McDaid involved in Irish U-23 success

McDaid involved in Irish U-23 success

McDaid involved in Irish U-23 success

TOM COMACK

Letterkenny AC coach Theresa McDaid was the happiest woman in the Algarve on Sunday afternoon as the Irish U-23 team swept before them to win the European Cross-Country Championship.

Theresa was the manager of the all-conquering Irish team and she admitted afterwards it was the biggest moment in her coaching career to date.

"It was a special moment and is, I would say, the greatest feeling in all my years involved in athletics. It was something special to see the tricolour being raised and the National Anthem being played and Ireland in the gold medal position.

"It is a day and achievement that will live long in the memory and certainly the best day I have ever experienced in athletics," Theresa said afterwards.

The history making Irish team, the first Irish gold medal at the championships since Caitriona McKiernan's back in 1994, was made up of David McCarthy, Brendan O'Neill, Michael Mulhare, David Rooney, John Coghlan - son of Irish athletic's legend Eamon - and Ciaran Leonard.

Meanwhile, one of Letterkenny AC's emerging young athletes and a member of the Irish Junior team Darren McBrearty, came fourth at the championships. Darren is also coached by Theresa.

Darren came home in 74th place in a time of 19.38 minutes and was the sixth Irish finisher. The junior race was won by Merzougui from Spain in a time of 18.07. Shane Quinn in 18.31 was the first Irishman to cross the line.

Great Britian won the team event, with Portugal second, Russia third and Ireland fourth.

Tom Daly, who was ratified as candidate for the GAA Presidency at last night's GAA Convention.