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Fit4Life Autumn 2016 End of Term Time Trial

Craughwell AC - 27 November, 2016 - 11:28

End of Term Time Trial Results are in the table below!  Well done to all who took part. 

Well done to all who completed the 10 weeks. Fit For Life will recommence in mid January. 

Keep an eye on the website and Craughwell AC Facebook page for updates.

A special thank you to all of the Fit for Life Leaders; Katie Gorman, Steven Carty, John Ward, Gerry Carty, Niamh Flavin, James Diviney, Betty Coleman and Edel Kavanagh.  Your time and effort is greatly appreciated.

Timetable and directions for National Cross Country

Craughwell AC - 26 November, 2016 - 09:58

Timetable for tomorrow's National cross country is at the link below. Best of luck to all of our athletes. The races kick off at 11.30am with the U12 girls. Please try to arrive 75 minutes before your race as the large crowds make it difficult to find people and organise teams.


The venue is Abbotstown which is near the Blanchardardstown Shopping Centre in Dublin and is the new National Sports Campus. It will be the first time there for most of us and it will be interesting to see the new facilities there. It is exit 6 off the M50 as you head to the airport. Then shortly after taking that exit, take the turn left for Blanchardstown and immediately go across the flyover over the road you were just on to get onto the R843. The R843 takes you past the National Sports Campus on the right. See map below for details.


Tuam AC AGM Tonight 8:30, Corralea Court Hotel

Tuam AC - 17 November, 2016 - 18:22

The Tuam AC Annual General Meeting will take place tonight, Thursday 17th November, at 8.30 pm in The Mitre Suite, Corralea Court Hotel.

Club Awards Night and Social - Sold Out

Galway City Harriers - 17 November, 2016 - 12:05

Many thanks to everyone who has bought and booked their tickets for the Club's Awards Night tomorrow night, Friday 18th November at 7pm. 

We have now reached capacity at the Hotel and this event is now sold out.

Looking forward to a great night celebrating the Club's Achievements during the year.

Upcoming National Cross Country Events

Galway City Harriers - 14 November, 2016 - 23:52

The last two Cross Country events of 2016 are National events.

The National Clubs /Inter County xc takes place on Sunday 27th November at the National Sports Campus, Abbotstown, Dublin. Distances are as follows: Sen.Men 10k, Sen.Women 8K, Junior Men 6k, Junior Women 4k.

Closing date is this Friday 18th November. Anyone interested, please confirm asap.

The date for the National Novice xc is Sunday, 11th December at Dundalk IT. Novice Women 4k, Novice Men 6k. Anyone wishing to compete, please let me know asap.

Contact: secretary@galwaycityharriers.com  or 0879234224

Categories: Member Notices

Strong Performance from Jamie in Spain!

Craughwell AC - 14 November, 2016 - 13:02

Well done to Jamie Fallon who produced a strong performance in the international Cross de Atapuerca at the weekend in Spain where he placed a commendable 34th in an elite field in the Junior Men's race. Results are at the link below.


Chloe Claims First International Vest!

Craughwell AC - 13 November, 2016 - 20:23

Chloe Casey (St Raphael’s Loughrea), pictured across put in an outstanding performance at yesterday’s Irish Schools Combined Events to take 4th place in the Junior Girls category with a points total of 2977 and in the process claim her first international vest with the international due to take place in Athlone on December 11th.

Chloe’s elite event of shot putt put her right up in contention after 4 events with a heave of 13.31m earning her 748 points. Qualification went down to the wire with the 800m deciding it in a shake-up between four athletes for the 4th spot on the team leaving them separated by just 33 points – a little under 3 seconds in an 800m! Chloe did just enough in the 800m to hold onto 4th place and becomes the 5th athlete from the club to make this team over the years joining Cathriona Farrell, Maria McNamara, Aidan Conneely and Sineád Treacy.

And it was hard luck for Laura Cunningham (Pres Athenry) who put in a magnificent performance in the Intermediate Girls grade to record a points total of 2760 which included PBs of 9.22 in the shot putt and 2.46.87 in the 800m. As with Aisling Keady’s points total last year, Laura’s total would have made the Irish team on many occasions in the past 10 years but not so this year where there was an incredible standard in the intermediate grade with 1st and 2nd both exceeding 3500 points.

Ellie Cronin (Pres Athenry) was also in action in the Minor Girls event where she put in another great performance in a high-standard competition. Having won the Connacht title a few weeks ago, Ellie battled hard in her first time in a National multi-events competition where she placed 11th overall but great experience and a definite contender for international multi-event teams in the years ahead.

In the boys events, Sean Connaghton (St Raphael’s Loughrea) placed 9th in the junior boys grade with 2485 points, a strong performance across all of the events with some exceptional performances despite the lack of recent practise.

In the intermediate grade, Ben Garrard and Oisin Lyons both recorded some fine results in a high standard event. Ben’s long jump of 5.76m was particularly impressive while Oisin’s 2.03.48 in the 800m was the fastest of the day. Ben’s points score of 2883 placed him 7th overall while Oisin’s final score of 2773 placed him 9th overall.

In the Senior Boys grade, Paul Armstrong made his debut at National level where he placed 7th with 2095 points, a good performance in his first time at this level where he produced 4 PBs including a 5.34m leap in the long jump.

No Training for Juveniles on Awards Night Friday 18th November

Galway City Harriers - 11 November, 2016 - 19:04

There will be no training in  Dangan for Juveniles on Fri 18th Nov due to the Club Awards Night in the Westwood. See full details on our Facebook page.

Categories: Juvenile News

Tickets for GCH Awards Night

Galway City Harriers - 8 November, 2016 - 16:27

We are hosting our Awards Night on Friday 18th November in the Westwood Hotel from 7pm to 10pm.

We will be celebrating the achievements of our Club Members in their sporting achievements and their tireless volunteering.

We will be presenting awards across the Club to Senior Members, Juvenile Members and Fit4Life Members as well as members who have worked so hard during the year to ensure that events and training happen.  This is an opportunity to recognise and thank our athletes, coaches, leaders and volunteering teams for the work they have put in over the past year.

We will have a buffet meal, which is being subsidised by the Club, and presentation of Award Certificates.  It will be a casual and fun night and an opportunity for members to have a get together and socialise. 

(If you require the vegetarian meal option please let us know so we can advise the hotel in advance membership-sec@galwaycityharriers.com )

We’d love to see as many of our members as possible involved in this Club Social Night.

Tickets priced at €10 for adult, €5 for juvenile and €25 for a family are available from Cormac O Connor, Una Murphy, Brian Bruton, Bernie Kelly and Noeleen Healy.

For convenience we have set up an Eventbrite Option (with a small addition charge) and you can buy tickets online through that if you wish. This is the link.


Hope you see you on the night!


Categories: Member Notices

Indoor Training for 7 to 11 year olds on Friday Nights has resumed

Galway City Harriers - 7 November, 2016 - 22:26

Indoor training has resumed at the Pavillion on Friday nights for 7 to 11 year olds .  It  runs from 7pm to 8.15pm and will continue until March.

Categories: Juvenile News

GCH athletes battle the Hills of Westport

Galway City Harriers - 7 November, 2016 - 00:39

Our U11 Girls were first off in Westport today on one of the toughest cross country courses in the country.  Mia Craughwell ran a very brave race from the front and held on for a silver medal in a close finish.  Kayla McKeon followed up in 39th place and Clodagh Quirke in 51st.

Next up were the U11 Boys where Richard McGrath and Ronan Duggan ran well finishing 58th and 64th respectively.

Emma Moore continued her winning form to secure the Gold medal in the U13 girls race and led her team to a well deserved gold medal position.  Isabella Burke and Ava McKeon were hugely impressive too out of age finishing 8th & 9th.  Gillian McGrath followed up in 26th, Eadoin Halligan 38th and  Nicole Quirke 42nd.

In the U13 Boys race Sean Dunne finished 39th and was followed by by Sean Duggan in 40th.

In the U15 Girls race Eimear Rowe ran superbly to take the bronze medal and the team narrowly missed the gold medals by 1 point to North Leitrim.  Team mates Jennifer Hughes , Ciara Dunne and Colma Ni Cheidigh followed up in 11th, 12th  and 29th.     

Cillian Jordan ran a tremendous race and was just outside the medals in 4th position in the U15 Boys race, Barry Murphy and Robert McDonnell  finished well up the field in 14th and 31st.

Out of age today Aaron Brennan was very impressive in the Boys U17 race taking home the silver medal and leading his team to the silver medal position.  Great perfomances too from Thomas McStay 9th, Michael Healy 11th  Gordon O’Connor  21st, Diego Brule 26th.

Ann Moroney took some time out from her leaving cert studies to compete in the Girls U19 race and secured the bronze medal in a well fought race.

Finally in the U19 Boys race Eanna Folan showed his class once again to take the  Gold medal.  Joe Tannian ran a great race to finish 3rd and Ronan Dirrane 4th.

See the attachement below for the full results.


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Athletes Battle it Out in Westport

Craughwell AC - 6 November, 2016 - 22:05

Craughwell U15 Boys - Connacht Cross Country Bronze Medallists 2016

Westport House provided its familar tough cross country challege to athletes from the club in day 2 of the Connacht Chanpionships today. Mixed weather conditions made it a tough day for the athletes but nonetheless they battled to some brilliant performances.

Leading positions on the day went to Jack Miskella who placed 5th in the U19 Boys 6000m and sister Ailbhe who put in a splendid performance to place 6th in the U15 Girls 3500m, with Mathys Bocquet also placing 5th in the U11 Boys 2500m. Ailbhe's 6th place finish is just reward for the one of the most dedicated athletes in the club who has attended an incredible 42 training sessions this Autumn.

Two teams from the club finished in the medals with the U13 Boys and U15 Boys taking the accolades. And it was hard luck for 3 more teams who were just pipped for the top 3 places but still qualify in 4th place for the All-Irelands - particularly so for the U11 Boys who came 4th on countback to home club Westport.

The day got underway with the U11 Girls 1500m where we placed 7th with 167 points led home by Isabella Boland in 32nd place and followed by 35 Erin Doyle, 44 Sole Lopez, 49 Nicole Clarke, 50 Muireann Leen, 53 Claudia McGuinness, 56 Holly O'Boyle and 64 Jenny Cloonan. The U11 Boys 1500m was up next where the team scored 90 points to place 4th with 5 Mathys Bocquet, 14 Evan Moran, 34 Liam O'Connell, 37 Lucas Keane, 42 Cormac McFadden, 43 Adam Jordan, 53 Callum Brady and 66 Eamonn McGlynn. The boys were unlucky to just miss 3rd place, tying on 90 points with 3rd place Westport who took 3rd place by virtue of a higher place 4th finisher - the harsh rules of cross country.

In the U13 Girls 2500m, the team put in a marvellous performance to take 4th place with 3 of the team out of age. The team scored 80 points with Saoirse Moore and Clodagh O'Meara leading the way in 15th and 16th place, followed closely by Fauve Aylmer 22nd and Jade Moorhead 27th. In the U13 Boys 2500m, the team claimed a splendid bronze medal with 85 points led by Ross McGuinness in 11th and the rest of the team packing well with Eoin Byrne 23rd, Darragh McCartin 25th, Evan Hallinan 26th, Daniel Galvin 28th, Ben Brady 36th and Noah Keane 42nd.

The U15 Girls 3500m saw yet another 4th place finish for the club with the team scoring 75 points and led by Ailbhe Miskella 6th, Ciara Sheppard 21st, Asia Clarke 23rd and Sarah Woods 25th. In the U15 Boys 3500m, the club claimed their second team bronze of the day with 65 points with 11 Sean Cotter, 17 Finbar McFadden, 18 Kyle Moorhead, 19 Liam Leen and 40 James Furey - a fine performance with several of the team running out of age.

Full results are here:- 2016_Connacht_Uneven_Cross_Country_Results.pdf

Connacht Cross Country Championships Info - Westport U11 - U19s

Galway City Harriers - 5 November, 2016 - 13:29
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Registration will be open from 11 am.

The first race will start at 12 noon.

Please access Westport House via the Westport Quay gates (less than a mile from town centre). 

GPS Co-ordinates are N53.80581 W9.539.       http://www.westporthouse.ie/find-us/

On arrival at Westport House, please use Car Parks P4, P3 and P1 for parking. Parking stewards will be there to help.

Registration and toilets / changing area will be located at the Go Karting Area on the walk between the Parking Area and the course.

The course is beside the main house itself on the front lawn (approx. 400m walk from the parking areas).

The Westport House  “Galley” will be set up in front of Westport House serving snacks and hot drinks.

Categories: Juvenile News

Info on Tomorrow's Cross Country in Westport

Craughwell AC - 5 November, 2016 - 10:32

Best of lluck to all of our athletes taking part tomorrow! Information and course map below.


Registration will be open from 11 am.
The first race will start at 12 noon.

Please access Westport House via the Westport Quay gates (less than a mile from town centre).

GPS Co-ordinates are N53.80581 W9.539. http://www.westporthouse.ie/find-us/

On arrival at Westport House, please use Car Parks P4, P3 and P1 for parking. Parking stewards will be there to help.

Registration and toilets / changing area will be located at the Go Karting Area on the walk between the Parking Area and the course.

The course is beside the main house itself on the front lawn (approx. 400m walk from the parking areas).
The Westport House “Galley” will be set up in front of Westport House serving snacks and hot drinks.


Click map if want larger version


Minding Your Mental Health

Craughwell AC - 3 November, 2016 - 10:08
Craughwell Athletic Club is hosting a talk on mental health on Tuesday 29th November by Dr Fergus Heffernan. Fergus (a Kilkenny man although we won’t hold that against him!) is a highly regarded psychologist who has visited many secondary schools throughout the country and delivered a very relevant and captivating talk on the challenges facing young people today and how to cope with them – for both the youth and for their parents. The talk is targeted at young adults, teenagers and children from 6th class upwards, and their parents.   The talk will be held in Craughwell Community Centre at 7.30pm on Tuesday November 29th. Admission is free as the club is covering the cost but the club has decided to have a donations bucket there for Jigsaw Galway should people feel like making a contribution to a very worthwhile charity (www.jigsaw.ie/jigsaw_galway).   You can read more about Fergus at chhservices.ie or you can watch a snippet of him here www.youtube.com/watch?v= VN7QbjvwFsQ.

Massive Progress on Facilities

Craughwell AC - 1 November, 2016 - 15:33


The club's completed high jump facility basked in glorious sunshine today!

Dear Parents and Members

We are nearing completion of phase 2 of our ambitious athletics facility plans which includes car-parking, tartan sprint and jump areas and grass running routes.

In total in the last 3 years, the club has invested over €460K in the facility when taking account of site purchase and the 2 development phases. This has been funded through a combination of fund-raising, members’ donations, membership subscriptions and outstanding loans of €199K. Members’ donations have come to almost €30,000 and we are particularly indebted to a group of 14 families who between them have donated more than €22,000! We are also fortunate to have the support of Community Finance Ireland who have provided us with loan finance on 3 occasions now in the past 2 years to purchase and develop the site.

All of this has been achieved in a very short time-frame – it is literally just 2 years and 1 month since the club purchased the site and the achievement is thanks to our members, their parents, the community, local businesses and our hardworking coaches and committee. It just shows what can be achieved when everyone pulls together!

However, we are still greatly in need of your support in order to complete phase 2 – something that we are very close to now.

We are sending 2 tickets home to each family in the club for what has proven in the past to be a very enjoyable family night out at the Dogs on December 10th. The price of the tickets (€15/ticket or €25/family) is just a small premium on what you would pay anyway to enter at the door and it is excellent entertainment for all of the family. We are hoping that each family in the club will purchase a pair of tickets to help support our facility work. And of course, we are still open for donations and support of our lotto, or if you own a business, advertising on our annual calendar/business directory. This latter has proven an invaluable source of funds over the years – please contact Michael Tobin at 087 6591879 or tobnm1@yahoo.com if you are interested in advertising on it as we are finalizing it over the next 2 weeks

And the picture above is just a sneak preview of where we are heading next – with a significant building for both juveniles and adults to exercise in. We hope to launch straight into the construction of a substantial indoor training building which will eventually house athletics facilities, a community gym and a multi-purpose indoor sports court. Additionally, we will be building a perimeter walkway for use for walking/jogging. It is hoped that much of the funding for this phase will come from grants and loans with 20% or so from fund-raising activities.

But we need your support. We have already received fantastic support from many families and we know many more are thinking about it. Well now is the time to put your thoughts into action! We need you and you need the facilities we are developing. These facilities are an investment in you and your family’s health – a place to exercise from 8am until late at night. A place for all the family to exercise. A safe floodlit environment and eventually a nice indoor arena to exercise on those dark and cold winter evenings. So whether you are a long-standing member or a new recruit, please consider supporting us via one of the above options. The money is being ploughed directly and quickly into the facilities that you and your family are using – so you get to see the impact of your support almost immediately.

Thank you!!!

Club's Performances in Connacht XC

Craughwell AC - 31 October, 2016 - 11:13

For those who like statistics, check out the attached for all of our placings, both teams and individuals, in Connacht cross country since 2004:- Craughwell Performances In Connacht Cross Country

Craughwell AC's New High Jump Rocks!

Craughwell AC - 30 October, 2016 - 23:55

After years of practice in St Michael's Hall, a much appreciated and valued facility, the club have finally completed a state of the art outdoor high jump facility on its very own site in Craughwell. Gone are the days of travelling into Dangan and hauling out the 3 large high jump mats with the help of a handful of jumpers! For our jumpers now have just to turn up on their own doorstep, peel back the high jump cover and bingo! practice can begin.

So today Sunday 30th October 2016, the first training session on our new facility was held with the honour of being the first to jump on it going to the group in the pictures above .... Jerry Keary, Laura Cunningham, Chloe Casey, Freya Bohan, Ellie Cronin, Shana Tobin, Aisling Keady, Ciana Reidy and Lorraine Delaney. And apologies to the group, I just had to get my own head into 1 of the photos!

The groundwork for the high jump area was completed by Martin Freaney earlier this year and the tartan surface was completed by track contractors Crawford Group last week. Its massive massive progress for the club to have its own high jump facility. With the event being one of the most successful in the club (athletes from the club have won 59 National medals in the event since 2004), its just fantastic to see our own complete facility. With work continuing on other facilities, it won't be long before we have decent facilities for all events on our doorstep.

Fallon and Cotter take Connacht XC Titles

Craughwell AC - 30 October, 2016 - 21:51

Connacht U16 Cross Country Champions 2016
Ben Ryan, William Fitzpatrick, Patrick Noonan, Kyle Moorhead, Finbar McFadden, Sean Noonan

The first day of the Connacht Cross Country Championships went off in perfect weather conditions in The Claddagh in Galway city. There were some tremendous performances by athletes from the club with Jamie Fallon and Sean Cotter both racing to convincing individual victories in their races – Jamie taking the Connacht Junior title by a considerable margin and Sean putting in a strong finish to take the U14 title by 20 or so metres. The U12 and U16 boys also raced to the Connacht titles with very strong team performances while U14 boys and U12 girls took team silver.

The first race of the day was the U12 Girls 2000m where Clodagh O’Meara put in a terrific performance to place 8th – one of Clodagh’s finest performances to date. She was followed swiftly by Aoibhe Carr with a great race to place 9th having just returned from injury. Next in one of the most improved athletes in the club was Fauve Aylmer in 17th place – an incredible 36 places improvement since the same race last year. Jade Moorhead completed the team scoring in 19th place and was followed by 40 Isabella Boland, 44 Abbie Rooney, 55 Erin Doyle and 57 Holly O'Boyle who showed great commitment to make the start line having had to take a taxi into town in an emergency. The girls performance was strong enough to yield a super set of silver medals with a team score of 53 points.

Craughwell AC U12 Girls - Connacht Cross Country Silver Medallists 2016

The U12 Boys were next into battle with a very strong team who raced to the Connacht title in style with a low score of 42 points. The team were led home by another superb run from Cian Lavan in 6th place followed by 8 Mathys Bocquet, 13 Evan Hallinan, 15 Daniel Galvin, 17 Luke Flynn, 20 Evan Moran, 39 Cormac McFadden, 45 Alan Connaughton and 55 Michael Woods. This is the first time since 2004 that Craughwell has taken theConnacht title in this age group – a fantastic result from an exceptional group of athletes.

Craughwell AC U12 Boys- Connacht Cross Country Champions 2016

Next the U14 Girls battled hard to a 5th place finish in their 3000m led home by Saoirse Moore in 21st, following by 27 Emma Jane Moran, 29 Asia Clarke and 31 Ciara Hughes. In the U14 boys 3000m, Sean Cotter put in one of the performances of the day when taking the Connacht title in style – racing into an early lead and pushing the pace the whole way to the line. Liam Leen put in a brilliant performance in his wake, despite being noticeably impeded earlier in the race – placing 5th overall. Liam was followed in by 13 Ross McGuinness, 20 Oisin Davis and 29 Paschal Walsh – a performance earned a well-deserved set of silver medals for the team with a score of 39 points. Catherine Noonan was the club’s sole representative in the U16 Girls 4000m where she had yet another fine run to place 11th overall.

Craughwell AC U14 Boys - Connacht Cross Country Silver Medallists 2016

Next one of the highlights of the day – the U16 Boys 4000m which turned out to be an intensely close batted for the medals with just 3 points separating the top 3 teams. Craughwell captured the Connacht title with 54 points with Westport just behind on 55 and GCH on 57. The Craughwell team were led home by Ben Ryan in 4th place followed closely by William Fitzgerald in 7th, Patrick Noonan 20th, Finbarr McFadden 23rd, Sean Noonan 24th and Kyle Moorhead 25th. In the Junior Men’s 6000m, Jamie Fallon put in one of the performances of the day when winning the Connacht title in style by a considerable margin. Jamie was followed in by Odhran Keane in 2nd place. Ollie Mullins was the final competitor from the club in action in the senior race but the results of same are not published yet.

Results of the juvenile and junior races are here - huge well done to Iain Shaw for getting them out within minutes of the final race!

Super Marios Join Craughwell AC

Craughwell AC - 28 October, 2016 - 22:13

Mario, Wario and Luigi stormed into Craughwell AC tonight to turbo-charge the club's spookily scary Halloween disco with DJ Mitch. A super evening was had by the huge crowd of happy scary and busy children from 6.30 to 8.30pm. The event was a super success and I'm sure lots of tired little parents people tonight!

The event raised much needed funds for our almost completed track facilities as well as providing our members with loads of fun, fun for funds as one might say! And a big thank you to our hard-working coaches and committee for doing all the organisation. Another wonderful success for the club.

Some of our young athletes enjoying the fun below:


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