Athletics News


July 8, 2021
Total number on Team Ireland Athletics Squad in the Tokyo Olympics Reaches 25 Team Ireland has officially selected the Athletics Track and Field and 20km Race Walk team who will be competing at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. There will now be twenty-five athletes competing across the athletics events, with today’s announcement confirming those athletes […]

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Athletics Marathon and 50km Race Walk

June 15, 2021
Seven Team Ireland athletes selected to compete in Sapporo at Tokyo 2020 Team Ireland has officially selected seven athletes to compete across the Marathon and 50km Race Walk events in Sapporo at the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer. An experienced team of five marathon runners and two race walkers will compete across four days […]

Rhasidat Adeleke breaks Phil Healy's Irish 200m record and Irish U20 & U23 records

May 16, 2021
Rhasidat Adeleke had a night to remember at the Big 12 Championships in Manhattan last night, breaking Phil Healy’s Irish 200m record with a stunning 22.96 (0.8m/s).Adeleke finished second in her heat (4) when clocking the time while representing the University of Texas. IRISH All TIME LIST (AS OF 14.05.2021) The feat was made all […]

Brendan Boyce 9th in European Race Walking Cup

May 16, 2021
Brendan Boyce secured a fantastic top 10 finish at the European Race Walking Cup in Podebrady this afternoon. The Finn Valley AC man came home in 9th place in the 50k in 3:52:15. Boyce finished very strong, making up 5 places in the last 8k. Boyce has already secured Olympic qualification following a fantastic performance […]

Irish relay teams secure Olympic and 2022 World Championship qualification

May 1, 2021
It was a night to remember at the World Athletics Relays in Silesia21, Poland this evening. The mixed 4 x 400m team of Chris O'Donnell, Phil Healy, Sharlene Mawdsley, and Thomas Barr produced a stunning performance to finish 3rd in 3.16.84 NR which not only secured a place in tomorrow’s final, but also claimed Olympic […]

Irish relay teams touch down in Poland ahead of World Relays

April 29, 2021
Both Irish relay teams will be in action on Saturday (May 1st) at the World Athletics Relays Silesia21, with the mixed 4x400m first to take to take to the track at 6.35pm (Irish time).  The traveling mixed 4x400m squad is as selected and includes recent European Indoor Championships 4th place finisher Phil Healy. The Bandon […]

Aoife Cooke Secures Olympic Standard in Marathon

April 24, 2021
Aoife Cooke (Eagle AC) has secured the qualifying time for the marathon in Tokyo with a 2.28.30 performance at the Cheshire elite marathon this morning. The winning time smashed her personal best of 2:32:34, which she ran to win the Irish marathon title in Dublin in 2019. The result places Cooke 4th on the Irish […]

Irish Teams Confirmed at World Relays

April 15, 2021
World Athletics has confirmed the invitation of both Ireland's Women's 4x100m team and the Mixed 4x400m to compete at the upcoming World Athletics Relays Silesia21 to be held in Poland on May 1st - May 2nd.  The selected athletes are listed below. A top 8 finish at the World Athletics Relays Silesia21 for either of these squads guarantees Olympic qualification.  A […]

Irish European Indoor Championships team self-isolating following a positive PCR test on the morning of March 11th 2021

March 11, 2021
A member of the Irish Athletics team returning from the European Indoor Championships in Torun, Poland has provided a positive PCR test on the morning of 11th of March. As a result, all team members have been personally contacted and close contacts of the positive case in the travelling party are now self-isolating for a […]

Irish team set to take to the track in Toruń for the 2021 European Athletics Indoor Championships

March 4, 2021
A record 733 athletes from 47 countries are set to compete at the 36th edition of the championships which take place in the Arena Toruń from 4-7 March. The championships commence at 6.00pm lrish-time on Thursday March 4th with the qualifying pool of the men’s high jump. Team Ireland will have a 22 athlete squad […]

Records, European Indoor Standards, and Personal Bests Order of the Day at Irish Life Health Elite Micro Meet

February 25, 2021
Day 2 of the Irish Life Health Elite Micro Meet followed a similar theme to day 1 with an Under-20 record smashed as Irish athletes continued to claim European Indoor Championships Standards on a day of PBs at the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena. Israel Olatunde (UCD A.C.) broke the Under-20 and Under-23 records when […]

National Records fall at Irish Life Health Elite Micro Meet

February 25, 2021
Irish athletics returned with a bang at the Irish Life Health Elite Micro Meet at the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena today. The event which received Government approval via the Sport Ireland Expert Group saw athletes compete for European Indoor qualification, as well as Category E World Ranking points for all those athletes working towards […]

New Irish Indoor Shot Put Record for Eric Favors

February 10, 2021
Eric Favors (Raheny Shamrocks AC) smashed his own National Record by adding 19cm to his record Indoor shot put throw while competing for the University of South Carolina in the early hours of this morning. The 24 year old threw a 19.68m (64'5ft) which was the biggest throw by an Irish athlete in 28 years. […]

Tokyo 1964 Revisited - Irish Times

February 9, 2021
Lifelong Tales of Olympic Experience by Ian O'Riordan (Irish Times Sport) Sayonara – only instead of the farewell blessing to what should have been the end of 2020 Tokyo Olympics this weekend, it is the wishful thinking that hope and reason can rhyme by this time next year. What lifelong tales of experience may yet […]


February 4, 2021
Athletics Ireland is delighted to confirm that the Sport Ireland Expert Group have secured Government approval for an Indoor Micro Meet to take place for invited high performance athletes in the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena on February 20th and 21st 2021. This meet will allow for a Covid-19 compliant event for European Indoor qualification […]

Nadia Powers to new Irish Indoor Record in Vienna

February 1, 2021
Last weekend the 2019 European U-23 bronze medallist Nadia Power set a new Irish Indoor record in finishing second at the Vienna Indoor International Meeting last Saturday (Jan 30th). Power, bravely went with the strong early pace and hung on well to finish second in 2 minutes 2.44 seconds - a time which was more […]

Olympic Weekly Update 21 Jan 21

January 21, 2021
The Tokyo Olympic qualification status of the athletes can be found AT THIS LINK which will be regularly updated. While many athletes are currently training from home, with little competition, see below a summary of relevant updates from sports to kick off the new year. To date 52 Olympic athletes have secured Olympic qualification spots […]

Jerry Kiernan RIP

January 21, 2021
The Olympic Federation of Ireland is saddened to hear of the passing of Jerry Kiernan. In 1984 Jerry competed in the Olympic Games in Los Angeles, where he finished in 9th place. He is also remembered as one of Ireland's most respected athletics coaches, having coached Ciara Mageean and John Travers. Ar dheis Dé go […]

Laochra Thar Lear - TG4 Olympic Feature

December 17, 2020
Wednesday 23rd December 2020 9.30 pm on TG4 Every four years the Olympic Games showcase the best athletes in the world. They represent hope, endurance, strength and pride, and allow small nations to compete side by side with the world’s most powerful. Laochra Thar Lear (Heroes Abroad) celebrates Ireland’s significant Olympic achievements in the first […]

European Games 2023 - List of Sports Agreed

September 14, 2020
EOC, Krakow-Małopolska agree on preliminary list of sports for European Games The European Olympic Committees (EOC) this weekend welcomed a delegation from Poland to the CONI headquarters in Rome for discussions on the 3rd edition of the European Games (EG), which are scheduled to take place in Krakow-Małopolska in summer 2023. The meeting was led […]

Opportunity to watch Olympic hopeful athletes in Dublin

February 28, 2020
This weekend there will be a rare opportunity to see some of Ireland's top athletes in action in Dublin at the National Indoor Championships. For an opportunity to come and watch the cream of Irish athletics compete, why not head over the the Athletics Ireland website for more details, and a preview of who to […]


December 6, 2019
The Irish team will be looking for good performances at the 26th edition of the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Lisbon on Sunday (December 8th) ahead of the championships in Dublin next year. This will be the third time Portugal has hosted the championships and this year Bela Vista Park hosts the event in […]

World Athletics Heritage Honour Ronnie Delany and Eamonn Coghlan

December 4, 2019
Last week legends of World Athletics gathered at an event in Monaco to celebrate the achievements of some of the world's best runners in the mile including Ireland’s 1956 Olympic 1500m champion Ronnie Delany and former world 5000m champion and world indoor record holder Eamonn Coghlan, as well as eight of the last 10 living […]

Tokyo 2020 marathon and race walk venue approved

December 4, 2019
The IOC, World Athletics and Tokyo 2020 agree on revised event schedule and a legacy-focused 20km loop course for the first half of the marathon in Sapporo Odori Park. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) today announced that Sapporo Odori Park in Hokkaido […]

Ciara Mageean crowned Athlete of the Year at the AI Awards

November 28, 2019
Ciara Mageean (City of Lisburn) was named as the Athlete of the Year at the Irish Life Health National Athletics Awards which took place in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown today (November 28th). Mageean took top honours after her 10th place finish at the World Athletics Championships in a world class time of 4:00.15. She […]

McCormack triumphs in sister act; Brady delivers at national cross

November 25, 2019
Fionnuala McCormack (Kilcoole) hailed ‘a great day for the family and the club’ as she routed the field to win the women’s 8,000m race with her sister Una Britton in third at the Irish Life Health National Cross Country Championships in Abbotstown today (November 24). There was an equally proud and emotional moment for Liam […]

Sonia O’Sullivan set to enter Hall of Fame at Irish Life Health Athletics Awards

November 21, 2019
Sonia O’Sullivan, arguably Ireland’s greatest ever athlete, will celebrate her 50th birthday by being honoured with the Hall of Fame award at this year’s Irish Life Health National Athletics Awards on Thursday November 28th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Blanchardstown. O’Sullivan, who turns 50 on the day, has so many accolades that it’s easy […]

Olympic Marathon and Race Walk Moves to Sapporo

October 17, 2019
COOLER CONDITIONS FOR THESE ENDURANCE EVENTS ARE PART OF COMPREHENSIVE MEASURES TO PROTECT ATHLETES, OFFICIALS AND SPECTATORS DURING THE OLYMPIC GAMES TOKYO 2020. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced that it is planning to move the Olympic marathon and race walking events to Sapporo, the host city of the Olympic Winter Games 1972. The […]

Medals for Power and Flanagan on a dramatic day at the U23 European Championships

July 13, 2019
Nadia Power has won bronze in a dramatic 800m at the European U23 Athletic Championships. Power put in an excellent performance in the final, finishing strongly to claim third place behind the British pair of Jemma Reekie and Ellie Baker. However, it would soon emerge that she had been disqualified. She was adjudged to have obstructed one […]


June 20, 2019
At the European Games, an exciting new format will be introduced, with the official launch of the Dynamic New Athletics (DNA). Ireland will have fifteen athletes competing at any one time, with an additional six reserves named. The brand new format for athletics competitions has a strong focus on combined team effort. DNA is an […]
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