The History of Athletics in Ireland

Athletics in Ireland has a long and proud history
■The first national championships were organised in College Park on July 7th 1873 and have been held every year since.
■This was 39 years before the IAAF was established in 1912 and 23 years before the first modern Olympic Games took place in Athens in 1896.
■The first ever international athletics match took place in Lansdowne Road, Dublin on June 5th 1876. The match took place between Ireland and England with Maurice Davin receiving the honour of the first Irish athlete ever to represent his country in an international athletics meeting.
■When the IAAF was founded in 1912, one of the 17 founding members was the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland as it was then known.
■In the IAAF centenary history published in 2012, it is confirmed that the Irish national Championships are the longest running national Championships in the world today.
■Athletics Ireland is the National Governing Body for track & field, cross country, race walking and road running in Ireland. It is accepted that the organisation was formed in 1873 and adopted the trading name of Athletics Ireland in 1999.
■On the track, Ireland had produced numerous World and Olympic champions across all disciplines of the sport and is one of the most active contributors to the sport at international level.
■Three Irish athletes have received the ultimate honour of being crowned Olympic Champion – Pat O’Callaghan, Bob Tisdell and Ronnie Delany while John Treacy, Eamonn Coghlan, Marcus O’Sullivan, Frank O’Mara, Sonia O’Sullivan, Derval O’Rourke, and Robert Heffernan have all been crowned World Champions.
■Alongside this numerous Irish athletes have won World and European Championship medals and Ireland has hosted a number of IAAF and European Championship events in track & field and cross country.
■In 2014 Athletics Ireland had over 50,000 registered members and 316 clubs spread throughout the 32 counties of Ireland.

Athletics Ireland.

Athletics Ireland is the National Governing Body for Athletics in Ireland.

Their primary objective is to promote and develop the sport at every level from recreational running and schools competitions through to supporting Ireland's elite athletes in international competition.
They are administered by a Board of elected volunteer members who work in tandem with a group of full-time staff based in Dublin and the regions.
Athletics Ireland retains a strong volunteer ethos and the thousands of administrators, officials and coaches who give freely of their time play a vital role in the organisation.

There are 320 affiliated clubs with a combined membership of just under 50,000.

Our juvenile training sessions are taking place on each Monday and Wednesday in the AIT indoor, outdoor and cross-country tracks. The under-12 children are catered for in our FITKIDS training sessions in the indoor arena, over 12's are trained in the outdoor and cross-country tracks. Our innovative FITKIDS training blocks are proving to be a great success with children, parents and coaches alike.

FITKIDS Training (Under 12s):
Monday from 7pm til 8:15pm
Wednesday from 7pm til 8:15pm

Squad Training (over 12s):
Monday from 7pm til 8:30pm
Wednesday from 7pm til 8:30pm

If there are any parents who would like to help out with training please let us know. No experience needed !

We have opportunities for zone and group coaches but we also need assistance with bringing children to the bathroom and other general help at our busy sessions. Its a very rewarding, enjoyable experience, training will be provided if needed and we already have a great bunch of adults involved. Come along and join us....

 If interested let a coach know at the next session...