Wednesday, November 23, 2022

ST COCA’S AC’s O’Cuill has been included in an exciting Irish team which has been selected for the 28th edition of the SPAR European Cross Country Championships which takes place at La Mandria Park, on the outskirts of Turin, on 11 December 2022.

Aoife O’Cuill, St Coca’s AC, finished 4th in Donegal on Sunday last and has now been included on the Irish U23 team for the Europeans in Italy next month. Photo: Perri WilliamsAs reported in Tuesday’s Kildare Nationalist, O’Cuill had an outstanding 2021 season and she returned to form by winning the Leinster Novice in Bellurgan, Louth, last month and on Sunday last she finished in 4th place in the Ladies U23 race and in 16th place overall at the All Ireland Cross Country Championships in Rosapenna, Donegal. While the 4th place finish did not guarantee her a place on the Irish team for the Europeans the selectors have seen enough of her to include her on the team for Italy next month.

O’Cuill has been included on the U23 team which will be spearheaded by Sarah Healy (UCD AC), national senior champion from Sunday last as well as Danielle Donegan (UCD AC), Laura Mooney (Tullamore Harriers), Jodie McCann (Dublin City Harriers) and Niamh O’Mahoney (An Ríocht AC).

The SPAR European Cross Country Championships is one of the main seasonal appointments of the European Athletics calendar and is hosted by Italy for the fourth time after the editions of Ferrara in 1998, San Giorgio su Legnano in 2006 and Chia in 2016. Piemonte 2022  follows the edition of Fingal-Dublin last December which saw Ireland claim 3 medals (2 team and 1 individual), topped off with team gold in the men’s Under-23 race.

IRISH TEAM SELECTION

 

Event

Name

Club

Coach

Senior Men

Hiko Tonosa Haso

Dundrum South Dublin

Feidhlim Kelly

Senior Men

Peter Lynch

Kilkenny City Harriers

Taylor Gulley

Senior Men

Pierre Murchan

Dublin City Harriers

Mary McKenna

Senior Men

Brian Fay

Raheny Shamrocks

Andy Powell

Senior Men

Cormac Dalton

Mullingar Harriers

Taylor Gulley

Senior Men

Barry Keane

Waterford AC

Matt Roe

Senior Women

Ciara Mageean

City of Lisburn

Helen Clitheroe

Senior Women

Michelle Finn

Leevale AC

Feidhlim Kelly

Senior Women

Ann Marie McGlynn

Letterkenny AC

Emmett Dunleavy

Senior Women

Mary Mulhare

Portlaoise AC

Michael Mulhare

Senior Women

Aoibhe Richardson

Kilkenny City Harriers

Julia Lucas

Senior Women

Roisin Flanagan

Finn Valley AC

Damon Martin

U23 Men

Darragh McElhinney

UCD AC

Emmett Dunleavy

U23 Men

Efrem Gidey

Clonliffe Harriers

Peter McDermott

U23 Men

Keelan Kilrehill

Sligo AC

Emmett Dunleavy

U23 Men

Jamie Battle

Mullingar Harriers

Joe Ryan

U23 Men

Thomas McStay

Galway City Harriers

Matt lockett

U23 Men

Shay McEvoy

Kilkenny City Harriers

Taylor Gulley

U23 Women

Sarah Healy

UCD AC

Eoghan Marnell

U23 Women

Danielle Donegan

UCD AC

Emmett Dunleavy

U23 Women

Laura  Mooney

Tullamore Harriers

Ray Treacy

U23 Women

Aoife Ó’Cuill

St Coca’s AC

Joe Ryan

U23 Women

Jodie McCann

Dublin City Harriers

Clark McCann

U23 Women

Niamh O’Mahoney

An Ríocht AC

Ray Treacy

U20 Men

Nicholas Griggs

Mid Ulster AC

Mark Kirk

U20 Men

Dean Casey

Ennis Track AC

Pat Hogan

U20 Men

Jonas Stafford

Ashford AC

Feidhlim Kelly

U20 Men

Mark Hanrahan

Ennis Track AC

Pat Hogan

U20 Men

Callum Morgan

St. Malachy’s AC

Mark Kirk

U20 Men

Sean McGinley

Finn Valley AC

John Rogan

U20 Women

Anika Thompson

Leevale AC

Ken Nason & Shalane Flanagan

U20 Women

Anna Gardiner

East Down AC

Peter Morgan

U20 Women

Róise Roberts

North Belfast Harriers

Jim McGuinness & Joe Ryan

U20 Women

Hannah Kehoe

Kilkenny City Harriers

Niamh Richardson

U20 Women

Jane Buckley

Leevale AC

Ray Treacy

U20 Women

Fiona Hawkins

Dublin City Harriers

Damon Martin

Mixed Relay

Andrew Coscoran

Star of the Sea AC

Feidhlim Kelly

Mixed Relay

Luke McCann

Dublin City Harriers

Thomas Dreißigacker & Clark McCann

Mixed Relay

Georgie Hartigan

Dundrum South Dublin

Bev Hartigan

Mixed Relay

Nadia Power

Dublin City Harriers

Matt Yates

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