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.


1 Tír Chonaill A. C. 50.42secs;

2 Galway City Harriers A.C. 50.64secs;

3 Emerald A.C, Limerick. 51.27secs;

4 Kilkenny City Harriers A.C. 51.75secs;

5 Dooneen A.C. 52.61secs;

6 Fingallians A.C. Dublin 52.69secs;

7 Ferrybank A.C.Waterford 52.89secs;

8 Rosses A.C.Donegal 53.62;

The collective team discipline, sprinting ability and the various technique aspects of ensuring that the baton is swooped at maximum speed within a confined change over zone added to the odd occasion when a baton is dropped or when an athlete miscues and either runs off too soon/late and has the team disqualified makes this athletics discipline intriguing, exciting and at times nerve wrecking for competing athletes coaches and supporters.


The clubs Under 15 qualified for their final via a 3rd place semi-final and prior to the final examined some of the aspects mentioned above, caused a few supportive parents to have elevated pulse rates and with a really battling and positive performance came within four hundredths of a second of claiming gold. Well done Ruth Gillespie, Kate McGowan, Chloe Masterson and Eva McMullan.


1 Leevale A.C. 51.89secs.;

2 Tir Chonaill A.C. 51.93secs.;

3 Dooneen A.C. 52.02secs.;

4 Galway City Harriers A.C. 52.43secs.;

5 Nenagh Olympic A.C. 52.61secs.;

6 Tralee Harriers A.C. 53.04 secs.;

7 Dundrum South Dublin A.C. 53.77secs.;

8 Carraig na bhFear AC 53.81secs.;


Good individual performances

Saturday or Day 3 of the juvenile c/ships had a number of club athletes contest race walk, 200m and 1500m finals. Daniel Gallagher, from Dunkineely, burst onto the scene last six months ago when winning the' Irish schools U14 Cross Country' title in Cork. On Saturday morning he ran bravely and aggressively to record an excellent 4th place finish - 4mins 28.91secs.


Kate Mc Gowan smashed the age group hurdles record and had a massive 5.50m long jump win on weekend one of the All Ireland. She qualified for the U15 200m final on Saurdayt. A.M. where she finished 4th in a very good time of 26.24secs. Kelly McGrory bounced back from an illness that sidelined her two weekends at Part 1 of the All Ireland’s to finish 5th in the U16 200m final - 26.81secs.


Race walking was introduced to the club at the 2010 club summer camp. On Saturday three club athletes battled through the 2k distance to finish 5th Sarah Timoney, 12mins 30.83secs, 7th Ciara Crawford, 13mins 9.66secs and 8th Jessica Quinn, 13min21.48 secs.

Other good performances came from Mark McGuiness, U17, 1500m - 4mins 22.31secs; Chloe Masterson U15 200m 29.77secs and Joe Morris U18 200m - 25.77secs