- Michael started running when he was 12 for fun and won his first National XC title when he was 12.
- Multi Irish National Champion at underage, Junior, u/23’s and Senior in championships ranging from 1,500m to 10,000m cross country.
- Competed in World Juniors Cross Country Championships in 2008 finishing 75th.
- Consistent Irish team member at nearly all European Cross Country Championships since 2007.
- Cork City Sports junior 1,500m champion in 2008.
- National Junior and u/23 champion in the one year in 2008 in 3,000m and 5,000m on the track and on the country. A record not too many have.
- Personal bests ranging from 1:52.28 for 800m to 14:03.71 for 5,000m.
- Progression of European Cross Country finishes
- European Juniors 2007 – 58th
- European Juniors 2008 – 59th, World Juniors 2008 – 75th
- European U/23’s 2009 – 18th
- European U/23’s 2010 – 16th
- European U/23’s 2011 – 33rd
- European Seniors 2012 – 44th
- European Seniors 2013 – 15th (first Irish scorer)
- 2014, Michael is Ireland’s present top cross country athlete training under Ireland’s National Endurance Coach, Chris Jones. Michael is one of 4 siblings who are all held in the highest of regards both here and in the UK for their dedication and passion for their sport. His brothers David, Dan and sister Mary, also National Champions in various disciplines, bring to their hometown of Portlaoise and their own family home, a mulitude of titles from County Championships right through to wins on the International stage at road and cross country. Michael’s running career is inspirational to follow for any youngster wishing to want to drive through the hardest years at transition from Junior to Senior. Consistency and hard graft are only two of the things that make Michael not only the athlete he is and is becoming, but the person he is known for by anyone that knows him or has heard about him from others. An honour also to have you as one of our ESCCO 2014 ‘Athlete’s Leaders’.