Tír Chonaill Athletics Club


Ballyshannon/Bundoran Group completed 22 Mile Lough Melvin Run

07 Oct 2015

Well done to the Ballyshannon/Bundoran Dublin City Marathon Group on completion of their final 22miles long run around Lough Melvin on Saturday morning last. One of the group summarised ' It was an amazing Autumn morning and the scenery was incredible. All the athletes named below had really good runs and were able to smile afterwards!' Philomena Gallagher, Shane O’Donnell, Noel Hoey, Carmel Gormley, Debra Dawson, Olivia Murphy, Martina McGee, Paul McGee, Lorraine McGurn, Sean Cassidy, Canice Nicholas, Paul and Jane McDevitt. Coffee and food (home made scones and carrot cake) was organised by ClareCurrid and Kay Drummond.

Many thanks to Clare and Kay and all the support runners and cyclists, Julie, Pauric, Sharon, Jessica, Loretta, Mary, Philip and Mark for their invaluable support on the day. The October long runs for this group are as follows:

Saturday 10 October - Ballyshannon meeting at Mercy Hall,
Saturday 17 October - Bundoran meeting at Chapel Car Park,
Saturday 24 October - Rossnowlagh, meeting at Friary Car Park,
Saturday 31 October - Ballyshannon meeting at Mercy Hall.
The club wishes all every success in the Dublin City Marathon in three weeks time.
Pic: Ballyshannon & Bundoran Group that completed the 22miles Lough Melvin Run last Saturday.



Superb performances from Club Masters

07 Oct 2015

On Sunday last, in summer like conditions, a well organised and supported Donegal Masters Cross Country Championships in Carndonagh had superb performances from our women and men's teams. The women's 3k race had Tír Chonaill athletes filling 1,2,3 finish placings in the 55+ category. Well done Margaret Sweeney (Leitir), Marie Rooney (Ballyshannon) and Jackie Harvey (Donegal Town). Edwina Sweeney (Glenties), Bronagh Haveron (Portnoo) and Rosemary Dewhirst (Glenties) also had very good runs.

Mens captain, Richard McCarthy (Lough Eske), celebrated his birthday with a 1st. place finish in the 5k, 55+ age group race category. Donal Haughey (Ardara), took the silver medal in the 55+ and was well supported by John O'Brien (Ballintra, a most improved athlete), Johnnie Ward (Frosses), Brian McGonagle (Portnoo) and Ollie Thomas (Donegal Town).

Pic 1: Tír Chonaill AC Mens Masters Team who competed last Sunday in Carndonagh, L-R: Richard McCarthy, John O'Brien, Donal Haughey, Brian McGonagle, Johnnie Ward and Ollie Thomas.

Pic 2: Tír Chonaill AC Womens Masters Team who competed last Sunday in Carndonagh, Back L-R: Marie Rooney, Rosemary Dewhirst and Brona Haveron, Front L-R: Jackie Harvey, Edwina Sweeney and Margaret Sweeney.



Warm Weather Training

07 Oct 2015

The annual club warm weather training camp will take place from the 28 December - 04 January.
Brief details: Venue: MonteGordo, Western Algarve,
Daily Temperatures: 18 to 22 degrees,
Training Facilities: include 6 miles of forest trails, endless beach, grass, outdoor and indoor track and S&C.
Some will train twice daily, some will walk, more will cycle, all will have an enjoyable time.
Enquiries: asap to Richard McCarthy 087 9375599 or to any club member.



Cara Bundoran Challenge 2016

07 Oct 2015

The launch of the CARA Bundoran Challenge 2016 is on Tuesday. 03 November 2015 from7:00pm - 8:00pm in Bundoran Library. The organisers of the Cara Bundoran Challenge announced this week that the Challenge will take place on the weekend of 11th to 13th March 2016. As a valued partner in this prestigious and superbly run annual event, we request that all club members put this date in their diaries and commit to compete and/or support in the organisation and are invited to the launch.




07 Oct 2015

Club training continues weekly at a number of venues.
Fit4life/Couch to 5k groups train at the a number of venues and times. All groups welcome new members.
Coaching Contacts Ballyshannon: Sharon McGowan, Pauric Keenaghan, Noel Hoey;
Coaching Contacts Donegal Town: David Doherty, Kevin McGlynn, Jackie Harvey;
Coaching Contacts Glenties: Rosemary Dewhirst, Edwina Sweeney, Brona Haveron and Carrick Colette and Amanda.
Juvenile training continues in Glenties on Tuesday at 6:00pm and Saturday morning 10:30am.
Senior training in Donegal Town, Thursday 6:30pm and Sunday mornings 10:30am.




07 Oct 2015

The cross country season is up and running at the moment. The Donegal Uneven Age Group plus Donegal Novice Championships are at Finn Valley on Sunday next and will have a large club entry.
Two weeks ago, a most successful primary schools cross country event promoted and organised by the club attracted over 300 young athletes from 15 schools.
Results have been forwarded to all school Principals. The winning teams and first eight individuals from six age group races will travel to the County Finals next Thursday in Lifford. Thanks to Donegal RFC and landowner Billie Graham for use of land and facilities.




07 Oct 2015

Congratulations to club National and International athletes who have been awarded athletics scholarships Kate McGowan, DCU, Kelly McGrory, DCU and Conal Mahon, NUIG.
Sixteen years old Emily McGill, attended the first Ulster Endurance Camp last weekend. Held in Gortin, County Tyrone, from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon she reported a most enjoyable and 'learning' weekend.



Coach Education

07 Oct 2015

This weekend three club coaches will attend weekend 1 of a four days Athletics Ireland Level 1 course. The venue is the Aura Letterkenny and we thank all for up skilling and as a consequence passing on updated training methods to club members.



Coaching Opportunities

03 Sept 2015

Message and details from Athletics Ireland
Paul McKee
Regional Development Officer
Athletics Ireland
Mobile 0858709703
Link Athletics Ireland
The following are open for registration:
12 Sept - Endurance Running - Lifford AC, Donegal
12 Sept - Endurance Running - Carrick on Shannon
26 Sept - Assistant Coach Course, Donegal Town
27 Sept - Assistant Coach Course, The Peacelink Clones, Monaghan
09 & 10 Oct - Level 1, Donegal, venue to be confirmed
30 & 31 Oct - Level 1, Donegal, venue to be confirmed
Athletic Leader Course, (mid week) run in conjunction with Sports Partnerships
29 Sept - Leitrim (venue to be confirmed)
15 Oct - Sligo (to be confirmed)
Note: Tír Chonaill AC financially support and encourage club members to upskill and attend coaching cources. Contact Chairman David Doherty 086 8011540 or Eamon Harvey 0872797548



Long Runs for Ballyshannon / Bundoran Group

03 Sept 2015

Long Runs for the Ballyshannon/Bundoran Group are as follows:
05 Sept Saturday - Ballyshannon meeting at Mercy Hall
13 Sept Sunday - Kinlough Lake Run (20-22 mile), meeting at playpark
19 Sept Saturday - Bundoran meeting at Chapel Car Park
26 Sept Saturday - Rossnowlagh, meeting at Friary Car Park
03 Oct Saturday - Kinlough Lake Run (20-22 mile), meeting at playpark
10 Oct Saturday - Ballyshannon meeting at Mercy Hall
17 Oct Saturday - Bundoran meeting at Chapel Car Park
24 Oct Saturday - Rossnowlagh, meeting at Friary Car Park
31 Oct Saturday - Ballyshannon meeting at Mercy Hall



Paul Ward continues to Succeed on the Road

21 Aug 2015

As the cross country and road season progresses club athletes continue to make tier mark at a variety of venues. Paul Ward ran a superb 34:58 time for 3rd in the New Mills 10k last Sunday, only eight seconds separated Letterkenny’s Ivan Tonner, Roses AC and recent Donegal Novice Cross Country winner, Ciaran McGonagle and Tír Chonaills Paul Ward.
1 Ivan Toner SM Letterkenny AC 34:50
2 Ciaran McGonagle SM Rosses AC, 34:55
3 Paul Ward M40 Tír Chonaill AC, 43:58
4 Adam Speer SM Finn Valley AC, 35:03
5 Mark Mullan SM City Of Derry, 35:25
6 Noel Diver SM Rosses AC, 36:07
7 Kevin McGee M40 Rosses AC, 37.00
8 Kieran McBride SM Letterkenny AC, 37:37



Richard McCarthy

21 Aug 2015

Closer to home in the Drimarone 5k Richard McCarthy had a good win in a race that was well supported by TC athletes.



Donegal Post Primary Schools

21 Aug 2015

Donegal Post Primary Schools hosted their annual cross country in Gweedore last Friday. Congratulations to local schools athletes from St Catherine’s, Killybegs and the Abbey Vocational School who travelled in large numbers and from results had numerous fine individual and team results.



Dublin City Marathon

21 Aug 2015

Best wishes to the large club representation that will travel over the weekend to compete in the Dublin City Marathon. During the last few weeks club groups from Bundoran, Ballyshannon, Donegal Town and Glenties have been putting the final touches to preparations including last long run, tapering and hydration/diet and rest. We wish all every success and hope that all will achieve their individual goals.



County Board AGM

21 Aug 2015

At a recent well attended Donegal County Board AGM outgoing Chairman Neil Martin, who stepped down from the position following a decade of quiet dedicated leadership, received numerous heart felt positive tributes from numerous delegates and club representatives. Neil has led the Board during a period that has found membership grow nationally during the past seven years from 25k to 51k and within the county during the past twelve months from 1,799 members to 2,169.
Outgoing Secretary Bernie O’Callaghan, a founding member of the County Board in the early 1970’s also stepped down following of period of exemplary service.
New incoming officers include Chairman, Brendan O’Donnell, Lifford AC and Juvenile Sec; Cranford Pauiric McKinney, Innishowen AC.
Donegal Clubs membership on the 30/9/2014 = 2169;
Convoy[new club] 63;
Cranford 91;
Finn Valley, 333;
Innishowen 314;
Letterkenny, 339;
Lifford, 233;
Milford, 169;
Rosses, 209;
Sl Liag, 61;
Tír Chonaill, 357



Karl Griffin finishes 3rd in Brussels

05 Aug 2015

Karl Griffin continued his outstanding season with 3rd place finish at an International meet in Ninove, outside Brussels on Saturday night last. The 20 year old Donegal Town man was timed at 1min 48.13secs.



Glenties 5k

05 Aug 2015

Local man Seanie McDevitt was an impressive winner on Monday morning last when the Glenties 5k was superbly organised around the Tidy Towns winning village. A open mile for athletes under 14 also attracted a large crowd.Thanks to the local organising committee led by Brian McGonagle, Rosemary Dewhirst, Bradas McDyer, Edwina Sweeney, and Brona Haverin, to the group that provided hospitality and to Chip Timing provided by Brendan McDaid.




National Seniors Track & Field

05 Aug 2015

The National Senior Track and Field c/ships on Saturday and Sunday next in Santry will climax the competitive season for most of the clubs senior athletes. Nine athletes from TC will compete and we wish them well.

Juvenile athletes are on a break until the middle of September when the new season commences and when new members will be most welcome at the clubs various training venues. Masters and fit4life groups continue to train and compete in the various road races, locally and nationally.



National League Final Tullamore

05 Aug 2015

Congratulations to the clubs women's team on an excellent overall result at last Sunday's National League Final in Tullamore. Led by double victories from team captain Mary McLoone in the Triple and Long Jump, Kate McGowan, 100m and 400m hurdles, Hannah Campbell, Pole Vault and an exciting victory by the 4 x 100m relay quartet of Eva McMullan, Kate McGowan, Kelly McGrory and Mary McLoone the team amassed a total of 81pts for an overall 5th place team finish.

Also thanks to team manager Jackie Harvey for all her work behind the scenes in organising and motivating and to the club officials, coaches and supporters that travelled to Tullamore and to qualifying earlier rounds in Belfast and Athlone. Link to results http://www.athleticsireland.ie/competition/results/
Tir Chonaill events/performances and scores
Kate McGowan 100m H 1st/14.91secs/[+1.8] 9ts;
Kelly McGrory 100m 5th/12.72secs/[+3.6] 4pts;
Eva McMullan 200m 8th/27.13secs [+1.7] 1pt;
Eva McMullan 400m 6th/62.57secs 3pts;
Kate Mc Gowan 400m H 1st/63.11secs 9pts;
Marie Rooney 1500m Walk 7th/9.39.28 2pts;
Clara Herron Shot 4th/8.76m 5pts ;
Clara Herron Discus 6th/21.98m 3pts;
Chloe Masterson Hammer 4th/24.21m 5pts;
Chloe Masterson Javelin 7th 2pts;
Hannah Campbell High Jump 6th/1.35m 3pts
Hannah Campbell Pole Vault 1st=/2.70m 8pts;
Mary McLoone Triple Jump 1st/11.94m 9pts;
Mary McLoone Long Jump 1st/5.83m 9pts;
Eva McMullan/Kate McGowan/Kelly Mc Grory/Mary McLoone and Emma Brady4 x100m relay
1st/49.13secs 9pts,

Pic: Tir Chonaill AC Women's Team in Tullamore
Back L-R: Mary McLoone, Eva McMullan, Kate McGowan, Kelly McGrory, Hannah Campbell, Marie Rooney, Clara Herron.
Front L-R: Emma Brdy, Chloe Masterson, Emily McGill and Philomena Gallagher.



National League Final Tullamore

05 Aug 2015

2nd August 2015 Premier Division Team Results
1 D.S.D. 103;
2 Leevale AC 94;
3 Clonliffe Harriers 91;
4 Kildare Athletics 84;
5 Tir Chonaill AC 81;
6 Galway County 72;
7 Wexford County 69;
8 North Down AC 48



Danny Mc Daid 15k 2015

05 Aug 2015

Superb performances from Tir Chonaill AC athletes in DannyMc Daid 15k. The Tir Chonaill Group attending the Danny McDaid 15k in Letterkenny last Sunday morning was led home by Paul Ward in 7th overall position in an excellent time of 53mins 58secs. Congratulations to Paul first M45 and to the following on fine performances.
Pauric Keenaghan, M40, 01:11:26;
Claire Flood,W45, 01:12:39;
Caroline Spratt, 01:13:47;
Loretta Cullen w W45 Tir Conaill 01:18:23;
Martina Coughlin, 01:18:29;
Eileen Ward, 01:19:16;
Bernadette McNeely, 01:19:43;
Pic1: Paul Ward receives prize at Danny McDaid 15k



Karl Griffin's outstanding performance at European Under 23's

15 July 2015

Twenty years old Donegal Town man Karl Griffin, travelled to the European Under 23 Championships in Tallin last week, as the youngest Irish competitor, ranked 13th/800m athlete in an entry field of thirty one qualifiers from across Europe and with aspirations of making a successful transfer from Junior to Senior athletics and of gaining experience at a higher level.

Griffin, six months out of the junior under 20 ranks, ran a most positive and perfect tactical race in heat three of four on Friday midday to lead the field into the home straight. He eased down in the final 50metres for a 2nd place finish and automatic qualification for Saturdays semi final. The first semi final, involving Karl, on Saturday Evening was a physical affair with pace variation, lots of bumping, shoving, elbowing and with many athletes experiencing 'spiking' and bloodied lower limbs. With 250metres to go the field was closely bunched. Griffin in lane two was overtaking and about to make an attack for home when an unfriendly elbow sent him out into lane three. He rode the tackle like a Donegal forward in an Ulster Final, quickly responded and with 180 metres to go led the chasing group. Entering the home straight he still led the stretched out field. In the scramble for the finish line - the first three gained automatic entry to the final.

Poland's Artur Kuciapski was strongest winning in 1min 48.42secs. Karl's 1min 48.65secs time was 4th, eight hundredths of a second outside an automatic final place. As the runners lined up for the 2nd semi final a local statistician indicated to the writer that five runners would have to run sub 1min 48.65secs to eliminate Griffin from the final.
Letterkenny's Mark English has been struggling of late to find his excellent early season form. He scrapped through the heats to qualify for the semi final. In a tactical and slow race he dictated from the front before a sprint over the final 150m found Mark finishing in 3rd place /1min 49.94secs. Sundays final had two Donegal men in the field of eight, surly an historic and unique occasion.
Sunday evenings final was intriguing and a tactical affair. Kuciapski and English medalled in last years European seniors and were mentioned as favourites by most commentators. In the warm up area the discussion surrounded who would handle three demanding races within forty eight hours. As the race unfolded into the final 150metres six athletes, including Karl Griffin, were in contention for medals. 0.6secs separated the winner Kuciapski the winner and Griffin in 6th place.
Comment from Athletics Ireland press release

'Mark English (UCD) has been struggling for form of late with a sciatic injury proving problematic. The Donegal man managed to get through the heats and semi-finals but ultimately he ran out of steam. On the other hand Karl Griffin (UCD) produced his best ever championship performance'.
Karl interviewed by Irish National media after the race indicated “Coming off the final bend the medal was in touching distance,” said Griffin who is eligible to compete in these championships again in two years time. “It’s a great learning curve for me and makes me hungry for coming back here in two years time and hopefully go further.”



Karl Griffin with Tír Chonaill Group

15 July 2015



Letterkenny International

15 July 2015

On Friday evening last, Letterkenny Athletic Club hosted a superb International Athletics meet. There were numerous highlights from a sub 1min 50 sec/men's 800m to World Class Javelin throwing to a 400m women's race where our own Kate McGowan ran a pb for a 2nd place finish. The two outstanding highlights of the meeting were the women's 3k steeplechase and the men's sub 4 minutes mile challenge.
The incentive for runners in the Steeplechase was getting under 9.45, the qualifying time for next year's Rio Olympics. Amazingly, four athletes achieved the time. The winner was American Jamie Cheevers. The next three, Kerry O'Flaherty, 9.42.61, Michelle Finn, 9.43.34 and Sara Treacy, 9.44.14 all ran qualifying times for next years Olympics in Rio.
The mile failed, by the narrowest of margins, to produce a sub 4 minute finish, with winner Jon Peterson clocking 4.00.41.
The night was deemed to have been an outstanding success with Irish athletics, Letterkenny AC and Aura Leisure Centre all emerging well and with reputations enhanced.



Success again at All Ireland Juveniles

15 July 2015

Caolan O'Callaghan, with a new P.B. leap of 1.90metres was an impressive winner of the Boys Under 19 High Jump at the All Ireland's in Tullamore on Saturday last. Entering the competition at 1.70m, Caolan had a first time clearance at 1.80m and needed a second attempt before clearing 1.85m. As the bar was raised to 1.90m, Dylan O'Sullivan from Killarney, led the competition on count back failures. However the Donegal Town kept his composure and on his attempt went clear to win the competition. The Kerry man recorded three failures at 1.90m. On Sunday Caolan followed up with a 12.82m Triple Jump for a 5th place finish.
Eva McMullan, ran a seasons best time of 59.78secs in the Girls U19 400m to finish in 5th place, 0,1secs behind the third placed athlete.
Niamh Mohan, in the Girls U12 60m, while contesting the lead, was forced to slow down with a slight hamstring pull.
Chloe Masterson with P.B best of 30.67m finished 6th in the Girls U18 Hammer.

Eoin Sharkey, in his first All Ireland's recorded while brother ran 27.59secs in the Boys Under 15/200m. Shane Breslin with a best of 8.36m finished 10th in the Boys U13 Shot Putt.
The juvenile All Ireland series climaxes next Saturday with the National relays and B Championships. The club wishes al relay teams and individuals the best of luck in Tullamore.



Busy Weekend Ahead

15 July 2015

Best wishes go to club men and women's teams in the National League 2nd Round in Athlone on Sunday. To our juvenile relay teams and individuals in Tullamore on Saturday.



Exciting Time for Irish Athletics

15 July 2015

Its an exciting and successful time for young and aspiring athletes in Donegal and the North West. Last weekend Karl Griffin, Donegal Town and Mark English, Letterkenny successfully contested the 800m final at the European Under 23 Championships in Tallin. Griffins, 6th place finish within 0.3secs of a medal the top Irish individual performance.
Another outstanding performance in Tallin came from the men’s 4x100m relay team of Jonathan Browning (Ballymena & Antrim), Eanna Madden (Carrick-On-Shannon), Kieran Elliot (North Sligo) and Marcus Lawler (St Laurence O’Toole’s) finished third in their heat in a national U23 record of 40.11 and went faster again in the final to finish 5th in 39.89.

Shot Putter, John Kelly, St Johnston, departs this week for the European Juniors, Under 20, Championships in Sweden. He will be joined by Sligo's up and coming sprinter Zak Irwin who contests the 200m.
The Olympic Council of Ireland athletics team announced this week, will have four local athletes representing Ireland in the European Multi sports Under 18 Youth Olympic Festival in Tiblisi, Georgia, in August - Aoran McGlynn,Glenfinn, 800m, Somer Lecky, Castlederg, High Jump, Arlene Crossan, Letterkenny, Long Jump and John O'Donnell, Lifford, Hammer.

Finally the Irish Schools Under 17 teams versus England, Wales and hosts Scotland will have the following North West athletes secure green vests. Aoran McGlynn, Garmscoil Chu Uladh, Ballinamore, 400m and 4 x 400m; Brendan O'Donnell, St Eunans, Hammer, Fergus Coc, Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana, Javelin, Somer Lecky, Strabane Grammer School,High Jump,Janine Boyle, St Columbas, Stranorlar, 200m and 4x100m relay, Arlene Crossan, Lorto Letterkenny, Log Jump and 4x400m relay.



Two North West Athletes into a European Semi Final

10 July 2015

Great performance from Karl Griffin here in Tallinn this morning. Q for tomorrow evenings semi final with a comfortable 2nd place finish in Heat 3/800m. Also Mark English through as 3rd finisher in Heat 4. View the race on the link below and official results from the 4 heats. Semi finals tomorrow evening at 6.55pm.



Successful few Weeks for Club Athletes

07 July 2015

It's been a hectic and successful few weeks for club athletes, coaches and mentors. On the International stage Karl Griffin, Mary McLoone and Julie McMullin have competed against the best in Europe while domestically at the National Under 20/23 and stage 1 of the juveniles in Tullamore last weekend Tír Chonaill AC names featured on the winners podium and recorded numerous PB performances.
On the home front the clubs annual five days summer camp concluded, weekly training/coaching continued at various venues and numerous club athletes featured on the local road racing circuit.



Mary McLoone smashes County Record

07 July 2015

Mary McLoone joined the club as a twelve years old and two weeks ends ago and some twenty years later the talented multi International recorded a super Triple Jump PB of 12.81metres at an EAP meeting in Bilbao, Northern Spain. Mary recovering from a niggling heel injury had her best ever series of jumps and this week was upbeat about the upcoming National Seniors and future success, ' I'm delighted with the performance. Its the best series of jumps I've ever put together. The 6th and final attempt was a marginal break and measured over 13 metres. I hope to get one more competition before the National Seniors' .
From result sheet Mary McLoone 12.44 +0.0/12.52 +3.0/12.81 +1.8/12.46 +1.9/12.50 +1.7/X /12.81 +1.8

Pic: Mary McLoone photo by Kieran Carlin



Kate McGowan smash County Record

07 July 2015

Kate McGowan, recently completed her Leaving Cert and subsequently, over the last two weekends, has recorded, two outstanding 400m hurdles performances. At the Munster Senior Championships in Templemore, two weekends ago she recorded 61.37secs for a new PB and county record - a record held by Mary McLoone. On Sunday morning last at the National Juniors in Tullamore in ideal conditions Kate ran the race of her life to win in a time of 60.67secs, another county best and a qualification time for the European Juniors/U20. Pic: No 201 Kate McGowan winner of the Irish Junior 400m Hurdles at Tullamore last Sunday with proud Mum Ann.



Conal Mahon wins Irish Under 23 Title

07 July 2015

Conal Mahon, joined David Doherty's club jumps group three years ago. During the intervening period the Irvinstown man made steady progress. On Sunday, in Tullamore, he added the Irish Under 23 title to an ever growing list of achievements with a best Triple Jump of 13.99metres.

Pic: No 192 Conal Mahon winner of the Irish U23 triple jump with coach David Doherty



Juvenile Success

07 July 2015

Day 1 of the Irish Juvenile Finals on Saturday last found two young club athletes experiencing success. Rachel Gallagher, a primary school student at St Nauls NS Kelloggs, long jumped 4.33m for a bronze medal winning performance while Johnnie McGonagle, from Kilclooney NS threw 7.96m for a 7th place finish in the Under 12 Shot Putt. Congrats and well done to Sawyer Campbell and Ethan Dewhirst who finished 6th in the children's games 2 x 60m Under 9 last weekend in Templemore at the All Ireland Children's Games Finals. Well done to all and good luck to the group that will attend Days 2 and 3 next weekend and the All Ireland Relays on July 18th. Pic: Nos 129 Sawyar Campbell and 128 Ethan Dewhirst 6th in recent All Ireland Childrens GamesPic: Rachel Gallagher and Johnnie McGonagle with family members at Tullamore last Saturday



Julie McMullin - Another Success Story

07 July 2015

Julie McMullin, from Creevy near Ballyshannon, accompanied by a supportive family, departed last week for Frankfurt to prepare for the European Ironman Triathlon. On Sunday, Julie, successfully completed a 3.8k swim, 180k cycle and climaxed by running a full 42k marathon in temperatures that reached 37degrees. Julie, who is a member of the MSC Triathlon and Tír Chonaill AC clubs, finishing time of 14hrs 1min and 7secs placed her 26th in her category - a truly remarkable performance.



70.3 UK Triathlon

07 July 2015

Congrats also and well done to Jane and Paul McDevitt, Canice Nicholas and Niall Clancy who conquered the 70.3 UK triathlon in the UK last weekend



Summer Camp

07 July 2015

The clubs annual five days Summer Camp concluded last Friday. Thanks to all the young athletes that attended , to the coaches, teachers and leaders that organised and executed an enjoyable and fun filled week of athletic activity and to the Abbey Vocational School for the use of facilities. The juvenile club starts back again in mid September.Pic: Children and Leaders at recent Club Summer Camp



Karl Griffin

07 July 2015

Karl Griffin departed early this week for the European Under 23 championships which will be held in Tallin, Estonia from Thursday [today] until Sunday. The Donegal Town/UCD student, who recently celebrated his twentieth birthday has had a remarkable build up to the continental finals. He opened his outdoor season with a victory in the 800m at an Irish Milers Club meeting on a wet, stormy and windy evening in Greystones back in May. He travelled to an International meeting in Belgium four weeks ago and recorded a European Under 23 qualifying time and a new PB performance of 1:47:39. In a fifteen man International field Karl, finished fourth in a blanket finish that found ten athletes running sub 1min 48secs.
At the Ulster/ANI Senior Championships at a windy Mary Peters Track in Belfast he moved down a distance and won his heat of the 400m. In what was described 'as the best race of the day' by a national journalist, he dead heated in the final with a time of 48.78secs.
Fast forward to Leixlip, two weeks ago, and a high quality Irish Milers club sponsored International meeting. Karl described his victory in a time of 1min 48.05secs as 'the most satisfying to date'. He completed his preparation last weekend with a 3rd place finish at an International meeting in Watford/London.

Currently ranked 2nd in his own age group and 12th in the European Under 23 age group, Karl now looks forward to the heats of the 800m which take place at 12:00 noon on Friday. The 800m has thirty qualified athletes from eighteen European Nations. The club and community wish him a successful experience. Karl will be joined by fellow UCD colleague an Letterkenny man Mark English, who is currently ranked 2nd in the Under 23 age bracket.



National League

07 July 2015

Team captains David Doherty and Jackie Harvey report that men and women's teams for round 2 of the National League scheduled for Athlone on Sunday week will be close to full strength. This is an occasion when 'team and club' become important and where qualification for respective finals is a reality.



Karl Griffin

19 July 2015

On the competition front its been a remarkable few weeks for Donegal Town man Karl Griffin. He opened his outdoor season with a victory in the 800m at an Irish Milers Club meeting on a wet, stormy and windy evening in Greystones. He travelled to an International meet in Belgium two weeks ago and recorded a European Under 23 qualifying time and a new PB performance of 1:47:39. In a fifteen man International field Karl, who recently celebrated his twentieth birthday, finished fourth in a blanket finish that found ten athletes running sub 1min 48secs.In he Ulster/ANI Senior Championships last weekend at a windy Mary Peters Track in Belfast he moved down a distance and won his heat of the 400m. In what was described 'as the best race of the day' by national journalist, he dead heated in the final with a time of 48.78secs. Fast forward to last Saturday in Leixlip and a high quality Irish Miler club sponsored International meeting. Karl described his victory in a time of 1min 48.05secs as 'the most satisfying to date'. Karl, ranked 2nd in his age group and 9th in the European Under 23 age group, now looks forward to an International meeting in London at the end of June and European U23 in Taileann in early July.



Conal Mahon

19 July 2015

Last weekend’s journey to Southampton proved to be a memorable trip for Tír Chonaill AC triple jumper Conal Mahon. Guesting in the colours of Liverpool Harriers Mahon jumped a personal best and recorded a monster wind assisted jump of 14.50m. His performance was good enough to win the south coast event outright. “I was a little nervous going into it. I knew I was in good form from my last few training sessions in Donegal Town, on my second attempt I jumped a personal best with a legal wind and I got 14.21m. Then my next jump after that was 14.50m. Conal, who trains with David Doherty's group, will focus for the coming weeks on preparation for the Irish Under 23 and Senior Championships.



Juvenile success in Ulsters at MPT in Belfast

19 July 2015

Caolan O'Callaghan wins 19 High Jump 1.85m (narrow miss at 1.90m) and 12.92m/TJ.
Ethan Webb runs 23.46/200m/U18(PB).
Karl Griffin wins heat of 400m and Q for afternoon finals.
Conal Mahon competing the in British League in Southampton and representing Liverpool Harriers long jumps 6.36m and Triple Jumps 14.50m.
Caoimhe Byrne Sl. Liag and part of David Doherty's training group Pole Vaults 2.70m to win the U18 event.
Chloe Masterson wins U18 Hammer and is presented with medal by multi event Olympic Gold medallist Dame Mary Peters.
The second of Paul O'Gara's throwing group Clara Herron wins 18 Shot putt.
Eva Mm Mullan wins U19 400m.
Karl Griffin runs 48.78secs in the 400m Final, identical time as the winner, in very blustery and windy conditions. Thank god for electronic timing, only one thousand of a second separated the first two athletes.
Portnoo brothers Eoin and Declan Sharkey win silver medals in the U14 and 15 200m finals.
Iarla O'Murchu finishes 3rd in thenU15 shot putt and 5th in the 100m.
Derbhla Neill qualifies for the final of the U14/200m.
Loaise McGonagle runs 2mins 36secs/800m /U14.
Aoife Greene, High Jumps/1.20m/U14.
Pic: Chloe Masterson and Caolan O'Callaghan winners a the Ulster Championships in Belfast.



U9/10 Children’s Games in Lifford and U11-13 Championships

19 July 2015

At the U9/10 Children Games in Lifford and U11-13 Championships in Finn Valley, the clubs 4 x 100m relay teams were in sparkling form winning the Girls/U12 and finishing 2nd /U13. Individuals to gain podium places included Shane Breslin, 2nd/U12/Shot, Johnie McGonagle, 2nd U11 Shot, Racheal Gallagher, 2nd U12/Long Jump, and Aisling Mohan, 2nd U12 /80m. In Lifford two teams/pairs qualified for the All Ireland. Congratulations to all the young athletes that represented the club and thanks to coaches and parents for travelling in support.



Emily McGill

19 July 2015

Congratulations to Abbey Vocational School student Emily McGill on selection to the Ulster Schools Team for the Under 17/Tailteann Games, Inter Pro. Emily competes in the 3k tomorrow Friday in Santry.



Julie McMullin

19 July 2015

Julie McMullin, from Ballyshannon, one of the many talented and dedicated master athletes in Tír Chonaill AC at the moment, departs next week to compete in the Frankfurt International Iron Man Triathlon. This demanding and challenging event requires the participants to swim 3.8km, cycle 150km and run a full 42k marathon. On Sunday morning last, Julie completed her last long run over 15miles and is now tapering towards the big event in Germany. Julie wishes to acknowledge 'the wonderful support received from club athletes in particular on my long runs'.
Pic: Julie McMullin, 2nd from left, with a group of supportive club mates on her final long run before departure for Germany.



John O'Brien at Enniskillen 10k

19 July 2015

Well done to John O'Brien who finished 3rd in his category and 14th overall from a field of 750 finishers in an extremely hilly Enniskillen 10k on Saturday last. The quiet Ballintra man recorded an excellent time of 39mins 28secs.



Ballyshannon 5k

08 May 2015




Tír Chonaill Athletics Club Open Invitational

19 April 2015





Donegal Athletic Board Grand Prix List 2015

19 April 2015

Donegal Athletic Board Grand Prix List 2015.pdf



Glen Duathlon Garrigart

04 April 2015




North Leitrim's Liam Feely wins Tír Chonaill AC's March Hare 5k

03 March 2015




Mary and Conal shine at Indoor Nationals in Athlone

25 Feb 2015

Mary McLoone won her ninth Irish Senior Indoor Triple Jump title in style on Sunday in Athlone. She went into the lead in the 2nd round with a best of 12.10m and ended up an impressive winner from Fiona Hill, Newbridge, 11.39m and Fiona O'Shea, Dooneen, 11.32m. As a twelve years old Mary joined Tir Chonaill AC and over the years progressed through the juvenile and junior ranks to blossom into a top class International athlete.Her remarkable record of winning nine Senior Indoor, nine outdoor triple jump plus outdoor and indoor long jump titles puts the Cleengort, Glenties/ Glenswilly NS teacher into very special achievement club in Irish athletics. Mary has been Internationally capped on numerous occasions, represented Ireland in three Europa Cups and during the 2000's led her club Tir Chonaill AC in three European Club deciders in Belguom, Switzerland and Slovakia.

Pic 1: Mary McLoone photo by Ciaran Carlin

Conal Mahon, from Irvinstown, a former St Michael's, Enniskillen student and currently studying in NUIG, has made remarkable progress since joining the club ranks three years ago. During the current indoor season Conal has won Irish Universities and Irish U23 Triple Jump titles. On Saturday, following a closely fought competition, with a best of 14.08m, he climbed onto the podium as a bronze medal winner. Congratulations and well done to Mary and Conal on your achievements in a most competitive and highest standard of indoor championships to date.

Pic 2: Conal Mahon Tir Chonaill triple jump Bronze Medal Winner



Donegal Athletes at Indoor Nationals in Athlone

25 Feb 2015

Donegal and North West Athletes had an excellent championships. Mark English, was impressive in winning the 800m final and will lead a very young Irish team at the European Indoors in Prague from 6th-8th March. Letterkenny clubmates, Brendan Boyce, 2nd/5k walk, Danny Mooney, 4th /1,500m, Nth Sligo's Ciaran Elliott, 2nd/200m, Zak Irwin, Sligo AC , 3rd /60m and Gerard O'Donnell, Carrick on Shannon, an athlete with strong local Donegal Town and Ardara connections was impressive in winning the 60m Hurdles. Following the championships the Irish Team was selected for the European Indoor Championships in Prague. Led by Mark English, 800m the nine person team also includes North West athletes Danny Mooney and Gerard O'Donnell



Ulster Schools Cross Country Finals

25 Feb 2015

Congratulations to the Abbey Vocational School Under 17/Intermediate Girls Cross Country Team on a fine performance on Tuesday [today] at the Ulster Schools Cross Country Finals in Mullusk. Led by Emily McGill in 6th place and supported by Abbie Boyle and Niamh Boyle they came home with a 93pts total to secure a 4th place team position behind Sacred Heart, Omagh, 27pts, Victoria College, Belfast, 58pts and Loreto Coleraine, 93pts. Fourteen teams, all who had qualified at Ulster District Cross Country Championships, competed.



Ronald McDonald House Charities

18 Feb 2015

Oisin O'Donnell from Bundoran in County Donegal and his parents Shane and Caroline are currently staying with us in the Ronald McDonald House in Crumlin while Oisin is attending hospital and they kindly dropped in a cheque for €1280.00 on behalf of Tír Chonaill Athletics Club after they held a 'Jog and Snog' 5k last Saturday on behalf of the house! Thank you Oisin and all at Tír Chonaill AC for your support!

Pic: Caroline, Oisin and Shane O'Donnell at Ronald McDonald House earlier this week.



'Snog and Jog 5k' Ballyshannon

14 Feb 2015

A beautiful morning, super organisation, many many happy athletes posting good performances and PB's, a mouth watering array of individual and spot prizes --thanks to the supportive local business community and club members. Proceeds from the event go to deserving charity 'Ronald McDonald House', more



Medals at National Masters in Tuam

10 Feb 2015

The National Masters and Intermediate Cross Country in Tuam on Sunday last ran in good underfoot conditions and at times challenging the eyesight of the athletes as they negotiated at times through fog had three Tír Chonaill Athletes scoring on the silver medal Women's county team. Well done to Margaret Sweeney, Glenties, Marie Rooney, Ballyshannon and Jackie Harvey, Donegal Town plus Finn Valleys Noreen Marin/Bonner on a fine individual and team performances - only three points separated 1st and 2nd teams. Tír Chonaill club-mate Richard McCarthy also had a excellent run in the M50+



Inter Varsities

10 Feb 2015

The Irish Inter Varsities had a number of club members representing a variety of 3rd level colleges when the prestigious Inter Varsities were held in Athlone on Friday last. 2014 Senior club athlete of the year and NUIG continued his fine form and improvement in capturing the Triple Jump Title with a best of 14.11m. Christopher Doherty, Trinity, filled 5th place in the Pole Vault, Mark McGuinness, DIT, 7th in the 1500m and Barry Quigg,NUIG, 5th in the High Jump.



Conal Mahon in action at National League Final last Saturday in Athlone

10 Feb 2015



Young Tír Chonaill AC Mens team finish 6th in National league at Athlone

09 Feb 2015

The Athletics Ireland Indoor National League climaxed in Athlone's International Arena today and found a young Tír Chonaill mens group that had fought their way through two qualifying rounds compete individually and collectively out of their skins to finish 6th overall. The team 43 points total was achieved via Conal Mahon's superb 14.11m Triple Jump victory, 7.48secs/3rd 60m and 23.86sec/5th 200m; Caolan O'Callaghan, 6th Long Jump and a 55.46secs/400m; Mark McGuinness 5th in the 1,500m, 4mins 13.48secs and 6th in the 800m; Barry Quigg, 1.80m/High Jump and 2nd and 6th 60m Hurdles, Christopher Doherty 7th Shot Putt and a 6th place finish for the 4 x 200m relay team. Well done to all and to club coach David Doherty the motivator behind the group.
1 Tallaght 69pts,
2Clonliffe Harriers 69pts
3 Leevale 66pts
4 Le Cheile 61
5 Raheny Shamrocks 44 5pts
6 Tír Chonaill Ac 43 pts
7 Dooneen 43pts
8 Tullamore 33pts
Attached Photograph L-R: Mark Mc Guinness, Barry Quigg, David Doherty [Coach] Christopher Doherty, Conal Mahon and Caolan OCallaghan.



Men Qualify for National Indoor League Final

07 Feb 2015

The clubs men's squad make club history on Saturday next when they contest the National Indoor League final in Athlone. Following two qualification rounds they now enter an eight team final that includes Clonliffe, Tallaght, Leevale, Le Cheile, Raheny, Dooneen, Tullamore, Tír Chonaill. Best of luck to all the first team from the club and North West to gain a place in this prestigious final. We wish them well.



Tír Chonaill AC Juveniles impress at Magherafelt

31 Jan 2015

The Meadowbank Stadium in Magherafelt last weekend was a happy competitive arena for the clubs young athletes, coaches and supporters. The occasion was the annual Indoor Ulster /Athletics Northern Ireland Championships held over two days for the Under 12 to 19 age groups. Club athletes battled their way onto the presentation podium at regular intervals and recorded numerous top class performances and PB's. more



Club Couch to 5k

31 Jan 2015

The new years Couch to 5k and fit4life programmes are drawing huge crowds to training in Donegal Town, Ballyshannon and Glenties. The C25k Groups meet at 7:00pm on Wednesday and Friday evenings at the Abbey Vocational School, Track and Mall Track Ballyshannon on Wednesday and Friday evening at 7:00pm and on Sunday mornings at 9:00am. The fit4life groups meet in Glenties at 6:30pm on Wednesday nights and at 7:00pm in Donegal Town on Tuesday evenings. Group photograph of the last nights Donegal Town group when over 80 trained under the floodlights.






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