Ireland Byrd got her start in gymnastics at the age of seven after her dad noticed she was teaching herself gymnastics from YouTube videos. Ireland's parents were originally going to have her do a tumbling class, but Excite Gymnastics was having tryouts the following week and Ireland tried out. The coaches asked Excite asked Ireland to come back and she hasn't looked back since.
Ireland competed TAAF level 2 during the 2016-2017 season and made it to the Texas State Championships where she took fourth on floor. Following her level 2 season, Ireland began training at Texas Dreams Gymnastics. Ireland competed level 3 during the 2017-2018 season and made it to the Texas North State Championships. Ireland competed level 4 during the 2018-2019 season and had a highlight beam routine at the WOGA Classic where she won the title with a 9.700.
Ireland competed her last season of compulsories during the fall of 2019 as a level 5. At her first level 5 meet, Ireland took fourth on vault and sixth on bars. Ireland began her optional career in January 2020 as a level 6 at the Alamo Classic. Here, Ireland finished fifth on floor. Ireland improved her all around score at each meet throughout the season and had her best meet of her season at the Zenith Winter Classic. Here, Ireland took third on vault and sixth all around. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ireland's season was cut short as the remainder of the season was canceled.
Currently, Ireland trains 25 hours per week under coaches Janet Yamamoto, Katie Blikstad, and Marcus Harlin at Texas Dreams Gymnastics. Ireland's goal for the 2021 season is to improve on bars, get her yurchenko, and to grow more in herself as a gymnast. In the future, Ireland hopes to compete level 10 and earn a college scholarship for gymnastics.