Dublin City Marathon

Monday, 26 October 2009


Bank holiday Monday 26 October, saw ten club athletes toe the line at 9.00am on Fitzwilliam Square in the heart of Dublin for the 30th running of the 'Dublin City Marathon' that incorporated the 'AAI National Marathon Championship'. For Eileen Ward, Caroline Spratt, Bernie McNeely, Ann Donoghue, Sean Cassidy, Canice Nicholas, Vinny Duffy, Johnny Ward, Pauric Harvey and Kevin Connor's it was the final leg of a journey that had begun earlier in the year. On a beautiful autumn morning with a warm sun and 12,500 marathoners for company, the club athletes along with Steven Loughlin from Bundoran, Patsy and Mary Kilgannon, formally of Ballyshannon, set off on the 26.2 miles.


First across the line was Pauric Harvey in an excellent 3.09.18, followed by Steven Loughlin in a superb PB of 3.19.50, in only his second marathon. Following on we had Vinny Duffy in a comfortable 3.36.41, Sean Cassidy, who was delighted with his 3.46.31.


The quartet of Caroline Spratt in 3.52.30, Eileen Ward in 3.55.11, Ann Donoghue in 4.01.00 and Bernie McNeely in 4.07.21 had superb runs, huge personnel bests and the delight was obvious at the finish line.


Johnny Ward, with a great run was pleased with his 4.01. Johnny's run can be described as an incredible performance as he is recovering from cancer. Johnny was running and fund raising for cancer research.


Patsy Kilgannon in only his second run over the distance was delighted with a 4.25.34. Mary Kilgannon walked the distance in a super 6.49.34 in her first attempt at the distance. Well done to Kevin Connors who also completed the distance. For Canice Nicholas , unfortunately it was not to be this time, when he had to withdraw at the half way after feeling unwell.


John Kenny and Shaun Gallagher are from Drimarone, mates of Pauric Harvey, and running their first marathon. Shaun is a nephew of Bernie O’Callaghan’s wife.


Also running was Tara Friel, who taught for a number of years in the AVS and won the National Indoor 3 x 800m Relay Medals with Tír Chonaill and is currently teaching in Milford. She is recovering from a serious illness and deserves great credit.


Congratulations and really well done to all the Donegal athletes.


Tír Chonaill Group

Back: Eileen Ward, Caroline Spratt, Bernie McNeely, Ann Donoghue.

Front: Sean Cassidy, Vinny Duffy and Canice Nicholas.

Missing are Pauric Harvey and Johnny Ward


Tír Chonaill Women: Eileen Ward, Caroline Spratt,

Bernie McNeely and Ann Donoghue


The post marathon party in the Grand Canal Hotel


At the marathon expo in the RDS on the Sunday,

Ann Donoghue was presented with her category

winner's prize from the 'Longford Half Marathon'

by race organiser and director Liam Fenelon.