The History of Irish Marathon Running

Loughrea Marathon 1978 – photo courtesy of Caroline Tuite

 Near FM are proud to present The History of Irish Marathon Running. Produced and presented by Dave Hooper, with additional narration by the late great broadcasting legend Jimmy Magee (The Memory Man), this  documentary traces the history of Irish marathon running in Ireland from its imperial beginnings in the early 20th century, to the golden days of John Treacy, Jerry Kiernan, Pat and Dick Hooper, Neil Cusack and Catriona McKiernan right up to the Rio Olympic games.

Theme music ‘Fitzcarraldo’ courtesy of The Frames. Photo courtesy of Caroline Tuite.

Production supervisor: Paul Loughran

Made with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland with the television licence fee.