Category Archives: Irish athletes

Coghlan on top of the World

The only athlete in the world today who’s a household name is Usain Bolt. In Ireland in the mid-1980s, when I was a kid, the role of proverbial runner was filled by Eamonn Coghlan. Anyone running in the streets would be … Continue reading

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Footballers running marathons: who’s the fastest?

This blog is a fan of pop stars who run marathons – so far we’ve featured the impressive feats of Johnny Marr, Joe Strummer, Bernard Butler, Jedward and the speedy Bjorn from ABBA. Now, World Cup mania raises more questions: … Continue reading

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Failure

It might sound strange, but if you want to understand failure you should ask a successful person. That’s what I’ve learned after listening to two of Ireland’s greatest athletes speaking at separate events recently. Catherina McKiernan was talking about ChiRunning … Continue reading

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Rob Heffernan walks to World Championship gold

Well done to Ireland’s Rob Heffernan, who won gold in the 50km walk at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow today. Heffernan’s victory makes up for his near misses in previous championships – fourth at last year’s Olympics and also … Continue reading

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Susan Smith, Ireland’s third 1990s athletics heroine

With Fionnuala Britton and her team mates European cross country champions, Derval O’Rourke still pulling out great championship performances, and Ciara Everard making her breakthrough by reaching a European Indoors final this spring, it’s a good time for Irish women’s athletics. The … Continue reading

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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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Tearing up the college track

University College Dublin counts among its former students James Joyce, Flann O’Brien, several Irish prime ministers, and me. Back in Dublin for a few days recently, I went for a sunny morning run that took in Clonskeagh and Roebuck (the … Continue reading

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Catherina McKiernan’s silver on the snow

With all my bellyaching over snow and ice, you’d think no Irish person ever ran on a real winter’s day. Well, you might have seen recently Fionnuala Britton charging across the snowy plains of Hungary to European cross country glory, … 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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