58kg division. Jude Gallagher adds [...]

The Team Behind The Team – Iain Dyer | High Performance Director Cycling Ireland

Given that he has worked with some of the most successful track cyclists in Olympic history the source of Iain Dyer’s passion for bikes might surprise you. “I was one of those 12-13 year olds captivated by BMX in the early 1980s when it first exploded,” reveals the man who became Cycling Ireland’s High Performance [...]

Women’s Hockey Head Coach Sean Dancer Steps Away

Ireland Head Coach Sean Dancer has decided to step-away from the Senior Women’s Hockey programme. It comes just over a month after the team narrowly failed to qualify for Paris 2024, losing to GB in Valencia at the Olympic Qualifiers in January.   Dancer joined as Head Coach in May 2019 having moved from his role as […]

Team Behind The Team | Sharon Madigan

For far too long the menstrual cycle was regarded as a monthly burden to be suffered in silence by female athletes and far too taboo to be discussed with their coaches and support systems. But, if monitored properly, it can not only guide women’s training but be the best early warning signal of under-fuelling and [...]

Dr. Jon Rudd | Team Behind The Team

There is surely a promising thesis subject in why Northern Englishmen seem to click so well when it comes to elite sports leadership in Ireland. Jack Charlton and Andy Farrell are two outstanding examples and another is Dr  Jon Rudd, the Performance Director for Swim Ireland since 2017 and a very proud Yorkshire man from [...]

Performance Round Up – January

Catch up on the latest results of Team Ireland athletes throughout the month of January! Eve McMahon Qualifies a Nation Spot In The Women's Dinghy For Paris 2024 With a race to spare, Ireland's Eve McMahon has secured a nation place for the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing regatta (Mar del Plata, Argentina - Tuesday 9th [...]


TEAM IRELAND AT WINTER YOUTH OLYMPICS – GANGWON 2024 Team Announcement, Event Schedule, How to Follow   Tomorrow will see the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Gangwon begin, with four athletes competing for Team Ireland across three different disciplines. This is the fourth edition of these games, which are held in the Gangwon region of […]

Hockey | Olympic Qualifiers – Katie Mullan

Their greatest hour to date will forever be associated with a classic  festive jingle so there was some irony to the fact that the Irish women’s hockey team have just had such a muted Christmas. An intensive two-week training camp in Spain meant they only flew home on December 23rd and they were back in [...]

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