Echo Sport in Review: April 2021
THE announcement that underage and grassroots sports could return to training on a non-contact basis from the end of April was welcomed with open arms by local sports clubs.
Aidan Harris Igiehon’s dream of reaching the NBA took another twist after he committed to Grand Canyon University.
The move saw the Clondalkin native remain in the NCAA Division One, leaving University of Louisville to start a new chapter on the west coast of America.
Rhasidat Adeleke again surpassed the Irish Junior 200m record at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relay Meet, just days after breaking the record which had stood for 2 1-years.
Ireland finished up third at the Women’s Six Nations Championship with Clondalkin’s Hannah Tyrrell having a starring role at fly-half while Lucan’s Eve Higgins enjoyed a promising campaign.
The Republic of Ireland’s international friendly against Belgium was a memorable occasion for Kilnamanagh’s Katie McCabe, as she earned her 50th senior cap.
Having weeks previously been announced as the new Dublin Lions Basketball Club Senior Men’s Head Coach, Erin Bracken took up a second role as the Community Development Officer for South County Dublin.
Conal Keaney brought the curtain down on his Dublin career after the Ballyboden St Enda’s man announced his retirement.
Over the course of 20 years, Keaney enjoyed massive success in both hurling and football with the county set-up, winning six provincial titles and league silverware.
Esker Boxing Club invited other local clubs to join them in fighting back against an apparent rise in racism with the launch of its ‘United to Fight It’ campaign.
Templeogue swimmer Ellen Walshe was among the top performers at the Swim Ireland National Team Trials and was named The Echo Sports Star of the Month for April.
The 20-year-old broke the one-minute barrier in the 100m Butterfly for a second time, clocking a time of 59.73 which was just shy of the record of 59.54 she had set in early 2020.
Pick up your edition of The Echo on Thursday, January 6, to read our full Sport Year in Review 2021.