‘Top ten’ for our Juveniles in Tullamore

Saturday 03/Sunday 04 July 2010


The clubs talented group of juveniles made their own piece of club history over the weekend when they won an unprecedented ten medals at 'Part 1 of the National Juvenile Track and Field Finals' in Tullamore. In addition they smashed Irish age group records and recorded numerous P.B. performances.


Saturday morning kicked off with club athletes contesting heats of the sprint hurdles, Long Jump and Pole Vault. Clare Brady was winning a silver medal in the U16 Pole Vault as six club mates lined up and attempted to qualify for Hurdles finals. Amie McCafferty, competed well and finished 4th in her heat of the U13 60m Hurdles.


Kate McGowan, 1st Heat 1 and Ruth Gillespie 2nd Heat 2, both qualified for the U14 - 75m Hurdles final. Kelly Mc Grory 2nd Heat 1 and Emma Brady 1st Heat 2 followed up and guaranteed final positions in the U15 80m Hurdles later in the early afternoon.

Kate McGowan winner of the U14

75m Hurdles in Tullamore


Louise Harvey, in the final of the U18 100m Hurdles, fought her way to the front over the final two flights for an impressive victory and a new PB time of 15.01secs from Sarah Lawler, Cellbridge, 15.31secs. Between the heats and final of the hurdles Kate McGowan, rushed to the Long Jump and finished 4th with a best of 4.63m. She was unfortunate to have two minor breaks in competition winning jumps. It was most encouraging to see four Tir Chonaill vests in the the Girls U14 and U15 eight girls finals. Kate McGowan, was not unfortunate in the U14 decider, she blasted from the blocks, hurdled aggressively and won by four metres in a PB time of 11.32secs – two hundredths of a second outside a record that has stood since 1983. Ruth Gillespie,12.54secs, hurdled very well and  finished 7th.

Finish 100m Hurdles

Louise Harvey No 459


The U15 final was full of drama. Following a false start Emma Brady was first to react to the gun and lead over the first two hurdles. A nervous Kelly Mc Grory, was slow to react, and was fighting an overtaking battle as the race progressed over barriers 4 and 5. Then fastest qualifier, Shannon Dawkins, Horsewood AC, hit hurdle 5 and the track and was gone. Brady still contested the lead with McGrory closing the gap as the race progressed over the final hurdle. Result 1st Campion, Celbridge, 12.30secs; 2nd Brady Tír Chonaill AC 12.59secs and 3rd McGrory Tír Chonaill AC 12.78secs.

Emma Brady 606 & Kelly McGrory 605

2nd and 3rd in the U15 80m Hurdles

at Tullamore


Eva McMullan, was the clubs first athlete to participate in the afternoon’s sprints. She competed very well in the heats of the U14 80m, finished 4th but did not progress to the final. Christopher O’Loughlan, a new comer to the sport, in the Boys U14 80m heats also competed very well.  Kelly McGrory, in the U15 100m finished, 3rd qualified for the final and almost immediately contested the high jump where she cleared 1.40m for a 5th place finish.

Eva McMullan, Kelly McGrory, Emma Brady & Kate McGowan in Tullamore


Thomas McGowan broke the Irish record in the first round of the U12 Shot Putt. His 10.66m new record only stood for a few minutes as Tullamore’s Mulligan got out to 10.89m. As the competition progressed the opening rounds were not bettered and Thomas added a silver medal to his club’s ever increasing number of podium finishes. Kelly McGrory ran 12.98secs for a 6th place finish in the final of the U15  100m.

Thomas McGowan No 411 Presentation in Tullamore


Sunday, 04 July 2010

Sunday’s windy and at times rainy conditions made it difficult for athletes and officials. Christopher Doherty was involved in a marathon Pole Vault competition and recorded 3.40m for a bronze medal finish behind Foley, Farronfore and Houlihan, West Waterford - both cleared 3.60m. In the first track race on the day Emma Brady won her heat of the U15 250m Hurdles impressively. Louise Harvey, thirty minutes later, in another closely fought race won the U18 300m Hurdles final - 45.35secs - gaining the upper hand over the final 20 metres.


Under 13 Shot putters - Maebh O’Rourke 6.77m and Molly Keane, 6.05m and Long Jumper  Eva Duncan 3.77m can also be happy with their performances. In the 250m U15 Hurdles final Emma Brady led all the way to the final barrier. The superior stamina of Limerick’s Lavin gave her a winning time of 37.65secs with Emma winning her second silver medal of the weekend in a time of 38.49secs.


They say that the best wine is always kept to the end. Karl Griffin was the final club athlete to compete and his performance in winning the U16 800m in a new record time of 1min 56.07 was top drawer. The time only tells a small part of the story. Wind readings of minus 4 in the home straight, a tactical battle that found the opening 200m being run in 27.4secs and then slowing down dramatically for the bell to be reached in 59/60 secs. all added to the drama as the race unfolded. The leader, Shane Fitzsimmons, Mullingar, increased the pace again as the race entered the final 300m. The Tir Chonaill lad covered every move and with 250m to go went to the front and in a devastating final half lap went onto to win by 12 metres and break a 1min 56.8secs record that has stood since 1986.

Karl Griffin No 8 broke U16 800m Record

last Sunday in Tullamore


Congrats to all our athletes on a memorable weekend, to the numerous supporters/parents that travelled to Tullamore and finally to the numerous coaches within the club who weekly encourage and prepare these youngsters to achieve on a National stage.


Interested Tír Chonaill AC spectators in Tullamore