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.

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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

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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.

Irish team for Rio 2016 Olympics

Athleticsrio
Mark English – 800m
Thomas Barr – 400m hurdles
Mick Clohisey – Marathon
Paul Pollock – Marathon
Kevin Seaward – Marathon
Alex Wright – 20k Walk/50k Walk
Brendan Boyce – 50k Walk
Rob Heffernan – 50k Walk
Ciara Everard – 800m
Ciara Mageean – 1500m
Michelle Finn – 3000m steeplechase
Kerry O’Flaherty – 3000m steeplechase
Sara Treacy – 3000m steeplechase
Fionnuala McCormack – 10000m/Marathon
Breege Connolly – Marathon
Lizzie Lee – Marathon
Tori Pena – Pole vault

Badminton
Scott Evans – men’s singles
Chloe Magee – women’s singles

Boxing
Katie Taylor – 60Kg (lightweight)

Paddy Barnes – 49kg (light fly)
Brendan Irvine – 52kg (flyweight)
Michael Conlan – 56kg (bantamweight)
David Oliver Joyce – 60kg (lightweight)
Stephen Donnelly – 69kg (welterweight)
Michael O’Reilly – 75kg (middleweight) *
Joe Ward – 81kg (light-heavyweight)

Cycling
Dan Martin – men’s road race
Nicholas Roche – men’s road race
Shannon McCurley – women’s keirin

Equestrian
Eventing
Clare Abbott (Euro Prince)
Jonty Evans (Cooley Rorke’s Drift)
Mark Kyle (Jemilla)
Padraig McCarthy (Simon Porloe)
Reserve: Camilla Speirs (Portersize Just A Jiff)

Dressage
Judy Reynolds (Vancouver K)

Showjumping
Greg Broderick (MHS Going Global)

Golf
Padraig Harrington
Seamus Power
Leona Maguire
Stephanie Meadow

Gymnastics
Kieran Behan – artistic
Ellis O’Reilly – artistic

Hockey
Ireland men’s squad – Jonny Bell, Chris Cargo, Peter Caruth, Mitch Darling, Paul Gleghorne, Kyle Good, Ronan Gormley, Conor Harte, David Harte(c), John Jackson, John Jermyn, Eugene Magee, Shane O’Donoghue, Kirk Shimmins, Alan Sothern, Michael Watt
Reserves: Tim Cockram, David Fitzgerald, Michael Robson

Modern Pentathlon
Arthur Lanigan-O’Keeffe
Natalya Coyle

Rowing
Claire Lambe – women’s lightweight double sculls
Sinead Lynch – women’s lightweight double sculls
Sanita Puspure – women’s single sculls
Gary O’Donovan – men’s lightweight double sculls
Paul O’Donovan – men’s lightweight double sculls

Sailing
Annalise Murphy – Laser Radial
Andrea Brewster – 49erFX
Saskia Tidey – 49erFX
Finn Lynch – Laser
Ryan Seaton – 49er
Matt McGovern – 49er

Swimming
Fiona Doyle – women’s 100m and 200m breaststroke
Nicholas Quinn – men’s 100m and 200m breaststroke
Shane Ryan – men’s 100m backstroke; 50m and 100m freestyle

Diving
Oliver Dingley – men’s 3m springboard diving

Triathlon
Bryan Keane
Aileen Reid

* Failed dope test, may not compete

Irish athletics team named for Rio 2016

An Irish athletics team of 17 will be competing at the Olympic Games in Rio next month –

rioMark English – 800m
Thomas Barr – 400m hurdles
Mick Clohisey – Marathon
Paul Pollock – Marathon
Kevin Seaward – Marathon
Alex Wright – 20k Walk/50k Walk
Brendan Boyce – 50k Walk
Rob Heffernan – 50k Walk

Ciara Everard – 800m
Ciara Mageean – 1500m
Michelle Finn – 3000m steeplechase
Kerry O’Flaherty – 3000m steeplechase
Sara Treacy – 3000m steeplechase
Fionnuala McCormack – 10000m/Marathon
Breege Connolly – Marathon
Lizzie Lee – Marathon
Tori Pena – Pole vault

Irish Day 5 Schedule at Amsterdam 2016

Final Day 5 schedule for Ireland at Amsterdam 2016 (all times Irish) –

08:30 Women’s Half Marathon – Gladys Ganiel (Nth Belfast Harriers), Claire McCarthy (Leevale)
08:50 Men’s Half-Marathon – Paul Pollock (Annadale Striders), Gary Murray (Clonliffe Hariers), Sergiu Ciobanu (Clonliffe Harriers), Mick Clohisey (Raheny Shamrock), Mark Hanrahan (leevale), Kevin Seaward (Ballymena & Antrim)

16:15 Women’s 3000m Steeplechase Final – Michelle Finn (Leevale), Sara Treacy (Dunboyne), Kerry O’Flaherty (Newcastle)
16:45 Women’s 1500m Final – Ciara Mageean (UCD)
17:10 Men’s 5000m Final – Kevin Batt (DSD)
17:50 Men’s 4x400m Relay Final