Ireland secured their League One status at the European Team Championships at Morton Stadium on Sunday.
In what was Ireland’s best ever performance in the combined men’s and women’s team championships, they amassed a total of 242 points to finish in seventh place.
The Czech Republic topped the leaderboard to claim gold with an overall total of 351.5 to beat Sweden in second and The Netherlands, who finished third.
Ben Reynolds brought the home crowd to their feet early on in the afternoon, when he won his heat of the 110m hurdles in a new personal best time of 13.71.
There were victories elsewhere for Ireland in the hurdles with both the men’s and women’s 4x400m teams bringing the crowd to the feet with wins.
The women’s team of Sinead Denny, Jennifer Carey, Shauna Cannon and Jessie Barr won their heat in a time of 3:38.43.
Barr, who ran a fine final leg said afterwards: “It was brilliant. It’s a completely brand new team so we had no idea what we were all going to do together and the crowd really got behind us. For a new team we did really really well, and we can only build on that.”
Likewise the men’s team of Jason Harvey, Dara Kervick, Richard Morrissey and Brian Gregan claimed victory in their heat in a solid time of 3:08.12.