Catherina McKiernan Jingle Bells
08 Mar 2013

McKiernan: Fun-running key

Four-time world cross country silver medallist Catherina McKiernan has urged the future distance running stars “to enjoy” the Aviva Irish Schools’ Cross Country Championships that take place tomorrow in the University of Ulster, Jordanstown if they are to succeed. McKiernan, who famously won the senior girls schools’ title in 1988

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05 Mar 2013

A dream comes true for homecoming heroes

It was a case of “deja vu” for Fionnuala Britton and part of a childhood ambition achieved for Ciaran O’Lionaird as they led a successful Irish team homecoming from the European Indoor Championships in Gothenburg with their bronze medals in the 3,000 metres to a small but intimate crowd at

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04 Mar 2013

Britton’s got talent

“I’m not finishing fourth,” was Fionnuala Britton’s mantra in the last three laps of the 3,000m final as the teak tough Wicklow woman won a fighting bronze medal yesterday. “Fourth place is the worst place to finish,” said Britton afterwards and that message would have resonated clearly having seen Derval

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04 Mar 2013

Ó Lionáird glad he made run for gold

Ciarán Ó Lionáird turned a “turbulent” 2012 into a composed bronze medal-winning performance on Saturday evening at the European Indoor championships in Gothenburg and now wants to make an impact on the world stage. “I ran for gold,” said Ó Lionáird after the race run in a personal best of

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02 Mar 2013

O’Rourke pain at hurdles near miss

Derval O’Rourke was left holding back the tears after just missing out on a medal in the 60m hurdles final but even that heartbreak couldn’t take away from an exceptional day’s work by the Irish team on day one of the European indoors in Gothenburg. O’Rourke came fourth with a

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01 Mar 2013

O’Sullivan urges athletes to raise expectations indoors

Sonia O’Sullivan believes success “should be expected” by Irish athletes at the European Indoor Championships, which begin this morning in Gothenburg. “I think the level of competition at European indoors is the first step on the international ladder for Irish athletes,” said Ireland’s most decorated athlete speaking from her home

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25 Feb 2013

Cullen needs no key to unlock Tullamore course

Not even a missing spike key could deter Mary Cullen from dominating the Woodie’s DIY Inter Club Cross Country Championships in Charleville Estate in Tullamore yesterday. “I must have texted half the country,” smiled Cullen (North Sligo) before the race as she was looking for a key to tighten the

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Travers leads the way
18 Feb 2013

Terrific Travers raises the roof

With grown men banging the blue-boarded track and a raucous crowd standing on their feet as John Travers broke eight minutes for the 3,000m, it truly was Super Sunday at the Woodie’s DIY National Indoor Championships in Athlone in a day to remember for Irish athletics aficionados. It looked like

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Athlone indoors
16 Feb 2013

New arena revitalises indoor championships

The Woodie’s DIY National Senior Indoor Championships are set for a major facelift this weekend in Athlone with some of Ireland’s top class athletes set to compete alongside the country’s leading club athletes. The championships had gone somewhat stale in the last couple of years in the Odyssey Arena in

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06 Feb 2013

Ireland’s cross-country Euro stars set to take on the world in Poland

Athletics Ireland High Performance Director Kevin Ankrom last night confirmed that a women’s team will compete at the World Cross Country Championships in Poland next month. Though Ireland claimed team gold in the European championships in December, there was huge doubt about the availability of members of that team for

30 Jan 2013

Britton gets balance right with new deal

Fionnuala Britton, who takes on Olympic 5,000m champion Meseret Defar (Ethiopia) over 3,000m in Karlsruhe this weekend, was the headline athlete at the announcement of the new partnership between New Balance and Athletics Ireland last night. “I’m honoured to be part of Team New Balance,” said the two in-a-row European

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24 Jan 2013

Heat is finally on for Ireland’s athletes

Setting foot in the new national athletics indoor arena in Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) on Tuesday night reminded me of the first day of term on a college campus — an unbridled and innocent energy full of hopes and dreams.  An indoor arena in Ireland has been promised since

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