Ireland’s Thomas Barr on his way to qualifying from his heat of the men’s 400m hurdles during day one of the  European Athletics Championships at the Letzigrund Stadium in Zurich. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

As an exercise in clearing the first hurdle – or 10 of them, to be exact – Thomas Barr got it perfectly right inside the Letzigrund Stadium this morni(...)

Ciarán Ó Lionáird (centre) will be joined by  Paul Robinson and John Travers in the 1,500 metres at the European Championships next month. Photograph: Inpho

A team of 30 Irish athletes with at least three medal favourites have been selected for the European Athletics Championships, which take place in Zuri(...)

Ciarán Ó Lionáird from Leevale on his way to winning his 1,500m heat at the Morton Stadium.

So the stage is now set for a fascinating 1,500 metres showdown at the National Track and Field Championships at Santry - after the four main contende(...)

Ireland’s Paul Robinson has already ran inside the qualifying time of 3:39.30 for the 1,500m in European Championships but is not yet assured of qualificiation. Photograph: Inpho.

Just when it seemed Athletics Ireland had it nice and straightforward ahead of next month’s European Championships in Zurich, things suddenly turned a(...)

Ireland’s Kelly Proper in action during the long jump at the Cork City Sports, CIT, last night. Photograph: Donall Farmer/ Inpho

This was a sprint when he’s aiming for more than a full marathon distance longer, although Robert Heffernan was still thrown a little off track in Co(...)

A dejected Fionnula Britton had to settle for fourth place in the Great Ireland Run over 10km in the Phoenix Park, Dublin.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

IAN O’RIORDAN: Road racing was never her forte and yet Fionnuala Britton found herself surprisingly off the pace at yesterday’s(...)

Men’s Javelin competitor Terry McHugh in action at the Sydney Olympics. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

When it seemed another week of nothing but high praise for Brian O’Driscoll sounded a bit repetitive, along came some reminders of what it mean(...)

Ireland’s Fionnuala Britton: “I lost my European title. I’ve finished second here, and that’s not the worst, but I’ve won this the last two years too, so I do really feel like I just lost this as well.”  Photo: Declan Roughan/Inpho

There’s nothing wrong with finishing second in one of the headline events of the cross country season. For Fionnuala Britton it just doesn’t beat that(...)

Ireland’s Fionnuala Britton is going for a third title in a row at the Antrim International Cross Country event. Photograph: Inpho.

She’s already edged her way back onto the podium, and Fionnuala Britton is now looking to return to winning ways at tomorrow’s Antrim International Cr(...)

Fionnuala Britton: claimed a podium place in Brussels. Photo: Sasa Pahic Szabo/Inpho

She at least made the podium this time and with that perhaps Fionnuala Britton made up for some of her disappointment at the European Cross Country – (...)

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