Archive for the ‘Athletics’ Category

Magnificent in Malaga

West Waterford AC's Joe Gough with the two gold medals he won in the o65 800 and 1,500 metres at the World Masters Track and Field Championships in Malaga, Spain last week. Photo: James Veale
Double gold for Joe Gough at the World Master’s Track and Field Championships. Fintan Walsh Reports Like so many times in a Master’s career that stretches back to the over 40 age group, Joe Gough was in top form at the World Master’s Track and Field Championships in Malaga last week over 65 as he scored a [...]

Home the Hero!

Thomas Barr pictured on arrival into Dunmore Harbour to celebrate his European Championship Bronze Medal success, where a 2,000-strong crowd greeted their hero home. Noel Browne
Thomas Barr blown away by Dunmore homecoming On a sun-kissed Thursday evening at the Dunmore slip, they came in their droves to honour one of their own, the first Irishman to win a European Championship sprint medal. Flanked by a welcoming party of vessels, including the local RNLI Lifeboat, with flares deployed and klaxons sounding to [...]


The moment Thomas Barr realizes he’s won a bronze medal at last week’s European Championships in Berlin.
Barr wins bronze in Berlin Thomas Barr’s ecstatic demeanour said it all as he crossed the line in Berlin last Thursday night. Sheer delight mixed with no doubt a smidgeon of relief enveloped Barr’s face with the realisation that he had won a medal at a major senior championship.Barr’s bronze medal in the 400m hurdles at [...]

Raising the Barr!

Ferrybank AC's Thomas Barr pictured with his bronze medal after finishing third in the Men's 400m Hurdles Final at the European Athletics Championships in Berlin. See News 2 and 18 along with Sport 1, 10 and 11 for more! 			| Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Thomas Barr arrived back in Dublin to a hero’s welcome on Monday afternoon following his bronze medal winning run in last Thursday’s European Championship 400 metres Hurdles Final in Berlin. The 26-year-old, who ran the second fastest time of his career to take his first senior international Championship medal, was greeted at Dublin Airport by [...]

Tom’s Super 8

Ferrybank AC's Thomas Barr, who won his eighth successive Senior Men's 400 Metres Hurdles at last Sunday's National Senior Track and Field Championships at Morton Stadium in Santry.										 | Photos: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
With an eighth successive National 400 Metres Hurdles title in the bag, Ferrybank AC’s Thomas Barr is in justly upbeat mood ahead of the European Championships in Berlin, which get underway on Tuesday next. Barr, who looks in top shape ahead of the trip to Berlin, was in command from the off at Sunday’s [...]

We’re Back Baby!

Thomas Barr in action
Thomas Barr’s delight at his win in Lucerne last week at the start of what was another brilliant week for Irish athletics. Thomas Barr’s tweet “We’re back baby!” reflects not only delight but relief as the Waterford Olympian posted his best time in 13 months when he came home like the proverbial train to win the [...]

Tom Hunt’s History of Irish Athletics

Pictured at the launch were Paudie Hunt and Gerry Kirwan.
“Thanks Tom for sending me a copy I look forward to learning even more about Irish athletics through the years.” - Sonia O’Sullivan In the company of family, friends and bookworms from near and far, Clonea native Tom Hunt launched his latest title ‘The Little Book of Irish Athletics’ at Waterford’s Book Centre on December [...]


What better way to cool off on a warm day at the Waterford Viking Marathon than follow the example of Nicky Boland after he finished in a time of 04:24.51. See Sport 10 and 11 for more.  									| Photo: Noel Browne
he skies were largely overcast as the 3,000-plus runners, joggers and walkers hit the streets and surrounds of Waterford City on Saturday morning last for the sixth annual Waterford Viking Marathon. And while the sun didn’t break through in a meaningful way until shortly before 1pm, as many marathon runners began to cross the line at [...]

Golfing up North

Ardglass Golf Club, Co Down
e recently had the occasion to visit some golf courses just a 90 minutes-drive from Dublin to the border county of Down in Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland Golf has great pros like Rory McIlroy and Darren Clarke but what are the courses like that create such great players? Royal County Down golf course is the county’s best [...]

O’Louglin wins U23 Classification

A delighted Michael O’Louglin on the podium after winning the U23 classification of the An Post Rás
0 year old Carrick-on-Suir cyclist Michael O’ Loughlin showed that he is emerging as one of Ireland’s brightest prospects by winning the Under 23 classification of the An Post Rás. At the end of the eight day event the Team Wiggins rider had two minutes and three seconds advantage over Matthew Teggart of the An Post [...]