Jim McNamara with Kip Keino. Image via  donoreharriers.com
27 Apr 2015

Sixth in a ten-part series: Jim McNamara has 18 national masters records, but which one is most impressive?

If you were or are a fan or a participant in Irish athletics in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s or any of the 2000 decades, you are familiar with the running exploits of Donore Harriers icon Jim McNamara. When Ron Delany won his Olympic gold in 1956, McNamara was 17

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O'Brien competing for East Cork. Image courtesy of Frank Greally
09 Apr 2015

Fifth in ten-part series: Liam O’Brien a specialist in steeplechase and longevity

Fifth in ten-part series highlighting the best Irish masters performances. In July 1995, 1984 Olympian Liam O’Brien ran an impressive 8.48.65 for 3000 metres steeplechase (M40-44) at the World Masters in Tailinn, Finland. This Irish masters record has stood for more than twenty years with no sign of being touched

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17 Mar 2015

Fourth in ten-part series: Noel Carroll’s masters record just one of his numerous contributions

Almost twenty years after Noel Carroll competed in the Tokyo Olympic Games [46.8 in 400M first round], the late Irish athletics icon and two-time Olympian ran 50.60 for M40 400 meters on June 15, 1983. How does that time rank? For starters, it is an Irish masters record and, for

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11 Mar 2015

Third in ten-part series: Christine Kennedy’s elite career spans 35 years and counting

Some elite masters athletes never enjoyed success as senior open athletes and many outstanding senior athletes retire long before they becomes eligible to compete as masters. Former Irish international Christine Kennedy is one of those athletes who can point to equally successful careers as both an open athlete and also

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Joe Gough in world M60
02 Mar 2015

Second in ten-part series: 800M World masters champ Joe Gough no ordinary Joe

Second in ten-part series: Joe Gough no ordinary Joe. This series focuses on the Top Irish masters performances of all time. While awaiting my 800 preliminary race at the World Indoor Championships in Budapest, I struck up a conversation with one of the other Irish competitors. As we parted ways,

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24 Feb 2015

First in ten-part series: Irish masters performances for the ages

First in a ten-part series highlighting the best Irish masters performances. My first memories of watching track and field date back to the summer of 1976 when my dad and I watched Ireland’s Eamon Coghlan advance through the rounds of the 1500 meters at the Montreal Olympics. The outcome has

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