Club Juveniles excel at Ulster/Northern Ireland Championships in Antrim

Saturday 20th/ Sunday 21st June 2009



The 'Ulster/Northern Ireland Championships' held in Antrim on Saturday and Sunday last was a successful and happy event for a number of the clubs juvenile athletes .The two day event found a number of our athletes achieve top three winning positions, P.B. performances and many gain qualification for the upcoming 'All Ireland Championships' on 11/12th and 18th July.


On Saturday, Athletes born in 1995 and 1996 competed in Saturday’s day long competition. Kelly McGrory, [96] and Emma Brady [96] at 10.30am were the first club representatives to participate. In heat 1 of the 75m hurdles they placed 1st Emma, 12.66secs and 2nd Kelly, 12.78secs and qualified for the afternoon final.

Emme Brady & Kelly McGroary

in Hurdles Final


A very close finish in the Girls U14 75m Hurdles

Emma Brady [5] Tir Chonaill wins 12.63secs from Ciara Murray [1] Annalee 12.71secs

and Kelly McGrory [6] Tir Chonaill 12.76secs


U14 Hurdle Medal Winners

L-R: Ciara Murray (Annalee) 2nd,

Emma Brady (Tir Chonaill) 1st, Kelly McGrory (Tir Chonaill) 3nd

and Brian Downing, ANI


The Girls ‘96 High Jump also had a 10.30am start and Hannah Campbell was happy with her 1.20m best.


The 800m Boys 95 had two heats and qualification and medals would be decided on times i.e. the fastest three times from the two heats would medal and qualify for the Irish finals. Mark Mc Guinness, who improves with each competition, drawn in heat 1 ran an excellent race to finish 2nd in a time of 2mins 16.52secs. Karl Griffin, in heat 2 took up the running with 300m to go and was an impressive winner, time 2mins 6.77secs. The three fastest times came from heat 2. Later in the afternoon Mark Mc Guinness ran the race of his life to finish 2nd in the 1,500m/4mins 34.22secs, a new P.B. The Bruckless lad added a best of 9.78m for an 8th place finish in the Shot Putt.

U15 Boys 800m Medal Winners

L-R: Reece Cleland (Lagan Valley) 3rd, Karl Griffin (Tir Chonaill) 1st

& Glen Willis (North Down) 2rd


U15 Boys 1,500m Medal Winners

L-R: Mark McGuinness (Tir Chonail AC) 2nd,

Tom Magee (Lagan Valley) 1st and Rory Hampton (Lagan Valley) 3rd


Boys 94 250m Hurdles Medal Winners

L-R: Darren Watters (Annalee) 2nd,

Ciaran Lynch (Letterkenny) 1st &

Ciaran Cornyn (Tir Chonaill) 3rd


In early afternoon the 80m and 250m hurdles heats took place. In the former 96 event Kelly McGrory qualified for the final as a 2nd placed finisher in Heat 1, 11.20secs behind Cranford’s Amber Barrett, 11.17secs. In the 2nd of four heats Emma Brady was a winner in a time of 11.52secs. Clare Brady, 95, ran a very good 250m Hurdles semi final to qualify as a fastest loser for the final.



The 80m sprint and 75m hurdles finals were timetabled within thirty minutes of each other. In the 96, 80m final Ciara Armstrong, City of Derry, the fastest qualifier, was a narrow winner, 10.88secs, from Tir Chonaill’s Kelly McGrory10.96secs, Cranford’s Amber Barrett 10.98secs.Emma Brady was 6th, 11.35secs. Both Tir Chonaill girls following a short rest lined up for the 75m Hurdles final. Emma was the fastest from the blocks and ran aggressively over the barriers for an impressive victory,12.63secs. Ciara Murray, Annalee, was 2nd /12.71secs and Kelly McGrory, 3rd/12.76secs.


Clare Brady,95, in the more demanding 250m Hurdles final finished an excellent 4th /42.96secs.




On Sunday, Athletes born in 1994 and 1993 faced the day long competition. Christopher Doherty,94, continues to improve and was very happy with a new PB of 3.20m when winning the Pole Vault. Louise Harvey,93, had a double victory in the 100mHurdles/15.92secs and 300mHurdles/46.53secs. Later she finished 2nd in the 300m flat/42.86secs.

Girls 93 300m Hurdles Medal Winners

L-R: Rachael Harvey (Ballymena and Antrim) 2nd,

Louise Harvey (Tir Chonaill) 1st &

Lucy Geddes (Lagan Valley) 3rd


Ciaran Cornyn,94, joined the club eight years ago and won his first individual medal at this level when finishing 3rd in the 250m Hurdles/38.33secs. Christopher Doherty, filled 4th place in this race /39.80secs.


Christopher Doherty

Christopher (Tir Chonaill AC)

winner of 94 Pole Vault


U14 Girls 100m Medal Winners

L-R: Kelly McGrory (Tir Chonaill) 2nd, Ciara Armstrong (City of Derry) 1st,

Amber Barrett (Cranford) 3rd and John Allen, ANI


Excellent performances were also recorded by Molly O’Gara,93, 6th in the 200m final/30.86secs and Rose McCauley,94, 5th in the 1,500m/5mins 26.3secs.


Well done to all our young athletes and a sincere thank you to the parents and coaches who travelled on both days to support and encourage.


Schools Inter Provincial

Congratulations and good luck to Karl Griffin, 800m, Christopher Doherty, Pole Vault and Louise Harvey, 80m Hurdles, 300m Hurdles and 4 x 300m relay who will represent Ulster Schools at the annual Tailteann Games, Inter Pro in Tullamore on Saturday next. This Under 17 team competition is also used as a selection trial for the 'Irish Schools Under 17 Team'.


The 'Irish Children’s Games' 9-12age group and 'Irish Junior Under 19 Championships' timetabled for Templemore, Co Tipperary [Saturday] and Tullamore [Sunday] will also have Tir Chonaill representation. Good luck to all.


Results 93/94.pdf

Results 95/96.pdf