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McDermott wants athletics to keep up

Dermot McDermott and fiancee Caoimhe Ni Mhurchu with a triumphant Bernard Ibirogba from Kildare at last year’s Millrose Games

Cathal Dennehy

It all started with a chat. It was late 2015 and Sligo's Dermot McDermott - an athlete, coach and athletics anorak - was shooting the breeze with Ray Flynn, the retired Irish miler who is now one of the world's leading agents.