History of the Irish Schools' Athletic Association

Athletics Ireland have recently completed a project compiling the winners of the various events held as part of the Irish Schools' Athletic Championships.  Now in its 99th year, the ISAA has been the proving ground of many of Irleands top athletes, and the lists make for fascinating reading in spotting the big names of Irish Athletics.  Also interesting is the progression in times/distances across the 99 years.

Tempo Thursdays

The Temp Thursday sessions have really taken root in the club training calendar since being re-launched early in the year. The group meets every Thursday in the Church carpark in Athenry at 7pm to complete a session that has been sent out by email the day before. It’s a diverse group, from experienced racers and speedsters to complete beginners and hopefully everyone gets something from the session. Mick Rice takes the reins most evenings but is ably assisted on occasion by George ‘Second Lieutenant’ Livianos and Ray ‘Out in Front’ Somers.

Galway 5k Series Leg 2: Loughrea

Another Tuesday evening in May, another new route for the 5k series. Despite the wind, which couldn't make up it's mind on which way to blow, Loughea's new loop through the town was well received with many claiming it to be a fast course. Daragh Larkin of Craughwell AC took the honours on an evening when Athenry AC fielded an astonishing 93 members, three of whom were Top 10, with Gearoid Rohan coming second. A fantastic showing by the club.

Great Limerick Run 3rd May 2015

Congrats to all who took part in the Marathon, Half Marathon and 6 Mile runs in Limerick today. For some it has become an annual event and for others their maiden voyage! Torrential rain was reported in Limerick overnight but the forecast this morning was promising and it delivered! The rain held off for most of us and we experienced glorious sunshine (some said they would have preferred the rain!). It was very warm! There were a few casualties as the race progressed and a number of athletes had to walk to get to the finish line, it was all too much.

2015 Galway U9-U12 T&F results

Provisional results for the 2015 County Galway U9-U12 T&F are attached.  

Any queries of results should be directed at .

Congrats to all athletes who took part and the hard-working helpers who made the event a huge success.  The weather was fantastic, especially in the afternoon.  Met Eireann need to update their forcasting models if this is the best they can do as we were promised all sorts of bad weather beforehand.

Weekend News

We had two members taking part in the London Marathon yesterday with Mary Kealy first home in a brilliant time of 3:21 & Pat Forde finishing in 3:38.

Closer to home our newest piece of kit got its first run out at the Under 9-12s Galway T&F meet in Dangan. With the unsettled weather our new marquee tent was put to good use & I'm sure we'll see more of it in the coming months.

Sub 3 - A Dream Come True


I have been trying since DCM 2008 to break 3 hours, some said “she would never do it” and sometimes I began to think the same….so what happened?

I ignored them and believed in myself.


I have struggled for years with stomach issues since getting Cryptosporidium in 2007, at the time it was a great pre-wedding diet but if only I knew the consequences!

Two Halves of Manchester

Now for a report with a difference. How else to report on a marathon than in two halves….by two separate people! Mary Rohan & Esther Leahy give a great account of their experience in the Manchester Relay Marathon last weekend.

Part 1 – Mary: