Athletics News

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 […]

Top Athletics Performances

May 24, 2019
Donegal’s Brendan Boyce has booked his seat on the plane to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo following a fantastic performance in the 50k European Race Walking Championships in Alytus. Boyce finished in a Personal Best time of 3:48:13 to claim fifth place overall. The race for third was a three way battle between Boyce, […]

McCormack delivers magnificent performance in Aarhus

April 5, 2019
Fionnuala McCormack (Kilcoole) delivered a magnificent performance to finish 18th in the senior women’s 10,000m race at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Aarhus, Denmark today.   Just six months after giving birth, McCormack was back on the world stage and as good as ever in a loaded field where Helen Obiri (Kenya) completed […]

Adidas becomes official Team Ireland Kit Supplier for 2019

March 28, 2019
The Olympic Federation of Ireland today announced that Adidas will be the official 2019 kit supplier to Team Ireland through Irish distributor, McKeever Sport. Adidas will supply a range of training apparel, village and competition wear for the athletes of Team Ireland at the European Games in Minsk, June 2019, and the European Youth Olympic […]

Bronze on the double for brilliant English and Mageean

March 4, 2019
Ciara Mageean (UCD) and Mark English (UCD) won brilliant bronze medals in the 800m in 1:47.39 and 1500m in 4:09.43 respectively on the final night of competition at the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Glasgow (March 3). English had to get through to the final on an appeal after being impeded in the semi-final but […]

Healy heads Irish performances in first session in Glasgow

March 1, 2019
It was a baptism of fire for a battling Irish team on the first session of the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Glasgow today (March 1). Phil Healy (Bandon) was the only Irish athlete to progress from the first session finishing third in her 400m heat in 53.13. It earned her a fastest qualifier spot […]

Irish set for busy start in Glasgow

March 1, 2019
It will be a busy start for Irish in action on day 1 of the European Indoor Athletics Championships with 12 athletes competing in Glasgow tomorrow (March 1). Action gets underway with Cillin Greene (Galway City Harriers) and Thomas Barr (Ferrybank) in action in the men’s 400m heats. Both athletes go in lane 2 in […]

Strong Irish team selected for European Indoors

February 20, 2019
A strong Irish team of 16 athletes have been selected for the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Glasgow on March 1-3. The team will be led by a strong quartet in Phil Healy (Bandon), Ciara Mageean (UCD), Mark English (UCD), and Thomas Barr (Ferrybank). There is also a strong blend of youth and championship debuts. […]

Healy and Greene star in national thrillers

February 20, 2019
Phil Healy (Bandon) and Cillin Greene (Galway City Harriers) proved to be the star quarter milers today (February 17) on a pulsating weekend of action at the Irish Life Health National Indoor Championships in Abbotstown. Healy continues to impress and sped to a new championship best performance of 52.81 in the women’s 400m which bodes […]

Mageean masterclass highlights day one

February 20, 2019
Leading results at end of release Ciara Mageean (UCD) produced a classy display to win the women’s 3,000m in 9:02.57 on day one of the Irish Life Health National Indoor Championships at the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena today (February 16). It was ten years since Mageean won her first national indoor title over 1500m […]

Athletics Ireland and Waterways Ireland Launch Strategic Partnership

February 20, 2019
Athletics Ireland and Waterways Ireland are delighted to announce a new Strategic Partnership which will seek to promote physical activity on the over 1000km of trails and facilities across the Waterways Ireland system.   This partnership will see a range of Athletics Ireland programmes including Fit4Life and The Daily Mile avail of Waterways Ireland facilities […]


October 17, 2018
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 […]


October 16, 2018
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 […]


October 15, 2018
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 […]


October 14, 2018
Day six at the Youth Olympic Games was a busy one, with Mona McSharry finishing fifth in the women’s 50m freestyle final, gymnast Emma Slevin placed sixth in the All-Around while Lusk’s Miranda Tcheutchou is lying in 15th in the women’s 3kg hammer throw.   Swimming: Mona McSharry finished fifth in the finals of the […]

Athlete Schedule - Youth Olympic Games

October 2, 2018



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