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Craughwell AC - 19 October, 2016 - 22:58

Sports First Aid Course: Coaches Invite

Galway City Harriers - 18 October, 2016 - 06:58

The Galway Sports Partnership are organising a Sports First Aid Course on Saturday 22nd October in Renmore. All active coaches and leaders with GCH Fit4Life, Senior or Juvenile sections are invited to attend the course to learn or refresh their first aid skills. If you are actively leading or coaching with GCH the club will reimburse your participation fee. Please notify Vincent Jordan (chairperson@galwaycityharriers.com) once you’ve registered for the course.

More details here: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1179085808818355&id=152559398137673

Categories: Member Notices

Save the Date GCH Awards Night Friday 18th November

Galway City Harriers - 18 October, 2016 - 06:57

An awards night for all parts of our club will be held in the Westwood Hotel on Friday 18th November 7pm-10pm.


This is an opportunity to recognise and thank our athletes, coaches, leaders and volunteering teams for the work they have put in over the past year. It will include awards across our Fit4Life, Senior and older Juveniles sections.


More details to follow, but please reserve this date in your diary. We’d love to see as many of our members as possible involved in this fun night.

Categories: Member Notices

Notice of Extraordinary General Meeting

Galway City Harriers - 18 October, 2016 - 06:52

A unanimous decision was reached by the GCH Management Committee to hold an EGM in the Westwood Hotel, Elizabeth Suite 8:30pm, 10th November 2016. This is an important opportunity for you to participate in some important decisions about how we operate as a club and we encourage all members to attend.


The Agenda is as follows:


  1. Adopt a revised Club Constitution that complies with the Revenue Commissioners requirements for obtaining Tax Exempt status. This matter will be voted on at the meeting.

  1. Information only presentation on future governance options for GCH. This is an opportunity for open dialog between the Management Committee and the membership on future options for legal status of our club. No decision is needed on this matter at the meeting.

For clarity, all members with full membership status aged 16 years or older are eligible to vote. Each eligible person is entitled to one vote. Parents shall hold one vote on behalf of their child/children who are members of the club and have yet to reach the age of 16. Parents who are club members in their own right may vote with this right for themselves and also cast one vote on behalf of their child/children.

A change to the club constitution must be passed by a special resolution of two-thirds of the persons present at the meeting that are entitled to vote.

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Club Winter Hoodies for Sale

Galway City Harriers - 17 October, 2016 - 21:09

GCH Juvenile winter hoodies for sale for €15 at training.  Good selection of sizes available.

Also 1 X GCH half zip size Medium available for €37

If anyone has any old club singlets they would like to sell second hand to our younger members please bring them along to training in a clear plastic bag with your name on it.  If and when we sell the singlet the club will pass the funds received to the owner.


Categories: Juvenile News

Sign up for the Connacht Cross Country Championships

Galway City Harriers - 17 October, 2016 - 20:52

Day 1    30th October       South Park/Claddagh   12 O'clock    U12/14/16/18s ;    Day 2  6th November - Westport House @ 12 O'Clock  U11/13/15/17/19s    Please add your child's name to the Entry list in 'The Shed' after training if interested in participating by Sunday 23rd October.


Categories: Juvenile News

Update on Connaught Cross Country venues and Dublin Marathon teams

Galway City Harriers - 17 October, 2016 - 10:37

Venues have been confirmed for Days 2 and 3 of the Connaught Cross Country League.

Day 2 takes place in South Park, The Claddagh, on Sunday October 30th. Races commence at 12pm with the Connaught even ages.

Day 3 takes place in Wesport House, Westport, on Sunday November 6th. Races commence at 12pm with the Connaught uneven ages .

Anyone interested, contact the secretary advising your category . NB You must stick to the one category for all days.  Senior or Novice or Masters 

Dublin Marathon / National Marathon. There are a number of GCH athletes competing in the National Marathon. If no teams are declared, then the first three club members to finish (irrespective of category) will count for team purposes. If GCH members that are running could let me know their predicted finish time and team category, then I could fill in team forms. The team categories for men and women are as follows:

Senior, Masters over 35, and Masters over 50.


Tel: Mags , 0879234224



Craughwell NS Connacht Senior Champions!

Craughwell AC - 15 October, 2016 - 22:20

Craughwell NS senior boys made history today in the shadow of Benbulben when winning the Connacht Primary Schools Cross Country title on the grounds of Sligo IT. While the school have featured on the winners podium many times in the last 15 years, this was the first time that the senior boys claimed the Connacht title, a feat achieved by the school’s senior girls on 3 occasions - 2003, 2006 and 2010. Previously the senior boys’ teams best performances were bronze team medals in 2007, 2014 and 2015.

Scoll down to the end of this article for the full results.

Craughwell NS Senior Boys - Connacht Champions 2016!

The boys were led home by an outstanding performance from Ross McGuinness with an 8th place finish – the joint highest position ever achieved by an athlete from the school (Kyle Moorhead in 2014). Ross was followed in with an incredible run by Robert Urquhart who had sprinted out of the starting chutes to take an early position in the leading group just behind Ross. For a sprinter to be in the leading group on a miserable day when the heavens rained down on the runners for the entire time we were there …. was a remarkable achievement and Robert hung on to place 18th in the race – a fantastic performance. And right on Robert’s heels, Eoin Byrne had the race of his life to take 19th place in the race. Having placed 42nd in the Galway finals, to place in the top 20 at the higher standard Connacht finals was amazing and one of the key improvement which brought the Connacht title to Craughwell. Next in came our 5th class hero’s Evan Hallinan 27th, Luke Flynn 33rd and Evan Moran 40th – another incredible set of performances from these young athletes in what is probably the toughest cross country race in Connacht.

And earlier in the girls’ races, Clodagh O’Meara, Jade Moorhead and Fauve Aylmer put in fine performances also to place 35th, 36th and 41st in the Senior Girls 1200m. Fantastic runs in a highly competitive field and again in absolutely drenching weather conditions. And also with an outstanding performance Sophie McIlrath placed 16th in the Junior Girls race, just missing out on the top 15 medallists.

And at the end of a wet but very very happy day, the cup made its way back to Craughwell in a black unmarked car under armed guard!!

Full results of the races are here:- Results_Con_Primary_Schools_2016.pdf

And read on below for a history of Craughwell NS performanes in these races in previous years - apologies to athletes from other schools in our club as I don't have the full history for all schools.


Connaught Cross Country League Day 1 reminder

Galway City Harriers - 10 October, 2016 - 14:10

Day one of the Connaught adult cross country league is this Saturday 15th October. The venue is Sligo Racecourse, start time is 2pm.

Two races : Senior/Novice/Master ladies over 4k and Senior/Novice/Master men over 8k.

Deadline for entries is this Wednesday, 12th October. 

If interested email secretary@galwaycityharriers.com or contact Mags at 087 9234224, stating whether you wish to run as a Senior as a Master.

Categories: Member Notices

Craughwell AC In Form at The Claddagh!

Craughwell AC - 10 October, 2016 - 12:14

The Claddagh was the venue for day 2 of the Galway Cross Country Championships and proved to be an excellent venue with the combination of gradual inclines towards the seafront and the border of the playing pitches providing almost the perfect cross country course. Perfect weather conditions also guaranteed an enjoyable experience for all participants and spectators and The Claddagh will surely feature again as a venue for cross country competition.

The day threw up a nice mix of results across the county with no less than 9 clubs in the medals during the day with Craughwell AC leading the way when featuring on the podium 21 times throughout the races with 7 golds, 7 silver and 7 bronze.

The day commenced with a fine individual victory for Amelie Bocquet in the U9 Girls 800m, a feat repeated by her brother Mathys in the U11 Boys 1500m – remarkable performances from a very talented family whose sister Shauna is our Paralympic track specialist. Jack Miskella (pictured across) also shined with victory in the U19 5000m in his final year as a juvenile, with sisters Ailbhe taking individual bronze in the U15 3500m and Emily placing 9th in the U13 2500m. Oisin Lyons completed the individual victories for Craughwell AC’s athletes with a fine gun-to-tape victory in the U17 5000m while William Fitzgerald stepped up an age to put in an outstanding run and claim bronze in the same race.

Catherine Noonan and Sinead Kennedy took silver and bronze in the U17 Girls 4000m while Saoirse Moore had a spectacular run to claim silver in the U13 Girls 2500m. Kelly Hallinan and Keelan Moorhead also took bronze in the U9 Girls and U9 Boys 800m – illustrating the strength in the club from U9 to U19!! Sean Cotter was in hard luck not to claim individual bronze in the U13 Boys 2500m with a turbo-charged finish over the last 300m which came up just short by 1 metre from claiming the individual bronze.

Craughwell AC's U17 Boys Cross Country Team - Galway Champions 2016
Oisin Lyons, Sean Noonan, Patrick Noonan, William Fitzgerald

In the team events, the club had tremendous success with teams making the winners podium in every race. There were Galway titles for the U17 Boys with 17 points (1 Oisin Lyons, 3 William Fitzgerald, 6 Patrick Noonan and 7 Sean Noonan, the U9 Girls with 27 points (1 Amelie Bocquet, 3 Kelly Hallinan, 10 Ciara O’Connor, Emma O’Donovan, 13 Keevagh Barry, 14 Lauren Morgan, 15 Abby Haugh, 19 Sophie Keenan, 21 Chloe Keane, 24 Amy Connaughton, 31 Maria Gorman, 36 Rebecca Doyle) and the U9 Boys with 18 points (3 Keelan Moorhead, 4 Paul Barry, 5 Caelan Coleman, 6 Ben Moran, 7 Declan O’Connell, 12 Gavin Clarke).

Craughwell AC's U15 Boys Cross Country Team - Galway Silver Medalists 2016

Craughwell AC's U13 Girls Cross Country Team - Galway Silver Medalists 2016

Five teams claimed the silver medals – the U15 Girls with 28 points (3 Ailbhe Miskella, 6 Ciara Sheppard, 8 Sarah Woods, 11 Asia Clarke), the U15 boys with 26 points (4 Sean Cotter, 5 Finbar McFadden, 7 Liam Leen, 10 Kyle Moorhead, 12 James Furey, 13 Oisin Davis, 14 Paschal Walsh), the U13 Girls with 33 points (2 Saoirse Moore, 9 Emily Miskella, 11 Clodagh O’Meara, 12 Jade Moorhead, 16 Rebekah Flynn, 17 Fauve Aylmer, 18 Abbie Rooney, 24 Leah Farrelly and 29 Grace Leen, the U13 Boys with 38 points (8 Daniel Galvin, 9 Cian Lavan, 10 Robert Urquhart, 11 Evan Hallinan, 12 Darragh McCartin, 15 Noah Keane, 17 Ben Brady), the U11 Boys with 34 points (1 Mathys Bocquet, 7 Liam O’Connell, 12 Lucas Keane, 14 Cormac McFadden, 16 Adam Jordan, 20 Callum Brady, 26 Gavin Keenan, 27 Alan Connaughton, 29 Christian Joyce, 33 Eamonn McGlynn).

And two teams claimed team bronze – the U11 Girls with 69 points (7 Isabella Boland, 17 Luiseach Conaghan, 22 Grace Lynch, 23 Holly O’Boyle, 24 Muireann Leen, 25 Erin Doyle, 31 Nicole Clarke, 32 Vivien Blaine, 33 Wendy Whiriske, 34 Aoibhe Donnellan, 43 Tara Molloy, 44 Carmel Conway) and the U9 Boys second team with 69 points (14 Diarmuid Kelleher, 16 Iarlaith Leen, 17 Sean McDonagh, 22 Paul Thornton, 23 James O’Sullivan, 25 Liam Egan, 28 Leo Molloy, 29 John Donnellan, 32 Donnacha Lawless).

Full results of the day are here:- GalwayCrossCountry-UnevenAges-ProvisionalResultsAmended.pdf

Craughwell AC's U13 Boys Cross Country Team - Galway Silver Medalists 2016


Results of 2016 Galway Cross Country (uneven ages)

Galway City Harriers - 9 October, 2016 - 19:28
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Well done to all the GCH athletes who competed at the Galway Cross Country in South Park, the Claddagh today.  There were some great individual and team performances.  Please see the results attached below.


Categories: Juvenile News

Day 2 Galway Cross Country moved to the Claddagh

Galway City Harriers - 8 October, 2016 - 19:32

The venue for Day 2 of the Galway Cross Country for U9s to U19 has been moved to South Park in the Claddagh.  Anyone competing should arrive by 12 O'Clock at the latest.

Categories: Juvenile News

Senior Track Starting 7pm from 4th October

Galway City Harriers - 4 October, 2016 - 15:50

Tuesday night senior track sessions will start outside the Hockey Pitch in Dangan at 7pm for the rest of this term.

Fees can be paid here:  http://galwaycityharriers.com/OnlinePayment

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Phase 2 Facility Work Almost Done!

Craughwell AC - 4 October, 2016 - 00:15


We are nearing completion of phase 2 of our ambitious athletics facility plans with the final layer of tartan hopefully going on this week following by lane markings and then some final work on our carpark. As a politician might say, “a lot done and a lot more to do”.

Having kicked off our fundraising plans in January 2014 with €44,000 in the bank built up over the preceding 10 years primarily with the support of local businesses of our annual calendar, the club made massive progress during 2014 to raise an additional €210,000 in loans, donations and other fund-raising to fund the site purchase, a public roadway, entrance roadway and initial floodlighting to bring the 8-acre site into use.

Then in July 2015, we launched into the phase 2 of the development to provide a carpark, additional floodlights, a sprint runway, long jump pit and high jump area. Our target was to raise €250,000 for this work and we are nearly there – with €80,000 in additional loans, a grant of €100,000 and fundraising of over €38,000 in the space of little over a year.

By the end of this year, we will have outstanding loans of just over €200,000 but will have spent over €460,000 on the facility between site purchase and the 2 development phases. If you factor in the grant we got last year, that means the club has raised an incredible €160,000 in the last 3 years from fundraising and membership income. All thanks to our members, the community and local businesses.

And our membership is booming. We became the largest juvenile club in the country again at the end of September with more than 550 members. It’s wonderful to see the membership curve below – predominantly on the up and up and justifying the massive investment that the club is making.

However, we are still greatly in need of your support in order to complete phase 2 – something that we are very close to now. We need your support either by

  • Support our lotto
  • Sign up for our park membership
  • Make a straight donation to the club
  • Take up one of our advertising/sponsorship options

The facilities we are developing are for you our members and their parents and other members of the community who would like to use our running routes for exercise, be it walking jogging or racing.

And we are not for sitting still either. As soon as this phase is done and dusted, we hope to launch straight into the next phase which is the construction of a substantial indoor training building which will eventually house athletics facilities, a community gym and a multi-purpose indoor sports court. Additionally, we will be building a perimeter walkway for use for walking/jogging. It is hoped that much of the funding for this phase will come from grants and loans with 20% or so from fund-raising activities.

But we need your support. We have already received fantastic support from many families and we know many more are thinking about it. Well now is the time to put your thoughts into action! We need you and you need the facilities we are developing. These facilities are an investment in you and your family’s health – a place to exercise from 8am until late at night. A place for all the family to exercise. A safe floodlit environment and eventually a nice indoor arena to exercise on those dark and cold winter evenings.

So whether you are a long-standing member or a new recruit, please consider supporting us via one of the above options. The money is being ploughed directly and quickly into the facilities that you and your family are using – so you get to see the impact of your support almost immediately.

Thank you

Michael Tobin, Facility Development Officer
Tracy Moran, Fundraising Coordinator

Great Day at Galway XC Championships in Tuam

Craughwell AC - 3 October, 2016 - 09:57

Caron Ryan, Galway U18 Champion 2016

The first day of the Galway club cross country championships got underway on Sunday at the Palace Grounds in Tuam with the highest number of participants ever in the juvenile races.

Craughwell’s U10 girls were first into action on their 1k loop with some fantastic performances which yielded the team title with a score of 33 points. The team were led home by Sophie McIlrath in 2nd place with Gillian Crowe 5th, Sara Craven 9th, Claudia McGuinness 17th, Kathlynn Walsh 20th, Orlaith Murphy 21st, Lillian Walsh 23rd, Aoife O’Meara 27th, Hannah Mangan 28th, Amelie Bocquet 29th, Chloe Keane 30th, Orna McNamna 31st, Clara Rooney 32nd, Oshini Maria 34th and Isobel Whyte 42nd. The U10 boys took silver medals in their 1k with 49 points led home by Luke O’Sullivan in 10th place, Fionn Higgins 11th, Daire Kelly 12th, Keelan Moorhead 16th, Sean Lavan 17th, Ben Moran 20th, Eoin Woods 30th and Matthew Coleman 33rd.

In the U12 2000m, the Craughwell girls team just lost out on bronze when placing 4th with 62 points, tied with Ballinasloe but just losing on countback of 4th place position. Craughwell were led home by Clodagh O’Meara in 7th place, followed by Fauve Aylmer 13th, Jade Moorhead 14th, Abbie Rooney 28th, Erin Doyle 36th, Grace Leen 37th, Holly O’Boyle 38th and Rachel Kinane 39th. The Craughwell boys team had a strong run to take the gold medals with 27 points with Cian Lavan and Mathys Bocquet taking 2nd and 3rd place followed by Luke Flynn 10th, Evan Hallinan 12th, Cormac McFadden 19th, Lucas Keane 20th, Killian Walsh 21st, Alan Connaughton 24th and Michael Woods 28th.

In the U14 3000m, the Craughwell girls took silver medal with 47 points led home by Ellie Cronin 10th, Rebekah Flynn 11th, Emma Jane Moran 12th, Asia Clarke 14th and Alisha Larkin 19th. While a strong boys team raced to the Galway title with 17th points where Sean Cotter took the club’s first individual gold medal of the day followed by Liam Leen in 3rd, Ross McGuinness 5th, Oisin Davis 8th, Paschal Walsh 12th, Dara McCartin 13th, James Furey 15th and Noah Keane 18th.

In the U16 girls 4000m, Catherine Noonan raced to individual bronze medal while Sarah Woods took 7th place. While in the boys 4000m, Ben Ryan and William Fitzgerald had fine runs to place 2nd and 3rd with Patrick Noonan 7th, Finbar McFadden 8th, Sean Noonan 9th, Kyle Moorhead 10th and Conor Murphy 15th. The team took the Galway title with 20 points. Caron Ryan took the Galway title in the U18 girls 4000m in fine style with Aoife Greene 7th.

In the Senior Men’s 8000m, Peter O’Sullivan placed 4th and in the process took the silver medal in the senior category, leading the Craughwell team to bronze medals with Ollie Mullins 8th, Johnny Lane 12th and Michael Walsh 22nd.

Full results of the day are here:-



Craughwell AC's U12 Girls Cross Country Team at the Galway Championships in Tuam

Craughwell AC's U12 Boys Cross Country Team, Galway Champions 2016

Craughwell AC's U14Boys Cross Country Team, Galway Champions 2016

Craughwell AC's U14 Girls Cross Country Team, silver medallists in the Galway team championship 2016

Craughwell AC's U16 Boys Cross Country Team, Galway Champions 2016
Sean Noonan, Patrick Noonan, Conor Murphy, Ben Ryan, Finbar McFadden, Kyle Moorhead, William Fitzgerald

Craughwell NS Senior Boys Champions 2016

Craughwell AC - 3 October, 2016 - 07:21

Craughwell NS Senior Boys - Galway Champions 2016

A strong Craughwell NS 5th/6th class boys team took the Galway title in the Primary Schools Cross Country Championships last Tuesday with a low points total of 68 points. Led home by a strong performance from Ross McGuinness in 4th place, Ross was followed by a super 16th place finish from Robert Urquhart more renowned for his sprinting exploits, Evan Hallinan 22nd, Darragh McCartin 26th, Luke Flynn 34th and Eoin Byrne 42nd. It is the 3rd time that the school have won the Galway senior title and the first time since 2008, a great achievement for the team! Check out here for results in previous years. Clarinbridge placed 9th and Killeeneen 10th in strong performance in a very high standard race.

In the 5th/6th class girls race, Clarinbridge’s Saoirse Moore had a fine run to take individual 6th place following closely by Craughwell NS’s Clodagh O’Meara in 7th and Jade Moorhead in 8th, with Coldwood’s Fauve Alymer also qualifying for the Connacht finals with a 14th place finish. The Craughwell team placed 5th with Clarinbridge 6th and Killeeneen 8th.

In the 3rd/4th class boys race, it was Killeeneen’s turn to shine with an amazing performance from their 2 teams when placing 2nd and 4th. Eddie Silke from Clarinbridge took individual 13th place while the Craughwell NS team placed 10th.

In the 3rd/4th class race, Craughwell NS’s Ella Farrelly took 6th place with Killeeneen’s Sophie McIlrath close behind in 8th place and the Craughwell team placed 5th overall, Killeeneen 6th and Ballymana 10th.

Full results are here.



Galway Cross country day one

Galway City Harriers - 2 October, 2016 - 20:05
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Results from Galway cross country day one are attached. A great day in Tuam , well done to all GCH athletes .More to follow!

Categories: Senior News

No Training in Dangan for 7 to 12 year olds on Sunday 2nd October and Sunday 9th October

Galway City Harriers - 1 October, 2016 - 07:59

Due to the Galway Cross Country Championships on Sunday 2nd & 9th October there will be no training in Dangan for 7 to 12 Year olds.

Best of luck to all competing.

Categories: Juvenile News

Results of Galway Primary Schools XC Finals 2016

Craughwell AC - 27 September, 2016 - 14:13

Provisional results of today's cross country finals are here. Any queries should be referred to tobinm1@yahoo.com. Well done to everyone who took part and a big thank you to all who helped. The top 15 individuals and top 3 teams in each age group go forward to the Connacht finals which take place in Sligo on Saturday 15th October in Sligo. I will publish more precise details on the venue and start time when it has been announced.


We make a mistake in the team results announced earlier at the event where in the 5th/6th class girls, a data entry error omitted a Claregalway NS runner and when corrected, Claregalway NS take the gold medals. We will order a new set of medals for Claregalway and the other teams can retain their medals and we will seek to put 4 teams through to the Connacht finals. 

Also to the children who have taken part in the semifinals or finals of the primary schools cross country who are not already in an athletic club, you may be interested in the club competition that is coming up on the first 2 Sundays of October.

Day 1 of the Galway Club Cross Country Championships are on Sunday next 2nd October at 1pm in the Palace Grounds, Tuam.  This is separate to the primary schools cross country and you do not have to have qualified for it.

There are races for:

  • U10 1000m (born 2007/08)
  • U12 2000m (born 2005/06)
  • U14 3000m (born 2003/04)
  • Older ages

And the 2nd day of the club championships takes place the following Sunday with races for U9 800m (born 2008/09), U11 1500m (born 2006/07) and U13 2500m (born 2004/05).

If your athlete enjoyed the primary schools cross country, is not already in the club and fancies taking up the sport, this is an ideal event to start in. You need to be a member of a club in order to take part. There is contact information for each club in Galway available at galwayathletics.com or contact myself at 087 6591879 if you need more information.

Galway Cross Country ( Even Ages) Sunday 2nd October

Galway City Harriers - 26 September, 2016 - 20:20

The following races will take place on Sunday 2nd October at Palace Grounds in Tuam.  Please arrive at 12 O'clock to get the athletes race number and to join in the pre race warm up.  U10s - 1000m;U12s - 2000m ;U14s - 3000m;U16s - 4000m ;U18s - 4000m (girls) 6,000 (boys) Athletes should bring the following; 

  • Waterproof  jacket for before and after the race
  • Running Spikes /Trainers
  • GCH Singlet  ( available on the day for €15)
  • Running shorts/tights
  • Bottle of water/snack

 All athletes must have signed up for this event at Training, it will not be possible to enter the competitions on the day.   Best wishes to all our athletes for an enjoyable day.


Categories: Juvenile News


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