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John Treacy

John Treacy

John Treacy won a silver medal in the 1984 Olympic Games, in the category of Men’s Marathon. He represented Ireland between 1980 and 1992 at four Olympic Games. Treacy has held onto his passion for sports in Ireland while working as the Chief Executive of the Irish Sports Council.

His running career took off in 1978 when he won the IAAF Cross Country Championship in Glasgow. That same year at the European Athletics Championships in Prague he placed 11th in the fast 10,000-metre race and fourth in the slow and tactical 5,000-metre race. After this success there was little to stop Treacy’s star from rising, he went onto win the IAAF Cross Country Championship again in Limerick in 1978 before going on the represent Ireland in four consecutive Olympics and world Athletic Championships.

John Treacy ran competitively until 1995, winning several medals along the way. He retired following a road race held in his honour in Waterford.

Our Aims and Objectives

THE THOMAS FRANCIS MEAGHER FOUNDATION WAS ESTABLISHED IN 2013 TO PROMOTE PRIDE IN AND RESPECT FOR THE IRISH FLAG AND THE UNDERSTANDING OF ITS SYMBOLISM AND MEANING FOR PEACE, IN PARTICULAR AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE IRRESPECTIVE OF ETHNICITY, CREED OR GENDER. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT ALL THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF IRELAND, INCLUDING THOSE WHO CONSTITUTE THE ‘NEW IRISH’, ARE MADE AWARE OF THE FLAG’S MESSAGE, AND ARE FULLY INCLUDED IN THE PROCESS OF MAKING IT A REALITY BY MAKING A SIGNIFICANT AND MEANINGFUL CONTRIBUTION AS ACTIVE CITIZENS. EACH YEAR, WE SEND OUT A FUNDRAISING PACK TO EACH OF OUR REGISTERED SCHOOLS, WHICH INCLUDE FLAG LAPEL PINS FOR THE STUDENTS TO SELL TO RAISE FUNDS FOR A CHARITY OR PROJECT OF THEIR CHOICE. WE ALSO PROVIDE SCHOOLS WITH PLANS FOR HOW TO CELEBRATE FLAG DAY, AND FLAGS FLOWN FROM 33 THE MALL. 

Aims and Objectives