Tir Chonaill success in All Ireland Indoors [Part 2]

Saturday 2nd April/ Sunday 3rd April 2011


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.

The occasion, Part 2 of the 'Irish Indoor Championships' in Nenagh, found a large contingent of Tir Chonaill athletes, parents and supporters making the journey south for two days of unforgettable athletics.


On Saturday morning Kelly McGroary was the first club athlete in action when theU16 200m heats were called at 10am.Three heats, with the fastest four qualifying for the afternoon final, had the Laghey lass winning heat two and recording the second fastest qualifying time - 26.94secs. The clubs race walkers Sarah Timoney and Jessica Quinn were next in action. Both competed in the U15 – 1,000m. Sarah finished 8th-5mins 49.56secs and Jessica 9th 6mins 1.83secs - very good performances. Karl Griffin in a tactical U17 800m semi final finished 3rd and qualified for the afternoon s final.

Kelly McGrory 437, 200m Winner

Kelly McGrory, again drawn in Lane 4, in the 200m final, got an excellent start and led by 2metres from pre-race Katie Beirne, Newbridge, as the race reached the halfway stage. The Kldare girl, in Lane 3 ran an excellent second bend and eased ahead of McGroary as the race entered the home straight. Kelly responded and over the final forty metres pulled away for a great victory in a PB time of 26.29secs. Karl Griffin, in the 800m final went to the front from then gun. As the race progressed he increased the lead and came home to a great response form the large crowd in a time of 1min 55.12secs – a new CPB performance.

Sunday was reserved for relay competition. In session 1,the clubs U15 4 x 200m relay team of Ruth Gilespie, Eva McMullan, Sarah Simony and Kate , finished 2nd in Heat 2 and qualified as fourth fastest, following a few team changes and changeover zone adjustments, the girls responded with an outstanding performance of 1min 52.74secs and secured a bronze medal winning.Result Dooneen 1:50.86; 2. Emerald 1:52.07; 3. Tir Chonaill 1:52.74; 4. Nenagh 1:55.13

U15 Team and Parents

Two club teams were involved in the afternoon session. Orla Coughlan, Mary Flora Scott,Elish McGovern and Niamh Boyle in the U12 4 x 100m ran extremely well, had the misfortune of a dropped baton,and finished 4ht in heat 2 of 4. The clubs U16 team of Emma Brady, Kelly McGrory,Eva McMullan and Kate McGowan won their heat and entered the final with the fastest qualifying time and a favourites tag. In the final they responded magnificently and won in a time of 1min 48.31secs Result -Tir Chonaill 1:48.31; 2. Emerald 1:48.98; 3. Galway City Harriers 1:49.02; 4. Kilkenny City Hrs 1:50.70.

Girls U12 Team with coach David Doherty


As the curtain comes down on the indoor season, a season that found club athletes record an unprecedended number of PB’s and good performances, win nine national medals - 5 gold, [two CBP], 2 silver and 2 bronze, let us congratulate all and thank the club coaches for all their expert advice and coaching and to the parents/guardians who supported in Magherafelt. and Nenagh.

Letterkenny AC 800m Medal Winners