Despite its small population of less than five million people, Ireland is an absolutely sport-loving country.

Ball sports in particular are very popular in Ireland. Sports that are hardly known in German-speaking countries are dominant. Hurling and Gaelic football, for example, are the so-called popular sports. Rugby and football are also very popular in Ireland. In rugby, Ireland is one of the strongest nations in Europe. Ireland's football team also repeatedly qualifies for major international events.

There are few very successful Irish runners, however. One of the few exceptions is Sonia O'Sullivan, who ran to a sensational silver medal in the 5,000 metres at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.

The biggest running events in Ireland

The most famous sporting events in Ireland are unsurprisingly held in the capital, Dublin. There is the Dublin Marathon in autumn. 16,251 marathon runners successfully completed the marathon here in 2018. This makes the Dublin Marathon undoubtedly one of the most sought-after running events in Europe. Other well-known marathons in Ireland include the Cork City Marathon, the Waterford Viking Marathon and the Dingle Marathon.
Sightseeing in Dublin

Of course, you can also run the half marathon distance in Ireland. You should travel to the Rock 'n' Roll Dublin Half Marathon in the summer. You will see many of Dublin's sights along the way. These include the Docklands, the River Liffey, the Memorial Bridge, the Ha'Penny Bridge, the Guinness Brewery and the Phoenix Park. Sightseeing in Dublin is guaranteed to be fun.

30,000 at the Women's Run

For a long time, the Women's Mini Marathon in Dublin was considered the biggest women's race in Europe. Although the Austrian Women's Run now has an even larger starting field, the Women's Run in Dublin is still an absolute cult event. Since 1983, the race has been held every year shortly before the start of summer. Around 30,000 women and girls take part in this 10-kilometre race.

Triathlons in Ireland

For triathletes, there is also a well-known long-distance and middle-distance triathlon, IRONMAN Ireland Cork and IRONMAN 70.3 Cork.

All Running Races in Ireland (sorted by date) can be found in the following overview:

Running competitions 2024 in Ireland

Connemarathon - Connemara International Marathon

 
Date of the race | 09:00 Uhr
Location of the race Connacht
Distance of the race 63,3 km / 42,2 km / 21,1 km

Great Limerick Run

 
Date of the race |
Location of the race Limerick
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 6 mi

Lough Cutra Castle Multisport Festival

 
Date of the race | 09:00 Uhr
Location of the race Galway
Distance of the race Triathlon / Duathlon / Aquabike / Swim / Run

Cork City Marathon

 
Date of the race | 08:30 Uhr
Location of the race Cork
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km

Portumna Forest Marathon

 
Date of the race | 07:00 Uhr
Location of the race Portumna
Distance of the race 100 km / 50 km / 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km

Waterford Viking Marathon

 
Date of the race | 09:00 Uhr
Location of the race Waterford
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10,5 km

Longford Marathon

 
Date of the race | 08:00 Uhr
Location of the race Longford
Distance of the race 63,42 km / 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 5 km

The Kerry Way Ultra Race

 
Date of the race | 05.09.2025 06:00 Uhr
Location of the race Killarney
Distance of the race 193 km / 90 km / 58 km

Dingle Marathon - Daingean Ui Chuis

 
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Date of the race | 09:00 Uhr
Location of the race Dingle
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km

Seven Sisters Skyline

 
Date of the race | 07:00 Uhr
Location of the race Dun Luiche
Distance of the race 50 km (4.000 Hm) / 26 km (2.100 Hm)

EcoTrail Wicklow

 
Date of the race | 07:30 Uhr
Location of the race Wicklow
Distance of the race 80 km / 46 km / 30 km / 19 km

Hyrox Dublin

 
Date of the race | 08:00 Uhr
Location of the race Dublin
Distance of the race 8 km

Dublin Marathon

 
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Date of the race | 26.10.2025 08:45 Uhr
Location of the race Dublin
Distance of the race 42,2 km

Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon

 
Date of the race | 09:00 Uhr
Location of the race Clonakilty
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km

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