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National Cross Country Champs to be held in Tuam Jan 22nd 2017

15 January, 2017 - 11:44

Galway hosts a major National cross country championships later this month -

The Irish Life Health sponsored National Juvenile Inter Club Cross Country Relays and Intermediate Cross Country championships are being held in Tuam's Palace Grounds on Sunday  22nd January 2017 from 11.30 am

The Intermediate Men run 8km, and the Ladies 5km
Club and County teams can enter. Club teams -  8 run and first four score 

There are also National Juvenile Inter Club relays on first , 4 by *500m relays, U12 and U14 ( 4 run ) 


The course will be similar to that used in the Galway championships recently


It would be great to see as many GCH athletes as possible take part on what is a superb course, so please consider entering!


Timetable is here is you wish to participate or support!!

Categories: Senior Racing

GCH Annual General Meeting, Thursday, 9th February 2017

14 January, 2017 - 20:03

GCH AGM , Thursday, 9th February 2017

The Galway City Harriers AGM will take place on Thursday, 9th February 2017 in the Elizabeth Suite of the Westwood Hotel, Dangan, from 8pm.

As members, any thoughts/ideas you may have will contribute towards the development of our club. We would greatly appreciate your attendance this year.

For more details / information contact           0r Mags at 0879234224


Categories: Member Notices

Indoor Training for 7 - 11 Year Olds on Friday Nights

14 January, 2017 - 12:04

Indoor training in the Pavillion at Dangan training grounds re-commences this Friday 13th January 2017 for all registered GCH Juvenile athletes aged 7 - 11 years of age. It's on from 7pm to 8.15pm.
Athletes are brought through correct stretching techniques, correct starting positions for races, relay running, technical athletics drills and lots more in a safe, warm, dry and fun filled atmosphere.


Categories: Juvenile News

No Juvenile Training Sunday 15th January due to County Indoor Championships

14 January, 2017 - 12:02

Best of luck to all our athletes competing  in the County Indoor Championships on 15th January.  GCH have over 120 athletes participating. 

Categories: Juvenile News

2017 Fixture list. Last call for Intermediate Cross Country entry

11 January, 2017 - 20:31


Attached is a fixture list from 14th Jan - 9th April,with some Senior, Master & Junior events. Please note that the closing date for entry into most County,Connaught and National events is ten days before the event itself. Please check the AAI website, and the GCH website for updates. Some upcoming closing dates to be aware of:   National Intermediate Cross Country , closing date - Friday 13th January National Indoor Combined events, closing date - Friday 13th January Junior/ Under 23 Indoors, closing date - Friday 20th January AAI Games, closing date - Friday 27th January National Masters Cross Country, closing date - Friday 3rd February Senior Indoor Championships, closing date - Friday 10th February Connaught Indoors, closing date - Friday 17th February National Masters Indoors Championships - Friday 24th February Anyone interested in running the National Intermediate Cross Country, (Tuam, 22nd Jan) contact the secretary asap. For information on any other events contact:   Tel: 0879234224 AttachmentSize Fixtures list 2017 Jan-9th April.pdf199.59 KB

Galway Indoor Championships 15/01/2017

10 January, 2017 - 08:57

Timetable for next Sundays Galway indoors in AIT Indoor Arena is attached . Competition from 9am onwards. Remember you must be a signed up 2017 member to compete. 

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Happy New Year

2 January, 2017 - 13:47

Happy New Year to everyone.

There are a few upcoming events and please note that closing dates for entry to many events is normally ten days beforehand.  You must be a registered club member for 2017. 

We encourage people to register as soon as possible for the 2017 season. This will then enable our membership secretary to register you with the AAI for this season, which will enable you to partake in club training sessions and events.

Hope your training and racing goes well for 2017.

Events to note:

15th January, Galway Indoors at Athlone IT. Closing date this Friday, 6th January,

22nd January, National Intermediate Cross Country, Palace Grounds , Tuam. Closing date Friday, 13th January

For entry contact: or 0879234224



Juvenile Training for 2017 resumes on Sunday 8th January.

22 December, 2016 - 16:34

Juvenile training resumes after the Xmas break on Sunday 8th January .

The County Indoor Champonships takes place on Sunday 15th January in Athlone IT.  Registration for 2017  must be paid online by 5th January in order to participate.  See Member Notices for link to registration.

There will be no training for Juveniles in Dangan on Sunday 15th January.

Categories: Juvenile News

Club Membership 2017

20 December, 2016 - 18:39

The Committee are currently working on a new membership system with which we hope to have finalised shortly.

This will facilitate collection of member details and online payments in one system which should be of great assistance to the Club Officials who are currently managing the registrations.

The new payment system will be available for both Senior and Juvenile Members.

Members will be notified when the system goes live and the payment link will appear on this website.

Categories: Member Notices


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) 

Categories: Member Notices

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:  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 )

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!


Categories: Member Notices

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.

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 ( once you’ve registered for the course.

More details here:

Categories: Member Notices