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

Team Ireland adds to athletics lineup for Rio 2016

13 July 2016 – Dublin, Ireland: The Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) and Athletics Ireland are pleased to announce a further eight athletes, who will compete as part of the athletics squad and represent Team Ireland at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.   The athletes announced today join a 17-strong athletics team that will compete […]

Mageean Wins European Bronze Medal

Ciara Mageean  produced a magnificent performance to win the bronze medal in the women’s 1500m final in a tactical 4:33.78 on the final day of the European Athletics Championships in Amsterdam (July 10). After years of injury troubles Mageean delivered on some of her huge potential even though she felt she could have finished even […]

Irish Race Walkers in Rome

Robert Heffernan competes at the IAAF Race Walking Team Championships in Rome this weekend. Heffernan, a former world champion over 50km, will drop down to 20km for tomorrow afternoon’s race. After returning from a three-week training camp in Morocco, he will be looking to post a good performance prior to the Olympic Games in August.   Joining […]

Official statement from the OCI on Rob Heffernan

“Justice has been done for Rob and we are delighted that he will finally get his hands on the bronze medal he rightfully deserves from London 2012. But it’s important to remember that, like many athletes before him, Rob has still been denied the moment of glory that comes with climbing onto an Olympic podium […]

World Indoor Athletics 2016

Rose-Anne Galligan leads the charge for Ireland’s elite athletes in the heats of the 1,500 m at the World Indoor Championships in Portland, Oregon this evening (March 18th). The Newbridge athlete takes to the green indoor track in the first heat of two at 20:35 Irish time. The first three in each heat and […]

RIP Jim McNamara

It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the passing of Jim McNamara.  Jim, who was a member of Donore Harriers for over 50 years, represented Ireland in the Marathon at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal. He was also one of the most successful and recognisable masters athletes, winning World and European […]

IOC Women and Sport Award for Kyle

Pat Hickey President of the Olympic Council of Ireland presented three time Olympian Maeve Kyle OBE with an International Olympic Committee “Women and Sport Achievement Diploma” in recognition of her outstanding contribution to promoting women in and through sport.The Diploma is signed by IOC President Thomas Bach. Kyle nee Shankey competed in the 100m and […]

European Cross Country Bronze

A fighting fourth place finish from Fionnuala McCormack led the Irish women’s team to magnificent bronze medals at the European Cross Country Championships in Hyeres, France. McCormack’s (Kilcoole) remarkable individual record at the European Cross Country Championships continued making it three fourth place finishes, two firsts and a sixth in the last six years. “When […]

McCormack’s Marathon Time in Chicago

Fionnuala McCormack (née Britton) finished 13th in the Chicago marathon in 2:33:15 to comfortably make the qualifying time 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 the first […]

RIP Niall O’Shaughnessy

One of Ireland’s greatest milers of the 1970s, Limerick’s Niall O’Shaughnessy, has passed away at the age of 59. O’Shaughnessy passed away at his home outside Atlanta, Georgia on Wednesday morning after a long battle with brain cancer. The Adare native, who represented Ireland in both the 800m and 1500m at the 1976 Olympics, was […]
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