Outstanding performances at National Indoor Championships in Nenagh

12th/13th April 2008


Young athletes from the St John Bosco/Tír Conaill Athletic Club had a very busy schedule over the weekend when the final section of the 'National Indoor Championships' took place at Nenagh. The fourth day of the National Indoors always attracts a huge supportive crowd, three qualified relay teams from each of the four provinces in the Under 12 to Under 19 age groups and lots of joy, excitement/atmosphere and a few disappointments.


The Clubs Under 13 Girls quartet of Kelly McGrory, Emma Brady, Kate McGowan and Karen Tracey were impressive winners of heat two - time 57.32secs.The event had three heats with the fastest four teams qualifying for the mid day final. Drawn in Lane 3 in the final, we witnessed what all neutral observers agree was the most exciting and closely fought race of the day. There was never more than a metre separating Dooneen, Limerick and the Donegal girls. As the final change over approached the noise level was deafening with Karen Tracey, SJB, holding a slender lead. In the race for the finish line Karen and the final Dooneen runner raced shoulder to shoulder with the Munster girl dipping and getting the verdict. Times- Dooneen 56.78secs, St John Bosco 56.92 secs, Craughwell 57.38secs. This was an outstanding performance from Kelly, Emma, Kate and Karen in winning their first Irish Relay medals. They have been competing together as a team for the last fifteen months and have finished 5th in last summers 'Irish Outdoor Championships', had the misfortune, when representing Donegal to drop a baton in the National Finals of the Community Games last August and more recently finished 3rd in the Scottish Indoor Championships at the Kelvin Hall, Glasgow.


Girls Under 13, 4 x 100m Silver Medal Winners in Nenagh

L-R: Emma Brady, Kelly McGrory, Karen Tracey and Kate McGowan


Under 13 Team and Parents

Back L-R: Anne McGowan, Mary McGrory, This Brady and Mary Tracey

Front L-R: Kate McGowan, Kelly McGrory, Emma Brady and Karen Tracey


The Clubs Under 17, 4 x 200m quartet of Aoife O'Connor, Louise Harvey, Kitty O'Kennedy and Amie Brogan have also had their share of success and disappointments during the last five years. They finished 2nd in heat three and qualified for the four team final as the fourth fastest team - time 1min 51.45secs. Less than 1.5 secs. Separated the four finalalist teams. Drawn in Lane 1 in the final they needed a big performance to get amongst the medals. They certainly responded aggressively and following a team change and some very impressive running and baton changing from Aoife, Louise and Amie, Kitty O'Kennedy found herself with a five metres lead entering the final 200metres circuit. The Mountcharles lass ran the race of her life. She still battled at the front as the race entered the final bend. With 60metres to go, Galway City Harriers took the lead and forcing Kitty to slow down and change stride pattern. As she regained her composure Dooneen came into second place. In a scramble for the finish line less than a second seperated the four teams.


Girls Under 17 and Under 13

Back L-R: Louise Harvey, Kitty O'Kennedy, Aoife O'Connor and Amie Brogan

Front L-R: Kate McGowan, Kelly McGrory, Emma Brady and Karen Tracey


Podium U17 Girls, 4 x 200m Presentation

L-R: Dooneen (2nd), Galway City Harriers (1st),

St John Bosco/TIr Chonaill AC (3rd)


Result G.C.H 1min 49.51secs; Dooneen 1min49.89secs St John Bosco 1min 50.33 secs and Kilkenny City Harriers 1min 50.43 secs. This was another outstanding performance from the Donegal girls.

The afternoon session started with the Girls U12, 4 x 100m heats. Aislin Doogan, Kate McGowan, Katie Hoad and Ruth Gillespie in their first National Finals went within 1.56secs of qualifying for the final. They finished a close third in heat two, the first two teams in their heat qualified for the final and must be very satisfied with their performance.


Under 12 Relay Team

L-R: Jackie Harvey (Coach), Kate McGowan, Ruth Gillespie,

Katie Hoad and Aslinn Doogan


The Club would like to congratulate all three teams and team coaches; to thank athletes and coaches for their time in preparation and training and now look forward to the summer competitions with much confidence. Finally it was great to see the support of so many parents in Nenagh on Sunday. The athletes and club coaches certainly appreciate your presence.


Clare and Emma Brady and Kelly McGrory join in animal

protection fund raising acitivity