Kate McGowan smashes Irish Record

Saturday 24/ Sunday 25, March 2012


The clubs juveniles put together a series of outstanding performances when Part 1 of the 'Woodies Irish Juvenile Indoor Finals' were held in Nenagh on Saturday and Sunday last.


Kate McGowan, added the Irish U16 - 60m Hurdles title to her ever growing list of achievements. In a blistering final she recorded 8.90secs, 2 hundredths faster than her winning time at the 'Scottish Championships' in the Kelvin Hall three weeks ago and a new Irish age group CBP. Club and Abbey Vocational School, team mate Ruth Gillespie, also qualified for the final where she finished 5th in a time of 9.90secs. Kate, from Clar, near Donegal Town, had to fit in the Long Jump, between the heats and final of the hurdles. With a best of 5.25m she filled a silver medal placing with club and school colleague Ciara Doogan, with a best of 4.23m.

Kate McGowan on the way

to winning the U16, 60m Hurdles



Kelly McGrory, continues to improve with every outing. The Laghey lass on Saturday in the U17 60m heats recorded the 2nd fastest final qualifying time. In a nailbitting decider she recorded a huge PB of 7.90secs and had to wait for fifteen minutes until the electronic timing decided the placings - winner Ciara Armstrong City of Derry, 7.89secs 2nd Kelly 7.90secs.

On Sunday Kelly was involved in the U17 60m Hurdles final where again the electronic aparatus was needed to decide placings. This time the Tir Chonaill girl got the gold medal winning verdict by 2 hundredths of a second - time 9.14ecs. ahead of Sharon Dawkins, Horsewod AC - 9.16secs. Donegal Towns Emma Brady filled 4th place - 9.48secs.


Kelly McGrory (Tir-ChonaillAC) nearest thec camera

on way to winning the U17 - 60m Hurdles in

Nenagh on Sunday


Tir Chonaills throwers have been making steady progress over the last few seasons. Thomas McGowan,in the U14 event, pushed the 2.75 weighht out to 10.96m for a silver finish position - winner Rian Kealy, Dunshaughlin - 11.68m. Ciara Herron, North Sligo, in the U15 age group, who trains with Paul O'Gara's group in Donegal Town, was very happy with a new P.B. of 10.60m and a bronze medal. Cliodhna Dunleavy, in the Girls U12 shot on her first visit to a National c/ships threw 5.93m.

Christopher O'Lauglin, narrowly missed qualification for the U16 60m final. In the Long jump he fought his way into the top ten with a best of 5.17m.

Thomas McGowan 2nd in U14 Shot Putt


Mark McGuiness, from Dunkineely and St Catherines Vocational School, Killybegs, with a very good time time of 4mins. 17.36secs filled 6th place in the U18 -1500m.


Thanks to all the coaches and parents that travelled to support and encourage. The 2nd part of these finals wil take next weekend when 9 club athletes and three relay teams will contest. It will be an historic occasion as from 2013 the Irish Indoor championships will be held in Athlones IT new indoor arena - now under construction.


Kate McGowan (Tir Chonaill) on the way

to smashing Irish Record


Cian McBride (Nth Sligo) on the way to winning

the U16 1500m at Neneagh

on Sunday


Cliodhna Dunleavy with her Family in Nenagh