The six member strong team put in sterling individual performances to recieve a combined tally of sixty points, miles ahead of second place France on 78 points. "To get a gold medal is fantastic because the competition is so strong at European level," said team manger Anne Keenan Buckley. There was a strong student representation in the team, which made history as they arrived home to a heroes welcome before making an appearance Friday night's Late Late show to display the fruits of their labour.
DCU was represented by five current DCU athletes and five recent graduates at the championships, two of which, were part of the title winning u-23 team. Second year student John Coughlan, son of Irish Olympic medalist Eamon Coughlan,and DCU alumnus Brendan O'Neil, were the proud bearers of the hard fought gold medals.
Director of the DCU Athletics Academy, Enda Fitzpatrick said "This is a wonderful achievement for DCU in that almost one third of the Irish team are (or were) key members of the Athletics Academy over the last 5 years."
Meanwhile, Munster Unversity the University of Limerick, were represented in the form of third year wood science and technology student, Michael Mulhare. After their success the delighted team members are looking forward to an enjoyable Christmas before they gear themselves up for what they hope will be a succesful transition to senior level.