Athletics

Introduction to Athletics


From the very first Olympic Games in 776BC to the revival of the modern Games in 1896, Athletics has always been part of the Olympic Games. It is identified with Greece’s centuries-old history and it is no accident that the Greeks list Athletics as a ‘classical sport’. In 776 BC, races were run in a 28.5 m wide stadium and distances such as the 192.27m race were the forerunners of the 200m event of the modern Olympic Games. For contact details of the National Federation in Ireland please click Full story

Irish team selected for European Indoors

An 11-strong Irish team has been selected for the European Indoor Championships in Belgrade, Serbia on March 3rd-5th. This will be the first phase of the next four year Olympic cycle in Tokyo 2020 and European outdoor 1500m bronze medallist Ciara Mageean is one of the leading names on the team. The UCD athlete will […]

Top Athletes At National Indoor Arena

John Travers (Donore Harriers) thrilling sprint finish with Paul Robinson (St Coca’s) to win the 1500m embodied a competitive and exciting  National Indoor Championships at the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena. The weekend was full of drama and excitement in an arena that fit the bill for both athletes and spectators alike. John Travers pounced […]

McDaid to coach Team Europe

Letterkenny’s Teresa McDaid received her latest honour by being selected to be a part of the European Athletics coaching staff at the Great Edinburgh Cross Country in Holyrood Park this Saturday (January 7) where Fionnuala McCormack will be bidding for glory. Teresa McDaid has been part of Irish coaching set-ups for well over a decade […]

Barr named Athlete of the Year

Congratulations to Thomas Barr (Ferrybank) who was named  Athlete of the Year at the National Athletics Awards which took place on Wednesday 30th of November in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Santry. Barr grabbed the country’s attention with his sparkling performances at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro which culminated in a magnificent fourth place […]

Olympic Medal Presentation for Rob Heffernan

On 3rd November 2016, at 7-00pm Rob was presented with his London 2012 Olympic Bronze Medal in the Concert Hall, City Hall, Cork. The event was hosted by the Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Des Cahill and the medal was presented by Acting President of the Olympic Council of Ireland William O’Brien. It was a tremendous occasion for Olympic Sport […]

Rio Recap: Team Ireland’s Day 16/16

Sunday August 21st, 2016 A photo posted by Team Ireland (@olympicsirl) on Aug 21, 2016 at 8:08am PDT

Rio Recap: Team Ireland’s Day 13/16

National records, olympic bebuts, In-form golfers and sword-wielding Irish athletes - It's been a memorable Day 13 at Rio 2016

Rio Recap: Team Ireland’s Day 12/16

Golf and 800m are the ones to watch for Team Ireland on Day 12 of Rio 2016 today

Rio Recap: Team Ireland’s Day 11/16

Live Blog and Recaps of Team Ireland's Day 11 at Rio 2016 including Annalise Murphy's Medal Race

Rio Recap: Team Ireland’s Day 10/16

A Recap of Team Ireland's Day 10 at Rio 2016 featuring Athletics, Boxing, Equestrian, Badminton and Diving.
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