Ciara Mageean

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Ireland’s Ciara Mageean celebrates qualifying for the final of the World Athletics Championship. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Two athletes and one shining day. It’s October 5th, 2019, a date that they’ll both remember long after the peak of their sporting lives has faded. The(...)

It has been a remarkable year for women’s sport, domestically and internationally. Here we recount 20 highlights from 2019.   March 15th, (...)

Ciara Mageean, rugby international Jenny Murphy,  and writer and Ross O’Carroll Kelly creator Paul Howard with seven-year-old  Saoirse Moore  at the launch the of this year’s GoaL mile. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.

Back in her youth Ciara Mageean would always run down to her local GAA pitch on Christmas Day for a few hard laps and a few hills for afters. Those o(...)

 Champion middle-distance runner Ciara Mageean, and Irish rugby international Jenny Murphy, with Saoirse Moore, aged seven, from Sandymount at the launch of the 38th annual Goal Mile, Ireland’s longest running fundraising event . Irishtown Stadium. Photograph: Damien Eagers

Back in her youth Ciara Mageean would always run down to her local GAA pitch on Christmas Day for a few hard laps and few hills for afters. Those out (...)

You’d imagine that Róisín Upton plays back the recording of Ireland’s shoot-out victory over Canada in November at least once a day, but not so. She’s(...)

Fionnuala McCormack: national women’s champions will be part of a strong Ireland team in Lisbon on Sunday in the European Cross-Country Championships. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

I was back in the old familiar grounds of St Mary’s National School in Cobh on Monday, invited to deliver and partake in The Daily Mile which is fast (...)

Athlete of the Year Ciara Mageean with Hall of Fame winner Sonia O’Sullivan at the Irish Life Health National Athletics Awards. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

They graced the stage in relatively quick succession, first Sonia O’Sullivan, then Ciara Mageean, and the sequence and significance certainly wasn’t l(...)

Fionnuala McCormack congratulates her sister Una Britton after winning gold and bronze medals in the senior women’s race at the Irish Life Health  National Cross-Country Championships at the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Sometimes the hardest part about winning a national cross-country title is to stop making it look so easy. Fionnuala McCormack couldn’t quite manage t(...)

Greta Streimikyte falls after crossing the line in the Women’s 1,500m T13 Final at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Photograph:  Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images

Run as fast as you can, that’s what goes through Greta Streimikyte’s mind on the starting blocks. Stick to the plan if you can but if you can’t, then (...)

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean competing in a   1,500m   semi-final at the  World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar,   on October 3th, 2019. Photograph: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Ciara Mageean is no stranger to success. The 27-year-old from Portaferry, Co Down, has been winning medals since she was a teenager, and earlier this (...)

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