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

4 May, 2016 - 21:26

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

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

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

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

Results of Craughwell Community Games 2016

3 May, 2016 - 22:48

Craughwell Community Games were held on the new athletics grounds in Crinnage for the first time at the weekend. There was a good turnout on a blustery day with plenty of excitement in the air. The historic first track & field event to be held on the new grounds were the Preschool Girls and Boys 20m races and they were appropriately won by Lena and Tom Glennon from the sports-mad Glennon family! Well done to all who took part and thank you to everyone who helped as officials on the day. A summary of the leading competitors in each event follows:-

New High Jump Area Springs Into Action!

1 May, 2016 - 16:01

Despite the absense of sunshine on the first day of summer today, it was time to hold the first ever high jump training session on the club's new high jump facility at our new grounds. Alot of work has taken place in the last 4 weeks to construct a roadway and carpark into the grounds and then a 20x20m high jump area - and its all coming together nicely now. With more floodlighting and tartan sprint lanes to go in over the summer, we should have alot of what we need locally in place by the end of this year. 

The honour of being the first ever to high jump on the new facility went to Aisling Keady and she was followed swiftly by Lorraine Delaney, Aoife Walsh, Freya Bohan, Katie O'Donoghue and Gavin Cooney. Being able to jump regularly and locally will be of tremendous assistance to our large group of talented high jumpers in the years ahead, so its super that it is all coming together.

High Jump History Makers
Gavin Cooney, Aisling Keady, Aoife Walsh, Lorraine Delaney, Freya Bohan, Katie O'Donoghue


Craughwell Community Games 2016 Mon May 2nd

27 April, 2016 - 14:10


Craughwell Community Games will take place this bank holiday Monday May 2nd from 3pm to 6pm as the astroturf and adjacent athletics field.

You don't need to be a member of the athletic club to take part - the event is intended for all children in the parish and is a great opportunity to represent the parish in the Galway finals either as an individual or on a relay team.

It promises to be an entertaining event with the following events in each age group. Children can take part in as many events in their age group as they wish.  Entry fee is €5 per family - mainly to cover costs of medals.

  • Preschool: 25m
  • U6s: 35m
  • U8s: 60m & 80m
  • U10s: 100m, 200m, hurdles
  • U12s: 100m, 600m, ball throw, long puck (boys)
  • U14s: 100m, 800m, hurdles, long jump, shot putt, javelin, long puck (girls)
  • U16s: 100m, 200m, 1500m, discus, high jump

Note spikes are not allowed in running shoes for U12s and younger in the community games. U14s and older may wear them.

A provisional timetable will be published in this article later today.

For more information, contact Mike Tobin at 087 6591879 or Tracy Moran at 087 8810737.

Shauna First U14 In London Mini-Marathon!

24 April, 2016 - 15:09

A massive well done to Shauna Bocquet who won the U14 grade in the London Mini-Marathon today. Well done Shauna and coach/dad Loic !!!!! 

Athletes Debut in Dublin Graded Meet

23 April, 2016 - 22:05

Aisling Keady, Aoife Walsh and Caoilin Milton at the Dublin Graded Meet in Santry Stadium

A small group of Craughwell AC athletes made the trip to Dublin during the week for the first evening meet of the 2016 Dublin Graded Series. The series comprises 8 Wednesday evenings throughout the summer and is ideal preparation for the forthcoming track & field season or for attempting a few PBs in graded races.

Aoife Walsh leaped an impressive 1.45m to take 2nd place in the high jump with Aisling Keady 3rd in 1.40m and Caoilin Milton clearing 1.25m on her first time in individual high jump in quite a while. Gavin Cooney had a good season’s opener in the 800m when running 2.08.70 to take 3rd place in the Men’s 800m B race. While late in the evening in chilly conditions, Aisling Keady ran a strong 100m to take 2nd place in the Women’s 100m B race in a time of 13.46 with Caoilin Milton hot on her heels in 3rd place in a time of 13.59 and Aoife Walsh a little further back in 14.52. Full results are on the Dublin athletics website.

The remaining 7 meets in the Series are listed below and with Dublin only a short 95-ish-minute drive up the motorway on a Wednesday evening, how better to spend your time than spin up to the graded meet and give it a blast for a PB in a stress-free non-championship event. Sure what else would you be doing on a Wednesday evening! Each day kicks off at 7pm and you can register online up to 1pm on the day of the event. Click on the program below for more details.

Further silverware for Conor and Sineád!

19 April, 2016 - 03:40

Conor Duggan (University College Dublin) and Sineád Gaffney (University of Limerick)
at the Irish Universities Track & Field Championships in Santry

Conor Duggan and Sineád Gaffney both represented their colleges with distinction at the Irish Universities Track & Field in Santry at the weekend with both athletes helping their college to take the silver medals in the 4x400m relay with Sineád featuring on the University of Limerick women’s team and Conor on the University College Dublin men’s team. Earlier in absolutely terrible weather conditions, Sineád made the final of the women’s 800m where she placed 6th in a time of 2.27.08 while Conor placed 6th in the final of the men’s 200m in a time of 22.55 having earlier ran 11.05 in the 100m semifinals – his fastest season opener to date.

Meanwhile at the Leevale Open Track & Field in Cork, Evan Hallinan made a very worthwhile trip down to the rebel city where he took part in high jump, long jump and hurdles. Evan leaped an amazing 1.40m to take the gold medal in the U12 High Jump and stepped up an age to take the gold in the U13 Long Jump with an equally impressive 4.27m. And for good measure he added bronze in the U12 Hurdles in a time of 11.60. The previous best high jump by an U12 boy in the club was Jack Raftery's 1.36m in 2006 while Jack also holds the U12 record for best long jump with a 4.50m leap the same year. Interestingly Jack's dad and Evan's dad grew up right next door to each other! That corner of the main street in Craughwell can be rechristened jumper's corner!

Sineád in action in the final of the IUAA 800m
(photo from IUAA Facebook page

Juniors Light Up Road Racing Scene!

19 April, 2016 - 03:21

Members of Craughwell AC's fit4youth group who took part in the Loughrea 5k
Claire Callanan, Grace Mortimer, Maria O’Keeffe and Aisling Carr

The few weeks gap between the indoor and outdoor track seasons has afforded the opportunity to some of the club’s athletes to try their hand at the local road race scene with some remarkable success. Shauna Bocquet continues to set the 5k scene alight with some blistering times on the road – most recently in the Loughrea 5k where she raced to a time of 16:38 (a massive PB by 21 seconds) and then in the New Inn 5k with a time of 17:12 and then in the Claregalway 5k which she won with a time of 17.56.

13-year old Kyle Moorhead took a spectacular 12th place overall and 1st U20 in the “Remembering Aoibhe” Renville 5k in an exceptional time of 20:11 and not to be outdone, 13-year old Ailbhe Miskella did likewise in the U20 grade in the New Inn 5k recording a fine time of 21:58 and taking 5th place amongst senior women. Jack Miskella took 2nd place in the Junior Men in New Inn in a time of 18:55 and 11th place overall.

Peadar Harvey raced to 2nd place in the Loughrea 5k in a time of 16.22 while Damien Larkin took 2nd in the New Inn 5k with a time of 16.57 with Gavin Cooney 5th with 18.16. Damien O’Boyle ran an outstanding 32.34 to take 2nd place in the Tubbercurry 10k.

Meanwhile some of the club’s fit4youth group made their road race debut in the Loughrea 5k where Claire Callanan, Grace Mortimer, Maria O’Keeffe and Aisling Carr all completed the 5k course in style and The fit4youth group meet at 8.15pm every Tuesday and Thursday at Craughwell astro-turf where they walk, jog, run (and talk!!) making steady improvements each week. Four of the group decided to take on the Loughrea 5k as a personal challenge and they really took it in their stride and finished mid-pack in the 250-strong race while really enjoying the experience.

Club Introduction & Admin Handbook

17 April, 2016 - 22:55

For any new coaches or parents of new members, the following booklet provides a lot of information on introduction to the sport, the different seasons, the different age groups, the different organisations, etc.

And it then provides details on the structures within the junior club.

The booklet is focussed on junior activities and doesn't currently cover senior activities.

Junior Club Introduction & Administration Handbook

Announcing Athletics Summer Camp 2016 !!

15 April, 2016 - 23:26

Craughwell AC's highly successful fit4fun athletics summer camp is on again this year, led by coaches and athletes from the club. The camp is an enjoyable mix of fun and games along with learning a range of athletics events including long jump, high jump, sprints, throws and relays. Check out the details below and get your application form in early to Peadar as places will be filled on a first come first served basis.

Flyers will be also be handed out at training and through the schools in the coming days. Click on the link below for the full flyer.


Galway Sports Parnership 10k, Labane, 17 April

14 April, 2016 - 11:45

The Labane 10k takes place this Sunday 17th April. Sponsored by the Galway Sports Partnership, the race kicks off at noon. Click on the flyer attached for more information. All support weclome. You can register online or on the day.

Little Athletics (Senior Infants) Commencing

5 April, 2016 - 11:52

Little Athletics commencing Thurs 7th April

Craughwell Athletic Club currently provide training sessions for children in first class or older. With the improvements in facilities that we are making, we are planning to go one year younger and introduce a session for Senior Infants on Thursdays 5.30-6.30pm at Craughwell astro-turf commencing on Thursday 7th April.

The session will be known as Little Athletics. It will be structured around games-based activities that teach the children fundamental coordination movements for running, jumping and throwing that are essential for all sports and many other activities. Athletics is widely regarded as the ideal introductory sport for small children because it is so varied and focuses on movement and coordination. It is also a great start to building a regular habit of exercise for children in an environment where the emphasis is on participation as well as self-improvement.

We are also seeking parents who would be interested in getting involved with the coaching of this age group regularly or on a rota basis. No prior experience required as initially existing coaches and older athletes will be assisting. Please don’t be daunted by getting involved – once you know more than the children you are teaching or supervising, you will be fine and will learn from others as you go along. It’s an incredibly rewarding volunteer activity – seeing the kids you coach learn new skills, making friends, having fun and enjoying participating in competitions. If you would be willing to get involved, please contact Michael Tobin at or 087 6591879.

Children can come up to 3 sessions to try it out but must register on the 3rd session. Our registration form is at under the menu link for Junior Club and will be handed out on the 3rd session. A reduced fee of €60 will apply for the remainder of the year covering Apr-May-Jun and Sep-Oct-Nov-Dec. This age group will not be training during July and August but will benefit from a discount for our summer camps which will be held on 4-8 July and 15-19 August this year.

For further information please contact Michael.

Craughwell 10 Mile 2016 Results

20 March, 2016 - 19:48

The Craughwell 10 Mile is over for another year. We would like to thank all of the people who help to make this great event happen each year. We were once again blessed with perfect cool calm running conditions which seemed to favour the majority with whispers of many PB’s achieved throughout the field.

Seamus Lynch Takes Bronze Masters National Indoors High Jump

20 March, 2016 - 18:54

Seamus Lynch took Bronze in the GloHealth Masters Indoor Championships 2016 High Jump competition which took part in Athlone IT today,  20/03/2016 in a Jump of 1.45M.  Fantastic performance from Seamus in his first All Ireland competition in 26 years!  Full results are available here.

Breath-taking Performances in National Relays

19 March, 2016 - 23:44

Craughwell U17 Boys 4x200m Relay Team
Bronze Medallists at the National Indoor Track & Field Championships in AIT
Jerry Keary, Daniel Callanan-Forde, Louis Molloy, Oisin Lyons

Five teams from the club made the short trip to Athlone International Arena today for the National Indoor Relay Championships with exceptional performances all around

The morning session saw the U17 girls and U17 boys in action. The U17 Girls lined up with Caoilin Milton, Lorraine Delaney, Aoife Walsh and Laura Cunningham with Ciana Reidy and Shauna Tobin as subs on this occasion. The girls ran strongly in the heat with some smooth baton passing and just missed out on making the final when running a time of 1.53.30. As the finals were being called into the call room, half our team were on their way out the door when suddenly we heard our name called over the tannoy – into the final (one of the other qualifiers were unable to compete). Hurriedly gearing up for the final, the girls ran brilliantly again knocking almost a second off their heats time and taking 6th place with a time of 1.52.71 – over 2 seconds faster than their Connacht time!

The U17 boys lined up with Daniel Callanan-Forde, Louis Molloy, Jerry Keary and Oisin Lyons. Having been just pipped by Longford for the Connacht title, both teams were drawn in the same heat with Longford again having the upper hand taking victory in the heat with the Craughwell lads second in a fine time of 1.38.59 – an incredible 3 seconds faster than their Connacht time.

Craughwell Triple Jumpers in Flying Form!

19 March, 2016 - 21:00

Matthew McKernan and Aisling Keady were both in flying form in the U19 Boys and U18 Girls Triple Jump at the National finals in Athlone today. Matthew had a marvellous series of jumps either side of the 12m mark with a best of 12.20m to take the silver medal against elite opposition where the championship best was broken by the winner. It was a great performance by Matthew who had just missed out on the medals last weekend when placing 4th in the long jump.

Aisling was in action early in the morning in only her second time ever competing in this event, having debuted a few weeks ago in the Connacht Championships where she leapt to a best of 9.35m. Aisling put in a very impressive string of jumps, bravely choosing to go off the 9m board, and being rewarded with jumps ranging from 9.77m to 9.90m – just 30cm away from the mark which took the bronze medal. Aisling had to settle for 4th place and a fantastic PB – but a little frustrated as she had three 4th place finishes in these National finals – high jump, triple jump and relay. 4th is nicer than 5th however and Aisling's performance in both the triple jump and her leg of the 4x200m were very impressive.


Craughwell 10 Update

19 March, 2016 - 10:05

Online registration is now closed. We will be taking limited entries tomorrow morning from 10.00am until 11.30am.

Please ensure that you register early and leave yourself plenty of time to get to the start line which is 1km from Race HQ!

Full Race Day Information can be found here


Upcoming track & field dates

18 March, 2016 - 18:15

Following are details of forthcoming track and field dates:-

U9-11s   Sun, 08-May-16 Galway U9/10/11 T&F Teams and U12 T&F, Dangan Sat 11-Jun-16 Connacht U9/10/11 T&F Teams and U12 T&F, Dangan Sat 02-Jul-16 AAI Juvenile U9, U10 and U11 Track & Field Team Competition & Relays     U12-19s   Sun, 08-May-16 Galway U12 T&F, Dangan Sun, 15-May-16 Galway U13-19 Outdoor Track & Field, Dangan Sat 11-Jun-16 ConnachtU12 T&F, Dangan Sat 18-Jun-16 Connacht U13-19 Outdoor Track & Field, Sligo Sun 10-Jul-16 National Juvenile Track & Field U12 to U19 Day 1,Tullamore Sat 23-Jul-16 National Juvenile Track & Field U12 to U19 Day 2,Tullamore Sun 24-Jul-16 National Juvenile Track & Field U12 to U19 Day 3,Tullamore     Seniors   Sun, 15-May-16 Galways - most likely combined with older juveniles on 15 May Sat 18-Jun-16 Connacht Senior Outdoor Track & Field, Sligo Sat 25-Jun-16 National Senior Track & Field Day 1 Sun 26-Jun-16 National Senior Track & Field Day 2 Sun 03-Jul-16 National Junior & U23 Track & field, Tullamore

For full list of above and other events, click here ... 2016 Fixture List

Craughwell AC Joins Croí BraveHearts Lotto!

18 March, 2016 - 00:53

Click on above image to play and help Croí and Craughwell AC!

For some time now the club have been considering following the lead of most clubs in the country and having its own weekly lotto or raffle to help develop our facilities. We have a monumental amount of work to do this year including:-

  • Building a carpark and roadway
  • Constructing a high jump area
  • Installing 8 additional floodlights
  • Constructing an 8-lane tartan sprint runway
  • Constructing additional long jump pits

And in the future including

  • An 800m perimeter gravel walking/jogging path
  • A state of the art indoor training centre incorporating gym, fitness class rooms, athletics training areas etc.

And the club have found the perfect charity to partner with on our fundraising campaign. The Croí BraveHearts Lotto is an innovative online lotto run by Croí in partnership with select local sports clubs or organisations. For 3 decades Croí has been battling heart disease/stroke in the West of Ireland with their information campaigns and health initiatives. They are the perfect fit for one of the most progressive and largest athletics clubs in the country whose purpose is to develop everyone to their potential whether that is just a regular habit of social exercise or competing at the highest level in Galway, Connacht, Ireland or abroad.

By signing up to the Croí BraveHearts Lotto for as little as €2 per week, participants receive weekly e-zines on cardiac health, learn and diet and exercise programs, healthy recipes and much more. €1 goes to Croí and €1 goes to Craughwell AC to help us develop our much needed facilities. Croí bear all the costs of the lotto, prizes etc. so 50% of everything you give goes to the club. Every cent of that will be ploughed into the ground in our new field to help develop our facilities for use by all. As an added incentive, the club will give free Park Membership for each year that you sign up for a 52-week lotto subscription.

So get on board, it’s a no-brainer as they would say in America … for €2 per week you get the following (incidentally we welcome very much donations from America and abroad as well as locally!!!)).

  • To donate to a highly regarded charity
  • To donate to a hard-working athletic club that promotes healthy exercise and competition
  • A chance to win a minimum jackpot of €3000 each week
  • Free annual membership of Craughwell AC Sports & Recreation Park which you can use all-day Fri-Sat-Sun and anytime Mon-Thurs except 6-9pm during juvenile training hours.
  • The satisfaction of helping people in this part of Galway stay fit and healthy
  • A big smile and feeling of “I helped that” when you see hundreds of kids exercising on the grounds or when athletes from the club succeed at the highest levels

Click on the picture below to play!



Fantastic Trad Hour and Disco!

18 March, 2016 - 00:35

A large crowd of parents and kids had a super 2 hours in St Michael's Hall to round off their St Patricks Day celebrations with a trad hour and disco early this evening. Some wonderful local talent of Irish music and dance on action following by a full-on disco that I am sure will leave lots of tired little people tonight.

Well done all and especially well done to Sylvia Quinn and Tracy Moran (pictured below) for organising the event. People are already talking about next years event being even bigger and possibly incorporating a parade. Onwards and upwards!