Athletics On the Boards This Weekend

The Irish Life Health National Senior Indoor Championships will take place this weekend at the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena.

They will showcase some of Ireland’s best talent, many of whom will be looking to continue their early season form with an Olympic Games on the horizon.

Both Ciara Neville and Marcus Lawlor were on hand for the launch of the Games yesterday and will be setting their sights on national glory. Both went agonisingly close in 2019.

Carlow native Lawlor, the 2019 World University Games bronze medallist will be looking to build on his impressive 2019 and carry his form into this weekend where he is set to compete in the 60-meter sprint.

Ciara Neville will also be looking to carry her sensational early season form from the Irish Life Health U23 Championships to Abbottstown this weekend. The Emerald A.C. star came away with a championship best performance of 7.33 seconds in the U23 60m final back in January, as well as bagging gold in the 200m in 24.40 seconds.


It promises to be captivating meeting with so many athletes already showing great early season form as they ramp up preparation for international competitions to come later in the year.

Recent 200m record-breaker Phil Healy is also set to have a busy weekend as she continues to build on her blistering start to the year. The Cork woman’s recent record time of 23.10 seconds was the fastest run by a European athlete this season and broke Ciara Sheehy’s 2003 mark by .07. Healy is entered in the 200m, but also holds an entry for the 60m which looks like it could be one of the races of the weekend.

“I’m really looking forward to the Championships with our supportive sponsor Irish Life Health,” said CEO of Athletics Ireland Hamish Adams.

“It’s going to be a really exciting year for athletics, and we are in no doubt that spectators will be treated to some thrilling action in the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena this weekend.”

“We’re delighted to sponsor the National Senior Indoor Championships, and we’re all really excited about this weekend’s action in Abbotstown,” added Head of Marketing at Irish Life Health Liz Rowen.

“No doubt the atmosphere and competition will make this a wonderful event and we encourage sports fans to come along to see some of Ireland’s top athletes in action on home soil.”

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