In Ireland, the first national championships were held in “College Park” on July 7, 1873, 39 years before the founding of World Athletics in 1912 and 23 years before the first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens in 1896.
When World Athletics was founded in 1912, one of the 17 founding members was the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, as it was known then. “Athletics Ireland” governs athletics, accepting that the organization was formed in 1873 and adopted its name in 1999.
Ireland gave the world three Olympic champions – Pat O’Callaghan, Bob Tisdell and Ronnie Delany, while John Treacy, Eamonn Coghlan, Marcus O’Sullivan, Frank O’Mara, Sonia O’Sullivan, Derval O’Rourke and Robert Heffernan become world leaders.
In the ninth edition of the European Team Championship, hosted by “Cluj Arena”, Ireland will compete, as in 2019, in First League.