Irish Olympian Jerry Kiernan has died at the age of 67.
A long-distance runner, the Listowel native represented Ireland at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles where he finished ninth in the men’s marathon.
He won the Dublin Marathon in 1982 and 1992 and was the seventh Irishman to run a sub-four-minute mile.
Kiernan would go on to coach a number of athletes including middle-distance runner Ciara Mageean.
We are very sorry to hear of the passing of Jerry Kiernan.
Jerry finished 9th in the Olympic marathon in 1984, and also coached many of Ireland’s top athletes, including Ciara Mageean and John Travers.
May he rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/4FFk2EvMtv
— Athletics Ireland (@irishathletics) January 21, 2021
Having represented Ireland on the biggest stage, Kiernan went on to work at RTÉ for many years as one of its most renowned pundits, covering the athletics, most notably on successive Olympic Games’ television coverage.