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26 Dec 2010 - Finn Valley Boxing Day 5k 2010





21 Dec 2010 - All Weather Training in Monte Gordo

Twenty two club athletes/coaches will depart from Belfast early on Jan 1st for eight days of warm weather training in Monte Gordo, Algarve. Lets hope the current spell of unpleasant weather does not hinder their departure. more




17 Dec 2010 - Tír Chonaill link to European Cross Country Victory
Ireland’s Euro Cross heroes received a warm welcome home on Monday morning when their plane touched down at Dublin airport at 9:00am and were greeted by members of the press together with friends, family and supporters of the winning Men’s U23 Team. more




13 Dec 2010 - Successful North West Level 1 Coaching Course Concludes

Last weekend’s weather conditions did not hinder seventeen enthusiastic coaches from Monaghan, Donegal, Sligo, Roscommon, Mayo and Leitrim travel to Donegal Town and complete W/E 2 of a Level 1 coach education  course. Weekend 1 was completed on Sat/Sun 20/21st November at Grange,

Co Sligo.

The course focused on the learning to train stage on the LTAD pathway. Coaches working at this stage continue to develop the fundamental skills of the athlete. Fun and participation are the main aims of the course. The crucial development at the “learning to train” stage is the development of sports specific skills, learning correct posture, movements of all running, jumping and throwing events.
The content for this course also included developing the techniques of running, jumping and throwing; understanding the effects of puberty; planning and conducting a training session incorporating running, jumping and throwing; developing the mental capacities of the athlete towards fair play, discipline, confidence, concentration etc.; developing the fundamental skills of running, jumping and throwing and making them more sport specific; continuing the development of athletics in a fun environment.

The four days course was delivered by Paul McNamara, David Doherty and organising tutor Eamon Harvey who thanked and congratulated all the participating coaches and indicated the vital and important role that the newly qualified coaches  will play in the development of athletics.




01 Dec 2010 - Mark McGuinness leads Ulster to Bronze Medals

Mark McGuinness, with a 14th place finish, led the Ulster U16 Team to a bronze medal position when at the 'All Ireland Cross Country Championships' were held on a snow capped course in Gransha, Derry, on Sunday last. The challenging conditions did not deter hundreds of athletes from the four corners of the country make this one of the best National events in recent times.
Tír Chonaill also had Shaun Kerrs in 45th , Karl Griffin, 63rd and James Morris 94th  overcome the challenging conditions while Mark Hegarty, Killybegs, who trains with the middle distance group in Donegal Town finished 23rd and was a silver medal regional winner in the Under 14 race.
Michelle Harvey, representing Donegal in the Senior 8k race finished 4th scorer and indicated that she was happy to be back in competition again following a recent injury. Pic: Michelle Harvey




29 Nov 2010 - PB for Paul Ward in Birr

Club stalwart Paul Ward made the long journey to Birr on Saturday morning last, in severe weather and road conditions, to compete in the inaugural local half marathon, and returned with a new personal best for the distance and a double prize.  In a field of some 500 plus athletes on a bitterly cold and frosty morning, on a winding course that brought the athletes along some scenic country roads, Paul, with a superb run took third place overall in a very fine 73.12. Paul also claimed first place in his master category. Congratulations and well done.  Paul is now looking forward to the Ulster master's cross country which takes place in January at Stormont and also to the master's indoors later that month.

Paul Ward




18 Nov 2010 - Super performances from Paddy and Anne Donoghue in Italy
Club coach Paddy Donoghue and wife Anne traveled out to Italy last week to compete in the Nice Marathon. Paddy, who has inspired, supported and coached so many  athletes during the past twenty years ran a superb time of  3hrs 31mins.  Anne achieved her goal with a finishing time of  4hrs 15 min's. Well done to both.




18 Nov 2010 - Louise Harvey receives Ulster Star Award
Congratulations to Louise Harvey, who received the Donegal Ulster Star Award at a prestigious function in the Four Seasons Hotel, Monaghan on Saturday night last. Well done to all Donegal winners   Male 13-15 John Kelly Finn Valley; Female 13-15 Arlene Crossan Letterkenny, Male 16-19 Barry Quigg Sliabh Liag;Female 16-19 Louise Harvey Tír Chonaill. Neighbouring winners from Fermanagh were Male 13-15 Jordan Hylton, Enniskillen and Male 16-19 Gerard Maguire, Belleek.




18 Nov 2010 - Coaching
It’s been a busy time for club coaches. Last Friday evening and Saturday all day, three coaches Richard McCarthy, Paul O’Gara and David Doherty attended Part 1 of a Sports Psychology course. All three reported satisfaction with the very welcome Donegal Sports Partnership/University of Ulster initiative and look forward to Part 2 next weekend. Four club coaches attended a recent Assistant club coaching course while two members will travel to Sligo next weekend to complete Part 1 of an Athletics Ireland Level 1 course.




18 Nov 2010 - Tír Chonaill Athletes to go Warm Weather Training

The response to the clubs organised ‘warm weather training camp’ in Monte Gordo, Algarve in the New Year has been most positive. To date 21 club athletes and coaches have signed up for the eight day experience. The group leaves on the 1st January and will train and experience some of the best training and support sport services in Europe and no doubt will have some fun in the process. Enquiries to Eamon at 0872797548.




08 Nov 2010 - Louise Harvey receives Ulster Star Award

Congratulations to Louise Harvey, who received the Donegal Ulster Star Award at a prestigious function in the Four Seasons Hotel, Monaghan on Saturday night last. more




08 Nov 2010 - Ulster Cross Country at Scotstown

On a heavy, muddy course in Scotstown, Co Monaghan, Part 2 of the 'Ulster Cross Country Championships' were held on Sunday last. Mark McGuinness and Shaun Kerrs, both a year out of their age groups, and competing in the U17 - 4500m race can be more than happy with their performances, Mark finished 6th and Shaun 15th. Well done to both.

The clubs Boys U16 Team are looking forward to the' All Ireland Under 16 Cross Country Finals' in Gransha, Derry on 28th November.




31 Oct 2010 - Donegal Senior Cross Country 2010

Results Men.pdf

Results Women.pdf

Pics by Eamon Harvey




31 Oct 2010 - Successful Ulster Coaching Courses
Shercock and Donegal Town were the venues during the last ten days for two successful Athletics Ireland Assistant Coach Courses. Thirty two enthusiastic coaches from the following clubs/schools attended the two venues - North Sligo, Sligo Grammar School, Killybegs, Letterkenny, Innishowen, Tír Chonaill, Rosses, Lifford, Finn Valley, Shercock, Clones, Annalee and Carrick Aces. The eight hours practical course content included --- developing coaching skills that allow the coach introduce sprints, middle distance, long jump and shot putt. Health and safety issues, code of ethics as they relate to young athlete were also part of the course.
Congratulations and thanks to all participants who are now encouraged to become involved in coaching in their respective clubs/schools. R.DO. and tutor Eamon Harvey who organized both courses also thanked the Shercock and Tír Chonaill clubs for putting their facilities a the disposal of the course.




25 Oct 2010 - Success for Clubs Under 16 Boys Cross Country Team in Belfast

The spacious grounds of the University of Ulster in Jordanstown,  Belfast was the venue on a cold Saturday 23rd October for a success story for the clubs Boys Under 16 cross country team. The occasion was the superbly organised Ulster/Northern Ireland championships and the carrot for the individual and team winners was a place in the All Ireland club finals in three weeks time. more




25 Oct 2010 - Internal Club Cross Country

On Sunday morning 24th October over one hundred young athletes and parents assembled for an internal club cross country competition at the clubs new facility in Donegal Town. The occasion was blessed with bright sun shine and some exciting races. At the conclusion all participants received t-shirts. Due to the success of the  competition, the club plans to host another internal club competition in November.

Results 2001/2002 -600m
Girls 1 Sophie Tracey; 2 Rhona McEniff; 3 Katie McEniff.;
Boys 1 Rory O’Conner; 2 Senner Rooney; 3 Paul Barron.

Results 1999/2000 - 1000m
Girls 1 Niamh Boyle; 2 Mary F Scott; 3 Megan McEniff.
Boys 1 Danial Gallagher; 2 Dara Ward ; 3 Mark Campbell.

Results 1996/1997/1998 -1100m
Girls 1 Kelly McGrory; 2 Emma Brady; 3 Ruby Hurst.
Boys 1 Mark Boyle 2 David Timoney

Pic: Warm Up prior to Cross Country Races in Donegal Town last Sunday Morning




25 Oct 2010 - Dublin City Marathon

Congratulations and really well done to all athletes from the local area who completed the Dublin Marathon on the Bank Holiday Monday.  Among the over 13,200 on the start line at 9.00am on a cool but ideal morning for marathon running, were three Tír Chonaill AC athletes, one making his debut and two others, season marathon men at this stage.  For Martin O’Halloran it was a tough debut, but a great learning experience for the future.  “Calves cramped badly at mile 23” was how Martin described the experience, adding that he totally enjoyed the event, was delighted with his 2.53+ and felt great afterwards.  James Bradshaw, a regular at the Dublin marathon and one of those enduring athletes who always seems to get it right on the day, was pleased with his effort of 3.15, though exhausted afterwards.  Vinny Duffy, who after a long layoff came late to preparing for this year’s event, but with a sensible common sense approach, was thrilled to clock a good 3.40 for the distance.  Bundoran native, Steven Loughlin, now based in Kildare, had one of those runs where everything just came right on the day and with a superb effort clocked 3.03.43, to his delight.  Congratulations and really well done all and to all the other Donegal athletes who completed the distance, well done all.




19 Oct 2010 - Coaching

Congrats to coaches Richard McCarthy and David Doherty who recently attended the Strength and Conditioning Course at the Finn Valley Centre. Organised by the University. of Ulster Sports and Science Dept, both indicated that the course was challenging and beneficial.

On Monday 25th and Wednesday 27th an Athletics Ireland Assistant Club course will be held at the Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town. Tír Chonaill encourages all who would like to help/support the club in any aspect of coaching to apply - contacts Eamon Harvey, David Doherty or Paddy Donoghue.




19 Oct 2010 - Fit4life Numbers on the Increase

One of Tír Chonaill’s success stories over the last two years has been the development of successful Fit4Life training groups in Ballyshannon, Bundoran and Donegal Town. These groups have benefited from the support and coaching expertise of club coaches and fit4life leaders. The popularity of organised and specific group training schedules added to the social support now finds the Donegal Town group weekly attracting over thirty members. The routine of a dynamic warm up, followed by a ten station circuit - in the comfort of the Abbey Voc Gym, and finishing with a  30/40mins walk/jog/run - cool down on the clubs flood lite track on a Tuesday night is getting very positive reviews. New members are welcome to join all groups where a schedule to suit ability and fitness level will be offered. Contacts - Paddy Donoghue, Kevin McGlynn, Jackie Harvey, Pauline O’Gara or indeed any club member.




18 Oct 2010 - City of Derry Spartans 6th in European Club's Half Marathon Championships

By Malcolm McCausland

City of Derry Spartans overcame heat and a demanding course to finish sixth in yesterday’s European Champion Clubs’ Half Marathon Championship in Torres Vedras, Portugal.The Northwest club was representing Ireland after winning the national team title at that distance in Donegal last year. The race was held in the Portuguese town, just north of Lisbon, as part of the year-long celebration of Wellington’s victory over the French forces in the Peninsula War exactly two hundred years ago.

Aaron Doherty was the first man across the line for the Derry-based club in 23rd place. The Moyola Valley teacher was timed at 72 minutes 35 seconds for a point to point course that included an number of tortuous climbs and precipitous descents. Doherty had run most of the route in the company of three of his club colleagues before moving away in the closing stages.

Emmett McGinty was close behind in 27th with a time of 73:45. Belfast-based solicitor Brendan Murphy recorded a personal best of 74:55 to take 28th. The Derry scoring quartet was completed by Gary Slevin who also set new personal figures of 76:29 in 30th spot.
The race was won by Hermano Ferreira from the Portuguese club Conforlimpa in a World class time of 61:24. However, team victory went to compatriots Club Maratona de Portugal with City of Derry beating off the challenge of both Andorra and San Marino to secure a place in the top half dozen.

Mayo Athletics Club, representing Ireland, took fourth team position in the women’s race held over a 15 kilometre distance. Catherine Conway in ninth was the leading finisher for the Westerners with a 55:22 clocking. Mary Gleeson was twelfth in 56:57 with third scorer Collette Tuohy fourteenth in 58:13. Dulce Felix won the race and led her club Maratona to an impressive double in the team competitions.

Meanwhile Ireland’s Aileen Morrison brought her season to a close in fine style by finishing fourth in the Tongyeong World Cup triathlon. Britain’s Jodie Swallow made an emphatic solo breakaway early on the bike stage to give herself a lead she was never to relinquish subsequently as she broke the tape 90 seconds ahead of her nearest rival.
Triple Olympian Anja Dittmer of Germany saw off the challenge of Spain’s Ainhoa Murua for the silver. Morrison’s fourth spot now puts her firmly in contention for selection for the London Olympics in 2012.




18 Oct 2010 - Vinny Duffy and Martin O’Halloran to run Dublin City Marathon 2010

Everyone at the club would like to wish good luck to club athletes Vinny Duffy and Martin O’Halloran who are running in the Dublin Marathon on the Bank holiday Monday. The AAI National Marathon Championships are incorporated into the Dublin marathon. For Vinny, this is known territory, a veteran of several Dublin’s and with a pb of 3.18, Vinny has been steadily and sensibly building the miles over the past few months and is confident of yet another good run on the day. 

For Martin however, this is virgin territory, making his debut at the distance and looking for a good sub 3 hrs, a time that is well within his capabilities. Martin, like Vinny, has been steadily increasing his weekly mileage over the summer months, reaching an 80 mile week peak two weeks ago. Both men, with the miles in the legs, are now tapering and all set for Monday. Both men would like to thank all the club athletes who helped them on the long runs, especially the lake runs; Kevin Connor's in particular, who provided vehicle support for each of the runs, comes in for special thanks, and also the other club athletes who ran sections of the routes to bring them men the distance, thank you all. Good Luck Vinny and Martin.




17 Oct 2010 - Irish 2010 Ranking List
Great to see a number of our club athletes ranked in top 10 positions, Mary McLoone 1st Triple also LJ,200m and 40m, Geraldine Stewart 4th in Shot, Louise Harvey 100m and 400m Hurdles, Clare Brady Pole Vault plus a number of Donegal athletes McBrearty/English/McGloin and Brendan Boyce - the most improved race walker in Ireland at the moment - he will stake a claim in 2011 for a place in the London Olympics. Link




10 Oct 2010 - Donegal Athletic Board Novice Cross Country 2010

Results Men.pdf

Results Women.pdf

Pics by Brenda Morris




10 Oct 2010 - Armagh 10 mile Road Race

Four club athletes trekked across to Armagh on Sunday morning for the 11th running of the ever popular Armagh 10 Mile Road Race. On what was a beautiful day, with a slight head wind, an ideal course, ran mainly on country roads with little or no traffic, and with excellent stewarding and organisation, this was a good race to run. Over 800 athletes toed the start line at 12:00 noon, some 420 plus in the 10 miler and a similar number in the 4 mile event, all looking for good times, new personnel bests or one of the many prizes on offer, with three prizes in each category, both female and male.
Of the four Tír Chonaill AC athletes, Philomena Gallagher produced, perhaps her best ever road race in what has been a long and enduring racing career. Fresh from a great second place at the Donegal master’s cross country championships the previous Sunday, Philomena had a superb run, tucking in nicely and with an almost even split crossed the line with an excellent 70.17 on the clock, for a great second place in her category. 

Just ahead of Philomena was club coach and marathon bound Paddy Donoghue with his best 10 miler in almost eight years, clocking 70.09 and also claiming second place in his category. Eileen Ward, with an excellent and strong run, returning to good form, crossed the line in 82.09 and was pleased with her run.  Ann Donoghue completed the quartet, returning after a six week layoff with injury, and with a courageous run, clocked a great 84.39 for the distance. Well done all.





03 Oct 2010 - Donegal Master Cross Country Championships

The cross country season got off to a great start on a glorious afternoon at the familiar surroundings of the Finn Valley Centre on Sunday last with the Donegal women’s and men’s championships. Tír Chonaill Athletic Club had strong teams in both events and came away with a set of gold and silver medals. First off were the women and with some excellent and strong running from Philomena Gallagher, showing a return to form, to take a super second place behind the superb front running winner Noleen Porter from Finn Valley. Philomena lead the club to great set of gold medals. Close on Philomena’s heels was the ever reliable Marie Rooney for third overall and with great support from Brenda Morris in sixth and Sharon McGowan in seventh, securing gold. more




03 Oct 2010 - Grange 10k

Several club athletes made the short trip to Grange, Co Sligo for the North Sligo village’s annual 10k road race and again there were some excellent performances. One such performance came from Michelle Harvey.  More renowned for her exploits on the track and over the country, Michelle ran a superb race, finishing a close second female to Finn Valley’s Teresa McGloin. Michelle’s time, 38.11 would suggest a smooth transition to road running!

Bundoran man Paul McGee in his first 10k had a great run with 45.46, a vest’s breath ahead of Donegal Town’s Kevin McGlynn with 45.47 on the clock. Next club athlete was Gerry McCafferty with 48.13 followed by Caroline Spratt with 48.54 and the excellent Julia McMullin in 50.43. Eileen Ward was next across the line in a good 50.49, with Eleanor Rooney in 51.42, followed by Martina McGee and Lorraine Delaney both clocked at 57.34 and Valerie Moore with a good 60.55 on the clock. It was so good to see Jackie Spratt back out on the roads after a long layoff with injury, accompanied by Bernie McNeely, complete the 10k.  Well done all.





02 Oct 2010 - Ulster  Star  Awards 2010

Earlier this week the Ulster Council, Athletics Ireland, announced the awardees for 2010 the 'Ulster Star Awards' presentation function to honour all award winners will be held in the Four Seasons Hotel Monaghan Town on Saturday 6th November.
Donegal winners are John Kelly, Finn Valley, Arlene Crossan, Letterkenny, Barry Quigg, Sliabh Liag and Louise Harvey, Tír Chonaill.

Internationals/Olympians Jason Smyth and Ciara Mageean will receive the Senior awards while Olympic Pentathlon Gold Medal winner Mary Peters will receive the Hall of Fame Award.





30 Sept 2010 - Successful Schools Cross Country at Finn Valley

Athletes from south Donegal secondary schools Magh Eine Bundoran; Scoil Colmcille, Ballyshannon; Abbey Vocational Donegal Town; St Catherine's Killybegs and Carrick Vocational. were part of a most enjoyable and successful cross country meeting at the Finn Valley Centre, today. In all seven hundred and fifty youngsters from 34 schools competed in eight very competitive races. All south Donegal schools had top ten finishers and the Abbey placed three teams in medal positions. more




30 Sept 2010 - Irish Heart Foundation walk in Bundoran

World Heart Day, an International and National day promoting an awareness of the dangers of heart disease and stroke, took place nationwide on Sunday last, 26 September 2010.  In Bundoran, local organiser Aisling Harris, manager of the Waterworld complex, yoga and pilate's instructor and no mean athlete, (competed in several marathons) was pleased with the day.  Aisling would like to extend a huge BIG THANK YOU to everyone who attended and took part in the 4.5k, on what was a beautiful afternoon for a healthy walk.  The walk set off from the foyer of the Seaweed Baths and Wellness Centre, behind Waterworld in Bundoran and took in the West End cliff walk, finishing back at the centre.  A total of €226.05 was raised on the day for the Irish Heart Foundation. Several members from the Bundoran/Ballyshannon area, including juveniles, all members of the local athletic club Tír Chonaill AC took part in the walk.




29 Sept 2010 - Mooathon 2010

Results Marathon.pdf

Results Half Marathon.pdf




27 Sept 2010 - Athletics Northern Ireland/Ulster ‘Rising Stars’ Regional Squads kicks off in Donegal Town, Shercock and Derry/Londonderry

On Saturday and Sunday, over one hundred young athletes and coaches from across the province attended the first series of the 2010 - 2011 ‘Rising Stars’ Regional Coaching Squad training days. Blessed with glorious summer like weather the venues at Donegal Town, [Saturday] and Derry/Londonderry [Sunday] and Shercock [Sunday] were hives of activity as the coaches during a two hours sessions put the youngsters through a series of tests and introduced all to the fundamentals of speed [sprinting] and jumps[long jump]. more




27 Sept 2010 - Orla - Creeslough, Ards Forest Park 5k





24 Sept 2010 - Feely breaks Dromahair Course Record

By Trevor McDaid, North Leitrim AC

The annual Dromahair 4 mile Road Race took place on Sunday, 19th September. As per usual, the traffic was diverted away from the Main Street of Dromahair to allow the children’s races take place first. Eight very exciting children’s races got proceedings underway and all participants received medals, with trophies for the first three in each category. Then at 3 O’clock as the rain closed in, over 130 competitors’ jostled for position at the start line. One of the race organisers, Danny Hannon, had a few quick words and then the field took off.

Almost from the start a breakaway bunch of three pulled away from the rest of the pack; North Leitrim AC’s Liam Feely, Manorhamilton native Derek Croal (running in the vest of Bohermeen AC) and North Sligo AC man Thomas McBride. Indeed this was the way it would remain for the entire race with these three athletes finishing as stated. Feely broke the course record by 18 seconds, with a superb time of 20.54; Croal came in at 21.35 with McBride following up at 22.41.
Liam Feely is currently in a rich vein of form, having also won the inaugural Manorhamilton Half Marathon in his hometown the previous week, as well winning the Ballinamore 10K race a few weeks earlier. The future certainly looks bright for this talented young athlete and international selection will surely come for him should he continue to improve at the present rate.
Other strong runs came from Sligo AC athletes Seamus Somers (4th) Tom Meehan (5th) Neil Higgins (6th) Mel Casserly (7th) and Sligo Tri-Clubs Conal Sexton (8th), making the top of the field a competitive one. Sligo AC's Cindy McCarthy ran a fine race to take the women’s section in a time of 27.42 with fellow clubmate Roseanne Mitchell battling for second (28.06) and Ann Hunter in third place (28.08). North Sligo's Aishling van Rensburg also ran strongly finishing in 4th position (28.22).
Runners and walkers of all age groups and abilities took part in the race and one of the highlights was a runner of seventy nine years old running to complete the four miles, proving once again that age is no barrier in sport. Special mention should also be given to veteran Irish international runner Tom Meehan from Sligo AC, who running in the over 50 age group completed the challenging course in a time of 23.11.
The organisation, stewarding, selection of trophies, and post race refreshments were of the highest order, which is now the norm for this popular race on the local racing calendar. The organisers themselves thanked The Blue Devon pub for the use of the function room, the Dromahair Development Association for their support as well as all the stewards and others who helped out on the day. With proceeds going to the charity S.T.O.P it was a very worthwhile and enjoyable day for all.

Pic by Winner Liam Feely (North Leitrim AC)





21 Sept 2010 - Blacksod Olympic Triathlon
There were several great individual and team performances from all the local athletes who traveled and competed at the Blacksod Olympic triathlon on the Erris peninsula in West Mayo on Saturday last. This grueling full Olympic distance triathlon has an open sea 1500m swim, a 43k bike and a 10k run, where some athletes completed the full three disciplines while others competed as relay teams.  Back after a late injury scare was Barry Duffy to be first club man to finish with 2.43.22 on the clock.  Next across the finish line was Diarmaid Keon in 2.46.24, followed by Paul McDevitt in 2.47.11, Niall Clancy, showing no ill effects from his recent outing at the Galeforce West Adventure race, was next up with 2.48.34, followed Donagh Keon in 2.53.52 and Canice Nicholas in 3.01.23.  All reported to be happy with their performances on what was described as a very tough event, with strong winds and rain for much of the bike and run. 

Competing as part of teams was: Team 1 - Sinead Donagher, Terry O’Brien and Noel Hoey; Team 2 – Jane McDevitt, Malachy Cullen and Gabby McGloin; Team 3 – Brendan Ruane, Eleanor Rooney, and Brenda Morris. Again congratulations and well done all. 

That completes the triathlon season for these athletes with many taking a well deserved break before getting into the cross country season with the Donegal Novice cross country penciled in for Sunday 10 October.




21 Sept 2010 - Adidas Lifestyle Dublin Half Marathon
Over 8500 athletes of all shapes, sizes and abilities toed the line at 10:00am on Saturday morning last for the Adidas Lifestyle Dublin City Half Marathon and again three local athletes were there to fly the South Donegal flag. Bundoran’s Steven Loughlin, now living in Kildare, had an excellent run clocking 1.26.38 for a new personnel best. Not to be outdone on the day sister Maeve Loughlin, a top track athlete in her juvenile days, with a superb effort also clocked a massive personnel best, breaking the magical 1.50 for the first time with a super 1.48.18 on the clock.  Another fine underage athlete, no slouch over 400m, former ironman tri athlete, county footballer and Bundoran native, David Clarke was back on the roads recording a super 1.30.42 for the distance.  All athletes are former members of Bundoran Athletic Club, now incorporated into Tír Chonaill AC. Well done all.




21 Sept 2010 - Dromahair 4m Walk/Run
The annual Dromahair 4 mile walk/run also took place on Sunday last and club athlete Kevin Connor's was first walker to cross the line.  Well done Kevin.




21 Sept 2010 - Last Thursday Evening's Group Training Session in Bundoran




19 Sept 2010 - Donegal 5k Championships 2010





13 Sept 2010 - Glens Half Marathon & 10k

Kevin Connors from Bundoran was the club’s sole representative at the inaugural 'Glens of Leitrim Half Marathon and 10k. On what was described as a beautiful course and with a very large local community involvement it looks like this event could become a regular feature on the road racing calendar. Kevin was pleased with his effort of a little over the two hours.




13 Sept 2010 - Derry Half Marathon, Sunday 12 September 2010

By Paddy Donoghue

In keeping with the custom of recent years Tír Chonaill AC athletes were to the fore once again at the 'Derry Half Marathon', where eleven athletes traveled to compete, some making their debut at the distance.  On what was a cool, breezy morning, almost ideal for distance running, Martin O’Halloran led the club athletes home with a powerful, aggressive run, clocking a great 1.19 and being first Donegal man across the line. Chasing Martin all the way to the line was debutant at the distance and stalwart of some very fine performances over the shorter 5k distance was Richard McCarthy with an excellent 1.24.19 on the clock.

Sean Cassidy, who with a 1.39 run, showed great tenacity, had one of his best outings over the distance in some time. First club female and hot on the heels of Sean was Philomena Gallagher, who with an improved performance also recorded a super 1.39. Gerry McManus, the second debutant at the distance, thoroughly enjoyed the experience and raced to a fine 1.41, while the much improved Gerry McCafferty had another superb run clocking 1.43. 

Linda Ward, fresh from her success in winning her category at the recent Longford Half Marathon, continued from there with another strong run and a 1.45 clocking. Sharon McGowan, only recently returned to regular training was pleased with her effort of 1.48 while Bernie McNeely continues her recent good form with an excellent 1.52, was followed all the way by Caroline Spratt in 1.53. Vinny Duffy crossed the line in a little over the 2.00 mark, having suffered severe cramp just before the 10 mile mark.  Congratulations and well done to all.


Pic 1: L/R – Vinny Duffy, Linda Ward, Sharon McGowan, Gerry McCafferty, Caroline Spratt, Sean Cassidy, Bernie McNeely, Gerry McManus, Philomena Gallagher and Martin O’Halloran.  Missing from pic is Richard McCarthy.

Pic 2: L/R – Caroline Spratt, Jackie Spratt and Bernie McNeely.




13 Sept 2010 - Record Breaking Tesco Waterside Half Marathon

By Eoghan Furey

The 29th Waterside Half Marathon attracted a record entry to the Gransha Grounds on Sunday and in surprisingly favourable conditions produced a really brilliant overall event which catered for around 1200 Runners and Walkers plus another 300 in the supporting 3KFamily Fun Run. Omagh Harrier Stephen Duncan retained his male individual title and City of Derrys ageless Anne Paul, won the womens race some eight years on from her 2002 victory and for good measure the local red vests claimed both the mens and womens team titles in convincing style.

The spacoius Gransha grounds were thronged with participants,spectators and event officials from well before 8am and at 9.30am Tesco, Irene Hewitt started the Walkers on their way. The Mayor Cllr Colm Eastwood then got the Half Marathon runners and Relay runners away at 10.30am before starting the very well supported Family Fun Run some fifteen minutes later.With much of the first three miles within Gransha, spectators were treated to a close up view of the action as the huge field swept past and they were similtaenously able to cheer on the Fun runners.

Up front Duncan and Willowfields Brian Campbell were breaking clear of the pack as they sped up the Dual Carriageway past Gransha and on towards Temple Road and Strathfoyle.The Omagh man was forcing the pace and on down into the Invista/Du Pont complex he was already poised for back to back victories and came strongly through Maydown back to a solo run down the long finish straight on the Soccer Pitch back at Gransha. He won by over a minute, his 67m 41s comfortably clear of Campbells 68m 56s and another Omagh athlete Owen Gahan posted 70m16s to repeat his third place finish of last year.

Next up was City of Derrys Declan Reed with a strong run for 72m 35s,Dungannon based Delfin Pimintel ran 73m 02s in fifth and Clonliffe Harrier Declan Power completed the top six on 73m 40s. Reed,s fine run laid the basis for the male Spartans team success as valiently supported by Brendan Murphy and Paddy Mor Doherty,9th and 10th respectively the red vests were to good in the three to score club team championship for the opposition..Omagh scoring 30 pts for silver,North Belfast taking bronze with 32 and the locals clear winners and new NI champions with 23pts.

Pics by Cathy Furey




11 Sept 2010 - Ballyare10k 2010





06 Sept 2010 - Club Athletes in action at Lough Key Triathlon 2010

The penultimate triathlon of the season for our hardened Triathlon Athletes took place on Sunday last in the beautiful setting that is Lough Key, on what was a pleasant morning for the event. Seven athletes made the short journey to Boyle for this event and again all reported pleased with their performances. Noel Hoey was first out of the water, followed this with a steady bike and with an excellent run, crossed the line with 1.23.50 on the clock. Following closing with a good swim, excellent bike and powerful run was Paul McDevitt in 1.24.25. Next up was a below par Barry Duffy, recovering from a training injury, with a good 1.26.56. Donagh Keon with 1.31.53, Jane McDevitt who with a superb swim, clocked 1.33.44, Julia McMullin, back on the competitive trial again with 1.38.43 and Brian McMullin clocking 1.55.03, all had excellent performances. Well done all.

The final event of the season, and perhaps the toughest, remains for these dedicated athletes as they continue to train for the Blacksod Olympic triathlon. The Blacksod, which takes places in Belmullet on the wild and picturesque Erris peninsula on Saturday 18 Sept, is a full Olympic distance event. The Olympic event consists of, an open sea 1500m swim, (all off one wave at 10.00am) a 40k bike along the country roads of the peninsula on an out and back circuit while the 10k run, also on an out and back route completes the event. No doubt there will be celebrations after this season’s finale!




01 Sept 2010 - Marie Rooney at 'Financial Institutions Home Counties International'

Marie Rooney, so often the spine of Tír Chonaill AC Teams, at track and field, road and cross country, was once again to the forefront at the 'Financial Institutions Home Counties International Road Running Championships'. A long serving employee of the Bank of Ireland, Marie was selected for the' Irish Banks Team' to compete at this international event which took place in Bristol in the UK on Tuesday afternoon and true to form, Marie did not disappoint. With her trademark gritty performance Marie finished in a superb second place in her category, leading the Irish Team to victory. Congratulations and well done Marie.




30 Aug 2010 - New PB for Richard McCarthy in Derry

Wine gets better with age – so do many athletes. Richard McCarthy took the short journey to Derry on Saturday last for the annual Desire 10K Run and came away with a new P.B. time of 37mins 57secs. Ran over the picturesque three laps Grantham course, Richard was always in contention in the company of younger brother Declan. His performance was good enough for 25th overall and 1st O50. One hundred and sixty six finishers in what was a superbly organised event and where younger brother Declan was a great help with pacing. Well done Richard.




29 Aug 2010 - Tír Chonaill Athletes at Longford Half Marathon

Five club athletes had an early start this morning as they journeyed to Longford for the Half Marathon. Ran in conjunction with the full marathon, the half has grown in numbers over the past few years and this year was no exception. Tír Chonaill AC Athletes have traditionally enjoyed this event and have always been greeted with great hospitality, and again the same hospitality was in evidence this year, however the, ‘on the day’ entry fee of €50, with no chip timing for these so called late entries, did throw a damper on what was otherwise another good day on the roads for our athletes.
Martin O’Halloran, in only his second half ever and in the middle of a heavy marathon training schedule was up there, well placed in the top eight until around the nine mile mark, where he began to struggle with the pace and drifted a little. Rallying over the final mile Martin was well pleased with his effort, crossing the line in 80.30. Following Martin home was, perhaps one of the most improved road runners in the club this season, Gerry McCafferty, who with an excellent run crossed the line with 1.42 showing on the clock.

Linda Ward, a category winner here in the last two years, (no category results available at this time) was next across the line in an equally excellent 1.42.17. Completing the club’s contingent and with two more impressive runs was Eileen Ward, who once again broke the 1.50 mark with a superb 1.49.40 and Bernie McNeely, who has been running better than ever over the past few weeks, with an equally super 1.52.43 showing on the clock. Congratulations and well done all.
Next up for some of our athletes will be the penultimate triathlon of the season the Lough Kee in Boyle, which takes place on Sunday 05 September. Training continues on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings at the usual times and venues.

Photo L/R: Martin O’Halloran, Bernie McNeely, Eileen Ward, Gerry McCafferty and Linda Ward.




27 Aug 2010 - Brockagh 4 Mile 2010





24 Aug 2010 - Major Success at National Community Games Finals
The climax of the 'Community Games' - the National Finals - was played out last weekend at Athlone I.T.’s impressive sports facilities. In front of thousands of enthusiastic supporters the two day festival of sport had an extensive athletics programme and a number of team sports down for decision. Tir Chonaill Club Athletes representing local communities and Co. Donegal had a host of major achievements and podium performances. more




23 Aug 2010 - Gaelforce West Adventure Racing – Westport 2010

Triathlete, road racer, cross country runner and now adventure athlete, the indomitable Niall Clancy added another string to his already impressive CV, when at the weekend he competed in the most gruelling event on the North West calendar, the Gaelforce West Adventure race. Entries for this event closed weeks before the deadline once the limit of 3000 athletes was reached, such was the interest, not only in Ireland but from the UK and further afield.

The event which consists of Running, Hiking, Kayaking and Biking over various terrains, from road, to bog land, to sand to an assault on the legendry Croach Patrick, hopping on and off bikes, changing gear and clothing and finishing with an 800m run to the finish, enough to make running a marathon seem like a doddle.
Niall, one of those enduring athletes who with a common sense approach, seems to be able to squeeze every ounce of energy from his body, making every event appear effortless. Crossing the finish line in an excellent 5hr 52.27 and well inside the top 900 finisher, Niall was delighted with his effort and in the cold light of another day, would not rule out a return to the same event in 2011. He did express some reservations about the Croach Patrick leg of the event and mentioned that some mountain training might be on future agendas.

Next up for Niall will be a mere sprint triathlon... a cake walk! Congratulations and well done Niall.




23 Aug 2010 - Frank Duffy 10 Mile – Phoenix Park

There was a less than usual group of athletes from the club taking part in this year’s annual Frank Duffy 10 mil road race in the Phoenix Park on Saturday last, 21 August. On a warm, beautiful morning and with estimates putting the starting numbers in excess of 6000, turning the Phoenix Park into a wave of bodies, proving that in these recessionary times more and more people are turning to sport for recreation and health benefits.
Steven Loughlin from Bundoran, who is gearing up for an autumn marathon, was first local across the line in an excellent 67.15. Paddy Donoghue, who is also aiming for a late autumn marathon, was pleased with his effort of 73.06, while Philomena Gallagher with 80.30 was delighted with her forms. Well done all. Sports News Ireland Link
Next weekend several athletes from the local training group will make the trip to Longford for the ever popular Longford Half marathon. Entry can be made on the day for this event, where a warm and friendly greeting awaits all athletes.




22 Aug 2010 - Donegal Athletics Board Grand Prix





20 Aug 2010 - Kevin Carlin wins Buncrana Mile

By Eoghan Furey

Kevin Carlin of City of Derry continued his winning ways last night when taking a convincing victory in the Buncrana Mile. Kevin had 10 secs to spare over Spartan Eoghan Furey in 2nd place. 3rd place went to City of Derry's Shane McGowan who at 13 years of age ran a great race to finish 3rd in 5 mins 3 secs. Well done to all those who took on the challenge but unfortunately the low turnout represented the unfounded widespread fear of racing 1 mile in the local running fraternity! People will run 26 but won't run 1 ??????

Pics by Cathy Furey





18 Aug 2010 - Tir Chonaill  finish impressively in Tullamore

The climax of domestic track and field competition came to a fitting close at Tullamore on Saturday last when the finals of the Premier and Division leagues took place. Tir Chonaill women, who have flown the flag successfully for Donegal at this level over the past decade, once again contested the Premier final. Injuries and holidays meant that a depleted team travelled south and competed with pride.
Geraldine Stewart, 11.09mettres, was an impressive winner in the Shot Putt and followed up with a 4th place finish in the Javelin. Geraldine who returned, newly motivated, to competition this season can be very happy as she was undefeated in three rounds of the league and added a medal at the National Seniors to her achievement list.
Teresa McGloin, guesting for Tír Chonaill, in the 3000m ran an outstanding and aggressive race to win in a new PB and impressive time of  9mins 42.44secs. Possibly the most improved athlete on the North West a the moment,  Teresa recently ran PBs in 5000m and her victory two weeks ago in the ‘Streets of Galway race’ where she overcame numerous International runners was outstanding.
Tír Chonaill captain and club role model Marie Rooney, added a third place in a most competitive 1500m race walk.

Louise Harvey, a week earlier finished 3rd in the Celtic International 300m Hurdles, added two fifth place finishes in the 100m and 400m hurdles races.

Brenda Morris, with a new PB in the Hammer finished 6th.
Ferrybank, Co Waterford is the new Premier champions with Leevale and Ballymena and Antrim in the minor places.
A sincere thank you to all the athletes and officials who turned out to represent the club in the preliminary rounds and finals. Pic: Geraldine Stewart.





13 Aug 2010 - Milford 5k

Milford was the venue of Friday evening for 96 athletes to finish the local and very popular 5k race. Letterkenny’s Ciaran Doherty, now in the Master class once again ran under 15 minutes – 14mins 51secs – to record an impressive victory. Tír Chonaill athletes again got onto the category winning rostrum. Sean Kerr's from Frosses finished 18th overall and 2nd junior – time 17mins 54secs. Next door neighbour, Johnnie Ward, in the M45 section ran 21mins 25secs. Donegal Towns Vera Haughey, W 45 – 21mins 40secs, Jackie Harvey, W 50  23mins 39secs and a very welcome returnee Sinead Peoples 22mins 7secs.





08 Aug 2010 - Mullaghmore Hospice 3 Mile
The annual Mullaghmore hospice walk/jog/run took place as usual on the Sunday evening with possibly the largest field ever for this event. Event director, club athlete Pat McManus and his team were delighted with the turn out and thanked everyone for making the effort and for their contributions on the day. This is an unusual event in that there are no prizes or spot prizes and all the funds donated go directly to the North West Hospice, a cause close to many hearts in the area. more




08 Aug 2010 - Danny McDaid 15k 2010

It was the turn of our female runners to carry the club’s colours at the popular Danny McDaid 15k in Letterkenny on the Sunday morning.  Again five club athletes made the journey and with superb performances from all, including two category victories and two first timers at this distance, everyone was pleased with their performances.
Linda Ward, the quiet, consistent athlete in the local training group, had another excellent run, claiming first place in her category with an impressive 70.35 on the clock. Next up was the resilient Eileen Ward, who with a superb run also claimed first place in her category with a good 79.23 clocking, just ousting club colleague Bernie McNeely on the run in to the line. Bernie, with perhaps her best run of the season, clocked a great 79.29. Next club athlete to cross the line and making her debut at the distance was tri athlete Eleanor Rooney with a hugely impressive 81.31 showing on the clock.  Also making her debut at the 15k and with an equally impressive run was Nora Timoney who clocked 84.43 for the distance.  Bernie, Eleanor and Nora traveled to the Mullaghmore 3ml in the afternoon and completed this run as well. Well done to all.





08 Aug 2010 - Gleniff Horseshoe 10k, Cliffoney

The inaugural Gleniff Horseshoe 10k took place on the tough, demanding horseshoe mountain run, nestled under the majestic Ben Bulben range, last Friday evening. Five club athletes made the trip and all, despite the challenging nature of the course, reported that they were happy with their efforts. First club athlete to cross the finish line was Martin O’Halloran with a superb 39.05 on the clock. Good to see Martin back competing in the local club’s colours again and going so well.

Next up was Gerry McManus in an equally impressive 45.41, considering that Gerry has been carrying an injury for the past few weeks. Club tri athlete and adventure racer Niall Clancy with a great 46.50 was the most relaxed athlete to cross the finish line, showing little sign of the toughness of the race he had just completed.

Gerry McCafferty who has been getting in some quality training lately had a really strong run, clocking a super 47.50 for the distance. The brave Gabby McGloin was our only female representative on the evening and with an excellent run clocked an impressive 53.06 on this demanding course. Well done to all.





02 Aug 2010 - Killybegs 5k 2010





31 July 2010 - Large Club presence at Rosses Point Triathlon

The picturesque seaside village of Rosses Point played host to the Rosses Point Sprint Triathlon on Saturday last 31 July, but one would be forgiven for thinking that they were transferred to a miserable, windy, wet day in mid October, such were the conditions endured by the competitors. Triathletes are a touch bunch and a little choppy water, some head on rain and wind; a long bike ride and a challenging run would not deter these hardy souls. more




31 July 2010 - Tommy McBride 5k, Cranford





27 July 2010 - AAI Juvenile Championships Tullamore, Our Youngsters reach New Heights

When the first part of the 'Irish Juvenile Club Track and Field Finals' took place in Tullamore on the first weekend in July club notes indicated

‘The clubs talented group of juveniles made their own piece of club history over the weekend when they won an unprecedented ten medals at Part 1 of the National Juvenile Track and Field finals in Tullamore. In addition they smashed Irish age group records and recorded numerous P.B. performances.’

The second part of these championships were held last weekend in Tullamore and once again Tir Chonaill Youngsters re wrote the history books and accumulated 12 gold relay medals performances plus two individual podium finishes and a number of PB and top six performances. more




27 July 2010 - Karl Griffin wins British Milers Club M800 (D) at Belfast

Karl Griffins 1min 53.22secs at the 'British Milers Club' meeting in Belfast last Saturday Night, 24 July 2010 - a fantastic time and performace for a 15 year old.

While his club mates were performing so well in Tullamore, Karl Griffin was winding his way to the Mary Peters Track in Belfast to compete in a British Milers Club promoted event. The philosophy of BMC meetings is to assist and encourage the athlete to run fast times. Pace makers are deployed to ensure that the pace is fast and a supportive atmosphere guarantees that athletes respond positively with good performances.
Karl Griffin, in an 800m where the pace maker misjudged the early pace - he was too slow - came from 6th at half way to record a magnificent victory and time of 1min 53.22secs. What makes this time and performance more noteworthy is the fact that Karl only celebrated his 15th birthday in June.




27 July 2010 - Dungloe Festival 5k

By Brendan NcDaid





25 July 2010 - Tír Chonaill Women finish 4th in Athlone

In winter like conditions, the club’s women’s team competed and finished 4th in 'Round 2 of the National League' to Athlone on Sunday last. Scoring 92pts, they now await the overall results from the Santry group to find if their efforts gain a top eight and final position.


Maximum 9 points were scored by Geraldine Stewart, 11.11m, Shot Putt and Michelle Harvey, 1500m 4mins 46.62. Second place finishes and 7pts were secured by Teresa McGloin, 3000m 9mins 55.70secs; Louise Harvey, 400mH 68.11secs; Geraldine Stewart, Javelin,27.22m; 3rd place finishes and 6pts by Louise Harvey, 400m 61.78secs and High Jump 1.45m;Michelle Harvey, 800m 2mins 23.4secs; 4th place finishes and 5pts by Marie Rooney, 3k Walk; Lisa Shields, 100m ;Geraldine Stewart, 100mH; 4x400m relay team; and 5th place finishes and 4pts by the 4x100m relay team; Brenda Morris, Hammer; Michelle Harvey, Discus.

Well done to our Women’s Team, thanks to our guests Teresa McGloin and Lisa Shields and to club mentors/management David Doherty and Jackie Harvey for all their work behind the scenes ensuring that the team were well prepared and on the day competed to their maximum.




23 July 2010 - Drumhalla, Rathmullan 5k





21 July 2010 - The Irish Schools Track & Field Team Glasgow July 2010




20 July 2010 - Burtonport 5K 2010

Five club athletes contested the fast Burtonport 5k on Tuesday Evening 20th July. Local athlete and Letterkenny AC Ciaran Doherty, ran an excellent time of 14mins 45secs to record a very popular local victory. Tír Chonaill, fifteen years old Sean Kerrs, introduced to the sport twelve months ago, had a superb run to finish 19th overall and 2nd Junior on the night in a new PB time of 17mins 37secs. Richard McCarthy, who has coached Sean since joining the training group in Donegal Town, won the M50 section in a time of 18mins 8 secs. It was a case of the student beating the master.
Steven Travers, M45, 19mins 23secs; Vera Haughey. W45, 21mins32 sec's and Johnnie Ward, M45, 22mins 14secs were also very happy with their performances





18 July 2010 - International duty for Karl Griffin & Clare Brady

Scotstown, Glasgow, was the venue on Saturday 17th July for the 'Home Countries Schools U17 Track & Field International'. Abbey Vocational School and Tír Chonaill AC athletes Karl Griffin and Clare Brady played important roles as the Irish Team performance defeating Wales and Scotland and finished runners up to England. Karl lined up in the eight man, two per country, 800m when the wind was blowing at 6/7 and the temperatures were down to 6/7 degrees. The race was tactical and slow with lots of pushing/shoving as the field ‘jokied’ for favourable positions through out the opening lap. The English pair Guy and Waterman had prime positions at the front of the field as the race entered the final 200m. Griffin was boxed on the kerb and Dean Cronin, the 2nd Irish representative made a move around the outside. Karl did find a gap as the race entered the home straight and the final 100m. Tom Gay had made a decisive five metres break and went onto to win. Karl, for the first time in the race, had the freedom to run and slowly closed down the English lad. Result 1 Guy - 2mins 00.03sces; 2 Griffin 2mins00.37secs, 3rd Watson, Scotland 2mins.00.66secs, 4th Cronin, Ireland 2mins 00.75secs.

Clare Brady, also had a very rewarding experience in Glasgow. She cleared a new PB of 2.50 - narrowly missing out on 2.60m and claimed an overall 6th place finish.

Clare, who has made remarkable progress in the Pole Vault this year, like Karl is underage again next year for this competition. Well done to both athletes.

The club is certainly proud of your achievements.

Video: Karl Griffins 800m at International Schools in Scotstown, Glasgow on Saturday

Pic: Karl Griffin,2nd in the 800m at the Schools International in Glasgow pictured with parents Bridge and Eamon who traveled over.




18 July 2010 - Celtic International

On Wednesday of last week the Ulster selectors picked the U16 and U19 Girls and Boys Teams for the upcoming 'Celtic International' which takes place  in Athlone on the 7th August. Congratulations to following three club athletes that have been chosen - Emma Brady, U16 Girls 75m Hurdles; Christopher Doherty, U18 Boys Pole Vault and Louise Harvey, U18 Girls 80mH and 300mH.




16 July 2010 - Churchill 5k 2010

Churchill’s demanding and hilly 5k was the venue this evening for the latest race in the Asics Donegal County Board road race series. Club Athletes Johnnie Ward, M45 ,23mins 44secs,  Vera Haughey, W45, 24mis and Jackie Harvey, W50, 26mins.05secs all put in good performances.Well done all.





15 July 2010 - Ulster/ANI Celtic Team

The Ulster/ANI Celtic Track and Field Team for the upcoming International on the 8th August Is Attached. The venue is Athlone. Teams competing are Scotland, Wales, Ulster and Rest of Ireland.

Ulster/ANI Celtic Track and Field Team.pdf




14 July 2010 - Round 2 National League

Tír Chonaill’s Women’s Team travel to Athlone I.T.’s state of the art Mondo surfaced Track and Field facility on Sunday next for the 2nd round of the National League. They will be led by recent National Senior medal winners Mary McLoone and Geraldine Stewart and have qualification for the prestigious League final as their goal. Following Round 1 they are placed in 9th overall position and will need a very good team performance on Sunday to qualify for the eight team final on Saturday 14th August.

No doubt the fighting spirit and talent of this group of women, will respond and attempt to emulate club teams that have annually during the past decade won or finished in a  top three position in finals and have represented Ireland in European Club Finals - Gent, Belgium [2004], Dubnica, Yugoslavia, [2009] and Berne, Switzerland, [2010].

Good luck to the team led by Marie Rooney, Captain, Mary McLoone, Geraldine Stewart, Philomena Gallagher, Louise Harvey, Lisa Shields, Michelle Harvey, Teresa McGloin, Brenda Morris, Jackie Harvey, [Manager]

Pic: Marie Rooney & Brenda Morris, National League Winners 2009

Time Table for Round 2.pdf

Athletic Association of Ireland Woodies National Track & Field League 2010 Round 2.pdf




12 July 2010 - Successful Tír Chonaill Summer Camp

Over one hundred young athletes/children enjoyed five days of sport/art/dance coaching when the annual 'Tír Chonaill Summer Camp' was help in the spacious grounds of the Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town from the 5th to the 9th July. more




12 July 2010 - Local Athletes shine at Santry

The National Senior Track and Field Championships at Santry Stadium over the weekend attracted excellent entries, had all the Irish Team that will compete in upcoming European Senior [Barcelona] and World Juniors [Canada] in attendance and included some of the most competitive events in years across a number of disciplines. The inclusion of Paralympic track and field disciplines was another memorable addition. more




10 July 2010 - Murvagh Beach Long Run

Club athletes before setting off on their Saturday morning long run at Murvagh beach, on what was a warm and humid but dry beautiful morning for the long run. The group were delighted to welcome Ballyshannon native and marathon runner, now based in the USA, Joanna Croal train with them over the past few weeks while she holidayed at home.

Every third long run takes place at this venue where each loop is just over three miles with three loops being 10 miles. Some of the group did 10 miles, other 13.5 miles while a few did 15 miles. Text messages will now go out each Thursday/Friday informing club athletes of the Saturday morning venue, which will rotate between, Castle Caldwell, Murvagh and road, with hopefully some runs linking up with the North Sligo and Leitrim athletes. If you wish to be included in this text message please contact Paddy on 087 2376389.

Standing L-R: Martin O'Halloran: Sean Cassidy; Nora Timoney; Marie Rooney; Ann Donoghue; Gerry McCafferty; Joanna Croal.

Front L-R: Bernie McNeely; Gabby McGloin; Caroline Spratt. Missing from photo but there: Paddy Donoghue (photographer); Elenaor Rooney; Kevin Connors and Jackie Harvey.




09 July 2010 - J. G Memorial Cranford 4.2 Mile





06 July 2010 - Manorcunningham 5k 2010





05 July 2010 - ‘Top Ten’ for our Juveniles in Tullamore

The clubs talented group of juveniles made their own piece of club history over the weekend when they won an unprecedented ten medals at 'Part 1 of the National Juvenile Track and Field Finals' in Tullamore. In addition they smashed Irish age group records and recorded numerous P. B. performances. more




05 July 2010 - Summer Camp Success

The clubs annual summer camp has attracted over one hundred participants. It runs all this week and has a multitude of activities. Report and photographs very soon.




02 July 2010 - Rathmullan 5k 2010





30 June 2010 - Boa Island Triathlon

Three club athletes competed at the inaugural 'Boa Island Triathlon' last weekend and all reported being pleased with their performances. Niall Clancy, a stalwart of the event who draws on his experience each time he competes, produced a good all round performance to clock an excellent 1.14.24 and 43rd place overall. Team Cummins, with Sara Daly on the swim (10.04), Tony Cummins on the bike (38.01), and new to this discipline Paul Ward on the run (16.54) clocking a great overall time of 1.06.54 to take second relay team spot. Well done all.




30 June 2010 - Karl Griffins victory in last Saturdays Tailteann Inter Pro at Tullamore





30 June 2010 - Club Juvenile Athletes that have qualified for the All Irelands

Club Juvenile Athletes that have qualified for the' All Ireland's during July i.e.Week Ends 3/4th July and 17/18th July. more




30 June 2010 - Johnston and Davidson Lead Home Record Field at Carndonagh 5K

Report By Gerry Lynch

Richard Johnston won the latest installment of his season long battle with tenacious Foyle Valley rival Scott Rankin, at a wet and windy Carndonagh 5K on Wednesday night last and American visitor Hannah Davidson was much too good for the local opposition in the Women's race, as a record 179 finishers contested the penultimate race in the hugely popular Furey Insurances 5K Series.

A confident run from the red vested Johnston saw him break away around the 4k mark and storm through the hilly final kilometre for a 15m55s clocking, comfortably ahead of Rankin on 16m6s with Carndonagh man Joe McKinney next on 16m23s. The Spartan is now three to one up in their four Series head to heads to date. Rankin was an excellent fourth in the fast Buncrana race - which Johnston missed - back at the end of May and the final race on the Balliniska circuit, on Wednesday 21st July should be another exciting duel between two fine young road racers!

Providence College athletics scholarship student Hannah Davidson, visiting her boyfriend David McCarthy in Derry, was a class apart in the women's race posting an impressive 17m30s for ninth overall and a clear victory over the battling Inishowen F40, Helena Crossan who ran a gutsy 18m29s on her home turf with another Series regular, Springwells Gemma Turley, third on 19m26s.

The joint promotion between City of Derry Spartans and Inishowen Ac proved a real winner as a record 179 entry was attracted to the event, Runners of all abilities were involved, the finish times ranging from sub 16m to just over 43m,proving that running is indeed for everyone!!

Age Group Winners: City of Derry, Foyle Valley ,Tír Chonaill AC and Finn Valley mopped up practically all the age group prizes - the exception being another female visitor, young Emma McKinney who ran a quick 20m10s to lift the Female U20 award.

Tír Chonaill's Sean Kerr's took the Male U20 with 18m38s and his club mate Richard McCarthy, brother of race Sponsor Atlanfish's Declan, was the top M50 with 18m33s. Foyle Valley pair Ryan Snodgrass and Billy Orr claimed the M35 and M45 prizes respectively with times of 17m48s and 18m26s.Valleys female trio, Sandra McKeever, Rosie O'Brien and Kate Meehan were the top F35, F40and F45 finishers.Their times were 3m9s, 21m26s and 23m49s.

Finn Valleys Gloria Donaghey ran 22m49s for the F50 prize and Moville man Seamus McElhinney on 23m18s took another M60 award. Inishowens Willie John McLaughlin produced a storming finish to pip Condy Doherty in the M65 grade and the Spartans Paul McCafferty M40 and Peter Lilburn M55 were worthy winners on 17m35s and 18m49s.

The road race action continues tonight Friday 2nd July with the Rathmullan 5K, start time 7:30pm and Saturday brings the Strabane 10K which has a12noon start time.

The sixth and final Furey Insurances 5K is on Wednesday 21st July on the Baliniska circuit at 7:30pm with Templemore Sports Complex serving as race HQ--this one sponsored by the Donnelly and Taggart Group is not to be missed!

Looking further ahead the annual Dessies Run 10K is in the Gransha Grounds on Sunday 29th August--12noon start - and of course the real big one, the Tesco Waterside Half Marathon on Sunday 12th September, also in the Gransha Grounds.

Pics by Cathy Furey





29 June 2010 - Doherty and Harvey success at National Junior Championships

The 'National Junior U20 Championships', held at Tullamore on Sunday, had two club athletes, gain top three placing. Louise Harvey, early in the day finished 4th in the 400mH - 66.68secs and bounced back later in the day with a new PB in the 100mH - 15.43secs for 2nd place in a blanket finish. Christopher Doherty, continued his successful season when he equalled his PB with a best of 3.60m – narrowly missing 3.80m on his first attempt.




29 June 2010 - Children’s Games

Congratulations to the clubs U11 2 x 60m Team – Orla Coughlan and Mary Flora Scott who traveled to the All Ireland children’s games in Templemore last Saturday. Mary Flora 9.89secs and Orla 10.06secs gave the pair a total time of 19.95secs and an overall 12th team placing. Well done to both girls and thanks to the parents and mentors that made the long journey south to support.




28 June 2010 - Interested in tickets for London 2012 - you need to register!

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26 June 2010 - Griffin, Finnigan and Brady secure places on Irish Schools Team
Following outstanding performances at the Irish Schools Inter Pro/Tailteann Games today in Tullamore, Abbey Vocational Schools, Karl Griffin and Clare Brady and St Eunans, Ruairi Finnegan secured places on the Irish Schools Under 17 team that will contest the home countries schools International in Scots town, Glasgow on the 17th July.
Karl, in a tactical 800m race, out kicked the opposition, over the final 150m to win impressively in a time of 1 min 58.4secs while Ruairi in the race of the day won the 1500m in new record time of 3mins 54.4secs. Clare cleared 2.30m in the Pole Vault for a 2nd finish position - the top two in each event gained automatic selection. AVS Pole Vaulter Christopher Doherty 2nd in the Irish schools today finished 4th.

Pic 1: Karl Griffin, Clare Brady & Christopher Doherty.

Pic 2: Ruairi Finnigan.




25 June 2010 - Aghyaran Summers Day 5k

Five Tír Chonaill athletes made the short journey to Aghyaran on Friday night for a superbly organised and very well supported 5k road race. more Results.pdf




25 June 2010 - Round 2 Draw of National League

Round 2 Draw of National League.pdf




23 June 2010 - Mary McLoone

Last weekend Mary McLoone was a member of the successful Irish Team that traveled to Budapest for the European Div 1 Team Championships. The Irish team succeeded in retaining Div 1 status with Mary having good performances and contributing valuable points in the Long and Triple Jump.




23 June 2010 - Karl Griffin at Olympic Training Camp in Bucharest

Karl Griffin returned on Wednesday from a six day Olympic Training Camp in Bucharest. From reports, it was very enjoyable, very warm and very isolated. Karl was part of a 24 athletics group that included Letterkenny colleagues, Ruairi Finnigan and Mark English. The multi sport camp had Irish representatives from Rowing, Cycling, Triathlon, Boxing and Gymnastics. One of the highlights of the camp was to spectate and attend training sessions organized by the Romanian Gymnastics squad.




20 June 2010 - Club Athletes at Ulster/NI Juvenile Championships

At the 'Ulster/Northern Ireland Juvenile club Championships', last Saturday and Sunday, in the Antrim Forum the clubs juvenile athletes  put  together a series of  outstanding performances with many qualifying for podium positions, all Ireland  places and a series of PB’s [personal best performances]. The two day event was run in Mediterranean conditions. The following deserve a big congratulations and well done. more




20 June 2010 - South Donegal Athletes at Mullaghmore Triathlon

If you were one of the many who were lucky enough to be in Mullaghmore on Saturday last for the annual Mullaghmore Triathlon, you would have been forgiven for thinking that you were in some sun drenched exotic land, such was the beauty of this North Sligo village on what was a glorious summer’s day.  From early morning a steady stream of athletes were witnessed fine tuning bikes, adjusting swim suits, checking running gear and anxiously watching the shimmering, rolling waves as they kissed the golden sands along the beach, under the ever watchful eye of majestic Ben Bulben, most oblivious to the stunning natural beauty that surrounded them.

The triathlon, consisting of a choice of distances in the swim, (750m and 300m); a 20k bike ride and a 5k run, got under way at 10.30am when the first wave entered the water, with the fourth and final wave, (300m) hitting the surf at 11.06am.  For the twenty five plus local athletes from the South Donegal area, who had been in training for this particular event since the turn of the year, the day had finally arrived.  After the initial anxiousness that accompanies such events, had receded, all settled into the spirit of the day and with superb performances all reported delight with their results, with many recording personnel bests.  Some took part in relays, where a different athlete completed each event with their total times giving the results.

Most of these athletes have been training with the local athletic club Tír Chonaill AC, with many of them competing regularly for the club at both cross country and road.  Barry Duffy, Niall Clancy, Barry Gallagher, Noel Hoey, Sinead Donagher, Jane and Paul McDevitt, Canice Nicholas, Eleanor Rooney, Diarmuid and Donagh Keon, Brenda Morris, Michael Shanley, Olivia Murphy, Pat McManus, Brian McMullin, Malachy Cullen, Ciaran Ferguson, Terry Hughes, Daniel and Philip McLoone, all competed the full triathlon of all three events, while Orla Kilgannon (swim), Patsy Kilgannon (bike) and Sean Cassidy (run) took third place in the relay section with a second relay team of Grace Murray (swim), Bernie Maguire (bike) and Claire Flood (run) vowing to come back stronger for next year.  The group, who train together, have a great mix of experienced tri athletes, able to provide invaluable advice and guidance, and new first timers, all eager to learn and very committed to their craft, making this an exceptional and enjoyable training experience for all.  Congratulations and well done all.

Training will resume, after a well deserved rest, at the beginning of July.

Mullaghmore Tri Provisional Results19Jun2010.pdf

Pics by Paddy Donoghue




14 June 2010 - Buncrana 10K

The consistent Innishowen AC man Joe McKinney was a comfortable winner of Saturday nights Buncrana 10K which attracted an entry of around 150. McKinney ran 34n13s for the win, ahead of City of Derry,s Brendan Murphy on 35m03s and his M45 club mate, Gerry Duddy with 35m24s.

Letterkenny AC,s Fionnuala Diver ran 39m56s for the Women's victory, Teresa Doherty of Innishowen was next on 41m12s and another Letterkenny athlete Noreen McGettigan claimed third spot with 41m41s. Tír Chonaill,s Leo Murray was the top M40,his 35m31s getting him home in front of the Spartans Paul McCafferty on 36m05s; Peter Lilburngot in the prizes again, top M50 with 38m43s and Foyle Valleys Kate Meehan was the leading F40. Report from Gerry Lynch

Pics by Cathy McDermott





14 June 2010 - National League success at Antrim 

Last Sunday the Antrim Forum was the venue for Round 1 of the National League. The clubs Women’s Team, not at full strength, finished 4th on the day with appoints total of 89pts behind Ballymena and Antrim 124pts,City of Lisburn, 112pts, North Down 102pts. Victories were recorded by Geraldine Stewart in the Javelin and Shot Putt; Mary McLoone, Long and Triple Jump, 2nd place points were gained by Louise Harvey, 400m Hurdles and top three placing's by Marie Rooney, Walks and 3,000m, Good support points came from Philomena Gallagher, Jackie Harvey and Brenda Morris. To qualify for the final the team hopes to be at full strength for Round 2 in three weeks time.

At the Ulster/Northern Ireland and age group c/ships, also at Antrim on Saturday, Louise Harvey won both the 300mH and 100mH in the under age group and qualified for the early July National Finals.

National League Individual Results Round1.pdf




14 June 2010 - Women’s Mini Marathon

Tír Chonaill AC club coaches Martina McGee and Lorraine Delaney, both coach in Bundoran with the juvenile group, made their running debuts at the popular women’s mini marathon on the bank holiday weekend.  The Flora Dublin mini marathon, the largest all female sporting event in the world with over 40,000 participants this year, proved to be a good inaugural event for the girls with both crossing the finish line in an excellent 58.48.  All the hard training out the lonely country roads paid off, well done girls.




14 June 2010 - Donegal Community Games Finals

There was success for numerous club athletes, at the Community Games finals on Sunday afternoon in Milford. Matthew Duffy from Bundoran took the gold in the U10 hurdles with a strong and positive run from a very strong field while Sarah Timoney from Ballyshannon, after only taking up the event in recent weeks, was a superb winner of the 900m walk. Also in the walk and new to the club training was Aoibhinn Gallagher, Ballyshannon, who took a super bronze medal. more




14 June 2010 - Special Olympians success in Limerick

Last weekend Limerick was the venue for the Irish Special Olympics Athletics finals. The club would like to congratulate the following, all who have trained at the club in Donegal Town with great purpose over the last twelve months, on their great success at this festival of athletics –Ailing Eves, gold and bronze; Marie McGloin, gold and silver; Declan Friel, gold and a ribbon; Anthony Donagher, silver in 50m and 5th in the soft ball throw. This group trained on Wednesday mornings under the expertise of club coaches Peter O’Connor and Anne McGowan aided by AVS Transition year students James Flynn, Emmett Gallagher and Christopher Doherty.

Ciaran and David Gallagher, both members of the senior section of the Tír Chonaill club, had equally outstanding achievements. David ran 57secs to win the 400m with Ciaran a close 2nd while both filled 2nd and 3rd finishing places in the 200m. Since joining the club two years ago both have rarely missed Tues/Thurs/Sunday morning training sessions. Club coaches Richard McCarthy and Michelle Harvey and the entire club are very proud of your achievements. Congratulations to all.




12 June 2010 - TC Athletes at Enniskillen Rotary 10k

Once again a large number of club athletes made the short journey to Enniskillen for the annual and ever popular Rotary 10k which took place in warm and humid conditions on Saturday last. Continuing the trend of all road races so far this season, there was a 33% increase in the number of entrants, with 1100 pre-entered online and over 400 entering on the day, all toeing the line for the 2.00pm start.

A very thoughtful and welcome addition to this really well organised and friendly event was the individual text message received by all those who had pre-entered, stating their name, finishing position and time and this within an hour of the prize giving at the end of the event, well done all concerned.

All the club athletes were pleased with their runs, with fine performances by all. The ever improving and recent recruit to the club Gerry McManus was first club athlete to cross the finish line in an excellent 41.55, looking fresh and as if he could do it all over again.

Following closely was club stalwart Marie Rooney, with a superb run taking first place in her category with 42.26 on the clock and 4th female overall. Next up was another club stalwart and coach Paddy Donoghue who with 42.33 was pleased with his form. Sean Cassidy with 43.03 had a great run and was chased all the way home by Brenda Morris in a good 44.08. Philomena Gallagher (44.50), Gerry McCafferty (45.02), Sharon McGowan (47.15), Caroline Spratt (47.37), Eileen Ward (48.55), Ann Donoghue (49.46), Pol O’Loughlin (49.52), Bernie McNeely (50.50), club coach Emma Corry (56.42) and new comer to running Valerie Moore (60.48). Congratulations and well done all. 

Congratulations to local Bundoran resident and Letterkenny AC athlete Brian Thursby-Phelim finished in a superb third place overall with an excellent 33.16 after a titanic struggle with eventual winner Owen Gahan and second placed Connor Magill.

Next Saturday the second Lisnaskea 10k run/walk takes place with entry on the day from 10.30am at the Castle Park Centre.  The run has a start time of 12 noon. The course, along quiet country roads, promises a flat fast course!




11 June 2010 - Culmore 5k

Club athlete and leading Irish mountain running challenger Leo Murray, fresh after his silver medal success with the Irish mountain running team at the recent European mountain running championships in Spain, continued his fine form at the Culmore 5k on Wednesday evening with a category winning run and sixth place overall in a fine 17.09 for a demanding course.




10 June 2010 - Donegal Juvenile, Senior and Masters Championships - Letterkenny 1st June 2010

There were some excellent performances from the small number of club athletes who competed at the first round of the Donegal track and field championships held recently at the Danny McDaid track in Letterkenny.  The second round for the even age groups, seniors and masters will take place at the same venue on Tuesday 22 June with a 6.30pm start.

A small group of Ballyshannon athletes traveled and with some excellent performances all came home with medals across a variety of events.  Amie McCafferty with a good run took silver in the U-13 girls 60m hurdles with club athlete Kelsie Warren taking third and bronze.  Amie placed a great fourth in the 80m and claimed a super joint first in the long jump with a 3.58m leap.  Kelsie recorded a best of 3.08m.  In the shot putt Kelsie took the gold with a superb 4.99m putt while Amie took fourth with 4.82m.  In the U-15 age group we had Katie McCafferty with a putt of 5.98m taking a bronze medal, while Katie along with Sarah Timoney made the final of the 80m hurdles. Both girls moved up to the U-17 age group to take part in the long jump and took fifth and sixth place respectively with best leaps of 3.78m for Katie and 3.69m for Sarah.  Well done all.

The club’s sole master athlete competing was Ballyshannon man Paul Ward, who in a very competitive 1500m, ran along with the seniors race, took the gold medal with a fine 4.31 on the clock, ahead of City of Derry’s Declan McCarthy. 

Shaun Kerrs, going in the senior 1500m clocked a respectable 4.46 for the distance.  Moving down from his more familiar distance of 800m to the more grueling 400m was one of the club’s emerging young athletes Karl Griffin, taking the gold with a good 50.77 on the clock. 

Christopher Doherty, more renowned for his pole vaulting, clocked a good 58.19 for the same distance, while a gritty run from the ever improving Mark McGuinness saw him take an excellent gold at his less familiar of 800m with 2.09 on the clock.

Donegal Championships 2010 Field Events results.pdf

Donegal Championships 2010 Track & Field.pdf




10 June 2010 - Johnston wins latest head to head at Culmore 5K

Report by Gerry Lynch

Richard Johnston and Scott Rankin resumed their seasons on going battle for supremacy at Culmore on Wednesday night, in Race 4 of the hugely popular Furey Insurances 5K Series, with the Randalstown based City of Derry Spartans newcomer carving out a ten second victory margin over his Foyle Valley rival in a wind affected 16m 6secs ,as the Women's race went to Inishowen's impressive Helena Crossan in 18m 45secs.

A record entry of 151 runners were attracted to Culmore, further proof of the increasing interest in road running all over the country and the huge spectator input on the two lap Coney Rd/Culmore Point course was also impressive.

Despite this and a warm sunny evening, the strong headwind for half the distance slowed times right down but there were several exciting tussles throughout the big field. Up front Johnston and Rankin ran with Paddy Mor Doherty and Joe McKinney for close to 3K before the two younger men got clear with the Spartan sustaining his effort longer to sprint home in 16m6s to the 16m16s clocking of his rival.

Inishowen M40 McKinney's strength saw him finish third in 16m23s, the red vested Doherty posted 16m28s with another Foyle Valley man Pius McIntyre, 5th in 16m57s, ahead of M40 Leo Murray of Tír Chonaill on 17m9s.

The top M45, City of Derry,s Damien McGinty was next on 17m12s, Inishowen Declan Caldwell finished just one second behind closely followed by Finn Valleys M45 Domnic Bonner and the unattached Connor McCullagh ,completing the top ten with 17m15s and 17m17s respectively.

Helena Crossan's 18m45s gave her a comfortable cushion in the Women's race, the real battle here played out behind her, as Gemma Turley, Theresa Doherty and the City of Derry duo, Jackie McGinley and Marina Campbell fought an intense duel for supremecy. There was little between them for most of the distance but the currently unattached Turley found enough late on to edge clear of the fast finishing Theresa Doherty of Innishowen who pipped McGinley on the line for third.

Turley ran 19m27s,Doherty 19m33s with McGinley given 19m34s and Campbell claimed fifth with 19m47s as her Spartans club mate and top F40 Bridgeen Byrne filled out the top six on 20m26s. Katrina Ruddy, unattached, was the leading F35 on 23m39s and Finn Valley's Gloria Donaghey with 22 30s was the first F50.

The remaining Male age group winners were Mid Ulster's Jon O'Neill whose 19m13s gave him the U20 prize; the City of Derry pair, M50 Dermot Connolly and M55 Peter Lilburn with 17m54s and 18m23s. Moville man Seamus McElhinney ran 23m21s for the M60 award.

The Prizes were presented by the race sponsors, two Culmore businessmen and sports fans, Physio Shawn Barron and Joe Jackson Ice Cream Parlour proprietor, Neill Doherty who doled out very welcome, delicious ice creams at the finish line.

Reminder that the next race in the 2010 Furey Insurances 5k series is on June 30th at 7.30 in Carndonagh, Inis Eoghain.

Also note Buncrana 10k takes place this Sat 12th June at 6.30. (Contact Eunan Mc Laughlin 0749362320).

Pics by Sparta Derry





10 June 2010 - Tír Chonaill’s Mary McLoone gains selection on Irish Europa Cup Team 
Athletics Ireland has today announced a full team to attend the 2nd European Team Championship to be held in Budapest (HUN) on June 19-20 which includes six NI Athletes. more




10 June 2010 - Karl Griffin in Irish Schools Track & Field 800m

Video - Irish Schools Track & Field 2010 Intermediate Boys 800m 5th June




10 June 2010 - Karl Griffin invited to Olympic Council Training Camp
Athletics Ireland announced today that twenty four of the countries top young athletes will attend a week long training camp in Bucharest, Romania from the 17th June. Local club/school athlete Karl Griffin, who has been hitting the headlines recently will be part of an overall group of 50 youngsters from a variety of sports born in 1994/95. The group supported and funded by the Olympic Council of Ireland, will train and receive expert support coaching, medical and sports science services during the week. This multi sport group will form the backbone of Irish teams for the 2011 and 2012 European and World Youth Olympic.




09 June 2010 - Ulster U17 Schools Team for the upcoming Inter Pro

When the annual 'Schools Inter Pro' takes place in Tullamore on Saturday 26th June, local Abbey Vocational School athletes Karl Griffin, 800m, Clare Brady and Christopher Doherty both Pole Vault, Ciara Crawford, Walks will be contesting/scoring for the the Ulster Team and provided they can gain a top two finish position will be gaining selection on the 'Irish Schools Team' for the home countries international. Mark McGuinness from St Cathines, Vocational School, Killybegs, has also been selected as first reserve in the 1500m. Tír Chonaill AC congratulate all on their selection and best wish on the 26th.

Attached is the 'Ulster U17 Schools Team' for the upcoming Inter Pro. The Irish Schools Team for the 'Home Countries Schools International' will be selected following this competition. Highlighted are athletes from North West School's i.e. Donegal/Derry/Tyrone/Fermanagh.

Ulster U17 Schools Team for the upcoming Inter Pro.pdf




09 June 2010 - Dunfanaghy Runegal 10k





07 June 2010 - Draw for 1st Rd of National League

Draw for 1st Rd of National League.pdf




07 June 2010 - First Round of the National League

Next weekend our Senior women travel to Antrim  for the 'First Round of the National League' – the first step in defence of a title they have won for the past two years.

The clubs older juveniles ie U14 to 19 also compete in 'Ulster Juvenile Club Championships' during the next two weekends.




07 June 2010 - Day of Stunning Performances at Woodie’s DIY Irish Schools Championships

From the very start of the 'Woodie’s DIY Irish Schools Track and Field Finals' on Saturday last the performances from the cream of the countries young athletes were stunning with several new records being set. Athletes from the local south Donegal schools played their part in this great athletics day with Abbey Vocational School, Killybegs Vocational School and Carrick Vocational all having podium finishing places. more




07 June 2010 - Local Athletes compete in Special Olympic Finals in Limerick

A number of Special Olympians from the local area will compete in the 'National Finals' next week at the University of Limerick. All have trained under the guidance of Tír Chonaill coaches and were given a special send off at final training sessions.

Tír Chonaill athletics club wish the athletes every success in the finals in Limerick this weekend. more





07 June 2010 - Fit4Life

It’s most encouraging to see the large numbers participating in the clubs very popular fit4life programme. New members are most welcome. Just come to the AVS gym on a Tues evening at 7pm and you will receive a warm welcome. 




04 June 2010 - Donegal Town 5k Road Race 2010

On Friday evening last the Donegal Town 5k attracted athletes from all over the North West. International Half Marathon expert Joe McAllister, St Malachy’s Belfast, was the winner from Ciaran Doherty, Letterkenny. Local athletes Leo Murray and Paul Ward placed in the top ten with Sean Kerr's winning the Junior men’s section. The race had 137 finishers and a sincere thank you to Tír Chonaill personal and the Gardai for the efficient running of the event.

Pics by Tír Chonaill AC





01 June 2010 - Super Performances from Tír Chonaill AC Women at European Clubs in Bern

Ireland’s representatives, Tír Chonaill AC competing in Group B of the' European Club Championships on Sunday last in Bern, Switzerland, put together a number of outstanding performances to end up joint 5th overall following a day long competition which was constantly interrupted by strong winds and squally showers. more




01 June 2010 - Lough Allen Triathlon

There was a superb turn out of South Donegal athletes at the inaugural Lough Allen Triathlon, held along the shores of beautiful Lough Allen on Sunday last.  The two events, the long, (1000m swim/1500 kayak – 47k bike - 8.5k run) and the short, (400m swim/800 kayak – 20k bike – 5k run) had the unusual but welcome option of a swim or kayak with several opting for the kayak.  Despite the near perfect summer conditions, a choppy lake, tough biking routes and undulating runs made for a very challenging event, marking the performances all the more satisfying.

Several of the South Donegal athletes competing are active members of the local athletic club, Tír Chonaill AC and all train regularly with the club on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. In the long event Paul McDevitt was the sole representative and with a battling performance took an excellent 32nd place on a very tough route.

The short event saw some excellent performances from all the athletes with Michael Gallagher, opting for the kayak, first across the finish line in a superb 7th place, followed closely by the ever improving Noel Hoey in an excellent 8th.   Niall Clancy with a super 12th place finish is returning to the form that he displayed last year. Sinead Donagher, with perhaps the performance of the day, was first female to hit the road, battling courageously over a tough 5k, to eventually finish in a superb third place and 14th overall.  Next up was Barry Duffy, followed by Donagh Keon, Barry Gallagher, Ciaran Ferguson, Jane McDevitt, Eleanor Rooney, Diarmuid Keon, who punctured along the way, and Pat McManus, who all recorded superb performances, giving that many of the group are only training and competing for a year or less in some cases.  Congratulations and well done all.

Pic:  Michael Gallagher approaches the finish line.


Mighael Gallagher




28 May 2010 - Annagry 5k

Results from this evenings Annagry 5k. Results.pdf




26 May 2010 - Records All Round at Buncrana 5K
Report below from Gerry Lynch.
Records tumbled at Wednesday nights Buncrana 5K,the third in the 2010 Furey Insurances 5K Series as a massive 320 strong field were led home by new course record holders, St Malachys Joe McAllister and Letterkenny's Maria McCambridge, who posted spanking new figures of 14m42s and 16m9s respectively.
McAllister only decided to make the trip to the popular Donegal venue late on Tuesday evening,after successfully returning to competitive action at last Saturday's Ballymena Eco's 5m and he was very surprised to run so fast, shaving two seconds off club mate Kevin Seaward's 2007 course record of 14m44s. Runner up Ciaran Doherty of Letterkenny AC was acknowledged afterwards for his aggressive front running to around the 2K mark, before McAllister took control and went on relentlessly to win by 19secs. Doherty clocked 15m1sec with another Letterkenny man, a former triple race winner Pauric McKinney celebrating his 45th birthday, third on 1518secs.
Maria McCambridge absolutely smashed the 17m13s course record, set last year by Finn Valley's Teresa McGloin, storming to a magnificent 16m9s clocking and like the male winner, pocketed a £100 record bonus. McGloin herself finished second, with an eye catching 16m35s, delighted to run some 41secs quicker than last year, yet never seriously challenging the winner. North Belfast's Cathy McCourt was third in an impressive 17m18secs, confirming her recent good form.
The runners were favoured by the wind on their backs for the long straight to halfway and were able to avail of the relatively sheltered second half on the back road to the downhill finish, with the race's reputation for fast times right down the field confirmed again.
Foyle Valleys Scott Rankin continued his recent good form with fourth spot ,just edging City of Derry's Emmet McGinty on the line, both men given the same time,15m36s. Letterkenny duo Ivan Toner on 15m44s and M35 winner, Brian Thursby Pelham on 15m46s were hot on their heels; City of Derrys M35 Paddy Moore on 15m49s was a close up eight, as the top ten was completed by M40 winner, Joe McKinney and fellow Innishowen man, James Brown on 15m55s and 16m1s respectively.
Abbey's Gemma Turley continued her good form at North West road races with a 17m 57s clocking for fourth female, keeping her in the hunt for the overall series award with Cathy McCourt. Margaret Kelly of Letterkenny was top F35 on 19m, Innishowen's Helena Crossan was top F40 with 18m8s, leading F45 on 20m18s was City of Derry's Bridgeen Byrne and the first F50 on 21m47s was Gloria Donaghy of Finn Valley. At opposite ends of the age group winners were City of Derry's U20 Grainne Neary and F60 Roisin Lynch with respective times of 18m11s and 25m35s.
The male age group winners were rounded off by, Ciaran McKeown, St Malachys on 16m 22 s(U20); Declan McCarthy City of Derry,16m34s (M45); Seamus McCallion, Foyle Valley, 17m 19s ,(M50) ,Peter Lilburn, City of Derry, 17m 55s (M55) and Seamus McElhinney M60 and Condy Doherty M65.

Pics by Paddy Murphy of start and at 3.7 km

Pics by Pete Webster at 1km mark and finish and presentation






26 May 2010 - European Masters Mountain running Championships – Barcelona, Spain

Congratulations to club athlete Leo Murray on a magnificent performance at the recent European Masters Mountain Running Championships that took place just outside Barcelona in Spain. Leo, representing Ireland in the MM40 category, was in superb form finishing in tenth place overall and third counter on the Irish masters team that clinched silver medals. Omagh Harrier Stephen Duncan, a familiar name on the Donegal racing circuit, lead the team home with a second place in the MM35 category. Well dine Leo.




25 May 2010 - Tír Chonaill Women compete in European Clubs

Bern in Switzerland is the destination this weekend for the 'Senior Women’s Team' from Tír Chonaill Athletics Club. The occasion is the prestigious 'European Club Track and Field B Championships'. The South Donegal based group made their own piece of athletics history last August when, for the third time in the present decade, they won by the narrowest of margins, the 'Irish Premier Track and Field League', and gained the honour of representing Ireland in Europe.

A spokesperson for the club earlier this week outlined the task facing the group – ‘ the participating clubs include Maccabi Rishon LeZion, Israel, City of Manchester, Great Britain, Sparta AM, Denmark, AK Glasinac, Serbia; Rotterdam Atletiek, Netherlands; Bern SN, Switzerland and Tir Chonaill AC, Ireland. Most of the teams have Olympians and International athletes in their ranks. We have a young team traveling, including a number of guest athletes from outside clubs. We are targeting a number of PB and top three finishes.

Mary McLoone, International Triple and Long Jumper will lead the team that includes Michelle Harvey, former Irish European Junior CC representative, Finn Valley’s Teresa McGloin, and Letterkenny's, Lisa Shields. We look upon this competition as an honour to represent Ireland on an International stage and one where our athletes will gain invaluable experience’.

The Traveling Group - total twenty six - depart from Dublin on Saturday, compete on Sunday and return late on Monday evening. The team, announced last week reads as follows:

100m - Lisa Shields

200m - Mary McLoone

400m - Joanna Mills

800m - Niamh Mary Kearney

1500m - Michelle Harvey

3000m - Teresa McGloin

3000m - Steeplechase Bryony Treston  

High Jump - Clare Wilkinson

Long Jump - Joanna Mills

Triple Jump - Mary McLoone

Pole Vault - Clare Wilkinson  

Hammer - Rachael Ackers

Discus - Rachael Ackers

Shot - Emer Boyce

Javelin - Emer Boyce

100H - Louise Harvey

400H - Louise Harvey

4x100m Relay - Lisa Shields/Mary McLoone/Joanna Mills/Louise Harvey/Clare Wilkinson

4x400m Relay - Mary McLoone/Joanna Mills/Louise Harvey/Michelle Harvey/ Clare Wilkinson/Niamh Mary Kearney

Management Team - Marie Rooney, Jackie Harvey




24 May 2010 - Ulster Schools Track and Field Finals

Donegal School Athletes recorded a number of outstanding performances when the 'Ulster Schools Track and Field Finals' were held at the Antrim Forum on last Friday evening and Saturday. Over 1,000 youngsters from five provincial qualifying regional finals, an overall crowd [estimated at over five thousand], glorious sunshine and the incentive of qualification for the 'All Ireland Schools Finals' in Tullamore on Sat June 6th added to the supportive mix to make the 2010 event one of the best to date. more




22 May 2010 - New Mooathon Website launched for 2010





18 May 2010 - Hickey Clarke & Langan Inter Firms Road Race 2010





18 May 2010 - Sligo 8k 

A group of club athletes traveled to Rosses Point in Sligo on Saturday Evening last to take part in the inaugural Sligo AC 8k. Pic: Paddy Donoghue in red. more




09 May 2010 - Kildare Half Marathon

Congratulations and well done to brother and sister Steven and Maeve Loughlin who both competed at the 'Kildare Half Marathon' on Sunday morning last and with superb runs achieved personnel bests for the distance. Steven crossed the line in 36th place overall with an excellent 1.28.01 on the clock while Maeve clocked an equally impressive 1.57.48 – excellent.




09 May 2010 - Ballyshannon 5k

The Ballyshannon 5k, the second race in the Donegal Athletic Board’s, Brian McCormick / Asics sponsored grand prix of road racing was a huge success with a 33% increase in runners and over 50% increase in walkers. The weather gods were kind, showering glorious sunshine on the 146 athletes as they toed the line at 7.30pm under the watchful eye of race starter Sean Keenaghan. The course, always fast given the right conditions, proved to be a winner again with superb times posted by all, including a new course record in both men’s and women’s sections. Ciaran Doherty of Letterkenny AC, who has been posting some great times in recent weeks literally ran away with the race, crossing the line in an excellent 15.11, while Finn Valley’s Teresa McGloin, looked sharp, continued from where she left off last season with a brilliant 16.51 and a tenth place overall finish.

Our own club athletes were out in force and with several first time racers to the distance, showing superb form and recording some excellent times. Young Eoghan Shanley claimed his second first junior prize in consecutive races with a super 18.52 on the clock, with Marie Rooney also taking first in her category with 20.40, while recent recruit Sinead Donagher took an excellent third place in her category with a good 21.16.

A big thank you to all those who put in such Trojan work, mostly behind the scenes to make this such a successful event. To the sponsors, for without whose support the event would not be possible, to those who helped with the food, the hall, the stewards, marshals, the Branley family and to everybody who in anyway contributed to the success of the event, thank you.





05 May 2010 - Tír Chonaill Athletics Club fit4life Mile Challenge

This evenings first fit4life mile challenge at the track in Donegal Town. The Donegal Town fit4life group meet every Tuesday evening at the AVS Gym/Track at 7:00pm - new members are always welcome. Results.pdf




04 May 2010 - Tír Chonaill AC receive AIB Better Ireland Award

Tír Chonaill Athletics Club, short listed for an' AIB Better Ireland Award' three months ago, were the recent recipients of a €,5,000 cheque at a presentation function in the AIB, Donegal Town.
The AIB, Better Ireland Awards, recognise and support local voluntary clubs that are inclusive and make a difference in the community.
Accepting the award on behalf of Tír Chonaill, Club Chairman, Paul O'Gara, thanked the AIB for recognising the extensive development and coaching work being carried out on an ongoing basis, at club locations in Bundoran, Ballyshannon and Donegal Town. He highlighted the various successful groups within the club i.e. juvenile, senior, masters,fit4life, special and paralymic and praised the clubs coaching and administrative staff.
He concluded by thanking all who voted via texts/email ensuring that Tír Chonaill received this prestigious recognition

Pics: Donegal Town, AIB Manager, Mr Tony Murphy presenting Tír Chonaill AC Chairman, Mr Paul O'Gara with 'AIB Better Ireland Award'. Also included in the photograph are Donegal Town , AIB staff and young athletes from Tír Chonaill AC.




02 May 2010 - North West 10k Letterkenny

The club had a large number of athletes compete at the annual North West 10k Charity run which took place in glorious sunshine today. With over 2000 participants this year making it the biggest single sporting fixture in the North West the 10k raises several thousand euros each year for local charities. Paul Ward, who has returned to good form recently, made a quick dash from another engagement to toe the line with just minutes to spare, produced a good solid run to take 10th place overall with an excellent 35.33 on the clock. Marie Rooney, with yet another gritty run claimed second in her category with a good 43.22 while Paddy Donoghue crossed the line in 43.50 followed by Sean Cassidy who with a strong run clocked 44.52. Sinead Donagher, who was strong throughout and in her first 10k, was pleased with an excellent 45.41 on the clock, edged past Philomena Gallagher who clocked 46.05 for a steady run. Making her first appearance of the road racing season Linda Ward with a good 46.30 was next up, followed by Vera Haughey in 49.02, Ann Donoghue in 50.02 and Jackie Harvey in 55.53. Young Ballyshannon girl Fiona Stack clocked a solid 43.11 in the senior women’s section. Well done all. Results.pdf




26 Apr 2010 - British Sportshall finals in Birmingham

Tír Chonaill athletes, all part of Donegal teams, performed with distinction when the British Sportshall finals were held last weekend in the NEC, Birmingham. more




19 Apr 2010 - Wicklow Adventure Race

Club tri athlete and road runner Niall Clancy, took to the picturesque Wicklow mountains over the weekend for one of the first adventure races to be held in Ireland.  Adventure racing is not for the faint hearted… Consisting of, off road running, usually over mountainous terrain, cycling and kayaking, it certainly pushes the body to its limits. Niall completed the grueling 18k mountain run, 58k bike and 2k kayak in an excellent 5hrs 30mins.  A delighted Niall commented, “Legs were a bit sore afterwards…”




15 Apr 2010 - British Sportshall Finals in Birmingham

This weekend Donegal Under 13 Boys and Girls, and Under 15 Girls will represent Ulster at the British Sportshall Finals in Birmingham. more




12 Apr 2010 - Club Youngsters  impress in Nenagh

‘It’s a long way to Tipperary’ or so the song goes. Following a very successful competitive weekend it was a relatively short journey home on Sunday evening last for club athletes and supporters. The occasion was Part 2 of the Irish juvenile indoor c/ships and Tír Chonaill athletes added to their impressive tally of two weeks ago with a number of outstanding performances. more




12 Apr 2010 - Connemara Half Marathon

Well done to Bundoran man Steven Loughlin, who in his first competitive race of the year, ran a superb 1.32.52 at the Connemara Half Marathon over the weekend. “Brutal, heat, wind and hills” was how Steven described the course, making his time all the more remarkable. Steven is hoping to run a good marathon in the autumn.




06 Apr 2010 - Tír Chonaill AC Easter Camp

Over one hundred enthusiastic children enjoyed three fun filled days of physical activity at the annual Tír Chonaill Athletics Club Easter Camp - 6/7/8th April. Ran in the expansive indoor/outdoor facilities at the Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town under the expert eyes of club coaches, camp activities included - Trampoleening; Gymnastics; Volleyball; Orienteering; Gaelic Football and Soccer skills; Sportshall Athletics; Art; Dance and for the two older groups athletics specific coaching in Long/High Jump; Pole Vault; Javelin and Shot Putt; Hurdles and Relays. The cub would like to express thanks to all the children/parents for their support, club coaches/administrators and camp director Michelle Harvey for ensuring the success of the camp.

Pics by Tír Chonaill AC




05 Apr 2010 - European Clubs

The clubs Women will make the journey to Bern in Switzerland on the last weekend of May as Ireland’s representatives in the 'European clubs Track and Field Final'. This honour was accomplished last August when, for the third time in the current decade, Tír Chonaill won the 'Irish Premier League Title'. Club supporters that wish to support the team at this prestigious event should make contact immediately with Eamon Harvey 0872797548 or any club officer.




05 Apr 2010 - Easter Monday, North Sligo Carney 10k

With the road racing season kicking off in true fashion last weekend at the Omagh half marathon, this was a busy Easter weekend for our road runners with the Ballyliffin 10 miler on Saturday and the Carney 10k, the traditional Easter blow out taking place on Monday, and the club had several athletes competing across both weekends.  After his great success in winning the Ballyliffin 10 on Saturday it was good to see Paul Ward out supporting the many club runners at Carney on the Monday.

A large group of club athletes and athletes training with the club in Bundoran/Ballyshannon area took to the roads around scenic Carney and Lisadell for the popular Carney 10k.  The race, with 237 finishers this year, saw some mighty fine performances from our athletes, with a few outstanding results, in particular from first timers to the road-racing scene.

First club athlete and a recent recruit to the club, to cross the finish line was Leo Murray in a superb 4th place overall and first in his category with 35.41 on the clock.  Leo will be a great addition to the club’s cross-country team for next season.  Jonathon Kennedy was next in 15th place overall with a 37.57 on the clock and making it all look so easy. 

Another new recruit young Eoghan Shanley, with a superb run in his first race over the distance was first junior man with a super 42.12, indicating a young man with huge potential. 

Marie Rooney, a club stalwart, took second in her category with a powerful run in 42.40.  Another stalwart of the club, Paddy Donoghue was pleased with is 44.37, while new comer and another first timer at the distance Noel Hooey had an excellent run, covering the distance in 44.44.  Noel after a cautious start powered through the field and finished perhaps, the strongest of all club athletes, again a man with great potential and a good addition to the cross-country squad.

Brenda Morris with 45.19, Sean Cassidy with 45.41, Vera Haughey with 46.23, Johnny Ward with 46.38 and Canice Nicholas with 46.46 all had great runs and were pleased with their performances. 

Young Bundoran man Darragh Fallon, making his debut at the 10k distance was also pleased with his 47.58, while Eileen Ward, with a superb run for third place in her category and a new personal best for 10k of 48.37 was delighted with her run. Olivia Murphy in 49.20, Bernie McNeely in 50.21 and third in her category, Ann Donoghue in 51.02, Jackie Harvey in 52.19, Eleanor Rooney in 56.13 and Michael Shanley in 61.44 all had good runs, with this a first for both Eleanor and Michael. 

This was the largest turnout of club athletes for any road race in a long time and it is good to see so many from the training groups actively taking part in such races. Congratulations and well done all.




05 Apr 2010 - Richard McCarthy at Furey Insurance, Sparta 5k

On Easter Saturday morning, across the Foyle, in the grounds of Gransha, Derry, Richard McCarthy ran a superb PB of 17.50. for the 5k. In the first of the Furey Insurance, Sparta North West AC sponsored 5k series the Donegal Town based architect indicated ‘On a nice flat course, I had some good company which pulled me along. I’m very pleased with the time’. Well done Richard - great time for an M4 athlete.




05 Apr 2010 - Paul Ward wins Ballyliffen 10 Mile Road Race

Club athlete Paul Ward was a comfortable winner of the inaugural Ballyliffen 10 mile road race held on Easter Saturday. With over 200 entrants and some tough hills Paul ran a superb race. In the leading group throughout, Paul made his break just after halfway and with only Letterkenny AC stalwart Martin Gormley for company, the pair battled on. Gradually and with some ease Paul began to pull away and with a clear run to the line he took first place in an excellent 58.10. Some fine running from Paul in his first race race of the season.




04 Apr 2010 - Easter Sunday 3k 2010





28 Mar 2010 - Outstanding Performances in Nenagh

Following the official opening of the clubs new state of the art facility on Friday night, seven young club athletes, accompanied by coaches and parents traveled to Nenagh for Part1 of the ' All Ireland Indoor Championships'.

To summarise they posted the following finishing places in a variety of disciplines, two first places, two second places, one third, two fourths, one eight and one ninth. more




28 Mar 2010 - A Good News Story for Donegal Town & South Donegal

An account of the development of the new 'state of the art sports facility' at the Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town which was officially opened by An Tanaiste Mary Coughlan on Friday Evening last and which was delivered to the large crowd in attendance at the Abbey Vocational School by Eamon Harvey. Also in attendance was Athletics Ireland President Mr Liam Hennessey.

A Good News Story .pdf

Pics by Tír Chonaill AC




28 Mar 2010 - Primary Schools and Internal Club Competitions

Last week two exciting and well supported competitions were hosted by the club at the Abbey Vocational School. Four hundred pupils from fifteen primary schools from across the south of the county contested very relays on the new track on Wednesday while 130 club athletes contested a sportshall competition indoors [younger members], and a quadrathlon [older members] outdoors. Thanks to the PE staff of the Abbey Voc School and to the club coaches for ensuring that both events were very well run and as a result enjoyed by all.




28 Mar 2010 - Omagh Half Marathon

Six club athletes traveled to Omagh for the traditional first half marathon of the season for club athletes and once again some excellent results were achieved. Leading the charge was Phil Gallagher who with a return to form produced a great run crossing the line in 1.37.26. Caroline Spratt, who on reduced training continues to produce excellent runs, posted a good 1.49.31 while Eileen Ward with an equally good run, posted 1.50.24. Bernie McNeely, who has been in superb form of late, continued from her fine run in Calry to record a new personal best for the half marathon distance with 1.51.12 clocking. Tony Cummins, off the back of some inconsistent training was pleased with his effort of 1.54.00 while Kevin O’Connor completed the club’s group, crossing the line with 2.20.,44 on the clock. Well done all. Our road runners are spoiled for choice over the Easter period with several exciting races to choose from with the Letterkenny 3k on Easter Sunday along with the Ballyliffin 10 mile challenge at 2.00pm, new to the racing calendar. This is followed on Easter Monday by the Carney 10k, always a popular race for local athletes.




25 Mar 2010 - Exciting Club Competition
Tonight in the Abbey Voc Gymnasium and under the lights of the clubs new facility two ninety minutes competitions were ran off very efficiently.
Indoors over eighty of the younger children in the club participated in a sportshall competition which included a sprint, three field events and a mass relay to finish off. Meanwhile the old age groups participated in an event specific quadrathlon of disciplines. Over forty athletes recorded times for 100m and 600m and posted bests for Long Jump and Shot Putt -see attached template of results.
Concluding the night all received a special Easter treat.
A sincere thank you to the club coaches who organised, officiated and guaranteed the successful evening competition.





25 Mar 2010 - South Donegal Primary Schools Relays

Relays are always exciting. This was the result on Wednesday 24th March, when primary schools from all over south Donegal assembled in the spacious grounds of the Abbey Vocational School Donegal Town. Many close and exciting races, a superbly organised event and lots of sunshine made the event a memorable and enjoyable occasion for pupils and teachers from the following schools – Cashel NS, Glencolmcille; Carrick N.S.; Fintra NS; Niall Mor N.S. Killybegs; The Commons N.S. Killybegs; Frosses N.S; Scoil an Linbh Iosa, Killymard; Aodh Rua agus Nuala, Donegal; Gael Scoil, Baile Dhun na nGall; St Eunans, NS, Laghey; Creevy, N.S. Ballyshannon; Gael Scoil, Beala Seannaigh; St Macartans N.S, Bundoran; St Mary’s N.S Pettigo.

Presenting medals at the conclusion of the event, Abbey Vocational School, Principal, Mr Emmanuel McCormick, welcomed and congratulated all the participants, thanked the various primary school teachers for their support and complimented the schools PE teachers Brian Carty and Michelle Harvey and senior students for organising and ensuring the success of the event.


Pics by Tír Chonaill AC




24 Mar 2010 - All Ireland's Indoors Part 1

Seven club athletes will contest Part 1 of the' All Ireland Juvenile IndoorChampionships' at Nenagh this weekend.
The following, all who qualified at Magherafelt and the Odyssey Belfast at the 'Ulster Championships' during the last four weeks will all put in strong performances at the Tipperary venue- Thomas McGowan, U12 Shot Putt; Mark McGuinness, U16, 1500m; Emma Brady, U15 60m Hurdles; Kelly McGrory, U15 60m; Kate McGowan, U14 60m, 60m Hurdles and Long Jump; Eva Mc Mullan, U14 60m and Louise Harvey, U18 60m Hurdles and 300m. Good luck to all the athletes and the support team.




23 Mar 2010 - Tír Chonaill Allocated €5000 in AIB Better Ireland Scheme
It was announced today that Tír Chonaill Athletics Club have been awarded €5000 in the' AIB Better Ireland 2010 Community Clubs Awards Scheme. This is excellent news for the club as they prepare for the opening of their new state of the track and field facility in Donegal Town.
Two months ago the club the was short listed for an AIB Award with the final decision/amount being decided on texting/email support received.
The club recognises and thanks all who voted and supported over the last month ensuring this extensive recognition.




21 Mar 2010 - Tír Chonaill Athletics Club Open Invitational Meeting

Over two hundred athletes from fifteen clubs across the North West enjoyed the sunshine, the competition and the new facility at Donegal Town on today when Tír Chonaill Athletics Club hosted a very successful open track and field meeting. More Results




18 Mar 2010 - David Wilson in Chicago

David Wilson, a former Junior International and Collegiate Athlete, who ran for South Donegal Harriers (now Tír Chonaill AC) in his youth and who made a brief appearance at the road races in Donegal in the summer, when he was on holiday with his family in the locality, was again in scintillating form during the 2009 racing season in his home town of Chicago. David made his home in the states after completing an athletic scholarship there.

David won the "Runners Choice" Chicago Race Circuit 2009 Edition. He placed first in the overall circuit, Masters, age group and age graded. He was also named the '2009 Chicago Area Runners Association Athlete of the Year' at the awards banquet last month. David said "I didn't think I would win that award a second year in a row...lucky I guess!!".
David finished the road race season with season bests of 15:15 (5k), 32:25 (10k), 25:35 (5miles), 54:04 (10 miles), 20:18 (4miles) and 72:55 (half marathon). He is planning on competing for a third consecutive championship this year.
The 2010 "Race Circuit" begins March 21st with the "Shamrock Shuffle" 8K. The Circuit is comprised of 16 races over a variety of distances throughout the city and suburbs. The circuit runs through to October.
Quote from David "Best of luck to the club at every level this year. I hope everyone reaches their individual and team goals moving forward".




18 Mar 2010 - Louise Harvey to receive Athletics Ireland Star Award

The annual Star Awards dinner takes place next Saturday at the Arklow Bay Hotel at 7.45pm with Tipperary Crystal the new sponsors of the awards. Some tickets are still available for this memorable night when the leading young Irish Athletes will be recognised for their achievements. Contact Georgina Drumm @ 087 689 3361 or email Tickets cost €35. more




17 Mar 2010 - St. Patrick's Day 5k, Letterkenny

Leo Murray, M40, ran an excellent 16mins 44secs to finish 10th overall in today's St Patrick's Day 5k in Letterkenny. Marie Rooney, 20mins.31secs and Philomena Gallagher, 21mins 38secs were also very happy with their performances. The race had 121 finishers.





15 Mar 2010 - Fit4Life Training Groups

The numbers joining the clubs 'fit4life' training groups is most encouraging. Bundoran, Ballyshannon and now Donegal Town has active groups coming together regularly for appropriate well structured sessions. The group in Donegal Town has now grown to over thirty. Tuesday nights sessions led by Kevin McGlynn includes a 30mins fun circuit in the AVS Gymnasium followed by a 30mins walk/jog/run, depending on fitness levels, on the new outdoor floodlit track. New members are most welcome and will receive expert advice and support. Report to the gym at 7:00pm and you will receive a warm welcome. Pic: Donegal Town Fit4Life Group pictured at end of last Tuesdays session in Donegal Town.




13 Mar 2010 - Ulster Sportshall Finals in Magherafelt

On Thursday last six young Tír Chonaill athletes were members of Donegal winning teams at the 'Ulster Sportshall Finals' in Magherafelt. Congrats to the following who will now travel to Birmingham as part of Under 13 and 15 Teams for the British Finals on April 18th, Eva McMullin, Kate McGowan, Ruth Gillespie, Kelly McGrory, Emma Brady - all U13 and Clare Brady U15. When official results become available they will be posted. Pic1: The Brady sisters Claire left and Emma right - members of Donegal Teams that have qualified for 'British Finals' in Birmingham. Pic2: The Donegal 4 x 2 lap Girls U13Tteam that won in Magherafelt, L-R Emma Brady, Kelly McGrory, Eva McMullin and Kate McGowan.

Results U13 Girls.pdf

Results U15 Girls.pdf




13 Mar 2010 - Magnificent run from Mark McGuinness at Irish Schools Cross Country Finales
Mark McGuinness, Killybegs Vocational School, ran the race of his life today in the' All Ireland Schools Cross Country Finals' at Cork I.T .Ran over a flat and dry 3500m course, Mark moved into a top fifteen position at half way and in the last 500m worked from 8th to a 3rd finishing place at the finish pen. The competitiveness of the race found only nine seconds separating the top eight athletes. Mark, who is coached and guided by Richard McCarthy at Tír Chonaill AC improves with every outing. Two weeks ago at qualifying Ulster finals in Mullusk, Mark finished 3rd and today was first Ulster man across the line behind Aaron Hanlon, Drogheda and Kyle Larkin, Limerick. Pic: Mark McGuinness, 781, battled for position in Irish Schools Cross Country in Cork. BoysResults.pdf




10 Mar 2010 - Mark McGuinness 3rd in Ulster Schools Cross Country

Last Wednesday, club athlete Mark McGuinness, running in the colours of Killybegs Vocational School, had a superb run in the Ulster schools Junior Boys, 3,500m CC at Mullusk. In a battling performance he finished 3rd and qualified for the All Ireland schools in Cork in two weeks time. Well done Mark.




10 Mar 2010 - European Clubs

The clubs senior women represent Ireland in the European Clubs T/F in Bern on Sunday 30th May. The organizing committees are busy at the moment making arrangements for this prestigious competition. Non competition club members who wish to travel should indicate ASAP and book a place.




08 Mar 2010 - Dominic O’Hara Calry 9 Mile Road Race

Six club athletes traveled to Calry on Saturday last for the 44th annual Dominic O’Hara 9 Mile Road Race.  This long established road race, renowned for its scenic but difficult nature, where a series of tough climbs and descents have to be negotiated, making it a very challenging course and not for the faint hearted.

Brenda Morris, fit and healthy and having one of her best early seasons ever, had a powerful run, strong on the hills and steady on the flat, she crossed the finish line in a good 64.18. Following closely was Paddy Donoghue in a respectable 64.25, but finding the going tough. Next up were a trio of club athletes led by a rejuvenated Olivia Murphy with a really strong run, followed by Eileen Ward with a steady solid run across the line in a good 72 min's dead. Next across the finish line was Bernie McNeely, who with a super run ran a really strong race for an excellent placing and 72.28 on the clack. Completing the club’s group was Ann Donoghue, (77.04) who found the going tough on the day. Well done all. Next up for these athletes will be the Omagh Half Marathon at the end of the month. Pic1: Brenda Morris with Paddy Donoghue in background. Pic2: Olivia Murphy & Eileen Ward.




01 Mar 2010 - Once more into Europe

It was announced this week that 'Tír Chonaill Women’s Track and Field Team will travel to Bern in Switzerland at the end of May as Ireland’s representatives in the 'European Clubs Championships'. In gaining this honour our women were National League winners last August. This is the 3rd time in this decade that Tír Chonaill have represented Ireland at this level of competition, 2003 in Ghent when they finished 4th; last year in Bratislava where they gained an 8th place finish. At a recent club meeting various club leaders took responsibility for the organising of this trip.




01 Mar 2010 - Regional Squad in Sligo

The following club athletes attended the North West Regional Squad day in Sligo on Sunday last, Karl Griffin, Mark McGuinness, Sean Kerrs, Louise Harvey, Kelly McGrory, Kate McGowan, Eva McMullin and Emma Brady. Expert coaching was provided in the following disciplines: Sprints/Hurdles, Middle Distance, Race Walking, High/Long and Triple Jump, Shot, Javelin and Discus. All indicated that they enjoyed the day.




01 Mar 2010 - County Sportshall Teams

Donegal County Board published teams at the end of last week for the upcoming Ulster Finals. Congratulations to  Emma Brady, Kelly McGrory, Kate McGowan, Eva McMullin, Ruth Gillespie all U13 and to Clare Brady U15 on their selection.




01 Mar 2010 - Ulster/Athletics Northern Ireland Indoor Juvenile Championships

Magherafelt’s magnificent and very cold Meadowbank Indoor Arena was the venue on Saturday last for the final round of the 'Ulster/Athletics Northern Ireland Indoor Juvenile Championships'. more




23 Feb 2010 - Karl Griffin and Mary McLoone win in Cardiff

Karl Griffin, Abbey Voc School, was a winning member of the Irish Under 16 schools team in Cardiff over the weekend, 20/21st Feb. Competing against the best from Scotland and Wales he dominated the 800m race to record an impressive victory.

Senior club mate Mary McLoone also dominated the women’s triple jump with a best of 11.94m and added to her impressive win at the 'Irish Championships' in the Odyssey Belfast two weeks.




23 Feb 2010 - Club Masters at Irish Cross Country Championships in Boyle

Men and women’s club teams competed in Boyle in the' Irish Masters Cross Country Championships' on Sunday. The largest fields in the history of the event faced the starter in the picturesque forest park. The clubs women team finished 11th with Marie Rooney  41st, Philomena Gallagher 61st, Linda Ward 74th  Brenda Morris 76th and Jackie Harvey 82nd. Richard McCarthy, led the men wit a 100th place finish. Martin O’Hallloran, making a welcome return to club colours finished four places behind with newcomer Johnnie Ward placing in the mid 150’s. Over 100 women and 200 men finished the respective races. Well done to all.




16 Feb 2010 - Mary McLoone leads Donegal contingent in Cardiff

Athletics Ireland early this week announced full squads for the upcoming 'Celtic Indoor International' in U.W.I.C. Cardiff next weekend. Tír Chonaill’s Mary McLoone has been chosen in both the Long and Triple jump. The versatile, Glenswilly NS primary teacher recently won the  triple jump national title in the Odyssey with a best of 12.50metres. She will be hoping for another  good performances on Sunday. Letterkenny pair Mark English, Junior U20 and Daragh McBrearty, Senior,  were also impressive in finishing 3rd and 4th in the 800m final in the Odyssey. Both will be hoping for good performances. Karl Griffin, Tír Chonaill, in a solo run in the Odyssey ran under 2mins for 800m, impressive for a 14 year old, will contest the same distance in the schools under 16 International which is being run in conjunction with the senior event.




15 Feb 2010 - Tír Chonaill Success in the Kelvin Hall, Glasgow

Young athletes from the Tír Chonaill and Finn Valley clubs were amongst the huge exodus of Irish athletes who traveled to the Scottish Indoor Under 15, 17 and 20 championships over the weekend. Local officials indicated that 178 entries were received from Irish athletes. more




07 Feb 2010 - Superb Performances from Our Juveniles in the Odyssey, Belfast

Our juvenile athletes enjoyed the experience of competing in a world class arena and responded with many outstanding medal winning performances and PB’s. more




07 Feb 2010 - Relay Success

The day was not without its disappointments. In the 97, 60m Sarah Timoney suffered a slight muscle pull which forced her later on in the afternoon to relinquish her starting place on the 4 x 200m relay team. No doubt Sarah will bounce back form the mishap and will be part of the team for the All Irelands in Nenagh at the end of March. The 97 - 4 x 200m team of Eva McMullin, Kate McGowan, Ruth Gillespie and reserve Katie McCafferty ran 2mins 1.4secs to record a very popular victory ahead of Letterkenny and City of Derry. Thirty minutes later Karen Tracey, Emma Brady, Kate McGowan and Kelly McGrory combined for a  1min 53.20 sec's time and victory from City of Lisburn and City of Derry.




07 Feb 2010 - Major success for Tír Chonaill athletes in the Odyssey, Belfast

On Saturday/Sunday, 6th and 7th February, club athletes had a number of outstanding successes in the Odyssey Arena Belfast at the Irish Senior and Ulster Juvenile [Part 1] Indoor Championships.

Mary McLoone, on Saturday evening with a best of 5.83 finished 2nd to new Irish Long jump sensation Kelly Proper from Ferrybank. On Sunday she was always in control and went onto win the Triple Jump with a best of 12.50metres. Mary now awaits the selection of the Irish team for the upcoming Indoor International in Cardiff.

Two of the clubs top juveniles experienced the ‘buzz’ of senior competition for the first time. Christopher Doherty, with a best of 3metres in the Pole Vault, was part of a marathon competition that lasted five hours and had the largest entry in the history of the event at a national championship. Louise Harvey qualified from the heats of the 400m on Sat evening in a top eight position and ran the B final on Sunday in a PB time of 61.53secs.




31 Jan 2010 - Donegal Sports Star Awards

Double World Cross Country Winner and Olympic Marathon Silver Medallist John Tracey was the guest of honour in Letterkenny on Friday night last when the Donegal County Council sponsored Sport Star Awards were held. Tír Chonaill's Mary McLoone's outstanding competitive 2009 was recognised when she stepped up to receive Athlete of the Year. Special Olympians David and Ciaran Gallagher received the largest applause of the night when they stepped forward to receive their awards from Irish Sports Council CEO John Tracey. The Gallagher brothers, members of the Killybegs Special Olympics clubs joined Tír Chonaill last year and in the meantime have made remarkable progress winning Ulster Titles in 200/400m and qualifying for the All Ireland deciders in Limerick later in 2010. Photograph: Mary McLoone, Donegal Athlete of the Year 2009 pictured with Special Olympians 2009 David and Ciarn Gallagher.




31 Jan 2010 - Ulster/Northern Ireland Masters Cross Country Championships Stranorlar

There were some good performances by our Master Athletes at the Ulster/Northern Ireland Masters Cross Country Championships held in Stranorlar on Saturday Afternoon. Well done.

NI & Ulster Cross Country Championships Junior Men.pdf

NI & Ulster Cross Country Championships Vets.pdf

NI & Ulster Cross Country Championships Women.pdf

Pics by Tír Chonaill AC




31 Jan 2010 - County Athletics Board 2009 Presentation Night at the Finn Valley Centre

The County Donegal Athletics Awards night, held in the Finn Valley Centre attracted a large and appreciative audience from all ten clubs in the county. Congratulations to all awardees - all of whom achieved at the very highest levels of National and International athletics during 2009. more




30 Jan 2010 - Internal Juvenile Club Competition at the Abbey Vocational
On Thursday night the club hosted two very enjoyable competitions for all club athletes in the Abbey Vocational Gym and on the newly floodlit outdoor club facility. The Indoor Sportshall jamboree for 8,9 and 10 year olds included a timed sprint - using the reverser boards - speed bounce, standing long jump, ball chest push and relay. The noise levels throughout the ninety minutes of competition indicated that all enjoyed the experience. more




28 Jan 2010 - Tír Chonaill’s Mary McLoone to defend her Triple Jump Title

Kelly Proper of Ferrybank AC will be aiming for her fifth 'National Title at the Woodie’s DIY Irish Indoor Championship's at the Odyssey Arena Belfast on 6th of February. The Waterford woman broke her own Irish Record at the Vienna Indoor Gala on 23rd of January. Proper’s jump of 6.62m was 3cm further than her previous record of 6.59m. This record was set at the European Indoor Championships in Turin in March last year. The jump is also over the qualifying standard of 6.60m for the IAAF World Indoor Championships. The championships which will be held in Doha, Qatar in mid March. The preliminary Irish team for these championships will be selected on the 7th of February with final selection on the 28th February.

Also competing in the Long Jump will be Mary McLoone of Tír Chonaill AC who produced a lifetime best of 6.16m at the championships in 2009 to finish second to Proper. McLoone will also defend her Triple Jump title at the event but she will face tough competition from Irish Junior Record Holder, Caoimhe King of Westport AC.

Deirdre Ryan of Dundrum South Dublin AC will compete in the Women’s High Jump. Ryan will be looking to show form in advance of the World Indoor Championships. The Dublin athlete achieved the World standard when setting an Irish record of 1.93m in Leverkusen, Germany in January last year.

In the Men’s High Jump, Kourosh Foroughi (Star of the Sea) will be favourite after setting an Indoor Personal Best of 2.15m at the AAI Games on the 17th of January. Foroughi had a terrific season in 2009, finishing fifth at the European Junior Championships in Serbia in July. 2009 Medallists, Barry Pender, St. Abbans A.C.and Christopher Crowley, Belgooly AC will also compete.

With Irish Record Holder Zoe Brown not competing, Claire Wilkinson (Ballymena & Antrim AC) will be looking to take the Women’s Pole Vault title. Wilkinson is targeting Erin Kinnears National U23 Indoor record of 3.73m. In 2009, Wilkinson jumped 3.85m outdoors, setting a new U23 Irish Outdoor Record.  Wilkinson will face tough opposition from Sarah Semeraro (University of Ulster AC) a former Italian National champion who has a personal best of 3.90m. In the Men’s Pole Vault reigning champion David Donegan of Clonliffe Harriers AC should have it all his own way.

RTÉ 2 will be showing highlights of the Championships on a OB Sports special on Monday 8th of February at 19:00 – 20:00





25 Jan 2010 - National Masters Indoor Championships, Nenagh 

Congratulations to club stalwart Marie Rooney on her fine performances at the National Masters Indoor Championships in Nenagh on Sunday afternoon, where she claimed three gold medals in her category.  A regular race walker for the club, Marie duly won the walk, followed this with an admirable win in the 1500m and crowned a fine day with a third gold in the 3000m – really well done Marie. Richard McCarthy also competed but no details are to hand.




03 Jan 2010 - Letterkenny Athletics Club Turkey Trot





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