Tir Chonaill success at Woodies DIY National Juvenile Championships Tullamore

Weekend 2 -18th/19th July


On the second weekend [18/19th July] of the National Juvenile Championships, local athletes, coaches and supporters again made their way to Tullamore for Part 2 of the National Juvenile Track and Field Championships. Saturday was reserved for 'Inter Club Relays' and hundreds of teams from the four provinces responded for the day long competition of heats and finals. The under 13 girls  4 x 100m competition had eighteen teams declare. They were drawn in three heats with the first two in each heat plus the two fastest 3rd and 4th placed teams qualifying for the mid day final. Relays are always exciting, unpredictable and full of drama. The quartet of Sarah Timoney, Kate McGowan, Ruth Gillespie and Eva McMullan - reserve Niamh McGroy - drawn in heat 1 ran very well and finished a close 4th and had to wait for over an hour to find out that they had qualified for the final. The clubs 2nd team of Ciara Duggan, Niamh McGrory, Katie McCafferty, Derbhla Hoey - reserve Amie McCafferty - ran very well in heat 3 to finish 5th - just outside a final place.


In the first final of the day, the quartet of Timoney/McGowan/Gillespie/McCafferty reserve McGrory, drawn in Lane 8, with the 6th fastest time entering the final - 56.43secs - ran the race of their lives to finish 2nd. Less than half a second separated the top six teams.


1 Emerald, Limerick 55.74secs

2 Tir Chonaill 55.95secs

3 Nenagh Olympic 56.25secs

U14 Girls 1st batton change over


Karen Tracey

Karen Tracey leading the Tir Chonaill Under 14 Girls Team

to victory in Tullamore


Girls U13 4 x 100m Relay Podium Presentation

L-R: Tir chonaill 2nd, Emerald 1st

and Nenagh Olympic 3rd


Girls U13 4 x 100m Relay Squad

L-R: Sarah Timoney, Kate Mc Gowan, Katie McCafferty,

Eva McMullan, Amie McCafferty, Ruth Gillespie,

Niamh McGrory, Derbhla Hoey and Ciara Duggan


Tir Chonaill winning Under 14 Team with Mums

L-R: Karen Tracey, Mary Tracey, Eva McMullan, Mary McGrory,

Emma Brady, Kelly McGrory, Kate McGowan

and Ann McGowan


The even age group relays followed in the afternoon and once again we had lots of excitement and no small amount of drama. Sixteen teams declared for the Girls U14 - 4 x 100m event. Karen Tracey, Emma Brady, Kelly McGrory, Kate McGowan and reserve Eva McMullan drawn in the first eight team semi final had a slight baton changing mishap but recovered and fought back to qualify for the final. As in the earlier under 13 race, a few adjustments/changes were made, and the team responded with some committed running and very slick baton changing to record a great victory.


1 Tir Chonaill A.C. 53.36

2 Emerald A.C. 53.69

3 Galway City Harriers A.C. 54.11

4 Ferrybank A.C. 55.09

5 West Muskerry A.C. 55.26

6 Gneeveguilla A.C. 55.46

7 Dooneen A.C. 55.47

8 Kilkenny City Harriers A.C. 56.91


Needless to say it was a very happy group of athletes/coaches/parents that returned to Donegal at the conclusion of Saturday’s competition.



Mark McGuinness

On the 4th and final day of competition, Mark McGuinness, in the company of fourteen others faced the starter in the final of the U15 -1,500m.The Dunkineely lad in his first visit to a National final ran a magnificent PB time of 4mins 24.26 secs for a second place finish. As the race unfolded and the pace increased Mark remained with the leading pack. Three hundred metres from the finish, the group was down to six and  pre race favourite Shane Fitzimmons from Mullingar made his sprint for home. None of the group responded. Gradually Mark moved from 6th to 2nd and entering the home straight held a two metres lead. In the battle for the finish line he held on bravely and out kicked two efforts to dislodge him from the silver medal position.


1 Shane Fitzsimon,s Mullingar Harriers A.C. 4.17.48

2 Mark Mc Guinness, Tir Chonaill A.C.4.24.26

3 Aaron Hanlon Dunleer A.C.4.24.72

Mark McGuiness

Mark McGuiness (red vest) letting race unfold,

tucked in at the back of the pack during

early stages of the 1500m


Mark McGuiness

U15 1500m at the National Championships in Tullamore

Mark Mc Guinness 2nd, Shane Fitzimmmons (Mullingar) 1st

and Aoran Hanlon (Dunleer) 3rd


Mark McGuiness

Mark McGuinness celebrates with his Mum

and Brother after his silver medal winning

performance in Tullamore


The club would like to congratulate all the athletes who qualified for the All Ireland’s and to thank all the coaches who prepared  them for this prestigious competition and to the parents and coaches who traveled down to Tullamore on both weekends to support and encourage.


Letterkenny AC U19 4x100m Relay Squad with Coach Anthony Ward


Letterkenny AC Bronze Medal Winning U12 Boys 4 x 100m Team