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Ireland At The European Indoor Athletics Championships

Ireland At The European Indoor Athletics Championships
By John Dodge

Ireland is sending it's biggest ever team to the 2021 European Athletics Indoor Championships this weekend but we have a long and successful history with the championships going all the way back to the first edition as the European Indoor games.  Let's look at our medal winners.

1966 Dortmund

Noel Carroll - 800m - GOLD

Maeve Kyle - 400m - Bronze

Ireland only sent 2 athletes to the first ever European Indoor Games in 1966 and they both won medals.


1967 Prague

Noel Carroll - 800m - GOLD

Picture credit: Connolly Collection / SPORTSFILE

Two in a row for the man who created the Dublin marathon.



1968 Madrid

Noel Carroll - 800m - GOLD

That's the hat trick.



1969 Belgrade

Noel Carroll - 800m - Bronze

It took a world record run from East Germany's Dieter Fromm to inflict Carroll's first defeat at this level.



1970 Vienna

Frank Murphy - 1,500m - Silver

Murphy followed up his silver at the 1969 outdoor European Championships with the same indoors in 1970



1979 Vienna

Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Eamonn Coghlan - 1,500m - GOLD


We had to wait 9 years for our next medal and the "Chairman of the Boards" delivered gold. Despite his world record record setting performances indoors, it would be the only indoor medal of Coghlan's great career.


1980 Sindelfingen

Ray Flynn - 1,500m - Silver

Mary Purcell - 1,500m - Silver

Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

It's a mark of how strong an athlete Ray Flynn was that his Irish 1,500m (and mile) record still stands today from 1982. Purcell was an Olympian in 1972 and this medal was her crowning achievement.


1985 Piraeus/Athens

Marcus O'Sullivan - 1,500m - Silver

Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Corkman O'Sullivan would go on to win gold 3 times at the World Indoor Championships but his only medal at European level was silver in 1985.


2000 Ghent

Mark Carroll - 3,000m - GOLD

Photos by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

James Nolan - 1,500m - Silver

Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

It would be 15 years until Ireland's next Euro Indoors medal (winning 7 medals at World Indoor level in that timeframe!) but we came back with a bang in Belgium. A terrific silver by Nolan was topped by Carroll's magnificent gold.


2002 Vienna

Photo by Aoife Rice/Sportsfile

Karen Shinkins - 400m - Bronze

36 years after Maeve Kyle, Shinkins won Ireland's 2nd sprint medal over two laps of the Vienna track.


2005 Madrid

Photo; Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

David Gillick - 400m - GOLD

Alistair Cragg - 3,000m - GOLD

2005 saw Ireland win 2 gold medals for the first time. Gillick with the first sprint medal for men and South African born Cragg continuing our middle distance history.


2007 Birmingham

Photo: Tomas Greally / SPORTSFILE

David Gillick - 400m - GOLD

Gillick retained his title with a scintillating time that still stands as an Irish record. He was unlucky with injuries in his career but he joins Noel Carroll as the only Irish multiple gold medal winner at the European Indoor Championships.


2009 Turin

Photo: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

Derval O'Rourke - 60m Hurdles - Bronze

Roisin McGettigan - 1,500 - Bronze

Mary Cullen - 3,000m - Bronze

The 2009 even saw 3 Irish athletes win medals for the first time. O'Rourke won the 2006 world indoors but this was her first medal at European Indoors. Cullen had broken Sonia O'Sullivan's 3,000m record earlier in the season. McGettigan had initially finished 4th but when winner Anna Alminova was banned in 2014, she was upgraded to third and received her medal.


2013 Gothenburg

Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Derval O'Rourke - 60m Hurdles - Bronze

Ciarán Ó Lionáird - 1,500 - Bronze

Fionnuala Britton - 3,000m - Bronze

After no medals in 2011, Ireland returned with 3 more in 2013.  O'Rourke was upgraded following Turkish athlete's Nevin Yanit's doping disqualification. Ó Lionáird won the only international medal of his injury blighted career. For Britton (later McCormack) she added to her European Cross Country gold medals.


2015 Prague

Photo: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

Mark English - 800m - Silver

After a game of 46 years at 800m, Donegal's Mark English followed his 2014 European outdoor medal with his breakthrough indoors.


2019 Glasgow

Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Mark English - 800m - Bronze

Ciara Mageean - 800m - Bronze

A pair of bronze medals for Ireland's 800m runners in Glasgow. Both athletes have now won medals indoors and outdoors at European level.


Let's hope we can add to this list of 25 this weekend in Poland.


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