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DCU victorious in International meet

Posted 13th Apr 2022
Author Rory Cassidy (Public Relations Officer)

DCU Athletics had a narrow victory over Cardiff University Athletics in their recent dual match held at Morton Stadium on Friday April 1st.

Despite the horrific weather conditions there was some very strong races and performances by both teams as the Outdoor season got up and running in style.

A total of twelve events took place over an hour and a half of quality athletics.

The Mixed 3000m kicked off the programme, with Cardiff having the first five athletes across the line. Tom Luton, Callum Campion and Tom Hughes were the podium placers. Ruth Kennedy of DCU was the first female athlete in a time of 11.16.

The traditional 400m was replaced by a 300m race for this meet and DCU’s Caoimhe Cronin and Club Chairman Shane Monagle were the victors in their respective races. Cronin clocked a time of 41.71s, while Monagle ran 35.39s to narrowly hold off Cardiff’s Jonathan Knox and fellow DCU athlete Jed Walshe.

Next up was the Women’s 1000m. This was another very close encounter with Emily Lowery of Cardiff finishing just three seconds clear of DCU’s Kelly Breen. Cardiff’s Anabel Pozniak finished in 3rd.

Cardiff also took the spoils in the Men’s 1000m race, with Sam Tyas taking the win. Darren O’Dwyer of DCU was 2nd, while James Meiklejohn of Cardiff came 3rd.

DCU dominated in the 100m races with Jennifer Hanrahan and Mark Smyth winning. Hanrahan held off fellow DCU athlete Niamh O’Neill, with Cardiff’s Ellie Kiff coming 3rd.

There was a DCU 1-2-3 in the Men’s race with the aforementioned Smyth running a very impressive 10.61s season opener to finish ahead of teammates Michael Farrelly and Charles Okafor.

The final action on the track was the Mixed Distance Medley Relay with athletes running 400m, 800m, 1200m and a Mile. The Cardiff team of Emily Lowery, Jonathan Knox, Ellie Kiff and Sam Tyas had a comfortable victory ahead of DCU’s A team of Aine Burke, Jed Walshe, Letizia Gamberi and European Cross Country medallist Keelan Kilrehill. DCU B were 3rd with Kelly Breen, Darren O’Dwyer, Corrine Kenny and Aaron Brennan on the team.

In the field events Aoibhinn McMahon had over one metre to spare on her nearest rival, fellow DCU athlete Niamh McCorry in the Women’s Shot Put. DCU decathlete Jack Forde eased to victory in the Men’s competition, throwing over 11m.

Jennifer Hanrahan picked up her second victory of the day jumping 4.17m to win the Women’s Long Jump, while guest athlete Cillian Griffin of IT Carlow won the Men’s competition jumping 6.81m. Jordan Knight and Jack Forde of DCU were 2nd and 3rd respectively.

The overall standings saw DCU finish on 48 points while Cardiff scoring 40 points, meaning DCU took a narrow victory. The event was a new concept and ran smoothly throughout and perhaps it will not be the last time that DCU and Morton Stadium holds an International University competition.

DCU athletes shine at Euro Cross!

Posted 13th Dec 2021
Author Rory Cassidy (Public Relations Officer)

Keelan Kilrehill and Jamie Battle delivered the performances of their lives at yesterday’s Spar European Cross-Country Championships at the National Sports Campus in Abbottstown, Dublin.

Both men lined up in the U23 Men’s race with high hopes of claiming a team medal, however in the build up few would have predicted that the colour of that medal would have been gold.

 The team were led home by Darragh McElhinney (UCD AC) who finished in a superb second place but focus from a DCU perspective was firmly on the action behind him.

Kilrehill started the race modestly enough but was never too far out of the leaders’ sights. With two laps to go he began to move further up the field and was well positioned alongside Irish teammate Michael Power (West Waterford AC) with a lap to go.

He continued to push on and looked strong all the way to line. Roared on by the 8,000-10,000 Irish spectators, Kilrehill finished a remarkable 6th.

To top the performance off it marks an incredible comeback by the Sligo final year EPL student. In 2015 following a serious bicycle accident, Kilrehill was left confined to a wheelchair, having suffered a broken back and fractured neck. At the time doctors told him that he may never run again. Just six years on, he produced an inspirational performance yesterday.

Speaking to Athletics Ireland after Kilrehill said; “I came in thinking that top 15 would be realistic and unbelievable at the same time, but I had myself in the top 15 or top 20 for the whole race and it was all about staying relaxed, staying patient and when lads start coming back to you, such big names and you’re passing them out and feeling so good, it’s some feeling.”

“I got into that last lap, and I had a realistic chance of a medal, why not go for it, so Id going for it on the last lap, unfortunately I didn’t get up there, but I can’t complain, 6th place, I didn’t expect that”, he said.

Jamie Battle also had an excellent run. Despite having only been called up to the team as a late addition during the week he was well prepared. Battle crossed the line in 44th, the fifth Irish athlete to finish.

Another athlete who returns to DCU with silverware is Cathal O’Reilly. O’Reilly was also a late addition to the team and was called up to the Irish U20 team during the week to replace the injured Cian McPhilips. O’Reilly finished in a strong 77th in the 6000m race and won a silver medal as his teammates led home by Abdel Laadjel also had excellent runs.

Andrew Coscoran ran the final leg for the Irish Mixed 4x1500m relay team. Coscoran had a strong run but missed out on a medal by the finest of margins finishing in the same time as the bronze medal winning Belgium team, but ultimately just behind. Despite not medalling yesterday, Coscoran has had a superb year the highlight of which was qualifying for an Olympic semi-final.

In the U23 Women’s race DCU were represented by Aoife O’Cuill and Jodie McCann. O’Cuill was the 3rd Irish athlete to cross the line, in 32nd position, while McCann finished in 49th. Both athletes can be proud to have achieved yet another Irish singlet at a major.

Five DCU Alumni were also in action. In the U23 Women’s race Lauren Tinkler finished in 46th.

Three former students were in action in the Senior Men’s race. Brian Fay became only the 6th Irishman to achieve a top ten finish at the European Cross-Country Championships, finishing in 10th. Last year’s DCU Athletics Men’s Captain, Cormac Dalton, came 28th, with Emmett Jennings finishing 44th. Fay and Dalton were scorers on the Irish team who finished 4th, just missing out on a medal.

Fionnuala McCormack competed in her 17th European Cross-Country Championships, a week after running the second fastest marathon by an Irish woman in history in Valencia. It was another exceptional performance by McCormack who crossed the line in 9th, leading the Irish women’s team home.

DCU Head Endurance Coach, Joe Ryan, managed the Irish U20 team that featured the aforementioned Cathal O’Reilly to silver and is also coach to European champion Jamie Battle.

As mentioned, yesterday was a remarkable day for DCU Athletics that will fondly be remembered by athletes, coaches, families, friends, and supporters for many years to come.

Photo: Darragh McElhinney, Michael Power, Donal Devane, Jamie Battle (DCU) and Keelan Kilrehill (DCU) celebrate winning gold in the Men's U23 team competition. 

Credit: Kyran O’Brien (DCU Comms and Marketing Photographer)


IUAA Road Relays - Sat 13th Nov

Posted 5th Nov 2021
Author DCU Athletics Club

IUAA Road Relays are the first Intervarsity championship of the 2021-22 season. We're looking to enter strong teams in both Men's and Women's races. See below for full format of the event and timetable of races. 

  • Date:  Saturday 13th November 2021
  • Venue:  South Campus, National University of Ireland - Maynooth.
  • Parking:  There is NO Parking on the South Campus. Clamping is in operation. Parking is available on the North Campus
  • Overview:  This is a one day Intervarsity Championship open to all members. The event is hosted by NUI-Maynooth Athletics Club in mid to late November every year. The trophies are presented at the post competition meal which is usually held in the Phoenix Restaurant, North Campus or Pugin Hall, South Campus. The women compete in a four leg relay over 1-2-2-1 miles, while the men compete in a five leg relay over 1-2-3-2-1 miles. Each college can enter multiple teams. The race is held in the old part of the campus and the course is on tree lined avenues surrounded by old buildings.


  • Women's Race:  12.45pm.   1-2-2-1 mile relay.
  • Men's Race:  1.45pm.   1-2-3-2-1 mile relay.
  • Captain's Meeting:  3.15pm.   Venue: TBC.

  • Presentation:  3.30pm.   The presentation of medals and the trophies


DCU Athletics will be supplying a bus departing from the DCU Nursing Building (Collin's Avenue Entraance @ 10:30am on Saturday 13th) This bus is free of charge to all members travlling. 


Food will be provided to all athletes who compete back on DCU Campus (time TBC) as there is no meal this year in Maynooth. 

Singlets/Crop Tops

Club singlets must be worn at this event. These are available from the track office (LG10B McNulty Building) or by emailing

IUAA Road Relays - Sat 13th Nov

Posted 5th Nov 2021
Author DCU Athletics Committee

IUAA Road Relays are the first Intervarsity championship of the 2021-22 season. We're looking to enter strong teams in both Men's and Women's races. See below for full format of the event and timetable of races. 

  • Date:  Saturday 13th November 2021
  • Venue:  South Campus, National University of Ireland - Maynooth.
  • Parking:  There is NO Parking on the South Campus. Clamping is in operation. Parking is available on the North Campus
  • Overview:  This is a one day Intervarsity Championship open to all members. The event is hosted by NUI-Maynooth Athletics Club in mid to late November every year. The trophies are presented at the post competition meal which is usually held in the Phoenix Restaurant, North Campus or Pugin Hall, South Campus. The women compete in a four leg relay over 1-2-2-1 miles, while the men compete in a five leg relay over 1-2-3-2-1 miles. Each college can enter multiple teams. The race is held in the old part of the campus and the course is on tree lined avenues surrounded by old buildings.


  • Women's Race:  12.45pm.   1-2-2-1 mile relay.
  • Men's Race:  1.45pm.   1-2-3-2-1 mile relay.
  • Captain's Meeting:  3.15pm.   Venue: TBC.

  • Presentation:  3.30pm.   The presentation of medals and the trophies


DCU Athletics will be supplying a bus departing from the DCU Nursing Building (Collin's Avenue Entraance @ 10:30am on Saturday 13th) This bus is free of charge to all members travlling. 


Food will be provided to all athletes who compete back on DCU Campus (time TBC) as there is no meal this year in Maynooth. 

Singlets/Crop Tops

Club singlets must be worn at this event. These are available from the track office (LG10B McNulty Building) or by emailing

DCU Athletics New Kit - Joma x JF Sports

Posted 5th Nov 2021
Author DCU Athletics Club

DCU Athletics is delighted to partner with Joma Sport who come on board as the clubs technical apparel sponsor. The sponsorship will see a brand new range of DCU Athletics clothing including a new updated and eye-catching bespoke DCU singlet/crop top. The partnership is also in conjunction with JF Sports who will host a DCU Athletics Club Shop where the new kit can be purchased. The range includes technical running t-shirts and shorts as well as casual hoodies, shorts and jackets. 

We look forward to working with Joma and JF Sport into the future and seeing all DCU Athletes competing at IUAA Intervarsity events and events outside of this wearing the new kit on campus, nationally and internationally. 

DCU Athletics Club Shop:  (Please note some items can take up to 14days for delivery). 

NOTE: New athletics club singlets/crop tops can only be purchased from the track office (LG10B McNulty Building Glasnevin Campus) and are not available online. These cost €35 each and must be worn when competing for DCU. 

Russell & McElhinney win IUAA XC titles!

Posted 13th Oct 2021
Author Rory Cassidy (Public Relations Officer)

The Irish Universities Athletics Association (IUAA) held their Cross-Country Championships on Sunday 26th September at DCU St. Clare’s Sports Grounds. Anticipation was high in the build-up to the races, which saw a return of inter-varsity action after an eighteen-month absence.


For months in advance there was speculation as to whether or not the event would get the go ahead and following the cancellation of the Track and Field Championships that had been scheduled for August, athletes were probably right to feel somewhat pessimistic. Due to the easing of government guidelines and the strong support of DCU the event was allowed to go ahead with only a limited number of people allowed to attend.


The Women’s race had been scheduled to start at 1.45pm but was pushed back to 3pm due to the closure of the M7 which delayed a number of athletes who were travelling. The sweet sound of thers gun was music to the ears of athletes and stewards alike as the approximately 5k race eventually got underway.


From the off a small group of up to six athletes led the way, including DCU AC’s Christine Russell and Emma O’Brien, both of whom are in fine form at the moment. The group also contained Ciara O’Neill of UL and the Trinity duo of Eavan McLoughlin and Cliona Murphy.


As the race progressed Murphy and Russell began to pull away from the field, with O’Brien and others still running strongly behind them. It was with lap to go that Russell made her decisive move, injecting a burst of pace that Murphy could not deal with. Murphy’s race was ran at this stage and Russell began to move further clear from the field, her effortless running style making it look easy. Ciara O’Neill moved into 2nd on the last lap with an enthralling battle for bronze being fought out behind.


As she crossed the line Russell had a winning margin of over twenty seconds from O’Neill, with DCU’s Emma O’Brien just being pipped for bronze by Trinity’s Eavan McLoughlin. Trinity won the team title, followed by UL and DCU. The DCU team comprised of Russell, O’Brien, Ruth Kennedy, Aine Burke, Aisling McGuinness, Clare Barrett, Aoife O’Cuill and Avril Deegan.


The Men’s race followed soon after and it was clear from the get-go that there was only going to be one winner. Darragh McElhinney of UCD, National U20 5000m record holder and European U20 medallist showed his class and was never in any significant danger of losing the race. When crossing the line, his winning margin on the 8k course was in excess of one minute.


Keelan Kilrehill of DCU gave chase initially and was running strongly for much of the race. Unfortunately, with a lap to go Kilrehill ran out of gas and had to pull out, leaving Pierre Murchan and Thomas McStay of NUIG in a position to win silver and bronze respectively. Daniel Stone was DCU’s top finisher, crossing the line in 11th place. NUIG easily won the team title, with Matt Lockett having five athletes in the top ten. UL took silver, while DCU won bronze. The DCU was made up of Stone, Kilrehill, Jamie Battle, Ben Guiden, Patrick MacGabhann, Colin Smith, Euan Lagan, Eoghan Keaney, Neil Murphy and John Cleary.


It was a great honour for DCU Athletics Club to host the IUAA Cross Country Championships for the first time since 2004 and credit must be given to Head of Athletics at DCU, Paul Byrne for all his work organising a successful event. Attention now turns to the intervarsity Road Relay Championships which will take place next month in Maynooth.

Team Selections for IUAA XC This SUNDAY

Posted 24th Sep 2021
Author Paul Byrne (Head of Athletics)

The following are the teams selected to represent DCU at the IUAA XC Championship this Sunday in the DCU Sports Grounds. 

Men's Team

Jamie Battle

Keelan Kilrehill

Andrew McKenna

Euan Lagan 

Colin Smith

Neil Murphy

Luke Murphy

Ben Guiden 

Patrick MacGabhann

John Cleary 

Daniel Stone

Ryan Sheridan

Eoghan Keaney

Emile Esim-Enoh

Men's Team Captain: Jamie Battle

Women's Team

Aoife O'Cuill

Susan Glennon

Lauren Tinkler (OYD)

Christine Russell

Clare Barrett

Emma O'Brien

Avril Deegan 

Ruth Kennedy 

Áine Burke 

Aisling McGuinness 

Women's Team Captain; Grace Casey 


Women's Race - 5,000m @1:45pm 

Men's Race - 8,000m @ 4pm

REMINDER - No spectators allowed at this event. 

IUAA Intervarsity Cross Country @ DCU

Posted 16th Sep 2021
Author Paul Byrne (Head of Athletics)

DCU Athletics Club in conjunction with the Irish University Athletics Association will host the Intervarsity Cross Country Championships in DCU Sports Grounds (St. Claire's) on Sunday 26th Sept.

This is the first intervarsity athletics competition to take place since March 2020 and DCU is delighted to be hosting the event. We are looking to enter the maximum number of athletes in both the men's and women's race so if you're interested in running, please fill out the following form. This will close on Wednesday 22nd of Sept @ 5pm. 

PLEASE NOTE: As this is the postponed 2021 championships, athletes who were in DCU last year are eligible to compete. Incoming 1st year athletes are not allowed to compete. 

Women's Race - 5,000m @ 2pm 

Men's Race - 8,000m @ 2:35pm 

With restrictions easing from the 20th of September on outdoor sporting events we're delighted to have spectators allowed to attend. If you're not competing on the day we strongly encourage all DCU athletes to come down and support/cheer on our teams on home ground! 

Four DCU AC members off to the Olympics!

Posted 11th Jul 2021
Author Rory Cassidy (Public Relations Officer)

Four DCU AC members sporting, and life dreams will become reality in the next month when they step out onto the track at the Japan National in Tokyo donning the green vest to represent Ireland at ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’ - the Olympic Games. Years of hard work and dedication have culminated in Nadia Power, Andrew Coscoran, Sophie Becker and Cillin Greene receiving official confirmation this week that they have been selected for the Games which begin in just under two weeks’ time.

Nadia Power has been selected in the 800m. Power finished in a strong world ranking position having banked several consistent performances on the European circuit over the last two years. The Marketing, Innovation and Technology student is coached by James Nolan and has an impressive PB of 2.01.01 (8th on Irish All-Time List) which was set last season and a time of 2.01.42 to her name this year. The heats of the 800m will be one of the first races of the athletics programme taking place between 1am and 4.30am (Irish Time) on Friday 30th of July. Set your alarm clocks!

Andrew Coscoran will compete over 1500m. Coscoran has been in tremendous form this season, making huge progress under the guidance of coach Feidhlim Kelly in Dublin Track Club. The Education and Training student has run PB’s in both the 800m (1.46.61 – 13th on Irish All-Time List) and 1500m (3.35.66 – 9th on Irish All-Time list) in the past month and is the fastest Irishman over the latter distance in many years. The heats of the Men’s 1500m get underway on Tuesday 3rd August somewhere between 1am and 4.30am (Irish Time).

Sophie Becker (Genetics and Cell Biology) and Cillin Greene (Law and Society) are both part of the Mixed 4x400m Relay squad. Becker and Greene, like Coscoran and Power have both been in the form of their lives recently having clocked PB’s of 52.32s (5th on Irish All-Time list) and 46.18s (10th on Irish All-Time list) respectively this season. Both athletes are part of Jeremy Lyon’s setup in the Dublin Sprint Club and all going to plan will be chosen in the final four athletes who will race (six in squad). The heats for the Mixed Relay will take place between 11am and 1pm (Irish Time) on Friday 30th July.

DCU Alumni Cliodhna Manning and Fionnuala McCormack have also secured their places on the plane to Tokyo. Manning is part of the Mixed Relay squad, while the ever-impressive McCormack will represent Ireland at yet another major championships, this time stepping up to the marathon.  This will also be McCormack’s fourth successive Olympics having competed in Beijing, London and Rio previously.

Head of DCU Athletics Paul Byrne paid tribute to the sacrifice and dedication of the athletes and described having four DCU Olympians from one sport as “enormous”.

"To have one Olympian represent DCU would be huge, to have four Olympians from one sport is enormous. I couldn't be prouder of Andrew, Sophie, Cillin and Nadia. The sacrifices and hard work they have put in over the years, particularly over the last few months during the COVID-19 pandemic, have all paid off”, Byrne said.

“They are fulfilling their dreams and they are a huge credit to the University, their chosen programmes of study, DCU Athletics Club, their coaches, friends, clubs, families and extended support networks. Everyone in DCU is fully behind our newest Olympians as well as our two alumni Olympians, Fionnuala and Cliodhna. We can't wait to see them tear up the track in Tokyo".

All members of DCU AC want to wish Nadia, Andrew, Sophie, Cillin, Cliodhna and Fionnuala all the best in Tokyo. We have no doubt they will do themselves, their families, coaches, clubs, and country proud on the biggest stage in athletics! #WeAreDCU

DCU AC May Round-up

Posted 5th Jun 2021
Author Rory Cassidy (Public Relations Officer)

DCU AC athletes have been in exceptional early season form in the last couple of weeks with PB’s tumbling as races return at home and abroad. Here’s a quick round-up of all the action. There will be more round-ups in the weeks to come as the track season continues at pace!

Belfast IMC

An incredible 20 athletes travelled to Belfast on Saturday May 29th for the annual Irish Milers Club meet at Mary Peter’s Track with high hopes of delivering strong performances given the excellent weather and lack of races in the last year. They certainly didn’t disappoint.

The Men’s 400m saw three DCU athletes involved in the A and B races. In the A race Cillin Greene and Jack Raftery were in action, both running new PB’s. Cillin took the win, ahead of fellow Galway City Harrier, Robert McDonnell, in a time of 46.45s. Jack was 3rd clocking 47.27s and getting a B Standard for the European U23s as a result.  Both performances are cracking season openers. Club Chairman, Shane Monagle made his debut over the distance in the B race and was a comfortable winner. His time of 47.77s would have put him 4th in the A race.

Sophie Becker moved to 5th on the Irish all-time list over 400m with an insane run and new PB of 52.32s in the Women’s A race. Sophie finished 2nd to Phil Healy who also ran a PB in what was one of the races of the day. Sophie will now look to build on that performance and continue to gain valuable ranking points which could see her qualify for the Olympics in Tokyo. A big ask but fingers crossed. Caoimhe Rowe ran in the Women’s 400m B Race running a time of 62.62s.

Also in action in the sprints were Charles Okafor and Aoife Lynch. Charles finished 7th in the Men’s 100m A race (11.10s) while Aoife who has made an excellent start to her season as part of the Irish 4x200m Women’s relay team finished 3rd in the 200m A race in a time of 24.40s.

Plenty of DCU athletes were also in action in the hotly contested middle distance races. The Men’s 800m A race was one of the races of the day, with Harry Purcell and John Fitzsimmons (Kildare AC) only being separated by a photo finish. For the second week in a row Purcell ran a new PB, this time running 1.46.53. In the B race Eoin Quinn ran a European U20 B Standard, finishing 2nd in a new PB of 1.50.45.

Ciara Deely and Zoe Carruthers raced in the Women’s 800m A and B races, respectively. The A race saw British athlete Alexandra Bell securing an automatic qualifier for the Tokyo Olympics running 1.58.52. Ciara had a strong performance bagging herself a new PB of 2.10.29. Zoe finished 3rd in a the very competitive B race also clocking a new PB of 2.12.95.

Cormac Dalton who has already ran PB’s over 10,000m and 5,000m this season stepped down to run in the 1500m A race. There’s no stopping Dalton at the moment who finished 2nd behind Darragh McElhinney in a new PB of 3.46.50. Garry Campbell also ran in the race, finishing 5th in 3.48.33. Andrew McKenna was 2nd in the D race in a PB of 4.06.80.

Avril Deegan and Alex Murphy ran in the Women’s 1500m races. Avril had a solid run in the A race running 4.31.58, while Alex ran in the B race securing a new PB of 4.44.44 to finish 6th.

Daniel Stone and Euan Lagan were in action over 5000m. Daniel ran in the B race running 15.07.02 to finish 7th, while Euan ran a new PB of 15.41.42 in the C race to finish in 6th. Aoife O’Cuill and Claire Fagan ran in the Women’s 5000m. In her second race over the distance on the track, Aoife finished 2nd taking over ten seconds off her previous PB from a couple of weeks before, running 16.41.11. Claire came home in 3rd after a great battle with Aoife clocking 16.49.10 which is only a few seconds outside her PB and SB.

Next Generation Meet – Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Also on May 29th, Andrew Coscoran travelled to The Netherlands for the Next Generation Meet. He raced in the 1500m and moved to 11th on the Irish all-time list, with a new PB of 3.36.05. That performance moves Andrew back into a quota place for Olympics qualification.

World Continental Tour – Samorin, Slovakia and Golden Spike Meet – Ostrava, Czech Republic

Nadia Power continued her season racing in the 800m on Wednesday evening in Slovakia at the World Continental Tour event. Power ran a time of 2.02.02 and is now off to Finland for her next race in what will be a busy few weeks.

Power also raced in the Golden Spike event in Ostrava, Czech Republic on the 19th of May where she finished 6th in 2.02.72.

European Paralympic Athletics Championships – Poland

Former DCU AC athlete Greta Streimikyte took gold in Women’s T13 1500m at the European Paralympic Athletics Championships on Tuesday night. Streimikyte ran a time of 4.39.28, just outside the PB she set a couple of weeks before although the conditions during her race were unideal. Greta will now be looking ahead to the Tokyo Paralympics later this year where she will be looking to medal once again. Congratulations Greta from all at DCU AC!

Manchester Invitational Meet

Brian Fay moved to 4th on the Irish all-time list over the barriers in the 3000m Steeplechase. Fay ran a new PB of 8.33.93 on Thursday the 27th of May.

City of Lisburn AC Meet – Belfast

Harry Purcell and Andrew Coscoran both ran 800m PB’s at this meet, to move into the top 20 Irish of all-time over the distance. Purcell would go onto run another PB the following week as previously mentioned, while Coscoran ran 1.46.91. Brian Fay was just outside his PB running 1.51.44.

European Throwing Cup – Split, Croatia

Michaela Walsh finished 5th in the Shot Put at the European Throwing Cup in early May in Croatia. Walsh threw an impressive 15.06m.

T-Meeting – Tilburg, The Netherlands

Aoife Lynch travelled to the Netherlands recently to take part in the T-Meeting. Aoife equalled her 100m PB of 11.91 and followed that performance up with her 2nd fastest 200m ever, 24.23s.

Athletics Ireland Micro-Meet – Cork

Several DCU athletes competed in a special micro-meet in CIT, Cork on May 15th. Cormac Dalton qualified for the European 10,000m Cup running a PB of 29.19.75. A great 10,000m track debut! Aoife O’Cuill ran inside the standard for the European U23 Championships in the 10,000m clocking 34.41.36. Club PRO Mark Smyth ran a new 100m PB of 10.58s (+0.6). Matthew Callinan-Keenan was in action in the Pole Vault with a best of 4.25m, while fellow field events athletes, club PRO Kim O’Hare and Grace Furlong jumped 4.82m and 5.62m respectively in the Long Jump.

Day of 5000m races – Belfast

Cormac Dalton, Aoife O’Cuill and Claire Fagan all ran PB’s in Belfast at the start of May. Dalton ran under 14 minutes for the first time (13.59.04), running a massive 47 second PB. Claire ran a PB of 16.43 and Aoife ran 16.53 in her debut over the distance. As highlighted earlier Aoife’s PB now stands at 16.41!

Clubs and Socs Awards 2021

Posted 21st May 2021
Author Paul Byrne (Head of Athletics)

DCU Clubs & Socs Awards

  • Many congrats to Nadia on winning the overall 'Sports Personality of the Year' award at the annual DCU Clubs and Socs awards held virtually last night.
  • Andrew Coscoran was also an award winning on the night in the 'Contribution to Club Life Award' for his achievements over the 1500m this season and last as well as placing in the IUAA XC Champs in Cork 2020.
  • We were delighted to be nominated for overall club of the year which was great acknowledgment and recognition for all the hard work of the committee putting on events, zoom call after zoom call, our coaches at training when we could and sending on programmes to keep our members active and engaged! Huge thank you to the entire team in DCU Clubs & Socs for a great virtual event and evening to celebrate the achievements of students in a crazy year!

The full event can be watched back HERE:

DCU Athletes at World Relays

Posted 5th May 2021
Author Rory Cassidy (PRO)

DCU sports scholars Aoife Lynch and Sophie Becker were in action for Ireland at the World Athletics Relays in Chorzow, Poland last weekend.

Aoife was part of the 4x100m and 4x200m teams, while Sophie was part of the mixed 4x400m squad and joined Aoife on the 4x200m team.

The 4x200m relay took place on Sunday night, with the DCU girls being joined by Sarah Quinn (St. Colman’s South Mayo AC) and Kate Doherty (DSD AC). Aoife ran a great first leg (24.48s), passing the baton to Kate Doherty. When the baton was passed to Sophie who was running the anchor leg, she began to gain ground on her Polish counterpart who was in the lead. Unfortunately, the Polish athlete held on to take victory, with Sophie running a split of 23.82s to bring the team home in 2nd, setting a phenomenal new National Record in the process of 1.35.93!

Bearing in mind it was both athletes season opener it certainly bodes well for the summer ahead. Its worth noting also that it was Aoife’s first senior international appearance, undoubtedly the first of many to come. Both Aoife and Sophie were part of our 4x200m team at the last IUAA Indoors in Athlone in Feb 2020. Aoife was a reserve on the 4x100m team which finished 10th overall, missing out on a place in Tokyo by only 0.3s, however they did qualify for the World Championships in Eugene, Oregon next year.

Sophie was also a reserve in the Mixed 4x400m, rested due to a recent injury. The team finished 7th overall to qualify for the Olympics after finishing 3rd in their heat in a new National Record of 3.16.34. Chris O’Donnell, Phil Healy, Sharlene Mawdsley and Thomas Barr made up the quartet, with Andrew Mellon replacing Barr in the final.

Congratulations Aoife and Sophie from all of us in DCU AC. You did yourselves, your families, college, clubs, and communities proud!

 by Rory Cassidy (DCU AC PRO)


DCU Trio Selected for European Indoors

Posted 24th Feb 2021
Author Paul Byrne (Head of Athletics)

DCU students Nadia Power, Sophie Becker and Andrew Coscoran have been selected for the Irish Athletics Team competing in the upcoming European Indoor Athletics Championship in Torun, Poland, March 5-7. 

Power, a final year MINT (Marketing, Innovation and Technology) student has enjoyed a fantastic indoor season so far and will be aiming for a place in this year’s 800 metres Indoor final after a string of personal bests and national record performances at the recent World Athletics Indoor Tour. The Dublin City Harrier club woman has posted a 2:00.98 finish this season and is ranked 7th in Europe, 10th in the world and is currently inside the World Athletics Quota ranking system for Olympic Qualification. 

Andrew Coscoran ran a lifetime best over 1500m at the World Indoor Tour meeting in Lievin in France this month; finishing fifth in a world class field. The final year Education and Training Student ran 3:37.20 which placed him fifth on the Irish all-time list behind Marcus O’Sullivan and Eamon Coughlan. The Dubliner is also inside the quota for Olympic qualification.

Sophie Becker is also in superb form breaking her own personal best at the recent Athletics Ireland Elite Micro meeting on February 21st. She clocked 53.20 in the 400 metres and is currently the third fastest Irishwoman over this distance indoors. The Wexford athlete is the current National women’s 400m indoors and outdoors champion. 

Paul Byrne, Head of Athletics at DCU said, 

"I'm delighted for Nadia, Andrew and Sophie on their selections for European Indoors next week. All the hard work and dedication over the difficult number of months is coming to fruition. All three are sport scholarship athletes combining their academic and athletics ambitions to the highest levels. It has given everyone in DCU and DCU Athletics Club a huge boost to see them qualify and everyone is looking forward to watching them in action next week."

James Galvin, Director of DCU Sports and Wellbeing commented, 

"I want to congratulate Nadia, Sophie and Andrew on their wonderful accomplishment of qualifying for the forthcoming European Indoor Athletics Championships. We know the commitment to hard work and long hours, largely unseen, that is required to achieve their athletic goals. We are especially proud of the academic success of these DCU student-athletes and they are to be commended for their ambition and achievements.

A special mention to DCU Athletics coaches Joe Ryan and Daniel Kilgallon who coach athletes Cian McPhillips (800m), John Fitzsimons (800m) and Israel Olatunde (60m) who will also compete in Torun. DCU alumnus Paul Robinson (1500m) was also selected on the team. 

Pictured (l-r) Becker, Coscoran and Power in action

Welcome to DCU Athletics

Posted 30th Sep 2020
Author Paul Byrne


Huge welcome to all our new members and of course our returning Athletes.Thanks for signing up! Be sure to keep an eye here and via your email addresses on upcoming events, training, COVID-19 updates and competitions ??

Our committee and Head of Athletics are working hard to make sure there is as much activity in the club as possible while all the while keeping you safe with our COVID-19 protocols.

We looking forward to welcoming back to training sessions with the club from Monday 12th October. Full list of training times= and locations for the different event groups are detailed on the DCU Athletics Website

DCU Athletics National Senior/U23 Champs

Posted 2nd Sep 2020
Author Paul Byrne

DCU Athletics @ National Championships

The 2020 National Championships are ones that will not be forgotten quickly. Due to COVID-19 restrictions the champs took place over two weekends in August and were limited to strict guidelines only allowing a mx of 200 people in Morton Stadium at any time, this in turn meant no spectators would be allowed. A different Nationals but one the coaches, athletes and clubs were delighted to see proceed and credit to Athletics Ireland and their team for getting it across the line. It was also a memorable one for DCU Athletics Club with a full list of medallists below:


Gold - Saragh Buggy LJ and TJ, Sophie Becker 400m, Michaela Walsh Shot Put, Brendan O’Donnell Hammer, Paul Robinson (Alumni) 1500m, Matthew Behan (Alumni) 400mH, Kate Veale (Alumni) 5000mWalk

Silver - Adam King (Alumni) Hammer, Kourosh Foroughi (Alumni) HJ, Karen Dunne (Alumni) 400mH, Aoibhinn McGoldick 3000mSC, Eoin Sheridan (Alumni) Discus, Mark Smyth 200m, Lilly Ann O’Hora (Alumni) 100mH

Bronze - Megan Moynihan (Alumni) Hammer, Sarah McCarthy LJ, Claire Fagan 5000m, Andrew Coscoran 1500m, Paul Murphy (Alumni) 400m, Kim O’Hare TJ, Shane Aston (Alumni) 110mH , Michael Bowler (Alumni) PV


Gold - Brendan O’Donnell Hammer, Michaela Walsh Shot Put, Zoe Mohan Hammer, Claire Fagan 5000m, Mark Smyth 100m & 200m, Aoibhinn McGoldrick 3000mSC, Sarah Clarke 800m, Shane Power PV Silver - Deirdre Murray 400mH, Aoife Lynch 200m, Kim O’Hare TJ, Zoe Mohan WFD, James O’Neill Discus, Matthew Callinan-Keenan PV Bronze - Kim O’Hare LJ, Ruarcan O’Gibne1500m, Paul McDermott 200m, Ailbhe Healy PV

Total Senior -23

Total U23 - 20

A staggering 43 medals won across both weekends by past and present DCU students. Unrivaled by any other Irish University athletics club. There werea also plenty of PB's SB's and gritty performances from everyone on both weekends. Most will have wrapped up the season at this stage and I'm sure taking a much needed rest ahead of a potentially long and hard winter ahead.

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