Archive for the ‘Athletics’ Category

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 [...]

Brilliant Barr exceeds 2016 expectations

Seamus Power finished in a creditable 15th at the Rio Olympics
Barr’s brilliance lights up the The excitement was palpable and the sense of anticipation intense as crowds of excited athletics supporters crowded into The Cove on the afternoon Thursday, August 18th. The occasion of course was the final of the men’s 400m hurdles at the Rio Olympics with Thomas Barr in the line-up. An Irish athlete [...]


Ferrybank clubman named as Irish Athlete of the Year Ferrybank’s Thomas Barr was deservedly named Athlete of the Year at the Irish Life Health National Athletics Awards Ceremony which took place on Wednesday last at Santry’s Crowne Plaza Hotel. Thomas grabbed the country’s attention with his sparkling performances at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro [...]

Track and Field – Waterford athletes prominent at National Cross Country Championships

Athletes competing in last year’s Waterford AC Half-Marathon. This year’s event goes ahead on Saturday next.   Photo: Noel Browne
The National senior, junior and juvenile Cross Country Championships were held in Abbotstown Co Dublin on Sunday last and huge fields were the order of the day in all events with all 32 counties represented. Individual and inter club, inter county and inter provincial team titles were on offer and Waterford athletes figured very prominently. [...]

More Olympic Dopes

Marion Jones denied doping offences until she finally admitted in 2007 taking steroids before the Sydney Olympics.
he news of Michael O’Reilly’s failed drugs test along with the debacle over the participation of Russian athletes ensured that the build-up to the opening ceremony at last week’s Olympics was marred once again by doping controversies. O’Reilly might have been one of the first athletes under the doping spotlight in Rio but sadly he won’t [...]

Thomas Barr: our man in Rio!

The Olympic Games began in Rio last week end but the athletics which many regard as the central attraction of the Games begins this week end and once again Waterford will be represented by an athlete at the Games as has happened each Olympiad since 1980. Thomas Barr from Ferrybank AC, a native of Graiguearrida, Dunmore [...]