In December 2010, six young Irish distance runners claimed U23 gold at the European Cross Country Championships, but despite their relative youth, most of them have now retired from the sport. What lessons can be learned from how their careers played out? tracked them down to find out.
IRELAND has a rich tradition in cross-country running stretching back to the 1930s and Tim Smyth’s world dominance, through John Treacy’s back-to-back world titles in 1978 an 1979, Catherina McKiernan’s European title in 1994 and then Sonia O’Sullivan’s two world titles on successive days in Marrakech in 1998.
FOR those dreaming of pristine white sand beaches and crystal clear seas this summer, Tropical Sky is selling seven-night beach breaks to Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort in the Maldives from €1,719 per person (saving €199 per person), based on two sharing. Available on bookings until March 31, for selected departures in August, the price includes return flights from Dublin (via Gatwick), accommodation on a half-board basis, resort speedboat transfers, taxes and surcharges.
WITH Ciarán Ó Lionáird committed to competing and David McCarthy set to return from Providence, the task of putting together a medal winning under-23 team for the European cross-country championships should be completed on Sunday at the Woodies DIY national inter-county cross-country championships at Gransha Park, Derry.
A NEW website specialising in all things Disney has been launched and, not surprisingly, has been named Magic Vacations. The company has been set up by John Barrett, a former Disney employee, who is well known in the Irish travel trade through his links with City Travel and Travel Focus.