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U17 Triple Jumpers Shine In Tullamore!

23 July, 2016 - 22:34

Laura Cunningham and Lorraine Delaney
Silver and Bronze Medal Winners in the U17 Girls Triple Jump

Another glorious day of athletics success took place in Tullamore on day 3 of the National Juvenile Track & Field where the club had 20 athletes in action.

Today was Laura Cunningham and Lorraine Delaney’s turn to take center-stage where they put in a magnificent performance in the U17 Girls Triple Jump to take 2nd and 3rd place. Laura 2nd jump of 10.29m earned her the silver medal in an impressive series of jumps. Having placed 4th in both the AAI U16 triple jump and Community Games triple jump last year, it was wonderful for Laura to stand on the podium today as an AAI individual medallist for the first time. And even more wonderful to be standing alongside club-mate and friend Lorraine Delaney whose 5th attempt was an exceptional 10.14m to take the bronze medal. Amazingly it was Lorraine’s first competition in triple jump and to come away with a medal and a big jump was very impressive. Laura’s and Lorraine’s jumps place them 3rd on 4th on the club’s all-time list for triple jump with Sarah Finnegan holding the club senior record with 10.54m and Melissa Mullins the junior record with 10.36m and Laura and Lorraine next with today’s jumps.

Jerry Keary and Daniel Callanan-Forde on the podium with silver
in the U17 Boys High Jump

Daniel Callanan-Forde made it a treble triple jump for the club with another fantastic silver medal in the U17 boys with a best of 12.64m on his 6th and final jump – adding to his long jump medal from the nationals 2 weekends ago. Jerry Keary continued his exceptional summer with silver in the U18 boys high jump with a leap of 1.85m, a little down on his recent superhuman form but nonetheless a superb achievement coming only a week after the highs of his international silver in Kent.

Also in the medals Chloe Casey won her first National medal in the colours of Craughwell AC with a PB and huge throw of 12.99m in the third round to take the silver – a massive throw and missing out on gold to a throw which set a new championship record for this age group.

Chloe Casey, silver medallist in the U15 Girls Shot Putt

There were many more fine performances which came very close to the medals. Evan Hallinan was unlucky to miss out on a medal in the U12 boys high jump with a best of 1.35m which was the same as the bronze medallist but placed him 5th when account was taken of knocked bars. Only for a broken toe which prevented him training since the Connachts, Evan would have almost certainly medalled.

Conor Hoade was also in fine form in the U13 Boys Long Jump leaping a new PB of 4.49m on his first attempt and improving this further to 4.52m on his 4th attempt to place 6th overall. Cian Lavan was also impressive with a best of 1.30m in the U12 high jump to place 9th, only 1 jump away from the medal positions and a PB by 10cm for Cian.

Three U12 girls proudly represented the club in the shot putt with Rosemary Maduka placing 9th, Aoibhe Fahy 12th and Shauna Donoghue 13th. Saoirse Pierce had a great National debut with a 10th place finish in the U13 Girls high jump, a position shared by Padraig Martyn in the U14 Boys long jump. Pascal Walsh placed 5th in his heat of the 80m with a good time of 11.21 while performances were slightly down for some of our long jumpers but nevertheless all will have gained valuable experience with Garvin Surlis and Conor Roberts 11th and 12th in the U15 boys long jump, Leanagh Gilligan 13th in the U15 girls long jump and Aine Kelly 15th in the U14 girls long jump.

All in all it was a wonderful day for the club and any disappointments for some of our younger athletes will disappear when they look back on old articles on this website and see that our U17s were close to the medals in their younger years but kept plugging away at it and now are enjoying the success that all our dedicated athletes so richly deserve.

U17 Triple Jumpers Shine In Tullamore!

23 July, 2016 - 22:34

Another glorious day of athletics success took place in Tullamore on day 3 of the National Juvenile Track & Field where the club had 20 athletes in action.

Today was Laura Cunningham and Lorraine Delaney’s turn to take center-stage where they put in a magnificent performance in the U17 Girls Triple Jump to take 2nd and 3rd place. Laura 2nd jump of 10.29m earned her the silver medal in an impressive series of jumps. Having placed 4th in both the AAI U16 triple jump and Community Games triple jump last year, it was wonderful for Laura to stand on the podium today as an AAI individual medallist for the first time. And even more wonderful to be standing alongside club-mate and friend Lorraine Delaney whose 5th attempt was an exceptional 10.14m to take the bronze medal. Amazingly it was Lorraine’s first competition in triple jump and to come away with a medal and a big jump was very impressive. Laura’s and Lorraine’s jumps place them 3rd on 4th on the club’s all-time list for triple jump with Sarah Finnegan holding the club senior record with 10.54m and Melissa Mullins the junior record with 10.36m and Laura and Lorraine next with today’s jumps.

Daniel Callanan-Forde made it a treble triple jump for the club with another fantastic silver medal in the U17 boys with a best of 12.64m on his 6th and final jump – adding to his long jump medal from the nationals 2 weekends ago. Jerry Keary continued his exceptional summer with silver in the U18 boys high jump with a leap of 1.85m, a little down on his recent superhuman form but nonetheless a superb achievement coming only a week after the highs of his international silver in Kent.

Also in the medals Chloe Casey won her first National medal in the colours of Craughwell AC with a PB and huge throw of 12.99m in the third round to take the silver – a massive throw and missing out on gold to a throw which set a new championship record for this age group.

There were many more fine performances which came very close to the medals. Evan Hallinan was unlucky to miss out on a medal in the U12 boys high jump with a best of 1.35m which was the same as the bronze medallist but placed him 5th when account was taken of knocked bars. Only for a broken toe which prevented him training since the Connachts, Evan would have almost certainly medalled.

Conor Hoade was also in fine form in the U13 Boys Long Jump leaping a new PB of 4.49m on his first attempt and improving this further to 4.52m on his 4th attempt to place 6th overall. Cian Lavan was also impressive with a best of 1.30m in the U12 high jump to place 9th, only 1 jump away from the medal positions and a PB by 10cm for Cian.

Three U12 girls proudly represented the club in the shot putt with Rosemary Maduka placing 9th, Aoibhe Fahy 12th and Shauna Donoghue 13th. Saoirse Pierce had a great National debut with a 10th place finish in the U13 Girls high jump, a position shared by Padraig Martyn in the U14 Boys long jump. Pascal Walsh placed 5th in his heat of the 80m with a good time of 11.21 while performances were slightly down for some of our long jumpers but nevertheless all will have gained valuable experience with Garvin Surlis and Conor Roberts 11th and 12th in the U15 boys long jump, Leanagh Gilligan 13th in the U15 girls long jump and Aine Kelly 15th in the U14 girls long jump.

All in all it was a wonderful day for the club and any disappointments for some of our younger athletes will disappear when they look back on old articles on this website and see that our U17s were close to the medals in their younger years but kept plugging away at it and now are enjoying the success that all our dedicated athletes so richly deserve.

Damian joins the Cowboys!

23 July, 2016 - 00:38

Hot off the Atlantic airwaves, the news has reached the club that Damian O’Boyle has been offered a scholarship in McNeese State University in Louisiana. Their athletics squad, known as The McNeese Cowboys, is a popular choice for some of Ireland’s finest distance runners. Being selected for the college is a fantastic achievement for Damian and follows years of dedication from a young age. Going on scholarship to a US college steeped in distance running history was a dream ambition for Damian these last few years. This week’s news is just reward for one of the club’s most dedicated athletes and the club is immensely proud of Damian’s achievement. He becomes the first athlete from the club to go on scholarship to the United States, another achievement box ticked for the club. Congratulations also to his parents for their years of dedication and in particular mum Marion who is our current Chairperson and works tirelessly for the club.

The only gotcha now is that the club will have to fly the Club PRO out to the US to cover the US cross country season – that sucks as I hate leaving home!

Well done Damian, we will be watching the US news feeds from a far to keep tabs on our club records!

Jerry Defies Gravity to Take International Silver

17 July, 2016 - 13:46

Craughwell AC's Jerry Keary and Nenagh Olympic's Joseph McEvoy
who placed 2nd and 3rd at the Schools International in Kent yesterday
(photo from ISAA facebook page)

Congratulation's to Jerry Keary and Nenagh's Joseph McEvoy on fantastic jumping at the schools international in Kent yesterday where Jerry leaped 1.99m to claim silver and Joseph leaped 1.96m to claim bronze.

Jerry sailed over 1.99m on his first attempt to claim the silver in an elite international field. His jumps are listed above.

Jerry’s progression in the high jump has been remarkable this year. He has improved his PB from 1.81m from last year’s to 2.00 this year – leaping 1.80 in the Galway indoors, 1.90 in the Connacht indoors, 1.92 in the Galway outdoors, 1.93 in the Connacht schools and 2.00 in the Connacht outdoors, capping it all off with victory in the Tailteann Games with 1.95 and now 2nd place in the international with 1.99. To put his improvement into perspective, an equivalent improvement in the space of a year for a 2-minute 800m runner would be to run the 800m in 1:47.5 or for a 35-minute 10k runner to run their 10k in 31:20. And to even further highlight these massive achievements, Jerry had to take 6 weeks off training between the indoors and outdoors to get his appendix removed! Clearly it was a heavy appendix that was weighing him down :-).

It wasn’t all plain sailing for Jerry in previous years. Having medalled as an U12 in 2011 with bronze and a leap of 1.20 in the National indoors, Jerry placed 5th, 6th and 7th on many occasions in the intervening years at National level, jumping 1.30 in the U12 outdoors, 1.40 and 1.43 indoor an outdoors as an U13, 1.50 and 1.53 as an U14 and 1.50 and 1.63 as an U15. Despite many times coming close to the podium, Jerry never lost heart, continued to train, continued to compete in every National final and finally returned to the National podium as an U16 when taking the National silver with a leap of 1.70m in the indoors. He progressed from there to leap 1.75m and then 1.81m in the outdoors before his astronomic improvements this year.

All our athletes should take inspiration from Jerry’s progress. The standard of athletics in the UK is world-class – Jerry is right up there with the best of his age in these islands. But that right was well-earned as you can see from his progress and commitment over the years – so all of our athletes should be encouraged by this. Keep training, keep improving, eventually you will get to the top!

And well done Jerry!

The Family 5k and Colour Run!

14 July, 2016 - 08:25

Fantastic Performances in Tullamore

11 July, 2016 - 12:29

Craughwell AC’s U18 Girls 4x100m, National Champions 2016
Back: Michelle Duggan, Laura Cunningham; Front: Aisling Keady, Caoilin Milton
Pictured on the podium along with silver medalists Galway City Harriers and Donore Harriers

Another fantastic weekend of athletics took place in Tullamore at the weekend with the first 2 days of the National Juvenile Track & Field Championships. The inclement weather conditions were blown away by the incredible performance of the U18 Girls relay team to take the National title in their 4x100m in a new club record time of 51.49. The team of Caoilin Milton, Aisling Keady, Laura Cunningham, Michelle Duggan and sub Lorraine Delaney put in a magnificent run to take the victory on the line from local rivals GCH. Having placed 4th in the National Indoors finals behind GCH, it was a sweet victory for the girls and comes after years of dedication to training and near misses in relay finals – a just reward for an exceptional group of girls. To say the club is proud of the girls achievement is an understatement. All have been in the club since the age of 7 or 8 years old, all have trained hard in the intervening years – some years with success some years without success. They never gave up, they continued to train well every year (not all of the time, but most of the time!) and their National title and club record is a very well earned reward for the girls and an inspiration to other members of the club. Well done girls!

 

Dearbhaile Walsh flying high in the U18 Steeplechase on her way to National silver

There was glory also for a number of athletes with silver medals for Matthew McKernan with a leap 5.92m in the U19 Boys Long Jump, Dearbhaile Walsh with a time of 7.57.01 in the U18 Girls Steeplechase, Daniel Callanan-Forde with a jump of 6.12m in the U17 Boys Long Jump and Conor Hoade with a time of 9.60 in the U13 Boys Hurdles. Lorraine Delaney and Aoife Walsh came agonisingly close to the podium in the U17 Girls Long Jump with Lorraine leaping to 4th with a best of 4.94m and Aoife 5th with 4.87m. While in the National B Championships, Jade Moorhead claimed a fine silver medal in the U12 High Jump with a clearance of 1.19m.

Craughwell AC’s Matthew McKernan, silver medalist in the U19 Boys Long Jump
at the National Championships in Tullamore

There several other top-8 finishes with Ben Garrard placing 7th in the U18 Boys Long Jump; the U17 Girls 4x100m team 7th in a time of 53.42 with Caoilin Milton, Lorraine Delaney, Aoife Walshe, Laura Cunningham and sub Shauna Tobin; Lukas Schukat 6th in the U13 Boys High Jump; Liam McDonagh 7th in the U13 Boys Javelin with 28.01m; the U13 Boys 4x100m team 7th in a time of 55.52 with Rian Kearney, Lukas Schukat, Kieran O’Connor, Conor Hoade and sub Liam Mulveen; Aoibhe Fahy 7th in the U12 Girls Turbo Javelin; Katie Scully 8th in the U12 Girls Long Jump.

Craughwell AC’s U17 Girls 4x100m team at the National Championships in Tullamore
Aoife Walshe, Laura Cunningham, Caoilin Milton and Lorraine Delaney

 

Craughwell AC’s U13 Boys 4x100m team at the National Championships in Tullamore

There were many other fine performances throughout the day with Ben Garrard 9th in the heats of the U18 800m in 2.09.48; Shauna Tobin 9th in the U17 long jump with 4.07m; Finbarr McFadden 11th in the U15 800m final in a time of 2.24.37; Jack Farrell 5th in the U14 Boys Hurdles in a time of 12.92; Ava Finn 10th and Aine Kelly 12th in the U14 high jump, both clearing 1.30m with Ellie Cronin unlucky to exit the competition at 1.25m; Sean Cahill 12th in the U14 javelin with 21.15m; Lauren McNally 13th in the U14 javelin with 16.71; Robert Urquhart 10th in the U13 javelin with 23.89m; Liam McDonagh and Conor Hoade, joint 10th in the U13 high jump with 1.30m and Robert Urquhart clearing the same height to place 13th; Daniel Galvin 10th in the U12 600m in 1.48.56 (the 2nd fastest time ever by a Craughwell AC athlete in this age group); Cian Lavan 10th in the U12 long jump with 3.99m and Millie Geraghty 16th in the U12 turbo javelin with 13.30m.

The impressive performances continued in the National B Championships where Jade Moorhead claimed a fine silver medal in the U12 High Jump with a clearance of 1.19m and also placed 5th in the long jump with 3.79m while Rian Kearney was unlucky not to medal in the U13 long jump where he placed 4th with a leap of 4.23m. Rian also made the final of the 80m sprint where he placed 6th in a time of 11.56, while Kieran O’Connor placed 6th in the heats of the same event in a time of 11.97.

Rebecca Lynch placed 8th in the U13 Girls long jump with a best of 3.85m while Emily Miskella was unlucky not to be given her final jump in the same event due to being called to the relays – missing out by a fraction on making the top 8 picked for the final 3 jumps with a best of 3.69m on her 2nd jump. Erin Kelly leaped 3.48m to place 16th in a field of over 30 athletes in the U12 long jump.

Craughwell AC’s U18 Girls 4x100m team following their victory at the National Championships in Tullamore
Caoilin Milton, Michelle Duggan, Laura Cunningham and Aisling Keady

The rest of the Craughwell relay teams who were in action put in tremendous performances in their heats but did not make it to the finals on this occasion,. They should take heart however from the performance of the U18 girls who contested the National finals on many occasions, sometimes making it out of the heats and sometimes not – but this year claiming the ultimate prize with the National title. Remaining relay results were as follows: U15 girls 6th in their 4x100m heat in a time of 54.25 just 0.23 away from making the final (Aine Kelly, Ava Finn, Chloe Casey, Freya Bohan); U14 girls 5th in their 4x100m heat in a time of 56.93 (Aine Kelly, Aoife Kelly, Ava Finn, Ciara Hughes, Ellie Cronin, Emma Jane Moran), U14 boys 6th in the heats of the 4x100m in a time of 55.16 (Padraig Martyn, Pascal Walsh, Robert Urquhart, Shaun Gilligan); U13 girls 8th in their 4x100m heat in a time of 60.71 (Emily Miskella, Eve Ayo, Hannah Hynes, Rebecca Lynch); U12 girls 5th in their 4x100m heat in a time of 63.00 (Erin Kelly, Jade Moorhead, jade Whelton, Katie Scully),

Craughwell AC’s U15 Girls 4x100m team at the National Championships in Tullamore
Aine Kelly, Chloe Casey, Freya Bohan and Ava Finn

Craughwell AC’s U14 Boys 4x100m team at the National Championships in Tullamore

 

Craughwell AC’s U14 Girls 4x100m team at the National Championships in Tullamore

Craughwell AC’s U12 Girls 4x100m team at the National Championships in Tullamore

 

 

U18 Girls 4x100m Champions of Ireland!!

9 July, 2016 - 22:14

Craughwell AC U18 Girls 4x100m Team moments after winning the National title!
Michelle Duggan, Caoilin Milton, Aisling Keady, Laura Cunningham
(missing from photo - sub Lorraine Delaney)

Massive congratulations to our U18 girls team who won the National title in style today at the National Relay Championships in Tullamore. The team of Michelle Duggan, Caoilin Milton, Aisling Keady and Laura Cunningham put in a powerful display of sprinting to take the National title on the line from a spirited GCH team in second place and Donore Harriers in third.

The team put in a superb performance in each leg of the race with Caoilin leading the team out with a storming start from lane 4 before handing off to Aisling at zone 1. Aisling tore down the straight in a blur of speed to hand off to Laura in zone 2 who accelerated around the bend at dizzying speed to hand off to Michelle in the final zone with the team in a strong second place at this stage. Michelle turbo-charged down the home straight chasing the leading runner who had a few metres advantage. As the finish loomed, the gap was narrowing, narrowing, narrowing, narrowing all the way to the line with Michelle just edging past in the final metres to anchor the team to victory by 7 hundreths of a second and a fine time of 51.49   ... or a speed of about 28 km per hour!

The time is also a new club senior record, breaking the old record of 52.03 set by Jessica Heneghan, Sineád Gaffney, Orla Ryan and Katie O’Donoghue when taking the silver medal in the U19 Girls 4x100m in 2012.

Well done to the girls, the club are proud of you and its just reward for years of hard work and near misses, in particular the 4th place finish in the U18 4x200m at this year's National Indoors.

Full report to follow tomorrow on all our performances including the fine silver medal won by Jade Moorhead in the U12 high jump.

Massive progress on club facilities!

7 July, 2016 - 00:24


Click on the image below to play and help Croí and Craughwell AC!

 

The ongoing work to deliver state-of-the-art facilities is powering ahead at Craughwell AC Sports and Recreation Park. Following on from the recent opening of our new carpark, the work to install 8 new floodlights was completed last week and the facility now proudly boasts a total of 13 poles with 39 floodlights to light up the whole 8 acres. If you drive past along the Craughwell-Oranmore road between 10 and 11pm, you will see them on at the moment.

The next step of the work is to construct our tartan sprint and jump areas, a shot putt area and a javelin runway. This work will be commencing shortly and completed during August weather permitting. Between loans, grants and fundraising, we have been doing fantastic in raising over €210,000 already out of a €250,000 target but we still need to raise almost €40,000 in funds to complete this phase of the project.

We are appealing to our members and the community to support us by signing up for our club lotto at http://www.craughwellac.com/site/index.php/lotto or by sponsoring some aspect of the development with a one-off donation or by installments. We are just launching the attached brochure on sponsorship options. If you have already sponsored us, we will be acknowledging that in the appropriate category from the attached options. Or if you would like to select an option and donate by installments, we would be delighted with that approach.

If you weight up the cost of a €50 donation vs other ways you spend €50, its money well spent!

  • 3 trips into training sessions in Dangan will cost more in fuel and wear/tear on the car than a €50 donation to the club.

  • A meal for two and a few drinks will cost more than a €50 donation to the club. Swap one night out a year for that donation and think of the health benefits that you get from access to a fully-lit 8-acre park for walking/jogging all year around.

So get behind us if you can on this and support the lotto or one of our sponsorship options in the attached. And remember if you have already sponsored us or if you want to donate further, we will acknowledge it in your selected option in the attached brochure.

We would also greatly appreciate if parents could consider any potential business sponsors that might be interested in supporting us and approach them on our behalf. The facility provides a solid advertising opportunity for businesses as well as supporting a very worthwhile cause. We will be getting some brochures printed that might be of help to parents in this regard.

 

 

 

 

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brochure on sponsorship options

U9s 10s and 11s Battle it out in Tullamore

7 July, 2016 - 00:04


Craughwell AC’s U9 Girls 4x100m Team at the National Championships in Tullamore

On Sunday last, the club had a large representation in the National finals of the U9-11 age groups where the highlight of the day was the bronze medals for the U9s girls pairing of Tara Keane and Mollie Gilligan in the Turbo Javelin where they threw a combined distance of 31.17m to claim their spot on the podium.

There was heart-break for a number of athletes who placed 4th in their long jump event with U9 girls Keevagh Barry and Katelyn Walsh combining to leap 6.20m only 1cm from bronze medals, U9 boys Dara Zimmerer and Keelan Moorhead doing likewise to leap 6.18m in their event and ending 1cm from bronze and Ella Farrelly and Shannon Quinn whose combined jump of 6.86m placed them 4th in the U10 girls long jump.

There were many more top-notch performances from the club’s young athletes with Emily Kinane/Kelly Hallinan 5th in the U9 Girls Long Jump, Cian Connaughton/Steven Jennings 5th in the U10 Boys 60m, Ben Moran/Keelan Moorhead 5th in the U9 Boys 300m, Freya Bohan 6th in the U15 Girls Pentathlon, Chloe Hallinan/Isabella Boland 6th in the U10 Girls Long Jump, Cian Connaughton/Fionn Higgins 6th in the U10 Boys 500m, Ben Moran/Dara Zimmerer 6th in the U9 Boys 60m, Adam Jordan/Darragh Kearney 7th in the U11 Turbo Javelin, Steven Jennings/Darragh Kelly 7th in the U10 Boys Long Jump, Katelyn Walsh/Kelly Hallinan 8th in the U9 Girls 300m, Ellie Cronin 9th in the U14 Girls Pentathlon, Eabha Neary/Jenny Cloonan 9th in the U11 Girls Turbo Javelin, Ella Farrelly/Evie Culhane 9th in the U10 Girls 60m, Isabel Schukat/Lily Lopez 11th in the U10 Girls Long Jump, Lewis Ryan 11th in the U14 Boys Pentathlon, Rian Comer/Ewan Walsh 11th in the U10 Boys Long Jump, Tara Keane/Isabel Schukat 12th in the U10 Girls 60m and Dillon Martyn/Jack Murray 13th in the U10 Boys Turbo Javelin.

In the relays 5 teams made it through the heats and into the finals with the U9 Boys placing 5th in a time of 67.08 (Keelan Moorhead, Dara Zimmerer, Sean Hoade, Ben Moran, Caelan Coleman), the U10 Boys 5th with 63.16 (Steven Jennings, Sean Lavin, Darragh Kelly, Cian Connaughton, Rian Comer), the U11 Boys 6th with 60.45 (Jamie Collins, Cathal Sweeney, Evan Moran, Tomas Fitzgerald, Adam Jordan, Cormac McFadden), the U10 Girls 8th with 66.29 (Isabel Schukat, Evie Culhane, Tara Keane, Ella Farrelly, Mollie Gilligan) and the U11 Girls 8th with 63.97 (Aoibhe Donnellan, Grace Lynch, Chloe Hallinan, Isabella Boland, Grace Keaveney).



Craughwell AC’s U9 Boys 4x100m Team who placed 5th at the National Championships in Tullamore

Some of Craughwell AC’s U11s at the National Championships in Tullamore

Craughwell AC’s U11 Boys 4x100m Team who placed 6th at the National Championships in Tullamore

Craughwell AC’s U11 Girls 4x100m Team who placed 8th at the National Championships in Tullamore

Craughwell AC’s U10 Boys Squad at the National Championships in Tullamore

Craughwell AC’s U10 Girls at the National Championships in Tullamore

Jamie Fallon Clinches National Junior Title

7 July, 2016 - 00:03


Craughwell AC's Jerry Keary being presented with a training grant of €100 by Club Chairperson Marion McEvilly
in recognition of his selection for the Irish team to contest the Schools International in mid-July

Yet another action-packed weekend of athletics took place in Tullamore with the National U20/U23 Track & Field Championships on Saturday and the National U9-11 Track & Field Championships and National U14-16 Pentathlon Championships last Sunday.

On Saturday Jamie Fallon raced to the National title in the U20 Men’s 5000m in a time of 15:38.76 while Damien O’Boyle took 6th place in the U20 Men’s 1500m in a time of 4.03:76. Stepping up from U17 to U20, Jerry Keary clinched a fine bronze medal in the Men’s High jump with a clearance of 1.90m in wet conditions and Laura Cunningham placed 6th in the U20 Women’s High Jump with a clearance of 1.50m. Aoife Walsh and Shauna Tobin also jumped well in the U20 Long Jump but were unlucky to break on their better jumps and placed 10th and 11th in the event, while Lorraine Delaney had a similar experience in the U20 high jump when struggling with her mark on the misaligned Tullamore high jump and unlucky to knock her opening height of 1.40m.

On Sunday in National U14-16 Pentathlon, 3 athletes from the club competed in the multievents with Freya Bohan placing 6th in the U15 Girls Pentathlon,   Ellie Cronin 9th in the U14 Girls Pentathlon and  Lewis Ryan 11th in the U14 Boys Pentathlon - very useful experience for all 3 athletes.

Aoife Walsh leaping high in the U17 long jump in Tullamore
(photo Kieran Carlin https://www.facebook.com/finn.v.ac)

Great Competition at Christy Kennedy Sports

7 July, 2016 - 00:03

Some of the victorious Craughwell NS team at the Christy Kennedy Sports

A very successful Christy Kennedy Sports were held on the grounds of Craughwell NS and the GAA field last week with 100s of children taking part from local primary schools including Ballyglass, Ballymana, Carrabane, Clarinbridge, Coldwood, Craughwell and Killeeneen. There were some fantastic performances throughout the day with Craughwell NS taking the victory in the large schools competition and Ballyglass NS doing likewise in the smaller schools competition. Individual winners in the different events were as follows:

1st/2nd Class: 60m Rebecca Gardiner (Ballyglass), 80m Emma O'Toole (Coldwood), Long Jump Ella Farrelly (Craughwell), Ball Throw: Mollie Gilligan (Craughwell), 60m Ben Moran (Craughwell), 80m Cian Connaughton (Carrabane), Long Jump Darragh Kelly (Craughwell), Ball Throw Diego Da Silva (Ballymana), 4x60m Craughwell (Lauren Morgan, Cian Farrell, Molly Gilligan, Keelan Moorhead), 4x80m Craughwell (Ella Farrelly, Darragh Kelly, Katelyn Walsh, Ben Moran);

3rd/4th Class: 80m Niame Crowe (Coldwood), 200m Fauve Aylmer (Coldwood), Long Jump Chloe Hallinan (Craughwell), Triple Jump Erin Kelly (Craughwell), Ball Throw Tara Morgan (Craughwell), 80m Fiachra Bond (Ballymana), 200m Daniel Keane (Carrabane), Long Jump Evan Hallinan (Craughwell), Triple Jump Mark Kilgannon (Clarinbridge), Ball Throw Darragh Keaveney (Killeeneen), 4x100m Ballymana (Conor Gilligan, Aoibhe Donnellan, Sole Lopez, Fiachra Bond), 4x200m Craughwell (Evan Moran, Sarah Byrne, Evan Hallinan, Chloe Hallinan);

5th/6th Class: 100m Eve Ayo (Clarinbridge), 600m Emily Miskella (Craughwell), Long Jump Ava Finn (Ballymana), Triple Jump 1 Aoife Kelly (Craughwell), Ball Throw Jane Phiri (Clarinbridge), Long Puck Niamh Spellman (Carrabane), 100m Shaun Gilligan (Craughwell), 600m Gavin Lee (Clarinbridge), Long Jump Sean Fox (Clarinbridge), Tripel Jump Jack Farrell (Craughwell), Ball Throw Nicks Apse (Ballymana), Luke Forde (Killeeneen), 4x100m Clarinbridge (Sean Fox, Annie de Hora, Conor Hoade, Eve Ayo), 4x200m Ballymana (James Furey, Aine Kelly, Ross Whelton, Ava Finn).

Full results are here: cks2016results.pdf

Jerry Claims Spot on Irish Schools Team

7 July, 2016 - 00:03

Jerry Keary had the biggest success of his athletics career to date when he leaped to victory in the high jump at the Tailteann Games which were held in Santry at the weekend. The Tailteann Games is an annual inter-provincial schools event between the top schools athletes in the four quarters of Ireland. Jerry leaped 1.95m to take the title on countback and in the process claim his first international vest for Ireland with selection onto the Irish schools team that will compete in England in mid-July. Jerry’s progress in the last year has been incredible, adding almost 20cm to his PB of 1.81m from last year when he jumped 2 metres at the Connacht Championships recently.

Also in action at the Tailteann Games, Laura Cunningham leaped to a 1.55m PB in the girls high jump event, Leanagh Gilligan did likewise with a 9.53m leap in the triple jump whiel Chloe Casey placed 4th in the shot putt and Dearbhaile Walshe placed 8th in the steeplechase. Also in action in Santry, Damien O’Boyle had a fine run in the Junior Men’s 3000m at the National Senior Track & Field where he claimed the silver in a time of 8:49.24.

Jerry Keary and Laura Cunningham at the Irish Schools Tailteann Games
where Jerry won the High Jump title with 1.95m and Laura claimed a new PB of 1.55m

Magical 2 metres for Jerry at Connacht T&F

7 July, 2016 - 00:03



Ailbhe Miskella and Dearbhaile Walshe

Silver medallists in the U15 Girls 1500m and in the U18 Girls 2000m S/C and 3000m
at the Connacht Track & Field in Sligo

Craughwell AC enjoyed another marvellous weekend at the 2nd day of the Connacht Championships which were held in Sligo at the weekend. There were some remarkable performances across the age groups with many highlights particularly in the high jump where Jerry Keary broke the club’s record with an impressive 2m leap to win the U17 boys event and Ryan Gallagher set a new age group record with a 1.65m clearance to win the U16 boys high jump and in the process medalled 3 times with podium finishes in the hurdles and 200m also, a feat repeated Caoilin Milton with triple medals in the U17 girls long jump, triple jump and 200m, and by Conor Hoade with triple medals in the U13 hurdles, high jump and long jump. There were also some impressive results in the relays with the U14 boys and U15 girls racing to the Connacht titles in their 4x100m, while the U13 boys and U17 girls took silver and the U14 girls took bronze.

Full details of the Craughwell top-4 finishers are as follows:

U13 Boys Long Jump 1 Conor Hoade (4.39); 60mH 2 Conor Hoade (10.05); High Jump 2 Conor Hoade (1.35), 3 Robert Urquhart (1.33), Lukas Schukat/Liam McDonagh (1.25); Javelin 3 Robert Urquhart (25.88), Javelin 4 Liam McDonagh (25.50); Shot Putt 4 Oisin Keane (7.41); 4x100m 2 Lukas Schukat, Liam Mulveen, Conor Hoade, Rian Kearney, Liam McDonagh (56.00).

U13 Girls High Jump 3 Saoirse Pierce (1.25).

U14 Boys 75mH 1 Jack Farrell (13.18); Discus 1 Conor Trehy (13.17); Javelin 1 Sean Cahill (25.24); 1500m 2 Sean Cotter (5.15.89); High Jump 2 James Furey (1.25), 3 Alex Creaven (1.20); Long Jump 2 Shaun Gilligan (4.52), 4 Padraig Martyn (4.20); Shot Putt 3 Sean Cahill (8.43); 80m 3 Shaun Gilligan (11.04), 4 Pascal Walsh (11.24); 200m 4 Shaun Gilligan (28.55); 800m 4 Sean Cotter (2.34.8); 4x100m 1 Pascal Walsh, Robert Urquhart, Padraic Martyn, Shaun Gilligan, sub Ludaigh Morgan (55.20).

U14 Girls High Jump 1 Ellie Cronin (1.40); High Jump 2 Aine Kelly (1.35) / Ava Finn (1.35); Javelin 2 Lauren McNally (23.12); Long Jump 2 Aine Kelly (4.42); 4x100m 3 Aine Kelly, Ellie Cronin, Emma Jane Moran, Ava Finn, subs Ciara Hughes, Aoife Kelly (56.93).



Ryan Gallagher Connacht U16 High Jump Champion 2016

U15 Boys High Jump 1 Ryan Gallagher (1.65); U15 Boys Long Jump 1 Conor Roberts (4.89), 2 Garvin Surlis (4.72); 200m 2 Ryan Gallagher (26.34); 1500m 3 Finbarr McFadden (5.02.96); 80mH 3 Ryan Gallagher (13.27); 800m 4 Finbarr McFadden (2.24.2).

U15 Girls High Jump 1 Freya Bohan (1.45); Long Jump 1 Leanagh Gilligan (4.66); Shot Putt 1 Chloe Casey (12.04); 200m 2 Freya Bohan (28.83); 1500m 2 Ailbhe Miskella; 100m 3 Freya Bohan (13.56); 4x100m 1 Ava Finn, Chloe Casey, Leanagh Gilligan, Freya Bohan (54.21).

U16 Girls 100m 1 Siona Lawless (12.97); 200m 2 Siona Lawless; Discus 2 Leigha O'Boyle (12.90); Javelin 2 Leigha O'Boyle (11.94).

U17 Boys High Jump 1 Jerry Keary (2.00); Long Jump 1 Daniel Callanan-Forde (5.99), 2 Louis Molloy (5.27); 100m 4 Louis Molloy (12.54).

Craughwell AC's U17 Girls 4x100m Team, silver medallists at the Connacht Track Championships
Shauna Tobin, Ciana Reidy, Laura Cunningham, Aoife Walshe

U17 Girls Triple Jump 1 Laura Cunningham (9.72), 2 Caoilin Milton (8.79); High Jump 1 Laura Cunningham (1.50), 2 Ciana Reidy (1.45), 3 Aoife Walsh (1.40); Long Jump 1 Aoife Walsh (4.52), 2 Caoilin Milton (4.45), 3 Ciana Reidy (4.34), 4 Laura Cunningham (4.32); 200m 3 Caoilin Milton (28.13); 4x100m 2 Aoife Walsh, Ciana Reidy, Shauna Tobin, Laura Cunningham (55.48).

U18 Boys Shot Putt 2 Ben Garrard (9.47); 800m 3 Ben Garrard (2.12.0), Long Jump 3 Ben Garrard (5.21),.

U18 Girls 3000m 2 Dearbhaile Walshe (12.02.9), 2000m Steeplechase 2 Dearbhaile Walshe (8.03.9).

Full results are here: results.



Craughwell AC's Laura Cunningham and Caoilin Milton
Gold and silver medallists in the U17 Girls Triple Jump
at the Connacht Track & Field Championships

Impressive Performances at Day 1 of Connacht T&F

7 July, 2016 - 00:03


Craughwell AC U12 Athletics Squad at the Connacht Championships in Dangan

Connacht U10 Boys 4x100m Champions 2016

Another bumper day of athletics saw Craughwell AC shine at the Connacht U9-12 Track & Field Championships which were held in Dangan in Saturday. The club placed in the top 4 an incredible 54 times over the 46 different events held throughout the day. There were many fine performances from a large number of Craughwell AC athletes, most notably Evan Hallinan’s 1.45m clearance to take gold in the U12 Boys high jump and the sheer dominance of the U10 Girls’ sprints and relays where Craughwell AC athletes took gold and silver.

Full details of those placing in the top 4 at the Connacht Championships at the weekend are as follows:-

U9 Girls 60m 4 Keevagh Barry (10.69) / Emily Kinane (10.97); 300m 3 Katelyn Walsh (58.74) / Kelly Hallinan (63.25); Long Jump 2 Katelyn Walsh (2.94) / Emma O’Donovan (2.93), 3 Kelly Hallinan (2.51) / Keevagh Barry (3.13); Turbo Javelin 4 Gemma Hallinan (7.30) / Kiera Mernagh (6.65); 4x100m 3 Craughwell: Kathlyn Walsh, Chloe Keane Keevagh Barry, Emily Kinane, sub Abby Haugh (71.54), 4 Craughwell (71.79).

U9 Boys 60m 1 Ben Moran (10.10) / Dara Zimmerer (10.38); 300m 1 Ben Moran (56.12) / Keelan Moorhead (56.32), 4 Caelan Coleman (1.01.89) / Sean Hoade (58.74); Long Jump 1 Dara Zimmerer (3.29) / Keelan Moorhead (2.89); 4x100m 1 Craughwell: Ben Moran, Dara Zimmerer, Keelan Moorhead, Sean Hoade, sub Caelan Coleman (68.64).

U10 Girls 60m 1 Tara Keane (10.19) / Isabel Schukat (10.21), 2 Ella Farrelly (10.21) / Evie Culhane (10.29); Long Jump 1 Shannon Quinn (3.51) / Ella Farrelly (3.76), 2 Sophie McIlrath (3.29) / Isabel Schukat (3.28); Turbo Javelin 2 Tara Keane (16.60) / Mollie Gilligan (11.80), 4 Jessica Shannon (12.00) / Lily Lopez (11.50); 500m 4 Sophie McIlrath (1.44.74) / Gillian Crowe (1.46.56); 4x100m 1 Craughwell: Isobel Schukat, Evie Culhane, Tara Keane, Ella Farrelly, sub Sophie McIllrath (64.79), 2 Craughwell: Mollie Gilligan, Shannon Quinn, Gillian Crowe, Sophie McIllrath, sub Maiah Fleetwood (65.39).

U10 Boys 60m 3 Cian Connaughton (9.72) / Steven Jennings (10.14); 500m 3 Cian Connaughton (1:37.42) / Fionn Higgins (1:37.54); Long Jump 2 Steven Jennings (3.58) / Darragh Kelly (3.42), 3 Rian Comer (3.50) / Ewan Walsh (3.37); Turbo Javelin 3 Dylan Martin (14.40) / Jack Murray (12.90); 4x100m 1 Craughwell: Stephen Jennings, Sean Lavan, Darragh Kelly, Cian Connaughton, sub Rian Comer (63.18).

U11 Girls Long Jump 2 Chloe Hallinan (3.72) / Isabella Boland (3.61), 4 Grace Keaveney (3.33) / Grace Lynch (3.40); Turbo Javelin 2 Eabha Neary (12.71) / Jenny Cloonan (11.86); 4x100m 2 Craughwell: Aoibhe Donnellan, Grace Keaveney, Grace Lynch, Chloe Hallinan, sub Isabella Boland (62.57).

U11 Boys 600m 2 Eddie Silke (1.57.06) / Evan Moran (2.03.46); Long Jump 4 Conor Gilligan (3.69) / Tomas Fitzgerald (3.48); Turbo Javelin 2 Adam Jordan (16.72) / Darragh Kearney (20.54); 4x100m 1 Craughwell: Evan Moran, Cathal Sweeney, Eddie Silke, Jamie Collins, sub Conor Gilligan (61.18).

U12 Girls 60m Hurdles 2 Katie Scully (12.20); Long Jump 1 Katie Scully (4.00); High Jump 4 Aoibhe Carr (1.20); Turbo Javelin 1 Aoibhe Fahy (17.66), 3 Millie Geraghty (15.79), 4 Megan Gilligan (15.32); Shot Putt 2 Rosemary Maduka (6.03), 3 Shauna Donoghue (5.97), 4 Aoibhe Fahy (5.76); 4x100m 4 Craughwell: Aoibhe Carr, Jade Moorhead, Fauve Aylmer, Katie Scully, sub Sadhbh Irwin (61.06).

U12 Boys 60m Hurdles 1 Evan Hallinan (11.14), 2 Cian Lavan (11.72), 4 Daniel Galvin (12.02); 600m 3 Daniel Galvin (1.48.58); High Jump 1 Evan Hallinan (1.45), 4 Cian Lavan (1.15); Long Jump 1 Evan Hallinan (4.38), 4 Cian Lavan (3.86); Turbo Javelin 4 Cormac Conneely (20.80); 4x100m 4 Craughwell: Ryan McDonnell, Daniel Galvin, Evan Hallinan, Cian Lavan, sub Killian Walsh (59.22).

Full results are here:- U9-11 U12

 

Athletes shine at Galway Community Games

7 July, 2016 - 00:03


Craughwell U12 Girls 4x100m Relay Team
Galway Community Games Champions 2016

The Galway Community Games finals were held in Ballinderrin recently with a new 1-day format replacing the old 2 days of heats and finals. 

The Craughwell Community Games area had some exceptional performances with all 4 relay teams finishing in the medals as well as several individual Galway titles and podium finishes. The relays saw fantastic victories for the U13 Mixed 4x100m team (Robert Urquhart, Padraig Martyn, Emma Jane Moran, Ava Finn, subs Rebecca Lynch, Liam Mulveen) and the U12 Girls 4x100m team (Ailish Burke, Fauve Aylmer, Erin Kelly, Jade Moorhead) while the remaining 2 teams from the parish took bronze medals in their finals - U10 Mixed 4x100m team (Grace Keaveney, Cormac McFadden, Grace Lynch, Ben Moran, subs Eamonn McGlynn and Isabella Boland) and U12 Boys 4x100m team (Jamie Collins, Evan Hallinan, Cathal Kelly, Evan Moran).

In the individual events, the strong performances continued with Galway titles for Ryan Gallagher (U16 Boys High Jump), Rebecca Lynch (U14 Girls Javelin), Kyle Moorhead (U14 Boys 800m), Padraig Martyn (U14 Boys Long Jump), Grace Lynch (U10 Girls 60m Hurdles), Cormac McFadden (U10 Boys 60m Hurdles); silver medals for Liam Mulveen (U14 Boys Long Jump), Ava Finn (U14 Girls Long Jump) and Lauren Morgan (U8 Girls 60m); and bronze for Finbar McFadden (U16 Boys 1500m) and Daniel Galvin (U12 Boys 600m).

Clarinbridge’s Liam McDonagh and Oisin Keane also got in the medals with silver and bronze in the U14 Boys javelin as did Carrabane’s Cian Connaughton who took the bronze in the U10 Boys 100m. Oranmore’s Oisin Lyons had an impressive gun to tape victory in the U16 Boys 1500m.

Oisin Lyons and Finbar McFadden
Gold and bronze medallists in the U16 1500m at the Galway Community Games 2016

Craughwell U13 Mixed 4x100m Relay Team
Galway Community Games Champions 2016

Craughwell U12 Boys 4x100m Relay Team
Bronze medallists at the Galway Community Games 2016

 

Kyle Moorhead and Ryan Gallagher
Galway Community Games U14 Boys 800m and U16 Boys High Jump Champions 2016

Craughwell U10 Mixed Relay Team
Bronze medallists at the Galway Community Games 2016

Chloe Claims Silver at Irish Schools Finals

7 July, 2016 - 00:02

The pinnacle event of the athletics season for secondary schools took place in Tullamore at the weekend with the Irish Schools Track & Field. Several athletes from the club were in action with the highlight being Chloe Casey’s (St Raphael’s) silver medal in the Junior Girls shot putt with an exceptional throw of 12.32m. Chloe also placed 8th in the 200m in a time of 27.84.

Daniel Callanan-Forde (St Raphael’s) had a fine performance to place 4th in the Intermediate Boys long jump with a best of 6.18m and 5th in the triple jump with a best of 12.60. Gerry Keary contained a remarkable day for the Loughrea school with a 4th place finish in the Intermediate Boys high jump with a leap of 1.85m. Matthew McKernan (Calasanctius) had a fine PB of 12.98m to take 6th place in the Senior Boys triple jump.

Laura Cunningham (Pres Athenry) placed 7th in the Intermediate Girls high jump with 1.50m while Leanagh Gilligan (St Brigid’s) placed 6th in the Junior Girls long jump with a best of 4.84m and 9th in the triple jump with a best of 9.01m. Dearbhaile Walsh (Seamount) placed 6th in the Intermediate Girls 1500m Steeplechase in a time of 5.42.87. Conor Roberts (Colaiste Bhaile Chlair) took 8th place in the Minor Boys long jump with a best of 4.85 while Garvin Surlis (The Bish) was fractionally behind in 9th place with a best of 4.83m. Damien O’Boyle took 6th place in the Senior Boys 5000m in a time of 15.45.31 while younger sister Leigha took 11th place in the discus with a best of 14.32m.

In the relays, the Calasanctius team of Caoilin Milton, Laura Nally, Lorraine Delaney and Caoimhe O’Donoghue had a strong run to take 5th place in the Intermediate Girls 4x100m in a time of 51.38 while the Pres Athenry Senior Boys team were unfortunate to be disqualified for a zone fault.

Terrific Performances at City & County Sports

7 July, 2016 - 00:02

 

 

Ballymana NS Senior Girls 4x100m Team - Silver Medalists in the County Sports in Dangan

Primary schools athletics took centre-stage recently with the Galway County Sports and Galway City Sports taking place in Dangan.

In the County Sports, it was a particularly good day for Clarinbridge NS with victories in both the U13 Boys 4x100m (Gavin Lee, Liam Leen, Sean fox, Conor Hoade) and U13 Girls 4x100m (Saoirse Moore, Evie Ayo, Annie de Hora, Siofra Boland). Ballymana NS took the silver medals in the U13 Girls 4x100m with Laoise Bond, Aine Kelly, Ava Finn and Saorise Dooley. In the individual events, Clarinbridge NS also had plenty of success with Saoirse Moore taking bronze in the U13 Girls 800m, Gavin Lee and Liam Leen gold and silver in the U13 Boys 800m, Cian Lavan bronze in the U11 Boys 400m and Sean Lavan silver in the U9 Boys 400m. Sean Cotter (Gaelscoil de hIde) took bronze in the U13 Boys 800m while Ballymana NS’s Aine Kelly took bronze in the U13 Girls 100m and Daniel Galvin took silver in the U11 Boys 400m.

Craughwell NS Senior Girls 4x100m Team - silver medallists in the City Sports in Dangan

Meanwhile on the following day in the City Sports which Craughwell NS has traditionally contested, the school had some exceptional performances with 5 sets of relay medals and 3 individual medals. The school took the gold in the U13 Boys 4x100m (Lukas Schukat, Robert Urquhart, Kieran O'Connor, Shaun Gilligan, Padraig Martyn, Liam Mulveen, Gavin Kelly, Ross McGuinness), gold in the U9 Girls 4x100m (Katie Slevin, Isabel Schukat, Mollie Gilligan, Ella Farrelly, Katelyn Walsh, Sarah Creaven), silver in the U13 Girls 4x100m (Molly Sullivan, Emma Jane Moran, Edel Farrelly, Aoife Kelly, Niamh Griffin, Emily Miskella, Rebekah Flynn), bronze in the U11 Girls 4x100m (Erin Kelly, Jade Moorhead, Grace Lynch, Chloe Hallinan, Rachel O'Callaghan, Clodagh O'Meara) and bronze in the U9 Boys 4x100m (Cian Farrell, Darragh Kelly, Keelan Moorhead, Ben Moran, Ethan Waters). In the individual events Shaun Gilligan raced to gold in the U13 Boys 100m as did Jade Moorhead in the U11 Girls 400m, while Ella Farrelly took bronze in the U9 Girls 60m and Katelyn Walsh was very unlucky to be just pipped on the line for the bronze medal in the U9 Girls 400m.

July Summer Camp Moved to August

29 June, 2016 - 12:23

For a number of reasons the club have had to move the July summer camp due to start next Monday 4th July to August ... merging it with our August camp on 15th August.

The parents who had booked for July have all agreed to switch to August, with a refund provided to one parent who could not move. Thank you everyone for your understanding.

As a result the August camp will be bigger and better with over 20 advance bookings already so please get your booking in early as its expected to fill up. Application form is here:- http://www.craughwellac.com/site/images/2016/Summer_Camp_2016.pdf

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 tohttps://www.croi.ie/lotto 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.

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