Tír Chonaill AC Club Awards Evening

Sunday Evening, 07 Mar 2013


At a very pleasant and enjoyable social occasion on Sunday evening last in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town the club recognised the numerous achievements of club members during 2012. Over one hundred members and friends attended and heard Chairman Paul O’Gara summarise a most successful year before making presentations. Paul congratulated and thanked all who represented the club during 2012. From the juvenile athlete at local level, to the master athlete who ran a local 5k to those that contested National X/C and marathon to the club athletes that represented Ireland with distinction at World Junior, Europa Cup and schools International and British Championships’, Paul also recognised and praised ‘the numerous coaches who give so much of their time and expertise, club sponsors and in particular Cara Pharmacy, the media, and the local community support received during 2012’. Finally he thanked Martin McGowan, representing Donegal Hardware, who sponsored the awards on the night.


Senior Athlete of the year - Mary McLoone, National Indoor and Outdoor Triple Jump champion 2012 and member of Irish Europa Cup team


Master Female Athlete

Marie Rooney, winner of gold, silver and bronze medals at Nationals Indoors, finished 3rd in her category at National Masters X/C and led club team to National x/c silver medals


Master Male Athlete

Paul Ward - ran an outstanding 9mins 40secs for 3k at the National Indoors in Athlone and won numerous category prizes on the road during 2012


Coach of the Year

Kevin McGlynn joined the Tir Chonaill club three years ago. In addition to his successful cycling, running and tri-athlon exploits in the interim period he became involved in coaching and leading one of the clubs training/fit4life groups. Currently the group numbers over forty and train on Tuesday and Saturday mornings. Many of Kevin’s group have successfully ran their first race, conquered 5k,10k, half marathon and marathon distances. His positive and fun filled approach to the sport has left all fortunate enough to know him looking forward to group led sessions and accepting new challenges


Club Person of the Year

Richard McCarthy is involved in every area of the club. He is a Nationally ranked Master athlete, he coaches middle distance and S&C groups weekly throughout the year. The new club facility in Donegal Town was planned, designed and its construction overseen by Richard. The Tir Chonaill club has its high standing in the community thanks to members like Richard McCarthy.


Juvenile Awards Overall Male

Karl Griffin - 17 year old Karl qualified and represented Ireland in the World Juniors in Barcelona; smashed the national U18 -800m record -1.49.63, finished 2nd in the Irish Senior Indoors at the Odyssey, Belfast and won numerous National titles during 2012.



Juvenile Awards Overall Female

Kate McGowan - 15 year old Kate smashed the Celtic U16 80 Hurdles record in Aberdeen, finished 2nd in the British U17 80m Hurdles at Bedford and won a host of Indoor and outdoor titles within Ireland. She was also a member of successful and record breaking club and schools relay teams at National level


Sprints Female

16 years old Kelly McGrory, in the demanding U17 300m Hurdles finished 2nd in the British c/ships at Bedford in late August, 3rd in the International schools in London in July plus a number of Indoor/Outdoor National titles in 60m,100m,100m H, 200m and 300m H.


Sprints Male

15 year old Christopher O’Loughlan, impressed at provincial level and qualified for National finals in b sprints and hurdles


Throws Female

14 years old Chloe Masterson in the technical hammer event was successful in Ulster clubs and schools and finished an excellent 5th at the Irish c/ships in Tullamore.



Male – 12 years old Mark Campbell continues to improve and finished in top three at Ulster Indoors and outdoors and top six at National level



Female 16years old Emma Brady, won the National U17 triple jump title and was a member of successful school and club relay teams
Male 18 years old Chritopher Doherty , has progressed successfully through the various age groups within the club and won the National title in the Pole Vault in his age group


Middle Distance Female

15years old Sarah Timoney, a member of the clubs race walking group, had numerous outstanding performances at Ulster club and schools levels and finished 4th in the Nationals in Tullamore



Middle Distance Male

17 years old Mark McGuiness, lowered his times in the 1,500m and 3,000m as the year unfolded and was a silver medal winner in the later at the National c/ships with a best of 9mins 8.6secs




National Medal Winners

Katie Hoad


Eva McMullan


Hannah Campbell


Caolan O’Callaghan


Special awards were also made to athletes that represented the club with distinction in Ulster and All Ireland competitions