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Brilliant day in Tullamore for Craughwell's U9-U11's

Craughwell AC - 25 June, 2017 - 21:50



What a great show of talent amongst our U9/U11 athletes yesterday in the All Irelands Championships.

We go along to enjoy the day and hope for PB's, which in all cases when pitched against the "best" in Ireland our kids certainly gave it their all..

One of my poor U10's were plagued today (sick tummy from a school bug), whihc forced our "super" athlete Kathlyn to forgo all her events and our brave Emma to step in last min to 500m with Kelly (not an easy run but what a brave Girl !!) And Kelly stepped up to the mark to partner with Emma in long jump where together they did themselves proud with PB's all round placing. This is a fantastic result considering they had just run 500m! SUch an effort showed their huge strength of character, not to shy away from a challenge.   Our relay team got shook up too , so again the girls went with the flow,  placing  4th in the heat just outside the qualifying time ...what Brilliant Girls!  



Our boys Ben/Dara missed out on bronze by a 8/100th of a second to place 4th (60m ) in Ireland; however, they were rewarded in the long jump by winning the Silver medal... The 2nd BEST in Ireland.!!!!! Dean and Sean jumped out of their skins to place 4th overall in Ireland...a massive achievement with massive improvements since the Galways!  Sean and Joseph threw the turbo brilliantly in what was an expert field!

Alex and Keelan were also pitched against the fastest 500m runners and they held their own, never giving up right until the second they cross the line....always a  tough race !

 As Ben struggled also with a sick tummy, the boys relay they still managed to qualify into the final where we had to draft a replacement for Ben; young Tom (U9) straight after his final..Tom raced to the finish in fine form against boys an age group older than him....Good on you Tom!   Ella and Hannah placed a brilliant 4th in Ireland  in U11 LJ  in what was a  very high standard and our  U9 Lauren and Saoirse, again 4th by a centimeter with Lauren having the biggest jump in All-Irelands  U9 of the day! .... cruel! 4th is always a hard one as its so close to that All Ireland medal..But to be 4th place against all our Irish athletes is as massive achievement!    So that's a quick round up of what I gathered during yet another eventful day out! Well done everyone, very proud of you all ranking in the top 13 teams/pairs In Ireland!!  As coaches it a Pleasure to get part of your journeys , Thankyou for all yer hard work and fun loving characters !


Summer Break - Training Info

Galway City Harriers - 24 June, 2017 - 16:45

As The National Championships take place over the next three weekends Sunday 25th June is last day of training before the Summer break for our younger athletes.  Training for all will resume again in early September.

Training will continue as normal during the weekdays  for those who have qualified for the National Championships over the next three weeks.

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Best of Luck to Ben Ryan in the International Youth Cup in Italy this weekend

Craughwell AC - 19 June, 2017 - 13:09


Ben Ryan receiving a gift from Craughwell AC for his first International vest 

(presented by Marion (Chairperson), Craughwell AC)


Ben Ryan (U17) has had a fantastic season so far and is going from strength to strength.

Below is a little background history over the past 6 months resulting in this amazing achievement of making an International Team.

Ben started his Cross-Country season with a superb run in the Connacht X Country championships held in Sligo in November where he came in at 4th position. This qualified him for the Cross Country All Ireland Championships held later in the month in Abbottstown. From the onsight of the All Ireland's race he held a dominate position by immediately charging down the first hill to get a good lead with the front runners, Ben held his strong position throughout the race and with only 300m to go, managed to take over a some of the leaders to storm to the finish in 16th place. This is a fantastic achievement as only a handful of athletes in Galway have such a finishing position in cross country at an All-Ireland Championship. Ireland’s greatest distance athletes meet for these coveted positions. 


Following the All Ireland's Ben jetted off to New Zealand (during his transition year) to spend time with his Uncle and family. Taking full advantage of the mild climate he came back from NZ on fire!!! His newly improved running style coupled with his increased speed had him raring to take on the indoor track season. Unfortunately, he was only home a few days, when out for one of his many long cycles, he took a bad tumble from his bike. This left Ben unable to train for a good period. 

It wasn't long before Ben was up and running (literally).

His performances in Schools Athletics demonstrated his hard work getting back to training after his injuries where he placed 4th in the South Connacht Schools 1500m and 2nd place in the Connacht Schools Finals in the 3000m.

Ben then proceeded to dominate the Galway 5k series. Entering the series Ben had a PB of 17.32 mins. With almost 700 athletes registered for this event he ran his first race in Ballybrit Racecourse storming into a finishing time of 16.51 in 2nd place, taking almost a minute off his original PB.


Below are some of Ben’s times and positions over this series:

Ballybrit:      16.21 (2nd Place)

Craughwell:  16.42 (2nd Place)

Loughrea:     17.55 (10th Place- Ben was a little tired this evening)

Athenry:       16.37 (3rd place).


As if all the above achievements were not enough for this talented runner, Ben decided to give mountain running a go. With little fuss and chat about the race (which we have learned is “his style”), Ben entered a Mountain Running Competition hosted by the Irish Mountain Running Association (IMRA).

IMRA: the governing body of the sport of Mountain Running in Ireland. It is affiliated through the Athletic Association of Ireland (AAI) to the World Mountain Running Association of (WMRA) for the purposes of competing in International Events.

Running as a junior male Ben for the first time in a mountain race, Ben had a tremendous race to come in second place, very close to the winner.

Ben describes his race; “the course was a technical one, 4.5km in distance with a 300m ascent and descent over rough terrain. This was my first mountain race and I didn't quite know what to expect! By halfway I had a comfortable lead but unfortunately after taking a wrong turn I lost my lead falling back to second place, I held this position to the end qualifying me for the international youth cup in Italy this year.”


The International World Mountain Championships are due to be held this coming Saturday 24th June in Cagliano del Capo, Italy.

Ben will have to run a distance of 4.7km with a climb of 580m in soaring temperatures.

We wish Ben every success in this event and will be eagerly waiting to hear his news after the race.

As a result of making this International Team, Craughwell AC presented Ben with a gift marking this success of achieving his first International vest in athletics.



Athletes Impress at the Connacht Track & Field Championships

Galway City Harriers - 18 June, 2017 - 22:37

GCH athletes were in top form at the Connacht Championships yesterday in Sligo.   There were some terrific performances on the day where multiple Connacht titles were won by the Club’s athletes.  It is heartening to see so many qualifiers for the 2017 National Championships in July.  A big thank you to all the officials who organised the event on the day.

It was  a  remarkable day for Darragh Jennings who won 4 Gold medals in the U14 Boys Category over a variety of  events.  He commenced the day with Gold in the 4 X 100m relay with team mates Luke Daehler, Sean Duggan and Danny O’Toole .   Darragh threw 11.72m to win the Shot Putt  and 29.86 to win the Discus.  He later went on to win the 800m in 2.18. 

Emma Moore took home 3 Gold medals.  She produced a superb time of 2.18 in the U14 Girls 800m.  She won the 80m in 10.84 and then went  on to win the 200m in 27.4. 

GCH had a number of double gold winners on the day.  Jack Dempsey won the U19 Boys 100m and 200m.  Kacper Poniatowski won the U18 boys 100m & 200m. Lydia Doyle won the U18  Girls 100m Hurdles and  100m.  Laoise Geraghty won the U17 Girls 400m & 800m.  Seren O’Toole  won the U16 Girls 250m Hurdles and the 200m.  Robert McDonnell won the U16 Boys 100m & 200m.  Luke Daehler won the U14 Boys Long Jump and 200m and was 2nd in the 100m. 

Other Connacht title winners were  Aoife Sheehy who won the U18 Girls 400m hurdles and took silver in the 400m.  Laura Nally won the U18 Girls 400m, was 2nd in both the 100m & 200m. Diego Brule won the U18 Boys 400m hurdles and was 2nd in 110m hurdles.   Eimear Rowe won the U15 Girl 800m and was 2nd in 200m. Eoghan Jennings won the U16 Boys Pole Vault and was 2nd in both the discus and 250m hurdles.  Aaron Brennan won the U17 Boys 800m.

Other multiple medal winners were Jonathan McGrath who took home 3 medals , he was 2nd in 100m, and 3rd in both the 100m hurdles and 200m, Darren Costello won silver in the U18 Boys 100m & 200m.  Luke O’Shaughnessy took bronze in both U19 Boys 100m & 200m. Dennis Onuoha was 2nd in  the U17 Boys  200m, and 3rd in 100m.  Rita Lahoe took  2nd in U18 Girls 100m hurdles Thomas McStay  was  2nd in U18 Boys 1500m,  Gary Martyn 3rd in 2,000m steeplechase,   Barry Murphy 3rd in U18 Boys 800m,  Eanna Folan 3rd U19 boys 800m, Niall Breathnach 3rd U15 Boys 200m. Sinead Duggan was just outside the medals in 4th but qualifies for the Nationals in the U15 Girls for both the long jump and 100m and Danny O’ Toole qualifies in the U14 Boys 200m.

There were a number of fine performances from other athletes who participated on the day.  Gillian McGrath 5th U14 girls 800m , Joanna Healy 7th in U14 Girls 200m , the girls U14 relay were 7th ( Eadoin Halligan, Nicole Quirke, Blathnaid Molloy and Gillian McGrath), Riona King 5th in U16 Girls Shot Putt, Colma Ni Cheidigh 7th in U16 Girls 800m, Eabha Geraghty 7th U16 Girls 200m, Darrragh Ward 6th U17 Boys 800m, Oisin Reaney 8th U16 Boys 200m, Mary Duggan 8th U17 girls 100m, Rosa Mooney 9th U17 Girls 100m and Dylan Corr 6th U18 boys 200m, Cian Duffy 7th U15 Boys 100m.

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Fantastic Performances at Connachts Day 2

Craughwell AC - 18 June, 2017 - 13:54

U18 Girls – Connacht 4x100m Relay Gold and Silver Medalists 2017
Shauna Tobin, Laura Cunningham Aoife Walsh, Lorraine Delaney, Ciana Reidy, Siona Lawless, Arlene Earls, Caoilin Milton

45 athletes from the club made the trip back to Sligo IT yesterday for day 2 of the Connacht Track & Field Championships with some fantastic success for the club on a warm humid day in Sligo. The day kicked off with the U18 Girls 4x100m relay where the club had 2 teams in action – first time ever that the club had 2 teams in action in this grade. The teams were evenly balanced and put in fantastic runs to take first and second place in times of 54.13 and 54.94 with the team of Aoife Walsh, Arlene Earls, Shauna Tobin and Laura Cunningham taking the silver medals and the team of Caoilin Milton, Ciana Reidy, Lorraine Delaney and Siona Lawless taking the gold medals. 

It was a busy early start to the day for the U18s some of whom were competing in triple jump and pole vault at the same time. Laura Cunningham put in a good series of jumps into the wind in the triple jump with a best of 10.42m to take the Connacht title with Aoife Walsh in second place with a best of 9.00m. Aoife also tackled the pole vault for the first time putting in a remarkable series of jumps to clear a best of 2.05m. It was a brilliant day also for Ciana Reidy in the pole vault adding significantly to her PB with a best of 2.65m to win the Connacht title.

Timetable for Connacht Championships- Saturday 17th June 2017

Galway City Harriers - 16 June, 2017 - 10:01

The timetable of events for Saturday's Connacht Championships is on our GCH Juvenile FB page as follows...


Note there is one page covering track and another covering field events. 

Categories: Member NoticesSenior RacingJuvenile News

Dublin Marathon 2017

Galway City Harriers - 14 June, 2017 - 21:49

National Marathon Championships 2017
This year's SSE Airtricty Dublin Marathon is expected to sell out over the coming weeks. If you wish to enter this year's National Marathon Championships please enter NOW to avoid dissapointment!

Registration Link: http://sseairtricitydublinmarathon.ie/enter-marathon/


Categories: Senior News

U9s to U13s in Top Form at Connachts

Craughwell AC - 11 June, 2017 - 23:15

Congratulations to all of our athletes on wonderful performances at day 1 of the Connacht Track & Field yesterday in Sligo IT where our U9s to U13s age groups took part. On a windy and sometimes wet day, there were some marvellous performances, plenty of PBs and hopefully everyone enjoyed taking part regardless of where they finished. The standard of athletics at regional level is very high so all of our athletes should be proud of their achievement in getting this far. And best of luck to the many qualifiers from the club for the All-Irelands. The top 3 pairs in the U9, U10 and U11 age groups go forward to the All-Irelands to be held in Tullamore on Satueday 24 June, as do the top 3 relay teams in those age groups. The program for the day for the All-Irelands is on the AAI website.

In the U12 and 13 age groups, the top 3 athletes in the 600m races and the top 4 athletes in all the other individual events go forward to the All-Irelands to be held on 8, 9 and 16 July in Tullamore. Program for those days is on the AAI fixture list while the relays for the U12 and 13s take place on 2nd July in Athlone.

Results of our athletes finishing in the top 4 in the Connachts are as follows:-


U13 Girls

600m 3 Clodagh O'Meara (1.57.29)
High Jump 2 Jade Moorhead (1.38)
Long Jump 3 Jade Moorhead (4.01)
Javelin 1 Aoibhe Fahy (18.27), 3 Millie Geraghty (17.59)
Shot Putt 2 Aoibhe Fahy (7.68)
4x100m 4 Craughwell 59.65 (Erin Kelly, Jade Moorhead, Clodagh O'Meara, Fauve Aylmer, sub Alicia Locteau)

U13 Boys

Hurdles 2 Evan Hallinan 10.74, 3 Cian Lavan 11.57, 4 Odhran Gilligan 11.73
High jump 1 Evan Hallinan (1.40), 2 Cian Lavan (1.35); 
Long jump 2 Evan Hallinan (4.32), 4 Cian Lavan (4.10)
4x100m 2 Craughwell 57.36 (Ryan O'Donnell, Evan Hallinan, Odhran Gilligan, Cian Lavan


U12 Girls

60m 2 Niamh Duffy 9.20
60m Hurdles 2 Chloe Hallinan 12.27
Long Jump 1 Chloe Hallinan (3.76), 3 Grace Lynch (3.65)
Turbo Javelin 2 Jenny Cloonan (12.75)
Shot Putt 1 Niamh Duffy (6.85)
4x100m 1 Craughwell 59.77 (Grace Keaveney, Niamh Duffy, Grace Lynch, Chloe Hallinan)

U12 Boys

60m 4 Evan Moran 9.85
60m Hurdles 1 Evan Moran 11.15
600m 3 Eddie Silke (1.55.39)
Long Jump 1 Conor Gilligan (3.99), 4 Evan Moran (3.67)
High Jump 4 Conor Gilligan (1.20)


U11 Girls

60m 4 Ella Farrelly/Evie Culhane (9.81/10.08)
600m 3 Sara Craven/Sophie McIlrath (2.12.73/2.07.40)
Long Jump 2 Ella Farrelly/Jessica Ross (3.57/3.31)
Turbo Javelin 2 Tara Keane/Mollie Gilligan (15.93/14.90)
4x100m 4 Craughwell 63.44 (Tara Keane, Mollie Gilligan, Sophie McIlrath, Ella Farrelly)

U11 Boys

Long Jump 3 Darragh Kelly/Sean Lavan (3.21/3.61)

U10 Girls

500m 2 Kelly Hallinan/Katelyn Walsh (1.43.87/1.48.18)
Long Jump 2 Katelyn Walsh/Emma O'Donovan (3.10/3.52)
4x100m 3 Craughwell 67.21

U10 Boys

60m 2 Ben Moran/Dara Zimmerer (9.68/9.96)
500m 3 Keelan Moorhead/Alex Ryan (1.45.47/1.54.25)
Long Jump 1 Ben Moran/Dara Zimmerer (3.49/3.62), 2 Sean Hoade/Dean McNally (3.48/3.23)
Turbo Javelin 3 Sean Hoade/Joseph O'Dwyer (14.13/12.70)
4x100m 1 Craughwell 63.80

U9 Girls

Long Jump 1 Saoirse O'Donnell/Lauren Morgan (2.76/3.28)

U9 Boys

60m 3 Tom Malone/Eanna Morrissey (10.49/10.48)
Turbo Javelin 4 Daniel Farrelly/Paul Keaveney (9.38/6.92)
4x100m 4 Craughwell 69.95

Full results of the day are available here.

Ava, Richard & Shane take Gold at the U9 - U13 Connacht Championships

Galway City Harriers - 11 June, 2017 - 21:15

GCH athletes had a very successful and enjoyable day out at the Connacht Championships in Sligo IT yesterday despite the wet and windy conditions.

Ava McKeon was in formidable form at the championships taking home 4 medals on the day demonstrating great ability over a range of events.  Ava won the U13 Girls Hurdles and the 600m  (1.49) .  Later she followed this up with a silver medal in the 80m sprint in a time of 9.56.  At the start of the day Ava anchored the 4 x 100m relay team to bronze medals with team mates Kelsey Wall, Anna Lee,  Isabella Burke and Rachel Fahy.   Isabella Burke had a fine performance to pick up the Silver medal in the U13 Girls 600m just behind Ava in a time of 1.54.  Rachel Fahy also had a good run in the 600m coming home with the 6th best time overall (2.01).  Kelsey Wall did well to make the final of the 60m sprint finishing 6th in a highly competitive field. 

Richard McGrath and Shane Meagher teamed up to take Gold in the U11 Boys 60m with Richard running 9.56 and Shane 9.8.   They now go forward as a team to the National Championships  to take place later this month.

Juno Hayes and Elisa Jaime Stapleton teamed up to take bronze medals in the U10 Girls 60m, they had the same joint time as the silver medallists. They also qualify as a team for the upcoming  National Championships.

Mike Hussey ran superbly in the U12 Boys 600m just missing out on the medals coming home 4th in a great time of 1.56.  Louisa Hussey & Elisa Jaime Stapleton took 6th in the U10 girls 600m teamed pairs.  Mia Craughwell was impressive also finishing 9th overall in the U12 Girls 600m in a great time of 2.06.  Isabelle Fitzpatrick just missed qualifying for the U12 Girls 60m in her first ever race for the club.  She also finished 12th in the Long jump.  Kayla McKeon just missed out on the finals of the hurdles but came 16th in the U12 Girls  long jump and Clodagh Quirke was 19th in the same event.  Mollie Reaney and Jodie Quirke finished 9th overall in the turbo Javelin.  Renato Brule finished 26th in the U12 Boys long jump and also took part in the U12 boys relay with Jack Ryan, Ronan Duggan & Richard McGrath. The U11 Boys relay team with Richard McGrath, Ronan Dugan, Shane Meaghar & Kevin Halligan finished 4th overall.

Please see the full results attached below.


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Brian Staunton RIP

Craughwell AC - 11 June, 2017 - 12:32

The club would like to offer its heartfelt condolences to one if its juvenile members Emily Staunton and her brother Eoin who is a former member of the club and to their mum Jenny and extended family on the death of their dad Brian at the weekend. Funeral arrangements Monday/Tuesday are at rip.i.e. Emily trains in our U13 training group and as a mark of respect tomorrow nights Monday U13 training session is cancelled.

Upcoming races

Galway City Harriers - 10 June, 2017 - 20:39


Tomorrow, Sunday: Clifden 10KM

Next Thursday: Killeeneen 5KM

Next Saturday: Bullaun 8KM

Next Sunday: Annaghdown 10KM

Next Saturday week: Athenry 5KM & Half (incorporating the Galway AAI Half Marathon Championship - please ensure that you are a fully registered member of your local club for 2017 for consideration here)


Categories: Senior News

Galway Track and Field Day 2 Results

Galway City Harriers - 9 June, 2017 - 08:04
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Results are attached from Day 2 of the Galway Senior/Masters Track and Field Championships for 2017 . A very entertaining evening of athletics saw  Gary Thornton of GCH put on an exhibition of distance running to win the County 5000m in a fast time  of 14.42, with Keith Fallon , just returned from US scholarship, second in 15.04, and Brian Murphy of Ennis Track third in 16.38 . Siobhan Lee of GCH took victory  in the Ladies 3000m in 10.40 after a great battle with Grainne Ni Uallachain, with Aine O Farrell of Athenry AC third. Peter O Sullivan of Craughwell AC stormed home in a time of 2.44 , to win the 1000m race ahead of Cillian Jordan and Barry Murphy  both of GCH in second and third . 

Many thanks to PJ Coyle, Matt Lockett, Noeleen and Joanna Healy for organising on the evening and to Eamonn Hornibrook for providing the sound and music ! 

Categories: Senior Results

Upcoming Track & Field reminders

Galway City Harriers - 8 June, 2017 - 11:44
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NB: Connaught T&F entry will close on Friday 9th June. (Contact club secretary)

Saturday 17th June - Connaught Senior Track & Field, Sligo IT . Closing date for entry is Friday 9th June. (Current schedule/timetable attached below)

Sunday 25th June - AAI National League Round 1. (Closing date Fri.16th June)

Saturday 1st July – National Junior & u23 Championships, Tullamore. (Closing date Fri.23rd June)

Sunday 2nd July – National Masters T&F Championships, Tullamore. (Closing date Fri.23rd June)

Saturday / Sunday 22nd and 23rd July – National Senior T&F, Morton Stadium. (Closing date 14th July)

Sunday 30th July – National League Round 2

Contact the secretary for entry to above T&F and for any information on upcoming events.

[email protected]          or Mags at 087 9234224

Categories: Member NoticesSenior Athletes

Volunteer at the Streets of Galway 8KM

Galway City Harriers - 7 June, 2017 - 19:42

Some typical tasks that our race day volunteers carry out include:       

- staffing the race pack collection desk over race weekend;

- preparing the race route including the start/finish areas;

- acting as race marshals along the race-route;

- handing out water to participants at the 5K mark in Salthill (Rockbarton Road) and at the finish line on Nimmo's Pier in the Claddagh;

- clean-up afterwards.

Note - you do not have to be a member of host club Galway City Harriers AC to help out. Please contact [email protected] or [email protected] for more details.


Categories: Streets of Galway

Training Plans launch for the Streets of Galway 8KM

Galway City Harriers - 7 June, 2017 - 18:50

The biggest road race in the West of Ireland is fast approaching when over 3000 runners take to the Galway Streets.
Have you ever dreamt or wanted to run but thought I cant or I dont have the fitness.
Well we have put together simple 2 month training plans for the beginner and for the more experienced runner who will be aiming for a 40 minute time.
Come to Westside Library at 6.30pm on Monday June 12th and we will give you all the details. Event is free.

Categories: Training for the Streets

GCH athletes produce top class performances at the 2017 All Ireland Schools Championships

Galway City Harriers - 5 June, 2017 - 16:24

At the highly competitive All Ireland Schools Championships GCH athletes took home 5 medals.

Cillín Greene achieved two European Junior qualifying standards at the All Ireland Schools Championships in Tullamore on Saturday.  He  ran 10.70 in the 100m in a photo finish with Mark Smyth, with Smyth taking gold, with both athletes awarded the same time .  A couple of  hours later Cillín ran 21.68 in the 200m to take silver once again to Mark Smyth in the Senior boys race. 

Bryan Ndego cleared 1.90m in the Senior Boys High Jump to claim joint silver with Craughwell's Jerry Keary.  It was great to see Bryan back in action after struggling with injury for most of last season.

Eoghan Jennings took silver in the Junior Boys Pole Vault, jumping 2.75m in wet conditions.   Eoghan also competed in the Discus where he finished 10th overall.

Seren O’ Toole  won bronze in the Inter Girls 300m hurdles in a new pb of 44.8 taking almost 4 seconds off  her previous best time.  Seren later went on to compete in the 200m where she  finished 6th in 26.66.

Jack Dempsey was awarded Connacht ' Outstanding Male Athlete' for 2017 for his performance at the Connacht Schools Championships in the Senior Boys 100m. He was presented with the cup on the day.  Jack ran a superb time of 10.89 sec in the Senior Boys race 100m race where he finished 4th in one of the most competitive races of the day.

Diego Brule finished 4th in an exciting finish of the Inter Boys 400m hurdles where he took almost 3 seconds of his pb to finish in 57.83.   Laura Nally finished 5th in the Senior Girls 400m race, Gordon O’Connor 6th in the Senior Boys 2,000m steeplechase, Aoife Sheehy 7th in Senior Girls 400m hurdles,  Laoise Geraghty 7th in the Inter Girls 300m, Lydia Doyle 7th in a new pb of 12.48 in the Senior Girls 100m, Aaron Brennan 7th in the Inter Boys 1,500m, Cillian Jordan and Barry Murphy were 7th and 9th in the Junior Boys 1,500m, Eimear Rowe 9th in the Junior girls 800m and Eanna Folan 10th in the Senior Boys 1,500m.

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Great Performances in Ballinderrin

Craughwell AC - 5 June, 2017 - 16:22

Kyle Moorhead and Finbarr McFadden
Silver and gold medalists in the U16 Boys 1500m at the Galway Community Games Finals

The customary June bank holiday trip to Ballinderrin arrived again yesterday with the 2017 Galway Community Games finals. In its 2nd year of the 1-day format, it’s a far more suitable format as I think participation suffered in previous years if people had to give up their full holiday weekend.

Athletes from the club and from the parish had another wonderful day out, none more so that Finbarr McFadden who powered to victory in the U16 1500m in his final year of Community Games with Kyle Moorhead a strong second only a day after running a 2.11 PB in the 800m at the Irish Schools Track & Field finals.

For Finbarr, his victory wraps up many years of consistency in the Galway Community Games finals placing 5th in the U10 200m in 2011 and winning bronze in the U10 mixed relay the same year, a finalist in the U12 600m in 2012, silver in the U12 600m in 2013, gold in the U13 mixed relay in 2014 and 7th in the U14 800m, silver in the U14 boys relay in 2015 and 5th in the U14 800m, bronze in the U16 1500m in 2016 and now gold in the U16 1500m in 2017. Great to see the individual gold after such consistency in previous years.

Also in the U16 grade, James Furey won silver in the discus while Chloe Casey took the gold medal in the U16 Girls discus and Ryan Gallagher took gold in the U16 Boys High Jump and Aleisha Larkin took a brilliant gold medal in the U16 Girls 100m. In the U15 mixed relay, the Craughwell team of James Furey, Robert Urquhart, Ava Finn, Aoife Kelly and sub Emma Jane Moran won the silvers, just narrowly missing out on the gold medals.

Jade Moorhead and Ava Finn
Bronze and Gold Medalists in the U14 Long Jump at the Galway Community Games

In the U14 grade, Ava Finn leaped to the Galway title in the long jump while Jade Moorhead had some fine jumps t take bronze in the same event. Fauve Aylmer was unlucky to finish just outside the medals when taking 4th place in the U14 Girls 800m. But Fauve was on a high from an hour earlier when in the U13 mixed relay, the Craughwell team of Ryan McDonnell, Fauve, Jade Moorhead, Evan Hallinan and sub Erin Kelly powered to victory in their 4x100m to claim the Galway title. Rebecca Lynch made it a good day in the U14 grade victory in the U14 Girls javelin. The U14 80m Hurdles saw some fantastic performances with Siofra Davis taking 4th place by less than a metre from the bronze medallist and in the boys race, Conor Hoade (Clarinbridge) took a narrow victory ahead of Robert Urquhart in 2nd place and Evan Hallinan taking 4th place just a metre from the medals.

Craughwell's Mixed U15 4x100m Relay Team - Silver Medalists
Robert Urquhart, Ava Finn, James Furey, Aoife Kelly

Craughwell's Mixed U13 4x100m Relay Team - Galway Champions 2017

In the U12 grade, Niamh Duffy and Sarah Byrne had a series of splendid runs to make the final with Niamh just missing out on the podium with 4th place in the final and Sarah unlucky to get a bad start in the final and take 7th place. Tara Morgan and Adam Jordan came very close to the medals with each placing 4th in the U12 ball throw. The U12 boys placed 4th in the semi-final of the u12 4x100m with their of Evan Moran, Jamie Collins, Adam Jordan, Cormac Mc Fadden and sub Darragh Kelly. In the U12 600m Evan Moran and Cormac McFadden placed 5th and 7th in the heats and Evan went on to put in a fine run to place 5th in the final.

In the U10 age group, the mixed relay team of Lauren Morgan, Kelly Hallinan, Ben Moran, Paul Barry and subs Katlyn Walsh and Jason Greaney placed 3rd in the heats. Lauren and Jason placed 4th and 5th in the heats of the 100m sprints. Katelyn and Paul battled hard in the heats of the 200m but didn’t progress further while Keelan Moorhead made it out of the heats and semis into the final where he placed 5th. In the U10 60m hurdles Kelly Hallinan made it into the final where she placed 6th while Ben Moran won his heat and suffered the misfortune of slipping at the very start of the final and ended up placed 5th in the final. Sean Hoade (Clarinbridge) had a super run in the final to take the silver medal.

And in the U8 grade, there was plenty of excitement with Alan Hallinan taking the bronze medal in the final of the U8 60m and Callum McMahon placing 5th in the U8 80m final. Remy Aylmer had a fine run to make it through to the semis of the U8 80m.

Chloe and Jerry Medal at the Irish Schools T&F

Craughwell AC - 3 June, 2017 - 22:05

Chloe Casey, St Raphaels Loughrea
Silver Medalist in the Intermediate Girls Shot Putt
at the Irish Schools Track & Field in Tullamore

On a blustery day in Tullamore with a few heavy showers to contend with, a dozen or more athletes from the club were in action in the finals of the Irish Schools Track & Field. These championships are generally regarded as the top level of juvenile athletics in the country with schools throughout Ireland north and south well represented.

Jerry Keary and Chloe Casey (both of St Raphael’s) led the way with impressive silver medals in the senior high jump and intermediate girls shot putt. Chloe heaved the 3kg shot putt out to 13.07m in her first year in the intermediate grade to continue her fine run of National medals. Jerry soared over 1.90m for a first-time clearance but ran into trouble at 1.95m in the sometimes windy conditions and had to settle for joint silver which he shared with GCH’s Bryan Ndego representing Sligo Grammar – great to see 2 Galway athletes medaling at the highest level in the same event.

Laura Cunningham had to contend with a torrential downpour during the warmup for the senior girls triple jump and did exceptionally well to record a strong 10.43m jump in the difficult conditions which took 6th place. Earlier Ciana Reidy and Laura placed 5th and 7th in the senior high jump with both athletes clearing 1.50m in blustery conditions and Ciana placing just ahead on countback. Ciana also jumped well in the senior pole vault, exiting at 2.40m which would have been a PB. Arlene Earls placed 9th in the senior girls 800m with 2.38.10 while Ben Garrard went close to going under the magical 2 minutes with a 2.01.02 time to place 7th in the Senior Boys 800m.

In the intermediate grade, Leanagh Gilligan and Eva Whyte placed 10th and 11th in the long jump with bests of 4.73m and 4.68m while both athletes also jumped well in difficult conditions in the triple jump with bests of 9.73m for Leanagh and 9.25m for Eva. Oisin Lyons ran strongly in the opening lap of the intermediate 800m before fading a little on the home straight of the final lap to take 9th in a time of 2.05.20. Kyle Moorhead notched another second off his PB when taking 9th place in the junior 800m in a time of 2.11.85. Garvin Surlis was a little down on his huge PB from the Connachts but nonetheless leaped an impressive 5.12m in the junior boys long jump, his second competition over the 5m mark.

Summer Camp 2017

Craughwell AC - 2 June, 2017 - 17:41

Well Summer is here and we appear to be getting the temperatures to confirm it is indeed Summer in Galway. Secondary schools are closed to non exam students and the rest are surrounded by piles of books for those last few days of studying.

All our primary schools will be finishing up before we know where we are and what then????? -- weeks of boredom. We can alleviate that and break the monotony. Are you looking for an activity break? Are you a member of an athletics club? If not then come along and see what you are missing. Club members (from any club) why not bring along a new friend - this may be the sport they having been looking for.

We are FIT4FUN and would love you all to come and join us. We have fun, games and you can learn new events. Already know things? then maybe you would like to get some more experience and improve your skills and techniques. Camp is run by qualified coaches and experienced older athletes who are ready and willing to share their knowledge and expertise with you and still enjoy a good laugh along the way.

The Summer Camp will be held on two different weeks over the summer break and we cater for children from Junior infants to 6th class. It runs from 9.30am -2pm daily. 

July 17th - 21st

Aug 7th -11th 

Flyers were distributed to local national schools in the past two weeks. They can also be requested directly from me. Drop an email to [email protected] 

Looking forward to two great weeks of Fun and learning and hopefully lots of sun 



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