Busy and Successful weekend for Tír Conaill AC Athletes Ulster Schools Finals Antrim Forum

17 May 2008


The Ulster Schools Track and Field Finals are recognised as the top athletic meeting of the summer in Ulster. Qualification comes from five provincial regions and the cream of provinces athletic talent participate in a superbly organised day long competition supported by three thousand spectators.


Local schools Abbey, Killybegs and Carrick Vocational Schools all had athletes that performed with distinction.


Three athletes from Carrick, in the very technical High Jump event dominated a discipline that traditionally has been the domain of the large Belfast schools where facilities are superior. Paul Donovan, in the under 17 age group cleared a new PB of 1.87metres to win impressively with club and schoolmate Dare O’Donnell in 2nd place. The multi talented Donovan also finished 2nd in the Hammer (46.24m) and looks forward to the 'All Ireland Schools' in Tullamore on Sat 30th May with a realistic chance of medalling in both disciplines. Ryan Byrne, U15, won the District Championships with a leap of 1.77m and on Saturday was again an impressive winner.


Carrick Vocational School High Jumpers at Ulster Schools in Antrim

L-R: Daire O'Donnell, 2nd U17 Boys; Paul Donavan 1st U17 Boys

and Ryan Byrne 1st U15


Killybegs Voc. had the multi talented pair of David Hegarty and Aislin Cunningham in action. In the morning, the former easily qualified for the U17 400m Hurdles final and later in the day ran an excellent race, time 61.2secs- to finish third in the final, possibly better pace judgement would have found David winning this race. Aislinn Cunningham, U15, in a closely fought 200m final finished 3rd in a very good time of 27.2 secs. Aislinn also finished 7th in the High Jump -1.40m


Abbey Voc pair Louise Harvey and Christopher Doherty added to the schools list of Ulster athletics champions. Louise in the Girls U17 300m Hurdles final ran a even paced race to win impressively in a good time of 46.2 secs while Christopher’s training in the Abbey Gym paid off when he vaulted 2.70m for victory in the Under 15 age group. Louise also finished 3rd in the 80m Hurdles final time 12.37secs-less that .1 secs. separated the top three athletes.


Numerous athletes from all three schools qualified for finals – a fine achievement.


The Abbey Vocational School had Kitty O’Kennedy,  7th in the 200m final (28.50secs)  and 6th in the 300m hurdles final (50.90 secs), Amie Brogan, 6th in the 80m hurdles final (14.32 secs), Aoife O’Connor 7th  in the triple-jump (9.64m) and the U17 Girls Relay team 4th in a time of 51.68secs

Carrick Vocational Schools Barry Quigg was 8th in the U17 100m hurdles final, Sarah Donovan was 6th in the U15 Shot (7.82m) while Killybegs Voc’s David Hegarty was 7th in the U17 100m hurdles final (16.54secs).


The 'All Ireland Schools Finals' takes place in Tullamore on Saturday 30th May.


Mark English, St Eunans, wins the Under 15 Boys 800

at the Ulster Schools Finals in Antrim on Saturday last


Girls Under 17 300m Hurdles Medal Winners

L-R: Rachael Harvey, BRA 2nd, Louise Harvey, Abbey Voc School 1st

and Leanne McNeely, Regent House 3rd


Ulster Schools Results.pdf