SPAR European Cross Country Championship 2021 Launch
18 Nov 2021

Talking Cross: The Comeback Podcast

In a return to the podcasting due to social media pressures – which involved seven people liking a tweet – we tee up what should be a cracking edition of the National Cross Country Championships on Sunday. Santry Demesne will play host to the best and brightest of Irish athletics,

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25 Jun 2021

End of the road

It’s the bullshit I can’t stand. The decision, I could take. But the fluff, the dancing-around-the-obvious, going-in-a-different-direction, widening-the-pool crock of steaming effluent we were fed yesterday – that’s the bit that gets me. If you’re going to axe a group of commentators who have done a job for seven years

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24 May 2018

PODCAST – Kevin Dooney: Running with Depression

On this week’s podcast we’re joined by one of Ireland’s leading distance runners Kevin Dooney. Starting with a recap of his running career to date, we then get into an in-depth discussion around mental health, and Dooney’s own battle with depression. In an open and honest interview, Dooney talks about the

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Dual stars: David Campbell (left) winning the national senior 800m title in 2007 and Ciarán Ó Lionáird (right) taking victory at the Boston Indoor Grand Prix in 2012. Images: Kieran Carlin & PhotoRun
04 May 2017


What can we learn from the mistakes of our best athletes? Is the doping problem in athletics as bad as we think? What needs to be done to the sport to restore its popularity? Those are some of the questions posed in part two of JumpingTheGun’s podcast special, edited by

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The senior men's race at the 2017 IAAF World Cross Country in Kampala, Uganda (Roger Sedres for IAAF)
27 Mar 2017

World Cross is alive, but BBC made it dead

‘And in the naked light I saw Ten thousand people, maybe more People talking without speaking People hearing without listening People writing songs that voices never share And no one dared Disturb the sound…of silence’ It’s more than 50 years since Simon & Garfunkel topped the charts with the above

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Frank Murphy with the Athletics Ireland Hall of Fame Award. Pic: Sportsfile
06 Jan 2017

Frank Murphy: The George Best of Irish Athletics

Irish athletics legend Frank Murphy passed away last night after a long battle with Parkinon’s disease. Below is a piece by PJ Browne on the charismatic Dubliner – the George Best of Irish Athletics Frank Murphy 1965-1969. The George Best of Irish Athletics by PJ Browne There is a misperception

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Phil Healy (far right) in action at the Irish Universities Championships. Image: Tomás Greally, Sportsfile/Athletics Ireland
20 Apr 2016

The Healy Phenomenon: an incredible beauty is born for athletics

By now you’ve seen it. You’ve watched the video, probably rewound it, looked again at the impossible situation presented to Phil Healy on that final 400m leg, and thought to yourself: ‘no…****ing…way’. By now you’ve had it swarm your social media feeds, witnessed the feat of a modest Bandon sprinter snatching your attention ahead

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Image: Athletics Ireland
11 Oct 2015

Fionnuala secures Olympic qualifier in Chicago

Fionnuala McCormack (née Britton) finished 13th in the Chicago marathon in 2:33:15 to comfortably qualify 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

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09 Oct 2015

After rollercoaster year, Merritt on the road to recovery

By Dave Hunter Stories of athletes overcoming physical adversity to stage dramatic comebacks are omnipresent in sports. Think of the numerous NBA players who rehab and return from debilitating ACL injuries. Or, the many Major League pitchers who work hard to perform well after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Successful and

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Football has come under the doping spotlight after a study which showed 7.7pc of top-level footballers recorded high testosterone levels indicating a possible use of anabolic steroids. Image:
21 Sep 2015

Football’s dirty secret: ignorance is not bliss when it comes to doping

And so it begins. After decades of anecdotal evidence — think star players spotted at renowned doping clinics, rogue doctors bragging about trophies their pharmacology has won for club and country, major European titles being won by players with blood as thick as golden syrup — there is finally cold, hard evidence to suggest that

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