April 4 2020 - Patsy McGonagle on expecting the unexpected during his Irish tenure

In a 25-year spell from 1992, McGonagle led Ireland to four Olympic Games, six World Championships and six European Championships, with Ireland winning two Olympic, nine World and 27 European medals.


"You always had to be expecting the unexpected, especially at championships," McGonagle said.


The Ballybofey man joined Nathan Murphy on Off The Ball on Thursday night to recall some tales about his time - including Sonia O’Sullivan’s famous sliver in Sydney at the 2000 Olympic Games.


It remains one of Irish sport’s iconic moments and is also recounted in McGonagl’s 2019 memoir, ‘Relentless’.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games have been postponed until the summer of 2021, with two Finn Valley AC athletes - Brendan Boyce and Mark English - hoping to compete.


McGonagle said: “One of the exciting things about it is that we have another year to go.


“We look forward positively and, particularly now at this stage when you have two athletes closest, Boyce and English.”


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