Tír Chonaill AC Open Invitational Meeting

Sunday 19th April 2015

Venue Donegal Town


"Congratulations and well done to Tír Chonaill Athletics Club for a brilliantly organised, well run and highly enjoyable days athletics today. Good standard of competition and a quality annual fixture in the athletics calendar", John B O'Donnell, Lifford AC.

 

"Well done Tir Chonaill for a great event and little miss sunshine for turning up for the whole day", Bernie Walsh, Letterkenny.

 

"Brillant event and well done to everyone. Great results and to all the seniors and masters who competed, your all an inspiration", Rosemary Dewhirst, Glenties.

 

"Thanks Tir Chonaill AC for holding an outstanding competition today. Really well organised and well run. Thoroughly enjoyable and good standard of competition. You can count NLAC back next year. Thanks to everyone from North Leitrim AC". Tom Kelly.

 

 


Brendan O'Donnell, Lifford AC, one of a host of outstanding young athletes in the North West at the moment, checked in for the Hammer competition shortly after 8:00am and for ninety minutes headed up what was one of the top events of a great days athletics. Brendan chasing a 60metres qualification for the upcoming European Youth/Under18 Olympics tossed the 5k weight continually over 55metres to end up with a best of 57.06metres. As athletes and the crowd, which eventually reached over 1000, continued to grow we found three women record PB performances and throw distances rerely seen in Irish athletics. Jade Williams, Shercock, 49.78m; Lynsey Glover, Lagan Valley, 44.08m; and sixteen years old Niamh McGranghan, Finn Valley, 43.44m.


The track events started at 11:00am with five/six heats in most of the juvenile sprints.The local Tir Chonaill club had an impressive one, two, three in the U12 Girls 80m via Niamh Mohan, Lucy McGlynn and Rachael Gallagher.

 

In the Senior 100m finals Chris O'Donnell, North Sligo, 11.59secs and Kate McGowan, Tir Chonaill AC, 12.79secs impressed while in the Masters 100m, which had heats, Martin O'Donnell, Olympian, 12.65secs was fastest with Sligo AC's, seventy one year old and recent European and World Master category medallist John McDermott recording 14.71secs.


The field events ie two Long Jump pits, High Jump and Shot Putt continued throughout the programme. Arlene Crossan, Finn Valley, hoping to get over 5.80m and qualification for the European Youth Olympics, recorded a best of 5.53metres, the breeze against read 1.2. In the age groups and masters Aoran McGrath, Lifford, U14 Boys - 4.80m; Michaela Byrne, Finn Valley, U14Girls - 4.48m and Conal Mahon, Senior, Tir Chonaill, better known as a Triple Jumper also impressed in winning thier eevent. In the Masters Shot Putt, Bosco Reid, impressed with an 11.02m best to add to his earlier PB victory in the Hammer. Other good performances in the shot discipline included Shannon O'Hagan, North Leitrim, U14Girls - 10.36m and Emily Crooke, Rosses AC,10.12m; Diarmuid O'Donnell, Tir Chonaill, U14 Boys - 10.36m; Precius Aduka, Leterkenny, U12 Girls and Johnie McGonagle, Tir Chonaill U12 Boys, and Seniors Niamh McGranaghan, Finn Valley - 10.88m; Jade Leaper, Finn Valley - 10.70.


High jumping is spectacular and exciting. City of Derry, Spartans, Peter Fryer and Emma McCay won the Senior events, Shannon Craig, Lifford - 1.55m, Jordan McDaid, Finn Valley - 1.65m the U18's, Tom Mullan, Lifford - 1.65m U16, Aine Wilkinson, Finn Valley - 145m U14, and Kieran Thompson, Finn Valley, 140m U14.


The track competition culminated with 600/800m and Sprint hurdles. The senior womens 800m were won by Karen Gallagher, Lifford in a good time of 2mins 23.6secs and the men by Ali Mohammod, Sligo IT. Aidan McGinley, Lifford was impressive in winning the U18 - time 2mins 8.4secs while Brian Boyce, Letterkenny, 2mins 19.9secs held of Tir Chonaill pair John O'Brien and Martin O'Halloran in a most competitve Masters 800m.

 

In the juvenile 600m races North Leitrim pair Erin Sommers, 1mins 59.9 U12 and Patrick Montgomery, 1min 52.1secs U12. Letterkenny's, David Smith, 1min 46.2 U14, Derval Neil, Tir Chonaill, 1min 49.2 U14 were all very impressive winners.


The sprint hurdles, required qualification heats and had a number of exciting finals.Michael Surman, City of Derry, 110mH Senior Men, Alleshandra Feudatari, Corran, South Sligo, Senior Women 100m H; Aidan Gillespie, Rosses, 110mH Master Men, Danea Herron, City of Derry Masters100mH, and Tom Mullan, Lifford, BoysU16 100mH won final track events.


 

Quotes found on Tir Chonaill AC Face Book

'What an event ... nearly 400 competitors from all over the North West and Connaught .. numerous outstanding and PB performances from athletes in the juvenile, senior and masters ranks .. Detailed results and hundreds of photographs will be published very soon. A sincere thank you from Tir Chonaill AC to all that travelled, officiated and looked after the electronic timing and results ... to the huge numbers from the local club that competed, looked after hospitality officiated and planned and prepared for today .. guaranteeing a successful meet .. finally to the clubs generous sponsors ie club spomsors Cara Pharmacies and event sponsors Greg and Mary McGrory/Bio Insulate --today was a great example of the true meaning of club' ..