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20 Jan 1985 - Sun, Ulster Senior Derry

06 Feb 1985 - Wed, Post Primary Schools Indoors Track & Field Donegal Town

13 Feb 1985 - E District Ulsters Schools Cross Country Championships, Omagh

17 Feb1985 - Ulster Schools & Vets 5k Cross Country Championships, Stranorlar

23 Feb1985 - Ulster Schools Cross Country Championships, Mallusk

24 Feb 1985 - SDH 5k Series Ballyshannon

10 Mar 1985 - All Ireland Schools Cross Country Championships

10 Mar 1985 -SDH 5k Series Bundoran

16 Mar 1985 - USC Road Relays, Monaghan

17 Mar 1985 - JB Logue 10M Road Race, Strabane

31 Mar 1985 - SDH 5k Series, Donegal

24 Aug 1985 - South Donegal Harriers won 'B' Division at National League Final in Santry




15 Aug 1985 - Ardara Festival 10k Road Race





31 Mar 1985 - Donegal 5k Road Race





15 March 1985 - Siobhan Gallagher, Athlete of Ability

Archive Oliver Thomas Snr

Donegal Democrat dated 15 March 1985

Siobhan Gallagher once again demonstrated her undoubted ability at the 'Irish Schools Cross Country Championships' in Dublin on Saturday last. She proved that she is a girl for the big occasion having only taken third spot in the Ulster tests yet improved to second in the decider.

She has now represented her country on a number of occasions, the last time just before Christmas. She has also a number of BLOE medals to her credit which she has won over the past few years. Seldom if ever has she been outside the top three in her races over the past few years and that is a record that very few achieve. She is a most dedicated athlete and is coached by Pat McManus who is a teacher at her school. It was Pat that also got her involved in the sport. Her parents give her great encouragement and are seen at most meetings throughout the country. Perhaps if more parents showed the same interest in their children we would have more young athletes still competing in the sport after their juvenile days are over.

Pic: Siobhan Gallagher, Ballyshannon, seen here in action with 600m to go in the Irish Schools Cross Country Championships final last Saturday in Dublin. Siobhan finished a great 2nd from Sonia O'Sullivan, Cork, also in the picture.




15 March 1985 - Irish Vestd for Siobhan Gallagher and Kevin O'Donnell

Archive: Oliver Thomas Snr

Donegal Democrat dated 15 March 1985

Siobhan Gallagher Sacred Heart Convent, Ballyshannon and Kevin o'Donnell, GweedoreCommunity School will be included on the 'Irish Schools Cross Country Team' for the forthcomming' Home International' against Scotland, Wales and England. By Virtue of finishing a brilliant 2nd in the 'All Ireland Schools Cross Country Finals' in Dublin on Saturday, Siobhan gains automatic selection.

Kevin o'Donnell filled 6th spotin the Intermediate Boys u17 and also gains automatic selection in that event. The first eight in each were selected.

Carndonagh Community School also shared in the glory by winning the Senior Girls team event and Belinda McCardle, St. Columbas had another good run to take 4th place Junior Girls.




15 March 1985 - Kevin O'Donnell at the Intermediate Schools Cross Country Finals in Dublin

Archive: Oliver Thomas Snr

Donegal Democrat dated 15 March 1985


Kevin O'Donnell who runs for Rosses AC but attends Gweedore Comprehensive School proved that there is no substitute for experience. This sturdy 16 year old, who represented Ireland two years ago when the International was for the U15 age group, but has since been changed to U17, used all his strength to stay with the breakaway group who went of at a fast pace on the bone hard flat surface.

David Wilson, St John Bosco also went with this early pace but soon paid the penalty as he dropped gradually back into the pack and eventually dropped out of the race altogether. A bout of flu incurred by the talented Donegal lad a week or two previously probably didn't help his cause.

Roy McGettigan also had his problems. He missed a couple of weeks training with a leg injury which didn't clear up. Yet the Lifford lad had the tenacity to finish the race although suffering great pain.

While Wilson and Mcgettigan had their problem, O'Donnell was relishing the going out front with the leaders. Another athlete to fall by the wayside with the grueling pace was the talented Tipperary athlete, Mullaney who had been virtually unbeaten in any race for the past few years. This was a surprise as Mullaney was the pre-race favourite.

Sean McGinty who coaches O'Donnell was highly pleased with his charge who came through the 5500m event with a magnificent 6th place which will give him his 2nd International Schools Vest which is quite an achievement indeed.




10 Mar 1985 - Bundoran 5k





01 Mar 1985 - Ulster Schools Final at Mallusk

Malusk is a beautiful Cross country Coarse. However last Saturday it was windy and this tended to redress the balance somewhat in favour of the true cross country runner. This is only fair I suppose since many noted cross country runners have to endure a long summer while the speed merchants have their say.

In the Intermediate boys race Davy Wilson of Larne was the most impressive cross country runner of his age that I have see in years. He was strong and tough and the wind didn't seem to make the slightest difference to him. Behind him Kevin O'Donnell of Gweedore and David Wilson from the Abbey Vocational School Donegal fought a great duel for 2nd place, with O'Donnell proving the stronger over the last lap. However, young David who has only appeared on the scene this year showed great class and a good head. Time is on his side.

In the Intermediate girls race, Christine Lynch of St. Louis Monaghan took off from the start and was never headed. She was joined up front for a while by Lisa Duffy with Siobhan Gallagher of 'Sacred Heart Convent Ballyshannon' 3rd. Siobhan made a concerted effort on the last lap to catch and pass Duffy. However, achieving this took its toll and Duffy was able to prevail again over the last few hundred metres. For Siobhan it was another good race, keeping up her five year tradition of never finishing far from the front in an Ulster Schools Final.

Meanwhile just behind, Philomena Gallagher was having one of her best ever races. She came through the field strongly to finish 5th, gaining in confidence as she went along. Sacred Heart Convent Ballyshannon could not produce a team on the day so for the first time in four years did not win the title.

In the junior race Majella Ferguson of 'Sacred Heart Convent Ballyshannon' finished 25th while Rena Brogan of the 'Abbey Vocational Donegal' was 28th. This was impressive in a very competitive age group. Ann Gallagher of Sacred Heart Convent Ballyshannon was 66th.

Martin O'Halloran of D La Salle was an excellent 14th in the junior race. Emmett Golden also of De La Salle finished in the middle of the field in the senior boys race. The 'All Ireland Schools Finals' takes place at St. Bendilus Collage, Dublin on Saturday March 9th.




24 Feb 1985 - Ballyshannon 5k





12 Jan 1985 - Sat, Home Counties International, Surrey

Next Saturday the 'Woman's Home Countries Cross Country Championships' will be held at Bexley in Surrey. It will be a historic day for Ballyshannon AC as they have two athletes on duty. Siobhan Gallagher will run for the Republic of Irelandwhile Philomena Gallagher is on the Northern ireland Team. Good luck to both girls.