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Monumental Achievement for U19 Boys 4x200m

Craughwell AC - 31 March, 2014 - 03:42

National Champions being interviewed by the press!

It was another incredible weekend of athletics for the club at the National indoor relay finals in Athlone IT. The mega highlight of the day was the amazing performance of our U19 boys 4x200m relay when they blasted to the National title with a breathtaking display of sprinting in an elite time of 1.31.83 only .58 of second from breaking the national record.

The U15 boys were also in flying form with an exceptional run to place 4th in the final of their 4x200m in an excellent time of 1.44.83 and equally so, the boys U12 4x100m team who placed 4th in the final in a time of 58.19. 

Hickey Maintains Good Hammer Form

Athletics Ireland - 30 March, 2014 - 22:26

Aoife Hickey (Kilkenny City Harriers) highlighted the weekend’s US action with a throw of 59.21m for second place in the hammer at the Arizona State Invitational in Tempe. Her best throw came in the first round and improves on the 59.08m achieved in her first competition last week.

Arizona State Invitational - Tempe, AZ
Women Hammer Throw
1 Smith, Annemie Iowa 60.38m 1
2 Hickey, Aoife Utah 59.21m
59.21m FOUL FOUL 57.43m 58.21m 58.88m
3 Byrd, Jessika Arizona State 58.84m

Men Hammer Throw
1 Litzell, Love Manhattan 62.49m
2 Barry, Killian Manhattan 57.27m
FOUL 52.24m 57.27m 55.84m FOUL FOUL
3 Leslie, Ryan Arizona State 56.60m

Yellow Jacket Invitational - Atlanta, GA
Women 1500 Meter Run
1 Niamh Kearney Georgia State 4:32.26 1
2 Rachel Weber Ohio State 4:32.91 1
3 Morgan Jackson Georgia Tech 4:34.04

Victor Lopez Classic - Houston, TX
Women 400 Meter Dash University
1 Diggs, Whitney Portland State 54.65
2 McCoy, Tyneisha Rice 55.09
3 Mooney, Claire St. John’s 55.31
4 McDonald, Whitney Texas Southern 55.75

1500 Meters University Section 3
1. Manring, Lucas Austin Track Club 3:52.88
2. Quinn, Christopher JR-3 Notre Dame 3:51.70
3. Wolfe, Matt SR-4 Louisiana Tech 3:54.24
9. Kerr, Stephen FR-1 McNeese State 4:08.00

1500 Meters University Section 3
1. Picchetti, Natalie Austin Track Club 4:32.20
2. Roper, Cali FR-1 Rice 4:35.98
3. Diemert, Ellen FR-1 UNAT-Rice 4:43.90
14. Casey, Laura SO-2 McNeese State 4:58.39

Lenny Lyles/Clark Wood Invitational - Louisville, Ky.
Men 800 Meter
1 McAsey, Joe Illinois 1:55.01
2 Autio, Jacob Loyola (Ill. 1:55.16
3 Allinder, Kyle Central Mich 1:55.51
4 Markham, Liam Illinois 1:55.84
5 Stewart, Andrew Louisville 1:56.85

UNF Spring Break Invitational - Jacksonville, Fl
Men 800 Meter Run University
Section 2
1 Carpenter, Andrew FR Embry-Riddle 1:57.83
2 Edwards, Albert JR Unattached 1:57.86
3 Boria, Jessie FR Tampa 1:59.18
4 Sumagpang, Taylor JR Unattached 1:59.69
5 Schmick, Brennen FR Webber 2:00.19
6 Larson, Ryan SO Embry-Riddle 2:00.87
7 Dunne, Carl SO Saint Leo 2:00.93

Oliver Nikoloff Open - Cincinnati, Ohio
Women 5000 Meter
1 Fischer, Clare Xavier (Ohio 16:54.97
2 Spencer, Kayla Marquette 17:19.60
3 Fischer, Abby Xavier (Ohio 17:27.63
4 Britton, Una Eastern Kent 17:28.94
5 Coppola, Louisa Detroit 17:31.78

Stony Brook University Spring Opener - Stony Brook University, New York
Men 3000 Meter
1 Daniel Denis JR Stony Brook 8:57.19
2 Alex Kramer SR Stony Brook 8:57.64
3 Hugh Armstrong FR Providence 8:59.03
4 Trevor Crawley FR Providence 9:01.50

63rd Annual TSU Relays - 3/21/2014 to 3/22/2014 Texas Southern University
Men 400 Meter Dash University
1 Elijah, Qhyle FR Garden City CC 47.55
2 Smith, Philip SO Southwest Christian 47.64
3 Ezzard, Jevonte JR Dillard 48.65

Latest news from Tuam AC

Tuam AC - 30 March, 2014 - 20:09

*Galway Sport Partnership 10k on Easter Monday.* ** The 3^rd Annual Galway Sports Partnership 10k Run will take place in Labane, Ardrahan on Eastrer Monday, April 21st at 11.30 am. The race will be held in conjunction with Ardrahan AED,Ardrahan Juvenile GAA Club & Galway Sports Partnership. The key aim of the Galway Sports Partnership is to increase participation in sport and recreation in the whole county and we invite all the club runners, Meet & train/Fit4life groups and walkers around the county to participate in this 10k run/walk event on Easter Monday April 21st in Ardrahan at 11.30am An 1KM Fun Run will take place at 10.30 for children. The Registration link: http://www.active.com/galway-connacht/running/distance-running-races/galway-sports-partnership-10k-2014 *Technical Tshirts will be issued to the first 200 runners that entry by April 11th and the early bird entry fee of EUR15 is available & EUR20 after this date. For further details please contact: Mick Curley Galway Sports Partnership on 091 509577 Email: mcurley@galwaycoco.ie mcurley@galwaycoco.ie> or the Race Director Josephine Gardiner on 087-8520945 The 10km route is a one loop flat course in scenic surroundings overlooking the beautiful views of the Burren. The start and finish location is at Labane Hall and passing the townlands of Ballymaquiff, Ballyglass West,Chessy, Cahermore, Lydican and returning to Ballymaquiff and finishing in Labane http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/fullscreen/69429872/ Car parking facilities will be provided at Labane School carpark ,Church carpark,Bradleys Lounge carpark and Quinns Hardware car park.

Pollock 5th European At World Half

Athletics Ireland - 29 March, 2014 - 17:53

Paul Pollock (Annadale Striders AC) and Nicola Duncan (Galway City Harriers AC) represented Ireland at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark on Saturday, March 29th. Both athletes were up against the very best distance runners in the world around the flat and fast city centre course.

Pollock produced an encouraging result to finish in 30th place in a time of 62.09. The time was a new personal best breaking his old mark by 1 minute and 40 seconds (63.49). He ran a sensible race, getting quicker over the final 6 miles to finish fifth European athlete across the line. The race was won by Kenya’s Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor in a world leading time of 59:07.

Pollock will take great confidence from this run and will now turn his attentions to the track where he will target a fast time over 10k in a meeting in Stanford in April. The marathon at the European Championships in Zurich in August will be the major target for Pollock this summer.

There was heartbreak for Nicola Duncan in the women’s event as she was forced to drop out of the women’s race due to hamstring tear. Duncan was understandable devastated having to drop out after only 800m of the race in her international debut for Ireland. However with the European Championships later in the summer the major goal for Duncan the decision could prove a sensible one.

Relays Provide Exciting End to Indoor Champs

Athletics Ireland - 29 March, 2014 - 17:45

The relay events took centre stage on the final day of the Woodie’s DIY Juvenile Indoor Championships of Ireland. There was close to a 1,000 young athletes taking part and as always the relays providing an exciting end to the three day championship.


The un-even age categories began the day’s proceedings with The U13 boy’s and girl’s the first races on the 16 event programme.

St Mary’s (Limerick) AC won the girl’s U13 title in a time of 54.28 and Nenagh Olympic did likewise in the boy’s event with a time of 54.89. The Nenagh Olympic U15 girl’s squad recorded an impressive victory in the 4×200m relay in a time of 1.49.72. St Laurence O’Toole U15 boys’ team scorched to a new championships best performance (CBP) to win the title in a time of 1.40.92.

There were two CBP’s set in the U17 age category with Leevale winning the boy’s race in 1.33.16 and Dundrum South Dublin AC winning the girl’s title in a time of 1.43.10.

The youngest athletes competing today were the U12 age group with Rotoath AC winning the girl’s title in a time of 57.81 and St Mary’s (Limerick) AC winning the boy’s title in a time of 56.01

The championship best performances continued when Galway City Harriers girls’ team won the U19 title in a time of 1.43.92. Craughwell AC won the boy’s U19 contest in a time of 1.31.83, just outside the record of 1.31.25. St Laurence O’Toole did the double in the U14 4×200m events with their girls team setting a new CBP with a time of 1.49.45 and the boy’s also set a new best with a time of 1.48.28.

Dundrum South Dublin notched up their second victory of the day in the girl’s U16 race (1.44.52) as Menapians AC dominated the U16 boy’s race setting a new championship best performance of 1.35.51. The final races of the day were the U18 category with Tallaght AC storming to victory in the boy’s and setting a new CBP in the process of 1.30.57, Leevale AC won the girl’s title in a time of 1.43.71

Ireland’s Joe Gough Crowned World Champion

Athletics Ireland - 28 March, 2014 - 17:39

Joe Gough (West Waterford AC) has won the World Master 800m Indoor Title at the World Masters Indoor Championships in Budapest on Friday, March 28th. Gough competing in the over 60 age category won the 800m title in a time of 2.15.08. Gough stormed around the last 200m in 30 seconds to clinch the title ahead of Nolan Shaheed (United States) second in 2.16.18 and Francois Martel (Canada) third in 2.18.98.

Joe is a member of the 44 strong Irish team that is competing at the championships which conclude this Sunday, 30th of March.

1 Gough, Joe M61 Ireland 2:15,08
2 Shaheed, Nolan M64 United State 2:16,18
3 Martel, Francois M60 Canada 2:18,98
4 Rentsch, Walter M60 Germany 2:19,79
5 Dunlop, Alastair M60 Great Britai 2:21,15
6 Herinckx, Josse M61 Belgium 2:21,24
7 Finielli, Giovanni M63 Italy 2:21,37
8 Sato, Ryuichi M60 Japan 2:22,49
9 Schmidt, Franz Josef M62 Germany 2:22,58

Irish Runner-April/May Issue

Athletics Ireland - 28 March, 2014 - 12:16

The latest issue of Irish Runner - the April/May issue – is now on sale in leading Newsagents nationwide.

In this issue of Irish Runner: Read how Niall Tuohy has overcome adversity to become national indoor 800m champion.

On Patriot’s Day, April 1974, Neil Cusack became the first only Irish runner to win the famed Boston Marathon. In a Special Feature in this issue of Irish Runner Neil talks shares his memories of that Special Day in Boston.

Included in this issue too are 6 Great Training Tips that can help you UNLEASH Your Potential.

Ronan Wogan sounds a warning for runners about Osteoporosis - PLUS there is a Review and Two Photo- spreads of all the action from the Woodie’s DIY Juvenile Indoor Championships in Athlone where young athletes set 25 Championship Best Performances.

The latest issue includes a Super Competition where you can win WIN a Sumsung Gear Fit & Samsung Galaxy S5.

Read too our Guide to what are best buys in Running Socks.

There is something for every runner in this latest issue of Irish Runner . You can also order a copy of the latest issue or take out an annual Postal Subscription through our Online Shop or by ‘phone on the Subscription Hotline at (01) 886 9933.

Enquiries to editor@irishrunner.ie or phone Frank Greally on 087 25 69 690

National 10k Closing Date (31st March)

Athletics Ireland - 28 March, 2014 - 10:53

The closing deadline for the National 10k championships has now been extended to 9am on Monday, 31st of March. The race will be run in conjunction with the SPAR Great Ireland Run taking place on the 6th of April in Dublin’s Phoenix Park.

Entry Link

The race is the only race in Ireland to be recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the world governing body of athletics. The event is one of twenty-two races in the world to receive an IAAF Road Race Silver Label in recognition of the event’s high standard of organisation, elite participation and media profile.

The event is Ireland’s largest mixed 10k and up to 12,000 adults and children are expected to participate in the run and its associated junior events. Every 10K finisher will receive a technical event t-shirt, medal, goody bag and chip timed results.

Pre-Season Throws & Jumps Workshop

Athletics Ireland - 27 March, 2014 - 17:31

Borrisokane AC (Co Tipperary) – Sunday 30th March (10.30am)

Borrisokane AC are hosting a very useful coaching workshop for athletes and coaches who are preparing for the upcoming outdoor competition season. For athletes (U/14 and upwards) who are interested, come along and take part. Details as follows…

10.30am Registration (€5.00 participation fee)
11.00am Shot Put & Long Jump workshops
12.30pm Hammer & Triple Jump workshops

From Borrisokane….. Take the Birr Road – Follow signs for Community School – Track entrance is at ‘Big Gates’ after school on Left hand side.

National Jumps Workshop Nenagh

Athletics Ireland - 27 March, 2014 - 17:15

The National Jumps Squad held a workshop in Nenagh last Saturday and was attended by over 70 athletes and coaches, coming from Donegal, Mayo, Roscommon, Leitrim, Dublin, Wexford and Cork to name but a few of the counties represented.

These athletes and coaches were not disappointed in their quest for knowledge and went back to their clubs with many new ideas and plans. The important issue is that the coach attends the event with their athletes and works with them on their return to their club.

The workshop was in four sections covering each of the four events. Martin O’Grady Nenagh Olympic took charge of the High jump and it was exciting to see some of our top male and female jumpers together.David Murphy Waterford took 15 athletes and coaches through their paces in the triple jump. It was uplifting to see such a number of good triple jumpers in action. Pat Power St. Josephs worked with the long jumpers and completed a video analysis of the jumping with the help of Steffen Fleischer Celbridge which was appreciated by both athletes and coaches. Eamonn Flanagan Abbey Striders was at the helm in the pole vault and catered for a mixture of the top seniors and a development group.

This was a great start for the jumps squad. There has been a need for this group to get together and now we can build on what we have started. The next squad day will be held on Sunday 27th April 2014 in Nenagh. If any athlete or coach feel that they they have an athlete at a standard to join this group please contact Pat Power at jumps@athleticsireland.ie .

Relay Champs & World Half Preview

Athletics Ireland - 27 March, 2014 - 10:26

The Woodie’s DIY Juvenile Indoor Track and Field Season comes to a conclusion this Saturday, March 29th in AIT International Arena, Athlone. The relay events are expected to attract almost 1,000 young athletes as they compete for their clubs in the various 4×100m and 4×200m relay events. These championships invariably produce some excellent team performances and based on the high level of individual achievement so far this indoor season, more of the same can be expected on Saturday.

Entry List

The full list of Championship Best Performances (CBP) from day one and two of the juvenile championships can be viewed below:

Championship Best Performances 2014

The competition for the podium will as always be of the highest quality with teams having qualified through from their provincial competitions over the last number of weeks. At the 2013 Indoor Championships Leevale AC won three gold medals (U13B, U13G and U16B), the Cork club will once again be on the hunt for national titles in Athlone.

Galway City Harriers AC, Doneen AC, Kilkenny City Harrier AC and St Laurence O’Toole AC who all have excellent reputations when it comes to the relays are likely to challenge in what is set to be an exciting day of relay action. The competition begins with the girl’s and boy’s U13 4×100m relay at 10.30am.

Irish Duo Set for World Half Marathon Championships

Also on Saturday Paul Pollock (Annadale Striders AC) and Nicola Duncun (Galway City Harriers AC) will represent Ireland at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Pollock qualified for the event after an impressive third place finish at the Bath Half Marathon on March 2nd. Pollock who is coached by Andy Hobnell finished behind two Kenyan athletes in Bath in a new personal best time of 63:52 to seal qualification for the championships. Pollock has good pedigree going into these championships after finishing 21st (2nd European) in the marathon at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow last August.

Duncun will join Pollock on the team as she makes her debut at World level. Duncan is a relative new comer to competitive running having only taken up the sport five years ago, her previous sporting background included playing tennis at inter-provincial level. Duncan who is coached by Nick Anderson has a busy couple of months coming up with April’s London Marathon next on the agenda after the Half Marathon Championships.

Irish Team
Paul Pollock Annadale Striders Andy Hobnell
Nicola Duncun Galway City Harriers Nick Anderson

Loughrea’s Marathon Man

Athletics Ireland - 26 March, 2014 - 19:00

Jarlath Fitzgerald will launch his book titled “Loughrea’s Marathon Man” March 28th at 8pm in Loughrea Library.

From South Africa to the Arctic circle and from Japan to Mumbai, Jarlath Fitzgerald has travelled the world over the last twenty-five years. Not as a tourist, but as an athlete.

The Loughrea man has raved all sorts of conditions and covered all kinds of terrain in his bid to complete 100 marathons and ultra marathons across the globe.

This is his story.

Book for sale on the night priced at €10, and also available in News ‘n’ Choose, Main Street, Loughrea. For more information contact Jarlath: 087-9711026.

Loughrea Library, Church Street, Loughrea

Updated Club Indoor Records

Craughwell AC - 26 March, 2014 - 17:57

I have updated the club's indoor records based on this year's indoor season - let me know if any errors or omissions.

There were some staggering performances with:

  • Sineád Treacy setting 4 junior/senior records in 60m, 200m, 400m and long jump
  • Cathriona Farrell breaking the senior high jump record
  • Sarah Finnegan setting a new mark for the senior triple jump
  • Conor Duggan breaking the club's 60m and 200m junior/senior records
  • Peadar Harvey doing same for the 800m/1500m senior records
  • Paul Joyce claiming a new junior 800m record
  • Damian O'Boyle doing likeise for the junior 1500m record
  • The 4x200m relay team of Aidan Conneely, Nicholas Sheehan, John Cormican and Conor Duggan smashing the club's junior/senior relay record

Well done to all, some amazing performances there!

Sineád and Aisling take All-Ireland Gold!

Craughwell AC - 26 March, 2014 - 16:50


Sineád Treacy

National Indoor U18 200m Champion 2014

It was another incredible weekend for Craughwell AC with 5 medals amidst quality opposition at the National Juvenile track & field in Athlone. An action-packed 2 days saw both Sineád Treacy and Aisling Keady-Cummins take home their first Irish indoor titles.

In Sineád’s case, the weekend provided an incredible breakthrough for this hard-working athlete. Racing to the silver medal on Saturday in the U18 Girls 60m in a new PB and club record of 7.74s, it was a foretaste of what was to come on Sunday. In the U18 Girls long jump on Sunday, Sineád took the silver medal with an impressive leap of 5.28cm, just fractionally ahead of the club record of 5.25cm set by Cathriona Farrell in 2011. Moments later, Sineád was in action in the 200m heats where she comfortably made the final. The final saw Sineád blitz the field to take the victory by over 3 metres and in a huge PB of 24.73 – just one-tenth of a second short of breaking the national record in that age group and also qualifying Sineád for selection for the European Youth Olympic Trials in May.

Dunboyne 4 Mile Road Race

Athletics Ireland - 26 March, 2014 - 12:29

A Short Race with a Big Reputation!

Please note Online entry at €15 closes this Friday. Click Registration to enter now. Late Registration on the day for €20 ( Cash only) takes place 1pm-2.30pm. All numbers to be collected at the Community Centre on the day.

The 45th EirGrid Dunboyne 4 Mile Road Race & Fun Run, in partnership with Athletics Ireland, takes place on Sunday 30th March 2014 at 3pm. It is a landmark event on the Irish road racing calendar, attracting an entry over one thousand in 2013. The course offers great potential for athletes to target a fast time, gives first time participants a great introduction to the 4 mile distance, and also allows supporters to provide plenty of encouragement along the way. At 4 miles, this is also an ideal event for anyone new to fitness, walking or running, as the emphasis is on a fun day out in a friendly and safe environment.

Last year John Coghlan of Metro St. Brigid’s Athletic Club stormed to victory in 19 minutes 17 seconds just ahead of Michael Mulhare (Portlaoise AC) who ran 19.42 and Robbie Matthews (Dunshaughlin AC) third in 19.52. Maria McCambridge impressively led home the women’s field in a time of 21:07 with Raheny’s Fiona Roche in second (21:26) and Ciara Durkan (Skerries AC) in third in a time of 21:59.

Juvenile Races
The day’s programme includes boys’ and girls’ races in the following age groups:
•Age 9 and Under: 600 metres at 2.30pm
•Age 12 and Under: 800 metres at 2.15pm
•Age 15 and Under: 1 mile at 2pm
Click on our course map below to see where each race starts. Entry for these events is just €2, payable at the start line on the day and every finisher will receive a souvenir medal.

Cash prizes of €400 for the first man and woman home, and a €250 bonus for anyone who breaks the men’s (18.09) and women’s (20.00) course records, currently held by Glynn Thomas (Coventry Godiva Harriers) and Rosemary Ryan (Bilboa AC).

•Men: First 6 Seniors; First 3 O/40, O/45, O/50, 0/55, 0/60;
First 3 Juniors U19; First 4 Club Teams (4 to score).
•Women: First 6 Seniors; First 3 O/40, O/45, O/50, 0/55, 0/60;
First 3 Juniors U19; First 4 Club Teams (4 to score).
•Colman Jarrett Cup: Awarded to the first Dunboyne AC athlete home.

To Enter
Online entry is now open. Online entry is €15 per adult, and entry on the day is €20 (Cash only) per adult. Entry includes a technical tshirt, goodie bag for all finishers, chip timing and post race refreshments. Any profits from the event will go to Dunboyne AC and the Athletics Ireland Grassroots Athletics Fund. Regarding your race number, you need to go to Dunboyne Community Centre in the village before the race to collect your race number - they will not be posted out in advance.

Rás UCD 5K Run

Athletics Ireland - 26 March, 2014 - 10:43

The fifth Rás UCD 5K Run will start at 11 am on Saturday 5th of April 2014. Online REGISTRATION is now open on Registration

Online entry fee is €12 for students, €15 for non-students. There is a free t-shirt and goody bag for the first 500 people who register online!

Proceeds from the event will be donated to UCD Volunteers Overseas (Registered Charity CHY15856). There is a large prize fund, and all athletes will be chip timed. All participants will get sandwiches, tea and coffee after the race, along with a goody bag full of surprises! There are also team prizes.

This event is organised by students involved in UCD Bord na Gaeilge, COBÁC, Residence Scheme, An Cumann Gaelach UCD, UCD Volunteers Overseas and UCD Athletics.

Rás UCD is supported by Bank of Ireland, Centra, Bord na Gaeilge UCD and the UCD Newman Fund

SKGAA Juvenile Hurling Annual Table Quiz 27th March

Galway City Harriers - 26 March, 2014 - 09:43

SKGAA Juvenile Hurling Annual Table Quiz

THURSDAY 27th MARCH @ 8.30pm
SHERIDANS knocknacarra
Tables of 4 = €40

To Book a Table or to donate any spot Prizes call/text Carol on 087-2446910 or email carolito@eircom.net

This club gave us lots of help and support with the SOG 2013 so support if you can!

Craughwell Marathon/Half Marathon - 26th April 2014

Craughwell AC - 25 March, 2014 - 22:57

Craughwell Marathon/Half Marathon Details

This is a low key, self-sufficient Marathon/Half aimed at experienced marathon runners run in adherence to Marathon Club Ireland rules.


Date Saturday 26th April 2014.
Start time: 9:30am.
To enter you MUST mail this contact: craughwellathletics@gmail.com
Registration opens 12th April 2014 mails received beforehand will not be entered.
Number Pickup: Craughwell Community Hall from 8:30am to 9:15am.
Entry €20 - surplus after costs will go to Craughwell Ac.
AAI Permits pending.
Limited Entry.
Post race refreshments in the Hall.
Changing Facilities available in the Hall.
Course for the full is 8 loops 26.2Miles, Jones counter measured.
Course for the half is 4 loops 13.1Miles, Jones counter measured.
You are responsible for your own timing the race is not chipped.
There is ample parking at the Community Centre.

Craughwell 10 mile 2014 - Results.

Craughwell AC - 25 March, 2014 - 22:49

After the horrendous weather we had during the week, our prayers were answered Sunday morning when we were blessed with a perfect spring day in Craughwell for the 5th Annual Craughwell 10mile road race.
Up on 600 athletes took to the starting line of the Craughwell 10 mile road race at 1pm on Sunday 23rd March with representation from over 45 different clubs from all over the country.
Conditions were good as the athletes took to the course which kicked off at 1pm and they headed out the course towards the Rashane Turlough and through the country roads of Craughwell and neighbouring Clarnebridge.


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