Hall of Fame award for Catriona Devine

ATHLETICS

Hall of Fame award for Catriona Devine

Catriona Devine will follow in the footsteps of her father Peadar, when she is inducted into the Finn Valley Athletic Club Hall of Fame next month.

Catriona (nee McGranaghan) is a household name in athletics having enjoyed a fantastic career, not only with Finn Valley, but in the Irish vest as well.

The Castlefinn native has been involved in the sport since she was practically able to walk. After a very successful underage career, she really announced herself to the world by winning back to back National Cross Country junior titles.

She was also part of the Finn Vally AC senior squad which dominated Ulster and Irish cross country athletics for the best part of 15 years, representing Ireland annually in the European Champions Cup.

She’s been Ulster champion, national masters champion and is the holder of a number of records. Catriona, who is married to Thomas, and the mother of two girls, is a deserving winner of the Hall of Fame award and over the years, her loyalty and commitment to Finn Valley AC has never wavered.

She will be inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame at a special event in the Finn Valley Centre on Friday, December 9th.

Previous Hall of Fame winners include Patsy mc Ginley, Peadar Mc Granaghan, Neil Martin, Patsy McGonagle, the late John Carlin, Kay Byrne, Patrick Hegarty and Mark Connolly.

I Am Bolt

Meanwhile, a group of Finn Valley AC members are all set for the red carpet on Monday evening in London where they will attend the world premiere of Usain Bolt's film 'I Am Bolt'.

The group will include members of the Simms family from Milford who will be at the launch at the Odeon in Leicester Square.

The Simms connection can be traced back to a period initially at 16 years old when Bolt won a world junior title.

Through all his success over a wonderful career was his agent and former Finn Valley athlete, Ricky Simms at his shoulder.

Photo: Catriona Devine (centre), with her club colleagues Teresa Doherty (right) and Marie Harvey, at the RunDonegal event earlier this year. Photo Thomas Gallagher INDD 040416 Rundonegal TG6