Athletics News

Heffernan impresses in 30k walk

January 31, 2011
Robert Heffernan smashed his own Irish record when winning the AAI National 30km walking title in Cork yesterday. Heffernan, who will be 33 next month, swept his opponents aside as he came home in two hours, seven minutes and 48 seconds -- several seconds inside his old mark. Colin Griffin from Ballinamore finished second, almost six […]

Irish athletes in Euro Top 10 rankings

September 30, 2010
Just eight hundredth’s of a second denied David Gillick from earning the top spot in the European rankings list over 400 metres for 2010.

Silver Lining for Derval in Barcelona

August 4, 2010
Olympians Derval O'Rourke (with a magnificent silver medal) and Robert Heffernan (with two 4th places) led the successful parade of Irish performances at the European Athletic Championships in Barcelona.

Introduction to Athletics

January 1, 2010
From the very first Olympic Games in 776BC to the revival of the modern Games in 1896, Athletics has always been part of the Olympic Games. It is identified with Greece’s centuries-old history and it is no accident that the Greeks list Athletics as a ‘classical sport’. In 776 BC, races were run in a 28.5 m wide stadium and distances such as the 192.27m race were the forerunners of the 200m event of the modern Olympic Games. For contact details of the National Federation in Ireland please click Full story

Irish disappoint at Santry Euro Cross Country Event

December 14, 2009
The European Cross Country Championship held at Santry was an opportunity for local athletes to rise to the occassion according to Ian O'Riordan's Irish Times article.

European Cross Country Team announced

November 25, 2009
Athletics Ireland have announced their team for next month’s European Cross Country Championships, which takes place on December 13th in Santry Park, Dublin.

Fagan wins Boston Half Marathon

October 13, 2009
Ireland's Martin Fagan warmed up for the ING New York City Marathon in three weeks with a victory in the Boston Athletic Association Half Marathon.

Gillick comes of age

August 22, 2009
David Gillick put in a fine performance in Berlin finnishing 6th in the 400m final. Gillick was the top European, beating Britain’s Michael Bingham and Leslie Djhone of France. A nice taster for next year’s European Championships.He now seems to have made the transition from European to World class level, and in his own words

Dissapointment for Irish athletes

August 21, 2009
Alistair Cragg, Eileen O’Keefe and Thomas Chamney all failed to get through qualifying at the World Championships in Berlin.

Disspointment on Day 7 in Berlin

August 21, 2009
Journalists were mystified last night in Berlin as "Alistair Cragg, Eileen O'Keefe, and Thomas Chamney underperformed and failed to get through qualifying at the World Championships in Berlin"

Irish athletes perform well in Berlin

August 20, 2009
A historic day in Irish athletics was capped off by the performance of Derval O’Rourke in the 100m hurdles final in Berlin, where the Cork woman ran a national record of 12.67secs to finish fourth in the world.

World Athletics round up

August 18, 2009
David Gillick, Paul Hession and Derval O'Rourke qualified for their respective semi finals but Deirdre Ryan in the high jump and Deirdre Byrne in the 1,500m did not progress.

Loughnane wins Silver in Berlin World Championships

August 16, 2009
Last summer in the heat of competition at the Olympics, Olive Loughnane left the track in Beijing as Ireland's best performer in the track and field events. She joined an elite group of Irish athletes becoming one of only eleven Irish athletes to register a top eight finish in an Olympic Games in track and field.

OCI support for Irish Walkers in preparation for Berlin

August 9, 2009
Jamie Costin , Robert Heffernan, Olive Loughnane are in Spala Poland preparing for the World Championships next week. Under a special agreement between the Olympic Council of Ireland and the Polish National Olympic Committee the athletes can prepare in an environment they know well and will be provided with the best possible support.

Athletics team for Berlin announced by AAI

August 4, 2009
Athletics Ireland announced their team to travel to Berlin ahead of the World Championships (August 15th – 23rd).

OCI support for Athletics Ireland in Portugal

April 23, 2009
Athletics Ireland athletes are currently in Montegordo, Portugal, on a 2 week training camp as preparation for the incoming season.

Irish athletes win two medals in Turin

March 9, 2009
Mary Cullen's bronze medal performance in the Final of the 3000m at the European Indoor Championships in Turin provided a bright finish to the Championship for Irish Athletics.

Athletics European Cup

June 23, 2008
Hammer thrower Eileen O'Keeffe and sprinter Paul Hession were the class acts for the Irish at the European Athletics Cups on opposite ends of the continent at the weekend.

O'Rourke's form improves

June 17, 2008
Derval O'Rourke took her biggest stride forward yet this season when she finished second in the 100 metres hurdles in Prague last night.

Hession sets new 300m record

June 13, 2008
Paul Hession's excellent early season form continued as he was runner-up to Jeremy Warner in Ostrava last night while setting a new Irish 300m record of 32.47 seconds

Olympic marathon boost for Fagan

January 21, 2008
The Olympic Council of Ireland has launched its Beijing Bursary programme with a grant of €10,000 to Martin Fagan, the marathon runner who achieved Olympic qualification last weekend in Dubai.

Costin meets Beijing qualifying standard

May 21, 2007
Ireland’s walkers were in savage form at the European Cup Race Walking at Royal Lemington Spa yesterday. Both Robert Heffernan and Jamie Costin set new PB’s in their events, with the former’s time bettering his own national record, and Costin’s met the qualifying times for for the World championships and the Beijing Olympics.

Cragg Breaks National 10,000m Record in America

April 30, 2007
Alistair Cragg broke Mark Carroll’s Irish 10,000m record and achieved an 'A' standard for the Beijing Olympic Games yesterday at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational in Stanford University in the US. Cragg ran a time of 27.39.55, which was seven seconds faster than Carroll’s previous record of 27.46.82, set at the same meet seven years ago.

Gillian hangs up her walking shoes

April 23, 2007
Double Olympian Gillian O'Sullivan has announced her retirement from competitive athletics at the age of 30. The Kerry native race-walker, who has struggled with injuries and illness in recent years, has had a hugely impressive career. She is currently the world record holder in the 5000m race walk, a record she set in Santry in 2002 at the Irish National Championships and is also the current Irish record holder in the 3,000m, 5,000m and 10,000m walks and holds the 10k and 20k Irish road records.

Max Jones Announced as New Director of Athletics

April 12, 2007
Jones was the UK Athletics High Performance Director from 1997 to 2004 and eventually retired from UK Athletics in 2005 after 24 years. During his time with UK Athletics Jones was coach to 7 Olympic Teams and Head coach for the 2000 and 2004 Olympics. Before taking up his new post with Athletics Ireland he was strength and conditioning coach to UK athlete Paula Radcliffe.

Gillick Takes Gold

March 5, 2007
A fantastic last lap saw Dubliner David Gillick retain his 400m European Indoors crown at Birmingham last weekend (March 3rd). His stunning victory was the highlight of a competition that saw several excellent performances from Irish athletes hoping to qualify for the Beijing Olympic Games next year.

Fionnuala Takes Silver

December 12, 2006
The Kilbride runner, aged 22, is fast delivering on the potential she showed as a junior and is now poised to make a big breakthrough into the senior ranks- and she could be an Olympian of the future.
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