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28 Dec 2008 - Tír Chonaill organise successful Christmas Indoor Competition

The Tír Chonaill AC Indoor Invitation Field Event Competition in the Abbey Vocational School Gymnasium on Sunday 28th December proved to be very enjoyable with some excellent performances. more




26 Dec 2008 - Finn Valley Boxing Day Handycap Race

Results complements of Brendan McDaid. Results.pdf




24 Dec 2008 - North West Cross-Country

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24 Dec 2008 - Goal Mile Results





19 Dec 2008 - Tír Chonaill AC Indoor Sportshall Competition

Attached are the results from last nights competition in the Abbey Vocational School. A sincere thank you to all who officiated and set up the hall and organised behind the scene prior to the start of the competition and to those who organised the refreshments for the young athletes and adults afterwards. Its much appreciated. It was 90 mins of competition that was very well received by all. Results.pdf




16 Dec 2008 - Sportshall Track and Field Graded Meeting Danny McDaid Track, Letterkenny

Saturday last was a busy day for our younger age group athletes and for some coaches and officials, with a full bus load travelling to Letterkenny for two competitions. The second day of the Sportshall competition for age groups 96/97 and 98/99 took place indoors in the Aura Centre while day two of the winter graded track and field meeting took place on the Danny McDaid track outside.

There were several great performances from the Sportshall teams, with some fine individual results with Hannah Campbell having a standing long jump of 2.04m. The younger age group won the Chest Push while in the relays there were equally good results. Well done to all who competed and to Coaches Geraldine O’Connor, Anne McGowan.  Athletes competing were: 96.97 age group; Daire Quinn, Ginta Berga, Niamh McGrory, Hannah Campbell, Sarah Timoney, Katie McCafferty, Dearbhla Hoey, Eva McMullin, Jamie Brennan, Conor Dawson, Brendan Oats and Adam Brennan. The 98/99 team was; Emma Rooney, Amiee McCafferty, Ronan McMullin, Aoife McDevitt, Kelsie Warren, Chloe Masterson, Gerard Byrne, Thomas McGowan, Ava Duncan and Eoin Slevin.  Our club are lying in second place overall after two days of competition, behind the Rosses.  Well done all.

As our Sportshall teams were competing indoors we had several more athletes competing outdoors under the watchful eyes of Michelle Harvey, Richard Mc Carthy and track official Paddy Donoghue. Again there was some fine early season form shown by all athletes with Mark Walsh – 1.65m in high jump; Christopher Doherty – 4.44m and Galvin McShane – 3.54m, both in long jump; in shot putt we had, Claire Brady – 6.73m and Mark McGuinness – 9.04m; in the 60m; Galvin McShane - 9.09sec; Mark McGuinness - 8.55; Molly O’Gara – 8.88; Lisa Greene – 9.88; Sabrina Taylor – 9.83 and Mark Walsh – 7.66 for second place in the fastest race of the day.  In the 300m we had, Michelle Harvey – 43.20; Louise Harvey – 44.09; Christopher Doherty – 44.80; Mark McGuinness – 45.36; Richard McCarthy – 46.01; Galvin McShane – 48.86; Lisa Greene – 53.15 and Sabrina Taylor. In a large field in the 1000m we had, Michelle Harvey 3.00; Mark McGuinness 3.02; Richard McCarthy 3.16; Christopher Doherty 3.19; Mark Walsh 3.20; Jamie Brennan 3.38 and Galvin McShane 3.47.   A worthwhile day for all these athletes.




08 Dec 2008 - Tír Chonaill Athletic Club’s Award Evening

Tír Chonaill Athletic Club held a very successful fourth annual awards evening for juvenile athletes on Sunday 07 December.  In welcoming parents, guardians, athletes, friends and Tánaiste Mary Coughlan, to the Central Hotel for the awards, the club’s Chairman in his address, said he was honoured to be present at such an event, an event that brought all the future athletes of the club together to honour and acknowledge their achievements over the past year. more




06 Dec 2008 - Abbey Voc and Carrick Voc are tops at Round 1 Sportshall Competition

One hundred and forty four athletes from six schools, Carick Voc; Killybegs Voc; Magh Ene, Bundoran; Scoil Colmcille, Balyhannon; St Josephs, Derry City and host school Abbey Voc took part in Round 1 of the 1st Years Donegal Post Primary Schools Competition in Abbey Vocational Gymnasium on Thursday Dec 4th. Following two hours of exciting competition where the young athletes took part in sprinting, field events and relays  Carrick Voc [Boys] and Abbey [Girls] were overall winners. The county finals take place in mid January 2009. more




02 Dec 2008 - Congratulations to club athletes Kate Keeney and Karl Griffith

Congratulations to club athletes Kate Keeney and Karl Griffith on being selected on the Donegal County Teams to compete at the 'AAI All Ireland National Uneven Age Group Cross-Country in Ballyhaise, Co Cavan on Sunday next. Kate competes on the girls U-17 team while Karl was selected on the boys U-15 team. Good luck to both.




30 Nov 2008 - Congratulations Linda

Congratulations to club athlete Linda Ward who makes her debut in a Donegal singlet at the 'AAI National Novice Cross Country Championships' in Ballyhaise Co Cavan on Sunday next. Linda gained selection by virtue of her fine run over the country at the 'Ulster/NI Novice Champiopnship' at the Finn Valley Centre earlier this month.

Linda Ward




30 Nov 2008 - Donegal Sportshall League, Round 1, Dungloe Gym

The club travelled to Dungloe on Saturday last for the first round in the Sportshall League for age groups 96/97 and 98/99 and came home lying in second place with some very fine individual performance and an excellent overall team performance. more




24 Nov 2008 - " Club of the Year" Award in Bundoran

The Bundoran Group after training, with the, "Club of the Year" Award.

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17 Nov 2008 - Thank You

Everyone involved with Tír Chonaill Athletic Club would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to all of you who have been so generous in your messages of good will to our club on what has been for us a tremendous occasion, the winning of the AAI National Club of the Year Award. Thank you most sincerely, your messages are much appreciated.




17 Nov 2008 - AAI National Club of the Year Awards

Tír Chonaill AC won the prestige National Club of the Year award at the Athletics Association Gala Awards Banquet in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Santry on Saturday evening 15 November 2008. more




10 Nov 2008 - Ulster/NI Novice Cross Country Championships, Finn Valley Centre

Congratulations to the club’s Novice women who travelled to the Finn Valley Centre on Sunday last to compete at the 'Ulster/NI Novice Cross Country Championships'. more




02 Nov 2008 - Donegal Senior Cross Country Championships

The club’s senior women turned in another superb display at the 'Donegal Senior Cross Country Championships' at the Finn Valley centre on Sunday last to take the team silver medals, with Michelle Harvey producing a magnificent performance to take the individual gold for the first time. more




27 Oct 2008 - Dublin City Marathon

The 29th running of the Dublin City marathon provided a great day for the Tír Chonaill AC athletes taking part with all recording massive personnel bests for the distance with Shelley Roper leading the way with a superb 3.08.02 on the clock. Other Tír Chonaill AC athletes with super runs were: James Bradshaw (3.09), Vinny Duffy (3.15), Canice Nicholas (3.55), Niall Clancy (4.01), Carol Roper (4.15) over an hour of her personnel best; and Karen Gilmartin (4.37). Other South Donegal men form Ballyshannon with fine runs were, Paul McDevitt (3.51) for a debut, Maurice McLaughlin (4.00 approx) and Diarmaid Keon (4.35). Bike support was once again provided by Tony Cummins and road support provided by Bernie McNeely, Anne Donoghue, Caroline and Jackie Spratt, Brenda Morris, Ramona Nicholas and Paddy Donoghue. Congratulations and really well done all.




25 Oct 2008 - Tír Chonaill AC AGM

Tír Chonaill Athletic Club held their Annual General Meeting on Friday evening last in the Central Hotel, Donegal Town, with the largest attendance of club members in many years. more




19 Oct 2008 - Letterkenny Women’s 3k

It was very much a family affair for the Harvey family at the 'Letterkenny Women’s 3k Race' on Sunday last. In what were described as atrocious conditions, with driving rain and strong gales, Michelle Harvey was first across the line with a good 10.24 on the clock with her mum Jackie a good second in 12.17 and completing the family connection, Vera Haughey, sister to Jackie, was a super fourth in 12.56.




12 Oct 2008 - Donegal Novice & Un-even Age Group Cross Country Fintra, Killybegs

Our novice men made the start line by a whisker and again it was great to have a team presence at the championships. The team, Richard McCarthy, Noel Thomas, Vinny Duffy, Jonathan Kennedy and Mark Walsh gave their all and were in there battling for team places. more

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12 Oct 2008 - Armagh 10 Mile

Three club athletes travelled to complete the Armagh 10 Mile Road Race, on Sunday and all were delighted with their performances. Ann Donoghue, showing some good form on the road of late, was first over the finish line posting a great new personnel best with 83.23. Bernie McNealy came next and with a superb 86.30 was thrilled with her new personnel best for the distance. Eileen Ward, who has made steady progress all season, was next to finish and also with a super run to clock 89.15 to add to the personnel best tally for the afternoon. Well done girls.




11 Oct 2008 - AAI Athletics Leader Course

Some 28 aspiring Athletics Coaches gathered at the Abbey Vocational School on Saturday last, under the guidance of AAI Regional Development Officer Eamon Harvey and club coach David Doherty, to take part in an Athletic Association of Ireland Athletics Leader Course. Tír Chonaill AC had four people in attendence, Martina McGee, Lorraine Delaney, Tanya Brennan and Emma Corry and we look forward to welcoming them into the club coaching structure.The following clubs were represented at the course; North Sligo AC, Sliabh Liagh AC, Rosses AC, Lifford AC and Tír Chonaill AC. The day consisted of both theory and practical demonstrations, with the participants encouraged to take part. All expressed delight with the day.




06 Oct 2008 - Donegal Athletic Board Annual General Meeting

The Donegal Athletic Board Annual General Meeting was held at the Inishowen Gateway Hotel, Buncrana on Monday Evening last. more




05 Oct 2008 - Grange 10k

Some club athletes were also active on the road racing front at the weekend with the popular Grange 10k taking place, also on Sunday. Sean Cassidy was first club athlete to finish with a super run and 42.51 on the clock. Ann Donoghue was next across the line with a good 50.13 with Caroline Spratt next up with a fine 50.29. Eileen Ward had a good run crossing the line with 52.49 on the clock while Bernie McNeely was pleased with a fine 53.03. All new personnel bests for the girls, well done all.




05 Oct 2008 - Donegal Masters and Even Age Group Cross Country Championships

The club’s master women’s team retained their Donegal Cross Country Campionships title at a sunny Finn Valley Centre on Sunday last with a good display of running.




29 Sept 2008 - AAI National League Cup on Tour

The AAI National Track and Field Cup was on tour at the kids training groups in Bundoran and Ballyshannon during the week. There was great excitement as the cup was brought into both halls for photographs, everybody wanted to touch it or hold it. Good to see such excitement. It was pointed out, to them all, that this cup was won by the women of their club, Tír Chonaill AC. View Pics




28 Sept 2008 - Mooathon Half Marathon

James Bradshaw from Ballyshannon travelled to the 'Mooathon Half Marathon' which took place along the Lough Salt Road from Kilmacrenan to Downings and had a superb run. Eager to get a good run in before the wind down for the 'Dublin City Marathon' James clocked an excellent 92.18 for the distance finishing second in his category and an excellent fifteenth overall.


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28 Sept 2008 - Berlin Marathon

Tír Chonaill AC athlete and Ballyshannon man Michael Gallagher had a great run at the 'Berlin Marathon' this morning, crossing the finish line in a superb 3.34, just outside his personnel best. Speaking to Mick on the phone, he said he was thrilled and delighted to have ran the 3.34 as it was an extremely hot morning, making it difficult. Congratulations Mick from all in the club.




27 Sept 2008 - Core Strength and Conditioning Workshop in Donegal

Some pics from the Sean Singleton Core Strenght Workshop today in Donegal Town. more




27 Sept 2008 - Tír Chonaill AC 22 Mile Lakeside Run for Marathon Group

Twenty three athletes gathered on the riverside beside the Four Masters Bridge along the Moy Road at 7.45am on a cool and overcast Saturday morning for the final long run for the ten athletes in training for the Dublin City Marathon on the Bank Holiday weekend. more




22 Sept 2008 - Berlin Marathon

Everyone at the club wish Michael Gallagher the best of luck as he heads off on Thursday for the Berlin Marathon. Picture shows Michael, Karen and the girls. Good Luck Mick.




21 Sept 2008 - The Triathlon Men

Tony Cummins, Vinny Duffy and Niall Clancy, have all been busy recently competing in triathlons across the country, and are now in preparation for the 'Dublin City Marathon'. Niall was at Blacksod Point on Saturday last, where with a strong head wind and a cross country run he completed an Olympic Triathlon in an excellent 2.hrs 52 Mins. Another man aiming for the marathon Canice Nicholas, had a good run and was pleased with his efforts at the recent Dublin Half Marathon in the Phoenix Park.




21 Sept 2008 - Donegal Championship 5kRace 26

On Sunday morning, bright and early and showing no sign of fatigue from the previous night’s socialising, seven club athletes travelled to the Donegal 5k championships in Letterkenny for an 11.30am start.




21 Sept 2008 - Donegal Athletic Board Mizuno Grand Prix 2008

Top 3 Overall Winners for race series.pdf

Team Winners.pdf




16 Sept 2008 - Bundoran Kids Training Group

Bundoran Kids after training on Tuesday 16th September in the Sportshall at Coláiste Magh Éne, Bundoran. Included are athletic leaders Jess Brennan, standing at back on left and Martina Patton, standing on right.




13 Sept 2008 - Derry Half Marathon

The club had a good representation at the Derry/Waterside Half Marathon on a glorious Saturday afternoon last and with top prizes and personnel bests the order of the day. more




06 Sept 2008 - Moville 10k Race 25

Club chairman, John Cannon was our sole athlete competing at the excellently organised Moville 10k on an ideal Saturday afternoon last. John, managing to concentrate of his running despite the distraction of some fine scenery, clocked a superb 40.47 for 17th place overall and first in his master category. Kevin Connors completed the walk that preceded the run at 2.30pm.

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Walk Results.pdf

Juvenile Results.pdf




06 Sept 2008 - Mick’s last long run before Berlin Marathon

Ballyshannon man Michael Gallagher, a stalwart of the Tír Chonaill Athletic Club, undertook his final long run on Saturday morning 06th September, as he prepares to wind down for his trip to the Berlin Marathon at the end of the month. more




01 Sept 2008 - Dromahair 4 Mile

Club athlete Kevin Connors of Bundoran took part in the picturesque 'Dromahair 4 Mile' walk on Sunday last and with a powerful display of aggressive walking crossed the finish as the first walker home. Well done Kevin. Results.pdf




01 Sept 2008 - Community Games Marathon and Walk

Congratulations to club junior Rose McCauley who finished fourth in the Community Games marathon in Mosney and to Niall Shanley, Ballyshannon who competed in the boys 900m Walk





30 Aug 2008 - Race 24, Ballyare 10k

Club chairperson John Cannon was the club’s flag bearer at the Ballyare 10k on Saturday afternoon last when he posted a great 41.08, taking first place in his master men category. Next weekend the penultimate race in the grand prix series takes place with the Moville 10k at 3.00pm. Results.pdf




24 Aug 2008 - Longford Half Marathon

In Longford on Sunday, Ballyshannon man Michael Gallagher had a massive personnel best at the 'Longford Half Marathon' with a superb 1.31.45 for his efforts. This augurs well for Mick who is training for the 'Berlin Marathon', in late September. As is the tradition within the club, we will be supporting Mick on his final long 22-mile training run round the lake on Saturday 06th September. Mick has always made himself available to support other athletes on their long training runs and we are asking those who can, to let Paddy know during the week if they are available as we need to coordinate the morning. Linda Ward, in training for the 'Dublin City Marathon' at the end of October, also competed at the 'Longford Half Marathon' finishing strongly with a time of 1.42.23 and was pleased with that.




23 Aug 2008 - All Ireland Community Games Finals at Mosney

Congratulations to all our club Juvenile athletes who competed at the 'All Ireland Community Games Finals' in Mosney last weekend. Well done all. more




22 Aug 2008 - Race 23, Brocagh 4 Miles

There was more success for some of our athletes on the grand prix road racing series, when on Friday evening last at the Brocagh 4 mile race Pauric Harvey with another fine run finished a creditable sixth overall with a time of 22.44. Sharon Meehan took a good third place in the senior women with 28.40, adding valuable points to her overall total for the series, a few strides from second, behind Rosemary Bogle. Vera Haughey claimed a good victory in the master women with 28.58, again adding some very valuable points to her overall points total on the series with only three races left.





18 Aug 2008 - Race 21, Milford 5k

On Friday evening last, the 15th August, four club athletes competed at the Milford 5K 'John Gilmartin Memorial’ Road Race, part of the Donegal Athletic Boards Grand Prix. Club chairperson John Cannon was the first Tír Chonaill athlete across the line finishing second in his category with a good 18.26 from James Bradshaw, who was also second in his age category with 18.51. Jackie Harvey with a good run was the third club athlete to complete the race finishing first in her category with 21.25 from Sharon Meehan in 21.41 who was the third senior woman to finish. Results.pdf




10 Aug 2008 - Mullaghmore Hospice Run/Walk

After a quick dash from the Letterkenny 15k in the morning, it was off to Mullaghmore in the afternoon and despite the inclement evening, there were some fine runs from our athletes with Vinny Duffy home in 19.23 followed closely by Shelley Roper in 19.48. more




10 Aug 2008 - Race 20, Danny McDaid 15k, Letterkenny

Six club athletes competed at the Danny McDaid 15k in Letterkenny with all recording fine performances. more




09 Aug 2008 - Paul Ward second in Tullamore

The club’s leading master athlete, Paul Ward took a superb second place and silver medal in the 'Master Men’s 1500m' on the track in Tullamore with a good 4.20, behind the winner Letterkenny’s former marathon champion Gary Crossan in 4.18.  Congratulations and well done to both.




09 Aug 2008 - Gold for Louise Harvey at Santry

Club Athlete and leading juvenile this year, Louise Harvey took a brilliant gold medal at the 'AAI National Multi Event Championships' in Santry with a winning points total of 2504. The multi event competition for the U-16 girls consists of five athletic disciplines, 80m hurdles, high jump, long jump, shot putt and 800m and takes place during the course of one day, with points awarded on performance for each discipline and the winner decided on who has the most points at the end of the day. Louise was consistent throughout and led from the first event, eventually claiming the gold with a powerful victory in the last event, the 800m in 2.27.2. Her first discipline, the 80m hurdles was won in 13.1 secs followed by a great second in the high jump with a 1.46m clearance and a third in the long jump with a 4.67m leap. A fifth place in the shot putt with 6.33m left Louise with a slender lead going into the final event the 800m, an event she duly won.




09 Aug 2008 - Race 19, Jackie Harvey at Clonmany 5k

Jackie Harvey was the club’s sole athlete at the Clonmany 5k on Friday evening last and with an excellent run was placed third women overall and winner in her category, clocking a good 22.50 for the distance. Results.pdf




05 Aug 2008 - Race 18, Killybegs 5k





03 Aug 2008 - Paralympics

Photographs re the upcoming Paralympics. Most were taken when Eamon was in China with the Irish Squad at a Familiarisation Camp last Aug/Sept. more




01 Aug 2008 - Race 17, Ramelton 5k





30 July 2008 - Race 16, Dungloe Festival 5k





28 July 2008 - AAI National Track and Field Champions – Tír Chonaill Athletic Club

Tír Chonaill Women’s Athletics Team wrote another successful chapter into the history of Donegal athletics when following a titanic struggle in Tullamore on Sunday they became National Premier League Champions. In an eight teams final, defeating Dundrum South Dublin and  Cork’s, Leevale by one and half and seven points margins they claimed the right to represent Ireland in the 'European Clubs Championship' in May 2009. more




26 July 2008 - Clubs Under 13 Girls 'All Ireland Champions'

The Clubs Under 13 Girls got the Tullamore weekend off to a great start today with a win in the 4 x 100m relay to become 'All Ireland Champions'. more




26 July 2008 - Race 15, Drumhalla 5k





25 July 2008 - A big Weekend for TIr Chonaill Athletes
Tir Chonaill Athletes have a big weekend ahead. On Saturday in Tullamore an Under 13 Girls Relay Team will contest in the 'National Relays Final' while on Sunday it’s the turn of the Senior Women to pitch against the best in Ireland when the 'National Premier League Final' takes place. Good luck to the Under 13 quartet of Kate McGowan, Emma Brady, Kelly McGrory and Karen Tracey on Saturday and to our Senior's on Sunday. See below Tír Chonaill select a strong team for League Final




24 July 2008 - Race 14, Burtonport 5k





20 July 2008 - Bronze for Mary McLoone

Not content with her superb gold medal and National Title on Saturday, Mary McLoone competed in the long jump today, Sunday and with a good series of jumps in the mid 5m range she consilidated her bronze with a 5.82m third round leap. Congratulations on your double success Mary, from all in the club. more




19 July 2008 - National Title for Mary McLoone

Club athlete Mary McLoone added another national medal to her already hefty medal haul at national level, when in extremely difficult conditions for horizontal jumpers, she took the gold medal and national title in her strongest discipline the triple jump. With a first round failure, Mary broke the sand at 11.71m in the second round to leap into an unassailable lead. Taking no more jumps, Mary sat out the remainder of the competition in the safe knowledge that her leap would not be surpassed. Mary Devlin of Abbey AC was second with 11.34m and Hannah Todd third with 11.24m, the only three athletes to break 11m. more




19 July 2008 - Tír Chonaill select strong team for National League Final 

This evening, Tír Chonaill AC announced a strong and fit team for Sunday weeks National League Finals. It was good to see team captain Marie Rooney back to full fitness following a recent accident and leading the team in the Walks discipline where she has been an impressive scorer for the club during the past decade. more




18 July 2008 - Tír Chonaill & Donegal Athletes selected for Celtic International

Congratulations to Tír Chonaill athlete Aoife O’Connor on her selection on the Ulster/Northern Ireland Celtic Track & Field Team that competes in Petrivie, Scotland on the 2nd August. Aoife gains a place in the U18 Long Jump and as a member of the 4 x 100 relay squad. The team was selected on Wednesday night and finds a number of athletes from Tír Chonaill and other north west clubs making either the U16 or U18 squads. more




14 July 2008 - Race 11, J.G. Mermorial 4.2miles Road Race, Cranford





14 July 2008 - Niall Clancy at the Athlone Half Olympic Triathlon

Congratulations to club athlete/triathlete Niall Clancy, who on Saturday morning competed at the Athlone Half Olympic Triathlon and was pleased with a superb performance that yielded a massive new personnel best. On his way back home to Ballyshannon Niall stopped off in Bundoran to do 20 minutes on the treadmill in aid of the club's 100k fundraiser, thats dedication for you.




12 July 2008 - Cara Pharmacy/Tír Chonaill A.C. Fundraiser a Huge Success

Cara Pharmacy on Bundoran’s Main St. on Saturday 12th July was a hive of activity as members of Tir Chonaill Athletics Club attempted a unique challenge – to run 100k without leaving the Main St. In mid morning two ‘treadmills’ were installed at the entrance to Cara Pharmacy and advertising posters at the main entrances to the town invited the general public to become involved in helping club members achieve a unique goal. Free ‘All-over-Body health Checks were offered by the professional staff in the Pharmacy.

At noon club members Paddy Donoghue and Canice Nicholas stepped onto the treadmills and the challenge began. At regular intervals, during the subsequent six hours, various club partnerships chipped away at the 100k.  As the afternoon progressed, throngs of spectators stopped and encouraged, passing traffic slowed to a standstill to get a view, local politicians Sean McEniff, P.J.Branley, Elizabeth McIntyre, Michael McMahon  came along to lend their support and ran a few  kilometres, club juvenile athletes supported during a special  hour and the general public queued for health checks. Club officials ‘walked the line’ in the middle of the road and the footpaths as a very generous public made donations towards a unique fundraising activity. The atmosphere, craic and ‘buzz’ of the occasion were helped with ongoing background music and a general public that were intrigued by the attempted challenge. At a few minutes after six M.C. Paddy Donoghue, with Sharon McGowan and Philomena Gallagher on the treadmill, counted down the last few metres of the 100k to the applause of the large assembled crowd. 

Tir Chonaill Athletics Club would like to thank the general public for their very generous support on the day, Cara Pharmacy directors Canice and Ramona Nicholas for all their encouragement and in particular the invaluable ‘Community Health Check’ carried out by their professional staff, the local councillors for their support and involvement and to all our own club members for their huge input in planning/preparation and work on the day- insuring that the event was such a huge success.

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08 July 2008 - AAI Age Group Championships, Antrim Forum

Young Christopher Doherty won the gold medal at the AAI Woodie's DIY sponsored U-15 boys pole vault in difficult vaulting conditions at the Antrim forum. His clearance of 2.80m is a new personnell best for Christopher, who is coached by his dad David. There was also a bronze medal for Louise Harvey this morning in the 250m hurdles to add to the bronze of Saturday in the shorter hurdles. more




06 July 2008 - Strabane 10k


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05 July 2008 - Race 10, Rathmullen 5k

There was more success for our club athletes at the Rathmullen 5k on Friday evening with Vera Haughey taking first place in her category with a good 21.17, followed in second place in the same category by Jackie Harvey with a solid 22.41 on the clock.  Sharon Meehan took a good third in the senior women with 21.41, while top junior woman was Rose McCauley in 22.01. Paul Ward, with another consistent run, finished a strong sixth overall and fourth in his category with 16.24. Well done all.complements of Inishowen AC.


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04 July 2008 - Bosco Summer Camp a Huge Success

The annual week long St. John Bosco Athletics Club 'Summer Camp' concluded on Friday evening with many tired limbs, happy faces and a few exhausted coaches. The camp attracted 140 children to the multi sport/activity week in the grounds of the Abbey Vocational School. more




30 June 2008 - Jumps Fest in Birmingham

Mary McLoone was off to Birmingham at the weekend, having been invited to take part in a jumps fest competition, where she rediscovered her recent good form with two days of excellent jumping.  On the Saturday Mary competed in the elite long jump and with a super 5.85m took a great second place, a mere 3cm behind the winner. On Sunday, it was the triple jump and going in the second pool, Mary was again in superb form, breaking the sand for a best of 12.62m to take first place, just 2cm short of her personnel best.  Mary’s next outing will be at the 'AAI National Senior Championships' in July.




29 June 2008 - Tír Chonaill AC Athletes Success at Tailteann Games in Santry

Three Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town, Athletes were selected on the Ulster Inter Provincial Team for the annual 'Irish Schools Under 17 Tailteann Games' meet at Santry on Saturday last. All three put in outstanding performances against the best from the four provinces. more




27 June 2008 - Finn Valley 5k, Ballybofey on Friday Evening

On Friday the Finn Valley 5k took place with a good showing from club athletes. Paul Ward, who has been showing some good form of late finished in fifth overall and first in the master category with 16.43. Gary Thomas was next up in ninth place overall and second in his category with 17.23, while Philomena Gallagher with 21.20, Vera Haughey, 21.57, Sharon Meehan, 22.17 and Jackie Harvey, 22.39 were all pleased with their runs. Check out pics on Valley Site Pics





24 June 2008 - Mullaghmore Triathlon Video

Contained is footage of some of the Tir Chonaill AC Athletes who took part at Mullaghmore in the Triathlon.




24 June 2008 - Tír Chonaill Athletes on Ulster Team

When the 'Irish Schools Under 17 Tailteann Games Inter Provincial' takes place in Santry on Saturday next three young Tír Chonaill Athletes will be part of the Ulster Team. more




22 June 2008 - Tri Success for Tír Chonaill AC Triathletes

The club had a double success at the Mullaghmore Triathlon this morning Saturday 21 June, when new comer to the event Noel Thomas made a sensational debut with victory in his category in the short course event, while the relay team of Elizabeth McIntyre (750m swim); Tony Cummins (20k bike) and Shelley Roper (5k run) took a superb third place with 1.16.41 on the clock, from 13 relay teams. more




22 June 2008 - Rotary 10k, Enniskillen

Six Club Athletes made the trip to Enniskillen on Saturday afternoon for the Rotary 10k and again came back with a fair measure of success. Philomena Gallagher, rediscovering some of her old form, took first place in her category with a good 42.36, while Vera Haughey, raced to a good second place in her category with 44.50 on the clock. Ballyshannon’s Michael Gallagher, recovering from injury, was pleased with his 42 mins, while Sharon McGowan had a solid run with a 44.55 mins. Jackie Harvey with 50.29 and Ann Donoghue with 50.41, a pb of over two minutes, were delighted. L-R: Ann Donoghue, Philomena Gallagher, Sharon McGowan, Jackie Harvey and Vera Haughey.





22 June 2008 - Lifford 5k on Friday Evening

Three Club Members travelled to Liffort on Friday evening for the 8th race in the McCormick/Mizuno sponsored Donegal Athletic Board’s Grand Prix. Paul Ward with 16.05, a season's best, placed 8th overall and second in his category behind Gary Crossan. Paul's target of sub 16minutes for the 5k is now looking ever more possible this season. Gary Thomas with 16.56, also a season's best, and improving with every race, placed 16th overall and 6th in his category. Richard McCarthy, with 17.50 for 29th overall in a race that had 86 finishers. Results.pdf




22 June 2008 - Mary McLoone on International Duty

On Sunday in Leiria, Portugal, club athlete Mary McLoone competed at a European Cup competition for Ireland. Mary, on her own admission, was below form and despite this did the long jump finishing 8th with 5.63m. The Irish women's team finished in 4th place overall.




22 June 2008 - Donegal Community Games Athletics Finals at Milford

The Donegal Community Games Athletics Finals were held at Milford on Sunday afternoon. There was great success for athletes who are members of, and compete with Tír Chonaill AC, with several qualyfing for the All Ireland Finals. Athletes from the Ballyshannon area, the Bundoran area and the Donegal Town area, who took medals and certificates in most events. Well done to all. more




18 June 2008 - 'Introduction to Sports Day' at St. Macartans NS, Bundoran

Tír Chonaill AC coach Paddy Donoghue, was invited into St Macartans NS, Bundoran, to introduce athletics at the school's, 'introduction to sports day' on Wednesday last. more




17 June 2008 - AAI National Track and Field League at Santry

Sunday saw the club’s women’s team compete in 'Round Two of the AAI National Track and Field League' at Santry and with a brilliant team performance they secured their place in the final once again, finishing level with Abbey AC on 111 points on the day. more




17 June 2008 - AAI U-10/11/12 Team Championships plus Relays, Tullamore

On Saturday it was the turn of our U-12 girls to shine, when at the under age group team competition in Tullamore, the relay squad of Sarah Timoney, Kate McGowan, Eva McMullin, Ruth Gillespie and sub Katie McCafferty, narrowly missed out on bronze medals. more




17 June 2008 - Richard McCarthy at Buncrana 10k

Saturday evening saw Richard McCarthy make the trip to the Buncrana 10k and take second place in his category with a very fine 38.40 on the clock.

Richard McCarthy




17 June 2008 - Mary McLoone at the Ulster and Northern Ireland Seniors

Mary McLoone was in action at the Ulster and Northern Ireland senior track and field championships at the Antrim Forum track, also on the Saturday, and came away with a double gold.  In the morning, Mary, who learned earlier in the week that she had been selected on the Irish European Cup team to compete in Portugal next weekend, won her favourite event the triple jump with a 12.05m leap.  Later in the day she completed her remarkable double with a sweet victory in the long jump, breaking the sand at 5.94m, one centre meter ahead of her main rival Mary Devlin of Abbey AC.




06 June 2008 - Holian and McGloin continue dominance at Donegal Town 5k

Finn Valley pair Kevin Holian and Teresa McGloin continued their dominance of this year’s Brian McCormick/Mizuno sponsored Donegal Athletic Board’s Grand Prix of road racing, with comprehensive victories in the men’s and women’s categories on a balmy Friday evening last in Donegal Town. Even at this early stage in the series, the Donegal Town race being the sixth, and barring injury, it is difficult to see who can topple the reigning overall champions from last year. more




03 June 2008 - Donegal Town Group Complete Mini Marathon

The 2008 Women’s Dublin Mini Marathon attracted an entry of over 47,000 runners, joggers and walkers to a sun drenched Dublin on Bank Holiday Monday. Nineteen local women joined the largest women’s mass participation event in the world and came home very happy with their individual and overall performances. more




02 June 2008 - Ulster & Northern Ireland U-10 to U-13 Championships at the Finn Valley Centre

On Sunday it was the turn of the club’s younger age groups to shine, when they competed at the Ulster and Northern Ireland U-10 to U-13 championships at the Finn Valley Centre. Congratulations and well done to all who competed and to those who won medals: the U-10 boys and U-12 girls relay team who took bronze medals and qualified for the All Ireland finals. Also Kate McGowan, James Stewart, Emma Brady, Karen Tracey and Niall Carr, all who won medals.




02 June 2008 - Donegal Primary Schools Challenge at the Finn Valley Track.

Some of our young athletes also competed on Wednesday, at the 'Donegal Primary Schools Challenge' held at the Finn Valley track. There were many fine performances; most notable was the performance of Bundoran’s Jamie Brennan in the boys ’96 long jump, where he won with an excellent leap of 3.70m. Megan McGee, also from Bundoran, with a clearance of 1.01m in the girls ’98 high jump, ended up in a three-way tie for second place. Both athletes are from the Bundoran training group and pupils of St Macartans NS.




02 June 2008 - Mary McLoone at Graded Meeting in Santry

For club athlete, Mary McLoone, the season just keeps getting better, when in ideal conditions at a Dublin athletics county board graded meeting in the Morton Stadium in Santry on Wednesday evening last, she recorded two great victories with superb performances. Having set out her stall at the first graded meeting a fortnight ago, and gaining maximum points for the club in the first round of the AAI National League, Mary won the 200m in an excellent 25.56secs, finishing ahead of some more established 200m specialists.  A half hour later Mary leaped to a season’s best when she won the long jump, breaking the sand at 5.55m, with the wind gauge showing a reading of +0.1.  The Ulster/Northern Ireland Senior Championships on the 14th of June are her next target, with the second round of the league on the following day, Sunday the 15th of June in Dublin.




01 June 2008 - Outstanding Donegal Schools performances at Irish Schools Finals

There were indeed many outstanding performances by Donegal Athletes at the Irish Schools Track & Field Championships Final in Tullamore last Saturday. Club athlete Louise Harvey took a superb bronze medal in the intermediate girls 300m hurdles in a new personnel best of 45.57. more




29 May 2008 - Buncrana 5k

A massive 180 finishers crossed the finish line at the Buncrana 5k on Wednesday night. The race is part of the Donegal Mizuno Grand Prix Series and the Furey Insurance Derry Road Series. more




28 May 2008 - Massive Turnout for Primary School Athletics Finals at Finn Valley

St. Mary's (Stranorlar), Cashel (Glencolmcille) and Annagry are the 'Donegal Athletics Primary School Champions' for 2008. St. Mary's (Stranorlar), Cashel (Glencolmcille) and Annagry are the 'Donegal Athletics Primary School Champions' for 2008 .

It was a busy day at the Finn Valley Athletics Clubs Sports-Centre in Stranorlar for the Primary School Athletics Finals, with over 1000 children vying for honours. Both individual and school honours were contested in the various sections, namely small school (less than 100 students), medium school (100-200) and large school (200 plus).

The 38th annual event attracted schools from Glengad in the North of Inishowen to St Macartens (Bundoran) in the South. The officials did an excellent job getting through 62 events in 3 hours. The event is hosted by Finn Valley AC every year and has Senator Brian O'Domhnaill present as guest of honour. Brian is himself a club member at Valley.

The list of officials that are of course key to the excellent impact the event makes are: Neil Martin, Bridgeen Doherty, Mariosa Doherty, Michael Kelly, Paul Finn, Sean Carlin, Gavin Carlin, Brendan McNulty, Noel Laverty, Peader McGranaghan, Mary Kearns, Bernie O'Callaghan, Leona Byrne, Nicola Alcorn, Anne McGill , Eamon Harvey, Rosaleen McGonagle, Patsy McGinley, Bernie Alcorn, Brendan Patton, Grace Boyle, Maeve Culhane, Breda McGinty, Noreen Martin, Patsy McGonagle etc .

Overall Large School Winners: 1st St Marys, Stranorlar; 2nd Woodlands; 3rd Tooban.

Overall Medium School Winners: 1st Annagry; 2nd Kilmacrenan; 3rd St Bridgets, Convoy

Overall Small School Winners: 1st Cashel; 2nd Rathmullan; 3rd Gleneel

Outstanding student performances of note were from Mark Mc Guinness (Bruckless), Georgie and Leanne Kelly (Tooban), Blaithnaid Patton (Stranorlar); Amber Barrett (Rathmullan); Niamh Kelly (Kilmacrenan), Zola Adeyoola (Colmcille), Conor Doherty (Kilcar), Sarah Martin (Lifford), Summer Leckie (Erdeenagh) and Arlene Crossan (Lurgybrack). Results.pdf




27 May 2008 - AAI National League Track & Field Championships (2nd Round)

National League Club points standings after 'Round 1' and venue for Round 2 on 15th June 2008. Results.pdf




24 May 2008 - Donegal Sports Partnership Athletics Jamboree in Donegal Town

On Wednesday last 150 children enjoyed a two hour athletics jamboree in the Abbey Voc. School Gymnasium. more




20 May 2008 - Letterkenny Interfirms 5k, 2008


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20 May 2008 - Abbey Vocational School Awards Presentation

Four Juvenile Athletes were honoured at the Annual Abbey Vocational School Awards Presentation Night. Pictured are Back L-R: Amie Brogan, Mr Emanuel McCormack (AVS Principal), Mr Colman Lee (AVS V.Principal) and Louise Harvey Front L-R: Marian Harkin (MEP Special Guest), Kitty O'Kennedy, Aoife O'Connor and Kelly Lacey (Former Abbey Voc Student)




20 May 2008 - Women Impress in National League at Antrim Forum

The Clubs Premier League Women’s Team had a most successful outing at the Antrim Forum on Sunday last. The occasion was the first round of the 'National League' and the aim was to maximise a points total to take forward to round two in three weeks time. The top eight scoring teams from the two rounds qualify for the prestigious Irish final in early July. more




20 May 2008 - Busy and Successful Weekend for Tír Conaill AC at Ulster Schools

The Ulster Schools Track and Field Finals are recognised as the top athletic meeting of the summer in Ulster. Qualification comes from five provincial regions and the cream of provinces athletic talent participate in a superbly organised day long competition supported by three thousand spectators. more




18 May 2008 - McLoone Jump-Starts her Season in Style

With the outdoor track and field season barely begun, it is often a slow process for some athletes making the transition from winter hibernation to peak performance. But for one athlete that did not appear to be a problem! Mary McLoone, the Tír Chonaill AC athlete and current International, gave herself the perfect start to her outdoor campaign when in almost ideal conditions for the power events, she set two new personnel bests at a Dublin graded meeting in the Irishtown Stadium on Wednesday evening last. Going in the 100m first, McLoone was first out of the blocks, going on to cross the finish line in 12.34secs for her first PB of the evening. This time, agonisingly close to the county record of 12.32 set by Finn Valley’s Ann Marie Lynch in Tullamore in 1991 at the BLOE Championships. A short time later she presented herself at the triple jump check in area.  In the triple jump, her specialist event, where she has been one of the most consistent competitors in the country over the past number of years, McLoone with a fine series of 12m plus jumps leaped into record books, bettering her own Donegal record with a massive 12.64m in winning the competition.  The outdoor summer season certainly holds promise for this fine athlete.




15 May 2008 - Ballyshannon 5k

The Ballyshannon 5k took place on Friday evening, 16th May and again the club had a good presence. 

Pics by Tír Chonaill AC




13 May 2008 - Donegal Senior and Masters T & F Championships on Tuesday Evening

The first round of the 'Donegal Senior and Masters Track and Field Championships' took place on Tuesday evening at the Danny McDaid new tartan track in Letterkenny. Results.pdf




05 May 2008 - North West 10k

Sunday saw the twelfth running of the North West Charity 10k in Letterkenny and again the club had a good presence.  more

Pics by Tír Chonaill AC




04 May 2008 - Donegal Town Athlete Invited to the House of Commons

Aoife O'Connor, the young Donegal Town athlete, was a surprised and delighted recipient of a very special invitation earlier this week.

A letter from the organisers of the Norwich Union sponsored British Sportshall Finals read 'to celebrate the achievements of our nations junior athletes and your fantastic achievement in this years Norwich Unions Sportshall competition you are invited to attend a special celebration in the House of Commons in London on the 13th May'.

Aoife, accompanied by her parents Geraldine and Hugh, will be part of a group of young athletes -- high achievers from all over the British Isles -- who will be honoured at a special function in London.

The St John Bosco/Abbey Vocational School lass recently led the Donegal Under 15 team to victory in the 'Ulster Sportshall Finals' where she received the overall female athlete of the competition award and at the British Finals in Birmingham. An all round athlete, Aoife, also was part of successful St John Bosco relay teams at National level during the past year and won numerous Irish medals in Long Jump and sprints. Picture: Mr. George Bunner (Founder of Sportshall Athletics) makes a presentation to Aoife at the Ulster Finals in Newtownabbey.




28 April 2008 - David Wilson

Following on from his stunning seasonal debut at the 'Race That's Good for Life 5k' a fortnight ago in Chicago, where he finished fifth overall in winning his age category with 15.45, David Wilson continued his resurgence with a superb 15.27 at the Ravenswood 5k, also in Chicago, on Sunday morning last. The pace, furious from the gun, saw Wilson mix it at the front with some of Chicago's best road racers. With the lead alternating and changing several times, the eventual winner Chad Ware broke clear in the final 500m recording 15.12. Wilson locked in a battle with James Akita and Ricky Britton for the minor placings had to settle for third overall with Akita claiming second with 15.20 on the clock and Britton fourth in 15.31. The first six athletes broke the 16-minute barrier in this high-class race. The South Donegal man took first place in his MM35 age category and leads the category standings in the race series.




20 April 2008 - AAI National 10k Road Championships Ladies Team

The Master Women's Team travelled to Athenry on Sunday to compete at the 'AAI 10k Road Championships' and despite a brave effort in a very tough and competitive race finished a creditable fifth team place. Led by Philomena Gallagher, with a good return to form, she crossed the line in 43.06. Marie Rooney, suffering with a slight hamstring injury, was next to finish with 43.28 on the clock. Marie was second in her age category and took a great silver medal. Linda Ward, showing some good form of late at training, turned this into racing form with a fine 44.08, while Sharon McGowan completed the scoring team with a sound 45.21. Tony Cummins was our sole male athlete and was delighted with 48.29.

10k Results 2008.pdf




20 April 2008 - David Wilson in the News Stateside

Former South Donegal Harrier and lately Tír Chonaill AC Athlete, David Wilson is back on the roads, and clocking superb times. Now residing in Chicago and after several years away from the sport, David returned to running last year, competing in one 5k in his local area. Now a year on, a fitter and stronger Wilson continues to train and began his racing season on 13 April with a 5k around the roads of Chicago. A former junior International and collegiate athlete, Wilson remained in the states after graduating, married and settled in the Chicago area, took some time out from athletics before returning to the sport that he showed such an aptitude for. On Sunday last in a field of over eight hundred athletes at the `Race That's Good For Life 5k', it was like old times, up with the leading group from the gun, Wilson, running in the colours of Brookfield, was always in contention and was delighted, crossing the finish line with a superb 15.45 on the clock for fifth place overall and first in his age category 35-39. Wilson's plans for the next six weeks are to compete at the next race on the circuit on 27 April and to follow this with two races in May, one a 5k, the other a 10 miler, a distance Wilson last raced over at the Ballyshannon 10, with its infamous Higginstown Hill, way back in 1987 - where does time go? The Chicago race circuit has about forty races, varying in distance from 5k to 10 milers and runs from April to November. We hope to hear lots more good news stories from across the Atlantic during this racing season!




14 Apr 2008 - British Sportshall Finals at the N.E.C., Birmingham

Four Club Athletes - Emma Brady, Kelly McGrory, Louise Harvey and Aoife O'Connor were part of Donegal teams that travelled to the British Sporthall Finals in Birmingham on Saturday. more




14 Apri 2008 - National Indoor Championships in Nenagh

Young Athletes from the St John Bosco/Tír Conaill Athletic Club had a very busy schedule over the weekend when the final section of the 'National Indoor Championships' took place at Nenagh. more




07 April 2008 - Lorcan McGarry runs Connemara Marathon

The club's only athlete competing at the Connemara Marathon on a wind swept and unpleasant day was Lorcan McGarry. Plagued by a niggling injury, Lorcan's training was severely curtailed over the past few weeks, limited to tow runs, but despite this he was pleased with his 3.55 for the distance. Lorcan plans on a few days rest now before resuming training with the Dublin City Marathon in mind for the end of October.




07 April 2008 - Northwest Sprint Triathlon 2008, Derry

Tír Chonaill Athletic Club was represented by Noel Thomas in the Northwest Sprint Triathlon 2008, at Templemore Sports Complex, in Derry City on Sunday morning . more




06 April 2008 - Thrills, Spills and Success in Nenagh

When 'Part 1' of the 'All Ireland Indoors' took place on Sat/Sun 5/6 April, six young Tír Conaill/St John Bosco Athletes had a most successful experience at Nenagh's Indoor Arena. more




31 Mar 2008 - Omagh Half-Marathon

Omagh provided the competition over the weekend for those brave enough to tackle the half marathon. On a day that had showers and sunshine, three club athletes made the journey and competed. Tony Cummins, the mere mention of a race is enough to set this man off, continues to show excellent early season form with a good 1.51, knocking over five minutes off his time for this tough course. Bernie McNeely crossed the line in 2.02 while Ann Donoghue was pleased with her 2.06. Kevin Connors provided much welcome backup on the course with water and taking the wet gear along the route. Also from Ballyshannon area were Caroline and Jackie Spratt who had excellent runs, their first on this tough course.




28 Mar 2008 - St.John Bosco Athletics Club Easter Camp

During the Easter Holiday period, one hundred and thirty children enjoyed a fun packed three days, at the St John Bosco Athletic Club Multi-Sports Camp. more




25 Mar 2008 - Carney 10k

The Carney 10k provided the action for many of our club athletes on Easter Monday, with the second staging of the race, a fine way to blow away the after effects of the Easter Chocolate feast. more




17 Mar 2008 - St. John Bosco Athletes Enjoy New Indoor Experience

When Part 3 of the Ulster Juvenile Indoor Championships were held at Magherafelt Councils, magnificent new Meadowbank Indoor Arena, on Sat 15th March,  a group of St John Bosco Athletes had a memorable, enjoyable and successful experience. more




17 Mar 2008 - Club Coach Honoured

The club would like to be associated with the richly deserved 'Donegal Town Heritage Award' to Seamus Og Campbell. Seamus Og, an important  coach in the Thursday Night,  St John Bosco, Little Athletics programme, has spent a lifetime developing and supporting Special Needs and Special Olympics clubs at local and National levels, was honoured at the Donegal Town Heritage Ball in Harveys Point on Saturday night last. Congratulations Seamus Og from all in the St John Bosco Athletics Club. Pictured: Seamus Og Campbell (centre), who received a special award at the Donegal Town Heritage Ball in Harveys Point last weekend pictured with family L-R: Catriona Donaghey, Mary Doherty, Marie Terese Campbell and Rose Mary Travers.




17 Mar 2008 - Point Construction, St. Patrick's Day 5k, Letterkenny

Results.pdf complements of Herbie McDaid.




16 Mar 2008 - Ballyshannon Group Training

Picture from outdoor training at the Mall Track Ballyshannon on Thursday Evening 13th March.




12 Mar 2008 - Bundoran Training Group

Some pics from our Training Group taken at indoor training in the Sportshall at Magh Éne College Bundoran on a Tuesday night. Some long jump drills and general pics. View Pics




09 Mar 2008 - Supporting the Marathon-Man

On Sunday morning last, several club athletes and members helped out with the long run for our marathon man. Lorcan McGarry, going in the 'Connemara Marathon' took to the roads around Lough Melvin for his 22 miler, accompanied by Marie Rooney, Sharon McGowan, Linda Ward, Shelley Roper, Vinny Duffy, Michael Gallagher and Canice Nicholas, with Tony Cummins and Paddy Donoghue on bikes, Philomena Gallagher in her car and with Bernie McNeely and Ann Donoghue organising the picnic for afterwards, it was a most enjoyable morning. more




09 Mar 2008 - Pauric Harvey sets a new PB in the Liverpool Half-Marathon

Club athlete Pauric Harvey had a tremendous run at the recent Liverpool Half-Marathon and set himself a massive new personnel best with 79.19 on the clock as he crossed the line in 20th place in the open male and 26th overall. His previous best time for the distance was 93 minutes. What next for this fine young athlete.




04 Mar 2008 - St. John Bosco Athletes Successful Outing in Glasgow

St John Bosco Athletes made a successful trip to the 'Scottish Indoor Relay Champioships' on Saturday last. Held in the impressive Kelvin Hall, the clubs Girls Under 13 and 17 squads, made their own piece of history when they were the first Irish club teams to compete at this level and the first to win medals. more




03 Mar 2008 - Donegal Democrat Sports Star Award for Mary McLoone

Congratulations to club athlete Mary McLoone on being selected as the Donegal Democrat Sports Star for the month of January. Mary bounced back this winter, after being sidelined for most of last season with injury, to record a personnel best and equal the county triple jump record with a 12.49m leap at the AAI games in January. Mary also won the AAI indoor national title at the Odyssey arena in Belfast with a 12.25m jump. This performance earned her another International vest, competing at the Celtic cup.Apart from the triple jump, her main event, Mary is an equally proficient long jumper, regularly competing at the top level and is amongst the top three in the country at the minute. No mean sprinter either, Mary can blast a decent 100m and has ran 24.01 for the 200m, not bad for a jumper! Mary, the first sports star of 2008, was presented with her award during the week in Letterkenny by Ciaran O’Donnell, Deputy Editor Donegal Democrat, Peter Campbell, Sports Editor, Donegal Democrat, Valerie McGroarty and Brian Mc McCormick, both of Brian McCormick Sports. Mary is currently in training for the outdoor season that gets under way in May and is looking forward to the new season. “I was thrilled when I got the phone call,” was her reaction to the news that she was to receive the award. 




29 Feb 2008 - Ulster Sportshall Finals at the Valley Leisure Centre, Belfast

Fermanagh Boys Under 13 and Under 15 and Donegal Girls Under 13 and Under 15 were impressive team winners when the Ulster Sportshall finals were held at the Valley Leisure Centre, Belfast on Tuesday last. more




24 Feb 2008 - Jarlath Wins in Belfast

Yesterday, 23rd Feb saw Jarlath  Ruane with a third round putt of 11.75metres won the 'Ulster/Northern Ireland Under 19 Indoor Shot Putt Championships' at the University of Ulster’s New Indoor Arena in Jordanstown, Belfast. The multi talented St John Bosco youth competing with the new 6kilo weighted implement for the first time also qualified for the All Ireland’s with medal winning performances in the 60m Hurdles and a 5.80m leap in the Long Jump.




24 Feb 2008 - Ulster Schools Cross-Country Results

Cross-Country Ulster Schools, Mullusk Results.pdf




16 Feb 2008 - AAI Masters Indoors, Nenagh

Today, we saw some of our master athletes travel to Nenagh for the AAI National Masters Indoors Championships and what a day it was to be!  Four club athletes, Marie Rooney, Jackie Harvey, Paul Ward and Manus Peoples traveled to compete in their age categories bringing home two gold, four silver and one bronze medal between them. Well done all. more




10 Feb 2008 - Eamon Harvey interview with Colin Griffin

Eamon Harvey interviews Leitrim 'Race-Walker' Colin Griffin - holder of the Irish 50k Walk record. more




10 Feb 2008 - Michelle competes in Sydney Olympic Stadium

Back in action after a short New Year break in New Zealand, Michelle Harvey competed at the New South Wales Track and Field Championships on Sunday evening.  Michelle, after a ten day altitude training stint, competed in the pale blue of Victoria, lined out in the final of the NSW 1500m championships at 6.51 pm on a balmy Sunday evening, along side some of Australia’s most promising female athletes. In the magnificent Homebush Olympic Stadium, scene of the 2000 Olympic games, Michelle was always in the leading group, but when the injection of pace came with 400m to go, Michelle found herself being passed and had to settle for a good sixth place with a super 4.31.78. Michelle, entered the Australian 2007 ranking lists with some excellent performances in the 1,500m and 3,000m prior to Christmas.




04 Feb 2008 - 1st Year Schools Sportshall, Abbey Voc Gym, Wed 30th Jan 2008

Schools competing were Carrick Vocational School; Mgh Ene Bundoran; St Catherine’s, Killybegs and Abbey Vocational SchoolDonegal. more




04 Feb 2008 - Mary McLoone wins in Cardiff at the Celtic Cup International Indoors

Club athlete, Mary McLoone was competing in Cardiff at the Celtic Cup International indoors. Mary was competing in the triple-jump as part of the Irish team. Despite two no jumps and some technique difficulties, it would turn out to be another successful weekend when with a second round leap to 12.22m she claimed first place and a full five points for the Irish team. The women’s team finished second overall to a strong Scottish outfit.




04 Feb 2008 - Marie Rooney at the Banks National Cross-Country Championships

Club athlete, Marie Rooney was competing over the weekend, at the Banks National Cross-Country Championships in the grounds of UCC. For Marie, battered by rain, sleet and mud, running in the colours of the Bank of Ireland, it was another fine outing at cross-country this winter, when with a strong run she finished second overall, in a very competitive race.




29 Jan 2008 - Irish Indoor Championships at Odyssey Arena Belfast

Tír Conaill’s Mary Mc Loone was the outstanding local athlete when the Irish Indoor Championships were held in the impressive Odyssey Arena Belfast last weekend. more




21 Jan 2008 - Ulster/NI Master Cross-Country Championships, Gransha

The club had two teams compete at the 'Northern Ireland and Ulster Cross-Country Championships' at the Gransha grounds in Derry on Saturday last and the master women’s team came home with silver medals. more




21 Jan 2008 - Jarleth Ruane at the Junior Indoor Combined Events in Nenagh

Jarleth Ruane competed at the junior indoor combined events in Nenagh over the weekend and was pleased with his performance, coming home with a silver medal with only a handful of points separating the first two. Jarleth was good over the 60mh in a super 9.02 and strong in the shot with a 11.19m.  His long jump at 5.65m and his high of 1.65m left him with some work to do but a good final event, the 1000m in 3.02 was enough to secure the silver with a total point’s score of 2956.




20 Jan 2008 - St John Bosco Club attended Athletics Ireland North West Squad Day

Ten athletes from the St John Bosco Club attended the 3rd Athletics Ireland North West Squad Day of the current season, at the Finn Valley Centre, on Sunday last. more




20 Jan 2008 - Mary Malone and Geraldine Stewart

The Irish Senior Championships, which will attract the top track and field athletes from Ireland and a number of invited from abroad, will have Mary Malone and Geraldine Stewart, both who came through the juvenile ranks of the St John Bosco Club, mixing it with the best and hoping for a podium finish.




20 Jan 2008 - Donegal County Board Sporthall Trials

Donegal County Board held Sportshall trials for county Under 13 and 15 teams in Dungloe on Monday night and in the Abbey Voc Gym on Saturday last. Fifteen club athletes attended the trials in Donegal Town and many will be hoping for selection on the Donegal teams for the West Ulster Championships in Enniskillen, which will be announced next week. Following on from the very successful, County Under 10 and 12 Sportshall competition in the Abbey Voc Gymnasium, last Saturday week where the St John Bosco/Bundoran combined group had a number of outstanding performances thirty three athletes accompanied by coaches Geraldine O’Connor and Jacqueline Harvey, travelled to Carndonagh today Sunday for the final round of the current season. Again a number of excellent performances were recorded and all reported a most enjoyable experience.




20 Jan 2008 - Jarlath Ruane second in Junior Indoor Multi's

Jarlath Ruane, the clubs multi talented all rounder, accompanied by his Dad Adrian, travelled to Nenagh on Saturday to compete in the Irish Junior Indoor Multi Events and was delighted with a number of P.B  performances and a silver medal, only 54 points behind Paul Byrne, St Abbans. Congrats to Jarlath and for the record his performances were 60m H -9.02 secs[PB], Shot Putt 11.19m [6.25k] [PB], High Jump 1.65m, Long Jump 5.65m and 1,000m 3mins 2.3 secs[PB]. Jarlath now looks forward to the Ulster and Scottish Indoor C/ships during the next three weeks.




20 Jan 2008 - UlsterAwards Nightin the Bayview Hotel Killybegs

The Ulster Awards Presentation night took place in the Bayview Hotel Killybegs on Saturday night last. Hosted by the local hotel the Donegal winners were:Girl U13-16 Aisling Cunningham (Killybegs)'Boys U13-16   Daire O’Donnell (Sl.Liag), Girl U16-19 Shauna Guthrie (Finn Valley), Boys U16-19  Ian Ward (Finn Valley).The St John Bosco club extends warm congratulations to all four athletes. Pictured Donegal Award winners at the UIlster Awards night in the Bayview Killybegs last Sat night, Back L-R: Daire ODonnel (Sl Liag), Ian Ward (Finn Valley), Front L-R: Aisling Cunningham (Killybegs) and Shauna Guthrie (Finn Valley).




15 Jan 2008 - Mary McLoone leaps into Record Books

Tír Chonaill AC Athlete Mary McLoone, in her first indoor competition of the season jumped into the record books when equalling the Donegal County Record in the Triple Jump with a magnificent 12.49m, at the AAI Indoor Games in Nenagh on Sunday afternoon.  For McLoone this was a just reward after being hampered for most of last season with a back injury that limited her competitiveness.  Opening with two failures, the calm McLoone leaped out to 11.54m on her third attempt to take the lead, a lead that she consolidated in her fourth jump, breaking the sand at 12.49m to ensure the title and a super new personnel best.  This equals the county record set by Sharon Foley of Lifford AC in Lappreenta, Finland in June 2003 and ranks both girls in joint  third place on the National ranking list behind Tanesiha Scanlon with 13.62m and Sara Barry with 12.65m.

Later in the afternoon the versatile McLoone went to the board in the long jump and with an opening leap of 5.70m propelled herself into second place behind the Ferrybank athlete, Kelly Proper. McLoone remained consistent with leaps in the 5.60m region to take second place unchallenged, while Proper went on the set a new Irish Indoor record with a fifth round jump of 6.25m.  McLoone’s next outing will be to the AAI National Indoor championships in Belfast at the end of the month and on this sort of form it promises to be a good championship for her.




13 Jan 2008 - Sporthall Competitions U10 & U12 at Abbey Vocational Club Gym

Several young athletes from the club’s catchment area took part in the girls and boys under 10 and under 12 sportshall competition hosted by the St John Bosco club on Saturday last. more




07 Jan 2008 - Daire Brennan in London

There was good news from the London area on Saturday afternoon where club athlete Daire Brennan, returned to racing after the Christmas break with a fine 7th place finish at the Middlesex County Championships.  On a tough and hilly 12k circuit, Daire was always in the top fifteen and was delighted with a top ten finish.  This guarantees his selection for the Middlesex team at the 'UK Intercounties Cross-Country Championships' which take place in March.  Prior to Christmas Daire had the distinction of being on the Donegal team at the 'AAI Intercounties Cross-Country' at the Curragh where he finished as one of the scoring six.




03 Jan 2008 - Rose McCauley at Finn Valley 5k

Rose McCauley, St John Bosco, ran a very fine 24.04 in the 'Finn Valley St Stephens Day 5k Road Race. Rose is pleased with her current winter form and training is going well. Rose is no. 1822 in centre of picture.




02 Jan 2008 - Tír Chonaill AC Club Training / Coaching Day

The club “coaching/training,” day on Saturday, 29December at the Abbey School Gym in Donegal Town was a great success, with those that turned up enjoying some expert advice and encouragement. The day began at 11.00am with a general warm-up, stretching and drill work given by Paddy Donoghue. more




02 Jan 2008 - New Years Day Run at Donegal

A happy new year to you all. The successful New Year’s Day club walk/jog/run took place in Donegal Town, with all assembling at the Abbey Vocational School Gym and heading off for an hours run at 11.00am.  The refreshments were a welcome sight afterwards in the upper rooms of the Gym.


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