Irish Team Selected for European Team Championships

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

The Irish Team has been selected to compete in the first European Team Championships (formerly European Cup) which will be held on the 20th and 21st of June in Banska, Slovakia. This exciting new format will see men and women’s teams combine making it more exciting, unpredictable and by putting more emphasis on the country and team as opposed to individual athletes.

In 2008 Ireland had two solid performances with the women’s team coming 6th in the First League and the Men’s team coming 3rd in the Second League. Based on these combined results, Ireland will compete in the Second League.
The European Cup has considerable significance for Athletics Ireland as it is the only full track and field team event available to our athletes. It also serves as an important development tool for our emerging athletes. Team Manager Patsy McGonagle said ‘I believe that promotion is possible but it will require a huge effort with optimum performances and a genuine team effort’.

European Team Selection
Event Male Female
100m Paul Hession Athenry AC TBC
200m Chris Russell Ferrybank AC Niamh Whelan Ferrybank AC
400m David Gillick DSD AC Marian Andrews Togher AC
800m Thomas Chamney Crusaders AC Kelly McNiece Lisburn AC
1,500m Liam Reale Limerick AC Deirdre Byrne Sli Chulainn AC
3,000m Sean Connolly Tallaght AC Kerry Harty Newcastle AC
5,000m Mark Hanrahan Leevale AC Eva Hutchinson DSD AC
3,000m S/Chase Mark Kirwan Raheny Shamrock AC Roisin McGettigan Sli Chulainn AC
110mH/100mH Ian McDonald Crusaders AC Derval O’Rourke Leevale AC
400m Hurdles Tom Carey City of Derry AC Michelle Carey West Dublin AC
Shot Putt Colin Quirke Crusaders AC Aoife Hickey KCH AC
Discus Colin Quirke Crusaders AC Deirdre Murphy Leevale AC
Hammer Padraig White UCD AC Eileen O’Keefe KCH AC
Pole Vault David Donegan Clonliffe Harriers AC Zoe Brown Raheny AC
High Jump Kourosh Foroughi Star of the Sea AC Deirdre Ryan DSD AC
Long Jump Steven Fleming Crusaders AC Kelly Proper Ferrybank AC
Triple Jump Dennis Finnegan UCC AC Mary McLoone Tir Chonaill AC
Javelin Aaron Crawford Strabane AC Anita White Dublin Striders AC
4X100m From Chris Russell Ferrybank AC
Paul Hession Athenry AC
Jason Smyth City Of Derry AC
Darragh Graham Sli Chulainn AC
Steven Colvert Crusaders AC
Derval O’Rourke Leevale AC
Kelly Proper Ferrybank AC
Niamh Whelan Ferrybank AC
Clare Brady Celbridge AC
Louise Kiernan Fingallians A.C.
4X400m From David Gillick DSD AC
Brian Murphy UCC AC
John Laffey Clonliffe Harriers AC
Brian Gregan Tallaght AC
Nick Hogan DSD AC
Marian Andrews Togher AC
Clare Bergin DSD AC
Fiona O’Friel UCD AC
Michelle Carey West Dublin AC
Joanne Cuddihy UCD AC

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