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Craughwell AC Carpark - Open for Business!

23 June, 2016 - 23:38

Many thanks to the large crowd who turned up in the rain Thursday night for the official opening of our carpark and entrance roadway and the launch of our club lotto in association with Croí, Pictured above are Councillors Moegie Maher and Peter Feeney performing the opening ceremony under the watchful gaze of the next generation of athletes.

Both Moegie and Peter provided crucial advice to the club in regard to the planning process and the access road, leading a team of 14 councillors who supported the motions to Galway County Council to take the roadway public and coordinated funding from the same team to make €21000 available to the council to bring the roadway to the required standard. The club owe an immense debt of gratitude to both men for their leadership and advice.

The club has made giant strides in its facility development in a very short space of time as illustrated below:

  • September 2014
    • Site purchased
  • October 2014
    • Pedestrian entrance from school
    • Initial floodlighting completed, field in use for cross country running
  • July 2015
    • Community Finance Ireland provide additional loan of €38,500 to fund ongoing developments.
  • September 2015
    • Guinness World Record Relay fund-raiser
  • October 2015
    • Hosted Galway juvenile cross country
  • November 2015
    • Approved for €100,000 sports capital grant
    • Access roadway made public by Galway County Council
  • May 2016
    • Internal roadway and carpark constructed
  • June 2016
    • Car park officially opened by Councillors Moegie Maher and Peter Feeney
    • New floodlights installed and turned on to complete floodlighting of the field
  • July 2016
    • Sprint track construction starts
  • August 2016
    • Sprint track construction finishes
  • September 2016
    • Official opening of track


The last few lines are a look into the near future! Here's where you come in .... we still need your help to fund the development. As you know, we joined the Croí BraveHearts lotto where Croí and ourselves split the funds raised. Tonight after a whirlwind 4-week start to this, we were presented with a cheque by Croí for our half of the funds raised so far - coming to the fantastic total of €3120. A huge thank you to all who have supported us to date with donations and subscriptions to the Lotto. But we need to keep the momentum going. We have a target fund-raising total of €45k for this year and the Lotto is a major element of this. Click on the photo below to support us. If you are thinking about it, please do it - don't let the grass grow under our feet on this! Your club needs you! Thank you!

Croí's Kieran Browne presenting a cheque for €3120 to Club Chairperson Marion McEvilly
with Fundraising Coordinator Tracy Moran and Facility Development Officer Mike Tobin

Craughwell AC Big Opening Night This Thursday!

20 June, 2016 - 09:47

Check it out - big opening night this THURSDAY 6.30pm of new entrance road and car-park, together with family fun run over half-mile loop together with launch of the club's Lotto in association with Croi.

Craughwell AC is the largest juvenile club in the country, a remarkable statistic for a rural area.

We pride ourselves on being an all-inclusive club catering for children with all abilities, with an emphasis on a healthy body and mind especially amongst our growing youth/teenagers.

For those watching closely, you know how hard we are working towards developing our new facilities. We have so far done great to purchase our own site and have managed to produce great things with what we have BUT we have a bigger plan in place and we are determined to carry it out so the current members and future members will have as much benefits at their doorstep as all other clubs!!

But we now URGENTLY need your HELP!!! 

As you will know through email or handouts or txt, we are supporting Croí BraveHearts Lotto. For every member who chooses to support the Lotto, your money is split 50-50 with Croí and Craughwell AC. It’s a win win for the club, for a charity that are doing tremendous work and a chance of a lotto win for you also. As an added incentive, if you subscribe for the year, you get membership of our sports and recreation park to jog or walk around it.

To celebrate the above union, Croí will be in attendance this Thurs 23rd in our own field to launch the lotto. There will be two Croí nurses in attendance providing a free pulse test. Additionally, the Order of Malta will be demonstrating first aid to the children and we also hope to have some Defibrillator demonstrations giving kids and parents an opportunity to watch and learn in case of an emergency.

Click on the picture to support our Lotto or go to and make sure to select Craughwell AC as the joint beneficiary.

On the same evening, we as a Club are also proudly inviting you and your friends/family to the official opening of our carpark and entrance roadway by Councillor Moegie Maher. The entrance roadway was taken public by the council last year with the financial support of 14 councillors for which the club is very grateful. This is a big milestone for the club and marks the beginning to the on-going development of our bigger plan.

We will also be inviting families to run, walk or jog for a half-mile loop of our 8 acres. This and other running routes are accessible to you as part of signing up each year for the BraveHearts Lotto ... an annual subscription will cost €100 or you can pay quarterly.

So if you haven't already supported this wonderful charity and of course the Club ... please come along on that evening and receive some information on how you can help. We appreciate all the wonderful families that have got behind us so far to make what is in place happen. Croí will be presenting a cheque to the club on the night which goes directly to the current work.

So please, if you intend of supporting the club and have a charitable contribution at the same time we would greatly appreciate it as we can't do this on our own.

And for those in business, we are in the process of finalizing some corporate sponsorship options and will be publicising detailed on same in the next 2 weeks.

Thank you kindly in advance and we look forward to seeing you all for our night of fun and celebration Thursday 23rd June at 6.30pm.

Night of 5k PB's and Olympic Qualifier Event.

19 June, 2016 - 19:22





Next Thursday Evening, June 23rd and Bonfire Night for 2016, sees one of Ireland’s final Olympic Qualifier Events, being run by our friends in Sligo from which deserves a huge amount of support.

The Event is set to take place at the Knocknarea Arena of IT Sligo, with the first of 5 expertly paced open 5000m races on the track due off at 7pm. The Event has be planned in such a way to offer everybody the opportunity to join in on the excitement and participate in the event with the aim of achieving a new personal best and the chance to experience the immense atmosphere of the crowd before joining them on track for the feature event at 9pm.

The feature event has been set to inspire the next generation of budding stars and so the event will also play host to a select number of showcase Juvenile events, which will run tangentially to the event itself.


Please check out their facebook page

Order of Events for U9-12 Connachts

10 June, 2016 - 15:34

Order of events for tomorrow:-


Best of luck to all of our participants!!

Timetable for Community Games Finals

3 June, 2016 - 22:24

The order of events for the Community Games finals this Sunday in Ballinderrin is below. Please note - the times indicated are my guesses and people should arrive at least 1 hour before the time listed here to avoid dissapointment. 

The only official time published is the 10.30am start time so don't berate officials (or me!) if these times are way off. I guessed them based on the number of competitors and on the theory that the heats and semis of the sprints will run at the same time on opposite side of the field for boys and girls.

Note also spikes are not allowed in running shoes for ages U13 and younger. And that club singlets are not allowed. Best of luck to all of our club members while representing your parishes. Hope everyone comes away happy with their performance and happy with the day. Provisional times are below and again please remember they are just semi-educated guesses:- provisionalTimetable.pdf

Timetable for Irish Schools T&F

3 June, 2016 - 18:00

The timetable for the schools track and field tomorrow is online here. The best of luck to all of our athletes who are involved! A rather belated report on the Connacht finals follows below.

The Calasanctius Oranmore Intermediate Girls 4x100m team - Connacht Champions 2016
Laura Nally, Caoilin Milton, Hannah-Kate Silke, Lorraine Delaney

Quick update on facility progress

2 June, 2016 - 12:38

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Quick update on our fundraising progress and facility works. Work has started on installing 8 additional floodlights and we hope to be signing contracts next week for the construction of the track. Fundraising is going well but we really need people to sign up quickly ... spread the word about our lotto and sign up and get your friends/family to sign up. Every cent will be spent on improving the facility for the club and the community to use. It will be available morning to night 7 days a week and will be the envy of many a club and community. So get on board and sign up at and select Craughwell AC as the partner club. This weeks draw is in 2 hours time so sign up now and help us and help Croi and help us both help your health!


What our tartan track will look like!

25 May, 2016 - 17:28

This is what the finished product will look like when our sprint lanes are built this summer in Craughwell, except that ours will be wider (8 lanes) and longer(140m). The picture was taken today at the track in Westside and is the same surface that we are getting in Craughwell.

Conveniently, lanes 4 and 5 also indicate the total that we need to fund-raise quickly in order to complete the work this summer - €45k! So don’t sit back – help us get this done by supporting our Lotto.

Thank you!

Athletics track construction about to start

25 May, 2016 - 00:49

A quick update on facility progress for our members and a huge appeal to you to get behind our fundraising. You will have seen plenty of construction activity on the field in the last 8 weeks. This is just the start of some major development work to be completed during June and July. We are about to go ahead with the following:-

  • Completion of basic roadway and carpark on the new grounds
  • Installation of 8 additional floodlights
  • Construction of an 8-lane IAAF-certified tartan sprint runway 140m long, bordered at one end by a large long jump pit.
  • Surfacing of our new high jump area with the same tartan surface bringing it also to an IAAF-certified standard.

All of which is targeted to be complete by mid-August this year.

But we are short funds to get everything done – €45,000 to be precise and we really need parents to get behind our fund-raising efforts in this regard. Please don’t leave it to someone else, please don’t set this note to one side and say I must do that sometime. The time to help is now – we really need these funds. If we can get them, we can deliver all of the above and as well as providing better facilities for your children to use immediately, you eliminate a lot of travel time required when we have to go to Dangan or Athlone to get the benefit of proper track surfaces.

The benefit to your children is huge. Our membership and fund-raising is relatively small and the cost to you for the facilities we are and will be providing is relatively small. An example of costs elsewhere is a new track currently being developed for Kilkenny County Council by the same company that will be installing ours. If you google for “Kilkenny watershed track”, you will see that they charge almost €3 per child each time they use the facility. Our facility is free of charge to members. We just need your support with the fundraising. And as your children get older, they train more often and will get an even bigger benefit.

A major part of our fund-raising campaign is our newly launched club lotto which we have just commenced in conjunction with Croí, the highly regarding cardiac health and stroke prevention charity. Our target is to get 900 people to sign up for a year. This will raise what we need. Please help and please encourage friends, relatives, colleagues and neighbours to also signup.

You can sign-up online by clicking on the picture across or at (make sure you select Craughwell AC as the joint beneficiary!) or contact the undersigned if you have difficulty in doing that and we will assist.


Your €2 will be spent each week as follows:

  •           €1 to the Croí Lotto which covers all costs and prizes of the Lotto and raises funds for their charitable work.
  •           €1 to Craughwell AC which will be spent in 2016 as follows:-
    •      10 cents towards construction of roadway and carpark
    •      17 cents towards installation of 8 additional floodlights
    •      17 cents towards construction of high jump and long jump areas      
    •      56 cents towards the construction of the sprint lanes


As an added incentive, if you sign up for the year, we will give you free membership of the facility for the year which gives you the right to use the perimeter route at any time of day to jog/walk or the other routes when juvenile training not in progress.

Please support and please push with friends and relatives as best you can - we are building facilities for you and your families and your descendants! Each year we will be making improvements. A little goes a long way, and a lot of ‘littles’ goes an awful long way!

Thank you

Michael Tobin, Facility Development Officer, 087 6591879
Tracy Moran, Fundraising Coordinator, 087 8810737

Timetable for Connacht Schools Tomorrow

18 May, 2016 - 13:34

Provisional timetable for tomorrow is here:-


Craughwell's Fittest Family!

16 May, 2016 - 22:17

A nice snap of possibly Craughwell's fittest family - the 3 Miskella siblings after some champion performances in Dangan yesterday where Aibhe won double gold in U15 800m and 1500m, Jack won silver in Junior Men 400m and a fine PB of 2.09.96 in the 800m, and Emily won gold in the U13 Long Jump, 4th place in the 600m and 6th place in the hurdles. Impressive performances!! The photo reminded me of 1 taken almost 5 years to the day at Craughwell Community Games where the trio were similarly displaying their talent for athletics ... 

Dangan, May 2016

Craughwell, May 2011

Further success at County Championships!

15 May, 2016 - 23:57

Leanagh Gilligan and Lorraine Delaney who both joined the exclusive 5m Long Jump Club at the weekend!

Yet another highly successful day at the Galway Championships on a glorious sunny day saw many more fine performances from the large numbers of Craughwell athletes in attendance, most notably Jerry Keary’s breath-taking 1.92m in the U17 high jump to set a new club senior outdoor record, Leanagh Gilligan and Lorraine Delaney both breaking 5 metres for the first time in the long jump and Lukas Schukat clearing 1.45m to win the U14 high jump.

The following are partial results from the day which I will update as soon as the official result come out or coaches/parents can send me corrections in the meantime.

U13 Girls
Long Jump 1 Emily Miskella, 2 Rebecca Lynch
High Jump 1 Saoirse Pierce
Javelin 1 Rebecca Lynch, 2 Leah Farrelly, 3 Tara Kelly
4x100m 3 Craughwell AC (Eve Ayo, Rebecca Lynch, Oliwia Koman, Emily Miskella, sub Anna Molloy)

U13 Boys
Long Jump 3 Lukas Schukat
High Jump 1 Lukas Schukat, 2 Conor Hoade, 3 Liam McDonagh
Javelin 1 Liam McDonagh, 2 Oisin Keane, 3 Robert Urquhart
Shot Putt 1 Oisin Keane
4x100m Craughwell AC 2 (Kieran O'Connor, Lukas Schukat, Conor Hoade, Rian Kearney, sub Liam Mulveen)

U14 Girls
75m Hurdles 2 Aine Kelly
Long Jump 3 Aine Kelly
High Jump 2 Ellie Cronin, 3 Aine Kelly
Javelin 1 Lauran McNally, 3 Edel Farrelly
4x100m 3 Craughwell AC (Aine Kelly, Ava Finn, Ellie Cronin, Ciara Hughes, sub Emma Jane Moran)

U14 Boys
75m Hurdles 1 Jack Farrell, 2 Lewis Ryan, 3 Padraig Martyn
80m 1 Shaun Gilligan, 2 Pascal Walsh
200m 1 Shaun Gilligan, 2 Pascal Walsh
800m 1 Sean Cotter
1500m 1 Sean Cotter
Long Jump 1 Shaun Gilligan, 2 Jack Farrell, 3 Padraig Martyn
High Jump 1 Lewis Ryan
Javelin 1 Conor Trehy, 2 Sean Cahill, 3 James Furey
Shot Putt 3 Sean Cahill
4x100m 1 Craughwell AC (Shaun Gilligan, Robert Urquhart, Pascal Walsh, Padraig Martyn, Jack Fitzgerald), 3 Craughwell AC (Jack Fitzgerald, James Furey, Conor Trehy, Ludhaigh Morgan)

Craughwell AC's U15 Girls 4x100m Team,  County Champions 2016
Freya Bohan, Chloe Casey, Ava Finn, Leanagh Gilligan

U15 Girls
100m 2 Freya Bohan
200m 2 Chloe Casey
80m Hurdles 3 Leanagh Gilligan
800m 1 Ailbhe Miskella
1500m 1 Ailbhe Miskella, 3 Ciara Shepard
Long Jump 1 Leanagh Gilligan, 3 Freya Bohan
High Jump 1 Chloe Casey
4x100m 1 Craughwell AC (Ava Finn, Chloe Casey, Leanagh Gilligan, Freya Bohan)

U15 Boys
80m 2 Ryan Gallagher
80m Hurdles 1 Ryan Gallagher
800m 1 Finbarr McFadden
1500m 1 Finbarr McFadden, 2 Kyle Moorhead
Long Jump 1 Conor Roberts, 3 Finbarr McFadden
High Jump 1 Sean Connaughton, 2 Ryan Gallagher

U16/17 Girls
80m Hurdles 3 Lorraine Delaney
100m 2 Siona Lawless
200m 2 Siona Lawless
1500m 2 Catherine Noonan
High Jump 1 Laura Cunningham, 2 Ciana Reidy, 3 Aoife Walsh
Long Jump 1 Lorraine Delaney, 2 Aoife Walsh, 3 Caoilin Milton
Triple Jump 1 Laura Cunningham, 2 Caoilin Milton
Shot Putt 2 Shauna Tobin
Javelin 2 Laura Cunningham, 3 Shauna Tobin

U16/17 Boys
200m 3 Oisin Lyons
400m 1 Oisin Lyons
800m 1 Oisin Lyons
1500m 1 Ben Ryan
Long Jump 1 Oisin Lyons, 2 Louis Molloy
High Jump 1 Jerry Keary

Craughwell AC's Junior Womens 4x100m Team, County Junior Champions 2016
Ciana Reidy, Aoife Walsh, Katie Stephens, Caoilin Milton

Junior Women
100m Hurdles 1 Aisling Keady
800m 3 Aoife Greene
1500m 1 Caron Ryan
Long Jump 1 Aisling Keady, 2 Katie Stephens, 3 Mary Dunphy
High Jump 1 Aisling Keady
Triple Jump 1 Aisling Keady
Javelin 1 Aisling Keady
Shot Putt 1 Laura Cunningham, 2 Aisling Keady, 3 Caoilin Milton
4x100m 1 Craughwell AC (Aoife Walsh, Katie Stephens, Ciana Reidy, Caoilin Milton)

Junior Men
400m 2 Jack Miskella,
800m 3 Odhran Keane
Long Jump 1 Matthew McKiernan, 3 Ben Garrard
Triple Jump 2 Matthew McKiernan
Shot Putt 1 Ben Garrard, 3 Oisin Lyons

The Craughwell Senior Women 4x100m who placed second in the Galway Senior Championships
Orla Ryan, Katie O'Donoghue, Aisling Keady, Laura Cunningham

Senior Women
Long Jump 1 Katie O'Donoghue, 2 Orla Ryan
High Jump 1 Katie O'Donoghue, 2 Orla Ryan
Triple Jump 1 Sarah Finnegan
4x100m 2 Craughwell AC (Orla Ryan, Laura Cunningham, Katie O’Donoghue, Aisling Keady), 3 Craughwell AC (Sarah Finnegan, Rena Deely, Niamh Flavin, Rachel Finnegan)

Senior Men
800m 3 Gavin Cooney
Long Jump 2 Gavin Cooney
Triple Jump 2 Gavin Cooney
High Jump 2 Gavin Cooney

Craughwell AC Seeking Clerical Assistant

14 May, 2016 - 22:31

If anyone out there is interested in a parttime position on the Communiy Employment Programme, the club have been approved for an allocation of a clerical assistant to perform some admin duties for the the club as par of the CE Program. Click on the image below for more details or go to the website, enter location "Galway County" and Type "Employment Programme" and hit Search to get to same page. If interested, you will need to contact Galway Rural Development in Athenry to follow up on it. The club is not involved in the selection of a person for the role.

Timetable for tomorrow

14 May, 2016 - 20:29

Timetable for tomorrow is below. Best of luck to all of our participants!


Fantastic Day for U8-12s in Dangan

11 May, 2016 - 11:40

U9 Boys Relays Sweep the Boards!

Last week culminated with one of the highlights of the athletics year for our younger athletes – the Galway U8-12 Track & Field Championships in Dangan, Galway. With over 180 athletes taking part from the club, to say it was a busy day for our coaches and athletes is a massive understatement.

The club had loads of success throughout the day, medalling in most events and everyone having a good time in the pleasant weather conditions. A big well done to the organising team led by GCH's Ger Nally and John Kilmartin - with over 500 athletes competing across dozens of events over 7 hours, its a hard one to organise without any hiccups and the day went extraordinarily well for the most part. And thank you to all the parents from our own club who gave up several hours during the day to help as officials - without you this event could not take place.

Full results of the day are as follows:-

Shauna Stars in Stoke!

11 May, 2016 - 11:06

Shauna Bocquet competed in her first British Wheelchair racing games in Stoke Mandeville on Saturday and Sunday. Over 70 wheelchair racers (including 28 girls) competed, with the best of Great Britain looking for qualification times for the upcoming IPC European Championships. The conditions were great with temperatures reaching 25 degrees over the two days. On Saturday, Shauna started with a 100m PB in the heats with a time of 19"27, more than enough to make the A final in the afternoon where she came 6th amongst European, World and Paralympic champions! Next was the 400m where she managed another PB with a time of 69"33 but, this time, it was not enough to make the final as she was 10th time overall. Finally, she raced in the 1500m final coming 4th and recording a 9 seconds PB with a new time of 4:34"08.

On Sunday, the wind had picked up but Shauna recorded one more PB in the 200m heats with a time of 35"67 and once again made the A final where she came 7th. To complete the week-end, Shauna also made the 800m final where she could hold on to the pack for the first 300m and managed to hold off a late charge from the older and stronger girls to come 6th in a brillant finish! Great week-end overall and a lot of experience gained. Next on the track will be the Irish Nationals in Santry on the 4th of June.

Anticipation Builds For Sunday!

7 May, 2016 - 00:02

The singlets are washed, the spikes are cleaned, the excitement is building as Sunday's Galway Outdoor Track & Field approaches! With the addition of some events for U8s this year and the further addition of U12 hurdles, its a bulging program of events that starts at 10am in the morning and is scheduled to end around 6.30pm. There are 527 athletes entered which includes a massive 180 from Craughwell AC.

Its an exciting time for the club what with the development of improved facilities and huge participation rates across all age groups. With a new senior infants group just started and competition entering its summer season, there are busy months ahead. Coupled with this the club was confirmed as the 2nd largest juvenile club in the country in the latest AAI figures with 436 junior/juvenile members. And with 131 adult members comprising 36 juvenile coaches and 95 senior/master members, the clubs combined total of 567 members makes it the 3rd largest in the country - a wonderfu achievement for a club whose membership is drawn largely from a handful of rural parishes.

The timetable for Sunday is here. Best of luck to all of our participants - hopefully you will enjoy participating in the events and come home with a smile on your face and hopefully the weather smiles on us too.


Great Excitement at Sth Connacht Schools T&F

6 May, 2016 - 22:44

Senior and Intermediate Boys 800m Athletes
Ben Garrard (4th Intermediate), Jack Miskella (3rd Senior), Odhran Keane (1st Senior)

A long but enjoyable day of track and field took place in Athlone yesterday with the South Connacht Schools Championships where large numbers from the club took part representing their schools.

The day kicked off at 10am and went full throttle until 7.15pm that evening when the last relay race completed – a long day for participants and an even longer day for the hard-working officials. The club had teenagers in action from Presentation Athenry, Calasanctius Oranmore, Loughrea VS, St Raphael’s Loughrea, Seamount Kinvara, Athenry VS and The Bower Athlone with many fine performances in blustery but sunny weather conditions.

Timetable for U8-12s Galway T&F Sunday 8th May

6 May, 2016 - 16:30

Timetable for this Sunday attached below. Please note that all times are provisonal so please aim to arrive an hour before the listed time and please don't be harsh on officials if times change. The intention of giving this level of detail on times is to allow parents and coaches make rough calculations of times if the event runs ahead or behind. As you can see, there are alot of participants and its hard to accurately timetable an 8 hour program of events of this scale.


2016 Adult Track and Field County Championships Day One Sunday May 15th

4 May, 2016 - 21:26

Details for the Galway Senior/Masters/Junior Track and Field Championships 2016 have been announced
Venue – Dangan , Galway

Day One - Sunday 15th May
Track ( Electronic timing)
- 100m
- 200m
- 400m
- 800m
- 1500m
- 100/110 hurdles
- 400m hurdles
- race walk
- 4x100m
- long jump
- triple jump
- high jump
- shot putt
- javelin

Can all members have their entries into by Saturday 7th May.

Entry is €5 for two events or €10 for two or more.