Category Archives: European Championships

Ireland’s bronze age treasures at Euro Indoors 2013

I watched the European Athletics Indoor Championships on French television. This wasn’t out of some fashionable whim – I live in Paris. Now read on… On what political correspondents would call ‘French state television’, the athletics commentator could be best … Continue reading

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David Gillick’s double Euro indoor gold

The biennial European Athletics Indoor Championships take place this weekend, 1-3 March, in Gothenburg. Ireland is sending a team of 11 to Sweden, and hopes of success are high. Ciaran O’Lionaird, the cult hero of Irish athletics today, seems to have recovered … Continue reading

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Split ’90 – Give it a lash, Sonia!

In the summer of 1990 all Irish eyes were fixed on Italy, when we were gripped by an unforgettable World Cup adventure. A few weeks after that, across the Adriatic another epic Irish sports odyssey was about to begin. The … Continue reading

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Britton and Ireland, European cross-country champions

Compared to North America or Central Europe, it doesn’t snow much in Ireland and Britain. Until recent years, a few centimetres of snow was enough to close all schools, roads and airports. But since the extreme winter of 2010, every … Continue reading

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Helsinki 2012 – green shoots for Irish athletics

The 2012 European championships in both football and athletics finished on the same day. Even though Ireland left both events without success, it’s fair to say that Irish athletes gave better performances than their football compatriots – and showed greater … Continue reading

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Hurdler on the ditch

Writing these blog posts about my marathon running, I find myself remembering long-forgotten scenes from my under-age athletics years: Did you know that I used to be a hurdler? My two brothers and I were members of the local juvenile … Continue reading

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Coghlan’s silver lining in European ’78 thriller

Even with the personal hauls of Sonia O’Sullivan and Derval O’Rourke, Irish medals from the European Athletics Championships are rare, but the 1978 edition in Prague gave Ireland a dramatic silver in a thrilling race. Inevitably there was also an Irish fourth place at those … Continue reading

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