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Craughwell AC in Top Form in Tuam!

4 October, 2015 - 23:48

Galway U12 Cross Country Champions 2015 !

It was back to the rolling hills of the Palace Grounds in Tuam today for day 1 of the Galway Cross Country Championships where the even age groups were in action. The day got underway with the U10 girls where Craughwell had a strong squad in action. Sophie McIlrath led the team to bronze medals with a fine 5th place finish followed closely by Chloe Hallinan in 6th. All finishing places were as follows:- 5 Sophie McIlrath, 6 Chloe Hallinan, 17 Holly O'Boyle, 19 Abbie Molloy, 20 Sole Lopez, 21 Isabella Boland, 24 Muireen Leen, 26 Nicole Clarke, 28 Erin Doyle, 29 Katie Colleran,  32 Tanya Doyle, 33 Ciara Killeen, 37 Aoibhe Donnelan, 38 Catherine Gorman, 40 Anna Langan, 44 Laoise Gallagher, 45 Carmel Conway.

Craughwell Community Centre EGM

4 October, 2015 - 21:53

A reminder to all in the Craughwell area that the EGM of the Community Centre will be held on Monday the 12th October at 8.30pm. It is vital that all groups who use the hall are represented at this meeting so please come along if you are involved in such a group.

As you may know, the hall is closed at the moment because it does not have a committee to run it. The former committee resigned in August after almost 2 decades of service to the community. If you are reading this and benefitted from their service or hope to benefit from using the hall in years to come, perhaps you might consider stepping into their shoes and take on a role on the new committee that will hopefully be formed at the EGM.

Its unclear as to what will happen the hall if a new committee does not volunteer at the EGM and the hall may stay closed indefinitely.

Timetable and directions for tomorrow's xcountry

3 October, 2015 - 19:53

Best of luck to everyone participating in day 1 of the Galway Cross Country Championships tomorrow at the Palace Grounds in Tuam. If you haven't been there before, directions are here.

The provisional timetable for the day is:-

  • 1:00pm U10 Girls 1000m
  • 1:10pm U10 Boys 1000m
  • 1:20pm U12 Girls 2000m
  • 1:30pm U12 Boys 2000m
  • 1:40pm U14 Girls 3000m
  • 1:55pm U14 Boys 3000m
  • 2:10pm U16 Girls 4000m
  • 2:30pm U16 Boys 4000m
  • 3:00pm U18/Junior/Senior/Masters Women 4000m
  • 3:30pm U18/Junior/Senior/Masters Men

Note above is just provisional, please arrive at least an hour before the above time in case it runs faster.

Fundraising Update

1 October, 2015 - 14:44

Quick update on fund-raising - can everyone please get their sponsorship cards back in as soon as possible as we need the funds for the next stage of our development. Thanks to everyone for all the huge support!

Outstanding performances in primary schools xc

29 September, 2015 - 15:31


A massive well done to our local schools on some outstanding performances at the Galway Primary Schools cross country finals on a glorious day in Renmore.

Craughwell AC Smashes Irish 12-Hour Relay Record!

28 September, 2015 - 00:48

Galway Speeders with Galway Hurling Captain and Jigsaw Ambassador David Collins
at the Craughwell AC Guinness World Record Relay Attempt

There isn't a word in the dictionary to describe how well everything went on Saturday and a huge congratulations to our very special coaches and committee and athletes who put in such efforts in the weeks leading up to the event and on the day ... a long long day but amazingly the place was still buzzing at 9.40pm when the finishing whistle sounded.

And the biggest congratulations of all to the two thousand plus participants who came from all over Galway and further afield to take part in our event including from Cork, Clare, Sligo and Louth and I’m sure many more counties.

With the unofficial count of individual participants at 2001 (to be confirmed once I get it all into a spreadsheet) we came up short on setting a Guinness World Record but what an amazing achievement to get over two thousand participants into the same relay for 12 hours. And our efforts smashed the Irish record for most participants in a 100m relay – smashing the record by a massive 1997 people!

Parking Arrangements for Tomorrow

25 September, 2015 - 18:46

As Dangan is host to a number of big events tomorrow, can people use 1 of two car-parks which have been allocated to our event. We are not allowed park in any of the other car parks.

We would like to encourage people to use a) below if possible, particularly if staying for an hour or more. The carpark in b) will get quite congested.

a) Parking at the rear of the Dangan rubgy pitches (entry via Corrib Village, i.e. just before the business part). See the points A1 for entrance, A2 and A3 on the map below. There are 500 places in this car-park.


b) Gravel track around hockey pitch. Enter via point 1 and 1a below to get onto the gravel track. Exit at point 4.


Mega Raffle Prizes for Guinness World Record Relay

25 September, 2015 - 18:20

Check out the prizes below for tomorrow's world record relay attempt including impossible to get tickets for the Ireland-Germary and the next Connacht match!!!

Get yourselves into Dangan to buy a ticket and be in with a chance of winning!

2015 Galway Cross Country Championships

23 September, 2015 - 12:28

2015 Galway Cross Country Championships
4th October, Tuam - Palace Grounds

The 2015 Galway Cross Country Championships will take place on October 4th at the Palace Grounds in Tuam.

The 2014 Championships saw a great turnout from the club which we hope to repeat this year. Craughwell took 2nd place in both the Senior Mens and Womens categories coupled with some outstanding individual performances on the day.

Craughwell AC Mens Team 2014 Galway Cross Country Championships

Great Day at Primary Schools XC Semis

22 September, 2015 - 18:53

Well done to all who took part today in the primary school cross country semi-finals. We got lucky with the weather!

Provisional results are below.  


Well especially to all our local schools and club members on some wonderful performances.

Athlone Half Marathon by Katie Gorman.

17 September, 2015 - 21:31

Race report of the Athlone Flatline
by Katie Gorman

The sun was shining, there wasn't a cloud in the sky, as last Saturday morning Geraldine Farrelly, Irene Fallon and myself set off from the usual meeting point at the hall to complete the Athlone Flatline half marathon. It was sort of a last minute decision, and so we had not trained as well as we might in the past, and so had no huge expectations ( although we always try to convince ourselves of that ).

As we arrived early we got parking in the famous Aloysius College, having followed directions under the train track, through the " button roundabout", straight on etc etc. We gathered our numbers, had the usual rant about the tops and queued for the toilets where we soon met the rest of the Craughwell contingent, Sharon Gilligan, Fiona Keane, Cepta Daly ,Siobhain Niland, and Breda Fitzpatrick.The music blared, the sun was shining, butterflies in the tummies, the spirits were high.

Irene, Katie and Geraldine

Club Trip to Scottish Indoors 2016

14 September, 2015 - 00:13

Dust down the passports and start saving the euros - for the club are hopefully heading off to Glasgow again next February for what has become almost an annual event. In the next month or so, Scottish Athletics will decide on the date for the Scottish Indoors 2016. It will most likely be in the middle of February, hopefully just after the mock exams in secondary school. Last year we had a fantastic weekend over there, thoroughly enjoyed by the group of 28 who travelled over.

Most  of the group who travelled in 2015: Back: Seamie Lawless, Maggie Vahey, Mary Milton, Maureen Keary, Joe Delaney, Pat Surlis, Oisin Lyons, Patricia Cosgrove, Tiernan Burke, Ben Vahey. Middle: Lisa Thomas, Martha Haskett, Lorraine Delaney, Laura Cunningham, Liam Moran, Caoilin Milton, Michelle Duggan, Aoife Walshe. Front: Jerry Keary, Daniel Callanan-Forde, Siona Lawless, Shauna Tobin, Ellie Cronin, Garvin Surlis.

Athlone half marathon.

13 September, 2015 - 17:41

The Athlone half marathon took place yesterday at St. Aloysius college Athlone. Known as the 'flatline' with a total elevation gain of just 79 metres it's a great race for PB's. 

Craughwell AC had some great results from yesterday Geraldine Farrelly had a great run with a new PB with 1:44:26 on the clock, well done Geraldine.

Rena Deely came in with a time of 1:48:07 Katie Gorman next with 1:48:24, Breda Duke with a PB of 1:54:39, Irene Fallon 1:59:24 and Cepta Daley 2:01:12, Siobhan Niland in at 2:07:22 great to see back racing. Well done again everyone. 

Craughwell to Host Day 2 of County XCountry

12 September, 2015 - 00:09

Our new grounds - click to enlarge

Craughwell AC has been selected by the Galway County Board to host day 2 of the Galway County Cross-country Championships on Sunday October 11th commencing at 1pm. This is very exciting for the club and while we have hosted the championships twice before in this very field, this is the first time that the club will have ever hosted an event on property that it owns!

With this in mind, it will be an historic occasion and we would love our juveniles to share in the history of the occasion by taking part. You don't have to be a distance runner to jog around for 10 or 20 minutes to complete the course and be part of history. So even if you are not into cross-country, have a think about participating and being part of a great occasion and just jog around for the taking part.

The event will kick off at 1pm with races in the following order over the distances indicated below:-

U9 Girls 800m

  U9 Boys 800m U11 Girls 1500m   U11 Boys 1500m U13 Girls 2500m   U13 Boys 2500m U15 Girls 3500m   U15 Boys 3500m U17 Girls 4000m   U17 Boys 5000m

The outline of the course is below. Click to enlarge.

Excitement Mounts for Guinness World Record

10 September, 2015 - 23:56

With just 2 weeks to go now to our Guinness World Record Relay attempt, it’s time to mobilise the troops into action from all the families in the club. This is our big opportunity to raise a decent amount of funds for our new facilities. We are asking all families to get behind the event and the fund-raising. 

Tracy and Frances are doing a fantastic job on organising the logistics of the day and the associated Mental and Physical Health Awareness side of the day. Click on the attached flyer for more information.

We now need to get the timeslots filled up so that we can break the world record. We have set up an online booking mechanism to help with this - please use the link below to book your place in 1 of the slots. Booking is free.

Remember it’s your facility – if we can raise these funds along with a matching sports capital grant, we get additional car-parking, additional flood lighting, tartan sprint lanes, decent grass running facilities etc. Think about it – if the facilities save you one trip to Athlone or Dangan during the year, what has that saved you in petrol and time. The likelihood is that it will save you multiple such trips.

And we need to hit the road bigtime on the fund-raising trail. Prior to the summer, most families will have received sponsorship cards from their coaches and hopefully have been busy raising sponsorship in the meantime. We want to plan a coordinated door-to-door collection on the weekend before the relay attempt, i.e. on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th September for a couple of hours.

We have subdivided our membership areas and are appointing coordinators in each area. A coordinator will be in touch with you to enlist your help in covering your area. It will only take a couple of hours of your time driving children around the area and ensuring their safety as they go door-to-door selling sponsorship lines.

This is a team effort – we need everyone on board. So please get behind it. When your coordinator emails or texts you, please respond favourably. Without everyone’s cooperation the fund-raising will only be a limited success. We need you. And you need these facilities. So hopefully we can all pull together to get this done! Thank you!!

The areas are marked out below, click on the image to see a larger version.

The Killeeneen National School Back to School Run

10 September, 2015 - 21:34

The Killeeneen National School Back to School run took place this evening with a fantastic turnout from Craughwell AC.  It was a clean sweep for the club in the mens with Jason Broderick taking the top spot in a time of 15:44, smashing his previous PB on what is not an easy course.  Congratulations Jason, great running.  Next home was Peter O'Sullivan in 17:24, with Johnny Lane taking the third spot on the podium in 18:14.  Tony Nevin, Stephen Carty, Noel Gorman, Colin McIlrath and Kieran O'Leary completed the mens field for the club. 

Aoife Mullane and Aideen Gilchrist Gillespie The Killeeneen National School Back to School Run

First home for the ladies was Edel Kelly in 19:47, with Fionnuala Keane crossing the line in 20:47 for second. Aideen Gilchrist Gillespie was third lady overall and first home for the club in a time of 23:08 with Breda Duke second and Aoife Mullane third club lady to cross the line.  Marieta Carlan, Carmel Mitchell, Edel Kavanagh and Valerie Slattery completed the field for the ladies.

Congratulations to The Killeeneen National School Back to School Run organising committee for a great race which featured a fantastic childrens run earlier in the evening. 

Full results can be found at Red Tag Timing

Congratulations to the Galway Minors!

9 September, 2015 - 00:17

Congratulations to the Galway Minors on their outstanding success last Sunday in Croke Park and in particular the 4 lads from Craughwell and the many from neighbouring parishes. Seven of the panel were members of the athletic club in their younger years - Darragh Gilligan, Shane Bannon, Andrew Greaney, Brian Concannon, Liam Forde, Cillian McDaid and Jack Kenny – all of whom made telling contributions in the semi-final and final. While full-back Jack Fitzpatrick was a member of Athenry AC a few years ago.

With the primary schools cross country coming up shortly on 22nd and 29th September, a look back to when these lads were in 4th class in primary school makes interesting reading – with All-Ireland goal-scorer Brian Concannon taking 1st place in 2007 and Cillian McDaid and Andrew Greaney featuring on the Craughwell NS team who took the team gold in the same race in 2007. While the following year in 2008, Jack Fitzpatrick took the individual gold with another All-Ireland goal-scorer Liam Forde taking individual bronze.

Back then, all these lads showed plenty of grit and determination when training for and running cross country and demonstrated perhaps the greatest talent of all - the ability to work hard at their sport in order to achieve their potential. And they certainly did that last Sunday, so well done lads.

It’s something that parents might mention to their children who may be thinking of doing the upcoming cross country season – it’s good to work hard at your sport, it’s good to take part in these races, you don’t have to win, you just have to do whatever is your best and if you keep working hard at sport, you will do very well in the years ahead.

Not to mention the wonderful health benefits that it has for children and adults to be aerobically fit. How many adults discover this feeling in their later years when they start running distance races for the first time. We want our children to discover that feeling when young and keep discovering it throughout their young adulthood rather than waiting till they are 40 years old like a lot of us!

Killeeneen School Run this Thursday!

7 September, 2015 - 07:12

Support the Killeeneen Back to School run this Thursday. Many of our members hail from Killeeneen and its one of our key catchment schools for the juvenile section of the club. Check out the details of the kids run and adults run/walk below.

Senior and Fit For Life Training Resumes From September 14th

5 September, 2015 - 22:07

Senior and Fit For Life Training will resume week beginning 14th September.

Registration will be held on Monday 14th of September from 8.00-9.00pm at the new Running Track for any new members for both Fit For Life and Seniors. There has been some changes to the days and times so please make note of the schedule below.

Looking forward to welcoming you all back and to working with you as you achieve your running goals for the remainder of 2015.

Day Time Group Tuesday Eveing 7.30-8.30 Senior Training Wednesday Evening  7.30-8.30 Fit For Life Thursday Evening 7.30-8.30 Senior Training Saturday Morning 9.00-10.00 Fit For Life

The final term of Fit For Life 2015, will run for 10 weeks beginning on the 16th of September and finishing on 18th of November with the end of term time trial on Saturday morning 21st of November.

Registrations for September – November/December:

Fit For Life New members €40 for 10 week term

Fit For Life Continuation (Registered for Term 2 April -June) €25

New Member Senior Reminder of 2015 €25

*These fees do not apply to those who registered in January or April for the remainder of 2015.

If you have any questions please email

Momentum Builds for World Record Attempt!

2 September, 2015 - 18:27

As the momentum builds for our World Record Relay attempt at the end of this month, the latest membership numbers from Athletics Ireland confirm the club's position as the largest juvenile club in the country with 495 members. The scale of its size is such that we have more juvenile members than 10 counties and of the 329 clubs in the country, it is more than twice the size of all bar 14 clubs. It is a huge vote of confidence in what the club is about with its emphasis on participation and improving each individual athlete to achieve their potential irrespective of what level that may be. 

All good news when the club is striving hard to develop its facilities. We have our Guinness World Record 12-hour relay attempt coming up on Sat 26th September in Dangan 9am-9pm and we are looking to athletes and families from all codes of sport and all ages to get involved and help us set a world record.

We need 2406 of you (!!) to run 100m with a baton in an average of less than 17.95 seconds in order to break the record. Don’t let the time scare you – if you haven’t a clue how fast that is, fit teenagers and young adults will be running it in 11 to 14 seconds. In fact, 9-year old boys and girls run their 4x100m relays in an average that is just faster than this. So we have plenty of scope to take slower times too in order to get that average!

The day has grown into much more than just a fund-raiser with a theme of “Mental and Physical Health” and lots of service providers coming on-board on the day with information stands and advice. Check us out on Facebook and get on-board and come down to Dangan to help us set a record on the day.

We will shortly be doing up a schedule for the day to allocate time-slots to various clubs from all sporting disciplines and to schools. And we will also be ramping up our fund-raising via our club members as this is our big chance to raise a decent amount of funds towards the development of our track facilities in Craughwell. We have grand plans for the Autumn and next year for this development, with a jumping area for high jump and indoor circuits, a car-park, more floodlighting and state-of-the-art sprint lanes.

But we need all our members to get behind these efforts in a big way to help provide you with the best facilities possible.

More to follow on it all!