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Lifford 5k Results

John J. Cannon     17.22

Vera Haughey      20.27.

A good night for racing, well organised and Pauric Mc Kinney broke the course record in a time of 14.59 (congratulations due). John Cannon was really pleased with his run over 40 seconds faster than Donegal Town 5K and  about 15 seconds faster than last years best time also achieved at Lifford.




Ulster Northern Track and Field Championship

Following on from her recent good form in the long jump, Mary McLoone travelled to the Mary Peters track in Belfast for the Ulster Northern Ireland Track and Field Championships held recently.  In blustery conditions Mary leaped out to an amazing 6.22m to win the long jump with some 30cm to spare over second placed Nike Ositodunrin of Edinburgh.  A personal best for Mary and the best jump by an Irish female athlete this year.  Unfortunately in the absence of a wind gauge this will not be recorded for record purposes and coming as it did just after the Irish team was selected for the European cup, Mary will miss out on selection.   Mary also continued her dominance of the ground jumps with victory in the triple jump with another consistent jump in excess of 12m.  Her 12.41m was over a metre clear of the second placed athlete.




Connaught Triathlon

Club athletes, Vincent Duffy and Tony Cummins turned their talents to the more testing triathlon over the weekend when competing in the Connaught triathlon in Mullaghmore on Saturday 17th.Both men adapted well to this demanding three-event discipline.  Finding the going tough in the 750m swim, Vinny and Tony biked well over the 20k and gained several places here.  The 5k run was where they excelled and here again valuable minutes were gained with Vinny crossing the line in 1hr 32 and Tony in 1hr 37.  Well done to both.

Vinny Duffy


Tony Cummins





Continuing on the road racing circuit, club athletes, John Cannon, Richard McCarthy and Gary Thomas travelled to Strabane on Saturday for an undulating 10k.  John continued his fine form with a good 38.15 while Richard had a tremendous run and crossed the line with a PB in 39.01.  Gary also in good form had a solid run in 39.59.  All were delighted with their performances.





A very successful social evening was had by all on Friday night in Madden’s Bridge Bar, with good food and craic well into the night.  Thank you to Marcella and the social committee for a well-organised evening.




Adidas Irish Runner 5 Mile

A bus is being organised to travel to the Adidas Irish Runner 5 mile in the Phoenix Park on Sunday July 09th and anyone interested in securing a seat please inform Paddy within the next week.




Dublin City Marathon

Yes, even though October may seem far away at the minute, it is time to consider if you want to walk or run in the Adidas Dublin City Marathon on the bank holiday weekend. A meeting will take place in Dorrian’s Hotel, Ballyshannon on Monday 26th at 8.00pm sharp to kick start this year’s campaign. Anyone interested in either walking or running the full marathon, (26.2 miles) are asked to attend or to inform Bernie McNeely, Tony Cummins, Pól O’Loughlin or Paddy Donoghue of their intentions to take part.  Hope to see you all.




Social & Training

The social committee have organised an evening out on Friday 16th and all club members are invited.  The evening will begin with a meal and some wine and will continue with some socialising… The evening will begin at approx 7.00pm in Maddens, the Bridge Bar, Bundoran, in the upstairs restaurant and you are asked to confirm your appearance before lunchtime on the Friday, as table space needs to be confirmed. Training continues at the usual places and times with the next track session to take place on Sunday 18th at the IT track in Sligo to be there for 10.30am. Next up for some athletes will be the Buncrana 10k on Saturday 17th followed by the Lifford 5k on the 23rd.  The next track outing will be the AAI Junior and U-23 Championships in Tullamore on Sunday July 02.




Rotary 10k Enniskillen

Saturday the 10th saw the road racing action switch to Enniskillen for the annual Rotary 10k road race. This year’s race had a new route and one that seemed to suit all. On what was a warm, humid day saw some 475 athletes break the gun from the Lakeland Forum at 2.00pm with the first man back on the track in just under 32 minutes. Once again South Donegal Athletes were there in their numbers and came home with several prizes. Competing in the colours of Tír Chónaill AC, Marie Rooney won the MW45 in 44.43 with Jackie Harvey 3rd in the same category with 52.08. Also in the TC colours were Philomena Gallagher, 3rd in the MW35 with a good 45.21 and Vera Haughey 2nd in the MW40 category with a steady 45.37. This quartet made up the Tír Chónaill AC woman’s team who won the overall team prize.  Vincent Duffy was the sole TC man in action and was pleased with his 41.05. Picture L-R: Marie Rooney, Jackie Harvey, Philomena Gallagher & Vera Haughey.

Eight athletes from the new runners group and running in the Team North West Hospice colours were the unlucky fourth woman’s team, loosing out by the narrowest of margins.  In her first ever-10k road race, Elaine Farrell produced what was arguably the run of the day with a fifth place finish in the MW35 category with a superb 47.23.  Showing no sign of fatigue from the previous evenings exertions at the Donegal Town 5k, Caroline Spratt with an excellent 56.21, just edged ahead of her sister Jackie with an equally excellent 56.22.  Also showing no adverse reaction to the Donegal Town 5k were Bernie McNeely with another excellent run in 57.44 and Ann Donoghue with a great 58.02, just missing the fifty-eight minute barrier.  Completing the team were Marcella Heron with 60.03, Karen Gilmartin with 60.12 and Carol Roper with 67.41, excellent running in such warm conditions.  Well done to all.

Team North West




All Ireland National Relay Championship

The local senior athletic club, Tír Chónaill AC made the long trip to Navan on Sunday 11th for the AAI national relay championships and came home as top team overall with an outstanding team performance and an excellent individual performance from Geraldine Stewart who putted the shot out to 12.83m.  Geraldine and Ethna McLoone paired in the 2 x shot putt to record the club’s first win of the day in the competition.  The same pairing also bounded out to first place in the 2 x triple jump, while in the 2 x long jump, Ethna teamed up with her sister Mary McLoone to leap to another first team place for the club.  The club had two debutants compete in the track relays.  For Sinead O’Donnell and Shelley Roper this was the perfect ending to a busy, but productive week.  In the 3 x 800m relay, Shelly, Sinead and Michelle Harvey took silver medals with a gritty performance and being joined by Mary they followed this with another outstanding display of determined running to take second place in the 4 x 400m relay.




Donegal Town 5k

Friday evening the 09th saw the Donegal Road Racing Grand Prix bandwagon roll into Donegal Town with the Tirconaill Damp Proofing 5k and up to fifty athletes toeing the line at 7.30pm on the pier, on what was a warm and windy evening.  Several local athletes performed well on this their home turf. John Cannon of Tír Chónaill AC was once again to the forefront in sixth place overall in 18.05.  Local man Noel Thomas in 18.19 was second in the MM35 category.  Noel was followed across the line by a quatrain of Tír Chónaill AC athletes with Manus Peoples just failing to dip under the 19 mins with a 19.01.  Richard McCarthy close on the heels of Manus in 19.04 with Ballyshannon men, Michael Gallagher in 19.17 and Vincent Duffy in 19.54 following closely.  Club mate Pat Mc Manus completed the TC men’s contingent with a solid 22.34Local athletes were also to the fore in the women’s section with Teresa Mc Gloin from Kinlough and running in the Finn Valley AC colours in second place with 18.22.  Tír Chónaill’s Sinead O’Donnell, fresh from her midweek victory in the All Army 1500m championships in 5.19, finished in 4th place with 20.32 and battled it out with Shelley Roper in 5th on 20.33.  Donegal Town woman Vera Haughey was second in the MW40 category with a good 21.05 and was chased home by Ballyshannon woman and winner of the MW35 category in 21.15, Philomena Gallagher.  Jackie Harvey also running in the Tir Chónaill AC colours crossed the line in a solid 23.58 to take 1st place in the MW45 section.

Mens Winners


Ladies Winners


Richard McCarthy, Manus Peoples and Gary Thomas

Richard McCarthy, Manus Peoples and Gary Thomas


Vera Haughy & Philomena Gallagher

Vera Haughy & Philomena Gallagher

Several athletes new to the road running scene from the Ballyshannon / Bundoran area also took part and had enjoyable and worthwhile outing.  Gerard McCafferty with a steady 24.58 just edged ahead of Gerry Lally in 25.37.  The ever-improving Spratt sisters, with Caroline taking 2nd place in the MW35 category with a great 26.13 and Jackie with 26.47 having great runs.  Bernie McNeely with another steady run took 2nd place in the MW45 category with 27.29.  Ann Donoghue in 27.43 and Kevin O’Connor in 27.45 completed the local interest in the race.




Leinster Championships

Mary McLoone competing at the Leinster Championships on Sunday June 4th in Tullamore had a tremendous double in winning the long jump with a leap of 6.03m and bounding out to 12.57m in the triple jump.  Both these figures appear to be county bests for the events and should place Mary in line for Europa Cup selection.




Woman's Mini Marathon, Dublin

On Bank holiday Monday, June 05th, several athletes made the trip to Dublin and joined with up to 40000 others in the world’s largest all female race, the Woman’s Mini Marathon.  Philomena Gallagher was best placed with a 43.55 and followed home by Michelle Harvey in 44.30.  Vera Haughey was next in 46 min with Sharon Meehan in 49.20 followed by Jackie Harvey in 50.17.  Also taking part and from the club was Shelley Roper and Linda Ward but no times are available at present for them.




Other News

Competing in the army colours, club athlete Sinead O’Donnell had a busy two days mid week.  On the Tuesday 30th May she ran a 5k in a good 20.23 and on the Wednesday she competed and won the army ladies 1500m in 5.21, her first race over the distance and she was pleased with her time.Over the next week or so club athletes will be busy on a few fronts.  On Friday the 09th the Donegal Town 5k takes place with registration and changing at the Abbey school hall from 6.15pm on with the race at 7.30pm.  Then on the Saturday there is the Rotary 10k in Enniskillen with a 2.00pm start and Sunday the 11th will see some athletes travelling to Navan for the AAI Senior Relay Championships, a busy weekend for some.There will be a short club meeting in Donegal Town after the 5k-road race on Friday evening and those present are asked to attend.  The relays on Sunday along with the National league will be discussed as venues have now been decided for the first two rounds.  Training continues as normal in the usual places.




Drumhallagh 5k Results

This was a hilly course but also a well organized race, held in very good conditions. John Cannon 18.46 - did not get to grips with the course. Hopefully will have an improved outing next Friday on the home course. Manus Peoples 19.22 - Happy with his run.




First Sligo Track Training Session

Some of the Athletes who turned up for the first sligo track session




Graughwell 5k Galway

Also in action on the Wednesday evening in Craughwell, Galway was Sinead O ’Donnell who finished fourth senior lady in a tough 5k with a PB of 20.42.

20.42 Sinead O'Donnell SL 4th PB




Inter Firms 5k Letterkenny

Wednesday evening last the 23rd saw four club athletes toe the line for the Inter Firms 5k road race in Letterkenny.  This annual midweek race attracts large numbers and has grown into a major race over the years. Philomena Gallagher, going from strength to strength had another good run in finishing second in the MW35 category with a fine 20.15.  Vera Haughey in the MM40 category was close on the heels of Philomena, crossing the line in 20.17.  Club treasurer John Cannon dipped under the 17 minutes again with a solid 17.55, while club chairman Manus Peoples had a steady run in 19.13.  Both men were competing in the MM40 category. Club Placings:

17.55 John Cannon

19.18 Manus Peoples

20.15 Philomena Gallagher

20.16 Vera Haughey




AAI Games Irishtown, Dublin

There were two great performances from Mary McLoone at the AAI Games on Sunday 21st.  Mary won the Long jump with a PB of 5.91m and followed this with another PB when winning the triple jump in 12.40.  Great early season form from Mary. Geraldine Stewart putted the shot out to 12.19m for second place another great performance from Geraldine. Despite the swirling winds and incessant rain a number of excellent early-season performances were achieved at the AAI Games in the Irishtown Stadium, Dublin on Sunday 21st May. Confirming the good form shown recently in Italy where she ran a new personal best for the 400 metres ( 52.76 ) Joanne Cuddihy had a superb double in the 100 metres ( 11.67 W ) and 200 metres in 23.76 ( +1.5 ) moving her to 7th in the Irish all-time list. Rob Daly made a welcome comeback to competition with a fine win in the 200 metres in 21.54 which augurs well for his prospects later in the season over 400 metres. In the field events Mary McLoone had a double in the long jump ( 5.91 metres ) and the triple jump with 12.40 metres ( +1.8 ) . The latter performance could well be enough for selection to the European Cup team. In the shot Laura Cogan with 12.98 metres continues to impress while in the javelin Jennifer O’Sullivan had a narrow win over Laura Kerr.




All Ireland Bank track & Field

Club stalward Marie Rooney, competing in the colours of the Bank of Ireland at the All Ireland Banks Track and Field Championships in Kilkenny at the weekend had another very successful outing.  Marie, in events below her best distance, finished third in both the 800m and the 1500m and ensured that her team the b o I won the team title.




Ballyshannon 5k Roadrace

The main event of the past week for club athletes was the Ballyshannon 5k, part of the Donegal Grand Prix series.  There was a good turn out from the club and two personnel best were recorded on the night along with many improved performances from the corresponding race last year. Shelley Roper, just recovered from an ankle injury, had her best 5k race to date with a 19.19 and a third place finish in the senior ladies category.  Vera Haughey continues her fine recent form with a 20.02 and a second place in the MW category, while Philomena Gallagher, consistent as ever had a good third place in the MW in 20.48.  Good runs were also had by Linda Ward in 21.38; Jackie Harvey in 22.18 and Marie Rooney. In the men’s section John Cannon in 17.36 enjoyed this one.  Richard McCarthy in 18.24; Michael Gallagher with a huge PB in 18.45 and Paddy Donoghue in 18.59 were all happy to have dipped under the 19 minutes.  Vinny Duffy with 19.19 and Sean Cassidy with 19.40 were both pleased with their runs.  Club stalwart Pat McManus had a steady run in 21.44.   Tony Cummins in his first race since his exploits at the Boston marathon was happy with his 24.09. Both Tony and Vinny are currently in training for a triathlon later in the summer.

Sinead O’Donnell was also on the PB trail over the weekend. She finished fifth senior lady in a tough 10k road race in Galway on Saturday with a 42.11 run, an improvement of over one minute thirty on her previous best time for the distance.  Well done to all.

The club would like to wish Paul Ward a speedy recovery from recent surgery and we hope to see him back on the roads in the not too distant future.

A short club meeting took place after the race in Ballyshannon and a decision was made to order new club singlets, retaining the same colour scheme as the current ones.  Also it was agreed that the club would enter a ladies team for the track and field league this summer but that there was insufficient manpower in sprints and field events to enter a men’s team. The next meeting was arranged for Donegal Town on Friday June 09th after the Donegal Town 5k race.

Training continues as usual but with the Wednesday evening session reverting to Castlecaldwell for the remainder of the summer, with assembly in the car park at 6.45pm and training commencing at 7.00pm sharp.  A fortnightly track session is also being arranged at the IT track in Sligo on Sunday mornings, details next week.





University Track & Field Championship

Several club athletes were in action recently at the University track and field meeting and all posted good performances.  Sinead Peoples competing for the University of Ulster was 4th in a tough 400m hurdles and also a good 4th in the 1500m.  Sinead rounded off a good evening when the 4 x 400m University of Ulster team won the gold medal.  Michelle Harvey competing for University of Limerick was 4th in a competitive 800m while Emma O’Doherty competed in the multi events.





Northwest 10k Letterkenny 2006

The following club athletes competed at the North West 10k recently.  Paul Ward first in MM35-39 in an excellent 34.06 and sixth overall.  John Cannon 37.09 continuing his recent good form.  Richard McCarthy 39.44; Vinny Duffy 40.49; Michael Gallagher 41.30; Shelley Roper 42.35; Sean Cassidy 42.52; Vera Haughey 43.02; Philomena Gallagher 44.10; Linda Ward 45.37 and Jackie Harvey in 48.05.. Well done to all.

Time Name Category Club
34.06 Paul Ward mm35-39 Tir Chonaill AC
36.56 Noel Thomas mm35-39 Unattached
37.09 John Cannon mm40-49 Tir Chonaill AC
37.12 Ollie Thomas mm40-49 Unattached
39.44 Richard McCarthy mm40-49 Tir Chonaill AC
40.49 Vinnie Duffy mm35-39 Tir Chonaill AC
41.30 Michael Gallagher mm40-49 Tir Chonaill AC
42.35 Shelly Roper Senior W Tir Chonaill AC
42.52 Sean Cassidy mm40-49 Tir Chonaill AC
43.02 Vera Haughey mw40-44 Tir Chonaill AC
44.10 Philomena Gallagher mw35-39 Tir Chonaill AC
45.37 Linda Ward mw35-39 Tir Chonaill AC
48.05 Jackie Harvey mw45+ Tir Chonaill AC