O'Rourke and Britton to lead weakened Irish team

Derval O'Rourke and Fionnuala Britton will lead a weakened Irish team in the European Team championship next week.

The Irish have been rocked by the withdrawals of World high jump finalist Deirdre Ryan and Ciaran O'Lionard and face stiff competition to remain in league 1 of the competition.

Brian Gregan has been named as the 400 meter athlete and will also take part in the 4x400 meter relay for next weekend which will take place in Santry stadium.

At the European team championships, points awarded to countries for the performance of their athletes in each event.

Athlete's the calibre of Hungary's Olympic hammer Champion Krisztian Pars will be out to spoil the Irish party.

The Netherlands, Czech Republic, Portugal and Sweden are four of the 11 countries the Irish will face.

Irish Team -

Men Jason Smyth (100m), Marcus Lawlor (200m), Brian Gregan (400m), Mark English (800m), Eoin Everard (1500m), David McCarthy (3,000m), Shane Quinn (5,000m), Stephen Cotter (Steeplechase), Ben Reynolds(110m Hurdles), Jason Harvey (400m Hurdles), TBC (Hammer), Brian McGovern(Pole Vault), Colin Quirke (Shot Putt & Discus), David Quilligan (Long Jump), Denis Finnegan (Triple Jump), Simon Phelan (High Jump), Matthew Martin (Javelin) David Hynes, Dean Adams, Steven Colvert, Marcus Lawlor, Craig Lynch, Zak Irwin (4x100m Relay), Brian Gregan, Jason Harvey, Dara Kervick, Richard Morrissey, Joe Dowling, Brian Murphy (4x400m Relay)

Women. Amy Foster (100m & 200m), Sinead Denny (400m), Rose Anne Galligan (800m), Claire Tarplee (1500m), Laura Crowe (3,000m), Fionnuala Britton (5,000m), Michelle Finn (Steeplechase), Derval O'Rourke (100m Hurdles), Jessie Barr(400m Hurdles), Aoife Hickey (Hammer), Tori Pena (Pole Vault), Claire Fitzgerald (Shot Putt & Discus), Kelly Proper (Long Jump), Caoimhe King (Triple Jump), Aisling Croke (High Jump), Anita Fitzgibbons (Javelin), Phil Healy, Niamh Whelan, Ailis McSweeney, Steph Creaner, Sarah Lavin, Louise Kiernan (4x100m Relay), Jessie Barr, Jennifer Caresy, Shauna Cannon, Sinead Denny, Claire Mooney, Grainne Moynihan (4x400m Relay)

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