DONEGAL native and long-time Tullamore Harriers stalwart John Cronin has become the latest Irishman to join the elevated ranks of top international athletics officials.
After passing written and oral tests on track and field rules in both Lisbon and London, Cronin has been added to the panel of international technical officials (ITOs), of which there are only 44 members worldwide.
"I'm obviously delighted. It is a great honour, not just for me personally but for our federation," said Cronin, who is originally from Downings and works in IT with a pharmaceutical company.
It is 40 years since he first got involved in athletics in his native Donegal and he has been a constant presence with Tullamore Harriers for the past 30 years.
Meanwhile, double European cross-country champion Fionnuala Britton (Kilcoole AC) will lead a strong Irish team at the Lotto Cross Cup in Antwerp on Sunday. National endurance co-ordinator Chris Jones is using this event as preparation for next month's European Cross-Country Championships in Belgrade.
The women's team also includes Sara Treacy (Moynalvey), Laura Crowe (Riocht) and Ann Marie Larkin (Lifford).
Michael Mulhare (Portlaoise), David McCarthy (West Waterford), John Coghlan (MSB) and Mark Hanrahan (Leevale) make up the men's team and the travelling group also includes U-23 and junior athletes, including Darren McBrearty (Letterkenny) and Siofra Cleirigh-Buttner (DSD).
Leevale chairman Liam Horgan has died following a lengthy illness. His funeral mass takes place in Ballincollig tomorrow at 11.0.