Pentathlon Ireland is a voluntary and non-profit organisation, first established by Robert Downes in 2003 to develop the sport of modern pentathlon in Ireland.


1980 UK based Irish team participated in the Olympic Games at Moscow.

1980 – 2000 No activity in Modern Pentathlon in Ireland.

2000 – 2003 Low level participation in UK Pentathlon by young Irish athletes.

2003 Modern Pentathlon Association of Ireland (MPAI) established by Rob Downes, affiliating to UIPM and the Olympic Council of Ireland.

Rob Downes and Cahir King become the first athletes to represent Ireland at Modern Pentathlon Senior World Championships, Pesaro, Italy.

Ireland represented for first time at UIPM (World Governing Body) World Congress.

2005 First Irish National Championships held (AALSA, Dublin).

First AGM held.

Ireland represented for first time at junior and youth international level.

2007 MPAI wins first world level medal, when Emma Davis takes gold at the Modern Pentathlon Biathle World Championships at Monaco.

2008 MPAI hosts Modern Pentathlon European Championships for Youth B (under 16), receives prestigious UIPM award for best new competition in the world for this event.

2009 MPAI re-brands as Pentathlon Ireland (PI).

Lindsey Weedon joins PI as High Performance Director, setting up High Performance Programme (HPP) with 3 leading Pony Club Tetrathletes*.

Eanna Bailey wins first international pentathlon medal for Ireland at Swiss Open Championships.

2010 PI holds first schools biathlon (run/swim) in Swords, Dublin.

Funding received for HPP from Irish Sports Council.

Natalya Coyle becomes first Irish athlete to reach the final of a World Cup Series event, and subsequently the first to qualify for the World Cup Final.

2011 Natalya Coyle received Carding from ISC, and is awarded Olympic Solidarity scholarship.

HPP athletes avail of IIS support services.

Arthur Lanigan-O’Keeffe qualifies for the final at Senior European Championship.

PI Strategy 2016 unveiled.

PI affiliates to Horse Sport Ireland to aid development towards independently funded NGB status.

Marek Makay joins PI as fencing coach.

2012 Accord established between PI and The Irish Pony Club to provide structured development pathway for young Tetrathletes.

Arthur Lanigan-O’Keeffe becomes Ireland’s first male athlete to qualify for a final at a World Cup.

Natalya Coyle finished in top ten at a World Cup for the first time.

Eanna Bailey produces Ireland’s highest ever World Cup placing of 14th.

All three HPP athletes qualify for World Cup Final in Cheng Du, China.

Natalya Coyle and Arthur Lanigan-O’Keeffe qualify for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Natalya Coyle finishes in 9th position at the London 2012 Olympics.

Arthur Lanigan-O’Keeffe finishes in 25th position at the London 2012 Olympics.

*Tetrathlon is a Pony Club sport consisting of Running, swimming, horse riding and shooting, which was adopted from Pentathlon in the 1950s.

2013 PI move to a permanent office facility at The National Sports Campus, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15.

PI, in co-operation with The National Sports Campus Development Authority, open the new Modern Pentathlon Centre at the National Sports Campus, this state of the art facility houses fencing and shooting facilities. Used for both High Performance training and development competitions.

PI hires its first general manager.

2014 PI launch its first ever national Biathlon series, The SSE Airtricity National Schools Modern Biathlon. Events took place in Limerick, Sligo and Dublin with the series culminating in the National Finals in April 2015.

2015 Irelands Natalya Coyle and Arthur Lanigan-O’Keeffe win back to back silver medals in the mixed relay in World Cup 1 and 2.  

Both athletes qualify for the World Cup Final in Minsk.