Tír Chonaill Athletic Club’s Award Evening

Sunday 07 December – Central Hotel, Donegal Town

 

Tír Chonaill Athletic Club held a very successful fourth annual awards evening for juvenile athletes on Sunday 07 December.  In welcoming parents, guardians, athletes, friends and Tánaiste Mary Coughlan, to the Central Hotel for the awards, the club’s Chairman in his address, said he was honoured to be present at such an event, an event that brought all the future athletes of the club together to honour and acknowledge their achievements over the past year. He spoke about the foundations of the club, dating back to its inauguration in 1956 led by Michael Cooney of Donegal town, to his own involvement which began in 1983 when the club was known as South Donegal Harriers, to the present day, when the club stand proud amongst the elite in Irish athletic circles. Speaking about the women’s track and field team who this year won the Premier league title for the second time in five years, to the club having been recently crowned “National Club of the Year”, coupled with success on the road and over the country at County, Ulster/NI and National level, he said that everyone associated with the club should be immensely proud.  Many of the club’s senior and adult athletes who were instrumental in all this success, along with many of the club’s supporters, were present in the room for the awards ceremony.

 

The awards, presented to the juvenile athletes are given in recognition of their achievements in competition, their club participation, and attendance at training and general club committement throughout the year.  Many of the juveniles in the club received specially inscribed tee shirts based on these criteria. Six special awards were made to athletes who excelled in their specific events during the year, as follows:

 

Coaches choices: Kelsie Warren
  Emma Brady
  Daire O’Reilly
  Ronan Gallagher
Middle distance Rose McCauley
Throw events Katie O’Grady and Ryan Haughey
Sprint events Kitty O’Kennedy
Jump events Aoife O’Conner and Christopher Doherty
Female athlete Louise Harvey
Male athlete Jarlath Ruane

 

 

The Club Coach of the year award went to Geraldine O’Connor for her outstanding work, both as a coach and as an administrator, within he club over the past number of years. Immediately after the presentation of the awards, the Chairman thanked everyone for making the awards ceremony such a fruitful and enjoyable event. He also thanked the Central Hotel for the use of the room and the food, All Sports and the parents for their kind sponsorship of prizes for a raffle, and in conclusion, all those who worked so tirelessly behind the scenes to make the evening such a wonderful success.

 

Goody bags were presented to all the juvenile athletes and their friends as they made their way into the disco, while the adults enjoyed some warm finger food and beverages before all adjourned to their homes at 8.30pm.

 

Middle Distance Award Winner, Rose McCauley

& TC Club Chiarman Paddy Donoghue

 

Female Athlete of the Year, Louise Harvey

& TC Club Chiarman Paddy Donoghue

 

Male Athlete of the Year, Jarlath Ruane & TC Club Chiarman Paddy Donoghue

 

 

Christopher Doherty and Molly O"Gara pictured with

TC Club chairman Paddy Donoghue

 

Award Winners

 

Award Winners

 

Award Winners

 

Award Winners

 

Award Winners