Catherina McKiernan

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Catherina McKiernan
Medal record
Women's athletics
Representing  Ireland
World Cross Country Championships
Silver medal – second place 1992 Boston Individual
Silver medal – second place 1993 Amorebieta Individual
Silver medal – second place 1994 Budapest Individual
Silver medal – second place 1995 Durham Individual
Bronze medal – third place 1997 Turin Team
EAA European Cross Country Championships
Gold medal – first place 1994 Alnwick Individual

Catherina McKiernan (born 30 November 1969 in Cornafean, County Cavan) is a former long-distance runner from Ireland, who competed in the marathon, 10,000 metres and cross country running.


McKiernan, born in Cavan was educated in Cornafean and Loreto College, Cavan and played Gaelic Games before taking up athletics at school and progressing to national and international prominence. Her international athletics career was blighted by injury for a large part of 1999 and 2000, which stalled her progress and forced her to miss the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, but she helped commentate on the Games for Radio Telefís Éireann the state broadcaster for Ireland. In November 2000 she married RTÉ radio presenter Damien O’Reilly. They separated in 2014. She won the 2004 Great Ireland Run but a lack of fitness forced McKiernan to pull out of the 2004 Summer Olympics, in Athens, Greece. Shortly after that she announced her retirement.

She was a highly successful cross country runner, collecting four world silver medals and a gold at the European Cross Country Championships during her career. She won the Belfast International Cross Country twice consecutively in 1992 and 1993, became the 1994 Eurocross champion, and was also a two-time winner of Cross Internacional de Itálica (one of Spain's most prestigious meetings).

McKiernan is now a running instructor that offers workshops on the technique of ChiRunning.[1]


As well as appearing on the international stage Catherina has won national titles at:

    • 3000m (4): 1990-1993
    • 5000m (1): 1996
    • cross country (3): 1990-1992

She is the national record holder at the marathon distance with a time of 2 h 22 min 23 s


  1. ^ O'Brien, Carl (September 3, 2012). "Shake off old injuries with a fresh technique". The Irish Times. Dublin. Retrieved December 12, 2012.
  2. ^ Lisbon Half Marathon winners
  3. ^ Paris Half Marathon - List of Winners

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Marleen Renders
Zevenheuvelenloop Women's Winner (15 km)
Succeeded by
Tegla Loroupe