Lennon sets tone for Irish
Dermott Lennon put the Irish contingent in the right frame of mind when winning the opening class at the world-famous horse show in Aachen yesterday morning, writes Louise Parkes.
From a field of 90 runners, the 2002 world champion triumphed in the NetAachen Prize speed event with mare Loughview Lou Lou.
The Irish will be defending title-holders when the fifth leg of the FEI Nations Cup Superleague takes place tomorrow in Aachen.
Lennon, Billy Twomey, Cian O'Connor and Denis Lynch claimed the trophy for Ireland for only the fifth time in its 81-year history last year. O'Connor is the only one missing from that line-up this time as team manager Robert Splaine also drafts in Shane Sweetnam and Shane Breen.
Meanwhile, league leader Peter Smyth looks to have booked one of the last places at next month's Failte Ireland Dublin Horse Show with his second-place finish in last Sunday's TRM/SJI Premier Grand Prix in Cork, where Tipperary's Greg Broderick was victorious with Mrs Quinn.
DOWN'S Ciara Mageean will spearhead a team of 15 Irish junior athletes (six girls and nine boys) for the European Junior Championships in Tallinn, Estonia, next week.
Mageean, who runs in the 1500m, goes there with bright prospects as Ireland have a good record of success in the European Juniors.
Nick O'Brien in the 3,000m in 1985, Mark Carroll in the 5,000m in 1991 and Colin Costello in the 1500m in 2005 have all struck for gold.
The championships run from July 21-24, and the team -- which will be managed by Neil Martin -- includes five representatives in field events.
IRELAND will be taking home at least five bronze medals from the European Schoolboy Championships in Russia after yesterday's sweep of quarter-final wins.
John Joyce, James Cleary, Tiernan Bradley, Lewis Crocker and Keelan Sexton all claimed last-eight victories.
Joyce, of Moate BC, won bronze at the 2010 European Schoolboy Championships in Bulgaria as well.
Cork's Oliver McCarthy and James McDonagh lost out.
•Italy will host next year's Six Nations rugby matches in Rome's Olympic stadium, and not the Stadio Flaminio. The matches against England and Scotland will both be played at the arena, where Lazio and Roma play.