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Three Cork Women selected for European Cross-Country Championships 2021

Three Cork Athletes Selected for European Cross Country Championships

Sport Ireland Campus, Dublin

Sunday December 12th 2021


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Aoife Cooke, Eagle AC
Photo: Gearóid Ó Laoí
Michelle Finn, Leevale AC
Photo: Gearóid Ó Laoí
Jane Buckley, Leevale AC
Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile


Three Cork athletes have been selected on the Irish teams at next month's European Cross-Country Championships; Michelle Finn, Leevale AC and Aoife Cooke, Eagle AC have been named on the Senior Women's Team, while Jane Buckley, Leevale AC leads the Under 20 Women's Team

There is further Cork interest, with Glengarriff native and former Bantry AC man, Darragh McElhinney, who has transferred his county allegiance to Dublin, and now running with UCD AC, who heads the Under 23 Mens Team


Athletics Ireland Release

SPAR European Cross Country Championships Selection

Fionnuala McCormack (Kilcoole AC) heads an Irish squad stacked with Olympic and European championship experience which has been selected for the SPAR European Cross Country Championships set for the Sport Ireland Campus in Fingal-Dublin on December 12th 2021.

McCormack is joined in the squad by fellow Tokyo Olympians, Ciara Mageean (City of Lisburn AC), Sarah Healy (UCD AC), Eilish Flanagan (Finn Valley AC), Aoife Cooke (Eagle AC), Andrew Coscoran (Star of the Sea AC), and yesterday’s Irish Life Health National Cross Country champion Michelle Finn (Leevale AC)

The senior women’s team will see McCormack, Finn, Flanagan, and Cooke, joined by Roisin Flanagan (Finn Valley AC) and Aiobhe Richardson (Kilkenny City Harriers), both of whom put it impressive performances at yesterday’s national championships to finish 3rd and 4th respectively

The senior men’s team will include Hiko Tonosa (Dundrum South Dublin) who looked ultra-smooth in taking the men’s national cross country title within the last 24 hours. Tonsa will be joined by clubmates Paul O'Donnell (Dundrum South Dublin) and Emmet Jennings (Dundrum South Dublin), adding further celebration for DSD who claimed the national club title yesterday

Ryan Forsyth (Newcastle and District A.C.) will offer previous European cross country experience, while the pair of Brian Fay (Raheny Shamrock AC) and Cormac Dalton (Mullingar Harriers AC) will return from action stateside following superb performances at the NCAAs

Sarah Healy (UCD AC) will lead the charge for U23 team and will be joined by Aoife O'Cuill (St Coca’s AC), Danielle Donegan (UCD AC), Ruth Heery (Waterford AC), and DCH pair Lauren Tinkler (Dublin City Harriers AC) and Jodie McCann (Dublin City Harriers AC)

The men’s U23 team includes the classy Darragh McElhinney (UCD AC), and the Bantry athlete will be joined by Keelan Kilrehill (Moyvalley AC), Thomas McStay (Galway City Harriers), Micheal Power (West Waterford AC), Thomas Devaney (Castlebar AC), and Donal Devane (Ennis Track AC)

Jane Buckley (Leevale AC) was first to claim one of the automatic selection places for Fingal-Dublin 2021 and she will be joined in the women’s U20 team by Emma McEvoy (Dundrum South Dublin), Rebecca Rossiter (Loughview AC), Laura Mooney (Tullamore Harriers AC), Aoife McGreevy (UCD AC), and Róise Roberts (North Belfast Harriers AC)

The men’s U20 team looks particularly strong and boasts two recent European U20 gold medallists over 3000m and 1500m in Nicholas Griggs (Mid Ulster A.C.) and Cian McPhillips (UCD AC)

They will be joined by Abdel Laadjel (Donore Harriers) who returns from action stateside as well as Dean Casey (Ennis Track AC), Scott Fagan (Metro/St. Brigid's AC), and Sean Kay (Clonliffe Harriers AC) who all performed superbly in national championship competition over the weekend

The mixed relay team will have no shortage of experience with Andrew Coscoran (Star of the Sea), Ciara Mageean (City of Lisburn AC), Luke McCann (UCD AC), and Siofra Cleirigh Buttner (Dundrum South Dublin) completing a stacked team

Athletics Ireland, National Endurance Co-ordinator, Matt Locket said: "We must acknowledge the outstanding work from athletes to put themselves in contention for selection at these home championships. The depth in the Nationals Cross Country championships was fabulous to see, and is a testament to the work of coaches around the country. We have a great history when it comes to European cross country competition and we are in no doubt those who have been selected are primed to take on the best in Europe in just a few weeks’ time”

Irish Teams

Senior Mens Team
Hiko Tonosa Haso DSD AC Feidhlim Kelly
Paul O'Donnell DSD AC Donal Hennigan
Emmet Jennings DSD AC Donal Hennigan
Ryan Forsyth Newcastle & District AC Richard Rodgers
Brian Fay Raheny Shamrock AC Andy Powell
Cormac Dalton Mullingar Harriers AC Steve Gulley
Senior Womens Team
Athlete Club Coach
Michelle Finn Leevale AC Feidhlim Kelly
Roisin Flanagan Finn Valley AC Damon Martin
Aoibhe Richardson Kilkenny City Harriers Jon Green
Aoife Cooke Eagle AC Alan Storey
Fionnuala McCormack Kilcoole AC Alan McCormack
Eilish Flanagan Finn Valley AC Damon Martin
Under 23 Men
Athlete Club Coach
Darragh McElhinney UCD AC Emmet Dunleavy
Keelan Kilrehill Moy Valley AC Emmet Dunleavy
Thomas McStay Galway City Harriers Matt Lockett
Micheal Power West Waterford AC Steve Gulley
Donal Devane Ennis Track Club Joe Chawke
Thomas Devaney Castlebar AC
Under 23 Women
Athlete Club Coach
Sarah Healy UCD AC Eoghan Marnell
Aoife O'Cuill St Coca's AC Joe Ryan
Danielle Donegan UCD AC Damian Lawlor
Lauren Tinkler Dublin City Harriers Enda Fitzpatrick
Ruth Heery Waterford AC Des Colbert
Jodie McCann Dublin City Harriers Clark McCann
Under 20 Mens team
Athlete Club Coach
Nick Griggs Mid Ulster AC Mark Kirk
Dean Casey Ennis Track Club Pat Hogan
Scott Fagan Metro St Brigid's Brian Tremble
Sean Kay Clonliffe Harriers Stephen Bateson
Cian McPhillips UCD AC Joe Ryan
Abdel Laadjel Donore Harriers AC Ray Treacy
Under 20 Womens Team
Athlete Club Coach
Jane Buckley Leevale AC Chris Harrington
Emma McEvoy DSD AC Donal Hennigan
Rebecca Rossiter Loughview AC Andrew Hann
Laura Mooney Tullamore Harriers Ray Treacy
Aoife McGreevy UCD AC Mark Kirk
Róise Roberts North Belfast Harriers Jim McGuinness
Mixed Relay Team
Athlete Club Coach
Andrew Coscoran Star of the Sea AC Feidhlim Kelly
Luke McCann UCD AC Clark McCann
Ciara Mageean City of Lisburn AC Steve Vernon
Siofra Cleirigh Buttner Dundrum South Dublin Mark Coogan


Reserves for all events will be confirmed later this week

Athletics Ireland would like to congratulate all of our athletes and their coaches who have been selected for the SPAR European Cross Country Championships which take place at the Sport Ireland Campus on December 12th. We are very proud of you all and look forward to seeing you represent us at what is sure to be a memorable event for the nation

We must also acknowledge the great work and effort our members, coaches, volunteers, and the wider athletics community has put in to support our athletes in attaining selection for these championships. We all look forward to roaring on #TeamGreen as the first races commence on December 12th


    Irish Life Health National Cross Country Championships Report (21.11.2021)

SPAR European Cross Country Championships Official Website and Tickets

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