AIT Grand Prix and FAI Junior Cup on TG4 this weekend

The recent AIT International Grand Prix athletics meeting in Athlone will air on TG4 this coming Friday night, March 24th, at 7:30pm, while the FAI Junior Cup quarter-finals will go out on the same channel the following Sunday at 1:30pm.

Another full-house packed into the impressive indoor arena at Athlone Institute of Technology to witness the fourth running of Ireland’s premier indoor athletics event, featuring former world and Olympic sprint hurdles champion Sally Pearson, 800m World Championship silver-medallist Melissa Bishop, Morton Games winner and Olympic finalist Ryan Gregson, and one of the fastest women in the world this year over 60 metres, Christina Manning.

European Championship bronze-medallist from last summer, Ciara Mageean, ace sprinter Phil Healy, European Championship 4th-placer Paul Robinson and Euro Indoors veteran John Travers were the biggest Irish names competing.

Despite there being no live coverage on Irish television this year – it aired live in previous years on the now defunct IrishTV – the AIT Grand Prix still went out live in five European countries on Fox Sports TV, alongside a live stream, plus highlights in Ireland on eirSport, in the UK on Premier Sports, in the Netherlands and Italy on their respective Fox Sports channels, and in 25 countries across Africa on Fox Sports Africa.

Next Friday night’s broadcast marks a return to athletics coverage for TG4 after last airing the Irish Schools Track and Field in 2010, and is the first Irish Grand Prix meeting in twelve years to be broadcast on one of the “big four” terrestrial channels, after the 2005 Cork City Sports.


Mark Rodden interviewing D’Angelo Cherry during the 2017 AIT Grand Prix, airing on TG4 this Friday night

Commentary will come from the usual independent television athletics team of Will Downing, Jessie Barr and Dick Hooper, with reporting from Mark Rodden of Eurosport, who will also be fronting the FAI Junior Cup highlights programme on TG4 on Sunday March 26 at 1:30pm.

Coverage will consist of all four quarter-finals – Killarney Celtic v Janesboro, Peake Villa v Sheriff YC, Carrick United v Boyle Celtic and Evergreen v Kilmallock United.

Junior Cup Snow 2It was Killarney’s first quarter-final in 25 years, in a competition where no Kerry team has ever reached the semis.
Likewise, Evergreen had not played in a quarter-final since 1999, and it was Boyle Celtic’s first time reaching the final eight of Europe’s largest knockout soccer competition.

TV Times –

AIT Grand Prix athletics – Friday 24 March, 7:30pm (TG4)
FAI Junior Cup quarter-finals  – Sunday 26 March, 1:30pm (TG4)

Irish schedule for Belgrade 2017

Full Irish schedule for European Athletics Indoor Championships, Belgrade 2017 (Irish times) –

Fri 3 March
0845 400m Women R1 – Sinead Denny
0909 400m Women R1 – Phil Healy
0932 400m Men R1 – Brian Gregan
1042 800m Men R1 – Zac Curran

1545 60mH Men R1 – Ben Reynolds
1605 1500m Women SF – Ciara Mageean, Kerry O’Flaherty
1645 400m Women SF – Phil Healy, Sinead Denny
1705 400m Men SF – Brian Gregan
1725 3000m Men SF – Tomas Cotter
1815 1500m Men SF – John Travers
1910 60mH Men Final – Ben Reynolds

Sat 4 March
0830 60m Women R1 – Phil Healy, Ciara Neville
1825 800m Men SF – Zac Curran
1845 1500m Women Final – Ciara Mageean, Kerry O’Flaherty
1858 400m Women Final – Phil Healy, Sinead Denny
1918 1500m Men Final – John Travers
1933 400m Men Final – Brian Gregan

Sun 5 March
1500 60m Women SF – Phil Healy, Ciara Neville
1555 3000m Men Final – Tomas Cotter
1650 800m Men Final – Zac Curran
1710 60m Women Final – Phil Healy, Ciara Neville

Antrim Cross-Country to air next Thursday

The 2017 Antrim Cross-Country returns to TV this week, with eirSport showing coverage this coming Thursday at 8pm.

Fionnuala McCormack was back in contention heading towards the end of a strong cross-country season, where she took fourth at the European Cross-Country in Sardinia, subsequently winning the Irish Cross Cup in Brussels, and taking second in last week’s Great Edinburgh Cross-Country as part of a Europe squad managed by Ireland’s Teresa McDaid.

Main attractions in the men’s race were Olympic 3000m steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto and Britain’s six-time major Championship medallist Andy Vernon.

eirSport1 is available on Sky 423, and is on the basic service of the eirVision and Vodafone TV platforms in Ireland. Coverage is also confirmed to air in 25 African countries on Fox Sports Africa, with strong African fields competing in both men’s and women’s senior races.

It’s the sixth year of revived television coverage of the long-running event, which moved to Greenmount in 2009.

FAI Junior Cup Roll of Honour

1923/24 Brideville FC Cobh Ramblers
1924/25 St.  Marys Utd Sligo Celtic
1925/26 Brunswick FC St. Vincents FC
1926/27 Richmond Utd Bohemians C FC
1927/28 Richmond Utd Cahir Unknowns
1928/29 Sligo Rovers Grangegorman
1929/30 Rossville FC Bohemians C FC
1930/31 Distillery FC Southern Rvs
1931/32 Clontarf Conths. Southern Rvs.
1932/33 Queens Park FC Southern Rvs.
1933/34 B & I FC Cobh Wnds.
1934/35 Athlone FC Evergreen FC
1935/36 Evergreen Utd Shelbourne FC
1936/37 Amiens Celtic St. Pats Dundalk
1937/38 Athlone FC Bendigo Utd
1938/39 Drumcondra Juns Killybegs FC
1939/40 Drumcondra Juns Drogheda Utd
1940/41 St. Patricks Ath. Galway Bohs.
1941/42 Distillery B FC Drogheda Utd
1942/43 Not Played
1943/44 Coastal Def. Cork Drogheda Utd
1944/45 Rockville FC Wembley Rvs.
1945/46 St. Pats CYMS Rathfarnham FC
1946/47 Hibs Waterford Iona CYMS
1947/48 St. Pauls FC Pike Rvs.
1948/49 Rathfarnham FC Caledonians FC
1949/50 Griffith Rvs Irish Raleigh
1950/51 Bray Wnds. Drogheda Utd.
1951/52 Rathfarnham FC Waterford Bohs
1952/53 Evergreen FC [Ck] Swilly Rovers
1953/54 Bray Wds. Ierne FC
1954/55 Home Farm FC Belgrove FC
1955/56 Grange Utd Waterford Bohs
1956/57 Belgrove FC Virginians FC
1957/58 Virginians FC Swilly Rvs.
1958/59 St. Saviours FC Glenmore Cel.
1959/60 Pearse Rgs. Hibs Waterford
1960/61 Valley Utd. Hibs Waterford
1961/62 Swilly Rvs. Castleview FC
1962/63 TEK Utd Blackrock Cork
1963/64 East Wall Utd Swilly Rvs.
1964/65 Fairview Rgs. Douglas FC
1965/66 East Wall Utd Everton Cork
1966/67 Swilly Rvs. Orchard Utd.
1967/68 Finn Harps FC Telephones Utd.
1968/69 St. Francis FC Talbot Utd
1969/70 Caledonians FC Tolka Rvs.
1970/71 Hoganville FC Caledonians FC
1971/72 Talbot Utd St. Marys Utd
1972/73 Tolka Rvs. St. Pats CYMS
1973/74 St. Michaels FC Tolka Rvs.
1974/75 Dunleary Celtic Arbour Utd
1975/76 Whitehall Utd Ballynanty Rvs.
1976/77 Dunleary Celtic Dingle Utd.
1977/78 Inchicore Ath Cherry Orchard
1978/79 St. Pats CYMS East Wall Utd.
1979/80 East Wall Utd Arbour Utd
1980/81 St. Teresa’s FC Belgrave FC
1981/82 Cherry Orchard Diamond Celtic
1982/83 St. Francis FC Ballynanty Rvs.
1983/84 Beggsboro FC Evergreen FC
1984/85 Cherry Orchard St. Kevins Boys
1985/86 Cherry Orchard Usher Celtic
1986/87 Cherry Orchard Temple Utd
1987/88 Usher Celtic Beggsboro FC
1988/89 Tolka Rovers Waterford Bohs
1989/90 Cherry Orchard Avenue Utd
1990/91 Cherry Orchard Donaghmede Clt
1991/92 Neilstown Rgs Rosemount FC
1992/93 Kinvara Boys St. Kevins Boys
1993/94 Clonmel Town New Ross Celtic
1994/95 Cherry Orchard Kilmore Utd
1995/96 Waterford Bohs Mungret Reg.
1996/97 Fairview Rgs. Portmarnock FC
1997/98 Fairview Rgs. Waterford Cry.
1998/99 Fairview Rgs. Ballymun Utd.
1999/00 Portmarnock FC St. Michaels FC
2000/01 Ballymun Utd St. Kevins Boys
2001/02 Fairview Rgs St. Michaels FC
2002/03 Fairview Rgs Portmarnock FC
2003/04 Fairview Rgs Carrick Utd
2004/05 Westport Utd Waterford Crystal 2-0
2005/06 Waterford Crystal Athenry United 1-0
2006/07 Killester United St. John Bosco 3-0
2007/08 Carrick Utd Killester Utd 2-1
2008/09 Ballymun Utd St. Peters Athlone 2-0
2009/10 Fairview Rangers St. Michaels (Tipp) 0-0 (5-3p)
2010/11 Pike Rovers St. Michaels (Tipp) 2-1
2011/12 Sheriff YC Kilbarrack Utd 3-1
2012/13 Sheriff YC Kilbarrack Utd 0-0 (pens)
2013/14 St. Michaels (Tipp) Ballynanty Rovers 4-0
2014/15 Liffey Wanderers Sheriff YC 2-1
2015/16 Sheriff YC Pike Rovers 1-0

New CEO for Tennis Ireland

Tennis Ireland’s new chief executive will be Richard Fahey, taking up the position next January.

He has held a number of senior management posts with the FAI over the past fifteen years, most recently as Director of Club Licensing and Facility Development.

Ireland are playing in Euro-Africa Zone Group III in both the Davis and Fed Cups in 2017, three divisions below the World Group, and will be competing in round-robin series as opposed to head-to-head contests against individual nations, as is the case in the higher divisions.

Tennis Ireland Chairman, David Barber, welcoming the appointment said: “We are delighted Richard has agreed to join us as our new Chief Executive Officer next January. The Board and I very much look forward to working with him to drive the development of tennis in Ireland to new heights of participation and achievement for all players, clubs and for all age groups together with the performance of our elite players both home and abroad”.

Speaking about his appointment, Richard Fahey said: “ I am very much looking forward to taking up my role as Chief Executive Officer of Tennis Ireland and to work closely with the staff and Board of Tennis Ireland and with everyone involved in tennis on the island of Ireland to further develop this wonderful sport”.