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Laois athlete set to head to Italy to compete in European Cross Country Championships

Mary Mulhare Ireland

An exciting Irish team of 40 athletes will take to Turin this weekend for the 28th edition of the European Cross Country Championships

These are set to take place in Italy at La Mandria Park, on December 11 – and a Laois woman will be there.

Portlaoise AC athlete Mary Mulhare, who is a teacher in Portlaoise CBS, will represent Ireland in the Senior Women’s race.

That is an 8,000m event and gets underway at 11.33am Irish time.

The Irish athletes will join over 550 competitors from 40 countries who are set to battle it out for European cross country honours at Piemonte 2022.

Irish fans will be hoping to relive some of the magical memories from last year’s sold-out European Cross Country Championships which took place at the Sport Ireland Campus in Fingal-Dublin.

Ireland claimed 3 medals (2 team and 1 individual) on that historic occasion, resulting in Ireland finishing as 3rd nation overall on the points table behind GB & NI and France.

Mary Mulhare was on the Irish women’s team last year that claimed silver last year.

The quality of athlete on show at Piemonte 2022 will make the race for this year’s team and individual medals as competitive as ever come Sunday morning.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.