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Numbers up in Athletics – But Women Scarce at the Top

For anyone who appreciates a close analysis of statistics, the syllabus for next weekend’s Athletics Ireland Congress provides an interesting snapshot of the sport today. Athletics Ireland now has a membership of almost 50,000 – 49,542 to be precise. That’s an increase of 17% – or 7,248 – on last year’s figure of 42,294. Even […]

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Book Review: Running Free by Richard Askwith

Book Review: Running Free by Richard Askwith  (Yellow Jersey Press, London, 2014) Richard Askwith calls it “Big Running”. It’s when a natural and instinctive activity falls prey to the marketing men; when running becomes something we spent money on expecting certain returns, rather than a simple activity that  enriches our lives. It’s when over-hyped and […]

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Clonliffe Women Celebrate 50 Years

On a chilly night in December 1963, a group of women wearing an assortment of loose clothing assembled outside the Trinity grounds on Santry Avenue for a 600 yard race. Ireland and indeed Dublin was a very different places back then. Santry, where Billy Morton had built his dream stadium, was on the outskirts of […]

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Other Sports: Danielle Powers to World Title

  Last January, Danielle Hayes took up powerlifting. Eight months on and she is a world champion. After many years spent in the gym, the 26-year-old Dublin schoolteacher wasn’t entirely new to lifting weights, but her stratospheric rise to the top is something of a shock. “The World Championships was only my second competition. I […]

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On Your Marks – Herald July 17

* Preview of Morton Games removed; well out of date by now! PS: Where was Gregan? Injured – since world university games; a bursa problem with the foot. Marathon addiction shows no sign of abating after 18 of the 23 starters completed the 10 Marathons in 10 Days Challenge set by Bridge Milers Olympic Harriers […]

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Irish Women’s Athletics – A History

An article I wrote on the history of women’s article for History Ireland is now online. See http://www.historyireland.com/20th-century-contemporary-history/irish-womens-athletics-and-the-olympic-games/

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On Your Marks – Herald July 10

A striking feature of the Woodie’s DIY National Juvenile Track and Field Championships held in Tullamore over the weekend was the number of records set in the more technical events. Finn Valley’s John Kelly, who competes in the World Youth Games next week, enhanced his growing reputation when he won the M17 shot put title […]

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On Your Marks – Herald June 26

It proved a long afternoon for Irish pole vaulter Tori Pena at last Saturday’s European Team Championships in Santry. With all four seasons pummelling the athletes (and spectators), the pole vault took well over two hours to complete with the cross-bar constantly at risk of blowing over in gale-force gusts. “Yes there were a lot […]

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European Team Championships – All You Need to Know

So what is this European Team Championships First League? It’s a track and field team competition divided into four divisions with men and women competing together over two days. At the top of the pile is the Superleague followed by Leagues 1, 2 and 3, each with 12 national teams (or so – there are […]

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On Your Marks – Herald 19 June(Updated)

Over 650 athletes from twelve European nations are expected in Dublin over the next few days for the European Athletics Team Championships taking place in Santry on Saturday and Sunday. The Santry event is the second division of this championships – or “1st League” – and at stake are places in the premier league. Competition […]

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