Fionnuala McCormack came 12th in the European Cross Country in Slovakia. Photograph: Sasa Pahic Szabo/Inpho

Not quite déjà vu all over again - Fionnuala McCormack this time not so much run off the European Cross Country medal podium by the still conspicuous (...)

Ireland’s Fionnuala McCormack competes during Sunday’s European Cross Country Championships in Chia, Italy. Photograph: Sasa Pahic Szabo/Inpho.

Nationality cannot count for anything when the only link to that country is the financial incentive offered to represent it, and no athlete has lost m(...)

Fionnuala McCormack (centre) running in the 10,000m final at the  European Athletics Championships in Amsterdam. Photograph: Karen Delvoije/Inpho

They say the only feeling worse than finishing fourth at a major championship is finishing fourth again, and Fionnuala McCormack now knows that feelin(...)

The Ireland women’s team who won bronze at the European Cross Country Championships, from left to right, Caroline Crowley, Ciara Durkan, Fionnuala McCormack, Lizzie Lee, Kerry O’Flaherty and Michelle Finn. Photograph: Inpho

The effort couldn’t have been more complete and the reward duly justified as for the second successive year the Irish women have run themselves onto t(...)