It has a running time of over two and a half hours but the subject of a recently launched DVD has, quite literally in many respects, been running for a lot longer than that.
Billed as “A journey through the history of Letterkenny Athletic Club celebrating 40 years’ it provides an informative and good humoured look at the achievements and personalities that have made up an organisation that continues to be an outlet for athletes of all ages from those starting out to those of a more veteran persuasion.
Containing interviews and images, the DVD also includes footage from the staging of the 4 Minute Mile Challenge and the official opening of the Danny McDaid track last May. That was the day the rains came – and how – but was still an event to remember with a number of the big stars of Irish athletics and a selection of Kenyan greats lining up to take part.
The four minute mile may not have been breached – there will be further opportunities for that – but the club itself was duly honoured with the presence of some international class runners. And, of course, it was an occasion too to honour Glenswilly’s double Olympian, Danny McDaid, who is among the interviewees on the specially produced DVD.
Old heads including John ‘Bosco’ Doherty, Michael Crampsie, Charlie Kelly and Kevin Toner get proceedings underway detailing the formative years of the club until we get to the young legs of the likes of Mark English and Ruairi Finnegan who reflect on their own comparatively fledgling careers and what the club has meant to them.
In between a host of former and current members speak of their involvement and the medal trail that goes all the way back to the early seventies. Mairead Kelly (Hennessy) recalls returning home from a meeting with five athletes in the car and each of them with All-Ireland medals in a variety disciplines,
Those forty years have brought honour upon honour to the club through local, national and international success and the DVD serves to recognise the achievements and those in the coaching capacities who helped – and continue to – put the Letterkenny A.C. athletes through their paces.
Among countless interesting anecdotes on the DVD is the one detailing how the club colours of black and amber came about. That was due to the influence of one of the club’s earliest members, the late Eddie Gibson, and represents the reverse colours of another great sporting institution, the Kilkenny hurling team!
The Letterkenny Athletic Club DVD, filmed and edited by Stephen McCollum and produced by Johnny McCollum, is available in a variety of local outlets for the princely sum of 10 euro. Put that in someone’s Christmas stocking and give them a run for your money…!