Athletics Ireland National Juvenile Indoor Championships Part 1

28/29 March 2009



Over the two days of last weekend 28/29 March 2009, the club had four athletes compete at the 'All Ireland Juvenile Championships Finals' at the Nenagh Indoor Arena where the full set of medals were won. One gold, one silver, two bronze and a close fourth place came from outstanding performances by Louise Harvey, Kate McGowan, Kelly McGroary and Emma Brady.


The gold medal came in the U-17 girls 60m hurdles final where Louise Harvey stormed to a superb victory, crossing the line a clear winner with 9.22secs on the clock. And perhaps the photograph of the day belongs to a jubilant Louise, who appears on the opening page of the Athletics Ireland website, crossing the line, arms raised and smiling broadly. Kate McGowan, a talented sprinter, took an equally superb silver medal in the U-13 girls 60m hurdles with 10.40 on the clock and a mere body width from gold. Moving to the U-14 girls 60m hurdles and we saw two club athletes battle for bronze with Kelly McGroary just shading it with 9.81secs on the clock from Emma Brady in fourth with 9.83secs. Excellent runs from both girls. Completing the medal haul we saw Kelly take a good bronze in the flat 60m when she finished joint third on 8.43secs.



Saturday Morning - Day 1

Early on Saturday morning Kate McGowan was the first T.C. athlete in action when the U13 Girls 60m was called. She ran 8.99secs for 9th fastest time just outside a top eight final qualification. Kelly McGrory 8.43secs was a narrow winner in the U14 60m heat 1 from Cranford’s Ambar Barrett 8.46secs. In a closely fought final Kelly finished 4th the same time as 3rd placed Barrett, Cranford and one hundredth of a second behind 2nd placed finisher O’Brien from Leevale. This was one of many races decided by the electronic equipment on Day 1.


Result Girls U14 60m

1 Bronwyn Keogh, Fingallians AC (8.28secs)

2 Emma O'Brien, Leevale AC (8.42secs)

3 Amber Barrrett, Cranford AC (8.43 secs)

4 Kelly McGroary, Tír Chonaill AC (8.43secs)

5 Nicole Lavin, Emerald AC (8.48secs)

6 Fiona Browne, Dooneen AC  (8.50secs)

7 Ciara Armstrong, City of Derry (8.53secs)

8 Catriona Carroll, Bree AC (8.56secs)



Sunday Morning - Day 2

Early on Sunday morning Kelly and Kate were joined by Emma Brady and Louise Harvey when the heats of the various 60m hurdles events were assembled in a noisy call up room. The aim for all four was to qualify for finals, a top three in a heat or one of the two fastest losers would suffice.


Kate, in the Under 13 age group, was first in action and following a poor star fought back for third placed finish and a final qualification later in the day.


Emma Brady, in the U14 event, ran an excellent 9.92 secs for 2nd place in heat 1. Kelly Mc Grory, 10.23secs was 4th in heat 2 and shortly afterwards the PA system included her name in the eight girl final list.


Louise Harvey, in the U17 event, renewed her rivalry with Nenagh’s Cloe Fahy, Fahy on two occasions during the past year got the verdict over Louise by hundredth’s of a second. The Tír Chonaill girl won her heat impressively with Fahy qualifying in 3rd place. The fastest time entering the final was recorded by heat 2 winner, Sinead Lawlor, Cellbridge.


The U13 girls was the first of the finals to be contested. Kate McGowan, drawn in lane 1 ran aggressively, attacked the hurdles and was first to touch down at the final hurdle. In the scramble for the finish line the Tír Chonaill supporters reckoned she was the winner. Thirty minutes later, following numerous viewings of the electronic finish equipment, the result was announced. Kate had ran nearly .4 secs faster than in the morning heat and was delighted with her silver medal finish, one hundredth of a second behind Laura Anne Costello from GCH.


Results Girls U13 Final

1 Laura Ann Costello, Galway City Harriers (10.39secs)

2 Kate McGowan, Tír Chonaill AC (10.40secs)

3 Annabelle Morris, Blackrock AC (10.54secs)

4 Aoife Fanning, Bree AC (10.56secs)

5 Kelly Ann Doyle, Carrick-on-Suir AC (10.75secs)

6 Laura McPhilipps, Glaslough Harriers (10.81secs)

7 Saoirse McGeever, Clonmel AC (10.94secs)

8 Connie Jennings, Claremorris AC (11.62secs)



The U14 final had two Tír Chonaill athletes drawn in Lane 1, Kelly McGrory and Lane 5 Emma Brady. Again it was a closely fought final with hundredths of a second separating athletes, thank god for electronic photo finish equipment. Kelly McGrory, earlier qualified as a fastest loser, ran the race of her life to record a time 9.81secs, 0.42secs faster than her morning run and a bronze medal position. Emma Brady also improved her morning time to finish with 9.83secs and finish 4th.


Results Girls U14 Final

1 Christine Campion, Celbridge AC  (9.55secs)

2 Catriona Carroll, Bree AC  (9.78secs)

3 Kelly McGroary, Tír Chonaill AC  (9.81secs)

4 Emma Brady, Tír Chonaill AC (9.83secs)

5 Aisling McPhilips, Glaslough Harriers  (9.92 secs)

6 Kellie Meade, Ferrybank AC  (10.04secs)

7 Clodagh Fitzgerald, Carrick-on-Suir AC (10.05secs)

8 Lauren Gillespie, Claremorris AC (10.34secs)



Louise Harvey, in the final of the U17 race like the younger Tír Chonaill athletes uped her performance in the final and was a most impressive winner in an excellent PB time of 9.22secs with friend and rival Cloe Fahy fighting her way to 2nd place, 0.27 secs behind.


Results Girls U17 Final

1 Louise Harvey, Tír Chonaill AC  (9.22secs)

2 Chloe Fahy, Nenagh Olympic AC  (9.49 secs)

3 Aideen Brophy, St. L.O'Toole AC (9.70secs)

4 Laura Langton, Kilkenny City Harriers (9.74secs)

5 Amy Rohan, Galway City Harriers  (9.88secs)

6 Rachael Healy, Individual  (10.37secs)



It was a very happy Tír Chonaill AC contingent that left Nenagh on Sunday evening, athletes/parents and coaches with a 1,2,3,4 finish positions.


The club now looks forward to the conclusion of the Irish Juvenile Indoor season next weekend in Magherafelt when Carl Griffin, Under 15 Boys -800m and two relay teams represent the club. Good luck to Carl and to the Girls Under 13- 4 x 100m Squad  -Ruth Gillespie, Kate McCaffertry, Kate McGowan, Sarah Timoney,Eva McMullan and to the Girls Under 14  4 x 200m squad  of Sarah Timoney, Karen Tracey, Emma Brady, Kelly Mc Grory and Kate McGowan  



Donegal Medal Winners in Nenagh

Tír Chonaill wishes to congratulate athletes from the following Donegal clubs who also had numerous successes in Nenagh last weekend. It was uplifting to find supporters from the various clubs supporting each others athletes during the two days of competition.


Letterkenny AC

Ruari Finnigan, Gold in the Boys U16, 1500m

Mark English, Silver in the Boys U1 , 800m

Lisa Shields 4th in the U18 60m, equal time as the 3rd placed athlete


Finn Valley AC

Pauric McLaughlan, Gold in the Boys U19, 1500m

Blaithin Patton, Gold in the Girls U14 High Jump

John Kelly, Gold in the Boys U15 Shot Putt

Matthew Kelly, Bronze in the U17 Shot Putt

Caoimhe McMenamin, Bronze in the Girls U14 Long Jump



Aisling Cunningham, 5th in the U16 60m



Congratulations and well done all. A big thank you to all coaches and parents who travelled to Nenagh. Next weekend brings the curtain down on the indoor season for our young athletes with the second day of national finals in Magherafelt. The club will again have participating athletes with a very promising relay team. We wish all athletes the best of luck over the weekend.


Kate McGowan (222 Tír Chonaill AC )

Kate McGowan (222 Tír Chonaill AC )


Kelly McGroary (231 Tír Chonaill AC)

Kelly McGroary (231 Tír Chonaill AC)


Kelly McGroary (centre of picture)

Kelly McGroary (centre of picture)


Winner: Louise Harvey (254 Tír Chonaill AC)

Winner: Louise Harvey (254 Tír Chonaill AC)


Ruairi Finnigan

Ruairi Finnigan


Tír Chonaill Medal Winners 1,2,3 & 4

Tír Chonaill Medal Winners 1,2,3 & 4


Louise Harvey awaits results

Louise Harvey awaits results