06 Dec 2011 - Club reviews another Outstanding Year

A well-attended and positive club Annual General Meeting held in the Central Hotel Donegal Town, two weeks ago, reviewed a very successful and remarkable 2011 year of competition, coaching and administration.

Outgoing Secretary, Michelle Harvey, in a detailed report highlighted the numerous successes of the season. National Long and Triple Jump champion, Mary McLoone, continues to lead the senior end of the club. Her victories and performances at Irish Indoor and Outdoor championships and when representing Ireland in the Europa Cup received special mention. The clubs under age group also made their own piece of history when Karl Griffin – he smashed numerous National underage records and medalled in the U18 European Youth Olympics in Turkey in August; Kate McGowan, smashed a 12 year old IrishU15 Hurdles record at the National championships and was a winner at the Celtic International when she defeated the best Under 16 athletes from Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Karl and Kate’s performances led the juvenile section to an unprecedented thirty two medal haul of medals at various Irish championships in events as diverse as Pole Vault, Shot Putt, Hammer, Long Jump, Sprints, Hurdles, 800/1,500m and Cross country. The importance of club/school link was also highlighted and the record breaking performances of the Abbey Vocational School Winning Junior Girls Team in Tullamore last June detailed.

The masters and fit4life sections of the club continue to grow and expand thanks to the professional development work of Paddy Donoghue, in the Ballyshannon/Bundoran area and of Kevin McGlynn and Richard McCarthy in Donegal Town. The numbers of club athletes competing in local and National cross country, road races and distance races is most encouraging. All coaches within the club were thanked for their huge contribution during the year.

Internally Tir Chonaill hosted and was associated with a number of very successful competitions. On the track two meetings in early 2011 attracted huge numbers to Donegal Town. The Tir Chonaill open invitational attracted over 400 competitors from all over Ireland and for the first time in the county we viewed outstanding Pole Vault, [Men] and Hammer, [Women] competitions when National champions graced the meet and recorded close to 5metres/ 50metres. Outstanding competition, electronic timing, a huge supporting crowd and all day sunshine made this event one to remember.

Successful and well organised road races in Ballyshannon and Donegal Town –both part of the Donegal League, and the Cara Bundoran 10 mile Challenge in early March attracted large fields. The later, attracted over 500 runners/walkers to Bundoran and planning is at an advanced stage for an even bigger and better event in 2012. Keep Saturday 10th March free and why not make a new year’s resolution and aim to either run or walk this family friendly event – click into www.carabundoranrun.com.

Club Easter and Summer camps attracted over 250 children, primary schools relays  400, sportshall competitions over 500, club presentation evening on the Donegal Bay water bus 150, were also highlighted.

Outgoing Treasurer, Marie Rooney, reported that the club was in a very healthy financial situation. She thanked all for supporting various fund raising initiatives and had a special word for the main club sponsor Cara Pharmacies. Eamon Harvey, Track Development subcommittee, reported that clubs new facility at the Abbey Vocational School was used extensively throughout the year by walkers/joggers/track and field athletes. He indicated that the final payment had been made to the contractor and that the debt on the €485,000 facility had now been reduced to €30,000. He also thanked the numerous club members and the community for their continued fundraising support. The goal is to have the debt cleared in 2012.

Chairman Paul O’Gara thanked the various club officers for their very important input during the year. Most of this work is done behind the scenes and is vital for the successful and on-going development of the club. He thanked Michelle Harvey, who was standing down as Secretary following a two years stint in the position. The commitment and support of club coaches, athletes, parents and the general public were also acknowledged. The financial support received from the community, sponsors and Cara Pharmacies was also highlighted. The local media and Ollie Thomas who does such a good job with www.tirchonaillac.com and the clubs Facebook page were also praised.  ‘We are a large club catering for over 300 members – we have much strength as has been highlighted in the various reports. My wish for the coming year is that we continue to work as a close and supportive unit’.

2012 Committee

Chairman: Paul O’Gara, 087 8410230;

Secretary: David Doherty, 086 8011540;

Treasurer: Marie Rooney, 087 6722631;

Assistant Treasurer: Brenda Morris, 087976368;

Registrar Anne Mc Gowan, 087 2249204:

P.R.O. Eamon Harvey, 087 2797548;

Coaching Contacts: Paddy Donoghue, 087 2376389: Eamon Harvey, 087 2797548; Richard McCarthy, 087 9375599: Kevin McGlynn, 087 2968096; Paul O’Gara087 8410230; Michelle Harvey, 0868454320

Pic: A group of young athletes and coaches at training last week.




06 Dec 2011 - Club Calendar 2012

The 2012 club calendar is on sale - €5 and can be purchased from club members and from a number of newsagents across the club catchment area. The picture content of the calendar - over 120 photographs- highlights the varied and numerous club activities and successes of 2011.The club wishes to thank the local businesses for their sponsorship and encourages all club members to support and shop locally over the Christmas period.

Pic: Mark McGuiness from Dunkineely, Ulster U18 Cross Country Champion pictured with Eamon Coughlan Irelands first World Athletics Champion.




06 Dec 2011 - Sportshall in Raphoe

Hosted by the Lifford club, a number of our younger athletes experienced the fun of sportshall athletics for the first time last Saturday morning in the spacious gymnasium at Deele College, Raphoe. Thanks to the Lifford club for the invite, to Tír Chonaill coaches Susan Gillespie, Patricia Boyle and Anne McGowan who traveled with our athletes. Well done to Katherine McClay, Siofra Mauerhofer, Beibhinn Reid, David McGuckin, Lucy McGowan, Eabha Morrow-Hayden, Sophie Tracey, Sean Boyle, Gary Griffin, Dermot McGuckin, Shane Breslin and Mark Jordan.




06 Dec 2011 - Club Warm Weather Training

Forty two club members and friends will depart at 6am from Belfast on Saturday 31st December for eight days of training in the Algarve. Final preparations for this camp, located in Monte Gordo, are now being put  together. It’s a nice way to start the New Year.




06 Dec 2011 - Karl Griffin and Kate McGowan were honouredat Ulster Awards Night in Monaghan

Karl Griffin and Kate McGowan were honoured at the Annual Ulster Athletics Award night in the Four Seasons Hotel Monaghan.

Pic L-R: Eamon Griffin, Parent, Karl Griffin, European Youth Olympics Bronze medal winner, Martin McGowan, parent, Kate McGowan, Irish U15 Hurdles Record Holder and Anne McGowan, parent.




06 Dec 2011 - Cara Bundoran Run 10 mile Challenge 2012

Nearly six hundred runners/walkers completed the inaugural Cara Bundoran 10 Mile Challenge in 2011. The local organising committee led by Canice Nicholas and Paddy Donoghue have decided that the race should be even more successful in 2012 and have put a lot of behind the scenes work ensuring that Saturday 10th March 2012 will be a day to remember for all who complete the challenge.

A comprehensive race web site – www.carabundoranrun.com  supports the race with an online entry system, detailed preparation and training advice from SAF Fitness, plus numerous items of support for the fitness/athletic enthusiast. The race will have

Chip Timing

Mile Markers - Split Times given at Every Mile

Water Stations

Souvenir Technical Fabric T-Shirt for ALL FINISHERS

High Quality Goodie Bag for ALL FINISHERS

Course Accurately measured using the Jones Method

Over €2,000 in prize money

You are invited to make a new year’s resolution, enter the race now, and on the day either walk, jog or run the event.




04 Dec 2011 - Letterkenny Athletic Club Turkey Trot 2011

First 11 win Turkeys.


Time Difference Results.pdf




09 Nov 2011 - CARA Pharmacies renew Club Sponsorship

Cara Pharmacies, directors Canice an Romana Nicholas, recently at a very pleasant presentation function in Bundoran renewed the companies support for Tír Chonaill AC for another year. This progressive company, who have developed a chain of friendly and attractive pharmacies/health care stores across the north west and are a major employer in Donegal Town, Ballyshannon and Bundoran continue to identify and support Tír Chonaill Athletics Club - a club that prides itself on having an open and inclusive community based policy. The club would like to thank Cara Pharmacies and wish them even more developmental success in these challenging times.




09 Nov 2011 - Presentations

Traditionally, November, is the month when local, provincial and National awards nights take place. On Friday night of this week two club athletes will be recognised at the Ulster Awards Ceremonies in Monaghan. Karl Griffins outstanding achievements in the 800m on the National and International stages and Kate Mc Gowan's, Irish record, in the 80m Hurdles will be applauded and given centre stage. On Saturday night he Athletics Ireland awards banquet takes place in Dublin. A number of Donegal individuals have short listed ie Ruairi Finnigan, Youth athlete of the Year, Mark English, Junior athlete of the year and Teresa McDaid, Coach of the year, Neighbours Finn Valley are one of three clubs short listed for club of the year. Hopefully all will be successful. As we in Tír Chonaill will recall with pride the positive feel good factor experienced three years ago when our club group led by Paddy Donoghue on the night accepted club of the year.

Locally the club sub committee are busy organising the 2011 annual club awards night while the Donegal County Board Awards night takes place on Friday 13th January in the Finn Valley Centre.




09 Nov 2011 - Warm Weather Training

Forty two club athletes/coaches/members will depart from Belfast at 6am on the 31st December for the now annual warm weather training camp in the Algarve. Final payments will be collected within the next ten days.




06 Nov 2011 - Donegal Senior Cross Country Championships 2011

Results Men.pdf

Results Women.pdf

Results Teams.pdf




05 Nov 2011 - Ulster Athletics Northern Ireland Juvenile Championships (Part 2)

Barnett's Demesne, in the spacious Queens University Grounds, was the venue on Saturday for Part 2 of the 'Ulster/Northern Ireland Juvenile Championships'.Tir Chonaill athletes competing for individual, inter club/county medals and qualification for the All Ireland Cross Country Championships put in a number of outstanding performances in trying and contrasting conditions, underfoot the athletes were in ankle deep mud for most of various loops while the sun shone like a glorious day in summer.

Daniel Gallagher, from Dunkineely, burst onto the scene last year when he won the 'Ulster and All Ireland Schools Cross Country titles. In the U15 3.5k race, he battled bravely and shared the lead with Jonathon Whan, City of Lisburn, and Peter Gibbons, Letterkenny until the final 600m when Gibbons increased the pace to go on to win impressively from Whan with Daniel a good 3rd.

Mark Boyle, from Frosses, recovered from an aggressive start that found him on his face after 50metres, to come home 17th while Inver's Christopher O"Loughlan,better known as a sprinter, filled 32nd finishing position.

Mark McGuinness, Dunkineely, was an impressive winner of the U18 provincial title three weeks ago in Killybegs. He found the mud very difficult to negotiate but never the less battled bravely for a 6th place finish. He was supported in the the U17, 4.5k race by Karl Griffin, Donegal Town, 23rd, Sean Kerrs, Frosses, 30th, and Joe Morrow, Tullaghan,46th for a team points total of 105pts and 5th team finish.

The Girls U15 3k had good performances from Eva McMullin, Ballyshannon, 58th, Niamh McGrory, Donegal, 66th and Ciara Crawford, Frosses, 69th.

Congrats and well done to all and thanks to Coaches/Parents Paul and Mary Crawford, Carmel McGuinness, Brenda Morris, Michelle/Eamon Harvey who traveled to support and encourage all.





27 Oct 2011 - Launch of Cara Bundoran Run 10 mile Challenge 2012

Nearly six hundred runners/walkers completed the inaugural Cara Bundoran 10 Mile Challenge in 2011. The local organising committee led by Canice Nicholas and Paddy Donoghue have decided that the race should be even more successful in 2012 and have put a lot of behind the scenes work ensuring that Saturday 10th March 2012 will be a day to remember for all who complete the challenge.

A comprehensive race web site www.carabundoranrun.com  supports the race with an online entry system, detailed preparation and training advice from SAF Fitness, plus numerous items of support for the fitness/athletic enthusiast. The race will have

  • Chip Timing
  • Mile Markers - Split Times given at Every Mile
  • Water Stations
  • Souvenir Technical Fabric T-Shirt for ALL FINISHERS
  • High Quality Goodie Bag for ALL FINISHERS
  • Course Accurately measured using the Jones Method
  • Over €2,000 in prize money
  • You are invited to the launch of the the Cara Bundoran 10 mile challenge on Wednesday 2nd November 2011 in the Bundoran Library at 7:30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend and refreshments will be served on the night.




    23 Oct 2011 - Ulster/Northern Ireland Cross Country Championship Victories

    Fintra, Killybegs, was the venue on Sunday last for Part 1 of the Ulster/Northern Ireland Cross Country Championship. more




    10 Oct 2011 - Paul Ward and wife Eileen at Armagh 10

    Well done to Paul Ward who ran an outstanding 56:34 for 2nd category place in the Armagh 10miler and to his wife Eileen who ran 83:36.




    10 Oct 2011 - 'Donegal Cross Country' Round 2 in Burt

    Round 2 of the 'Donegal Cross Country' took place in Burt. Under Age results were as follows:

    Mark McGuinness 1st U17

    Shaun Kerrs 7th U17

    Daniel Gallagher 2nd U15

    Mark Boyle 4th U15

    Christopher O'Laughlin 9th U15

    Katie Hoad 15th U15

    Ciara Crawford 18th U15

    Niamh McGrory 20th U15

    All were delighted with their finishing positions in very trying conditions. The Donegal Novice Cross Country, ran in conjunction with the juvenile programme and had Richard McCarthy, Noel Thomas and Gerry McManus all having very good runs.





    10 Oct 2011 - Congratulations to Finn Valley who officially opened their Tartan Track

    Congratulations to neighbouring club Finn Valley who officially opened their tartan track last weekend.Well done to the committee led by Patsy McGonagle. It was a most enjoyable occasion with hundreds of athletics people from across the province present. To meet numerous volunteers and coaches that came to recognise to outstanding facility and work carried out in Stranorlar was uplifting and another forward step for the sport of athletics.




    02 Oct 2011 - Donegal Juvenile & Masters Cross Country Finn Valley

    Round 1 of the Donegal Cross Country Season got underway today at the Finn Valley complex in Stranorlar. Under Age results were as follows:

    Niamh Boyle 2nd U12

    Daniel Gallagher 2nd U16

    Mark Boyle 7th U16

    Mark McGuinness 2nd U18

    Christopher Doherty 6th U18

    Shaun Kerrs 8th U18

    James Morris 11th U18

    The Under 18 Boys were 2nd team - narrowly defeated by Finn Valley. Congratulations and well done to all.

    Results Men.pdf

    Results Women.pdf

    Results Team.pdf




    18 Sept 2011 - Noel Thomas at Great North Run

    Tír Chonaill AC athlete Noel Thomas made the trip to today's Great North Run. Noel finished in 119th place overall in a time of 01:19:45 and 14th in the 40-45 category. The famous half marathon, which attracted 54,000 entrants, was started by the newly crowned world 5000m champion Mo Farah. Congratulations Noel.




    18 Sept 2011 - Donegal Road Championships 5k, Stranorlar Race 37


    Results Team.pdf




    17 Sept 2011 - National Lottery Half Marathon, Phoenix Park Dublin

    The National Lottery Half Marathon saw some 8500 runners take to the Phoenix Park at 10:00am this morning. Many of those taking part in today’s event will have treated the run as a training run in preparation for the Dublin Marathon in October.

    There were some great runs by athletes from the Tír Chonaill Training Group. There was a personal best time for Maeve Loughlin and a first ever half marathon for Loretta Cullen & Deborah Dawson. Finishing times are as follows:

    Steven Laughlin 1.34

    Maeve Loughlin 1.44

    Loretta Cullen 1.55

    Deborah Dawson 2.01

    Congratulations and well done all.




    14 Sept 2011 - Tír Chonaill Athletics Club Winter Training Programme Up and Running

    Paddy Donoghue reports that 28 keen athletes trained last night in Ballyshannon - in winter like conditions contact Paddy 0872376389.

    Kevin McGlynn reports that 21 attended last night in Donegal Town and trained indoors S&C- 45mins and an aerobic run/walk outdoors - 45mins Contact Kevin 087 2968096. Group led training from this group on Tuesday and Thursday evening 7:00 - 8:30pm.

    Club register, Anne McGowan reports that 89 - [8-11yr olds] and 24 [13yr plus] registered for the upcoming season - fun in athletics training for 8-11 yr olds on Thursday evening 5:45 - 7:00pm and 13yr and older - Thursdays 6:30 - 8:00pm/Sunday Mornings 10:30 - 12:30 and Tuesday Evening 4:00 - 5:30pm - venue club facility in Donegal Town - contact Anne 0872249204.

    Whether you are 'fit4life' enthusiast, a serious senior athlete, a child that wants to experience the fun of participating in various athletics disciplines or a juvenile/junior that wants to improve one event specific aspect Tír Chonaill AC welcomes you.




    11 Sept 2011 - Waterside Half Marathon, City of Derry





    04 Sept 2011 - ANII/Ulster Rising Stars Coaching Development Programme

    Last year, 2010/11 - 190 young athletes from across the province attended four venues [Belfast, Derry ,L-Derry, Donegal and Shercock] on eight coaching day occasions and participated in two multi event competitions - Cookestown[Indoor] and Mary Peters Track [outdoor]. Thanks to the support of parents, club/school coaches, Rising Star Coaches, Athletics Northern Ireland, Athletics Ireland and Ulster Schools the programme was a huge success. Evaluation feedback was most positive and a large percentage of the athletes scored high in Ulster/ANI championships and gained representation honours on the Celtic Track & Field Team.

    I request that all clubs/schools encourage as many young athletes as possible to make application and attend.

    Details on the current 2011-12, A.N.I./Ulster Rising Star Coaching Development Programme. Applications close on 16th Sept.

    Details Athletics Northern Ireland/Ulster Rising Stars 2011 2012




    04 Sept 2011 - Marathon Lake Long Run

    Lake Long Run this morning – 8 marathon runners set off this morning from the Four Masters Bridge on the Moy Road, along with a full support team of runners, bike and vehicles, on what was an ideal morning for such a run.  The 8 marathoners, Philomena Gallagher, Sharon McGowan, Linda Ward, Loretta Cullen (first timer), Sean Cassidy, Maurice Kane, John Molloy and Vinny Duffy were all delighted with their runs, some completing 21 miles and others 22.3 miles – well done all... nothing to fear guys!  The support team of runners; Paul Ward, Bernie McNeely, Ann Donoghue, Eileen Ward, Brendan Ruane and Paddy Donoghue were ably assisted by Anita Meehan on bike with Tony Cummins, Kevin Connors, Tony Colohan, Brenda Morris and Shelly Roper providing vehicle support – thank you all.  Thank you girls for the roadside picnic afterwards always welcome and much appreciated.

    Pics by Tír Chonaill AC




    04 Sept 2011 - Triathletes in Action

    Congratulations and really well done to all our triathletes who competed on Sunday, some at the Galway Half-Ironman; a 1.9k swim, 90 bike and half marathon, and to those competing at the sprint tri at Lough key forest park.




    03 Sept 2011 - Woodie’s DIY AAI National Half Marathon, Waterford





    30 Aug 2011 - Dessie's Run 10k 2011





    26 Aug 2011 - Brockagh Festival 4mile Race 35





    22 Aug 2011 - Outstanding performances from Tir Chonaill Athletes at National Community Games

    Athlone IT was a hive of activity on Saturday and Sunday last when the final weekend of the National Community Games was held in ideal, sunny conditions. Tir Chonaill athletes, representing their communities and county recorded a number of outstanding performances and returned from the festival of sport rewarded and very happy. more




    21 Aug 2011 - Dromahair 4 Mile 2011





    20 Aug 2011 - Frank Duffy 10 Mile - Phoenix Park

    Great runs by all club athletes and athletes from the local training group at the annual Frank Duffy 10 miler in the Phoenix Park on Saturday last. On what was a beautiful, if warm morning and with almost 7000 on the start line, all six athletes recorded super runs and were pleased with their performances. Paddy Donoghue in 73.54; Eileen Ward in 80.56; Ann Donoghue in 81.10; Bernie McNeely in 84.51, (huge pb); Loretta Cullen in 88.58 and Deboran Dawson in 97.15, who suffered an ankle injury, needing treatment afterwards, were all delighted and looking forward to the half marathon at the same venue in September. Well done all.




    20 Aug 2011 - Kevin Connors at Dromahair 4 Mile

    Club athlete Kevin Connors was first walker to cross the finish line in this popular local event. Well done Kevin.




    19 Aug 2011 - Ballyare 10k, Race 33





    15 Aug 2011 - Mark English smashes Irish Record

    Mark English’s, 800m winning performance, in Belguim, over the weekend, must rate as the most noteworthy sporting achievement of the summer by a Donegal sportsperson - individual or team. In an eleven man Senior International field the 18 year old Letterkenny man went to the front with 250m to go and came home to record an outstanding victory in a new Irish Junior [U20] record time of 1min 47.09secs. Its been a most exciting two weeks for the St Eunans, Leaving Cert student. On Sunday week last he won the Irish Senior at Santry and now followed up with a time very close to the London’B’ Olympic standard.




    15 Aug 2011 - Road Racing

    Our road racing athletes continued the winning streak experienced by our younger age group athletes when over the weekend at two separate venues, miles apart, some very fine performances were achieved.

    At the reinvented Lakeland 15 mile in Mullingar, club stalwart Philomena Gallagher had arguably her best race in a long time when in finishing fifth female overall she claimed first place in her category with a superb 1.48.  Phil led home Sharon McGowan with an excellent 1.57 and Linda Ward with an equally impressive 1.58 on the clock, Linda also claimed second place in her category.

    In Letterkenny, also on the Sunday, at the Danny McDaid 15k Paul Ward, recently returned to full training after injury, had a good run in 54.10 for third in his category.  Also in Letterkenny, Caroline Spratt with 71.32 placed second in her category, while Eileen Ward with 74.35 and Bernie McNeely with 77.25 placed third in her category.  All three girls posted huge pbs for the distance.

    In Mullaghmore that evening several club athletes took part in the Hospice 3 mile walk/jog/run organised by club athlete Pat McManus. Paul, Eileen, Eilish and Darragh Ward, Noel and Mary Hoey, Ann and Paddy Donoghue, Caroline and Jackie Spratt, Martin O’Halloran, Jackie Harvey, Stephen Travers, Aoife Doran, Sean Cassidy and Pat McManus were all there in force.

    Congratulations and well done to all on some great running over the weekend.

    Next weekend will see several club athletes travel to Dublin for the annual Frank Duffy 10 miler in the Phoenix Park, we wish them good luck.




    14 Aug 2011 - Danny McDaid 15k 2011, Race 32





    13 Aug 2011 - Celtic International Success

    The home countries Celtic International hosted in Antrim on Saturday last was a happy hunting ground for club athletes. Kate McGowan, smashed the National age group 80m Hurdles record at the All Ireland’s three weeks ago and followed up with an impressive victory in the Under 16 -80m hurdles. Pic: Ulster Celtic Internatiopnal Team. more




    12 Aug 2011 - Milford 5k, Race 31

    Milford on Friday evening had 130 finishers and once again Tir Chonaill athletes listed amongst the successful finishers. Johnie Ward, M50,20mins 10s3cs, Vera Haughey, F45,22mins17secs and Jackie Harvey, F50,23mins 35secs were very happy with their performances and category prizes.





    09 Aug 2011 - Mary McLoone, Double Title Winner at National Senior Track and Field Championships

    Tir Chonaill's Mary McLoone wrote a new chapter into Donegal sporting history when she won the Long Jump and Triple Jump Jump at the National Senior Track and Field Championships in Santry over the weekend. The Glenswilly N.S.based teacher on Saturday won her first Long Jump title while on Sunday in the Triple Jump she stood on the winning podium for the 7th time - a record only matched by one of the counties greatest ever athletes Hugo Duggan who in a thirty year career won 7 Long jump titles.

    Mary, from Leitir near Glenties, who started and developed her athletics career so many years ago in the St John Bosco club and progressed through Sportshall Athletics, schools and junior International to represent Ireland at Senior level in a number of Europa Cup competitions.

    All in Tir Chonaill are delighted for an athlete who has led the club to numerous National League titles, to three European Club competitions during the past ten years.

    Well done Mary on this unique achievement - a double National Senior Winner.




    09 Aug 2011 - Congratulations

    Tir Chonaill would also like to extend congratulations to Californian, Tori Penna competing in the Finn Valley colours who was equally convincing in winning the Pole Vault with a best of 4.20m. on Sunday. Tori competes in the World Championships at the end of August. To Letterkenny’s Mark English, the 3rd county athlete to secure a win. In a tactical 800m the eighteen year old took control of the race entering the final straight and won impressively.

    To Ciaran Doherty, Burtonport/Letterkenny AC,3000m Steeplechase, Teresa McGloin, Tullaghan/Finn Valley ,5000m won bronze medals and the ever improving Brendan Boyce, Milford/ Letterkenny AC who was 4th in the 5k walk.

    Letterkenny’s Ruairi Finnegan and Tír Chonaill’s Karl Griffin, were part of a group honoured at the National Championships, and were introduced to the crowd, for their outstanding performances at recent EYOF, WYC and European Junior and U23 Championships.




    06 Aug 2011 - Horseshoe 10k

    Four athletes from our training group made the short trip to the Horseshoe 10k on Friday evening last 05 Aug 2011. The race, along a tough, challenging and scenic route, with the first 5k all climbing while the second half is all downhill, is a major fundraiser for the North Sligo Playgroup and always an event that is superbly organised and enjoyable, not a course to go searching for a pb.  Stephen Travers was first club athlete to cross the line with a good 44.22 on the clock, followed by Paddy Donoghue in 45.19.  Ann Donoghue was next in 51.36 and first in her category, with new comer to the training group Aoife Doran, in her first ever 10k, chasing all the way for an impressive 52.12.  Well done all.




    05 Aug 2011 - Ramelton Festival 5k, Race 29





    05 Aug 2011 - Karl Griffins European Youth Olympics 800m in Trabson, Turkey




    04 Aug 2011 - Creeslough Festival 5k, Race 28





    03 Aug 2011 - Clonmany Festival 5k, Race 27





    03 Aug 2011 - Karl Griffins 800m in Trabson, Turkey




    03 Aug 2011 - Karl Griffin and Ruairi Finnigan in Trabson in Turkey

    Karl Griffin, in far away, Trabson in Turkey, made the headlines locally and nationally this week when he performed magnificently at the European Under Youth Olympics Festival [EYOF] - see separate report The youngest athlete - Karl is just 18years old - at the games he fought his way through 800m heats on Tuesday and on Friday afternoon on the final day and in the final event of the festival he came from 8th position at the bell [halfway] to make his attack for a podium position with 200m to go.

    The club congratulates Karl and the congratulatory messages from club members, the community and indeed nationally recognises the enormity of this achievement on an International stage.

    The club would also like to extend congratulations to Letterkenny’s Ruairi Finnigan who won the 1,500m at these championships.

    National media had the following report:

    ‘On the last day of the EYOF’s in Trabzon, Karl Griffin of Tir Chonaill AC, secured the third bronze medal of the championships for the Irish in the 800m. Griffin, made a decisive move at the 200m mark having drifted from the leading pack. He used his speed to move into medal position, finishing third in 1:51.64, less than a tenth away from a silver medal which was won by Nemanja Kojic of the Netherlands in 1:51.55, the winner was Brecht Bertels of Belgium in a time of 1:50.90. This brings Ireland’s medal tally at these championships to six; two gold, one silver and there bronze. There were also four athletes who finished in top eight positions. And to top off the tremendous performances there were four new Irish Youth Records set and six personal bests making it Ireland’s most successful championships ever.’




    03 Aug 2011 - Ruairi Finnigan's historic 1500m in Trabson, Turkey




    03 Aug 2011 - Mark Hegarty 4th in National Pentathlon

    Mark Hegarty made the journey to Tullamore on Saturday for the 'Irish Multi Events Age Group Championships' and came home very pleased with his overall score of 2,409pts - less than 50pts behind the bronze medal winner Darragh Costigam from Dunboyne.

    The U15 five event pentathlon demands a multitude of skills in jumping ,throwing, hurdling and running and Marks bests of 14.17secs/80m Hurdles, 1.32m/High Jump,4.66m/Long Jump,9.09m/Shot Putt and 2mins 14.08/800m put the Killybegs lad into the top etchelon of Irish all round athletes.


    1st Adam Doran, LucanHarriers, 2,623pts

    2nd Michael Quilligan, Nenagh Olympic, 2,557pts

    3rd Darragh Costigan, Dunboyne,2,457pts

    4th Mark Hegarty, Tir ConaillAC, 2,409pts

    5th Keith Marks,Cushinstown AC,2,323pts

    6th Damien O’Boyle, CraughwellAC, 2,304pts




    03 Aug 2011 - Club Warm Weather Training Camp

    Names and [expressions of interest] are now being taken for the clubs annual warm weather training camp. The location again is Monte Gordo in the Eastern Algarve, dates 31st December to 7th January.The location provides 10k of forest trails, 2k of very good grass trails, 8k of beach plus indoor/ outdoor track and field facilities, weights/conditions facilities plus sport science support services. Last year 26 club members availed of the opportunity and with a limit of thirty this year it is expected that places will fill up very quickly. Enquiries to Eamon Harvey 0749721578

    Application Form.pdf




    01 Aug 2011 - Killybegs 5k 2011, Race 26





    01 Aug 2011 - Karl Griffin European Bronze Medal Winner

    On the last day of the EYOF’s in Trabzon, Karl Griffin of Tir Chonaill AC, secured the third bronze medal of the championships for the Irish in the 800m. Griffin, made a decisive move at the 200m mark having drifted from the leading pack. He used his speed to move into medal position, finishing third in 1:51.64, less than a tenth away from a silver medal which was won by Nemanja Kojic of the Netherlands in 1:51.55, the winner was Brecht Bertels of Belgium in a time of 1:50.90. This brings Ireland’s medal tally at these championships to six; two gold, one silver and there bronze. There were also four athletes who finished in top eight positions. And to top off the tremendous performances there were four new Irish Youth Records set and six personal bests making it Ireland’s most successful championships ever.

    On Saturday at 3pm – 24hours after his outstanding performance in Turkey--Karl returned home to Donegal Town and his club base, where he received a warm welcome from family, friends and members of Tir Chonaill AC. Club Chariman, Paul O’Gara, congratulated Karl on his European Bronze medal winning performance and highlighted his meticulous training regime over the last twelve months, his positive attitude, determination and work ethic which is an inspiration to all within the club and community. Abbey Voc. School Principal Emannuel McCormack [Karl is a 3rd Yr student] and Karl’s Coach Eamon Harvey also spoke in glowing terms of his achievement in Turkey and of his attitude and application to achieving. Pic: Karl with Mum Brid, sister Andrea, and Dad Eamon. more




    01 Aug 2011 - Rosses Point Sprint Triathlon and Lough Neagh Olympic Triathlon

    It was a busy weekend for many of the clubs distance athletes. One of the counties top masters athletes, Leo Murray, had a great victory and a super second place went to young Eoin McManus and Jane McDevitt, in their respective categories at the Rosses Point triathlon while several personal bests were recorded by others at both the Rosses Point and Lough Neagh triathlons. Congratulations and well done to all.

    Rosses Point Results:

    Eoin McManus – 1.04.18 (2nd in Category)

    Leo Murray – 1.08.41 (1st in Category)

    Conor Clancy – 1.11.36

    Barry Duffy – 1.13.23

    Noel Hoey – 1.15.44

    Ciaran Clancy – 1.19.07

    Donagh Keon – 1.19.45

    Barry Gallagher – 1.21.15

    Jane McDevitt – 1.21.50 (2nd in Category)

    Anita Meehan – 1.26.21

    Gary Chapman – 1.26.49

    Ann Morrow – 1.32.49

    Lough Neagh being a full Olympic distance, incorporating the Triathlon Ireland National Olympic Championships with over 300 competitors, (1500m swim, 40k bike and a 10k run) where Niall Clancy, Paul McDevitt and Canice Nicholas all recorded huge personal best with Diarmaid Keon having to pull out with mechanical failure. Well done guys.

    Niall Clancy - 99th - 2:24:14

    Paul Mc Devitt - 184th - 2:40:04

    Canice Nicholas - 208th - 2:46:53

    Diarmuid Keon DNF - Mechanical Failure.




    27 July 2011 - Ruairi Finnigan becomes European Champion

    Ruairi Finnegan (Letterkenny AC) has put in a tremendous performance to win the 1500m at the EYOF’s in Trabzon Turkey today. Finnegan lead the race throughout, with 120m to go he moved away from the rest of the leading pack, to win in convincing style in 3:53.78. Samuele Dini of Italy was second in 3.54.45. Ireland last won a medal in the 1500m at the EYOF’s back in 2003 when Colin Costello won silver in 3.58.58.

    In the girl’s 1500m Siofra Cleirigh Buttner (DSD AC) also produced the goods and finished second in 4.26.42. Siofra was part of the leading break-away pack of five after the opening lap. In the closing stages it was a battle between Sophie Riches of Great Britain and the Dundrum athlete with Riches pulling away to won the race in 4.25.95. Siofra joins other previous Irish medallist including Ciara Mageean who won the event in 2009 in 4:15.46 and Maria Lynch a follow DSD athlete who won bronze in 1995.

    The was further good news earlier in the day when Marcus Lawler (St.Laurence O’Toole’s) improved his own Irish Youth record by one hundredth of a second, when winning his heat in 21.62. Lawler who is fifth fastest going into the final will have every chance to be in the medal hunt with four of the top five athletes all having times within three hundredths of each other.

    Ciara Giles Doran (Ferrybank AC) has qualified into the 200m semi-final running 24.62 to finish second in her heat.

    Twins, Megan and Ben Kiely of Ferrybank AC have both qualified into the 400m hurdles final. Megan finished second in her heat in 1:01.28 and is second fastest going into final. While brother Ben is third fastest going into the final after finishing third in his heat in 53.86

    In addition Karl Griffin, Tír Chonaill AC, yesterday qualified for the final of the 800m and enters Fridays decider as third fastest qualifier and also will be attempting to get onto the medal podium.




    27 July 2011 - Karl Griffin qualifies for European 800m Final

    As we go to press on Tuesday evening the news filtering through from the European U18 Youth Olympics in Trabson, Turkey is exciting and record breaking. Tír Chonaill’s Karl Griffin, in extremely warm conditions - 33degrees - has qualified for Fridays 800m final.

    Running in heat 1 of 3 Karl went to the front at the bell and extended the field as they went down the back straight. With 150m to he still lead and the field was reduced down to two challengers. He crossed the line in 1min 51.89secs and will line up for Fridays final - 12noon Irish time [–link to watch live on TV www.trt.net/link trt spor] as the 3rd fastest qualifier. Letterkenny's Ruairi Finnigan will contest the 1500m final at the same venue on Wednesday afternoon. The red headed Letterkenny man has a recent PB time of 3mins 49.18secs and will also be a contender for a top place finish.

    Following Karl’s final qualification Irish team manager Bernie Alcorn indicated that Karl followed a precise race plan and delivered. She confidently forecast that Karl and Ruairi would again run positive final races and would not be surprised if they challenged for medal places.

    800m final line up

    1 Saul MARTINEZ Spain, 1:51.62 PB

    2 382 Artiom Cocioc Macadonia 1:51.75 PB

    3 304 Karl John Griffin IRL 1:51.89

    4 Brecht Bertels, Belgium 1:53.16

    5 Nemanja Kojic Serbia 1:53.49

    6 Nikolaus F. Franzmair Austria 1:53.67

    7 Andrey Isaychev Russia 1:53.70

    8 Ralf Nieuwenhuizen Netherlands 1:53.85 PB




    26 July 2011 - Woodie’s DIY Juvenile All Ireland Inter Club Relays

    Tullamore Harriers Stadium 24th July

    Tír Chonaill’s young athletes brought the current season to a successful close, in style, when Part 2 of the "Athletics Ireland Juvenile Championships" took place over two days in Tullamore Stadium last weekend.

    The good wine is always kept to the end and so it turned out on Sunday evening when the clubs Girls U16 - 4 x 100m Team of Emma Brady, Kate McGowan, Eva McMullin, Kelly McGrory and super sub Ruth Gillespie wrote another chapter into the clubs twenty years history of successful relay racing. Having qualified via a competitive semi - final earlier, midway through the afternoon they ran another P.B. time of 50.42secs to claim a collective gold medal. more




    22 July 2011 - Drumhalla, Rathmullan 5k, Race 22





    19 July 2011 - Burtonport Festival 5k Race 21





    17 July 2011 - Ards Forest Park 10k





    15 July 2011 - Successful Tir Chonaill Athletics Club Summer Camp

    Eighty young athletes enjoyed five days of athletic activity/coaching when the annual Tír Chonaill AC summer camp was held in the spacious grounds of the Abbey Voc School Donegal Town from Monday 4th to Friday 8th July.

    Camp Director Jackie Harvey and club coaches/teachers and club leaders, ensured that the young athletes had an enjoyable and challenging time. The comprehensive five days programme included coaching and instruction in Art, Dance [Celli and Sean Nos], Gymnastics, trampoleening,

    Volleyball,Basketball, Badminton,Soccer, Gaelic Football and Tag Rugby skills plus minor

    games/activities eg unihoc/dodge ball/orienteering/target and board games. Track and field skills/events were also introduced to the older age groups i.e. Jumps --High/Long/Triple Jump and Pole Vault;Throws Shot/Discus/Javelin/Hammer and Sprints /Hurdles. The camp culminated with with a visit to the local Bumble bees activity fun arena and a McDonalds Athletics Jamboree.

    The club would lie to thank the following for their invaluable assistance during the week. Club leaders Sean Kerrs, Christopher Doherty, Mark McGuinness,Kate McCarthy,Barry Quigg,Louise Harvey,Kate McGowan, Kelly McGrory, Emma Brady and Hannah Quinn. Coaches/teachers - Rena Brogan, Vera Haughey,Brenda Morris,Pauric Harvey,Paul O'Gara,Anne McGowan, Ellen Doherty, Selina Stinson,Sharon Thomas, David Doherty and Mary Doherty. Also a word of appreciation for Kate Duncan/O'Rourke and Bridgeen McCauley/Bell for assistance with group trip to Bumblebees and to Abbey Voc School Principal Mr McCormick, for use of the schools excellent facilities.

    Pics by Tír Chonaill AC




    14 July 2011 - Irish Youth Olympics Squad

    Great Team Day for Irish Youth Olympics Squad.pdf




    14 July 2011 - Eamon Harvey Athletics Report





    13 July 2011 - Tir Chonaill Athletes smash National Records at Tullamore

    Tír Chonaill Athletes smashed two national records, had eight podium place finishes and recorded a number of PB's [personal bests performances] and a number of outstanding performances at Tullamore over the weekend when the' All Irelands Part 1' were held in ideal conditions.

    Much improved club mate Kate McGowan skimmed over the U15 80m Hurdles to lower a ten year old record - time 11.54secs and almost immediately on Saturday dominated the long jump competition when recording 5.50m for victory -- 4cm short of the existing age group record. Also on Saturday Emma Brady battled her way through qualification heats, where she finished 3rd, and got up for a silver medal final finish in the U16 80 Hurdles final. The following day she qualified for the 250m Hurdles final with ease and following a titanic battle filled 4th place lass than a half a metre outside a podium place - time 38.12secs.

    Louise Harvey, who has dominated her hurdles age group over the last five years added silver in the U19 100mH - time 16.80secs. Thomas McGowan, won silver in the U13 shot - 11.64m but was unhappy as he has been putting the weight nearly a metre more in training.

    Pole Vaulters Clare Brady, U17 and Hannah Campbell, U16 added to the clubs medal haul when finishing 3rd in their respective competitions. Fourth place is a difficult position to finish in athletics -- remember Eamon Coughlan in Montreal and Moscow. However Ruth Gillespie, U15 80m Hurdles -13.51secs and Marc Campbell U12 Shot 8.58m both filled this high placing and were delighted with their performances. Christopher Doherty, Pole Vault U17, cleared 3.40m for the 4th, 4th place finish by a club athlete during the two days.

    The throws section of the club has had a rejuvenation since throws coach Paul O'Gara has focused the goals of a number of youngsters in this direction. Matthes McClay,U15, and four months in the club, threw the hammer 27.33m for 5th; Chloe Masterson, U14, with a best of 23.77m was very happy with a PB of over 5metres and 8th position; Elish McGovern,U12 Shot, continues to improve and pushed the weight to 7.40m for a 5th place finish; Mark Hegarty,U15,Shot, filled 9th plce with a best of 10.44m.

    Daniel Gallagher, hit the headlines in late winter when he won the Irish schools U14 CC title in Dublin. In his first season of track running he has made remarkable strides. He battled his way via heats to the final of theU15 800m where he recorded 2mins 12.84secs for a top ten finish.Orla Coughlan, U12 Long Jump -3.71 and Eva McMullan U15 -100m -13.56secs were both happy with their performances.

    A sincere thanks to club coaches Paul O'Gara, David Doherty, Michelle and Jackie Harvey, and Anne McGowan plus numerous parents who traveled to coach and support during the mst successful weekend.

    Pic: Kate McGowan, Tír Chonaill, the 2nd Tír Chonaill athlete to smash National record last weekend in Tullamore




    13 July 2011 - Karl Griffin

    Sixteen years old, Karl Griffin, traveled to the Clonliffe Harriers 125 years anniversary meeting in Santry Stadium on Friday evening and recorded an impressive time of 1min50.97 secs for victory in the' B' 800m race - a time that ranks in the top three in Europe for an 18 year old this season. On Sunday in Tullamore Karl smashed a thirty years old record when winning the U17 800m in another outstanding time of 1min 52.72secs. The Donegal Town lad heads for the European Youth Olympics in Turkey next week. All in the Tír Chonaill club and wider community wish him well in his journey to Trapsen near the Black Sea and will support with interest his progress over the period.




    13 July 2011 - Ruairi Finnigan at the World Youth U18 Championships in Lille

    Ruairi Finnegan, from Letterkenny Athletic Club, ran a time of 3:49.58 on Sunday, which shaved over a second off his previous fastest time of 4:51.18. In a blistering race, Teshome Dirirsa from Ethipoa finished strongly to post a winning time of 3:39.13, just ahead of Kenya’s Vincent Kiprotich Mutai on 3:39.17 and Jonathan Kiplimo Sawe on 3:39.54.

    Sixteen-year-old Finnegan landed in Dublin yesterday morning after eight days in France. On Thursday, he ran 3:52.60 in his heat to finish fourth after putting in 62-second first 400m and then 63 for the second lap. The Irish schools intermediate champion’s time was good enough to get him through as one of the three fastest losers. The St Eunan’s College student will compete in the European U18 Youth Olympics in Turkey from July 24-30.

    Pic 1: Ruairi Finnigan, Letterkenny. with his parents Louise and Leo, following his outstanding world top ten performance at the World Youth U18 c/ships in Lille on Sunday last.

    Pic 2: Ruairi Finnigan in action in the 1,500m final at the World Youth Championships in Lile last Sunday.




    13 July 2011 - David Wilson wins ,"J.G. Memorial" 4.2 Mile in Cranford Race 19

    David Wilson,a very welcome visitor holidaying from Chicago, continues to impress on the Donegal Road circuit. Last weekend he added the JG Race in Cranford to his ever growing list of victories - Aghyaran and Rathmullan were victory scalps he had in the previous ten days. The very popular Cully, Donegal Town native, now in the M40 class, dominated Junior U20 CC in Ireland during the late 1980's when he was unbeaten in two years. David currently dominates the Chicago/Illinois masters road running scene where he continues to record 5k times of sub 15.30, and has the distinction as a Junior prior to leaving Ireland of competing in two World CC-Switzerland and one Junior European Track 5k Championships.





    13 July 2011 - Julie McMullan at International triathlon in Athlone

    A number of club athletes competed in the International triathlon in Athlone last weekend. Ballyshannon's Julie McMullan impressed when winning her age group category. Congrats and well done Julie. Details next week and breakdown of all club members in this prestigious event.




    13 July 2011 - Club Summer Camp

    For five days last week the clubs annual summer camp, was a hive of activity when over eighty youngsters came together for a fun filled period of activity. The club wishes to thank all the children and parents for supporting the camp, the numerous club coaches and teachers who coached/taught, insuring the success of the venture, Cara Pharmacy, Bundoran and Donegal Town, All Sports Donegal Town and the Principal of the AVS for putting the schools excellent spots facilities at the disposal of the club for the week.




    05 July 2011 - National League Round 2 next Sunday

    Round 2 of the National League takes place at two venues next Sunday. The clubs women's team travel to Santry following an excellent team performance in round 1 at Sligo four weeks. They are lying in 3rd position at the moment and have a goal of qualifying for the eight club final in August. Team captain Jackie Harvey hopes to have a full squad in action.We wish them well.




    05 July 2011 - All Ireland Club Finals in Tullamore

    Good luck to the unprecedented number of club athletes who qualified at recent 'Ulster Club Finals' and travel to Tullamore this weekend for Part 1 of the' All Ireland Club Finals'.

    Back L-R: Mark Hegarty, Mark McGuinness, Ruth Gillespie, Daniel Gallagher, Kelly McGrory, Karl Griffin, Kate mcGowan, Christopher Doherty, Emma Brady, Thomas McGowan,Matthew McClay
    Front L-R: Louise Harvey, Chloe Masterson, Katie Hoad, Orla Coughlan, Aine McGroarty, Ciara Crawford, Jessica Quinn, Niamh Mc Grory, Sarah Timoney, Eva McMullan, Clare Brady - unavoidably missing from the photograph Mary Flora Scott and Joe Morris




    05 July 2011 - Summer Camp

    A sincere thank you to the large number of club coaches/teachers/ volunteers that assisted with the clubs very enjoyable and successful 4th to 8th July Summer Camp this week. Also to the parents/guardians of nearly one hundred young athletes for support and to the management of the Abbey Vocational School for use of excellent facilities.




    01 July 2011 - David Wilson takes victory in Rathmullan 5K Race 17

    Congratulations to David Wilson, home with wife and family, from Chicago on a very welcome visit to his home in Cully near Donegal Town on a great run in Rathmullan 5k on Friday night. David's winning time, an outstanding 15mins.30secs, brings back memories when in the late 1980's, prior to departing on an athletics scholarship to Illinois State University, the very popular eighteen year old ran a remarkable time of 14mins 16secs for 5k and represented Ireland as a junior U20 in two World CC - Switzerland and Poland and in one European Junior T/F in Birmingham -1987.

    In second place on Friday was Letterkenny AC's Ivan Toner in 16:05 and Gary Scully third in 16:18. Letterkenny AC's Noreen McGettigan was the fastest woman - her time of 18:18 placed her 16th overall in a field of 129 finishers.





    29 June 2011 - Carndonagh 5K Race 16





    28 June 2011 - Raphoe 5k Race15





    24 June 2011 - Aghyaran 5k Race13

    David Wilson led the field home in the Aghyaran 5k Road Race in Tyrone on Friday night. David clocked a fine 15.48 to win the event, while Ivan Toner of Letterkenny AC was in second place and 37 seconds back. Third on the evening was Frank Chaney, while Sean McShane was fourth and Charlie Page fifth. Sixth place overall and the leading lady home was Teresa McGloin, from Finn Valley Athletic Club, who finished with an impressive time of 16:55. Pic by Letterkenny AC.





    20 June 2011 - Success in Antrim at Ulster Club Championships

    The 'Ulster Club Juvenile Track & Field Championships' held at the Antrim Forum, on Saturday - Under 14 and 15 and Sunday - Under 16 and 17 was a most successful experience for a large group of young Tir Chonaill athletes.

    From the first final on Saturday morning at 10:30am when Kate Mc Gowan skimmed over the 80m hurdles for an impressive victory and time of 11.92secs to the final discipline on Sunday evening at 4:30pm when Karl Griffin, demolished the field in the U17 400m final for an equally impressive victory and very fast time of 50.00 secs. club athletes amassed an unprecedented number of podium places with ten victories, six 2nd and nine 3rd individual placings.

    Pic: U15 Girls 2k Medal Winners Ciara Crawford 2nd, Sarah Timoney 1st & Jennifir Quinn 3rd.





    20 June 2011 - Mullaghmore Triathlon

    A large number of club members, MSC Tri members and local enthusiasts made the short journey to Mullaghmore on Sunday last for the popular ‘Sprint Tri’ and many recorded outstanding performances, P.B’s and won numerous catagory prizes. Congratulations to all.

    Club Placings and Times - (hour/min/secs)
    12 Eoin Mc Manus 01:07:22

    13 Kieran Mulligan 01:07:52

    19 Peter Jones 01:10:18

    23 Brendan Ruane 01:11:29

    28 John Treacy 01:12:18

    41 Damian Foley 01:13:18

    43 Paul Mc Gowan 01:13:19

    51 Damien Reid 01.13.58;

    52 Ronan Mc Intyre 01:14:12

    62 Nial Clancy 01:15:48

    70 Ciaran Clancy 01:16:23

    73 Alan Mc Loughlin 01:16:43

    81 Noel Hoey 01:17:47

    90 Barry Duffy 01:18:33

    93 Paul Mc Devitt 01:18:49

    100 Julie Mc Mullin 01:19:19

    118 Rory O Neill 01:20:33

    120 Terry O Brien 01:20:41

    124 Canice Nicholas 01:20:54

    128 Diarmaid Keon 01:21:18

    135 Amy Spratt 01:21:42

    136 Cecilia Mc Guinness 01:21:43

    140 Adrian Mc Kinney 01:21:56

    170 Malachy Cullen 01:23:30

    174 Jane Mc Devitt 01:23:44

    198 James McIntyre 01:25:42

    199 Donagh Keon 01:25:42

    205 The Shams Meade 01:25:56

    220 David McLoone 01:26:48

    241 Eleanor Rooney 01:28:08

    254 Philip McLoone 01:29:13

    286 Ann Morrow 01:32:33

    287 Helena Kenny 01:32: 00

    Alaine Murray 01:52:18

    7 Shane O'Donnell

    17 Michael McGrath

    18 Pat Mc Manus

    26 Olivia Murphy

    49 Chris Rogers




    20 June 2011 - Mary McLoone at Europa Cup

    Mary McLoone, with bests of 5.91m - Long Jump and 12.42m - Triple Jump helped Ireland retain 1st Division status when the 'European Nations Cup' was held in Turkey last weekend. In all twelve countries participated and the dreaded final two positions were relegated to Division 2 for 2012. Ireland finished 10th with McLoone’s Long and Triple Jump valuable points being part of the team total.




    20 June 2011 - On Ulster Team

    The following club athletes are part of the 'Ulster Team' for next Saturday’s Inter Pro in Santry. This competition doubles as a trial for the 'Irish Under 17 Schools International Team - Kelly McGrory, 100m and 4x100m relay; Karl Griffin 800m and 4 x 400m relay, Hannah Campbell and Clare Brady, Pole Vault and Mark McGuiness Steeplechase.




    20 June 2011 - European Youth Olympics

    Karl Griffin, becomes the clubs most recent International when on Monday last he was selected for the European U18 Youth Olympics in Turkey. Karl will contest the 800m and will be a member of the relay. This is a great honor for the Ballydevitt lad, for his family, club and local community.




    20 June 2011 - David Wilson at Lifford 5k, Race 11

    David Wilson, from Cully, in the late 1980’s represented Ireland in two World Cross Country Championships and one European Junior championship. The former club and AVS student went on an athletics scholarship to Illinois State in the USA. Subsequently, he settled in Chicago, where he works and still runs. He is a very welcome visitor at the moment and on Friday night last ran a remarkable time in the Lifford 5k of 15mins 32secs.





    18 June 2011 - Karl Griffn selected for Irish Youth Olympic Team

    Three Ulster Athletes are part of a strong fourteen member Irish Youth Olympic team for the upcoming European championships in Turkey. Letterkenny's Ruairi Finnigan, 1500m, Tir Chonaills, Karl Griffin, 800m and Dromores Matthew Martin, Javelin, are included in the team managed by Finn Valley's Bernie Alcorn.
    The Olympic Council of Ireland has selected a strong squad to represent Ireland in five sports at next month's 11th European Youth Olympic Games being held in Trabzon, Turkey. Over 2000 of the best young athletes in Europe will compete in this key multi-sport event on the Black Sea – an important competition in the development of young athletes for future Olympic participation from the 24th -29th July. The Irish Team will have a 5 day pre Games training camp in Turkey prior to the opening ceremony.
    Athletics: Siofra Clérigh Buttner, Aisling Croke, Ruari Finnegan, Ciara Giles Doran, Karl Griffin, Megan Kiely, Ben Kiely, Sarah Lavin, Marcus Lawler, Matthew Martin, Grainne Moynihan, Amy O'Donoghue, Greg O'Shea, Sean Tobin.
    Cycling: Mark Downey, Eddie Dunbar, Jason Prendergast.
    Gymnastics: Adam Dalton, India McPeak, Sarah Strawbridge.
    Swimming: Clodagh Flood, Luke FitzGibbon, Brendan Gibbons, Mary Kate McDowell, David O'Sullivan, Sean O'Brien, Brian O'Sullivan.
    Tennis: Robert Dudley, Sinead Lohan.
    OCI CHEF de MISSION: Tom Rafter.
    OCI SPORTS DIRECTOR: Martin Burke.




    15 June 2011 - Woodies DIY Track & Field League

    North West clubs Tír Chonaill AC, City of Derry and Olympian were involved in Round 1 of the National Woodies D.I.Y. Track & Field League in Sligo on Sunday. Competing in the Premier Women’s Division, in unfriendly wet conditions, Tír Chonaill women’s group had a number of top class individual performances.

    Mary McLoone, who next weekend will represent Ireland in the Europa Cup won the long jump and placed 2nd in the 100;

    Geraldine Stewart 1st Shot Putt/ 2nd Javelin;

    Louise Harvey 1st 100m H /400m H and 3rd High Jump;

    Teresa McGloin 1st 3k and 2nd 800m;

    Clare Brady 1st Pole Vault;

    Marie Rooney 3rd Walk;

    Lisa Shiels 3rd 200m;

    Brenda Morris 3rd Hammer;

    Philomena Gallagher 4th 1500m;

    The performances gave the South Donegal based club a second overall position as the league moves to Round 2 in Athlone in mid July. Guesting in the men’s Pole Vault Christopher Doherty vaulted a PB of 3.95m. Thanks to officials/coaches Davy Doherty, Paddy Donoghue, Jacqui and Eamon Harvey for organisation and support on the day.
    Premier Women 1 D.S.D 129pts 2 Tír Chonaill AC 119pts, Galway County,101pts North Down AC 98pts, Borrisokane AC 93pts City of Lisburn AC 0

    On Saturday at the Ulster Northern Ireland T&F c/ships in Antrim Christopher Doherty, vaulted 3.60m for victory in the age group chips while Joe Morris won his first provincial medal when finishing 3rd in the 200m - well done lads.




    15 June 2011 - Tír Chonaill AC Athletes shine at Enniskillen 10k

    The Enniskillen 10k, ran on Saturday afternoon, attracted over 1000 competitors to the lakeland town. Tír Chonaill athletes were out in force and ran a number of excellent times and came home with a number of category prizes. Congratulations. to all and thanks for the support led by Paddy Donoghue that traveled on the day. Finish positions and times for Tír Chonaill athletes
    33rd Gerry McManus MO40 Tír Chonaill AC 40mis17secs;

    64th Philomena Gallagher, FO40 Tír Chonaill AC 42mis 33secs;

    93rd Julie McMullin FO40 Tír Chonaill AC 44:26
    96th Gerard McCafferty MO40 Tír Chonaill AC 44:32;

    113th Sharon McGowan FO40 Tír Chonaill AC 45:39;

    137th Kevin McGlynn MO40 Tír Chonaill AC 46:40;

    179th Ann Donoghue FO50 Tír Chonaill AC 48:20;

    204th Eileen Ward FO Tír Chonaill AC 48:58;

    308th Bernadette McNeely FO50 Tír Chonaill AC 52:03;

    314th Loretta Cullen FO40 Tír Chonaill AC 52:17;

    353rd Deborah Dawson FO Tír Chonaill AC 53:39;

    440th Valerie Moore FO40 Tír Chonaill AC 56:36;




    15 June 2011 - Ulster Schools Team Selection

    Congratulations to the following Donegal athletes who have been selected on the Ulster Schools Team for the Inter Provincial Tailteann Games in Tullamore on Saturday 25th June. This event serves as a trial for the Irish Schools U17 Team. Donegal schools/clubs represented by

    Hannah Campbell, Pole Vault St Catherine's Killybegs/Tír Chonaill AC;

    Mark McGuinness, St.Catherines, Killybegs/Tír Chonaill AC. Steeplechase;

    Karl Griffin, 800m and 4 x 400m AVS/Tír Chonaill AC;

    Clare Brady, Pole Vault,AVS/Tír Chonaill AC;

    Kelly McGrory,100m and 4 x 100m, AVS/Tír Chonaill AC;

    Blathnaid Patton, High Jump, St Columbas/Finn Valley;

    John Kelly, Shot Putt, R&P/Finn Valley;

    Shaun Woods, 400m and 4 x 400m, R&P/ Finn Valley;

    Lisa Gibson,Shot Putt, Deele College/Letterkenny AC;

    Natasha McArdle, 1500m Loreto LK/Letterkenny;

    Patrick Matthews, 3k, Carndonagh CS/Innishowen AC.




    15 June 2011 - McBrearty runs European U23 qualification time

    Letterkenny's Daren McBrearty's performance in Watford on Saturday night when he ran 3mins 42.68secs for 1500m was the outstanding athletics achievement of the week. The occasion, a British Milers Club event attracted the top middle distance athletes from across Europe and found McBrearty, an 800m semi finalist at the European Indoors in Paris earlier in the year, win the 'B' 1500m impressively in a new PB time, 5 seconds faster than he has ran before and in the process a qualification standard for the European U23.

    Noel Collins, a former silver medal winner in the steeplechase at the European Youth Olympics, ran 3mins 47secs while Letterkenny's rising star Ruairi Finnigan, ran 3mins 51secs for 1500m. Ruairi, already has qualification times for European [Turkey] and World [France] Youth Olympics later in the summer.
    Result BMC 1500m B (Mens) 1 3:42.68 Darren McBrearty U23 Letterkenny/Ireland 2 3:43.15 Jermaine Mays Kent; 3 3:44.09 Frank Baddick Newham & Essex Beagles / Loughborough




    08 June 2011 - Furey Insurances Series, Culmore 5k





    05 June 2011 - Runegal 10k, Dunfanaghy, Race 9





    04 June 2011 - Abbey Vocational School Athletes impress in Tullamore

    Schools athletes from across Donegal impressed when the Aviva sponsored Irish schools finals were held in a packed Tullamore Stadium yesterday.It was estimated that the attendance was over six thousand. The Abbey Voc School, PE Dept., who work in partnership with the local Tír Chonaill club , in introducing and developing athletics, reaped a rich harvest when the schools Junior girls team won the overall All Ireland Cup, smashed a twenty years old 4 x 100m record and placed athletes on the winning podium on five occasions during an exciting days athletics. In addition students from St Eunans, Letterkenny,St Columbus, Stranorlar, Royal and Prior Raphoe, Carrick Voc School and Killybegs Voc placed in top three positions. More




    03 June 2011 - Donegal Town 5K Race 8

    Pics by Conor McGonagle





    03 June 2011 - Irish Schools Track and Field Finals -Tullamore Sat 4th June

    Following the successful regional and provincial championships, the best young Irish talent will compete at the greatly anticipated AVIVA All Ireland Schools Track & Field Final on Saturday, 4th June 2011 at Tullamore Harriers Stadium. Sponsored by insurance provider, Aviva, this annual event signals an accumulation of months of tough competition for schools’ athletes throughout Ireland, who have progressed through regional and provincial championships representing their schools at the highest level in the domestic school’s calendar. You can keep up with all the action on Saturday by LIKING the recently launched Irish Schools’ Athletics Association Facebook.
    Despite adverse weather conditions at provincial level there were some outstanding performances which indicate the level of talent which will be in attendance at this year’s championship. On track exceptional performances can be expected across the board. Some potential highlights include Siofra Cleirigh Buttner of Choláiste Iosagain, the fastest Irish woman this year over the 800m distance who will contest the Intermediate Girls 800m race. At the AVIVA Leinster schools Siofra’s time of 2:08.70 seconds, sheared four seconds off the 28 year old record and inside the current Championship best performance mark set in 2010 of 2.10.80 held by Amy O’ Donoghue of Villiers Limerick who will contest the Senior Girls race.
    In the Senior 400m hurdles the Kiely twins, Megan and Ben are likely to achieve individual honours. Both have reached the qualifying mark for the European Youth Olympics later in the summer over the distance. The girl’s race is likely to provide an interesting display of talent with Commonwealth Games athlete Christine McMahon, Belfast royal Academy, winning convincingly in the AVIVA Ulster Schools. Ben is also set to compete in the Senior 400m, which is likely to be a highly contested race for the title with James Green, Comeragh CC and Joe Dowling, Terenure College fighting for honors. The senior boys 400m has been a traditional breeding ground for the Irish 400m tradition setting the careers of athletes such as David Gillick, Brian Gregan and Gordon Kennedy in their way.
    In the short sprints, Marcus Lawlor, CBS Carlow who recently broke the Irish under 18 record over the 200m distance will compete in the Intermediate Boys 100m and 200m. Another exciting prospect is Ciara Giles Doran, Mercy Waterford, who will confront the Intermediate Girls 300m Hurdles before fighting for honor’s with Claire Foley, St. Gerard’s in the 100m.

    In the Senior Girls the Ulster Schools battle between the Aviva Ulster Schools 100m champion, Chloe Boomer and the Ulster Schools 200m champion, Katie Kirk of Sullivan Upper is likely to provide an interesting 200m race.

    Zach Irwin, Sligo Grammar School, is a young man to look out for with some outstanding performances in the Junior Boys’ sprints already this year.
    Other highly anticipated performances will come in the form of the Intermediate Boys 800m. Donegal’s Karl Griffin, Abbey Vocational School, who won the AVIVA Ulster Schools in a time of 1:54.84, breaking David Wilson’s 1985 record and just outside the Irish Schools Championship best mark set by James Nolan in 1993.

    In the senior race, Irish International medalist Mark English, St Eunan’s Letterkenny, will be the one to watch. The Senior Boys’ 1500m should be good with the outstanding Shane Quinn, DLS Waterford, in top form although the ever-improving Tommy Casey, Sligo Grammar School should not be discounted.
    The field event programme will be set in motion at 9:00am with the Hammer competitions. The senior Girls hammer will provide a fine display of talent.

    Cara Kennedy, CTI Waterford was among the record breaking performances at Provincial level, breaking Rachel Akers 2002 record of 50.92 meters with a throw of 53.87 meters, further than the current Irish Schools Championship best also held by Akers. In the same event Gaby McNally threw an AVIVA Ulster Schools record of 51.80 meters and will be in shake up. Highlights in the Boys are likely to include Irish International Marco Pons, Wexford CBS in the Senior Boys Discus, James McCabe, Belvedere College in the Senior Boys Hammer and also Andrew Doyle of Northern Regional College who broke the AVIVA Ulster Schools Senior Boys Hammer record with a throw of 61.11 meters. In the Senior Girls Long Jump the Ballyclare talent Joanna Mills will again be in action. Ania Bednorz, Mercy Sligo, broke the Triple Jump record at the AVIVA Connacht Schools’ and could do likewise on Saturday. Other interesting performance’s are likely to come in the Senior Girls and Boy’s high jump’s in all categories. Irish athletics has seen rejuvenation in the Irish High Jump tradition in recent years with athletes such as Barry Pender Knockbeg College and Kourosh Fourougi Gormanston elevating the bar and driving competition at schools level in recent years.
    This Year’s Championship is a landmark in the History of Irish Schools Athletics. This year the Irish Schools Athletic Association has entered into sponsorship with AVIVA for the first time. The Irish Schools Athletic Association would like to share its sincere debt of gratitude to AVIVA on behalf of the Association, parent’s, teacher, coach’s, participants, officials and visitors for their support in contributing to the success the Irish Schools Athletic Programme and in providing a platform for emerging talent to display the remarkable ingenuity and spirit that has been present in Irish School’s athletics traditionally. The championship will be an eagerly awaited one and an event not to be missed.




    27 May 2011 - Annagry Rosses AC 5k





    25 May 2011 - Wind Blows Buncrana 5K Records off Course Race 6

    By Eoghan Furey

    The wet and windy weather abated somewhat to allow Wednesday evenings Sean Furey Insurances Buncrana 5K to enjoy dry conditions but the strong headwind off Lough Swilly on the first 2.5K, effectively ruled out any course record bids despite very impressive winning runs from Donegal duo, Letterkennys Ciaran Doherty and Finn Valleys Teresa McGloin at the head of the 300 strong field.

    The North West was battered by blustery winds and rain for most of Wednesday and this may have affected the overall entry numbers ,but a dry interlude just before the start cheered the runners,even if the headwind remained,albeit a trifle reduced. Pre race favourite City of Derrys Connor Bradley led through the first Kilomete and beyond from Ciaran Doherty but the Letterkenny man was level as they turned onto the back road approaching 3K to run for home. The Spartan dropped out shortly afterwards citing a leg niggle and Doherty stormed on unchallanged to post 14m 59s winning time, ahead of another Spartan Arnie Doherty whose 15m 19s gave him a narrow one second margin over Buncrana resident and Letterkenny AC athlete, the evergreen Pauric McKinney.

    The top three were clear of the chasing pack led home in fourth by the consistent Foyle Valley man Scott Rankin on 15m 27s; the City of Derry duo Paddy Mhor Doherty and Colin Roberts completed the top six,claiming the M35 and M40 category respectively with 15m 32s and 15m 42s. Track star Pajo Hamilton was seventh with a massive 15m 45s PB; clubmate Brendan Murphy also notched a PB with 15m 51s in eigth and the top ten was completed by Letterkennys Ivan Toner on 15m 59s and the Spartans James Brown on 16m 10s.

    Last years runner up Teresa McGloin was all alone up front in the womens race clocking an excellent 16m 56s with North Belfasts Cathy McCourt also producing a great 17m 30s for second spot. City of Derrys ageless master Anne Paul, was a comfortable third with a gutsy 18m 19s effort. The top three women, along with the 2nd and 3rd men, were all previous winners on the course!

    Fourth female was the top F40 Dawn McDaid of Foyle Valley on 18m 53s and she was followed by her sister Rosie O Brien who stormed to a 18m 58s PB ahead of the sixth placed City of Derrys Marina Campbell with 19m 15s. Springwells Gemma Turley was next on 19m 23s; Inishowens Teresa Doherty ran 19m 31s for eight; Mary Connolly of Finn Valley on 19m 37s claimed ninth an the top ten was rounded off with an excellent 19m 48s PB from another Spartan Catherine Lilburn.

    Pics by Paddy Murphy of the start and at the 3km

    Pics by Pete Webster from the 1km mark and finish





    22 May 2011 - Abbey Vocational School Athletes excel at Antrim

    The 'Ulster Schools Track and Field Finals', attracted over six hundred athletes, to a wind and rain soaked Antrim Forum on Friday evening and Saturday last. Abbey Vocational School athletes had an unprecedented number of individual and team successes. The schools Junior Under 15 Girls were crowned Ulster Team Champions - a first for a Donegal school - and had a number of top three individual finishes and an impressive 4 x 100m relay victory. more




    21 May 2011 - Tullaghan Fundraiser Run

    Four club athletes made the short journey across the border into Leitrim to support the Tullaghan Community Playgroup’s fun walk/jog/run on Saturday. On a day more suited to a warm fire and some home comforts, the quartet of Olivia Murphy, Brenda Morris and Ann and Paddy Donoghue braved the cold bitter rain and sharp wind to support this very worthwhile event.  From the outset the Tír Chonaill AC athletes were out front, tailing the lead car and battling the elements to the finish line of this tough 6.6 mile course.  With Brenda and Paddy pushing on to cross the finish line together in joint first, claiming first female and male, followed by Ann as second female with Olivia following closely, it was a good day, despite the inclement weather. Well done all. Pic1:Paddy Donoghue & Brenda Morris. Pic2 :Ann Donoghue.




    18 May 2011 - Successful start to New Season for Mary Mcloone

    The Athletics Ireland Games, the opening National Track and Field Competition of the new season, was a successful one for Tir Chonaill’s Mary McLoone. Long jumping 6.02metres and recording a time of 12.51secs for the 100m the Glenswilly N.S teacher laid a marker for the season ahead which hopefully will see Mary gain more International recognition and push out the boundaries in Triple Jump - she is the current National Indoor and Outdoor Champion and Long Jump.

    Pic: Mary McLoone in action in the Long Jump at Santry last Sunday.




    18 May 2011 - Ulster Schools Track and Field Finals

    Recognised as the top under age track and field meeting of the year in the province, the 'Ulster Schools Treac & Field Finals' on Friday and Saturday next will have an unprecedented number of South Donegal schools, Tir Chonaill and Sl. Liag club  athletes compete. The following qualified at District finals last Friday in Antrim when the best school athletes from Tyrone, Fermanagh, Cavan and Sth Donegal competed for Ulster final places.
    Minor Girls

    Caoimhe  Byrne, Carrick Vocational & SL 3rd 100m;

    Molly Byrne, Carrick Vocational & /SL 1st Shot Putt;

    Junior Girls

    Kelly McGrory, Abbey Vocational, 1st in 100m and 200m;

    Eva McMullan, Scoil Colmcille, 2nd 100m;

    Kate McGowAbbey Vocational/TC, 1st 75mH and 1st Long Jump;

    Emma Brady, Abbey Vocational/TC, 1st Triple Jump and 2nd 75m H;

    Sarah Timoney, Scoil Colmcille/TC, Walks;

    Ciara Crawford, Abbey Vocational/TC, Walks;

    Jessica Quinn, Abbey Vocational/TC, Walks;

    Hannah Campbell, Killybegs Vocational./TC Pole Vault and Abbey Vocational. 4 x 100m Relay Team;

    Intermediate Girls

    Aislinn Cunningham, Kilybegs Vocational/TC 1st 100m and 200m;

    Claire Brady, Abbey Vocational/TC, Pole Vault;

    Senior Girls

    Louise Harvey, Abbey Vocational/TC, 1st 100m H and 1st 400m H;

    Aoife O’Connor, Abbey Vocational/TC, 1st Long Jump;

    Shena Quigg, Carrick Vocational/SL 2nd 200m;
    Junior Boys

    Mark Hegarty, KillybegsVocational/TC 1st 800m and 2nd 200m;

    Daniel Gallagher, Killybegs Vocational/TC 2nd 1500m;

    Christopher O’Loughlan, Abbey Vocational/TC 2nd 80m H;

    Denis Byrne, Carrick Vocational/TC 1st Shot Putt;

    Padar Conroy, Carrick Vocational/SL 3rd Discus; Abbey 4 x 100m Relay.

    Intermediate Boys

    Karl Griffin, Abbey Vocational/TC 800m;

    Mark McGuiness, Killybes Vocational/TC 1st 1,500m and 2nd 1,500m Steeplechase;

    Sean Kerrs, Abbey Vocational, 1st 3,000m;

    Adam Gallagher, Abbey Vocational/TC 1st High Jump;

    Senior Barry Quigg, Carrick Vocational/TC High Jump;

    Christopher Doherty, Carrick Vocational/TC Pole Vault;
    Good luck to all and a thank you to the various schools who support, encourage and coach these athletes. Pic: Abbey Vocational School Athletes at District E Track and FieldChampionships in Antrim




    17 May 2011 - Inter Firms 5k Letterkenny 2011Race 5

    The Hickey, Clarke and Langan Annual Inter firms 5k race in Letterkenny on Tuesday evening of this week attracted 235 finishers and found Patrick Brennan, representing LYIT record an excellent winning time of 14mins 34secs. Tir Chonaill athletes  were again to the fore with very satisfying performances and times being recorded by Ollie Thomas, M40/18.05; Gary Thomas, M40/18.45; Johnie Ward,M50/19.56; Vera Haughey,W45/21.34; Jackie Harvey, W50/22.25; and newcpmers Anne Marie Conaghan,SW/23.52 and Yvonne Campbell, SW/25.06; Results.pdf




    15 May 2011 - Streets of Sligo 5k

    Five club athletes travelled to Sligo on Sunday afternoon last to compete at the inaugural Streets of Sligo 5k in conjunction with the 175th anniversary celebrations for the local newspaper, the Sligo Champion.  With over 500 entrants running through the winding streets of Sligo on a wet and windy afternoon, it made for a furious race. Starting and finishing in O’Connell Street and with refreshments and changing, along with the prize giving in the nearby Glasshouse Hotel afterwards keeping everything centred, it made for a good and athlete friendly event. Once again there was success for our female athletes, with the ever consistent Philomena Gallagher putting in another great display to capture second in her category with 20.20 on the clock.  Ann Donoghue continued her recent good form with another good run crossing the line in 22.42, also for second in her category. Sharon McGowan with an excellent 21.34, Linda Ward with 22.07 and Paddy Donoghue with 19.45 were all pleased with their performances. Well done all.




    11 May 2011 - South Donegal Primary Schools Relays

    Abbey Vocational School Track

    Wednesday, 11th May 2011

    Hundreds of pupils from the following primary schools St Mac Cartans, Bundoran,Creevy , Ballyshannon; Gaelscoil Eirne, Balyshannon; St.Eunans, Laghey; Scoil Aodh Rua & Nuala, Donegal Town; Gael Scoil, Baile Dhun na nGall; St Francis, Barnes; Scoil an Leinbh Iosa, Killymard; St Peters, Mountcharles; St Nauls, Keeloggs; Frosses, ; The Commons , Killybegs; Niall Mor, Kilybegs and Cashel ,Glencolmcille travelled to Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town on Wednesday last for a most enjoyable inter school relay competition.

    Four catagories of boys and girls races for 3rd; 4th 5th and 6th class pupils found heats and finals being contested with enthusiasm and no small amount of competitiveness. Many of the finals had as little as two metres separating the top three finishers.

    At the presentation of medals-top three in each category to large and small school - in the schools spacious gymnasium by PE staff Michelle Harvey and Brian Carty all competitors were congratulated, primary school staff thanked for giving the young athletes the opportunity of experiencing athletics, the school Principal Mr McCormick for support and use of facilities and the Tir Chonaill club for work behind the scenes. A special word of thanks was reserved for then the students form the Abbey Voc School who administered, officiated on the day and prepared the venue for the memorable competition.


    Pics by Tir Chonaill AC




    06 May 2011 - Flanagan and McGloin impressive winners in Ballyshannon 5k Race 2

    The Tír Chonaill sponsored Ballyshannon 5k road race, ran in ideal conditions on Friday evening last attracted a field of one hundred and fifty athletes from all over the North West. Keen competition in the various categories, excellent organisation and hospitality, and outstanding prizes were some of the highlights of the evening more




    02 May 2011 - Club Athletes out in force at North West 10k Race 1

    Congratulations to all athletes from the Tir Chonail club who participated in the North West 10k on Sunday last - the biggest charity road race in the North West with over 2600 participants - 663 runners and nearly 2,000 walkers completed the course.

    Superb performances were posted by Richard McCarthy 39mins. 20 secs. Paddy Donoghue, 43mins 33 secs; Philomena Gallagher, 45mins 26sec; Gerry McCafferty, 45mins 32sec;Johnny Ward, 45mins 56secs; Sean Cassidy, 46mins 14 secs;Liam Waugh, 46mins 15secs; Sharon McGowan, 46mins 33 secs; Caroline Spratt, 48mins 39secs; Anita Meehan, 48mins 57secs; Anne Donoghue, 49mins 01secs;Linda Ward, 49mins 47secs; Vera Haughey, 49mins 57secs;Pauric Keenaghan, 50mins 18 secs; Bernie McNeely. 53mis 19secs; Loretta Cullen, 53mins 57secs;Nora Timoney, 54mins25sec; Deborah Dawson, 55mins37secs; Valarie Moore, 57mins 6secs;Kieran Summerville, 58mins 21secs; Martina McGee, 58mins 22 secs. Thanks you to the super supporters, Jackie Spratt, Brenda Morris, Paul McGee, the Keenaghan and Summerville families, were out and about with their words of encouragement. You were all great. Enjoy the Bank Holiday, the good weather and see you all at the Ballyshannon 5k on Friday night next.





    02 May 2011 - Successful Easter Camp

    The club sponsored three days annual Easter camp attracted over sixty young athletes to the spacious and well appointed facilities at the Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town. Camp director Michelle Harvey, reports that all children enjoyed the three days of activities which included trampooleening, gymnastics, dance, art, sportshall athletics, mini volleyball, tag rugby, Gaelic and soccer football skills, basketball plus athletics events - hammer/shot/discus/hurdles/long/high/triple jump/ pole vault. All were certainly tired on the evening of the 3rd day with many looking forward to joining the ‘little athletics’ group in the club on a Thursday evening.

    Michelle wishes to thank the Abbey Voc School management for use of facilities, all parent/guardians and young athletes for supporting the camp, the numerous coaches/teachers and leaders who gave of their time to organise, coach and supervise. The clubs week long summer camp takes place during the first week in July with a limited number of places available. Application forms and details will be distributed shortly via club coaches, local primary and secondary schools and will be found on www.tirchonaillac.com




    28 April 2011 - Easter Camp 26/27/28th April

    Over sixty children/young athletes attend the clubs three days Easter Camp. Thanks to Camp director and the numerous coaches/teaches plus young assistants for ensuring the camp is successful and parents/guardians who support by encouraging their children to attend.




    25 April 2011 - Successful Trip to Tír Chonaill Open Track & Field
    By Michael Tobin (Craughwell Athletic Club)
    Monday, 25 April 2011

    A small group of Craughwell AC athletes made the journey up to Donegal Town for the second annual Open Invitational Track & Field hosted by Tír Chonaill Athletic Club. Sunny skies helped the large number of athletes who hailed from over 16 counties according to the PA, to enjoy a very successful event. The home clubs venue is a great example of cooperation between the local vocational school and the athletic club, not unlike our own cooperation in Craughwell with the astro-turf pitch and running track. Here in Donegal town, the school provided the site for a 6-lane 100m running track, a high jump area, two long jump pits, a pole vault area and a shot putt area while the athletic club provided the funds to
    develop the facilities. The standard across all of the events today was very high, with many National Champions in action in all the age groups.

    The day kicked off with the U19 girls shot putt where Ashley McDonnell and Maria McNamara were competing, with Maria stepping up an age in order to throw the heavier shot putt. Both athletes threw PBs for the outdoor shot, with Ashley taking the silver medal with a 5.76m best out of 4 attempts (5.76, 5.04, 5.13, 5.60) and Maria taking the gold with a 7.25m best (7.22, 7.25, 7.14, 6.05). Maria's effort was just 7cm short of the club junior record of 7.32m held by Kelly O'Donoghue.

    In the sprints, Aidan Conneely was unlucky not to qualify for the U15 sprint final, running a comfortable 13.50 to easily win his heat by 10 or more metres but losing out on making the final 6 by the tiny margin of 7 hundredths of a second.

    Ashley McDonnell finished 4th in the U19 girls 100m final in a time of 14.31 while Maireád McCann repeated this performance in the U17 girls 100m final to place 4th in a time of 13.68, fractionally slower than her heat time of 13.60.

    Melissa Mullins placed 3rd in her heat of the U17 girls in a time of 15.21. The jumps as is often the case provided the club with the most silverware with 4 medals coming our way. Ashley took the bronze in the U19 girl, long jump with a best of 4.07m, with plenty of room for further improvement as her takeoff was perhaps 40cm or more from the break line. Maria took the gold in the U17 girl,s high jump with flawless jumping over 1.40, 1.45, 1.50 and 1.55 before running into difficulty at 1.60, but that height and higher will become the norm for Maria very soon as she was high above it on her 1.55 attempt. Maireád also had a very good performance in the same event, clearing 1.40m at her first attempt but exiting at 1.45m.

    In the long jump, Maria added her 3rd gold medal of the day when leaping 4.82m on her final attempt (4.35, 4.80, 4.82), while Maireád made it a 1-2 for the club when taking the silver with 4.58m on her first jump. Maireád was unlucky on her final 2 attempts to be well short of the board on her 2nd effort and well over the board on her final effort, a little more consistency in the run-up will see her float over the 5m mark to join an elite group of girls from the club which already comprises Maria (5.05), Claire Ryder (5.22) and Cathriona Farrell (5.32). Also in the long jump, Melissa was unlucky not to hit form today when leaping 3.96m and finishing outside the medals, her PB of 4.51m from the indoors would have taken bronze in today's event.

    Final event of the day was the U17 girl,s hurdles where both Maria and Melissa qualified for the final when placing 2nd in their heats, with Maria rounding off an incredibly successful day with a bronze medal in the final and Melissa taking 4th place.

    So an interesting and exciting day in Donegal and perhaps the type of event that the club should participate in more often as it gives the opportunity to compete more often in less pressurised situations rather than just taking part in county, regional and national championships. Only pity is that there aren't a huge amount of such meetings and they seem to take place a long way from Craughwell.




    25 April 2011 - Tír Chonaill Open Invitational a Huge Success

    Easter Monday, 2011, will go into the clubs history books as the day that a new batch of records, were achieved. Over five hundred competitors, from across the country, twice as many supporters and spectators, seventy officials, outstanding athletic performances, clockwork like organisation and temperatures in the twenties ensured that it was a memorable and enjoyable occasion for all fortunate to be in attendance at the clubs impressive venue in Donegal Town. more




    25 April 2011 - Carney 10k, Easter Monday

    So good to see 23 Athletes and 3 Walkers from the Tír Chonaill AC training groups take part at the Carney 10k on a glorious Easter Monday. There were many fine performances, excellent runs and some massive PB’s and category winners... what else could we want! more




    24 April 2011 - Easter Sunday 3k in Letterkenny

    Well done to two club athletes James Flanagan and Leo Murray, who both had tremendous runs at the Letterkenny AC Easter Sunday 3k. In a strong field James was pleased with his third place finish behind young Conor Bradley form City of Derry in first and master stalwart Pauric McKinney from the host club, in second. James posted a good 9.06 for the distance. Leo Murray, after his successful relay run on the club’s team at last week’s AAI National Master Road Relays, where the team just missed out on a podium finish, ran an excellent 9.28 for the 3k and a good eight place. Results.pdf




    23 April 2011 - Ballyliffin 10 Mile Coastal Challenge

    Club athletes Paul and Eileen Ward made the long journey to the picturesque coastal town of Ballyliffin on the Inishowen peninsula, on Saturday morning last to compete at the Ballyliffin 10 Mile Coastal Challenge. For Paul, the defending champion, it was another superb outing in very testing conditions. Crossing the line in an excellent second place with a time of 57.09 on the clock, almost a minute faster than last year and into a very strong headwind for the second half, behind the eventual winner from Tullamore Harriers. Eileen, also with a superb run crossed the line in a super 81.14, just outside her Cara Bundoran 10 mile time but in much both athletes more difficult conditions. Well done to both.

    Pics by: kierancarlin@gmail.com





    17 April 2011 - Tír Chonaill AC Women’s Team success at Omagh Half Marathon

    There was further success announced this week when the Tír Chonaill AC women’s team received their 3rd team prize in the post from the recently held Omagh half marathon. Led by club stalwart Philomena Gallagher and with superb follow up runs by Sharon McGowan and Caroline Spratt to complete the scoring three for the club.  Well done all.




    17 April 2011 - London Marathon

    There was local interest in this year’s Virgin London Marathon when Bundoran girl Caoilfhionn Begley received a late call up.  With a mere seven weeks to prepare Caoilfhionn worked hard at her training and with good runs at the Cara Bundoran 10 mile challenge and the Omagh half, headed off on Friday morning confident if a little cautious. Caoilfhionn crossed the finish line in a super time, a little over the 5 hours and was exhausted but delighted.  A great achievement, congrats and well done.




    17 April 2011 - AAI Master Road Relays

    Local athletic club Tír Chonaill AC had a strong team compete at the 'Athletics Ireland’s National Master’s Road Relay Championships' in Raheny on Sunday last. Led off on the first 1 mile leg by Martin O’Halloran and with club stalwart Paul Ward taking the second 2 mile leg, hauling the team up to 5th place and with Leo Murray running a super final mile leg to take 4th team place overall. Well done men.




    17 April 2011 - Special Olympics 10k fund raiser in Ballyshannon

    It was good to see so many club athletes attending this very worthy Special Olympics 10k fund raising walk/jog/run in Ballyshannon on Sunday afternoon. In glorious sunshine 14 club athletes took part.




    14 April 2011 - Tír Chonaill AC athletes to the fore at Finn Valley AC 5k Series

    There was once again a good club representation at the final race in the very successful Finn Valley Friday night 5k series, with six athletes making the short journey through the gap. The sparsely raced James Flanagan was first club athlete across the line with a superb 15.46 on the clock, for second place overall.  Paul Ward, with another excellent run, took first place in his category and fifth overall with 16.29, while Martin O’Halloran, second in his category was delighted with his 17.08. The evergreen Richard McCarthy in 18.13, Stephen Travers in 19.32 and the much improved Johnny Ward with a super run in 20.06, completed the club’s participation. Well done all. Next weekend will see club athletes, Paul Ward, Martin O’Halloran and Leo Murray compete at the master’s road relays, and we wish them the best.




    14 April 2011 - Donegal Grand Prix fixture list 2011

    Donegal Grand Prix fixture list 2011.pdf




    08 April 2011 - Race4, Finn Valley Spring 5k Series





    07 April 2011 - Tír Chonaill success in All Ireland Indoors [Part 2]

    Karl Griffin records a championship best performance and wins U17 800m, Kelly Mc Grory, races to a new PB and wins her first National Individual Title in the U16 200m while the clubs U16 Girls 4 x 200m Relay Team continue to run faster and recorded an outstanding gold winning victory. more




    02 April 2011 - Tír Chonaill Athletes at Omagh Half Marathon

    There was a large contingent of Tír Chonaill AC Athletes and supporters at the 22nd annual Omagh Half Marathon, which took place on Saturday last.  The route, slightly different from the previous years, proved a good hunting ground again for some of our athletes, with once again, category prizes and several personal bests.
    After a delayed start due to a road accident the race got under way in bright sunshine but with a cooling breeze, leading club athlete Paul Ward featured in the big group as they headed out of town. Holding from to the end Paul crossed the finish line in a super 10th place overall and third in a very competitive Master category with 74.16 on the clock. 

    Brendan Ruane, in his first half, had an excellent run clocking 92.56 while Philomena Gallagher, with her best half ever and a superb pb crossed the line in 93.19 and second in her category. 

    Martin O’Halloran, using the race as a long run was comfortable in under the 90 minutes. Sean Cassidy 1.37.18; Gareth Boyle 1.40.06; Sharon McGowan 1.43.26; Caroline Spratt 1.45.32 and a new pb; Jane McDevitt 1.46.20 in her first half; Eileen Ward 1.48.01 and another pb; Ann Donoghue 1.48.35 and fourth in her category; Bernie McNeely 1.53.20; Eleanor Rooney 1.56.22 and her first half; John Muldoon 1.57.09, also in his first half; Caoilfhionn Begley 2.16.36, another first half marathoner, who is off to the London marathon on 17th April, and Paddy Donoghue 2.16.37, all had super runs. 

    A big thank you to the club support, Jackie Spratt, Margo Gallagher and Tony Cummins, who were out there on the course with refreshments when needed and cheering at the finish line.  Well done all.
    Next up is the final race in the Finn Valley 5k series on Friday 08 April, followed by the Carney 10k on Easter Monday with the North West 10k in Letterkenny on May Day.  The club’s own 5k’s take place in Ballyshannon on Friday 06 May and Donegal Town on Friday 03 June.





    25 Mar 2011 - Paul Ward, Martin O'Halloran and Johnny Ward at Finn Valley AC 5k

    Club athletes Paul Ward, Martin O'Halloran and Johnny Ward made the short but fruitful trip to the Valley Centre on Friday evening last for the third race in the popular Finn Valley AC spring 5k series.
    With all three athletes fresh from excellent runs at the Cara Bundoran 10 miler and with Paul and Martin fighting fit after successful runs at the Tubbercurry 10k on St Patrick's Day, it was fitting way to follow with superb runs at the 5k. Paul, after a titanic dual crossed the finish line in an excellent second place with 16.16 on the clock, his best time in a few years. Martin, in seventh place and looking comfortable and relaxed, was pleased with his clocking of 17.13, suggesting that there much more in the tank. Johnny, also pleased with his form, romped home in a good 21.16 for the distance. Next weekend will see a large group of athletes travel to Omagh for the annual early season half marathon. Results.pdf




    23 Mar 2011 - Tír Chonaill Athletes shine in Magherafelt

    Five national medals, numerous top six finishes and PB performances were recorded by Tír Chonaill Athletes when Part 1 of the 'Irish Indoor Championships' were held in the spacious Meadowbank Arena in Magherafelt last weekend. more




    17 Mar 2011 - Paul Ward & Martin O'Halloran at St Patrick’s Day Tubbercurry 10k 2011

    Club athletes Paul Ward and Martin O'Halloran traveled to the south Sligo village of Tubbercurry for the annual Tuber St Patrick’s Day 10k. Paul is a regular to this event and finished in a close second overall on a previous occasion and has always featured in the top five. It was Martin’s first visit to the south Sligo venue. Once again, after a titanic battle with a young Sligo athlete, Paul finished in a superb fourth place overall, taking first prize in his category with an excellent 34.19 on the clock. Martin battled strongly, finding the course not to his liking, and finished strongly in a very creditable 13th overall in a good 36.49. Congratulations and well done to both men.




    17 Mar 2011 - St Patrick's Day 5k, Letterkenny 2011





    15 Mar 2011 - Donegal Sportshall Teams Victories in Magherafelt

    Donegal's U13 and U15 Girls and Boys Teams have regularly taken their places in Ulster Sportshall Finals and usually qualify one or two teams for the grand Aviva finals in Birmingham during April each year.
    In Magherafelt last Thursday thirty eight young athletes from the county once again took in these finals and for the second time in the history of this exciting venture, all four teams representing the county came out on top in each age group, and now the logistics of taking thirty eight very talented young sports stars to Birmingham begins. Truly a great achievement.

    1 Donegal (738 points)

    2 East Belfast (632)

    3 Derry (552), with twelve athletes in each team, competing in the various disciplines, making every effort to amass points over the three hours of intense competition, this was a rounding victory, a Donegal team oozing talent.

    Arlene Crossan (Letterkenny AC) again displayed great versatility. Gold medal in the four lap also triple jump (6.46), while a dropped baton probably denied her a triple gold in Paarlaf relay she battled back for silver with team mate Eimear Walsh (LAC) indicating this pair can look forward to this tough discipline with confidence.

    Walsh also was magnificent, silver in four lap behind Arlene, fourth in the speed bounce (74) and the paarlaf relay silver indicated her worth on the team.

    Anna Sweeney (Rosses) is the shot putt specialist on the team and didn't disappoint. Gold (7.86) provides thirty points to the team and again Birmingham began's for a great competition.

    Niamh Farrell (LAC) is definitely a name to watch in athletics circles in the next few years. Jumping (61) in the vertical jump for an undisputed gold medal is quite magnificent and silver medal in two lap with another gold in the four by two lap relay teaming up with Nicole Boyle (Rosses), Niamh Gavigan and Shannon Bonner (both Sl. Liag) indicates her benefit to this team.

    Likewise Boyle whose (2.32) in the standing long jump put another gold medal around her neck and fifth in the two lap final added more points.

    Ailbhe O`Donnell (Rosses) showed the clubs dedication to Sportshall training with gold in speed bounce (81) and gold in four by one lap relay, Gavigan, Bonner and Tanya Collins (Inishowen ac) completing this team.

    Collins added bronze medal in vertical jump (48) and again silver in obstacle relay (O`Donnell, Sarah Doherty (Rosses), Mary Teresa Doherty (Inishowen) and Collins).

    Gold medal was the reward for a very brave run by Sarah Doherty in six lap and again she medalled in long jump (2.06) for bronze.

    Mary Teresa Doherty 4th in six lap and 5th in triple jump (5.56) added important points.

    Ciara Doogan (Tír Chonaill) brought into the team for her high jumping ability didn’t disappoint with silver medal (1.35). So every member of this team medalled with Gavigan completing the haul with bronze in the shot putt (6.92).

    Pics by Tír Chonaill AC




    14 Mar 2011 - Killybegs Student Daniel Gallagher wins All Ireland Cross Country Title

    St Catherine's Vocational School Killybegs, first year student Daniel Gallagher made his own piece of sporting history when the 'All Ireland Schools Cross Country Championships' took place at AbbottsTown, in Dublin on Saturday last. The red headed, Dunkineely lad, who has only a handful of cross country races under his belt, described his remarkable victory in the under 14 race as follows 'At the start the race went off very fast. At halfway there was a group of six of us left at the front. I took the lead with about 100m to go and I won by a few seconds'.

    Daniel a multi talented sportsman, is a member of Tír Chonaill AC and plays soccer and Gaelic football in the colours of Eany Celtic and Naomh Ultan, qualified for Saturday's prestigious final via a victory in the 'Ulster District Championships' in Dungannon and a runners up spot at Mullusk in the 'Ulster schools Finals' two weeks ago.

    The group of six that he referenced in his summary of the race included William Hynes,St Attracta's. Tubbercurry, Luke Dinsmore, Coleraine AI, Kiearan O'Reilly, St Malachys, Belfast, Adam O'Brien, St Aidans CBS, Dublin and Patrick Creaven, St Mary's Galway.
    Returning home, on Saturday night, a special welcoming party led by members of various community groups, heard St Catherine's, Vice Principal, congratulate Daniel on his outstanding achievement. He indicated that this unique victory, in a sport that demands great discipline and individualism, brought honour to his family, community and his school. He thanked, Daniel's family and Mum Marie for their outstanding support, the Hegarty and McGuinness families for their assistance in athletics at St Catherine's Vocational School and Michelle Harvey, Tír Chonaill Athletics Club for advising and coaching Daniel in the build up to the All Ireland Finals.

    Eamon Harvey, Regional Development Officer Athletics Ireland, congratulated Daniel and thanked his family and his school St Catherine's for their support and encouragement. Pic1: Daniel with Mum Marie.




    11 Mar 2011 - Cara Bundoran 10mile Challenge Success

    Last weekend will go down in the records of Tír Chonaill Athletics Club as the most successful and busiest in the clubs history. Five hundred and thirty runners, joggers and walkers completed the inaugural Cara Bundoran 10 mile Challenge on Saturday [extensive report in last Tuesdays Democrat]. The event has received national recognition and praise for numbers participating, organisation, hospitality and overall performances. Congratulations to the numerous club athletes who took part and achieved personal goals and a sincere thanks to the all club members who worked tirelessly in partnership with numerous community supporters in the planning and running of this great event. Well done to one and all.




    11 Mar 2011 - Ulster Juvenile Indoor Championships, Magherafelt

    On Saturday, club coaches and supporters were successfully involved in Part 2 of the 'Ulster Juvenile Indoor Championships' in Magherafelt and the 'Scottish Indoor U15/17/20 Indoor Championships' in the Kelvin Hall Glasgow. more




    11 Mar 2011 - In Glasgow

    Christopher Doherty, with a new PB of 3.71m finished 2nd in the Scottish Indoors U20 Pole Vault on Saturday afternoon. Earlier in the day, club colleagues Clare Brady 5th a. Well done to all three and thanks to club coach David Doherty who traveled with the group.




    11 Mar 2011 - In Birmingham

    The previous weekend in Birmingham Karl Griffin, as part of an Irish Team, competed with success in the British Indoor U17 800m. On the Saturday he won his heat in a time of 1min 57sec to qualify for Sundays eight man decider. In the final, tactically he ran an exceptional race, moving into the lead with 150m to go. He held off attacks down the back straight and entered the final 50metres with a slight lead. As he approached the final ten metres of the race it looked as if the winner’s medal belonged to the Ballydevitt lad. However an athlete barged through on the inside and a tired Kark was left face down on the track- a mere 3metres from the finish line. Karl quickly regained his composure and got up and crossed the line in 3rd position. An appeal from the Irish management was overruled and the result stood.




    05 Mar 2011 - Inaugural Cara Bundoran Run 10 Mile Challenge

    Yesterday saw the inaugural Cara Bundoran Run – 10 Mile Challenge kick into life with well over 500 runners, joggers and walkers making the trip to the beautiful seaside town of Bundoran to take the challenge.
    Numbers and goody bags were collected the night before and on the day of the race at the GAA Clubhouse in the town and all the entrants seemed ready and eager to take the 10 Mile Challenge on and to maximise the enjoyment factor!
    On a calm and mild day in the Donegal town, the walkers were off first around the striking 10 mile course at 10:00am after having warmed up nicely by Paddy Donoghue of SAF Fitness. The atmosphere was relaxed and the local people ready to cheer all those taking part in the run from beginning to end.
    At 11:00am, the main run got underway by former Irish distance running legend, and Letterkenny man, Danny McDaid after another energetic and motivating warm-up by Paddy from SAF Fitness. It was indeed a fantastic sight to see the large group or runners make their way down the main street of Bundoran for the first time and out around town for the 10 Mile Challenge.
    Taking part in the event were many from near and far from the town of Bundoran. Cara Pharmacy’s Canice Nicholas took part of course, along with many members of the local organising club Tír Chonaill AC, together with walkers, joggers and runners from all over the country and beyond.
    As the runners their way around the winding and charming roads of Bundoran town, preparations were being made down at the picture-postcard finish area on the promenade by the sea.
    Down the coastline hill they came from about 11:50am, all ages and abilities, first in one’s and two’s, then in small and large groups of tired but highly satisfied walkers, joggers and walkers, delighted to have got round the dramatic but challenging 10 mile course.
    The first runner home in the excellent time of 50:18 seconds was Derry man Paddy Hamilton, who had over a two-minute advantage over his nearest rival, young Patrick Brennan from Letterkenny in 52:56. Taking the third rung on the winners’ rostrum was Ferbane’s Paul Buckley in another respectable time of 54:14.
    1st woman home across the line on the day to the beautiful coastline of Bundoran was Belfast’s Breege Connolly in another excellent time of 59:23, followed home by Tír Chonaill AC’s Fiona Stack in 1:04:26 seconds and Sligo’s Roseanne Mitchell in 1:07:40 in third.
    On the day though, all who took part in the inaugural Cara Bundoran Run yesterday were winners as they can say they were there when this event, destined to be an annual run, was brought into Ireland’s ever growing race calendar for the first time.
    At the Prize giving presentation at 2pm at Waterworld Bundoran, post-race refreshments were kindly laid-on to all and the talk was of what each had gone through to get to the line on the promenade a little while earlier. Cara Pharmacy’s Canice Nicholas thanked all the associate sponsors, the town council, Tír Chonaill AC and Athletics Ireland for all their assistance in making the day such a success, and prizes were awarded to those in the leading categories on the day.
    The talk of the afternoon among all who had run, and many who didn't’t was – see you next year for more of the same!

    Thank you to everyone who walked, jogged and ran the inaugural Cara Bundoran Run – 10 Mile Challenge yesterday.


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    27 Feb 2011 - Finn Valley Spring 5k Series

    Results Round 1.pdf




    24 Feb 2011 - Mary McLoone wins Senior Title

    Mary Mc Loone was in sparkling form when the 'Irish Indoor Championships' were held in the magnificent Odyssey Indoor arena last weekend. On Sunday she dominated the Triple Jump with a series of 12m plus attempts - best of 12.50m to win gold and on Saturday on her 2nd attempt got out to 6.01m for a silver medal placing in the Long Jump. Mary’s performances, viewed and encouraged, by a large Tír Chonaill contingent of supporters and by thirty club juvenile competitors and coaches, inspired the clubs young athletes to an unprecedented number of high quality performances and podium placing’s. Pic: Mary McLoone centre Winner of the Triple Jump




    24 Feb 2011 - Ulster Open Juvenile Championships

    The 'Ulster Open Juvenile Championships, held in conjunction with the 'Irish Senior Championships', had athletes from all over Ulster, the rest of Ireland and Scotland compete over the two days. more




    13 Feb 2011 - Open Track and Field Meeting

    Over three hundred young Athletes from fourteen clubs across Donegal and the North West converged on Tír Chonaill's New Track and Field facility at the Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town today for an open meeting organised by Donegal County Board and supported by Tír Chonaill AC. more




    13 Feb 2011 - New Olympic Pole Vault Bed Arrives

    It was a crack of the dawn start for club officials last week when Martin McGowan's transporter arrived with a new state of the art Olympic size Pole Vault bed. This very welcome piece of equipment adds to the club and school facility and offers Tír Chonaill and athletes across the North West yet another discipline. The Pole Vault group within the club which includes schools International Claire Brady and Celtic International and National medal winners Christopher Doherty and Hannah Campbell will no doubt be motivated even more with the arrival of the landing bed.




    11 Feb 2011 - AVS Success at Schools Sportshall Finals

    One hundred and fifty 1st Years students assembled in the Abbey Voc School Gymnasium on Fri last for the Donegal Post Primary county finals of Sportshall. All teams had qualified prior to Christmas via three regional finals for a team athletics concept that includes sprints/middle distance/five field events and relays.

    The host school, following two hours of competition and at times a noisy and exciting atmosphere, came away as overall winners in both the Girls and Boys events. Carrick Voc. School , [they must have had every 1st Yr. from the school on the team] were runners up in the girls while the largest school, number wise in the county , Carndonagh CS came away as 2nd team finishers in the boys competition.

    Overall Results:
    Girls 1 AVS 67.5pts;2 Carrick Voc 58pts; 3 Rosses CS 52pts; 4 Crana College 51.5pts; 5 Loreto Milford, 50pts; 6 Carndonagh CS 18pts
    Boys 1 AVS 77.5pts; 2 Carndonagh CS 64 pts; 3 Carrick Voc. 49.6pts; 4 Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana, 47.8pts; 5 Mulroy College, 19pts; 6th Rosses C.S 16pts


    Pics by Tír Chonaill AC




    07 Feb 2011 - Ulster Rising Stars compete in Cookestown

    Cookestown’s spacious Leisure Centre was the venue on Saturday, when over ninety talented young athletes from all over Ulster assembled for a Rising Stars Multi Event Competition. The Rising Stars [Regional Squad ] concept find 12 to 14 year old youngsters coming together monthly at four locations – Belfast, Derry, Donegal Town and Shercock, and experience expert coaching and sports science support. Saturday’s competition included tests in sprints, middle distance and two field events. Tír Chonaill athletes Sarah Timoney, Eva McMullan,Ruth Gillespie, Kate McGowan, Emma Brady, Chloe Masterson and Kelly McGrory all performed well both in the individual, multi and overall team competitions. Emma Brady was the overall female winner of the middle distance event while Kate McGowan won both the female sprint and multi competitions. Well done to all. more




    07 Feb 2011 - Kate McGowan wins silver in Nenagh

    Nenagh’s Indoor arena was a little colder, seven days earlier, when the National Juvenile Multi Events were held. Three club athletes made the long journey south and came away very happy with their individual and overall performances. In the U15 Girls Kate McGowan, following a long days competition on 2631pts finished 2nd 25pts behind Ryan from Nenagh. Kate's performances and points totals were as follows - 60mH 10.01/701pts; LJ 4.79m/503pts; Shot 7.17m/346pts; HJ 1.40m/512pts and 800m/2.41.13. Ruth Gillespie finished 9th in the same competition on 1751pts with a top performance in the hurdles of 11.3secs. Emma Brady, Girls U16, scored 2229pts for a 5th overall finish. Emma’s top performance came in the Hurdles, 9.93secs. Well done.




    07 Feb 2011 - Good performances from James Flanagan and Leo Murray

    The Roe Valley, Country Park Trail Run on Saturday last found two club athletes put in two outstanding performances. In the open 8k race James Flanagan, time 27mins 20secs finished 3rd overall while Leo Murray, in the Masters O40 section recorded 28mins 58secs for 2nd place behind Declan McCarthy 28mins 4 secs. Well done lads.




    07 Feb 2011 - Christopher Doherty In Jordanstown

    Christopher Doherty, took advantage of a trip to the Jordanstown Indoor arena on Saturday for a Pole Vaulting session and expressed satisfaction with the outcome. Christopher during the next few weeks competes in the Scottish Indoors in Glasgow and the Irish Championships at the Odyssey, Belfast and the Open Track and Field meeting in Donegal.




    03 Feb 2011 - Ulster Schools Districts Cross Country in Dungannon





    01 Feb 2011 - Irish Multi Events

    The 'Irish Juvenile Indoor Multi Events', held in Nenagh last Saturday were an enjoyable, successful and at times a very cold experience for three young club athletes, Kate McGowan, Ruth Gillespie and Emma Brady.




    01 Feb 2011 - Karl Griffin and Claire Brady, top Secondary Schools Sports Boy and Girl 2010

    Congratulations to Karl Griffin and Claire Brady both students at the Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town on the awards as 'Top Secondary Schools Sports Boy and Girl 2010'. Both gained International vests last season and represented Ireland at the 'Schools International' in Glasgow. The 'Donegal Sports Star Awards' ceremony was held in Letterkenny.




    01 Feb 2011 - Gareth Britton presentation to Karl Griffin and Louise Harvey

    Gareth Britton, All Sports Donegal Town, makes presentation to Tír Chonaill AC overall Boy Karl Griffin and Girl Louise Harvey. Karl and Louise are the Tír Chonaill Athletics Club 2010 overall athletes of the year.




    01 Feb 2011 - Mark McGuinness competes in the Celtic International Cross Country at ALSA

    Congratulations to Mark McGuinness, who competes in the 'Celtic International Cross Country' at ALSA on Saturday next. He is part of the Ulster U17 Team that takes on Scotland, Wales and the Rest of Ireland.

    Also to Mark Boyle who has been selected on the 'Donegal U13 Sportshall Team' for the 'West Ulster Finals' in Enniskillen on Thursday.

    Good luck to cross country teams from the Abbey Vocational /Scoil Colmcille, Ballyshannon, Magh Eine, Bundoran and St Catherine's Vocational Killybegs who travel to 'Ulster Schools Cross Country District Championships' in Dungannon this week.




    01 Feb 2011 - Irish Sports Council Child Protection Course in the Abbey Vocational School

    Twenty two coaches from four Donegal Athletics Clubs attended an enjoyable child protection course in the Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town on Saturday last. Organised by Tír Chonaill Athletics Club and supported by Donegal Sports Partnership, all attendees who coach in a variety of club and school locations across the county, expressed satisfaction with the content and delivery. Local club organiser David Doherty, is to be complimented for promotion and organisation also expressed delight with the turnout and the involvement of the caches.




    30 Jan 2011 - Tír Chonaill Juvenile Awards 2010

    On Sunday evening as the reconvened 'Tír Chonaill Juvenile Club Awards' function got under way on the Donegal Bay Water Bus, Chairman Paul O’Gara welcomed the large audience of athletes, parents and supporters. He congratulated all the award winners, thanked the various support subcommittees within the club for their unstinting work during 2010 and highlighted a number of 2010 club achievements. During the year Tír Chonaill athletics club opened a new half a million euro facility in partnership with the AVS parents association and Donegal VEC, represented Ireland at the European clubs in Switzerland , organised and supported fit4life training/competition groups at various locations in south Donegal, ran very successful easter and summer camps for hundreds of young athletes, coached hundreds of young athletes on a weekly basis in Donegal Town, Ballyshannon and Bundoran. Prior to making presentations to an impressive group of awardees. Paul thanked the press/media, the local community for ongoing support, numerous club sponsors and in particular Cara Pharmacies who annually assist an array of club activities. The upcoming Cara Bundoran 10 mile challenge on the 5th March was highlighted as a most important event for club athletes and mentors. more




    26 Jan 2011 - Rooney, Morris and Ward excel at National Masters Indoor Championships
    Tír Chonaill Masters Athletes, Marie Rooney, Brenda Morris and Paul Ward, made a successful journey to Nenagh last Sunday. The occasion was the' Irish Masters Indoor Championships' and all three competed ‘out of their skins’ to bring back a total of six medals to the North West. Marie Rooney, a role model in the Tír Chonaill Club, was impressive in winning the 1500m walk and followed up with silver medal performances in the 1500m and 3000m.

    Brenda Morris, new to the indoor circuit, surprised even herself in finishing 2nd in the 400m and 3rd in the 60m.

    Paul Ward, one the top middle distance master athletes in Ireland at the moment, following a most competitive 1500m came home with an excellent silver medal performance.




    26 Jan 2011 - Mary Mc Loone Impresses
    The 'Athletics Ireland Indoor Games' at Nenagh, the opening senior competition of the season, held last Saturday found club athlete Mary McLoone winning the Triple and Long Jump impressively and running 7.98secs in the 60m sprint. Mary experienced a few problems with her run up in both jumps disciplines but will iron these out as she progresses towards the Irish Indoor Championships in the Odyssey, Belfast on 19/30th February.




    23 Jan 2011 - Tír Chonaill Athletes honoured at County Board Function

    Tír Chonaill Athletes were honoured tonight, Friday 21st January 2011, at a most enjoyable 2010 County Board Awards Function in the Finn Valley Centre. Presentations were made by double Olympian Danny McDaid, Co. President Eamon Giles and Co. Chairman Neil Martin. more




    23 Jan 2011 - Irish Indoor Junior Championships Nenagh

    The 'Irish Indoor Junior Championships' held in Nenagh on Saturday last, was a new experience and challenging for Karl Griffin. The fifteen year old in the first competition of the 2011 season, ran an outstanding time of 50.61secs in the 400m final for a silver medal finish behind 2010 World Junior entrant Patrick Maher from Leevale. Four qualifying heats, with the four fastest progressing to the final, found Karl winning heat 1 impressively in 51.60secs. Drawn in Lane 2, inside Maher, in the final Karl following the lane break at 150m, was placed in 3rd position. Midway down the back straight he moved past Mac Aogain from St Paul's and closed the gap all the way to the finish on Maher.
    Result Junior Men's 400m: 1 Patrick Maher Leevale A. C 49.64, 2 Karl Griffin Tír Chonaill AC 50.61, 3 David MacAogain St. Paul's A.C.51.42, 4 James Greene Ferrybank AC 52.82. Pic L-R: Paddy Marley (Athletics Ireland), Karl Griffin (Tír Chonaill AC), Patrick Maher (Leevale).




    18 Jan 2011 - Ulster/Athletics Northern Ireland Rising Stars

    On Saturday and Sunday, over one hundred and thirty young athletes and coaches from across the province attended the first series of the 2011 ‘Rising Stars’ Regional Coaching Squad training days. Four venues UJ, Belfast; Templemore, Derry; Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town and Shercock, Co Cavan had lower than normal turnouts. The re arranged All Ireland Cross Country in Tullamore found many of the middle distance athletes absent. The content of the this two hours and fourth get together for the groups included a presentation/discussion on ‘You are what you eat and drink’ and practical sessions led by experienced coaches in sprints and throws/shot putt. more




    12 Jan 2011 - Warm Weather Training in the Algarve
    Twenty three club athletes and coaches braved the icy conditions on New Years Eve and traveled to Belfast Airport for a flight to Faro in the Algarve. The occasion was to attend a warm weather training camp in Monte Gordo in the Eastern Algarve.
    By mid afternoon on new years day the group had settled in to their spacious accommodation and had completed training session number one in very favourable conditions, it was 18 degrees C, and no one was complaining.
    During the following seven days the group, which included specialists in sprinting/jumps/throws and middle, long distance availed of the opportunity to train twice daily, rest and relax for four hours in the middle of each day, avail of the spots science and coaching support, experience a camp that included a multitude and variety of Europe’s  top athletes, and have the opportunity to meet and have question and answer sessions with Ireland top International athletes - Paul Hession, Michael McKillop and Mary McLoone. Short listing  for next years trip will start shortly .

    Pics by Tír Chonaill AC




    08 Jan 2011 - Tír Chonaill Legends

    Tír Chonaill Athletics Club's Master Men traveled to Stormont to compete at the ‘Northern Ireland & Ulster Masters Cross Country Championships’ which took place on Saturday. Richard McCarthy, team captain and coach, traveled with a full master men's complement. Richard, who comes from a family steeped in athletics, and who’s nephew David led the Irish Team to victory in the '17th European Cross Country Championships' in Albufeira, Portugal in December, has worked tirelessly to put  a structure in place to encourage an interest in senior and master athletics in the South Donegal area.

    Martin O’Halloran led the Tír Chonaill charge, finishing in 32nd place in a time of 00:30:22, an exceptional time for the distance over cross country. Martin, who is a naturally talented athlete and has been associated with many classic cross country battles, was reunited with former team members he had not competed with for many years.

    Martin made history in 1985 by becoming the first ever De La Salle, Ballyshannon athlete to be selected for the Irish Schools National Cross Country Team when he finished 4th in the Irish Schools Trials at Cabinteely, County Dublin and 6th in the Irish Schools Finals at Boyle.

    Martin was not aware of the intensity of the battle unfolding behind him as the next three runners on the team, drew swords. Best on the day was Noel Thomas, running a fast last lap to finish in 41st place overall and 2nd on the team in a time of 00:30:49, just ahead of Richard McCarthy in 43rd with a time of 00:30:58 and Ollie Thomas 46th, with a time of 00:31:07. All three club athletes have been showing good running form in recent months.

    Next home and 5th on the team was Gerry McManus in 57th place in a time of 00:32:26, running an exceptionally strong race. Gerry is looking forward to some strong race performances in the upcoming road racing season. Iron man Vinny Duffy, who is a regular participant in the extreme Iron man Triathlon event was 6th counter, finishing in 75th place in a time of 00:35:20. Vinny was satisfied with his usual gritty performance. All were delighted on the day.

    L-R: Vinny Duffy, Richard McCarthy (Team Captain), Ollie Thomas, Martin O"Halloran, Noel Thomas & Gerry McManus

    Pics by Eoghan Furey

    Results: Master Men.pdf

    Results: Master Women.pdf

    Results: Junior Women.pdf

    Results: Junior Men.pdf

    Results: Intermediate Women.pdf




    06 Jan 2011 - Finn Valley Spring 5k Road Series

    Finn Valley AC are repeating their Spring 5k Road Series once again in 2011. This proved popular last year and gave many participants the opportunity to get out and train run /jog /walk with the advantage of being monitored in an organised event each fortnight over the same course etc.
    Its a case of turning up registering for each event €5 with the added bonus of a dedicated T -shirt for those that participate in all 4 runs.
    Distance is accurate, all get a time and the encouragement to return each time to take the challenge. Participants can alternatively pre enter by contacting rundonegal@gmail.com. Everyone welcome.
    Many people out there have undertaken to get fitter/healthier in 2011 so this provides the ideal opportunity indeed for those requiring advice and encouragement contact rundonegal@gmail.com and a member of the team will be in touch.
    The message is clear, step out the door and take the challenge. Race dates are as follows:

    Sunday Feb 27th with an 11:00 am start
    Sunday Mar 13th with an 11:00am start
    Friday Evening Mar 25th, 7:00pm start
    Friday Evening Apr 8th, 7:00pm start




    03 Jan 2011 - Tír Chonaill Athletics Club is on Twitter

    Tír Chonaill Athletics Club is on Twitter. The link is easily accessible by clicking the twitter icon in the right hand column. Get short, timely messages from Tír Chonaill AC.Twitter is a rich source of instantly updated information. It's easy to stay updated on an incredibly wide variety of topics. Join today and follow @TirChonaillAC.




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