London 2012 News

Torch Relay

February 22, 2012
The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) has revealed plans for a full dress rehearsal to test the operations around the Olympic Torch Relay on 20 April. The Olympic Flame will travel an estimated 8,000 miles around the UK this summer, giving 8,000 Torchbearers their moment to shine. The rehearsal will take place on the Leicester […]

Champion Your Local Club!

February 15, 2012
The Olympic Council of Ireland have joined with the Irish Independent and Sunday Independent in inviting you to celebrate sport within your local community. Help your local club to get one of 500 FREE sports equipment packs, each worth approx. €500. Every participating club also gets free access to an online coaching programme, while being […]

High Performance Funding

February 15, 2012
Ireland's Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls received a boost with the announcement of an Irish Sports Council €10 million package of support for 2012. This includes €2.34 million under the International Carding Scheme which is the funding that goes directly to athletes. This compares with the 2011 final year figure of €2.32 million. Among the 27 […]

OCI’s Olympic Village visit

February 10, 2012
The Olympic Council of Ireland HQ team will be in London on March 7/8 2012 and will access the Olympic Village with LOCOG. The OCI Performance support team will include Sonia O’Sullivan and core science and medical support staff. It’s an opportunity to check out the proposed allocation of accommodation, medical and team space for […]

RTE Interview: Pat Hickey

January 9, 2012
Irish Olympic Council President Pat Hickey looks forward to the start of the London 2012 games.

200 days to go

January 9, 2012
A special Cabinet meeting will be held at the Olympic Park today to mark the 200-day countdown to the opening ceremony. British Prime Minister David Cameron will gather senior government ministers in Stratford, east London, for a meeting focused on the 2012 Games. Afterwards ministers will visit sports facilities, businesses, schools and organisations across the […]

Olympic podcast

December 13, 2011
Sonia O'Sullivan , Billy Walsh and Stephen Martin talk about the London 2012 Games to RTE's Adrian Eames on "Sport on Seven" http://www.rte.ie/radio1/podcast/podcast_sportat7.xml  

OCI Athlete Conference

December 11, 2011
The OCI held an athlete conference at Tollymore Mountain and Conference Centre in preparation for London 2012, 9-10 December. 30 athletes attended from nine Olympic Sports such as Athletes:Paul Hession, Deirdre Ryan,Linda Byrne,Brendan Boyce;Boxers  Darren O'Neill and Michael Conlan, Cycling's Sam Bennett, Modern Pentathlon's Natalya Coyle, Clay Pigeon shooter Derek Burnett, Equestrian riders Liz Power, Joseph Murphy, Cammilla Spiers, Men's […]

Team P and G Ireland

December 8, 2011
The OCI and Procter and Gamble today launched details of the Irish Olympic Team "nearest & dearest programme"  Stephen Martin said, “The OCI  have been working hard to ensure our athletes have the best preparation possible for London 2012.  In our quest, we’ve looked at every aspect of performance with their Performance Directors and support teams.  […]

London calling

November 10, 2011
Athletes, Team Leaders, and the Irish Media will all have an opportunity to gain an insight into the London 2012 Games and Ireland's preparations in particular over the next four weeks. Led by Sonia O'Sullivan and Stephen Martin, OCI HQ, Olympic sports team leaders, prospective team members and the Irish media will be involved in important visits and conferences […]

Boxing Test Event Squad

November 4, 2011
Ireland will take part in the London Test event for Boxing between the 24-27th November 2011. It will be an opportunity to test out the venue at London's Excel Centre. Competing team officials with also have the opportunity to visit Olympic Park prior to competition. Details of the Irish delegation led by Head Coaches Billy Walsh […]

London 2012 visits

October 10, 2011
The Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) will be hosting sports team leader and media visits to London towards the end of 2011. In November, Team Leaders, those with the responsibility for high performance sport, will accompany the experienced OCI Olympic Games headquarters team led by Chef de Mission Sonia O'Sullivan, CEO Stephen Martin and Sports Director Martin […]

Test run for Coe

October 4, 2011
Top British athletes witnessed the unveiling of the track in the Olympic Stadium today as London 2012 celebrated another milestone on the Olympic Park. World record holder and Paralympic gold medallist Dan Greaves, British Long Jump record holder Chris Tomlinson and IAAF World Championships silver medallist Hannah England were the first athletes to take to […]

Coyle in World final

September 8, 2011
Ireland's Natalya Coyle has qualified for the final of the Modern Pentahlon World Championships in Russia today. Coyle finished 11th in her semi final. The top 36 athletes will compete in the final. The top three athletes qualify directly for the Olympic Games , but its an opportunity for finalists to gain significant ranking points […]

World Boxing squad

September 8, 2011
The Irish Amateur Boxing Association President Tomy Murphy believes that Ireland's ten-man squad have the talent and the experience to secure Olympic places from the 2011 AIBA World Championships in Azerbaijan. The World Championships, which begin in Baku in 20 days time, will also act as the first major qualifier for the London 2012 Olympics."Everyone involved with Irish boxing wishes […]

Canoe Olympic qualifier

September 7, 2011
Canoe Slalom are preparing for what promises to be a super-charged atmosphere at the upcoming 2011 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia from 6 – 11 September 2011.  Slovakia, long known as a Canoe Slalom powerhouse, is set to host these Championships which will also serve as a qualifier for the London 2012 […]

OCI input to Swim seminar

August 29, 2011
Swim Ireland held a seminar for their elite Swim squad of 15 athletes , coaches, support staff and parents at the Carlton Blanchardstown Hotel at the weekend. The sessions were led by Performance Director Peter Banks and CEO Sarah Keane. The OCI's Stephen Martin and Martin Burke updated the group on their recent visits to London Olympic Village […]

Caroline Ryan profile

August 16, 2011
Cyclist Caroline Ryan talks to RTE's Mission 2012 reporter Jacqui Hurley.

Boxing at Excel

August 16, 2011
The Olympic Boxing venue is in close proximity to the Olympic Village based at the Excel Exibition Centre. Ireland confirmed last week that they will have a team at the pre Games test event in November 2011. This will be a great opportunity to gain valuable knowledge in the Excel Arena prior to the main […]

OCI visit Olympic stadium

August 16, 2011
Sonia O'Sulivan had the opportunity to visit the Olympic Stadium last week. (Pictured with Sonia are Stephen Martin and Dermot Sherlock) Its a short walk from the Olympic Village, and is one of a number of iconic new buildings that are part of the London Olympic Park legacy. The Olympic Park will also host Basketball, […]

London 2012 Seminar

August 15, 2011
Ireland were represented at the first worldwide London 2012 Chef de Mission Seminar last week, by Sonia O'Sullivan , Dermot Sherlock and Stephen Martin. The seminar included updates and discussion on all aspects of the London Olympic Games. Ireland Chef de Mission Sonia O'Sullivan met LOCOG to discuss locations for the Irish Team , and […]

Irish Sailors Impress

August 15, 2011
With one year to go before the London 2012 Olympics, organisers at the sailing venue in Weymouth and Portland completed their full test regatta at the weekend with single team representatives invited from each nation, mirroring the actual Games format. Ireland’s two leading contenders in the medal-hunt fared well just missing podium places in Saturday’s […]

Cycling Test event update

August 15, 2011
The Irish cycling team of four risers, led by David McCann attended the London 2012 test event and picked up vaulable information on the road race course on Sunday. High Performance Director Phil Leigh used the opportunity to test run the OCI  pre Games training base at Lensbury in Twickenham. Sonia O'Sullivan and Stephen Martin […]

Evans and Magee through

August 9, 2011
Badminton Ireland had another good day at the World Badminton Championships in Wembley Arena, acting as the London 2012 test event this week. Scott Evans defeated Michael Lahnsteiner of Austria in the morning in straight sets 21/15; 21/16. His reward is a meeting with the Chinese superstar and current Olympic champion, Lin Dan (seeded two) […]

ONLY ‘A’ STANDARDS FOR LONDON

August 1, 2011
Olympic Council confirms qualification standards for London Olympic Games         The Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) has confirmed that only athletes achieving ‘A’ standards will be selected for the London 2102 Games. This confirmation follows media speculation regarding ‘B’ standards in athletics. “As previously announced, the OCI has a binding and mutually […]

Olympic Medals unveiled

July 28, 2011
The London 2012 Olympic medals were unveiled last night by Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal and London 2012 Organising Committee Chair Seb Coe at an event in Trafalgar Square to mark one year to go to the Olympic Games. The London 2012 Olympic medals, designed by British artist David Watkins. IOC President Jacques Rogge […]

Canoe test event invitation

July 28, 2011
Slalom canoeists will get an opportunity today of what it will be like if they make the Olympic Games in London as an Ireland team of four – Eoin Rheinisch and Ciarán Heurteau in men’s K1 and Hannah Craig and Aisling Conlon in women’s K1 – have been invited to take part in the Olympic […]

One year to go!

July 26, 2011
London 2012 celebrates the one year to go mark

London venues near completion

July 20, 2011
88% completed and £850m under budget

Irish competitors test Greenwich Venue

June 30, 2011
Eventing, Showjumping and Modern Pentathlon test event details
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