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Rio Recap: Team Ireland's Day 8/16

August 13, 2016
Follow the action for Team Ireland as the action enters Week 2 in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Rio Recap: Team Ireland’s Day 7/16

August 12, 2016
Friday August 12th, 201612:52, Golf Men's Stroke Play, Seamus Power, Round 2: 67 (tied 10th overall on -4)13:36, Golf Men's Stroke Play, Padraig Harrington, Round 2: 71 (tied 22nd overall on -1)14:00, Equestrian Dressage Individual,  Judy Reynolds & Vancouver K, Grand Prix Special: 74.090%* (17th to qualify for Grand Prix Freestyle *PB & NR14:32, Rowing […]

Rio 2016 - Team Ireland Profile

August 5, 2016
Pictures and Profiles of all 77 athletes competing for Ireland at the Olympic Games Rio 2016

Team Ireland adds to athletics lineup for Rio 2016

July 13, 2016
13 July 2016 – Dublin, Ireland: The Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) and Athletics Ireland are pleased to announce a further eight athletes, who will compete as part of the athletics squad and represent Team Ireland at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.   The athletes announced today join a 17-strong athletics team that will compete […]

Mageean Wins European Bronze Medal

July 11, 2016
Ciara Mageean  produced a magnificent performance to win the bronze medal in the women’s 1500m final in a tactical 4:33.78 on the final day of the European Athletics Championships in Amsterdam (July 10). After years of injury troubles Mageean delivered on some of her huge potential even though she felt she could have finished even […]

Irish Race Walkers in Rome

May 6, 2016
Robert Heffernan competes at the IAAF Race Walking Team Championships in Rome this weekend. Heffernan, a former world champion over 50km, will drop down to 20km for tomorrow afternoon's race. After returning from a three-week training camp in Morocco, he will be looking to post a good performance prior to the Olympic Games in August.   Joining […]

Official statement from the OCI on Rob Heffernan

March 24, 2016
“Justice has been done for Rob and we are delighted that he will finally get his hands on the bronze medal he rightfully deserves from London 2012. But it’s important to remember that, like many athletes before him, Rob has still been denied the moment of glory that comes with climbing onto an Olympic podium […]

World Indoor Athletics 2016

March 18, 2016
Rose-Anne Galligan leads the charge for Ireland’s elite athletes in the heats of the 1,500 m at the World Indoor Championships in Portland, Oregon this evening (March 18th). The Newbridge athlete takes to the green indoor track in the first heat of two at 20:35 Irish time. The first three in each heat and […]

RIP Jim McNamara

March 10, 2016
It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the passing of Jim McNamara.  Jim, who was a member of Donore Harriers for over 50 years, represented Ireland in the Marathon at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal. He was also one of the most successful and recognisable masters athletes, winning World and European […]

IOC Women and Sport Award for Kyle

January 14, 2016
Pat Hickey President of the Olympic Council of Ireland presented three time Olympian Maeve Kyle OBE with an International Olympic Committee "Women and Sport Achievement Diploma" in recognition of her outstanding contribution to promoting women in and through sport.The Diploma is signed by IOC President Thomas Bach. Kyle nee Shankey competed in the 100m and […]

European Cross Country Bronze

December 14, 2015
A fighting fourth place finish from Fionnuala McCormack led the Irish women’s team to magnificent bronze medals at the European Cross Country Championships in Hyeres, France. McCormack's (Kilcoole) remarkable individual record at the European Cross Country Championships continued making it three fourth place finishes, two firsts and a sixth in the last six years. “When […]

McCormack's Marathon Time in Chicago

October 9, 2015
Fionnuala McCormack (née Britton) finished 13th in the Chicago marathon in 2:33:15 to comfortably make the qualifying time for the Olympic Games. The two-time European Cross Country champion was on course for a sub 2:30 clocking for a large portion of the race but slowed in the second half.  McCormack (Kilcoole) went through the first […]

RIP Niall O’Shaughnessy

September 17, 2015
One of Ireland’s greatest milers of the 1970s, Limerick’s Niall O’Shaughnessy, has passed away at the age of 59. O’Shaughnessy passed away at his home outside Atlanta, Georgia on Wednesday morning after a long battle with brain cancer. The Adare native, who represented Ireland in both the 800m and 1500m at the 1976 Olympics, was […]

World Athletics Championship

August 31, 2015
Robert Heffernan finished a fighting fifth in the men’s 50km race walk in 3:44:17 in a brave bid to defend his world title at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing while the men’s 4x400m relay team set a new national record. Heffernan (Togher) was in the thick of the action for a medal for much […]

Irish Schedule for World Championships

August 17, 2015
The IAAF World Championships (August 22-30) start this coming Saturday in the Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing with an Irish squad of 16 athletes set to compete. Below is the Irish schedule for the event. For all you need to know about the championships log on to the IAAF here   Time wise, Ireland […]

Athletics Team for World Championship

August 10, 2015
Defending world 50km Race Walk champion Robert Heffernan will lead an Irish team of 11 athletes at the IAAF World Track and Field Championships in Beijing on August 22nd-30th alongside rising stars Thomas Barr and Mark English. Heffernan (Togher AC) famously won gold on the streets of Moscow in 2013 to become one of only […]

Athletics National Championship Update

August 10, 2015
Thomas Barr won his 5th title in style at the National Track and Field Championships in Morton Stadium. "It was good consolidating run, after the London Diamond League," said Barr who won impressively in windy in 49.68 seconds. "I was a little bit deflated. I hadn't competed in a few weeks with training and travelling. […]

Team Ireland EYOF Team Return Home

August 4, 2015
Team Ireland  returned home from the European Youth Olympic Festival in Tbilisi, Georgia to a great reception in Dublin Airport yesterday.   Athletics (5)  and Swimming (5) won 10 medals and there were excellent performances from all of our athletes in Athletics, Cycling, Gymnastics, Judo and Swimming. It was the most successful team ever at this level […]

Three More Medals in Tbilisi 2015

July 31, 2015
Its been a fantastic afternoon  so far in Tbilisi with excellent all round performances and three more medals for Team Ireland. Athletics:  Gina Akpe Moses SILVER in the 100m hurdles Swimming: SILVER for Conor Ferguson in the 200BC and SILVER for Ellen Walshe in the 100BF !   Irish swimmers brought the total medal tally […]

High Jump Bronze for Lecky

July 30, 2015
Sommer Lecky added to the Irish medal haul at the European Youth Olympics in Tbilisi with a bronze medal in the high jump with a new personal best of 1.80m. The Finn Valley youngster was in excellent form in 30 degrees heat and cleared the same height as eventual Ekaterina Prikhodkova of Russia – Lecky […]

EYOF Medals for Neamt and Carthy Walsh

July 29, 2015
Medal alert.....A silver medal for Wexford's Ryan Carthy Walsh in the High Jump! and a swimming's Antoinette Neamt wins silver ( to add to her earlier bronze) in the 400m Final.

1500m Gold for Kevin McGrath

July 29, 2015
Kevin McGrath showed his class winning the 1500m in style at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Tbilisi. The Bohermeen teenager won a tactical 1500m in 4:01.11. There was a cagey opening 800m and McGrath took control with just over 200m to go and showed superior leg speed to win the gold. Serbia’s Elzan Bibic […]

100m Gold for Ciara Neville

July 28, 2015
Ciara Neville has struck gold in the 100m at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Tbilisi, Georgia. The Emerald AC starlet sped to glory in a time of 12.01 seconds in the final ahead of Poland’s Klaudia Adamek (12.16) and Norway’s Ingvild Meinseth (12.17). Neville won her heat and semi-final on Monday in 11.90 and […]

Mark English 800m Runner

June 18, 2015
Meet 800m runner Mark English in another Olympic Council of Ireland interviews profiling Ireland's top athletes.Mark gives an insight into his sport, his achievements to date and his future goals.English won a bronze medal in the 800m at the European Athletics Championships in Zurich.He has also excelled outdoors recording the second fastest time ever by […]

Irish Team IAAF World Relay Championship

April 30, 2015
The IAAF World Relay Championships take place in the Bahamas on the 2nd and 3rd of May with Irish teams set to compete in the men’s 4x400m and women’s 4x100m events. An added incentive for the Irish teams competing at the weekend is that a top eight finish in either the 4x400m or 4x100m events […]

Ankrom Reflects on Euro Indoors

March 10, 2015
High performance Director Kevin Ankrom said “Off the back of Zurich and now here in Prague Mark English has demonstrated that he is a championship competitor. I am delighted for him and all his friends and family. Overall it was a very encouraging performance by this young team of athletes, with many of our high […]

Silver lining for Mark English

March 9, 2015
Athletics Ireland update following the European Indoor Championships in Prague. Donegal Athlete Mark English Wins 800m Silver Medal at the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Prague Donegal athlete Mark English (UCD AC) won a silver medal in the 800m on the final day of action from the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Prague. English employed […]

European Indoor Athletics Championships

February 24, 2015
European 800m Bronze Medallist, Mark English (UCD AC) will lead a young Irish Team of 12 to the European Indoor Championships which take place in Prague 5th-8th of March. Competing in his first race of the season at the Sainsbury’s Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham last Saturday, the 21 year old ran 1.47.17 for sixth […]

European Indoor standards achieved

February 23, 2015
Dara Kervick (Clonliffe Harriers A.C) took the Men’s 400m title in 46.53 seconds at the Senior Indoor Championships in Athlone International Arena, significantly improving on his personal best of 46.80 set in yesterday’s heats which secured the 47.20 qualification standard for European Indoor Athletics Championships which takes place in Prague 6-8 March.  This time moves […]

Ireland 2nd in New York Relay

February 2, 2015
The Irish men’s team finished second in a thrilling international distance medley relay at the New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory , New York at the weekend, running under the previous world record with a final time of 9:25.37. USA established a new world record when winning in 9:19.93.   Murray & Gregan First […]



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