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
20 Apr 2017

State of the Nation podcast (part one): what Irish athletics is missing

Irish athletics is changing, but is it for the better? That’s one of many questions posed in this two-part podcast, recently recorded with Irish elites David Campbell and Ciarán Ó Lionáird and edited by Ronan Duggan.  In the first part, Campbell and Ó Lionáird discuss what they feel Irish athletics is missing,

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Ciarán Ó Lionáird and Paul Robinson in the 2014 national 1500m final
04 Jun 2015

On the road to recovery and Rio; Ó Lionáird goes under the knife

Ciarán Ó Lionáird underwent surgery in America yesterday with renowned achilles specialist Dr. Amol Saxena and will miss the remainder of the track season. The 27-year-old has struggled since early 2012 with chronic problems in his left lower leg, something he feels should finally be cleared up by the latest procedure.

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Mark English finishes fifth at the FBK Games in Hengelo. Image: FBK Games
24 May 2015

English fights to fifth in Hengelo as Ó Lionáird struggles with injury

Mark English finished fifth in 1:45.83 at the FBK Games in Hengelo to qualify for the world championships (1:46.00) in his opening race of the season this afternoon in a race won by Poland’s Marcin Lewandowski in 1:45.46. Race video and full result is below.          

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24 May 2015

English, Ó Lionáird and Crowe set for Hengelo FBK Games

Mark English opens up his outdoor season at the FBK Games in Hengelo where he will take on a top class men’s 800m with Andre Olivier and Marcin Lewandowski in the line-up. English has completed his medicine exams in UCD for the summer and will hope for a good showing.

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03 Apr 2015

Ó Lionáird’s painful road back to health; Kipsiro case continues – JTG 5-A-Day

100 seconds to rule the world; the David Rudisha story (video) Check out David Rudisha’s fascinating documentary which follows him as a shy teenager to winning arguably one of the greatest races in history. The full video is on site Ó Lionáird’s long and winding road back to health Cathal

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22 Feb 2015

Coe wants Bolt; Ó Lionáird Q&A; Farah talks doping; Your JTG 5-a-day

Coe wants Bolt involved for the future of the sport Seb Coe was in Jamaica this week as he continued his campaign for the IAAF Presidency, and he told the Jamaicans exactly what they wanted to hear when it came to the role they have in our sport, and specifically,

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Barshim reaches high. Image via Athlone IT
18 Feb 2015

Live stream: AIT International Grand Prix

A host of international stars are competing in Athlone tonight with Mutaz Essa Barshim taking top billing in the men’s high jump. It is now well publicised that Asafa Powell will be competing in the men’s 60m and Tianna Bartolleta and Carmelita Jeter, two members of the US 4 by

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18 Feb 2015

Podcast: Barshim set for Take off; Mo goes Mad; O Lionaird hunts history

There were plenty of talking points on this week’s podcast with Mo Farah and Andy Vernon grabbing centre stage with their Twitter spat. We look behind the feud and where it sparked and who came out on top if at all. Sara Treacy had the performance of her career when

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Team USA's Pat Casey leading Ireland's Ciarán Ó Lionáird during the final leg of the DMR in the Armory. Image: PhotoRun
03 Feb 2015

Awesome Armory; the sport at its finest

There was a moment, during the final event of the Armory Track Invitational on Saturday, halfway through the mile leg of the distance medley relay, when you realised just what this sport can be when it’s done right. Team USA’s Pat Casey had taken the baton with a commanding lead over

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01 Feb 2015

Irish athletes tear up the track in New York; video interviews

Ireland finished a fantastic second in the distance medley relay at the Armory Invitational in New York last night, six seconds behind the American team, who broke the world record with a 9:19.93 run. The Irish team of Declan Murray (2:53.17), Brian Gregan (47.40), Mark English (1:46.59) and Ciarán Ó

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