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Juveniles shine on Day 1 in Tullamore

The juveniles, much like the sun, were shining in Tullamore on Day 1 of the Irish Life Health Juvenile Championships. There was a host of new championship best performances set along with some great competition. In his last summer as a juvenile, Daniel Ryan (Moycarkey Coolcroo A.C.) set a new championship best and record in the boys U19 110m Hurdles …

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Siobhán Kennedy looks to Chattanooga 70.3 2017

Last weekend  Siobhán Kennedy from Focus on Fitness completed the Ironman 70.3 in Edinburgh placing first in her age category with a time of 05:52:30.  Having completed 4 Ironman events, coming 2nd in Barcelona last year,  Siobhán is a very focused woman when it comes to triathlon. Her road to triathlon began in 2010 when she began training with Focus on …

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Big numbers and talent to travel to European U20s

A forty-strong Irish team brimming with talent will travel to the European U20 Athletics Championships in Grosseto, Italy (July 20th-23rd). The team has some strong team members in good form including Michaela Walsh (Swinford) in the hammer and shot put along with Ciara Neville (Emerald) leading a strong 4x100m relay team that finished fifth in last year’s World U20 Athletics …

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 Bechtina the golden girl at Irish Life Health national masters

Snezana Bechtina (Clonliffe Harriers) bagged four gold medals at an engaging Irish Life Health National Masters Championships in Tullamore on Sunday. Bechtina has impressed since entering the masters category in the W35 section. She won the 100m in 13.06, the 200m in 25.93, the 400m in 58.77 and the long jump in 4.74m. Sean Breathnach (Galway City Harriers), who competed …

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Walsh’s star turn

Michaela Walsh (Swinford) was the star turn at the Irish Life Health Junior and U23 Championships in Tullamore with a national junior record while Brian Gregan (Clonliffe Harriers) bagged the 400m world standard in Switzerland. Gregan clocked 45.48 seconds to win in Notwil, Switzerland while Walsh was exciting in Tullamore bagging double gold in the juniors. The Swinford athlete won …

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Twenty Irish athletes selected for European U23 Athletics Championships

Twenty Irish athletes have been selected for the European U23 Athletics Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland from the 13th-16th of July. The team is dominated by sprinters but also has some good athletes in the middle distance and in the throws with the likes of Siofra Cleirigh Buttner (DSD) in the 800m and Adam King (Iveragh) in the hammer. Quite a …

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European Team Championships – Athletics

Mark English (UCD) delivered a swashbuckling performance to win the men’s 800m as Ireland finished 8th in the European Team Championships League 1 in Vaasa, Finland. Ireland finished a solid eighth in the biannual event on 238 points after 40 events on the track and field. The women scored 124 points with the men scoring 114 – divided by 167 …

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Sonia O’Sullivan honoured with Outstanding contribution to Olympic movement in Ireland at the Olympic Council of Ireland Awards

Sonia O’Sullivan was honoured with the accolade of Outstanding contribution to the Olympic movement in Ireland at the inaugural Olympic Council of Ireland Awards on Olympic Day, Friday evening the 23rd of June. The award was presented to Sonia, not only for her achievement of winning an Olympic Silver medal in the 5000m at the 2000 Sydney Games but also for …

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Hayley Fitzsimons, no ordinary woman

21 year old Hayley Fitzsimons has a condition called achondroplasia which is a form of dwarfism. sportswomen.ie met up with Hayley who lives with her parents and sister who are all of average height in Portlaw, County Waterford. “When growing up, I grew up in a very loving and positive household where my size didn’t matter and I was always …

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Ireland to send strong team to European Team Championships

Athletics Ireland has selected its strongest team available for the European Athletics Team Championships First League in the Finnish university town of Vaasa on June 23-25. The competition sees twelve nations looking to gain one of the three promotion spots to the European Team Championships Super League in 2019. Thomas Barr (Ferrybank) is one of Ireland’s leading athletes competing in …

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