Video: Emerging Irish cyclist set to star in RTE documentary series

Posted on: August 9th, 2018

cyclist Orla Walsh RTE We Run the World

A new RTE series will follow top flight Irish sportswomen; cyclist Orla Walsh one of them.


We Run the World RTE series on Irish sportswomen


A new RTE documentary series on women in top flight sport is set to feature cyclist Orla Walsh.

The new series – We Run the World – features five women from cycling, athletics, hockey and GAA.

Walsh is in her third season of racing having come to the sport a little later than most. She was part of the Irish team at last week’s European Championships.

She took bronze in 500m TT last year at the National Track Championships and soon after rode her first international.

She was part of a new-look talent transfer team pursuit line-up with Imogen Cotter, Mia Griffin and Hilary Hughes last November.

And at the recent Europeans she rode the team pursuit and the 500 metre TT.

RTE said of the new series: “Each episode will feature one athlete, their story, their sport, their life. It will give viewers a chance to get to know them, who they are and what they are about.

“It will capture the highs and lows and the personal challenge of balancing everyday life with the sacrifices of training for big national and international competitions.”

It said of Orla Walsh: “(She) has risen through the ranks of cycling at remarkable pace. She only took up the sport in 2016.

“And over the last week has pulled on the green jersey and represented Ireland at the European Championships. The 29-year-old is a regular on national podiums. Her cycling journey is just getting started.”

The other women who will feature in what RTE says is a “documentary series coming soon” are from varied backgrounds.

Cork track sprinter Phil Healy (23) has been an international runner since her junior days in 2013. She is the national record holder over 100m and 200m outdoors.

Nicci Daly (30) was a member of the Irish hockey team that reached the final of the recent World Cup. She has been capped for Ireland 170 times.

Sarah Carey (25) is the Limerick camogie captain and has featured in the media about balancing playing, working and motherhood.

Samantha Lambert (26) is the captain of the Tipperary senior footballers. She has been playing senior championship for a decade and captained the team to an All Ireland intermediate title this year.



cyclist Orla Walsh RTE We Run the World

In 500 metre time trial action on the Chris Hoy Velodrome at the Euros.