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Biggest Club in Ireland make World Record Challenge!

2 April, 2015 - 00:37

Craughwell AC has retained its place as the largest juvenile club in Ireland with the figures announced yesterday by Athletics Ireland. Having spent a number of years in the top 3, Craughwell edged into 2nd place and then 1st in Autumn last year. We appear to be growing more rapidly than any other club and are now 55 members bigger than the next biggest Dundrum South Dublin and more than twice as big as all other Connacht clubs other than Sligo AC. The club is extremely proud of this statistic as we place a big emphasis on participation as well as developing our members to their potential be it part of a healthy lifestyle or elite national and international standards.


And we’re not neglecting competitiveness either. After the recent Irish Indoor Championships, the club are ranked 6th in the country based on our indoor performances – with 9 medals and many top 8 finishes. The club’s performances in terms of both participation and competitiveness are all the more impressive given that our members come from a relatively small area of rural County Galway compared to many big city and town clubs.

All the more reason why the club needs to move forward quickly on developing our new facility as we badly need the space and better facilities for our rapidly growing membership. To this end, the club are launching is major fund-raiser for this year – an attempt at setting a Guinness World Record.

We really need the full support of club members on this as we are putting a lot of effort into developing advanced facilities quickly with the aid of loans and grants so that the current membership benefit.

Please read on for details of the facility plans and fundraiser- don't leave it to others as we need everyone on board!! Thank you!!

Outstanding Performances at Day 3 of Indoors

1 April, 2015 - 23:56

Matthew McKernan in action in the U18 Triple Jump National finals in Athlone

The club’s leading juveniles had another wonderful day of action on the final day of the National Indoor Track & Field championships in Athlone last weekend, with some fantastic performances which yielded 1 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze and several top eight finishes. Foremost amongst them was Sineád Treacy’s massive leap of 5.45m to take the gold medal in the U19 long jump along with a season’s best of 25.04 to take the silver medal in a close battle to the line in the 200m. This brings Sineád’s tally for the National indoor season to 2 individual gold and 1 silver in the U19 championships, silver in the U20 200m and team silver in the National Indoor League – incredible performances.

Also in fine form, Matthew McKernan leaped an impressive 12.17m to take the silver medal in the U18 triple jump. Daniel Callanan-Forde claimed his first indoor National medal and first long jump National medal with a fine jump of 5.70m. Daniel was holding 2nd place until the very last round of jumps with a best of 5.68m when the jumper prior to him leapt 5.77m. On his final jump, Daniel put everything into it to leap 5.70m and had to settle for bronze by the tiny margin of 7cm.

In the U19 800m, Damien O’Boyle qualified comfortably in the heats in a time of 2.01.00 and went on to produce his 2nd fastest time ever to place 3rd in the final in a time of 1.58.93. 

Craughwell 10 2015 Race Report by Tom Prendergast

26 March, 2015 - 19:50

So, here I was at the start line of my first Craughwell 10 wearing a Craughwell AC singlet, but a complete stranger-almost. Having only joined the club 3 weeks ago I hoped this would be a successful homecoming. I hoped the Garmin would locate a satellite before the gun in 2 minutes!
Lots of guns here today, Raheny, Tullamore, Limerick, Mullingar, Roscommon, Templemore more Raheny... but this is my backyard. Galway's' finest are on show today. From Athenry-Rohan, Meehan, Healy, Somers, Deakin, from Maree, Mc Donagh, Kerrin from G.C.H. Bidwell, Brody, Carty, Phelan and some heavy local artillery in the form of Larkin and Mullins. 

Two hours earlier at number collection I didn't have to introduce myself as the lady issuing the numbers recognised me. It turns out Mairead Lane and I shared the same school bus when I did the leaving cert in '87. Mairead must have been in 1st year! So at least one person in a Craughwell singlet knows who I am! Having worked all morning in administration Mairead went on to post a superb 1hr 29mins.

BANG! We're off. I have a plan... run with my head and ignore the Garmin for the most part. Nobody is overtaking me in the first 500yards, that's because I'm moving too quickly and need to slow it up. Where's the plan now? I have overtaken quite a few and decide to sit it in, albeit 20yds behind my friend Brendan Mc Donnell. Brendan finished the Kinvara half two minutes ahead of me a fortnight ago, I won't see him for long. A young lad shoots past, down the centre of the road and continues at an electric pace. It was Oliver Mullins- he quickly fades in the distance.



                      Photo courtesy of Paul O'Connor

Mile 1 complete 5'52"- not good, what am I doing? I'm 46 and with only two years running under my belt even I realise that this is far from intelligent running. So I pull in the horns. Mile two is flat and I decide to ignore the Garmin, reduce the effort and the pace, no overtakes 6'15". Two down and I can look forward to a drink soon.

The headwind is cooling though, just need to rinse the mouth. The runner behind me is starting to pound the tarmac, I can't live with this, two choices, no – one, he's not getting past...I squeeze the throttle. His noisy footfall fades. The three mile marker 6'04". Ah, the water station, all is good again, or is it? I try to take a drink but nearly choke. I'm moving too fast again and my mouth is for breathing, not drinking this time. We turn right for Roveagh and the breeze is no longer in our faces, found a comfortable pace now. Brendan is not really increasing the distance between us. I admire the scenery-almost 30 years since I travelled these roads. I'm moving well.6'13" for mile four.

The fine day means there are people at almost every gateway encouraging all the runners. They were there for the first four miles too but didn't get the appreciation they deserved as I was trying to referee a conflict between my head and my heart. Mile five has a gentle incline and I pass a runner whose game is clearly up! He wishes me well as I pass, he'll be back. I'm now starting to appreciate the advantages of being a club member running on home ground as cheers of "C'mon Craughwell", "Good man yourself" and "Fair play to ya" ring in my ears at every gateway. 6'14" for mile five and so far so good. We soon take another right turn and the initial breeze in our faces is now on our backs. Brendan is not stretching his lead over me but is actually within touching distance. He looks over his shoulder for the first time. He sensed it was me gaining on him, "I'm cattle trucked Tom" or similar sounding words came from his mouth. I pass my friend, tell him to tuck in and I'll take him to the finish. I'm 5'8" -he's 6'4"! He ordered me to "GO"- I did- mile six - 6'03"

I was moving well, legs were strong my breathing controlled. Mile seven has a hill, I like hills, and a water station. Brendan recedes behind me as I recognise the runner 200yds ahead-Jane Ann Healy. My only other race over the distance was the Galway Simon 10 last summer -I finished in 1:06:20 with Jane Ann 40 seconds ahead in 3rd place overall. I'd settle for that today but had a goal time of 1:05 for Craughwell. I wouldn't be checking my overall progress till race end. Mile seven 6 minutes flat.

Three miles from home and I was enjoying this. I managed to take on water during mile 7 and keep the pace. I managed a wave or two and a few "Thank you's" to the many encouraging well-wishers along these last few miles. This Craughwell singlet is making me run faster and stronger-I'm flying now. As I near the right hander just before the eight mile mark there's a shout "C'mon Tom, you're flying". It was the endorsement I needed, it was my old school class mate and Craughwell A.C. stalwart John Fitzpatrick.

I put mile eight aside in 5'54". Keep it cool now, don't blow up 2 from home. Jane Ann wasn't getting any closer... she was gliding along gracefully. All quiet in the rear-view mirror! There's a downhill section in mile nine and halfway down we take the only left hand turn onto the long home straight. There are lots of cheering onlookers now and I'm feeding off them 6'02" for mile nine.

And now one last effort, stay focused and finish strong but carry on enjoying the moment. I don't think the next runner is close enough to challenge my position in the field and I know I have got the fuel reserves spot on. I'll empty the tank now and float over the line. 200 yards to go and I disengage cruise control and fully open the throttle.

A marshal shouts my bib number ahead and the P.A. announcer is on the wrong page ...declaring "Next home is... (ladies name) from Ballyhaunis meet and train". The large crowd near the finish had such a laugh at the ugliest woman they ever saw running! I managed a smile and lifted my vest to expose a hairy belly for them, proof enough that she had made a wrong call. There quickly followed a correction and an apology over the P.A. system with the announcer rectifying her mistake declaring aloud that number 478 was in fact a MAN, me, TOM PRENDERGAST OF CRAUGHWELL A.C.

                                                             Photo courtesy of John O'Connor

As I completed mile 10 in 5'57", I glanced contentedly at the clock overhead 1 hr 0mins 55 seconds. A 5 minute PB. I had absolutely no idea that I had such a time in me, but have since realised that the time was always there. It just took every man, woman and child along the route to draw it out of my willing legs and lungs, for that I shall be eternally grateful to everybody who made it for me, the race of a lifetime and for instilling so much pride in me through the club colours!

What a day! What a club! What a brilliant organisation. To the volunteers who probably outnumbered the runners "take a bow "and thank you,


Sinead Treacy National U19 60m Champion!

22 March, 2015 - 23:33

Sinead Treacy, National U19 Indoor 60m Champion 2015

Sinead Treacy was the star of the show on day 2 of the National Juvenile Indoor Track & Field Championships in AIT today when taking the U19 60m title in a blistering 7.84s – one of Sineád’s finest indoor performances in her final year as a juvenile athlete. Sineád’s progress over the years is an inspirational example to all of our younger athletes. If we rewind the clock to when our current U12s were U5s and in junior infants or thinking about the big step up into junior infants, Sineád was an U12 competing in the Galway Indoors in Nenagh where she placed 3rd, a feat she repeated in the Connacht’s in a time of 9.46 before going on to place 13th in the National finals. Her hard work and dedication in the intervening 7 years has paid rich dividends for Sineád and long may it continue for her after she leaves the juvenile ranks.

Craughwell 10 Mile 2015 Results

22 March, 2015 - 19:32

In excess of 500 participants toed the line in for the 6th running of the Craughwell 10 Mile road race in almost perfect running conditions this afternoon. A big thank you to all of the participants and of course to all of the Craughwell AC members, their families, friends and neighbours for making the day such a great success. We could not do it without you.

Full results can be found at Red Tag Timing.

Results of the Galway 10 Mile Championships and full age category results to follow in the coming days. 

The top three finishers in each category:


  1. Mick Clohisey Raheny Shamrock A.C 0:49:29
  2. Matt Bidwell Galway City Harriers 0:52:41
  3. Brian Leahy Raheny Shamrock A.C 0:54:17


  1. Jane Ann Healy Athenry AC 1:00:19
  2. Grainne Ni Uallachain Galway City Harriers 1:05:27
  3. Sinead Brody Galway City Harriers 1:05:48

Start Line of the Craughwell 10 Mile 2015

Photo courtesy of Paul O'Connor

Participants Race Day Information 2015

21 March, 2015 - 20:22
Race Day Information for the Craughwell 10 - Sunday 22rd March 2015

Race number collection: Your race number will be available for collection from 12.00pm to 1.00pm on Saturday the 21st of March at St. Michael's Hall Craughwell
From 11.00am to 12.30pm on race day 22nd of March at our race HQ at Craughwell National School.

Please arrive early to collect your race number, timing chip and technical t-shirt from the marquee at the rear of the school.
Road Closure commences at 12:30pm therefore it is vital that you arrive at the event prior to this time.
Ample parking is available in the GAA training grounds behind Craughwell National School which is the first left after Craughwell National School.

Note: The start line is approx. 1k away from the HQ!

Please attach your race number to the front of the t-shirt you will be wearing during the race using the safety pins provided. Your race number should be visible at all times. Your race chip is incorporated into your race number.

Toilets : there will be 8 portable toilets at race HQ and 2 close to the start area.

Any items left at HQ or at the start area are left there entirely at your own risk.
We will collect all bottles and jackets etc. from the start and leave them for you to retrieve in a box near the finish line. The organisers will not be held responsible for any items lost or stolen.

The race will start at 1:00pm sharp. Clear instructions will be given to move to the start area from HQ and you must follow the instructions of the race officials at this time to ensure you are not late for the start.
If you are a walker please start at the back of the field to allow runners to get away safely.

There will be 2 water stations with 250ml bottles, at approx. 3.3 Miles and 6.6 Miles and water will also be provided at the finish line.
When you are finished with each bottle please drop it at the mile markers only. Please do not throw away bottles anywhere else along the route. There will be distance markers every mile.

The roads will reopen at 3:30pm so please exercise caution after this time as normal rules of the road will apply.

Use of iPods and other devices is not permitted during the race. Please be aware of other runners at all times, particularly at water stations.

Please obey the marshals instructions at all times.

Refreshments will be available for participants in the marquee at the finish area.

Prize giving will take place for each category as they become available.

Results will be posted as soon as possible after the event on our website, on our Facebook page and on Red Tag Timing

Thank you for entering the Craughwell 10 2015. We wish you the very best of luck and we hope you have a great experience.

If you have any queries please contact us on 

Jerry Leaps to National Silver!

21 March, 2015 - 18:14

Jerry Keary was the pride of the club on Saturday when he jumped a brilliant 1.70m to take the silver medal in the U16 boys high jump, in the process eclipsing the previous club best in this age group by 10cm. Jerry got off to a wobbly start knocking 1.55m on his first attempt and then proceeding to clear 1.60 and 1.65 on his first attempt.

With 5 jumpers still in it at 1.70m, it was a top quality competition. Only 1 cleared it on his first attempt, the eventual winner. Jerry got it on his 2nd attempt, the crucial jump as it turned out as it earned him the silver medal when the other 3 jumpers took another attempt to get it.

At 1.73m, Jerry made a few great attempts but it wasn’t to be on this occasion. But he was delighted with silver, a new PB and a club age group record and his first time on the podium since clearing 1.20m to take bronze as an U12 in 2011 having come close on many occasions in the intervening four years.

The relays threw up their usual share of exhilarating excitement with 2 fourth places finishes from the boys U15 and boys U12 teams in their finals.

The U15s ran a time of 1.50.29 to win their heat and followed it up with an exceptional performance in the final to place 4th with a time of 1.49.04 with the team of Alex Evans, Sean Connaughton, Ultan Sheerin and Oisin Shannon.


The U12s ran a superb heat in a time of 57.13 and followed it up with an exceptional 56.47 to take 4th place in a tight finish in the final – both times being club age group records. The team were Robert Urquhart, Conor Hoade, Lukas Schukat, Sean Fox and sub Liam McDonagh.

Craughwell AC U12 Boys 4x100m Team at the National Indoors Championships

Earlier in the day the U15 girls recorded a good time in their 4x200m heat of 1.57.03 (Rachael Hughes, Mia Waters, Anna Farrelly, Siona Lawless) as did the U16 girls with a time of 1.56.22 (Siona Lawless, Lorraine Delaney, Anna Farrelly, Laura Cunningham) and the U14 boys who were unlucky to drop the baton in their race when recording a time of 1.59.84 (Alex Evans, Sean Connaughton, Kyle Moorhead, Finbar McFadden, sub Ciaran Connaughton). The U13 boys had a strong performance in their heats to qualify for the final when winning their heat in a time of 56.79 and went on to place 5th in the final in a time of 57.01 with their team of Lewis Ryan, Jack Fitzgerald, Padraig Martyn and Shaun Gilligan.

Craughwell AC U16 Girls 4x200m Relay Team at the National Indoor Track & Field Championships in Athlone
Siona Lawless, Laura Cunningham, Lorraine Delaney, Anna Farrelly

Meanwhile Oisin Lyons had a massive performance on his international debut when he placed 12th in the Schools International Cross Country which was held in Santry. While it has not been confirmed yet, its thought the Irish team took the silver medals. Also in flying form, Neil Greaney had a fine run to take the victory in the PREDA 5k Run for Freedom at Ballybrit where he held on for the victory in an excellent time of 16.25, battling to the line with clubmate Jason Broderick.

Finally welcome to Craughwell tomorrow to all the Craughwell 10 participants! Best of luck to all! And best of luck also to all our juveniles in action at day 2 of the National Indoors tomorrow!

Full results of todays action is at:-

Craughwell 10 Registration Beat the Queue

20 March, 2015 - 20:40

For anyone looking to beat the queue on Sunday morning race packs will be available to collect from 12.00 noon to 1.00pm tomorrow in St. Michaels Hall, Craughwell.

Craughwell 10 Mile Route Map

19 March, 2015 - 19:03

With only days to go to the 6th running of the Craughwell 10 preparations are well and truly underway to welcome all of this year’s participants.  Once again we ar overwhelmed by the fantastic response to our call for volunteers from our club members, associates, neighbours and friends.  This is what club races are built on!  Thank you. 

Note to Marshals: You will have received a text letting you know what point on the route you have been allocated to. If you click on the image below you will be able to download a pdf map of the route with the marshal points clearly marked by a letter. 

The marshal briefing will take place in St. Michaels Hall at 12.00 noon on Sunday 22.03.15.  It is important for all marshals to attend as you will received instructions regarding traffic management.  Please bring a high visability vest to wear on the day.  If you have any questions or have not yet volunteered but wish to do so please call or text 087 2633999.  Thanks again for volunteering, it is greatly appreciated.

Craughwell 10, 5 days to go.

17 March, 2015 - 12:29

We are nearly there, hopefully all your training went to plan and you are all ready to go to the start line of the Craughwell 10. With 5 days to go we have just over 100 places left, please register to avoid disapointment. Guaranteed tech T - shirt and medals for all finishers.

This event will sell out by the end of the week so get your entries in now go to

If you are not running this years Craughwell 10, maybe you could volunteer to help out this Sunday the 22nd of March please message us through the Facebook page. Thank you to all who have already volunteered your services.

We are also calling out for some delicious home made baking, buns, scones, treats these can be dropped into the catering tent on the morning of the 22nd.

All donations and help greatly appreciated.

See you all Sunday.


Another Great Weekend for Peter and Damian

16 March, 2015 - 13:24

It was another great weekend for club stalwarts Peter O'Sullivan and Damian Larkin, who both were to the fore again.  Peter took on the might of Masters athletes all over Ireland, and finished superbly - taking Gold in the M40 1500 (4.10) and Silver in the M40 800m (2.03). 

The 1500m (pictured above) in particular was a great run, as a storming finish saw him finish a convincing winner ahead of all the M35s as well as the M40s in the race in a time of 4:10.  Full results are here.

Damian Larkin continues to get stronger with every race, and added the Abbey 10k to his growing list of victories in a solid time of 35:21.  Full results of the Abbey 10k are here.


Craughwell 10 2015

12 March, 2015 - 21:23

With just over a week to go, places are filling up fast for the sixth Annual Craughwell 10 mile road race. The race takes place Sunday the 22nd of March at 1pm.

A long-range weather forecast is promising a fine, but breezy day, perfect running weather.


Flat accurate AAI measured10 mile course.

Full road closure.

Incorporating AAI Galway 10 mile club Chaimpionship.

Medal and T shirt for all finishers.

Online entry at

€25 entry fee.

Tea/coffee and refreshments for all participants after.



Craughwell 10 Mile Course Records

9 March, 2015 - 21:12

Are we going to see a new course record on Sunday 22nd March 2015 in Craughwell for the Craughwell AC 10mile road race?

The men's course record is currently held by Sean Connolly of Tallaght AC in a time of 49:12, while the women's course record is held by Eilish Kelly of Raheny Shamrock AC in a time of 57:44.

With only 12 days to go entries are filling fast. Enter here at

Image courtesy of John O'Connor

Jamie Fallon Races to National Bronze!

8 March, 2015 - 08:43

Damian O'Boyle and Jamie Fallon after the Irish Schools Senior 6500m

Jamie Fallon (representing Calasanctius Oranmore) raced to his greatest performance to date when claiming the bronze medal in the senior 6500m at the Irish Schools Cross Country which was held in Clongowes Wood College at the weekend. Holding 4th place throughout much of the race, Jamie moved into 3rd place on the final lap and held that position for possibly the best performance from a Galway distance runner since the legendary Paul Donovan won this title in 1981. A group of 6 athletes broke from the pack in the early stages of the race and the on-course commentator gave a running commentary on them for the remaining laps, omitting to mention Jamie initially, then mentioning the man from “Calasenteese” who was in second place at the time and finally someone later having a whisper in his ear and Jamie became the ‘cousin’ of the great Jimmy Fallon :-).

Damien O’Boyle also had a fine run in the same race when taking 24th place. In the junior race, Oisin Lyons was another Calasanctius student to have a fantastic run when placing 5th in his 3500m race and in the process claim his first international vest for the Schools International which will be held later this month. Having played a Connacht Cup soccer final the day before (winning 6-3 incidentally), it was a super run from Oisin. He stuck with the leading group of 6 for the first third of the race and then got caught in no-man’s land for a while between 2 groups of 5 before the 2nd group caught up. Oisin battled hard at front of that group and they caught the trailing runner on the lead group on the home straight with Oisin holding on for a fine 5th place.

Also in action at the same venue, Neil Greaney had a good run in the Universities Cross Country to place 33rd as part of a strong DCU team which took team gold.

Oisin Lyons after his 5th place in the Irish Schools Junior 3500m

Earlier in the other schools races, Caron Ryan (St Raphael’s) had a strong run to take 33rd place in the intermediate girls race, with Pres Athenry’s Grainne McDaid and Ciara O’Boyle placing 69th and 80th and The Bower’s Aoife Green placing 77th. In the senior girls 1500m, Ciara Greene (The Bower) placed 45th while Andrea Tobin placed 57th to help the Pres Athenry to 8th team place. In the minor boys 2500m, St Raphael’s Sean Connaughton placed 55th in a high quality field while in the junior girls, Claregalway’s Rachael Hughes placed 69th.

New Club Technical Training Top!

6 March, 2015 - 23:01

The club will very shortly have a new training technical top/t-shirt for sale which doubles up as a fund-raiser for our much-needed facilities and as a high quality training top for use at training or in competition warm-up. I will post a seperate update on our facility progress in a few days time - we have a number of fund-raising initiatives coming up in order to proceed with developing the facility later this year. The top is available in both adult and children's sizes should parents or coaches also wish to get one.

To order your top, please text your name and sizes required to Tracy Moran at 087 8810737. Tracy will have them at the astro turf next Tuesday from 5.45pm to 8pm and at the hall Thursday 6.15pm-7.15pm and at the astro turf Thursday 7.30pm to 8.30pm.


The technical top will cost €20, with a €5 discount given for each additional top purchased by the same family, i.e. 2 tops for €35, 3 tops for €50, etc. The top comes in the following sizes:-

  • 7-8 
  • 9-11
  • 12-13
  • 14-Adult

All profits from the tops will go directly into our facility fund for the development of facilities on our new 8-acre site.

Craughwell 10 2015 'the boys against the girls'

3 March, 2015 - 19:20

17 days to go....

With 17 days to go to the Craughwell 10 we have 56% men registered and 44% women, come on girls register.

This is the 6th annual running of the Craughwell 10 it is run on a flat accurate AAI measured 10 mile course.

Incorporating the AAI Galway 10 mile Club championship, this race sells out every year. Race entry of €25 includes a technical T shirt and medal.

enter online at ACTIVE.COM



Big Performances in Connacht Indoors!

3 March, 2015 - 19:13


A large contingent of athletes from the club descended on the international arena in Athlone IT at the weekend for the Connacht Indoor Track & Field Championships. With over 100 athletes in action, Craughwell AC had the largest representation at these championships which told in the podium finishes with 29 Connacht titles coming our way, 13 silver and 11 bronze podium finishes.

There were many highlights across the 2 days in particular an impressive 1.58.08 from Damien O’Boyle in the U19 800m, significantly helped by Peadar Harvey who paced the first 400m of the race. It was a generous act from Peadar who holds the club record of 1.57.xx and unselfishly paced Damien to an attempt to break that. As it was Damien came very close to that record and even closer to Paul Joyce’s junior club record of 1.58.05. Cathriona Farrell gave an exhibition of jumping in the senior high jump, attempting 1.80m and soaring 10cm above it but clipping it with her heels. Sinead Treacy came home with triple gold I the 60m, 200m and long jump – another fantastic performance from a great athlete. In the U16s, despite a bad enough injury picked up on Thursday night when practicing for hurdles, Lorraine Delaney had an impressive series of jumps to nail a new high jump PB of 1.50m having improved from 1.40m to 1.45m only a few weeks earlier at the Scottish Championships. Laura Cunningham had to settle for 2nd place but more than made up for this with her first Connacht long jump title in a few years.

Craughwell U16 4x200m Relay Teams at the Connacht Indoors
Luke Finn, Oisin Lyons, Jerry Keary, Cian Waters, Daniel Callanan-Forde
Shauna Tobin, Anna Farrelly, Laura Cunningham, Caoilin Milton, Lorraine Delaney

Calasanctius Shine at Connacht XC

3 March, 2015 - 18:43

There were a string of good performances from athletes from the club at the Connacht Schools cross country which was held in Sligo Racecourse last week.

Leading the way with an exceptional run was Jamie Fallon (representing Calasanctius) when taking the Senior Boys Connacht title. This continues a string of cross country successes for this dedicated athlete who can look forward to the Irish Schools finals next weekend with confidence. Also with a fine run, clubmate and schoolmate Damien O’Boyle also had a super run to take 4th place and help his team to Connacht gold. In the Senior Girls race, Ciara Greene (The Bower) finished a fine 6th place while Andrea Tobin helped the Pres Athenry to team bronze with a 14th place finish and Tara McNally (Loughrea VS) placed 41st.

Oisin Lyons (Calasanctius) replicated Jamie’s success when striding to victory in the Junior Boys race, leading his team to 5th place with Eoghan McDonagh 25th, Ultan Sheerin 46th, Louis Molloy 56th and Paul Molloy 66th. Gavin Forde (Pres) placed 48th in the same race. Rachael Hughes (Coláiste Bhaile Chláir) placed 14th in the junior girls, helping her team to 5th place while Pres duo Shauna Tobin and Fiona Commins placed 32nd and 35th to help their team to 7th place.

Sean Connaughton (St Raphael’s) placed 13th in the minor boys race, with the Noonan brothers Patrick and Sean (Pres Athenry) placed 20th and 27th. Cathal Walsh (Seemount) placed 21st helping his team to a fantastic silver medal. Catherine Noonan and Aisling Carr placed 31st and 51st in the minor girls with their Pres team placing 7th. 

In the Intermediate Boys race, Jack Miskella (Pres) placed 38th while Caron Ryan (St Raphael’s) took a fine 3rd place in the Intermediate Girls. Grainne McDaid and Ciara O’Boyle featured on the victorious Pres Athenry team in 14th and 19th place (where the Pres took both team gold and team silver!) while Aoife Greene 25th helped the Bower Athlone take the bronze medals.

Full results of the day are at:- ConnachtSchoolsXCResults2015.pdf

Provisional Program for Connacht Indoors 2015

25 February, 2015 - 20:12

The provisional program for the Connacht Indoors this Sat/Sun is as follows:-


Cathriona Lands Senior Indoor Title

22 February, 2015 - 01:47

Cathriona Farrell completed a hat-trick of senior indoor titles when winning the high jump at the National Senior indoors on Saturday. After a winter disrupted by injury, Cathriona was in remarkable form with an exceptional jump over 1.77m to take the title. Her 2 previous indoor titles came in 2011 and 2012 where she won in Belfast with jumps of 1.70m. Yesterday she was pushed much harder with 3 jumpers clearing 1.71m and 2 over the 1.74m. In fact, Cathriona's winning jump was the highest winning jump in the last 7 years in this event. Having cleared the 1.77m, Cathriona requested that the bar go to 1.82m and had 3 excellent efforts at what would have been a new PB.

Also in action in Athlone, Conor Duggan made the next round (to be held Sunday) of the men's 60m with a fine time of 7.23 and narrowly missed out on making the 200m final with a time of 22.83 while Damian O'Boyle ran strongly in the heats of the 1500m to record a time of 4.04.25 which is a new junior record for the club and possibly also a senior record (tbc).