Ciara Mageean

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 Ireland’s Ciara Mageean celebrates after finishing in third place in the Women’s 1500m final at the European Indoor Athletics Championships. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Reuters

When you make yourself a candidate for our January, February and March sportswoman of the month awards, that’s a reasonably solid indication that your(...)

Rena Buckley lifts the O’Duffy Cup in 2017. The  Cork star ticks all the boxes when it comes to an inspirational sporting figure. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Over the weekend I got completely caught up in a wave of cycling, athletics and even pentathlon. I thought 2018 was the year for learning new sports(...)

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean and Mark English with their bronze medals at the European Indoor Athletics Championships. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

They’ve likened it to the killing zone, the last strides of championship running causing such a state of oxygen deprivation it can feel like a case of(...)

Ireland’s Mark English after finishing fifth in the semi-finals of the 800m  at the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Glasgow. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Nearly down but not out! After a classic case of an indoor race where anything can and did go wrong, Mark English found himself tripping over and impe(...)

Ireland’s Phil Healy competes in the Women’s 400m heats in Glasgow. Photograph: PA

They say every indoor championship race is either an incident or an accident waiting to happen, and for a while at least it felt partly self-inflicted(...)

Mark English winning a sixth national indoor title in the men’s 800m at the  recent National Senior Indoor ChampionshipsChampionships at the  National Indoor Arena, Dublin. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

You know what every athlete says about making a championship final: anything can happen! For Mark English, what happened the last two times he made a(...)

Ireland’s Sophie Becker with Phil Healy in Glasgow. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Both heat and lane draws can often double their weight and value when it comes to indoor championship running, at least in events up to and including (...)

Ciara Mageean has been named in Ireland’s team for the European Indoor Championships. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Three senior championship medal winners - and the currently fourth fastest runner over 400 metres - are among the Irish team of 16 athletes selected f(...)

Ciara Mageean on her way to setting a new indoor Irish record in the TG4 Women’s 1,500m of 4:06.78sec during the AIT International Grand Prix. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans... Not the most original intro, only something and everything about that line seems (...)

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean  celebrates her  new 1,500m indoor Irish record of 4:06.78   at the Athlone International Grand Prix. Photograph:  Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Delighting the home crowd and herself, Ciara Mageean produced a stunning victory over 1,500m at the Athlone International Grand Prix, scoring an indoo(...)

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