44 Selected for Athletics European Games in Krakow

ByEmma Porter |

The Olympic Federation of Ireland has today named the forty-four athletes who will compete at the European Games in Krakow. While Athletics has featured on the European Games programme since 2015, this is the first time that it holds European Championship status, with it doubling up as the European Team Championships. The competition takes place in the Silesian Stadium in Chorzow, and runs from the 20th of June until the 26th of June, with the Irish athletes competing on the first three days.

Team Ireland will be competing in Division Three, with the main objective of gaining promotion to Division Two. A full athletics programme of action will be featured during the Games, and this will be the first outing for Athletics Ireland athletes under their new sprint coach, Christian Malcolm.

The following countries are in the third division: Bosnia & Herzegovina, Malta, Montenegro, Georgia, Armenia, Andorra, Republic of North Macedonia, San Marino, Albania, AASSE (Athletic Association of the Small States of Europe), Azerbaijan, Kosovo, Austria, Ireland, and Israel.

Competition for the Division three events will take place in the morning of the first three days; 20, 21 and 22 of June.  The medals in each category will be awarded after athletes in all division have competed, on the 26th of June.

Team Ireland will feature some of the up-and-coming talents in Irish athletics, as well as some seasoned names like Thomas Barr, Sarah Lavin, Phil Healy and Israel Olatunde.


  • Israel Olatunde (UCD A.C.) 100m (M), 4 x 100m (M) Relay
  • Mark Smyth (Raheny Shamrock A.C.) 200m (M), 4 x 100m (M) Relay
  • Jack Raftery (Donore Harriers A.C.) 400m (M), Mixed 4 x 400m Relay
  • James Ezeonu (Leevale A.C.) 100m H (M)
  • Thomas Barr (Ferrybank A.C.) 400m H (M), Mixed 4 x 400m Relay
  • Rocco Zaman-Browne (Dundrum South Dublin A.C.) 800m (M)
  • Cathal Doyle (Clonliffe Harriers A.C.) 1500m (M)
  • Fearghal Curtin (Youghal A.C.) 5000m (M)
  • Finley Daly (Sligo A.C.) 3000m SC (M)
  • David Cussen (Old Abbey A.C.) High Jump (M)
  • Reece Ademola (Leevale A.C.) Long Jump (M)
  • Michael Bowler (Enniscorthy A.C.Pole Vault (M)
  • Jai Benson (Lagan Valley A.C.) Triple Jump (M)
  • Eric Favors (Raheny Shamrock A.C.) Shot Put (M)
  • Colin Quirke (Crusaders A.C.) Discus Throw
  • Sean Mockler (Moycarkey Coolcroo A.C.) Hammer Throw (M)
  • Conor Cusack (Lake District A.C.) Javelin
  • Oliver Swinney (Speed Development Project Track A.C.) 4 x 100m (M) Relay
  • Nelvin Appiah (Longford A.C.) 4 x 100m (M) Relay
  • Christopher Sibanda (Clonliffe Harriers A.C.) 4 x 100m (M) Relay
  • Joseph Ojewumi (Tallaght A.C.) 4 x 100m (M) Relay
  • Callum Baird (Ballymena & Antrim A.C.) Mixed 4 x 400m Relay
  • Lauren Roy (City of Lisburn A.C.) 100m (F), 4 x 100m (F) Relay
  • Phil Healy (Bandon A.C.) 200m (F), 4 x 100m (F) Relay, Mixed 4 x 400m Relay
  • Sharlene Mawdsley (Newport A.C.) 400m (F), Mixed 4 x 400m Relay
  • Sarah Lavin (Emerald A.C.) 100m H (F), 4 x 100m (F) Relay
  • Kelly McGrory (Tir Chonall A.C.) 400m H (F), 4 x 400m (F) Relay
  • Louise Shanahan (Leevale A.C.) 800m (F)
  • Sophie O’Sullivan (Ballymore Cobh A.C.) 1500m (F)
  • Aoibhe Richardson (Kilkenny City Harriers A.C.) 5000m (F)
  • Ava O’Connor (Tullamore Harriers A.C.) 3000m SC (F)
  • Ruby Millet (St. Abban’s A.C.) Long Jump (F)
  • Saragh Buggy (St. Abban’s A.C.) Triple Jump (F)
  • Sommer Lecky (Finn Valley A.C.) High Jump (F)
  • Ellie McCartney (City of Lisburn A.C.) Pole Vault (F)
  • Michaela Walsh (Swinford A.C.) Shot Put (F)
  • Grace Casey (Clonliffe Harriers A.C.) Javelin (F)
  • Niamh Fogarty (Raheny Shamrock A.C.) Discus Throw (F)
  • Nicola Tuthill (UCD A.C.) Hammer Throw (F)
  • Adeyemi Talabi (Longford A.C.) 4 x 100m (F) Relay
  • Joan Healy (Leevale A.C.) 4 x 100m (F) Relay
  • Sarah Leahy (Killarney Valley A.C.) 4 x 100m (F) Relay
  • Mollie O’Reilly (Dundrum South Dublin A.C.) 4 x 100m (F) Relay
  • Roisin Harrison (Emerald A.C.) Mixed 4 x 400m Relay

Paul McNamara, Athletics Ireland Director of High Performance, said, “The European Team Championships is an outstanding event with a novel team format that differentiates it from other major championships. It is akin to the European Cross Country Championships in that it provides a gauge of our standing in European Athletics. The format gives an opportunity to emerging athletes to compete alongside many of our very best, and all compete with the overall aim of team success. We find ourselves in Division 3 as a result of having skipped this event in 2021, due to COVID restrictions, and we have the sole aim of earning automatic promotion.”

The European Games run from the 20th of June to the 2nd of July in Krakow and will see approximately 120 Irish athletes across seventeen sports. This is the third edition of the European Games, which is a multi-sport event run by the European Olympic Committees and will see athletes compete across districts in the Krakow-Malopolska region.

Latest European Team Championships Schedule: HERE

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