Tir Chonaill’s Mary McLoone gains selection on Irish Europa Cup Team


Athletics Ireland has today announced a full team to attend the 2nd European Team Championship to be held in Budapest (HUN) on June 19-20 which includes six NI Athletes.

Ireland’s top athletes captained by speedy stars Derval O’Rourke and Paul Hession will be aiming to secure a strong team standing at the end of the weekend after securing promotion to the First Division in last year’s event.

The Irish Team will compete in the First Division after finishing 2nd behind Lithuania in Last year’s Division 2 competition in Banska, Slovakia. This event was previously known as the ‘Europa Cup’ where the men’s and women’s teams competed as a separate unit. On this occasion the men and women will combine as a single point scoring team. This year Ireland will face some stiff competition in the form of Hungary, Czech Republic, Estonia, Portugal, Romania, Sweden and Turkey.

This year’s team offers a blend of reliable senior athletes combined with up and coming stars.
Young Jason Smyth (City of Derry A.C) will certainly be one to watch after recording 10.41 for the 100m and 21.09 for the 200m already this year. He is also a valuable addition to the relay squad.

Stephen Scullion is competing over the 1500m. In recent weeks the 21-year-old has won a silver medal in the AAA 10K Road Championships as well putting himself in the European top 20 with a 1500 metres victory in Watford clocking a personal best three minutes 45.35 seconds.

Also included is Alan Kennedy in the Triple Jump who recently junped a new PB of 15.19 at the Irish Universities. Claire Wilkinson has a Pole Vault PB of 3.90m (indoors) from the Irish Indoors at the Odyssey this year and will be joined by Aaron Crawford in the Javelin. Katie Kirk has been named on the 4x400m relay squad.

The European Team Championships, according Team Manager Patsy McGonagle “offers athletes a rare opportunity to compete and perform as a team which in unusual in what in largely an individual sport. We will be seeking to maintain our League 1 status against very stiff competition. In the future hosting such an event in Ireland will be great for the sports, the athletes and the country”

The competition kicks off on Saturday 19th June in Budapest.

Men: Jason Smyth (100m), Paul Hession (200m), David Gillick (400m), Thomas Chamney (800m), Stephen Scullion (1,500m), Rory Chesser (3,000m), Mark Kenneally (5,000m), Ian McDonald (110m hurdles), John Fagan (400m hurdles), Kourosh Foroughi (High Jump), Ian Rogers (Pole Vault), Eoin Hannon (Long Jump), Alan Kennedy (Triple Jump), Sean Breathnach (Shot Putt), Sean Breathnach (Discus), Padraig White (Hammer), Aaron Crawford (Javelin).

Women: Claire Brady (100m), Joanne Cuddihy (200m), Joanne Cuddihy (400m), Rose-anne Galligan (800m), Hazel Murphy (5,000m), Fionnula Britton (3,000 steeplechase), Derval O’Rourke (100m hurdles), Deirdre Ryan (High Jump), Claire Wilkinson (Pole Vault), Kelly Proper (Long Jump), Mary McLoone (Triple Jump), Fiona Moloney (Shot Putt), Claire Fitzgerald (Discus), Aoife Hickey (Hammer), Anita White (Javelin).


Mary McLoone