Irishman gets press job at European athletics

The European Athletic Association has appointed Pierce O’Callaghan as its new press chief, succeeding Emily Lewis, who leaves at the end of this month.

O’Callaghan, a former international race walker for Ireland, has been events and competitions manager at Scottish Athletics, where part of his responsibility is to lead on all communication, press conferences and promotional plans for major events. He was also meeting director for the recent Celtic Cup international match.

Prior to joining Scottish Athletics, Pierce worked in a voluntary capacity for Athletics Ireland, including as media officer from 2002 to 2005. He has also worked as a freelance journalist.

Pierce represented Ireland internationally in the 20km walk at the 1998 European championships. In addition, he is a qualified race walking judge and has also previously coached race walking.

Pierce will be responsible for all aspects of communications at the EAA, including the website – – and publications.

From September 28, media should contact the EAA via the main office number – +41 21 313 4350 – or via the email address