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26 Dec 2009 - St Stephen’s Day Club Run at Rossnowlagh

There was a great turn out of some twenty-five club athletes, between walkers, joggers and runners, on St Stephen’s Day for a club run. Heading out from the Friary car park in Rossnowlagh at 11.00am it was a matter of slip sliding away for the first 500m or so until we reached the sand. The run lasted for approx one hour and all were delighted with the turn out.




26 Dec 2009 - Finn Valley St Stephen’s Day 4k 2009





21 Dec 2009 - Club’s Christmas Party Night

There was a large attendance at the club’s Christmas Party Night in the Allingham Hotel on Saturday night last, 19th December, where a very enjoyable night was had by all.  There were several spot prizes, in fact almost one for everyone, and tickets were sold for a huge Christmas hamper.




21 Dec 2009 - Sligo Santa 5k

The late night of partying didn’t deter three club athletes from travelling to the very successful inaugural Sligo Santa 5k Run on the Sunday morning, 20 December. Up to 200 athletes, runners, joggers and walkers turned up for what was a most enjoyable event, with a great Christmas atmosphere, good music and some delicious food served afterwards in the Great Southern Hotel. Eileen Ward, Ann Donoghue and Bernie McNeely all braved the snow, ice and cold to compete, finishing in approx 24/25mins. The mulled wine and mince pies were a delightful treat afterwards.




18 Dec 2009 - AVS Parents contribute €5,000 towards New Multi Sports Facility
Recently, at a very pleasant presentation function in the Abbey Vocational School, incoming Parents Association Chairman Kieran Keeney, handed over a €5,000 cheque to Eamon Harvey, representing the newly developed school/community/club multi sports facillity. The substantial contribution will assist in the completion of a floodlighted area that includes a 400 walking/jogging track, a 75m x 45m games area and synthetic multi purpose training/competition area.




18 Dec 2009 - Tír Chonaill AC Juvenile Awards Night

The function room in the Central Hotel Donegal Town, was thronged on Sunday evening, 6th December  for the annual Tir Chonaill athletics juvenile awards night. Prior to the presentations which recognised the numerous and varied achievements of club athletes during the 2009 season, recently elected Club Charman Paul O’Gara in a welcoming address indicated that Tir Chonaill with over 300 members was the largest and most successful athletics club in Ulster. He congratulated all the award winners, and thanked the coaching staff and administrators in the club who weekly organise and manage training sessions in Bundoran, Ballyshannon and Donegal Town, and ensure that the club goes from success to success. more




10 Dec 2009 - Round 1 of the 1st Year Sportshall Competition Glenties

On Tuesday five south west schools – Carrick Vocational School, Killybegs Vocational School, Scoil Colmcille Ballyshannon, Abbey Vocational School Donegal and hosts Glenties Comprehensive participated in Round 1 of the 1st Year Sportshall Competition. The very impressive new sportshall was the venue and from reports Abbey Vocational School and Carrick Vocational were overall winners and will progress to the county finals after Christmas. When results become available they will be posted.

Pics Tír Chonaill AC




10 Dec 2009 - All Ireland Cross Country Age Group Championships Coleraine

On Sunday three of our young athlete travelled to Coleraine for the 'All Ireland Cross Country Age Group Championships'. Eva McMullan in the girls U13 1000m competed very well in her first national competition. The Boys U15 2000m had three club representatives on the Donegal Team with excellent performances coming from all, Mark McGuiness 14th , Karl Griffin 18th and Sean Kerrs 58th. All were delighted with their performances. more




10 Dec 2009 - Donegal Sportshall League

The club hosted the 2nd Round of the 'Donegal Sportshall League' in the Abbey Vocational School on Saturday. Over eighty athletes participated and our youngsters had numerous successes. Thanks are due to all club adults/coaches led by David Doherty for the smooth running of the event.

Boys Results.pdf

Girls Results.pdf

Final Results.pdf




01 Dec 2009 - McDonalds Little Athletics Jamborree held in Kilcar

On Friday last, over eighty 5th and 6th class pupils from the four local Primary Schools enjoyed a two hours 'McDonalds Little Athletics Jamboree' in the well appointed Aislin Centre, Klcar. more




16 Nov 2009 - Winter Track and Field, Donegal Town, Sunday 15 Nov 2009

The club hosted the first winter track and field meeting of the season on Sunday morning last at the club’s new training facility in Donegal Town and with the weather god being kind, a great morning of athletics was witnessed by all. There were several good performances from club athletes, despite their relatively small numbers.  Full results will be posted on this website soon. Results.pdf




16 Nov 2009 - Rooney leads Irish Team to Gold

Marie Rooney, on her International debut, did both herself and the club proud in Birmingham on Saturday when with her usual gritty, give it all, performance she helped the Irish master’s cross country team to a superb team gold at the Masters cross country international. Congratulations and well done Marie. Results.pdf




11 Nov 2009 - Ulster Awards Night in Killybegs, by Malcom McCausland for Irish News

The House Full signs were outside the Bayview Hotel in Killybegs when the Ulster Athletics Council (UAC) handed out its awards for 2009 this week. The body nominated Jason Smyth and Mary McLoone as athletes of the year as well as recognising the top juvenile athletes in each of the nine Ulster counties. There was also special recognition for other outstanding young performers as well inducting three athletes of yesteryear into the Hall of Fame.

Smyth was an almost unanimous choice as Male Athlete of the Year after winning the Irish Senior 100 metres and U23 200 metres titles, setting a new national record in the latter event. Unfortunately, the City of Derry athlete could not be present to accept his trophy as he is currently in Florida training in preparation for next year’s European Championships and Commonwealth Games.

For Donegal woman Mary McLoone it was only a relatively short trip from her Doochary home to lift the Female Athlete of the Year award. The Tír Chonnaill athlete had a super year helping her club defend its National Track & Field League title and picking up three medals at the Irish Senior Championships, gold in the Triple Jump and silvers in the Long Jump and 100 metres Hurdles.

Ciara Mageean was one of a number of athletes who received awards in recognition of exceptional achievements during 2009. The Portaferry athlete won the 1500 metres at the European Youth Olympics breaking former Olympic champion Gabriel Szabo’s record. Later she successfully dropped down in distance to take a silver medal in the World Youths’ 800 metres and ended up the year top-ranked in age group in Europe. Ballymena and Antrim’s rising stars Christine McMahon and Joanne Mills who lifted medals at the European Youth Olympics were among the others also picked out for special recognition.

Bernie O’Callaghan was the first to be inducted into the UAC Hall of Fame in recognition of his forty years involvement in the sport which included a raft of Irish Walking titles and records. Another Donegal man, Hugo Duggan, followed. The former Cranford athlete won no less than seven national Senior Long Jump titles and is still active in the sport as a coach in his native Milford.

However, the loudest applause of the night was reserved for the arrival on the stage of Sixties running legend Derek Graham who became the third inductee. Athletics Ireland President Liam Hennessy paid fulsome tribute to the former Ninth Old Boy athlete who looked as lean as in his racing days.

Graham, now 68, was one of the top distance runners in the World, finishing second in the International cross country and fourth in the European Championships, but had for some reason become the forgotten man of Northern Ireland Athletics.

Modest almost to a fault, Graham said he never really had trained properly for the sport, never had a coach nor even a training programme. He said he regarded his athletic career as the best part of his life and it had enabled him to see many parts of the World he would otherwise never have visited.

Pic shows Neil Martin (Chairman Ulster Athletics Council), Sixties running legend Derek Graham and Mr Liam Hennessey (President Athletics Ireland).

Ulster Star Awards.pdf




09 Nov 2009 - Ulster Novice 2009 Fintra

Mark Mc Guinness from Dunkineely joined Tir Chonaill AC twelve months ago and in the meantime has made remarkable progress both as a track athlete and in cross country. In idyllic conditions in Fintragh on Sunday he put in an outstanding performance to finish 3rd in the Ulster Under 15 Boys race and qualify for the All Ireland’s which will be held in Coleraine in early December. more




09 Nov 2009 - Ulster Star Awards, Bayview Hotel Killybegs

Two club members Mary McLoone and Louise Harvey received 'Ulster Star Awards' at the 'Ulster Star Awards' function held on Saturday Night at the Bayview Hotel in Killybegs. Mary McLoone received the '2009 Ulster Female Athlete of the Year Award' while Louise Harvey received the 'Donegal Female Under 18 Award'. Pic shows Neil Martin (Chairman Ulster Athletics Council), Louise Harvey and Mr Liam Hennessey (President Athletics Ireland) who was special guest and made the presentations.

Ulster Star Awards.pdf

Louise Harvey




09 Nov 2009 - Derek Graham Interview - Part 1

Before I interviewed Derek Graham I was fairly conversant with the pedigree of the man; sub 4-minute miler, Olympic representative, and 2nd in the International Cross Country. However, I came away from the interview privileged to have spent a few hours with an immensely talented and such a natural athlete. I found it fascinating discussing Derek's athletics world, one so different to the professional one which exists of today. Derek's credentials certainly place him as being Northern Irelands greatest ever distance runner and arguably Northern Ireland greatest ever athlete. He was ranked number 1 in U.K. and Ireland over 2 miles/3000m, 3 miles/5000m and cross country at various periods in the 1960's. more




09 Nov 2009 - Derek Graham Interview - Part 2

The old adage that every man runs his race in his own time is certainly applicable to Derek Graham who graced the Irish, British, European and World athletics scene with distinction over four decades ago. He ran many a fine race, and his times are certainly a testament to his exploits on the track, road and over the country. Although Derek forged an impressive latter career as a veteran it's the Derek Graham of the 60's that we must celebrate and bestow our total respect. With a wealth of experience and knowledge I just wonder how often the local athletics fraternity benefits from a man of his stature in this age of ever decreasing standards. I wish to acknowledge Derek for generously giving up his time for this interview and for unreservedly assisting me with the necessary information. You have my sincere gratitude. more




01 Nov 2009 - Canice Runs New York Marathon

Sunday 01 November, on the other side of the Atlantic and in much better conditions, Canice Nicholas, shed the ghost of his Dublin Marathon with a comfortable 4.15 on the streets of New York. In a race with over 40,000 athletes and 2.5 million cheering supporters lined along the route, Canice was delighted with his run, describing the experience as, “unreal… and the crowds cheering all along the route were amazing…”  Congratulations and well done Canice.




01 Nov 2009 - Tir Chonaill Women overcome the elements at Donegal Senior XC

Early today, it was back to Edenmore, on the swollen banks of the river Finn near Stranorlar for the 2009 county senior c.c. The course conditions included numerous challenging small lakes, soggy underfoot conditions and continious rainfall.

Tir Chonaill quartet of Michelle Harvey, Marie Rooney, Brenda Morris and Jackie Harvey faced starter Patsy McGonagle for the 11am, 5k race start and were very hapy to secure team medals behind winners Finn Valley and Innishowen. 2008 champion, Michelle contested with the lead group of Finn Valley’s Teresa McGloin, Catriona Devine [making a welcome return to competition] and Innishowen’s mother and daughter Helena and Karen Crossan for the opening 2k.. As the race entered the final half McGloin opened up a 30m gap and at the finish was a comfortable winner. The race for the individual medal placings became a ding dong affair with Karen Crossan fighting her way up to 2nd place with 1k to go and holding off the efforts of Catriona Devine over the 300m. Michelle Harvey, in her own words  ‘struggled’ throughout and finished 7th, the inspirational  Marie Rooney was 9th, Brenda Morris 14th and Jackie Harvey 17th battle bravely and deserve great credit, ensuring that Tír Chonail finished a medal winning team.

Donegal Senior XC Results.pdf

Team Results.pdf




01 Nov 2009 - Pauric McKinney is King

Thirty five athletes from LAC, FV, Sparta, Cranford and Innishowen contested the 10k men’s race. In the subsequent 35 minutes we witnessed two incredible battles – for the individual placing’s and for the team title.

The early laps were dominated by Finn Valley’s Ian Ward and Letterkeny’s  Ciaran  Doherty with the team battle favouring Letterkenny over Finn Valley. Tactics, strength, mental and physical toughness all so important in cross country became evident as the race progressed. Pauric McKinney, who ran a remarkable 2 hrs 26mins Dublin marathon six days ago worked his way to the front at halfway and over the final three laps showed remarkable strength to open up an impressive gap to win from club colleague Ciaran Doherty with Ian Ward in the bronze medal position.

The team battle with six to score was one of the most exciting in recent years. Letterkenny, unbeaten in five years held a slight lead through out the race. However over the final circuit Finn Valley fought back for a memorable victory, 46pts to 50pts, the victory being gained by their 4th ,5th and 6th counting athletes.




26 Oct 2009 - Dublin City Marathon

Bank holiday Monday 26 October, saw ten club athletes toe the line at 9.00am on Fitzwilliam Square in the heart of Dublin for the 30th running of the 'Dublin City Marathon' that incorporated the 'AAI National Marathon Championship'. For Eileen Ward, Caroline Spratt, Bernie McNeely, Ann Donoghue, Sean Cassidy, Canice Nicholas, Vinny Duffy, Johnny Ward, Pauric Harvey and Kevin Connor's it was the final leg of a journey that had begun earlier in the year. On a beautiful autumn morning with a warm sun and 12,500 marathoners for company, the club athletes along with Steven Loughlin from Bundoran, Patsy and Mary Kilgannon, formally of Ballyshannon, set off on the 26.2 miles. more




25 Oct 2009 - Ulster/Northern Ireland Juvenile Cross Country Colraine

Results from yesterdays Ulster/Northern Ireland Juvenile CC which were held at Colraine. Results.pdf




21 Oct 2009 - International call-up for Marie Rooney

Long time club stalwart Marie Rooney finally realised a life long ambition when on Tuesday evening last the letter arrived confirming her selection on the Irish Master Women’s Team for the forth coming 'International Cross Country in Birmingham' on Saturday 14 November. A delighted Marie said, “It’s been a long wait… I’m delighted”.

Marie gained her first Irish vest by virtue of a superb run at the Gerry Farnan cross country trial race held in the Phoenix Park last weekend. In a top class field, where juniors, seniors and master athletes all compete in the same race, Marie finished a brilliant fourth in her category and in the top half of the field.  The race was won by senior International Mary Cullen from the North Sligo AC club, the club where Marie’s daughter competes with and where Marie herself coaches. Everyone at the club are delighted for Marie and as club chairman Paddy Donoghue said, “of all the athletes in the club no are more deserving…” so congratulations Marie and good luck in Birmingham.

Also competing in the master men’s race was another club stalwart Paul Ward, who despite a great race, just failed to gain selection in his category. Paul is competing at the wrong end of his category this year but come next summer, he will be in a more favourable age position. Well done both.




19 Oct 2009 - Fixture List Oct 2009 / Sept 2010

Fixture List Oct 2009 / Sept 2010.pdf




11 Oct 2009 - Donegal Uneven Ages & Novice Cross Country Championships

TC - history makers. Surely some history was created today, Sunday at the 'Donegal Cross Country Championships' when four family members from one house and three from two others competed in the colours of Tír Chonaill AC. From the McMullin house we saw mum Julia have a superb run in the novice women, while dad Brian made his cross country debut in the men’s novice followed by son Ronan in the U-11 boys and daughter Eva, who competed in the U-13 girls race.

Likewise for the Timoney and Rooney households, where mums Nora Timoney and Eleanor Rooney made super debuts for the club’s novice women, while twins, Sarah and David Timoney and Mebh and Oisin Rooney competed in the age group races. more




08 Oct 2009 - Athletics Ireland C.E.O. Mr John Foley visits Donegal

On his first visit to Donegal athletics clubs, newly appointed Athletics Ireland C.E.O. Mr John Foley, paid tribute to the vision and hard work of Tir Chonaill offiicals and members who have developed a state of the art athletics facility, weekly train/coach hundreds of young and not so young athletes and compete successfully on various local and International stages . Officials from the Irish 2008 club of the year gave Mr Foley an outline of the development at the Abbey Vocational School. Photographs of Club officials Eamon Harvey, Richard McCarthy and Paul O'Gara with Athletics Ireland CEO Mr John Foley on the occasion of his visit to the new Tir Chonail Athletics faciity in Donegal Town.




08 Oct 2009 - Donegal Training Group

A group of young Tir Chonaill Athletics Club athletes at the training session tonight.




05 Oct 2009 - The New Facility nearing completion at the AVS

The new facility is nearing completion. Within the next few weeks the final touches will be find a multi sports complex that includes a 400m walking/running track, a multi sports pitch and a specific tartan surfaced athletics training/competition area. The switching on of the floodlights and the official opening will give the local Abbey Vocational School, the local community and Tir Chonaill AC a unique facility that all can be proud off. Watch this space for details of the opening. View Pics




04 Oct 2009 - Donegal Masters & Even Age Group Cross Country, Finn Valley Sunday 04 Oct 2009

The cross country season began in earnest on Sunday with the Donegal even age championships.  Hosted by Finn Valley AC and ran on a new course a short distance from the centre, the event saw great numbers in the younger age groups but once again dwindling numbers in the older age groups. more




04 Oct 2009 - Last Lough Melvin Lake Run (22+ miles) Saturday 03 October 2009

With very blustery conditions and some severe showers for company the seven club marathon athletes set off on the Moy at 8.00am for what was their last long Lough Melvin Lake Run. more




03 Oct 2009 - Abbey Vocational Students at Schools Cross Country

Post Primary Schools from Sligo, Fermanagh, Tyrone, Derry and Donegal participated in the annual 'Finn Valley Cross Country Invitational' on Wednesday last.

Local School, AVS, many of their athletes experiencing athletics for the first time, turned out in good numbers for the six race programme and came away with a number of encouraging performances. more




29 Sept 2009 - Adidas/Lifestyle Sports Half Marathon Phoenix Park

Seven club athletes traveled to the Phoenix Park on Saturday 26 September 2009 for the Dublin Adidas half marathon, the third in the marathon build up race series.  Over 8,100 athletes lined up on Chesterfield Avenue at 10.00am on what was a beautiful calm autumnal morning, for the third race in the Adidas/Lifestyle Sports series and a final precursor to the full Dublin City marathon on Monday 26 October. For the club’s marathon group, Canice Nicholas, Eileen Ward, Ann Donoghue and Bernie McNeely, it was a final half marathon in their build up, and for Philomena Gallagher, Niall Clancy and Paddy Donoghue it was another race in their quest for other horizons. Philomena was first across the line for 10th in her category with a very fine 1.36.32 on the clock, followed by Paddy with a steady 1.41.28 showing and with Canice hot on his heels in 1.42.59. Canice takes on the double challenge of two marathons in the space of a week, when he runs Dublin and New York, the following week.

Eileen Ward had the race of her short athletics career, when with a superb run she clocked a highly impressive 1.44.17 for a massive new personnel best and was well placed in a very competitive category.  Ann Donoghue followed in Eileen’s footsteps, when with another excellent run, she took a super 10th place in her category smashing her previous personnel best by over two minutes, clocking a hugely impressive 1.48.16. Not to be outdone, Bernie McNeely with perhaps her best race to date this season and another great personnel best of 1.52.32 placed a very creditable 13th in her category. Niall Clancy, in his return to competitive running after surgery earlier this summer, was pleased with his effort of 1.55.47.  Congratulations and very well done all.




20 Sept 2009 - Donegal 5k Club Championships 2009

The club had a small presence at the 'Donegal 5k Road Championships' held this morning, with only three club athletes competing. In this the final race of the 'Donegal Athletics Board’s Mizuno/Brian McCormick sponsored Grand Prix' and with double points on offer the overall standings were also decided. First club athlete across was the ever youthful Richard McCarthy posting a very fine 18.08 for the distance. Vera Haughey, leading her master category going into the race, crossed the line in a good 21.29 while Eamon McCafferty, a former elite squad triathlete, was pleased with his 22.39.  Congratulations all. Results.pdf




14 Sept 2009 - Three Counties Lake Run

With the Dublin City and AAI National Marathon Championships a mere six weeks away it was time for the by now famous lake run. The lake, Lough Melvin, straddles three counties, Donegal, Leitrim and Fermanagh, and is one of the most scenic running routes you could find anywhere, and has become a regular long route for our marathon and ironmen athletes.

At 8.00am on Saturday morning six athletes, Sean Cassidy, Vinny Duffy, Caroline Spratt, Eileen Ward, Bernie McNeely and Ann Donoghue set off from the Moy Road with backup from the road crew, led by Tony Cummins with Olivia Murphy and Paddy Donoghue. Paddy later joined the athletes on the road for the last 13 miles. more




07 Sept 2009 - Woodie’s DIY/AAI Half Marathon Championships Finn Valley

There were some great performances from our athletes at the recent 'AAI National Half Marathon Championships' hosted by the Finn Valley club. The club’s master women were again in top form with superb runs from Philomena Gallagher in 100.04, Linda Ward in 100.29, a new pb, and Sharon McGowan in 102.46, combining well to take a great set of silver medals, behind a strong Mayo outfit and just ahead of neighbours Finn Valley. In the men’s race we saw Sean Cassidy make a good return to competitive running with 103.54 on the clock, followed by Canice Nicholas with 104.48 and Johnny Ward with a good 106.31. Congratulations and well done all. Results.pdf




01 Sept 2009 - Longford Half Marathon

Longford was the venue on Sunday, 30 August 2009 last for some of the club’s marathon group when they travelled to compete at the Longford half marathon. A first time for most of us to this event and certainly one that we would want to return to. Superbly well organised, well stewarded and on a route that took us from main roads along quiet country roads back into the town centre and with every mile clearly marked… all this and with an abundance of hot and cold food served by friendly and courteous volunteers in a warm canteen afterwards, we were spoiled… and loved it all.

The girls, Eileen Ward, Caroline Spratt, Bernie McNeely and Ann Donoghue have been putting in some great training session over the past few months with the end goal the Dublin City Marathon at the end of October. As part of their preparation the girls have targeted a series of races from 10k to half marathons and with each outing so far, they have all recoded personnel best times and great performances. Sunday was no exception. With a calm day, a good course and a soft rain making it almost ideal conditions for a half marathon, Linda Ward was first across the finish line taking a great third place in her category with 1.42.23 on the clock. Following on her heels was the ever improving Caroline Spratt with another superb run and personnel best, in sixth place with 1.45.09. Eileen Ward continued where she left off at the ten miler by having another super run and a huge personnel best with 1.47.11.  Ann Donoghue, with perhaps the run of the day, took a brilliant first place in her category and with 1.50.33 on the clock another personnel best. Bernie McNeely, who has continued to improve with each race, took third place in her category and recorded a personnel best of 1.53 dead for the distance.

Making up the numbers was Paddy Donoghue, who took sixth place in his category with 1.40.39 on the clock. Well done all.  Training continues for the group at the usual venues and times with a lake run provisionally pencilled in for Saturday 12 September. Results




24 Aug 2009 - Community Games success for Local Athletes

Last weekend, Tír Chonaill athletes representing, Killybegs, Donegal Town and Ballyshannon communities all experienced and enjoyed the festival of juvenile sport that is the 'National Community Games'.

Held at  the splendid Athlone IT sports facilities in conditions that were not favourable, on both Saturday and Sunday, rain made it difficult to compete and spectate - our youngsters contested with the best in Ireland and came away with numerous memorable performances.

Dunkineely’s Mark McGuinness, qualified for the  U14 - 800m final via an exciting semi final victory on Saturday. In Sunday’s competitive final Mark finished 3rd behind Aoran Hanlon (Louth) and Kevin Lougheran (Monaghan).

Eva McMullan (Ballyshannon) in the Girls U12 -100m also had an outstanding weekend. She finished 3rd in her heat on Saturday, 4th in the semi final on Sunday morning and an excellent 6th in the final on Sunday evening.

Donegal Town’s U16 Relay Team of  Andrea Keeney, Ailis O’Gara, Leanne McInaw and Molly O’Gara  finished 5th in the heats, Emma Brady, 5th in heats of the 80m U14 Hurdles, Ailish McGovern, 5th in the heats of the U10 60m Hurdles, and Sophie Doherty, Long Puck, all are to be congratulated on  their performances.

Finally well done to the Donegal Town U11 Rugby Team, coached by Tír Chonaill’s Paul O’Gara, who won 4th place medals.

Pictured: Mark McGuinness (No15) in action in the 800m Final at the Comunity Games in Athlone.


Mark McGuinness




22 Aug 2009 - Tullan for the Township 5k - Bundoran

There was a good turn out for the inaugural Tullan for the Township 5k Fit4Life run/jog/walk, which took place today, Saturday 22 Aug 2009. Despite a cool breeze and one or two testing sections, the general opinion was that the race was well organised and with some keen competition. The walkers were first away at 2.15pm with the runners following shortly after 2.30pm. The prize giving took place during a band changeover at the music tent at the Tullan Strand car park, with equal prizes across all categories with all walkers receiving spot prizes. There was great excitement at the kid’s races that followed the prize giving.  Tír Chonaill Athletics Club chairperson Paddy Donoghue, thanked all the athletes for taking part, the organiser, Carol and Seamus Fallon for inviting the club to participate in the event and wished them both success with the next trip to South Africa as part of the Niall Mellon Township trust project group. Results.pdf




22 Aug 2009 - Moville Festival 10k Race 23





21 Aug 2009 - Mary McLoone to run in Croke Park

Spectators at the 'GAA All Ireland Football Semi-Final' this coming Sunday will get a unique opportunity to see Ireland’s elite athletes battle it out alongside GAA stars in an Inter-Provincial Super Sprint Relay as part of the GAA’s 125th Anniversary celebrations.

Irish athletes including Derval O’Rourke, Paul Hession and David Gillick will compete alongside Gaelic stars including Alan Kerins (Galway), Colman Goggins (Dublin) and James Loughrey (Antrim). The sporting stars will represent their provinces in what promises to be an exhilarating 6x100 yards shuttle style relay at half-time of the Senior Game.

The race, jointly organised by the GAA and Athletics Ireland, will highlight the GAA’s traditional links with Athletics as well as the athletics background of some of the founding fathers of the Gaelic Athletics Association including Michael Cusack and Maurice Davin.

The team’s will be captained by Ireland’s elite athletes who are flying back from the World Championships in Berlin to be part of the festivities. The honour of leading them out onto the pitch has been given to Olive Loughnane of Loughrea AC after her tremendous silver medal performance at the World Championships in the 20km walk last Sunday. Further excitement has been added to this event following Derval O’Rourke’s performance at the World Championships last night. The Cork woman had the race of her life to finish fourth in the 100m hurdles, setting a new Irish Record of 12.67 seconds. David Gillick also had a tremendous run in his semi-final to make tonight’s 400m final.

Each provincial team will be made up of top two male and female athletes and they will be joined in the spectacle by two GAA stars.

Jarlath Burns , Chairman of the GAA 125 Committee, said. "On behalf of Coiste 125, I would like to offer a Céad Míle Fáílte to our friends and colleagues in Athletics Ireland and wish all our athletes every success in this weekend’s relay. It is great to see finally all our native sports being showcased under one roof at the magnificent Páirc an Chrócaigh. Cusack, Davin, Nally, Dineen and the rest of our founding fathers whose love of our games began with Athletics would no doubt be proud of us today".

Athletics Ireland President Liam Hennessey said: "It is a great honour for Athletics Ireland to have this opportunity to join in the GAA’s 125th Anniversary Celebrations and to commemorate our heritage. Many of the famed Irish throwers and jumpers who went on to win Olympic medals in the early 20th century were first exposed to athletics under the GAA’s auspices. Our finest sprinter talent will compete in this wonderful stadium and we hope that it will produce an exciting event for all and that it may be the first of many joint ventures between us in the future".

Tír Chonaill’s International star Mary McLoone will run number three on the Ulster team while Enniskillen’s exciting sprinting star Stuart Conner will run the final leg. Teams.pdf




17 Aug 2009 - Paul Ward at AAI Masters Track and Field Championships Tullamore

Paul Ward was the club’s sole representative at the 'AAI Master’s Track and Field Championships' yesterday, Sunday 16 August 2009 in Tullamore. Paul, one of the stalwarts of the club, competed in both the 800m and 1500m. In what were described as blustery conditions at best, Paul produced two excellent runs, taking fourth place in both events. His 800m was clocked at 2.06 while in the 1500m, with a much better run, Paul just missed out on third place, with a powerful final lap, to clock 4.27 for the distance. Well done.

Paul Ward




16 Aug 2009 - Frank Duffy 10 Mile - Phoenix Park

On Saturday last, 15 August 2009, five club athletes travelled to the Phoenix Park for the Frank Duffy 10 mile road race. Caroline Spratt, had a sensational run with a huge personnel best of 78.44 and finished 21st in her category, while Eileen Ward with 81.16 also knocked a massive amount of her previous best for the distance, as did Bernie McNeely with a great 85.11 on the clock and tenth in her category, while Ann Donoghue with 85.06 on the clock and ninth in her category, was also pleased with her performance. These four girls only recently came into athletics through the Fit4Life programme and continue to make steady progress, while enjoying their running.The 10 miler was part of their preparation for the 'Dublin City Marathon' at the end of October. Paddy Donoghue completed the group and was pleased with his 79.05 for tenth in his category.




16 Aug 2009 - Mary McLoone to represent Ulster

For club athlete Mary McLoone, the season continues to run on, for Mary has been chosen to represent Ulster in a sprint relay against the other provinces.  The event will take place at half time on semi final day in Croke Park as part of the 125-year celebrations.  Mary has also been chosen to represent Ireland at the Falkirk cup international in Scotland at the end of the month, where she will compete in the triple jump. 




16 Aug 2009 - Karl Griffin, Donegal Post young Athlete of the Month

Karl Griffin had a double celebration recently. In addition to a 14th birthday party, on the 1st August, at the Celtic International, in Carmarthen, Wales, he won the Under 16 - 800m in a personal best time of 2mins 00.97secs.The quadrangular International  annually brings together the best young athletes from Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Karl from Ballydevitt near Donegal Town, a student at the Abbey Vocational School, joined the Tír Chonaill training group late in 2008 and has made remarkable competitive progress in the intervening period winning silver at the Irish Indoors in Magherafelt in March, Gold at the Ulster Schools and Clubs, silver a the Irish Schools and two weeks ago Gold at the 'Irish Club Championships' in Tullamore. Karl recently received the Donegal Post Young Sportsperson of the month. This monthly recognition is awarded for the top under 18 sportsperson’s performance in Donegal. Pictured with Karl are Ralph Wilson R&V Trophies, Sponsor and Frank Craig Sports Editor Donegal Post.




16 Aug 2009 - Mary McLoone - Donegal Democrat Sportsperson of the Month

At the end of May, Mary Mc Loone, led Tír Chonaill at the European clubs in Slovakia. Two weeks later she was back in Eastern Europe as a member of the successful Irish European Cup Team. Her performances at the Irish Senior Championships where she won medals in the Triple Jump [Gold], Long Jump, [Silver] and 100m Hurdles [Bronze] was arguably the top individual performance of the meeting. When Mary’s outstanding performances and points contribution in the 400m/Triple/Long and Relays as part of the Tír Chonaill winning team total at last weeks National League Final are included then it becomes clear that the Democrat Sports Department had not too difficult a decision to make.

Mary McLoone




14 Aug 2009 - Milford 5k Race22





10 Aug 2009 - Tír Chonaill crowned National League Champions

Following one of the most exciting and closely contested finals of recent years, the women from Tír Chonaill Athletics Club were crowned Irish Premier League Women’s Champions at Tullamore on Saturday last. In the eight team decider, one point separated the south Donegal base club from Waterford’s, Ferrybank with Cork’s, Leevale and Ballymena and Antrim sharing the third team spot. The 'Woodie’s D.I.Y. Premier and Division 1 Men and Women’s League Finals' decide the leading all round clubs in the country, with the top two teams in Div 1 gaining promotion to the Premier and the winning men and women’s teams from the Premier Division gaining the honour of representing Ireland in the 'European Club Championships' next season. more




09 Aug 2009 - Danny McDaid 15k, Letterkenny Race21

The Mizuno/Brian McCormick Donegal Athletic Board’s Road serious of road races moved to Letterkenny this morning, for the Annual Danny McDaid 15K Road Race. There was a smaller than usual turnout from the club because of other fixture commitments over the weekend including the National League Final. However some club members did face the start and as the race progressed were to produce some excellent performances. First Tír Chonaill athletes home was Noel Thomas 32nd in a time of 59.26, next was Philomena Gallagher 2nd woman O-40 with 69.48 on the clock, followed by Linda Ward 3rd woman O-40 70.47 and Sharon McGowan 4th woman O-40 72.08. Well done all. Results.pdf




07 Aug 2009 - Tír Chonaill Women to defend Premier League Title

The National Athletics League Finals, scheduled for Tullamore on Saturday, finds north west clubs Tír Chonaill defending the Women’s Premier Title, City of Derry [men], Athletics Sligo [men] and City of Derry [women] contesting Division 1 Finals.

Tír Chonaill women made their own piece of history last year when they won the Premier title by the narrowest of margins and went onto represent Ireland at European clubs level in Slovakia. On Saturday they will be led by internationally ranked athletes Mary McLoone, Geraldine Stewart and Michelle Harvey. Local pundits indicate that the title can be won by one of four clubs, Ferrybank, Leevale, Ballymena & Antrim and Tír Chonaill. ‘It will be as close as last year when Tír Chonaill took the title by one point from D.S.D’.

Following two opening rounds, City of Derry and Sligo Athletics qualified for the prestigious men’s Div 1 final. The attraction of promotion for the top two teams to the Premier Division next year ensures that both clubs will field strong teams and will be in the shake up for a top three finish. Sligo will be led by Nationally ranked athletes, Emmett Dunleavy, Tommy Casey, Gary Hynes, Dermot McDermott and the experienced Ray Flynn while the Derry club will have field event experts, Simon Herron, Adam McMullan and 400/800m runner Pajo Hamilton to lead. City of Derry women will be led by two of the top young field event athletes in the country at the moment, Maggie Donnelly (hammer) and Jamie Herron (triple jump).

Competition starts at 11.30am and climaxes with the 4 x 400m relay finals art 5.30pm. Good luck to Athletics Sligo, City of Derry and Tír Chonaill as they take on the top club teams in Ireland.

National League after two Rounds.pdf

Tír Chonaill  2009 Team.pdf

AAI Press Release

Amended Timetable National League 09.pdf




07 Aug 2009 - Clonmany 5k Race20

Pics by Inishowen AC




05 Aug 2009 - National Senior Track and Field Championships in Santry

Mary McLoone, joined the juvenile wing of the St. John Bosco club, fourteen years ago and has made remarkable progress in the intervening years. On Saturday, in very windy conditions at the National Senior Championships in Santry, she put together an outstanding series and went on to win the Triple jump, with a best of 12.75m. Later in the afternoon she recorded a PB of 6.30m for 2nd in the Long Jump. On Sunday in slightly better conditions she lined up in the final of the 100m hurdles and recorded an excellent 15.47secs into a head wind of 1.3 for a 3rd place finish. Michelle Harvey, was involved in a tactical 1,500m final where thirteen competitors contested for podium positions. In a time of 4mins 34.4 secs she finished 5th and with Mary will now look forward to helping Tír Chonaill in next Saturdays National League final in Tullamore.

Mary McLoone




03 Aug 2009 - Killybegs 5k Race19

The Mizuno/Brian McCormick Donegal Athletic Board’s Road Show moved to Killybegs this evening, for the Annual Killybegs 5k Road Race. There some excellent performances from Tír Chonaill athletes with Paul Ward finishing in 2nd overall position with a time of 17mins.19secs ; Richard McCarthy finished in 13th place in a time of 19mis 57secs while newcomer Ronan Gallagher ran 22mins13secs. Philomena Gallagher finished strongly in 22mins 20secs with club mate Vera Haughey just beaten to the line in 22mins22secs. Results.pdf

Paul Ward




03 Aug 2009 - Superb performances from Ulster Athletes at Celtic International in Wales

Local youngsters competed with distinction, producing seven winning podium places, smashing two Celtic Games records and recorded seven new PB’s performances at the Celtic International, in Carmarthen, Wales on Saturday last. The very popular quadrangular meet between Wales, Scotland, Athletics Ireland and Wales found recently returned World Youth competitor Andrew Doyle in the opening event of the day smashing the Celtic Under18 Hammer record with a best of 61.77metres. Later in the afternoon Andrew with a 15.99metres PB. in the Shot Putt put smiles on the faces of the large Ulster support. more

Karl Griffin




31 July 2009 - Ramelton Festival 5k Race18





27 July 2009 - Michelle Harvey runs PB at Irish Milers Club Meeting

Michelle Harvey,Tír Chonaill, in the 800m, a short distance for her, recorded 2mins 12.47secs or a new PB. Michelle travels on Wednesday evening to Watford to compete in the British Milers Club meet and then onto the National Seniors next weekend in Santry. Other notable performances in Irishtown came from Danny Mooney (Letterkenny AC) 800M,1min 54.12secs; Gerard Bogle (Finn Valley) 1,500m, 4mins 19.39secs, Frank Chaney (Finn Valley) 1,500m, 4mins 22.28secs and Karen Crossan (Inishowen AC), 800m, 2mins 32.08secs. more

Michelle Harvey




25 July 2009 - Drumhalla, Rathmullen 5k Race 16

Friday Evenings Drumhalla, Rathmullen 5k Results.pdf




21 July 2009 - Burtonport 5k Race 15

Tonight's Burtonport 5k Results.pdf




21 July 2009 - European Medal Winner David McCarthy visits Tír Chonaill AC

Last week, David McCarthy, was a bronze medal winner in the 5,000m at the 'European Under 23 Track and Field Championships' in Kaunas, Lithuania. Tonight he was a very welcome visitor at a Tír Chonaill AC training session in Donegal Town. more




20 July 2009 - Tír Chonaill success at Woodies DIY National Juvenile Championships

At the second weekend [18/19th July] of the National Juvenile Championships, local athletes, coaches and supporters again made their way to Tullamore for Part 2 of the National Juvenile Track and Field Championships. more




20 July 2009 - Karl Griffin and Louise Harvey on International Duty

Karl Griffin, 800m [94/95] and Louise Harvey. Hurdles and relay [92/93] travel to Wales for the Celtic Track and Field International on August 1st. Both athletes will be part of an Ulster Team versus Wales/Scotland and the Rest of Ireland. The club congratulates both on a great honour and fine achievement.




17 July 2009 - Churchill Fair 5k Race 14

Tonight's Churchill Fair 5k was won by Ciaran Doherty (Letterkenny AC). This race is never easy. The rough roadways, with much of the race run uphill, makes it a difficult endeavour for even the most enduring athlete. It must be said that the views of the lake and countryside are beautiful which adds to the experience. In the men's race, the top placing's were an all Letterkenny AC affair with Ivan Toner (Letterkenny AC) second and Pauric O' Donnell (Letterkenny AC) third. Teresa McGloin (Finn Valley AC) was first woman home, with ultra-marathon runner Helena Crossan (Inishowen AC) claiming second place. Sheila Regan Letterkenny AC was third. There were four Tír Chonaill Athletes in the race Ollie Thomas, Vera Haughey, Sharon Meehan and Jackie Harvey.

Pics by Inishowen AC

Pics by Kieran Carlin





17 July 2009 - Manorcunningham 5k Race 13





16 July 2009 - Richard's nephew wins European Medal

David McCarthy from West Waterford AC, in a tactical 5,000m final at the 'European Under 23 Championships' this evening, ran superbly to claim a bronze medal in a time of 14mins 00.78secs. Tír Chonaill AC would like to congratulate David on this fine achievement. David's uncle, Richard, one of the best top master athletes in the country, coaches many of the younger athletes in Tír Chonaill at the moment. Richard tells up that David will visit Donegal and Lough Eske when he returns from the Europeans. Hopefully we can convince him to come along to one of our training evenings. Results.pdf

David McCarthy




16 July 2009 - Griffin and Harvey, selected for Celtic International

Tír Chonaill AC would like to congratulate both Karl Griffin, 800m and Louise Harvey, Hurdles/Relay, on their recent selection onto the 'Ulster Celtic Games Track and Field Team' to compete in Carmarthen, Wales on Sat 1st August. The annual, two age groups, quadrangular competition is between Scotland, Wales, Ulster and the Rest of Ireland. Karl Griffin is a multi talented 14 year old and has made a huge mark in his age group 800m at Ulster and Irish levels over the last four months. He finished 2nd in both the Irish Indoor [clubs] in Magherafelt in April, 2nd in the Irish Schools in June and last Sunday won the Irish U15 Nationals in Tullamore. Louise Harvey, 'Athletics ireland 2008 Donegal Juvenile Athlete of the Year', had an impressive double a the Irish championships last weekend when she won two U17 titles, 100m Hurdles/300m hurdles. Congrats also to Barry Quigg, Sl. Liag, 92/93, High Jump, Mark English, Letterkenny, 92/93 800m, and Lisa Shiels, Letterkenny, 92/93 4x100m relay on their selection.




14 July 2009 - Tír Chonaill Athletic Club – 100k Fundraiser

The club’s big 100k fundraiser, held on Saturday 11th July was a huge success.  Beginning at 12 noon and continuing on the Main Street, outside the club’s main sponsor’s premises, Cara Pharmacy, until the 100k was reached at around 5.00pm in the evening, and how fitting that the last two to thread the mills were popular local publicans, the Brennan sisters, Nan and Patricia. A big thank you to all who helped out in any way with the background organising and the on the day running of the event. Thank you to the MC's on the day Gerry Gallagher, Marion Fitzgerald and David Doherty, to the dignitaries, councilors and friends of Tír Chonaill AC, who so willingly gave of their time to participate, to our own club athletes, juvenile, senior and master, along with our Fit4Life athletes, who all gave time to running, collecting and helping on the day. To Vinny and Michael for the treadmills, to Sean Cassidy for the equipment, James Gallagher who provided the music, Padraig McGuiness who did the debates testing and to Canice and Ramona and the caring staff of Cara Pharmacy, for all their help and effort beforehand and on the day, and to everybody, who in anyway contributed to the success of the day, we say a big thank you.

Pics by Tír Chonaill AC




13 July 2009 - National Juveniles at Tullamore successful for Tír Chonaill Youngsters

Weekend 1, Saturday11/Sunday12 July, of the National Juvenile Track and Field Championships at Tullamore was a most successful experience for eleven Tír Chonaill youngsters. Over two days when an unprecedented number of records were set, when the large supporting crowds of supporters and athletes experienced a variety of climatic conditions the clubs  young athletes  performed as never before. more




12 July 2009 - John Giles Memorial Road Race, Cranford Race 12

The Mizuno/Brian McCormick Donegal Athletic Board’s road show moved to Cranford on Friday evening, for the John Giles Memorial 4.2 mile Road Race. David Wilson on holidays with his wife and two children from Chicago won the race in Cranford. David is one of our clubs greatest ever athletes and at 41, is still running close to 15 mins for 5k and is a credit to our sport. He was unbeaten in Ireland in Cross-Country as an U20 in the late 1980's. He represented Ireland at World Cross-Country level in Switzerland and in Poland 1987 where he finished 32nd, the 6th European athlete. In 1988 he competed in the European Junior U20 where he finished 7th. As an 18 year old he ran 14mins 16 secs for 5k on a training schedule of approx 40 miles per week, I still have the training diaries. He led club teams to Ulster Junior and War Memorial Cross Country Team titles and finished 2nd in the Ulster Senior Cross Country on Danny McDaids last Ulster victory. Results.pdf




12 July 2009 - Annual Bosco Summer Camp

On Friday last a fun filled week of activity came to a close when over eighty children completed the annual week long summer Bosco Fun Camp at the Abbey Voc School, Donegal Town more




07 July 2009 - Tony Cummins and Vinny Duffy at Austrian European Ironman Competition

Our two club athletes / triathletes who competed at the European Ironman competition in Austria on Sunday last, 05 July, were pleased with their exploits. Accomplished athletes in their own right, Tony Cummins and Vinny Duffy found the going tough. In temperatures of 33C the last discipline, the full marathon proved to be difficult with both men struggling at times. Despite the difficult conditions Vinny finished with 15 hrs 34 mins on the clock while Tony crossed the finish line in 16 hrs 06 mins, both exhausted but delighted. Well done both.




07 July 2009 - David Wilson wins Rathmullen 5k Race 11

Club athlete David Wilson, home on holidays from Chicago, continued his excellent form at the Rathmullen 5k, part of the Donegal Athletic Board’s Mizuno/Brian McCormick sponsored Grand Prix of road racing, on Friday evening last when in warm humid condition he stormed to a very fine victory in 15.18 from Ballyshannon man and Finn Valley athlete James Flanagan. Teresa McGloin of Finn Valley was the winner of the senior women's section in an impressive time of 17:08. Other club athletes also competed but results are not available at this time.

Pics by Pauric O'Donnell

Pics by Inishowen AC

Pics by City of Derry Sparta


David Wilson




06 July 2009 - Tír Chonaill performances at National League in Athlone

Congrats to our Women's Team on an overall excellent performance yesterday in Athlone. They lead the women's premier division after two rounds and go into the final on August 8th in Tullamore with a maximum 9 points bonus. The 2nd/3rd/4th teams have bonus points of 7pts/6pts/5pts. The final will be the most competitive ever with for the first time in living memory no Dublin team involved. DSD did not make the top 8. more




01 July 2009 - Bundoran Athletes at Community Games County Finals

Tír Chonaill AC Athletes who competed for Bundoran at the 'County Community Games Finals' on Sunday last in Milford and who came home with medals. Adam Gallagher picked up a silver medal in the Under 8 Boys 80 metres, Casey O'Donnell won silver in the Under 10 Girls 60m hurdles, Matthew Duffy (Bronze) in the Under 10 Boys 60m Hurdles, Shane Carr (Silver) in the Under 12 Boys Long Puck, James Stewart, Niall Carr, Cian McEniff & Timmy Goverov (Silver) in the Under 12 Boys Relay, Tori Bettie (Bronze) in the Under 14 Girls 80m Hurdles, Trish Mc Henry (Silver) in the Under 14 Girls Long Puck, Beth Travers (Silver) in the Under 14 Girls Long Jump, Conor Dawson (Bronze) in the Under 14 Boys Shot Put, Jamie Brennan (Silver) in the Under 14 Boys Long Jump and Jamie Brennan, Conor Dawson, Daire O'Reilly & Brendan Oates (Silver) in the Under 14 Boys Relay. Congrats to all our young athletes that represented the local community and good luck to those that will represent us in Athlone in late August when the 'National Finals' will be held.




30 June 2009 - Tailteann Games in Tullamore

Abbey Vocational School/Tír Chonaill Athletes Christopher Doherty, Karl Griffin and Louise Harvey were members of the 'Ulster Schools U17 Team' at Tullamore on Saturday last when the annual Tailteann Games/Inter Provincials was held in ideal conditions. Christopher Doherty, cleared 2.80m in the Pole Vault for a top six finish – it was a day to put down to ‘more experience gained’. Karl Griffin is gaining in experience with ever outing. In the 800m, he was up against much older athletes and ran an exceptional race to finish 4th in a time of 2mins 1.7secs. Karl did not go with the early pace which found the leaders go through the bell in 56/57 secs. He ran a controlled opening lap, of 59/60 secs and came from eighth position with 300m to go to finish an excellent 4th. Mark English was the winner in a 1min 56.4secs. Louise Harvey ran two PB’s in the 80m Hurdles and 300mHurdles and secured bronze medals. In the former she was involved in a ding dong battle with Chloe Fahy, Nenagh and Laura Langton, Kilkenny. Result - Langton, 11.9secs  was adjudged the winner from Fahy,12.0secs and Harvey 12.secs.In the physically demanding 300m hurdles it was an equally close call with the medals being decided in the final 20 metres. Result Megan Kiely, Waterford, 44.3secs, Ailbhe Courtney, Tralee, 44.6secs and Louise Harvey, Abbey Voc 44.7secs.  




30 June 2009 - Donegal Community Games Finals in Milford

To close a busy weekend for some parents, club coaches and officials, Milford was the venue on Sunday 28 June 2009, for the 'Donegal Community Games Athletics County Finals'. As has become the standard, all those involved in the Milford area with the organising of this event, are to be congratulated on what was a highly organised, efficient and well ran day, and they even managed some glorious sunshine too. The following Donegal Town/Tír Chonaill Athletics Club athletes qualified for the 'National Community Games Finals' in Athlone, the Girls Under 16 - (4 x 100m) Relay Team, consisting of Molly O’Gara, Leanne McInaw, Andrea Keeney and Clare Brady, the Girls Under 14 - (4 x 100m) Relay Team consisting of Kelly McGrory, Emma Brady, Kate McGowan and Karen Tracey. Other qualifiers were Under 14 Girls  Hurdles – Emma Brady, Under 10 Girls Hurdles –Ellis McGovern, Under 14 Boys 800m – Mark McGuiness and Under 14 Girls Long Puck –Sophie Doherty. Qualification and Silver Medals were won by the following athletes, Molly O’Gara, U16 100m; Kate McGowan, U14 Hurdles; and Thomas McGowan, U12 Boys Ball Throw. Bronze medal were won by the following, Killian Faulkner, U10 Boys 100m; Clare Brady, U16 Girls Javelin; Ruth Gillespie, U12 Girls 100m; Kelly McGrory, U14 Girls 100m; Karen Tracey, U14 Girls Shot Putt; Girsl U12 (4 x 100m)  Relay Team consisting of Chloe Masterson, Ruth Gillespie, Katir Hoad and Ciara Duggan. The following also represented the local community in individual events and had very good performances – Ciara Duggan, Katie Hoad, Chloe Masterson, Lucy McGowan,Tina Quinn, Eoin Slevin, Tia Quinn, Conor Slevin, Fiona Shovlin,Aoife Duffy, Muldoon, Shannon Cannon and Lee Murchan. Congrats to all our young athletes that represented the local community and good luck to those that will represent us in Athlone in late August when the 'National Finals' will be held.




27 June 2009 - Ballybofey 5k Race 9

It is a fine thing to observe the talent that is David Wilson, and for those of us who watched last nights race in Ballybofey, we were indeed afforded that opportunity. David, a former Junior International, departed from our shores some twenty years ago and adopted the US as his new home. He resides in Chicago with his wife and young family. David is very much enjoying his running at the moment and looking forward to some good races with the local lads while he is at home. So with old friendships rekindled and some new acquaintances made, we were treated to some vintage Wilson. The evening was warm, with hardly a breeze and from the gun it was evident that there was some good racing in store. For the first kilometre all the usual names were in the pack, Carlin, Crossan, Toner, McGlinghey and at the two kilometre marker, Kieran Carlin held the advantage. It was at this point that Wilson made a move to the front and never looked back. At the finish, Wilson had a comfortable lead from Carlin in second place. Letterkenny athletes Gary Crossan and Ivan Toner finished in third and fourth places. Finn Valley athlete Teresa McGloin led the charge in the ladies race covering the distance in 17.49 and was followed home by Ciatriona McGranaghan in 18.28. Kay Byrne (Finn Valley) was third lady in a time of 19.12. Next club athlete to cross the line and making steady progress since his return to fitness was Ollie Thomas with 18.25 on the clock. Stephen Travers (19.40), Michael Gallagher (20.42), Sharon Meehan (22.07) John Ward (22.41), Julia McMullin (22.52), Jackie Harvey, Brian McMullin (23.55), Sinéad Donagher (23.56) and Eleanor Rooney (25.15), were all pleased with their efforts. Well done all. Results.pdf from Brendan McDaid.




25 June 2009 - Carndonagh 5k

On Wednesday evening, 24th June, Emmett McGinty was a comfortable winner of the Carndonagh 5k, which was also Round 5 of the 2009 Furey Insurances 5K Series. Theresa Doherty of InisEoghain AC had her first win in the series when she won the women's race. This race was sponsored by local firm Athlanfish (Declan McCarthy). 87 people finished the race. This race was reportedly the first in Carndonagh in almost 20 years and was a joint venture between City of Derry and InisEoghain AC.


Pics by Cathy McDermott City of Derry Sparta

Pics by Dermot Sweeney Inishowen AC




25 June 2009 - New Facility Update

The development of the clubs new facilities at the Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town, took another giant step forward this week. The contractors completed the tartan surfaces which includes a 130m x 6 lane straight; a 1,000m sq metres training area; three long jump/triple jump run ups/pit;a pole vault run and bed; high jump run up and beds; three shot putt circles and a hammer/discus circle/cage. Yesterday the final step began when the contractors sprayed the first coat -- green and red - onto the tartan surfaces. Within the next week a second coat of paint and lines and marking will be added. more




22 June 2009 - Graded meeting in Dublin

Three club athletes traveled to Santry on Wednesday evening last and participated successfully in a Dublin County Board Graded meeting. Young Christopher Doherty took the opportunity to compete in the Pole Vault. In a discipline where it’s difficult to find competition he came away very happy with the experience of vaulting at a magnificent indoor arena and got some good preparation for the upcoming 'Ulster/Northern Ireland Championships' and 'Schools Inter Provincials'. Louise Harvey will also represent Ulster in the upcoming Inter Pro. next Saturday in Tullamore. She ran 27.77secs for 200m into a minus 4 breeze. Michelle Harvey, continued to improve her seasonal times and ran 4mins 37.49secs for a 2nd place finish in the 1,500m




22 June 2009 - Club Juveniles excel at Ulster/Northern Ireland Championships in Antrim

The 'Ulster/Northern Ireland Championships' held in Antrim last week, Saturday 20th/ Sunday 21st June 2009, was a successful and happy event for a number of the clubs juvenile athletes. The two day event found a number of our athletes achieve top three winning positions, P. B. performances and many gain qualification for the upcoming 'All Ireland Championships' on 11/12th and 18th July. more




22 June 2009 - Mary McLoone helps Irish Team in historic achievement in Slovakia

On a quick return visit to Slovakia, to Banka Bystrica this time, Mary McLoone leaped to a fine 12.47m in taking fifth place for Ireland at the 'European Team Championships'. The Irish team finished second behind a strong Lithuanian outfit and gain promotion for next season. Mary played an important part in Ireland’s historic performance. Competing in the Triple Jump she got out to 12.47m for a 5th place finish and assisted Ireland to a 2nd overall position and promotion to Division 1 of European athletics next season. The forty event competition over two days, for the first time combined the point’s totals of men and women. It was the best Irish Team performance in recent years. Results.pdf




22 June 2009 - Michelle Harvey wins in Santry Stadium

At the 'Dublin Track and Field Championships' on Saturday Evening in Santry Stadium, Michelle Harvey recorded a very fine victory in the 3000m with a great 9.53.86 on the clock, in what was a tough battle with St Abban athlete Claire Phelan. In cold conditions and in a race where she did all the work, she ran an excellent 9mins 53.64secs time to win. This time was very close to Michelle’s P. B. achieved last year in Australia.




22 June 2009 - Lifford 5k Race 8

The Mizuno/Brian McCormick Donegal Athletic Board’s road show moved to Lifford on Friday evening last, the 19th June 2009 with three club athletes competing. Vera Haughey was first across the line in a good 21.14, followed closely by Sharon Meehan with 21.31 on the clock. Good to see Sharon back racing again. Jackie Harvey completed the club contingent with a solid run in 22.48. Results.pdf




22 June 2009 - Mullaghmore Triathlon

Ten club athletes competed at the ever popular 'Mullaghmore Triathlon' on a damp and breezy Saturday morning. Niall Clancy, Canice Nicholas, Pat McManus, Julia McMullin and Olivia Murphy all competed as individuals taking in all three disciplines, the swim, 10k bike and 5k run, while Tony Cummins, Shelley Roper, Sharon McGowan, Brenda Morris and Jonathan Kennedy all competed as part of relay teams. more




22 June 2009 - The Lakes 10k Blessington

Note received from Lorna Brennan (Lakeshore Striders). For all fellow runners out there, I would like to invite you to participate in what will be the inaugural event for our running club, Lakeshore Striders, in Blessington. The Lakes 10k will take place on Saturday 19th September 2009 at 11:00am following a very scenic route around the Blessington Lakes. The event itself is in conjunction with Cystic Fibrosis Ireland with our aim to pass all proceeds and donations to this worthwhile cause. Entry is now open (numbers limited to 400) at the following link, Lakes 10k. We look forward to seeing as many familiar faces as possible on the day. Regards & Thanks!!




18 June 2009 - Dubnica nad Váhom, Slovakia

Some more Pictures from Slovakia. View Pics




15 June 2009 - Tír Chonaill Women have successful Step 1 defence of National Title

Antrim was, on Sunday last, the venue for Round 1 of the 2009 ‘National League’. Tír Chonaill’s women, fresh from their recent successful trip to the ‘European Clubs’ in Slovakia, had another successful outing. After five hours of competition Pool 1 score sheet read - Tír Chonaill 110pts, Ballymena and Antrim 108pts, North Down 89pts, City of Lisburn 84pts, Abbey 78pts and Lagan Valley 60pts. more




15 June 2009 - Buncrana 10k

International Boxer Tyrone McCullagh (Derry Man) surprised everyone by winning the Buncrana 10k on Saturday evening in a highly respectable 33mins 30 secs. Normally athletes from other sports only think they are good runners but in this case it was true. Letterkenny AC's Johnny Patton finished in 2nd place approx 15 secs behind with Dominic Bonner in 3rd.

Pics by Inishowen AC

Pics by City of Derry Sparta




09 June 2009 - Mary McLoone competes for Ireland

Tír Chonaill’s Mary McLoone, has been selected on the Irish team to compete in the first European Team Championships (formerly European Cup) which will be held on the 20th and 21st of June in Banska, Slovakia. This exciting new format will see men and women’s teams combine making it more exciting, unpredictable and by putting more emphasis on the country and team as opposed to individual athletes. more




09 June 2009 - European Club Champions Cup 2009, Dubnica nad Váhom, Slovakia

Over the weekend of 30/31 May and 01 June our club traveled and competed at the 'European Club Championships Cup' in Dubnica nad Váhom in Slovakia. Our women’s team, by virtue of their winning the 'Premier National League' last year, represented Ireland at this prestige competition. more




09 June 2009 - Enniskillen Rotary 10k

On Saturday last, 06 June, three club athletes traveled to the popular Enniskillen Rotary 10k and all came home with new personnel bests. With in excess of 1200 athletes and chip timing adding to the glorious sunshine, making this 10k an enjoyable day at the races for all those who traveled. Our three athletes, all in training for the Dublin City Marathon, had super runs and in very competitive categories. Caroline Spratt with 48.34, Eileen Ward with 49.42 and Bernie McNeely with 51.30, were delighted with their runs. Well done girls. Results.pdf




09 June 2009 - Track Competition in Manorhamilton

The final leg in the triangular age group competition took place on the track in Manorhamilton on Thursday 29 May and again all our young athletes were impressive with many wins and good performances. I have no doubt but they will all have gained greatly from the three evenings of competition with athletes from North Sligo AC and North Leitrim AC. Our club finished with the most points.




09 June 2009 - Tír Chonaill Youngsters Excel at Ulster Children’s Games

Our youngsters had a rewarding and enjoyable day at the new Aura Centre, Letterkenny, on Sunday last, 07 June, when the Ulster Children’s Games were held in ideal sunny conditions. This magnificent new facility hosted over five hundred 9 to 13 year olds from across the province in a variety of events from sprints, hurdles, middle distance, throws-ball throw, shot putt, javelin high and long jump and relays. more




06 June 2009 - Outstanding performances from Tír Chonaill Athletes at Irish Schools Finals

The 'Irish Schools Track and Field Finals' have long been recognised as the top underage competition on the Irish sporting calendar. Last Saturday in glorious sunshine, Tullamore Stadium again lived up to the billing with numerous new records and personal best performances being achieved during the day long competition. In the Junior Boys 800metres final, Karl Griffin (Abbey Vocational School) ran a sensational time of 2mins 01.28secs for a silver medal winning performance. The Donegal Town youngster, an all round sportsman and still not fourteen years of age, lay in 3rd position at the bell. The leader, Fitzsimmons (St Joseph's, R/rtbridge) led with an opening 57secs time for 400m. With 300m to go Karl moved past Tobin (Clonmel High School) and into 2nd place and began to work on a 12 metres lead. With 150 metres left, Karl had overhauled the Mullingar clubman and the battle for gold would be decided in the final 100 metres. The more experienced Fitzsimmons held on for victory. The result was, First S.Fitzsimons (St.Josephs R/rtbridge) 2.00.72, second place K.Griffin (Abbey Vocational School) 2.01.28 and third S.Tobin (Clonmel High School) 2.02.55. Christopher Doherty (Abbey Vocational School) competing in the Under 17 Intermediate Pole Vault was happy with a best of 3metres. Christopher, still under age for the competition next year, in a closely fought competition where three athletes ended up clearing 3 metres behind  medal winners S.Kelly (Cistercian Roscrea) 3.30m, K.Baker (CBC) 3.20m and G.Keogh (CBC Monkstown) 3.20m.

Karl Griffin




06 June 2009 - Donegal Town 5k -  Mizuno/Brian McCormick Grand Prix Series Race 6

Former Youth Olympic silver medal winner, Noel Collins was an impressive winner of the Tír Chonaill promoted and All Sports sponsored 5k Road Race in Donegal Town last night, Friday 5th June. The Omagh teenager broke from the pack in the last 1,000m and came home in a good time of 15mins 36secs. Ciaran Carlin (Finn Valley), M40 filled second place in a time of 15mins 44secs with soccer player and athlete Jonathon Patton (Letterkenny AC), M35 in third place in 15mins 48secs. more Results.pdf




28 May 2009 - Furey Insurance 5k, Buncrana Race 5

In a fantastic night of racing, Pauric McKinney (Letterkenny AC) made it a hat-trick of Buncrana 5k victories when he out kicked Northern Ireland 5k champion Greg Roberts (City of Derry) by just 1 second to win the race in 15.16. Big brother Collie Roberts (City of Derry) finished third, 4 secs adrift. Finn Valley's Theresa McGloin was also in great form taking a massive 33 seconds off the record of club mate Clodagh McCool winning the women's race in a flying 17.13. Breege Connolly of North Belfast was 2nd in 17.44 just 6 secs ahead of Inis Eoghain AC's Helena Crossan. Ollie Thomas (Tír Chonaill AC) made the trip to Buncrana and finished with 18.43 on the clock. A great crowd of 171 runners turned out despite the stiff competition from a soccer game in Rome. Well done to all.


Pics from Cathy McDermott

Pics from Greg Clark




25 May 2009 - Donegal Track and Field Championships in Letterkenny

The new state of the art track at the Aura Centre in Letterkenny was the venue on Saturday last,  for the 2009 'Donegal Track and Field Championships'. It was most encouraging to see a good representation of Tír Chonaill athletes present and have some fine performances. On a rain soaked track Kelly McGrory was impressive in winning the Under 14 Girls 80m from club colleague Emma Brady. Both clashed again in the U14 75m hurdles where Kelly again had a narrow victory. Kelly rounded off her day with a victory in the High Jump with a best of  1.30m and a scissors technique with Hannah Campbell and Emma Brady both clearing 1.20m for the minor placings. Louise Harvey finished 2nd to Cranford’s Senior Patricia Boyle in the 100m and in her first ever 100m Hurdles race, clocked 15.4 secs for victory. In the most competitive middle distance race of the day and with a combination of athletes from senior women to under 16 and U18 boys and Masters men we found two young athletes breaking 2 mins and Tír Chonaill’s ever improving Mark McGuinness running a new P. B. time of 2 mins 12.4secs. Mark will be 14 next August, joined the Tír Chonaill club training group in Donegal Town last October and has made remarkable progress. Michelle Harvey also had a run in the 800m and recorded a good 2mins 16.8 secs. Michelle and Louise Harvey will be part of the Tír Chonaill team that travels to Slovakia on Friday for the 'European Club Championships. Marian Van Denbroucke, an exchange French student at the AVS, joined the TC training group after Christmas and was delighted with a 1.30m best in the high jump in wet and windy conditions, good jumping for a 14 year old who has just recently been introduced to the sport.




24 May 2009 - Over 200 Children at AVS Primary Schools Sports

On Monday, 18th May, at the Abbey Vocational School, over two hundred children enjoyed a two hours non stop action packed sports day, which included running, jumping, throwing and relays. more




24 May 2009 - European Club Championships, Dubnica, Slovakia

Sunday 31st May 2009 is an historic date for Tír Chonaill Athletics Club. The women from the club won the 'Irish National League' last August and qualified to represent Ireland in the 'European Clubs Cup' in 2009. more




24 May 2009 - Donegal Children’s Games, Finn Valley Track

There was further success for our young athletes on Friday Evening last, 22 May 2009, when they competed at the 'Donegal Children’s Games' for athletes in the U-9 to U-13 age groups. The well organised event, hosted by Finn Valley AC, brought many medals to the club, across all age groups, with perhaps the performance of the evening being the club’s 1-2-3 in the U-13 girls 80m, with gold for Kate McGowan, silver to Sarah Timoney and bronze to Eva McMullin with Katie McCafferty a good fifth. Kate also won the long jump with a leap of 3.62m and claimed a bronze in the javelin. more 




22 May 2009 - Sligo Track and Field Championships at Sligo IT Track

Several of our young athletes and one senior athlete made a very successful trip to the 'Sligo Track and Field Championships' on Wednesday last, to compete as invited guests. With a full programme going from U-9 to master, it was a busy and long evening. more




20 May 2009 - Hickey/Clarke/Langan Interfirms 5k, Letterkenny Race4

The fourth race of the Donegal Athletic Board Mizuno Grand Prix took place in Letterkenny this evening. The 5k was won by Finn Valley's Ciaran Carlin in a time of (15:44), setting an impressive pace. Next home was Colm Roberts (15:48) followed by Ivan Toner (16:08) in third place. First lady home was Teresa McGloin of Finn Valley (17:25) with Caitriona McGranaghan following in a time of 18:29. Kay Byrne (Finn Valley) finished third in (18:47). A smaller than usual number of our athletes traveled to Letterkenny. Ollie Thomas, after a lengthy spell of injury made a return appearance and was first club person across the line in a time of 18:44. Next up was Vera Haughey with a very good 21:22 on the clock. Club stalwart Jackie Harvey, showing some fine form stormed home in 22:37 and completing the club’s contingent was Rose McCauley, getting some early season practice on the road returned a good 23:40 on the clock. Well done all. L-R: Rose McCauley, Vera Haughey, Ollie Thomas & Jackie Harvey.

Pics by City of Derry Sparta





19 May 2009 - AAI Games, Athlone

Three club athletes were in action at the 'AAI Games' at the impressive new facility in Athlone on Sunday afternoon last, 17 May 2009.  Michelle Harvey, after a cautious opening few laps, pushed on to win in a decent 4.44.6 from Lisa Manning of Raheny Shamrocks. In the triple jump, there was disappointment for Donegal record holder and national champion Mary McLoone, who having difficulty with her run up, when she failed to register a jump. Ethna McLoone, who was consistent on the runway, took an excellent second place in this event with a leap 9.75m for the silver medal. Good to see the girls warming up with some good competition before the club depart for the European club championships in Slovakia at the end of the month.




16 May 2009 - Ulster Schools Track and Field Finals

The Antrim Forum on Friday Evening and Saturday attracted record crowds for the annual 'Ulster Schools Track and Field Finals'. Over 5,000 competitors, coaches and spectators, representing 140 schools enjoyed a competitive days athletics where representing your school, gaining a podium position and qualification for the 'All Ireland Schools Finals' in two weeks time, were the main objectives. There were some excellent performances, but the weather was a problem with rain and gusting wind in the morning and sunshine in the evening making it most challenging for the athletes and officials. more




16 May 2009 - Culdaff 5k Race3

The third annual Culdaff 5k and juvenile 1 mile road races took place on Friday last, 15th May. The 5k was won by City of Derry's Greg Roberts in a time of 15:31, setting an impressive new record for the course. Next home was Ivan Toner of Letterkenny AC (15:59) followed by Dominic Bonner (V45; 16:21) in third place. First lady home was Rosemary Bogle of Finn Valley (V45; 19;59) with Inishowen AC's Teresa Doherty following in a time of 20:22. Bernie Ryan (V45; City of Derry) finished third in 23:01.


Pics by Inishowen AC




13 May 2009 - New Sligo Athletics Club Link

Just received the link from our neighbours at 'Sligo Athletics Club' to there website which is another great resource and source of information for athletics in the North-West. There will be 'event result postings' and other features of interest and the website will be constantly updated. All at Tír Chonaill AC wish them well with their website. Check it out




10 May 2009 - PJ Branley Memorial 5k, Friday 08 May 2009, Ballyshannon Race2





09 May 2009 - Good Donegal Performances at Ulster Schools District Championships

South Donegal Schools athletes from Carrick Vocational, Killybegs Vocational, Abbey Vocational and Scoil Colmcille had a number of outstanding performances when the 'Ulster District Championships' took place at the Antrim Forum on Friday last. Qualification for next Saturdays 'Ulster Finals' was the goal when representatives from over forty schools from Cavan, Fermangh, Tyrone and South Donegal took part in a day long competition. more




05 May 2009 - North West 10k, Letterkenny, Sunday 03 May 2009 Race1

A smaller than usual number of our athletes traveled to the opening race of the Donegal Athletic Board’s Grand prix series, the North West 10k charity run/walk, which took place in Letterkenny on Sunday last.  Making a welcome return to racing, the evergreen Richard McCarthy was first club person across the line in a super 25th place overall and fifth in a very competitive category. Richard clocked a great 38.02 for the 10k distance.  Next up was Ballyshannon athlete James Bradshaw in 71st place overall with a good 41.56 on the clock. Club stalwart Marie Rooney, who has been showing some fine form of late, took a good second place in her category with 44.08, a big improvement fro her Carney outing. Completing the club’s contingent was Vera Haughey, making her seasonal debut on the road with a good 47.58 on the clock.  Well done all. Results.pdf




03 May 2009 - John Shields leads High Jump Workshops in Letterkenny

Fifteen coaches and an invited number of athletes from Letterkenny, Inishowen, Finn Valley, Tír Chonaill, Sliabh Liag and Clones athletics clubs enjoyed two High-Jump workshops at Letterkenny's new athletics track yesterday. During a four hours period, John Shields, former High Jump National Coach making a very welcome return visit to the North West, led workshops for the 'beginner coach/athletes' and 'for the developing athletes'. A sincere thank you to Donegal County Athletics Board, promoters of the event and Letterkenny Athletics Club who facilitated the workshops.




01 May 2009 - New Club 'Training/Competition Facility' at the Abbey Vocational School

The new Club 'Training/Competition Facility' at the Abbey Vocational School is nearing completion. The 400 metres walking/jogging/running track plus synthetic surfaces for sprinting, hurdling, long Jump, high jump, triple jump, pole vault and the throwing circles/cages for shotput, discus and hammer throwing, makes this new development very exciting and one that gives Tír Chonaill AC much to be proud off as we move forward in encouraging and coaching all aspects of athletics. Club members Davy Doherty and Paul O'Gara, who are two of the prime movers behind the development, visited the site recently and inspected the progress. View Pics




28 Apr 2009 - Sligo Fit4Life 8k

Three club athletes braved some atrocious weather conditions to compete at the 'Sligo Fit4life 8k' on Sunday afternoon last, 26 April 2009 and all three come back with personnel bests. With over 120 entrants, between runners and walkers, heading out into a driving rain on Ash Lane, it was not a day for the faint hearted. Not for the first time this year, and recording an improvement of more than two minutes on the corresponding race last year, Ann Donoghue, Bernie McNeely were again among the prize winners. Ann, with a gutsy run and 40.58 on the clock, took a great second place in her category behind former marathon champion Lucy Brennan, while Bernie, clocking a super 42.42 took an excellent third place in her category.  Not to be outdone, Eileen, with her best race to date this road season, clocked a good 44.30, with her first attempt at the distance.  Well done girls. Photo L-R: Bernie McNeely, Eileen Ward & Ann Donoghue.

Bernie McNeely, Eileen Ward & Ann Donoghue




26 Apr 2009 - Inter Club Competition, Grange Track, Co Sligo

Tír Chonaill AC, North Sligo AC, North Leitrim AC and Sligo AC were involved in competition at the Grange Track, Co. Sligo on Tuesday 21 April 2009. Several of our younger athletes traveled to the Grange track for a triangular competition with the local North Sligo AC and North Leitrim AC. The competition proved to be very successful and good a early season opener for the outdoor Track and Field season. There were many notable performances from our young athletes, from the U-9 to the O13, with several discovering new events for the first time. In the long jump and javelin, our athletes were particularly impressive, demonstrating great skill and determination, for so early in the season. A second evening of competition is scheduled for Thursday 14 May in Donegal Town. Well done to all our athletes and a big thank you to our club officials, without whom the competition would not have taken place.

Official Results.pdf




14 Apr 2009 - McDonalds Little Athletics Jamboree Agility Challenge

Tír Chonaill AC, who has very successful weekly athletics programs in operation, for our little athletes, at three training locations, recently ran the McDonalds Agility Challenge. Sixty five young athletes successfully completed the triathlon challenge of ‘speed bounce’, ‘standing long jump’ and ‘balance test’. Points were awarded for performance and each child received one of six awards depending on a point’s total. The awards were presented to the young athletes at a training session last week. more




14 Apr 2009 - Easter Camp Up and Running

Over 100 enthusiastic youngsters attended the annual club 'multi sport camp' organised at the Abbey Vocational School on Tues, Wed and Thurs of this week. A sincere thank you to the numerous club Coaches/Members, Athletes  and Leaders who volunteered to assist during the three days. All the proceeds from the camp go towards the new multi sports complex being developed at the Abbey Vocational School. more




14 Apr 2009 - Carney Lisadell 10k, Easter Monday 13 April 2009

Twelve club athletes traveled to quaint North Sligo village of Carney on Easter Monday to take part in the popular Carney Lisadell 10k. Again this well organised race on a demanding course was well supported with all proceeds this year going to Special Olympics. There were several fine performances, category victories and personnel bests recorded by our athletes. Pride of place must go to our master women athletes, who between them brought home three category prizes. Club stalwart and Treasurer Marie Rooney, showing a good return to form took a great third place in the V2/3 category with 44.23 on the clock. Following on from this we saw Ann Donoghue break the 50 minute barrier for the first time with a superb 49.19 on the clock, to take first place in the V4 category and a three minute plus improvement on her run at the same venue last Easter. Bernie McNeely, currently one of the most improving athletes at the club, recorded another huge personnel best when with 51.40 on the clock and taking second place in her V4 category. All three athletes were delighted at being presented with their prizes by European bronze medallist Mary Cullen. Great runs were also had by Brenda Morris with 46.40; Caroline Spratt with 49.05; Olivia Murphy with 50.12 and Eileen Ward with 56.31. Johnathon Kennedy was our first man across the line with a good 39.06 on the clock followed by Canice Nicholas with 44.43; Niall Clancy with 44.58 and a good personnel best, his second in as many weeks and showing no signs of fatigue after his exertions at a Dualathon last weekend. Next came Paddy Donoghue, returning to racing after an eighteen month layoff following knee surgery, and delighted with his 45.07. Tony Cummins, recovered from his Ultra marathon success at the Connemara Ultra was pleased with his 51.25.




14 Apr 2009 - Easter Sunday 3k, Letterkenny, 12 April 2009

Two club athletes took part in the Easter Sunday 3k in Letterkenny, with Richard McCarthy clocking a fine 10.39 and Rose McCauley pleased with her 13.29.




06 Apr 2009 - Successful two weeks for Tír Chonaill AC Junior Athletes

Over the past two weekends, in Nenagh and Magherafelt, Tír Chonaill's young athletes had a remarkable amount of success. Medal summary is as follows: Gold x 3, the U13 Girls Relay Team of Sarah Timoney, Kate McGowan, Eva McMulan, Ruth Gillespie and Katie McCafferty, the U14 Girls Relay Team of Emma Brady, Karen Tracey, Kate McGowan, Kelly McGrory and Sarah Timoney, and the U17 Girls 60m Hurdles - Louise Harvey. Silver x 2: the U15 Boys 800m - Karl Griffin and the U13 Girls 60m Hurdles - Kate McGowan. Bronze x 1: the U14 Girls Hurdles - Kelly McGrory. Fourth Place Finishes x 2: the U14 Girls Hurdles - Emma Brady and the U14 Girls 60m - Kelly McGrory. Congratulations to all our young athletes and to the club's coaches and parents who supported them over the past two weekends. Well done all. Magherafelt Results.pdf




05 Apr 2009 - Noel Thomas in Fortis Rotterdam Marathon

Noel Thomas, well known as one of Tír Chonaill AC's master athletes, completed today's Rotterdam Marathon in a time of 2:52:28. Noel's time for the marathon is remarkable as he was involved in a cycling training accident two years ago, in which he collided with a jeep while training for the Mullaghmore Triathlon. The accident resulted in serious neck and shoulder injury, for which he was hospitalised. After many months of physiotherapy and a determination to get running again, he was soon back, with a new goal. Noel is delighted with his run in Rotterdam and will spend the rest of the week with his family and some friends in Rotterdam before returning home. Noel's splits breakdown as follows: 5 Kilometer 20:39 (20:39), 10 Kilometer 40:41 (20:02), 15 Kilometer 1:00:56 (20:15), 20 Kilometer 1:21:04 (20:08), Half marathon 1:25:45, 25 Kilometer 1:41:37 (20:33), 30 Kilometer 2:02:07 (20:30), 35 Kilometer 2:22:37 (20:30), 40 Kilometer 2:43:23 (20:46). Well done Noel. Youtube link shows Noel (5718) finishing.

.Noel Thomas in Fortis rotterdam Marathon




05 Apr 2009 - Tír Chonaill AC Junior Athletes Compete Magnificently Once Again

Over the past two weekends, in Nenagh and Magherafelt, Tír Chonaill's young athletes competed magnificently in a variety of disciplines. Following on last weekends outstanding performances in Nenagh where Emma Brady finished 4th in the Under 14 Girls 60m Hurdles, Kelly McGrory, won bronze in the Under 14 60m hurdles and finished 4th in the 60m sprint final, Kate McGowan took silver in the Under 13 Girls 60m Hurdles, only .01 secs separated her and the winner and Louise Harvey, won the Under 17 60hurdles in an impressive time of 9.22secs, we headed to Magherafelt yesterday morning for Part 2 of the championships. more




04 Apr 2009 - All Irelands Indoors in Magherafelt

Congratulations to Karl Griffin who ran a magnificent 800m race today at the 'All Irelands Indoors in Magherafelt'. In the Boys Under 15 final he recorded a time of 2mins 7.79 secs for 2nd place in a race where the old record of 2mins 6.8secs was beaten by Mullingar man Fitzsimmons, time 2mins 3secs. This was only Karls 2nd ever 800m, the first was in the Odyssey Belfast in February, when winning the Ulster title and qualifying for today's National final. Other notable Donegal performances in Magherafelt today included Ruairi Finnigan (LAC) 1st in the U16 800m, Mark English (LAC) 1st U17 800m, Ciaran OLeime (Sl Liag) 3rd U19 shot putt and Paul Donovan (Sl Liag) 3rd U19 HighJump. View Pics

Karl Griffin




30 Mar 2009 - National Indoor Finals, Nenagh

Over the two days of last weekend 28/29 March 2009, the club had four athletes compete at the 'All Ireland Juvenile Championships Finals' at the Nenagh Indoor Arena where the full set of medals were won. One gold, one silver, two bronze and a close fourth place came from outstanding performances by Louise Harvey, Kate McGowan, Kelly McGroary and Emma Brady. more




23 Mar 2009 - Connemara Ultra Marathon

On Sunday, 22nd March it was the turn of our endurance men, who after spending Saturday along the half marathon route in Omagh supporting the club’s athletes, headed for the wild beauty of Connemara to take part in the Ultra marathon. Vinny Duffy and Tony Cummins, who have been logging severe miles along the picturesque shore of Lough Melvin in recent weeks, saw the hard work rewarded with excellent performances. Vinny with 6.16.58 and Tony with 6.57.16 on the clock were both delighted with their performance. Both men were using the Ultra distance as part of their preparation for the European Ironman that rakes place in Austria in July this year. Well done lads.




23 Mar 2009 - 2009 Aviva UK Sportshall Finals, Birmingham

Five club juveniles were in Birmingham over the weekend competing on the Donegal U-13 girls and boys Sportshall teams at the UK finals. The girl’s team, which included club athletes Kate McGowan, Karen Tracey, Kelly McGroary and Emma Brady, finished in a brilliant fourth place, just missing out on medals, with 1078 points. The boy’s team that included Jamie Brennan of Bundoran finished a very creditable sixth on 1037 points.  Well done all. more




23 Mar 2009 - Omagh Half Marathon

The club had a large representation at the first major road race of the season, the Omagh Half Marathon, which took place on Saturday last on a mild and sometimes warm day, around the environs of Omagh Town. On the 20th running of the race, it was estimated that up to 1800 took part between the 4 mile run and the half marathon, with colour and sunshine the order of the day. more




23 Mar 2009 - Louise Harvey honoured at Athletics Awards Function

On Saturday night last in the Arklow Bay Hotel, club athlete Louise Harvey was presented with the AAI National Juvenile Star Award as the outstanding juvenile athlete in Donegal. The awards are based on achievements over the full season, through cross country, indoor competitions and track and field. The talented Louise has been to the forefront of juvenile athletics in Donegal, Ulster/NI and at National level over the past few years, winning medals across a range of disciplines, from high jump and relays to 300m hurdles, at county, provincial and national level. Congratulations Louise. more

Louise Harvey




17 Mar 2009 - Donegal Teams to compete in Aviva UK Sportshall Finals

Five club juveniles were in Birmingham over the weekend competing on the Donegal U-13 girls and boys Sportshall teams at the UK finals. The girl’s team, which included club athletes Kate McGowan, Karen Tracey, Kelly McGroary and Emma Brady, finished in a brilliant fourth place, just missing out on medals, with 1078 points.  The boy’s team that included Jamie Brennan of Bundoran finished a very creditable sixth on 1037 points.  Well done all. more




16 Mar 2009 - Castlederg Charity 5k Paula’s Run

Jackie Harvey, after a full day on her feet in Magherafelt on Saturday took part in the Charity 5k in Castlederg on the Sunday 15 March, where up to 1000 thronged the streets. Well done Jackie.




16 Mar 2009 - Ulster/NI Age Group Championships, Magherafelt Indoor Arena

The second round of the 'Ulster/NI Indoor Championships' was held on Saturday last at the new indoor arena in Magherafelt and once again, success came the way of the next generation of club athletes. more




09 Mar 2009 - Ulster Sportshall Finals, Magherafelt

Magherafelt’s new indoor area, locally known as Meadowbank, was the venue last Thursday for the 'Ulster Under 13 and 15 Sportshall Finals'. Two weeks ago, four Donegal Teams qualified for this prestigious event. The attraction for the winning team in all four categories is to represent Ulster in the British Finals on Saturday 21st March in Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre. more




02 Mar 2009 - Mullaghmore Sailing Club Tri Duathlon

Three club members competed at the first Duathlon of the season held recently in Mullaghmore. Expertly organised by the MSC (Mullaghmore Sailing Club) Tri club and, the first in a series of three was a great success. The winner, Ballyshannon man Ciaran Mulligan, trains with the Bundoran/Ballyshannon training group, is a regular on the tri scene and an accomplished athlete in his own right. Ciaran’s winning time was 61.22 for the 2.5k run – 22k cycle – 2.5k run. Niall Clancy finished in a creditable eight place with 71.11 on the clock while Olivia Murphy was first woman home in a time of 77.40. The next in the series take place on Saturday 7th March with a 12:00 noon start. Registration at the Mullaghmore Sailing Club House from 11.30am. More details can be had by contacting 087 2291300. Pictured, winner, Ballyshannon man Ciaran Mulligan.




22 Feb 2009 - Mary McLoone at Celtic Cup International, Cardiff Indoor Arena

Senior Athlete and Donegal Record Holder, Mary McLoone was away on International duty again this weekend when she competed as part of the Irish Team at the Celtic Cup competition at the Cardiff Indoor arena. Going in her best event the triple jump Mary had a magnificent series of jumps, all over the 12m mark with a best of 12.54m to take first place and maximum points for the team.  Mary also guested in the long jump and despite a below par performance took fourth place with a best leap of 5.40m. Congratulations and well done again Mary.




21 Feb 2009 - Donegal Athletic Board's Winter Track & Field Meeting, Letterkenny

Several club athletes travelled to the Danny McDaid track in Letterkenny on Saturday for the third day of the winter track and field competition. A relaxed competition, the event affords our young athletes the opportunity to gain experience at a competition level.  All our athletes were encouraged to try out as many of the events as they could and all did. In the 60m Kelly McGrory and Christopher Doherty clocked 8.30secs, while Kate McGowan (8.40), Emma Brady (8.70) and Lisa Greene (9.00) were all impressive. Sarah Timoney, Jamie Brennan, Katie McCafferty, Conor Dawson, Kelsie Warren, Orla Gillespie and Ruby Hurst also competed in the 60m. Christopher had the fastest time of the day in the 1000m with 3.13.40 while Rose McCauley ran a good 4.00.60 for the same distance. In the 300m there were fine runs from Kelly (47.60), Jamie (48.60) and also from Emma, Sarah, Katie, Ruby Orla and Kelsie. Despite some difficulty with run ups, everyone competed and did well in the long jump with Emma, Kelly, Kate, Katie and Sarah all over the 3m mark. Christopher with 4.91m was best in the boy’s long jump with Jamie in third with a decent 3.96m.  Orla, Kate, Emma and Kelly took part in the shot, while Emma, Kelly, Kate, Conor and Jamie competed in the high jump. All in all it was a busy day for these dedicated athletes and well done to all. Thank you to those parents who travelled and assisted on the day, your help is much appreciated.Results.pdf




13 Feb 2009 - Mary McLoone Impresses at National Indoor Championships

Last weekend, Tír Chonaill’s Mary McLoone, continued her successful Indoor season with two more outstanding performances, in the Long Jump and Triple Jump, at the National Indoor Championships, in the well appointed Odyssey Indoor Arena, Belfast. more




13 Feb 2009 - Tir Chonaill Juveniles excel in the Odyssey Arena

Held in conjunction with the prestigious 'Irish Senior Indoor Championships', Part 1 of the 'Ulster/Northern Ireland Indoor Juvenile Championships' proved to be a happy hunting ground for the youngsters of Tír Conaill AC, on Saturday and Sunday last. more




10 Feb 2009 - West Ulster Sportshall Finals

Omagh’s Leisure Centre, for three  hours today was a hive of noise, activity and no small amount of athletics excellence when the West Ulster Boys and Girls Under 13 and 15 finals were ran off  very professionally by Barrie Holmes and his band of dedicated helpers. more




04 Feb 2009 - Tír Chonaill Athletes win Scottish Titles

Tir Chonaill’s Mary McLoone, Michelle Harvey and the clubs under 13 girls relay team made a successful trip to the 'Scottish Senior Championships and Juvenile Relays' in the Kelvin Hall, Glasgow last weekend. more




31 Jan 2009 - Exciting Donegal Schools Sportshall Finals

The Donegal '1st Year Schools Finals' held in the Abbey Vocational Gymnasium on Friday 29th January proved once again to be very exciting and closely contested. Following two hours of very well organised competition the host, Abbey Vocational School, came out on top in both Girls and Boys. more




25 Jan 2009 - AAI Indoor Games Nenagh Indoor Arena

There was double joy for Mary McLoone at the AAI Indoor Games at the Nenagh Indoor Arena on Sunday last, when with some amazing jumping she captured gold in both horizontal jumps. Having watched her National Junior Triple Jump Record fall on the Saturday to Westport's Caoimhe King with an 11.97m leap, it was satisfying for Mary to set a new county best on the Sunday in the long jump with a winning leap of 6.11m, a huge personnel best for the talented school teacher. With a superb series of leaps, 5.91m in the first round, 6.11m in the second, 6.04m in the third and 5.96m in the last, all would have been good enough to win the competition. A little later in the afternoon, Mary went to the board in the triple jump and with a huge opening leap of 12.54m, her only jump, duly won the competition. Sister Ethna was a good fourth in the same competition with a solid 10.17m best jump. At about the same time Michelle Harvey was locked in battle in the women’s 1000m, eventually taking a good second place in a good 3.03.07. All three girls will now concentrate on the 'AAI National Indoor Championships' that take place in the Odyssey Arena in Belfast on the weekend of 07/08 February.




17 Jan 2009 - Irish Juvenile Indoor multi events in Nenagh

The Irish Juvenile Indoor Multi events on Sunday last at Nenagh had one of the largest entries ever, some excellent individual performances and was held on one of the bleakest and coldest days of the winter. Louise Harvey, with good individual performances in the hurdles, joint first with 9.6secs, and victory in 800m with 2.35.8 on the clock, coupled with solid results in the long and high jump and the shot, giving her a points total of 2552 for a well deserved bronze medal in the U-18 girls competition. Competing in the combined events for the first time were U-14 girls Emma Brady and Kelly McGrory.  Both had good steady performances over the five events with Emma gaining 1848 points for ninth place while Kelly with 1823 points took eleventh, from twenty finishers.  Christopher Doherty, also a first timer at the combined events finished with a points total of 2157 for eight place in the U-16 boys event. All four athletes will have gained valuable experience from the competition, with team coach David Doherty pleased with their performances.  Well done all. more




17 Jan 2009 - Ulster/NI Master Cross Country, Stormont Estate, Belfast

At Stormont Estate in some of the worst conditions ever witnessed, our master athletes performed heroically, with some exceptional running. Paul Ward led the men with a brave run, finishing in the top fifteen. more




17 Jan 2009 - Sportshall Junior Athletics Carndonagh

In Carndonagh, our Sportshall Teams produced another fine day’s athletics to leave the club in a strong position going into the final round, which takes place on Saturday 31 January in Donegal Town. Athletes who travelled and competed were, in the 00/99 age group: Mathew and Rebecca Duffy, Megan and Cian McEniff, Paul Murphy, Mary Flora Scott, Maeve Rooney, Kelsie Warren, Thomas McGowan, Philip Quinn, Oisin Reid and Edward Britton. The team in the age group 97/98 was as follows: Ruth Gillespie, Ciara Doogan, Katie Hoade, Grace Nolan, Katie and Amiee McCafferty, Orla and Brendan Gillespie, Oisin Rooney, Adam Brennan, Daire Reilly, Megan McGee, Brendan Oats and Timmy Govorov.  Very well done all.




13 Jan 2009 - Success at AAI Master Indoor Championships, Nenagh

Club athletes Jackie Harvey and Paul Ward competed with great success at the 'AAI Master Indoor Track and Field Championships' in Nenagh on Sunday. Jackie, going in the 400m faced a tough challenge and finished a good second while later in the day she took a superb gold in the 800m with a very fine 2.46 on the clock. Later in the evening at 4.35pm Ballyshannon's Paul Ward competed in the 1500m. Moving down from the 3000m, at which he took a medal at last year's championships, Paul was confident of a good showing and duly obliged with an excellent second place and silver medal with 4.29 on the clock. Congratulations and well done both.




11 Jan 2009 - David Wilson in Chicago

David Wilson, a former Junior International and Collegiate Athlete, who made his home in the US after completing an athletic scholarship there, was in scintillating form during the 2008 racing season in his home town of Chicago. With a compelling series of races over varies distances from 5k to10 miles, David won the series outright and also was the winner of the master 35-39 age category, after winning all his category races. more

David Wilson




11 Jan 2009 - Successful AAI Indoor Relays, Nenagh

There was a superb performance from our athletes at the 'AAI Indoor Relays' in Nenagh, yesterday Saturday, with several good victories. more




08 Jan 2009 - National Premier League Cup at juvenile training night at the Abbey Vocational

The Tír Chonaill Womens Team made their own piece of history in July 2008 when they won the National Premier League in Tullamore. The squad will represent Ireland in the European Clubs Champiobships in May 2009. On Thursday night last three members of the team Michelle Harvey, Kitty O'Kennedy, Aoife O'Connor and Team Manager Jackie Harvey brought the cup along to the juvenile training night at the Abbey Vocational School where all received a warm round of applause and later posed for photographs with the prestigious cup.




04 Jan 2009 - Letterkenny Athletic Club New Year 3k Fun Run

Four club athletes made the journey on Sunday last to the Letterkenny AC New Year 3k fun run. Paul Ward, preparing for the master indoor championships next weekend, was pleased with a solid 9.32 for the 3k distance, taking first in his category and fourth overall. Michelle Harvey with 10.11 on the clock took the first women prize and was 19th overall, while Jackie Harvey with 12.31 and Vera Haughey with 12.50 both had good runs. Results.pdf




02 Jan 2009 - All Sports, Donegal Town presentation to Young Athletes

Gareth Britton of All Sports, Donegal Town presenting the 'Overall 2008 Young Athlete of the year Awards' to Jarlath Ruane and Louise Harvey. Both athletes were voted top underage male and female athletes for 2008, at the recent 'Tír Chonaill Awards Night' in the Central Hotel Donegal Town.




01 Jan 2009 - Tír Chonaill AC New Year’s Day 8k, Bundoran

The club’s New Year’s Day 8k run/walk proved to be a great success with over 100 athletes, between runners and walkers turning out on what must surely be the coldest day of the winter. more




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