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5 December, 2016 - 11:35

GCH hosted a hugely successful Awards Night on Friday 18th November in the Westwood Hotel . The event celebrated the achievements of Club athletes and members in their sporting achievements over the past year, including the recent National marathon win by their Senior Ladies team. The club presented awards across the Club to Senior Members, Juvenile Members and Fit4Life Members as well as to various teams and international stars.  

Galway City Harriers Senior Ladies team, who won the National Marathon team championships at the Dublin Marathon, Grainne Ni Uallachain, Sarah Collins and Siobhan Egan, received their National title medals as well as the Female team of the year on the night

The GCH National Track and Field League team which won National indoor silver team and outdoor bronze team medals won the Men’s team of the Year awards – attendees from the team (pictured) on the night were 

Brendan Staunton, Sean Breathnach, Igor Muntean, Luke Shaughnessy Linas Mitkas, Sean Kilmartin, Cillin Greene, Robert Meaghar

Gary Thornton, Eoghan Dobey , Cliff Jennings , Michael Breathnach, Brendan Glynn ( manager) 

PJ Coyle was awarded a Hall of Fame award for his tremendous work over the last 25 years in establishing the GCH Juvenile section and making it one of the most successful clubs in the country. 

Frank McGuire received an Achievement for services to Juvenile coaching, including a hugely successful sprints section which he has developed

Senior Athlete of the year – Male- was presented to Gary Thornton for his half marathon and marathon exploits, while the Senior ladies award winner was multiple cross country medallist and National cross country winning team member Niamh Hennelly

Masters athletes of the year were the incredible Sean Breathnach – who won multiple National titles and medals during the year in the Field, and broke the Irish indoor Shot Putt record, and Grainne Ni Uallachain- National marathon and half marathon medal winner and team gold winner

GCH National Juvenile gold medal winners 2016 were presented with certificates-  Cillin Greene, Nicole King, Seren O Toole, Lydia Doyle and Emma Moore, as were those athletes who won International caps in the year. 

GCH Juvenile relay squads who won National titles were also awarded , including several National record-breaking teams.

Fit for Life leaders were presented with certificates for their excellent work in training and leading huge numbers of new runners and joggers, and a number of Fit for Life athletes who completed their first half marathons and 10k races were also presented with prizes.

Coaches Matt Lockett and Jerome Debize also received awards for their huge commitment and advice given to athletes over the course of the last year and more. 

Many thanks are due to Cormac O Connor, Una Murphy, Gerry Carty, Vincent Jordan and helpers , as well as the fantastic MC on the night, club chairman Pat O Dwyer for making the night such a success.

Photos ( all Photos credit John O Connor) 

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Club Awards Night and Social - Sold Out

17 November, 2016 - 12:05

Many thanks to everyone who has bought and booked their tickets for the Club's Awards Night tomorrow night, Friday 18th November at 7pm. 

We have now reached capacity at the Hotel and this event is now sold out.

Looking forward to a great night celebrating the Club's Achievements during the year.

Upcoming National Cross Country Events

14 November, 2016 - 23:52

The last two Cross Country events of 2016 are National events.

The National Clubs /Inter County xc takes place on Sunday 27th November at the National Sports Campus, Abbotstown, Dublin. Distances are as follows: Sen.Men 10k, Sen.Women 8K, Junior Men 6k, Junior Women 4k.

Closing date is this Friday 18th November. Anyone interested, please confirm asap.

The date for the National Novice xc is Sunday, 11th December at Dundalk IT. Novice Women 4k, Novice Men 6k. Anyone wishing to compete, please let me know asap.

Contact: secretary@galwaycityharriers.com  or 0879234224

Categories: Member Notices

No Training for Juveniles on Awards Night Friday 18th November

11 November, 2016 - 19:04

There will be no training in  Dangan for Juveniles on Fri 18th Nov due to the Club Awards Night in the Westwood. See full details on our Facebook page.

Categories: Juvenile News

Tickets for GCH Awards Night

8 November, 2016 - 16:27

We are hosting our Awards Night on Friday 18th November in the Westwood Hotel from 7pm to 10pm.

We will be celebrating the achievements of our Club Members in their sporting achievements and their tireless volunteering.

We will be presenting awards across the Club to Senior Members, Juvenile Members and Fit4Life Members as well as members who have worked so hard during the year to ensure that events and training happen.  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.

We will have a buffet meal, which is being subsidised by the Club, and presentation of Award Certificates.  It will be a casual and fun night and an opportunity for members to have a get together and socialise. 

(If you require the vegetarian meal option please let us know so we can advise the hotel in advance membership-sec@galwaycityharriers.com )

We’d love to see as many of our members as possible involved in this Club Social Night.

Tickets priced at €10 for adult, €5 for juvenile and €25 for a family are available from Cormac O Connor, Una Murphy, Brian Bruton, Bernie Kelly and Noeleen Healy.

For convenience we have set up an Eventbrite Option (with a small addition charge) and you can buy tickets online through that if you wish. This is the link.


Hope you see you on the night!


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Indoor Training for 7 to 11 year olds on Friday Nights has resumed

7 November, 2016 - 22:26

Indoor training has resumed at the Pavillion on Friday nights for 7 to 11 year olds .  It  runs from 7pm to 8.15pm and will continue until March.

Categories: Juvenile News

GCH athletes battle the Hills of Westport

7 November, 2016 - 00:39

Our U11 Girls were first off in Westport today on one of the toughest cross country courses in the country.  Mia Craughwell ran a very brave race from the front and held on for a silver medal in a close finish.  Kayla McKeon followed up in 39th place and Clodagh Quirke in 51st.

Next up were the U11 Boys where Richard McGrath and Ronan Duggan ran well finishing 58th and 64th respectively.

Emma Moore continued her winning form to secure the Gold medal in the U13 girls race and led her team to a well deserved gold medal position.  Isabella Burke and Ava McKeon were hugely impressive too out of age finishing 8th & 9th.  Gillian McGrath followed up in 26th, Eadoin Halligan 38th and  Nicole Quirke 42nd.

In the U13 Boys race Sean Dunne finished 39th and was followed by by Sean Duggan in 40th.

In the U15 Girls race Eimear Rowe ran superbly to take the bronze medal and the team narrowly missed the gold medals by 1 point to North Leitrim.  Team mates Jennifer Hughes , Ciara Dunne and Colma Ni Cheidigh followed up in 11th, 12th  and 29th.     

Cillian Jordan ran a tremendous race and was just outside the medals in 4th position in the U15 Boys race, Barry Murphy and Robert McDonnell  finished well up the field in 14th and 31st.

Out of age today Aaron Brennan was very impressive in the Boys U17 race taking home the silver medal and leading his team to the silver medal position.  Great perfomances too from Thomas McStay 9th, Michael Healy 11th  Gordon O’Connor  21st, Diego Brule 26th.

Ann Moroney took some time out from her leaving cert studies to compete in the Girls U19 race and secured the bronze medal in a well fought race.

Finally in the U19 Boys race Eanna Folan showed his class once again to take the  Gold medal.  Joe Tannian ran a great race to finish 3rd and Ronan Dirrane 4th.

See the attachement below for the full results.


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Connacht Cross Country Championships Info - Westport U11 - U19s

5 November, 2016 - 13:29
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Registration will be open from 11 am.

The first race will start at 12 noon.

Please access Westport House via the Westport Quay gates (less than a mile from town centre). 

GPS Co-ordinates are N53.80581 W9.539.       http://www.westporthouse.ie/find-us/

On arrival at Westport House, please use Car Parks P4, P3 and P1 for parking. Parking stewards will be there to help.

Registration and toilets / changing area will be located at the Go Karting Area on the walk between the Parking Area and the course.

The course is beside the main house itself on the front lawn (approx. 400m walk from the parking areas).

The Westport House  “Galley” will be set up in front of Westport House serving snacks and hot drinks.

Categories: Juvenile News

No Training for 7 - 12 yr olds on Sunday 30th October

27 October, 2016 - 16:19

As many of our athletes and coaches will be attending the Connacht Cross Country Championships in South Park on Sunday 30th October there will be no training for 7 to 12 year olds on this day.

We have had a number of volunteers who have agreed to look after this age group on Sunday 6th November (which is the date of day 2 of the Connachts ) so we will now be able to go ahead with training as normal and do not have to cancel on 6th November as previously advised.

Categories: Juvenile News

Day 1 Connacht Cross Country Championships

27 October, 2016 - 16:05

Day 1 of the Connacht Cross Country championships takes place in South Park/Claddagh on Sunday 30th October. We would like to wish good luck to our many juveniles U12/14/16/18 who will be competing.  

Please arrive at 10.50am  to collect your race number and for a pre race warm up.

There will be no training in Dangan for 7 - 12 year olds on Sunday 30th October as the coaches will be attending this event.


Categories: Juvenile News

Sports First Aid Course: Coaches Invite

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

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

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

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

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

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



Connaught Cross Country League Day 1 reminder

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

Results of 2016 Galway Cross Country (uneven ages)

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

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

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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