Athletics Ireland Juvenile Championships Part 1

06/07 July 2013


Tir Chonaill athletes competing in the Irish Age Group Championships in Tullamore on the 6th/7th July recorded a number of outstanding and podium finishing performances. Katie Hoad, from Frosses, on Saturday morning, cleared a PB of 2.30m to win the U17 Pole Vault. This very popular victory was followed shortly by another of David Doherty’s coached group, Hannah Campbell, Ardaghey, who went clear at 2.60m narrowly missing at 2.70m for a bronze medal in the U18 age category.


Katie-Hoad 1st U17 Pole Vault

Hannah Campbell 3rd U18 Pole Vault



Kelly McGrory, Laghey, on Sunday morning was in a class of her own when winning the U18 400m Hurdles, this was an addition to a bronze won on Saturday morning in the short 100m hurdles.

Kelly McGrory on way to winning

the 400m Hurdles at Tullamore



Kate McGowan had a busy weekend competing and winning silver medals in three disciplines/events. In the U17 100m Hurdles Final on Saturday morning she recorded 14.61secs. All Tir Chonaill supporters thought she had won the race but the electronics gave identical times and victory to Kate Anne Doyle from Carrick on Suir. In the Long Jump Kate recorded 5.41m and on Sunday in her first attempt at the 300m Hurdles was again involved in a closely contested race. Kate recorded a very good time of 44.14secs, six hundredths of a second behind the winner.


Kate McGowan in the 100mH Final at Tullamore


Kate McGowan 743 in action in the 300m

Hurdles Final where she finished 2nd



Caolan O’Callaghan, St Ernans, a relatively new comer to the sport, also had a hectic competitive weekend and recorded three PB’S in the U17 High Jump/5th 1.75m, Triple Jump/5th 1-1.60m and Long Jump/7th 5.67m.


Caolan O’Callaghan in the Triple Jump



Emma Brady, Old Golf Course Rd., U18 Triple Jump, recorded 10.60m, for a very popular silver medal.


Emma Brady 2nd Girls

U18 Triple Jump



Mark McGuinness, Dunkineely, ran the race of his life to finish 4th in the U19 3000m. This performance is the more noteworthy when it becomes known that Mark suffered severe blistering during the race to his right fore foot necessitating a visit to the A&E in Tullamore Hospital. A sincere thanks to all supporters, parents and coaches that travelled to support over the weekend.


Mark McGuinnness on his way to finishing 4th /3000m U19

at National Championships in Tullamore on Sunday


Performances from Tir Chonaill AC.pdf