History 2000-2010

  • 1999/2000 BLE and NACAI dissolve (this time completely) and form Athletics Association of Ireland (Athletics Ireland) with provision for Northern Ireland Association representation on the Council.
  • 2000 Sonia O’Sullivan wins the silver medal in the 5000 metres at the Sydney Olympics. Mark Carroll wins the European Indoor 3000 metres to add to his outdoor bronze medal for 5000 metres in 1998
  • 2002 Ireland hosts the World Cross Country in Leopardstown, having been postponed from the previous year due to Foot and Mouth disease. The women’s team take the bronze medals in the short course.
  • 2003 Gillian O’Sullivan wins the silver medal in the 20K walk at the Paris World Championships
  • 2005 David Gillick and Alistair Cragg win gold medals in the 400 metres and 3000 metres respectively on the same evening at the European Indoor Championships in Madrid.
  • 2006 Derval O’Rourke wins the World Indoor 60 metres hurdles in Moscow and follows that up with a 2nd place in the 100 metres hurdles at the European championships in Gothenburg.
  • 2007 Athletics Ireland move into a new modern purpose-built headquarters in Santry David Gillick wins the European Indoor 400 metres for the second time in Birmingham
  • 2008 David Gillick breaks Irish 400m record. Paul Hession makes Olympic semi-final.
  • 2009 Derval O’Rourke (60m Hurdles) and Mary Cullen (3,000m) win Bronze Medals at the European Indoor Championships in Turin.
  • 2010 Derval ’Rourke  wins silver medal in the Women’s 100m hurdles at the  European Athletics Championships, Barcelona improving her  Irish Record to 12.65 seconds. Rob Herffernan finished 4th in the 20K Walk at the same championships before claiming an identical position in the 50K Walk just three days later smashing the Irish record in the process with a time of 3:45:30.

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