News 2018 

Title:  Mountaineering Ireland joins the Olympic movement
Date:  22/06/2018

Mountaineering Ireland has been officially affiliated to the Olympic Council of Ireland (and the World Olympic movement) at the Olympic Council of Ireland AGM held at the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus on Thursday 21st of June.

President of the Olympic Council of Ireland, Sarah Keane welcomed Mountaineering Ireland to the Olympic family as the representative body for climbing which is part of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The 31 out of 34 affiliated sports federations affiliated to the OCI present, unanimously welcomed Mountaineering Ireland into the “Olympic Family”.

Youth Climbing Team Coach Terry O’ Connor and Youth Climbing Team members Jessica Mc Garry, Matthew Smith and Sean O’Connor were present for the momentous occasion and for a photo call with Sarah Keane, President of the Olympic Council of Ireland, Peter Sherrard, CEO Olympic Council of Ireland, John Treacy, Chief Executive Officer of Sport Ireland and Murrough McDonagh, Chief Executive Officer of Mountaineering Ireland. 


Also affiliated at the AGM were ONAKAI (Karate Ireland) and Softball Ireland, with both sports also on the schedule for Tokyo 2020.


Murrough McDonagh, CEO Mountaineering Ireland stated that “Today is a special and important day for everyone involved in climbing on the Island of Ireland. Mountaineering Ireland are now a full member of the Olympic movement. Sport Climbing is on the schedule for Tokyo 2020 and there is a strong possibility that it will be continued for Paris 2024 and LA 2028 Olympic Games. We must continue to support and develop the excellent work from grassroots to high performance being carried out by our dedicated volunteers in clubs and Development Squads through to National Teams coaches, to ensure that those wishing to take up the sport have the opportunity to do so and for those wishing to advance within the sport have the support they need.”

Under the leadership of the International Federation of Sports Climbing (IFSC), competition climbing has been included in the line-up for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The format for competition climbing in Tokyo will follow a combined format of the three competition climbing disciplines; lead, speed and bouldering. Although, it is yet to be confirmed climbing is in a strong position to be included in the Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games.

Terry O’Connor, Mountaineering Ireland Head Coach stated that “Being a part of the Olympic Council of Ireland and having sport climbing on the programme of events for the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020 is great to see develop. We can see on a monthly basis the interest and increasing numbers of young people going into climbing wall centres, taking up the sport and to see so many of our athletes compete at the highest levels at both Youth and Junior Level in European and World Championship events is extremely rewarding for all involved.”


Indoor climbing has experienced a boom over the past decade, seeing a massive increase in the number of people participating and soaring levels of performance. Globally is it estimated that over 35 million people participate in indoor climbing and that the average age of these participants is 23 years. Mountaineering Ireland supports young climbers who have the desire to push their performance levels through the provision of the Climbing Development Squad. For more information on getting involved, please visit





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