Updated Statistics - Roll of Honour
The statistics on the Athletics Ireland page have been updated to included to include figures from 2017. The aim of these compiled documents is so history can correctly record all the great Irish athletes who spent part of their lives training exceptionally hard in pursuit of the elusive National or International titles.
The under-age outdoor champions is a completely new list that has been compiled and added to the Roll of Honour page which you can find HERE. This has been a challenging task for those involved compiling this information, due to the sheer number of underage events and titles available on an annual basis. Alongside this, the older (pre-internet era) results are only available in newspapers and there are many results which simply went missing or were regretfully never recorded at a central level.
This list includes many notable athletes who have won an Irish Championship at a young age from 1891-2017. The most notable being Ronald Michael "Ronnie" Delany (1956 Olympic Champion) who won the U18 800m in 1952. The two most prolific Irish Underage Champions are Brid Golden (Hallissey) Ferrybank (Miscellenous & CE) and Clare Fitzgerald, Tralee Harriers (Throws) who have both claimed 26 individual titles in their time competing in the under-age outdoor championships.
There also have been some well-known names that have claimed the under-age outdoor champion title through the years. Did you know?!;
- Ronan Keating (Dunshaughlin), lead singer of Boyzone, was the under-age Irish Championship in the U13 200m in 1990.
- Shane Long (Slieveardagh), Irish Senior International Footballer, claimed the U16 100m & 400m Hurdle titles in 2001.
- Cian Healy (Raheny Shamrock), Irish Senior International Rugby player, won the U17 Javelin in 2003.
Fionnuala McCormack (Britton) has surpassed Sonia O'Sullivan as the most capped Irish women ever in 2017 with 36 caps. She also holds the most Ireland caps in European Championships (5) and European Cross Country Championships (11). McCormack first represented Ireland at the IAAF World Cross Country in Brussels in March 2004 and she has earned her latest cap in December of 2017 at the European Cross Country in Šamorín. You can find more about this HERE.
The top Irish Athletics Schools of all time, based on number of gold medals won, are Blackrock College, Dublin with 184 gold medals, Belvedere College, Dublin with 169 and Cistercian College Roscrea who have won 145 gold medals. Síofra Cléirigh Buttner competing for Coláiste Íosagáin, Dublin has won the most titles in the Schools, claiming 18 golds across 2 x 800m, 3 x 1500m, 2 x 3k, 11 x X Country (6 x ind & 5 x team). Learn more on this HERE.
To see more updated statistics on the Roll of Honour please visit our statistics page HERE.
Thanks to all that has been involved in compiling and contributing to these invaluable lists.