Success for Tir Chonaill athletes at Ulster/ANI Indoors in Magherafelt

Success for Tir Chonaill athletes at Ulster/ANI Indoors in Magherafelt
The Ulster and Athletics Northern Ireland c/ships at Meadowbank Indoor arena in Magherafelt was a happy hunting ground on Saturday/Sunday last for a large squad of club juvenile athletes.

The Ulster and Athletics Northern Ireland c/ships at Meadowbank Indoor arena in Magherafelt was a happy hunting ground on Saturday/Sunday last for a large squad of club juvenile athletes.

Many younger athletes experiencing competition for the first time and older more experienced competitors all performed with distinction and placed a large percentage in podium finish positions and personal best performances. Congrats and well done to all and thanks to the groups of coaches that supported on both days.


Caolan O’Callaghan, U18, wins gold in the Triple and Hugh Jump and second in the 400m; Kelly McGrory, U19, wins gold in the 60m and 200m; Kate McGowan, U18 wins gold in the 200m and silver in the 60m Hurdles; Eva McMullin,U18, takes gold in the 300m and bronze in the 60m; Emma Brady, U19, finishes 2nd in the Triple Jump; Jack Behan, U19, 2nd / 400m, 4th/200m and 5th/60m; Ciara Crawford, U18, 1st/walk; Jessica Quinn, U18 2nd /walk; Clara Herron, U17, Gold/Shot Putt; newcomers Iarla O’Murchu, U14, 3rd/Shot and 5th 60m; Diarmuid O’Donnell, U12, 2nd/Shot;

Outstanding performances from Mark Campbell, U15 4th/Shot; Owen Sharkey, U13 6th/Long Jump; Orla Coughlan, U15/Long Jump and the Girls U12 4 x 100m-bronze medal winners and Boys U16 4 x200m, 4th. One of the hard luck stories of the weekend fell onto the Girls U18 4 x 200m team who won impressively but following an official’s enquiry were D.Qued for a zone infringement.

The following, many competing for the first time, can be very happy with their visit to the provincial championships, Mia McCalmont, U14/LJ; Emma OSullivan,Sarah Jane Keon, Amy Scott all U12 Long Jump; Lee McHugh,U13/Shot;Cara McGonagle, U14/Shot;Aoran McHugh, U16/1,500m; Elaine Wright, U15/Long Jump; Aisling Mohan, U12/60m; Christophr Mulligan, U12/Long Jump; Sophie Tracey, Lucy McGowan,Eabha Morrow-Haydon all U13/60m; Robbie Adair, U15/60m; Laoise McGonagle and Molly Gallagher U13/600m; Catherine Smith, Catherine Campbell and Kian Cassidy, U12/Shot; Niall Crossan, U16/Shot; Jamie Molloy, U14/800m; Kerri O’Loughlan,U15/800mGerard McHugh, U16/800m.

Cara Bundoran 10

With seventeen days to go to the Cara Bundoran Run, the organisers have announced an exciting challenge. They are giving away a Cara 10 Challenge Windbreaker Jacket worth €30. All contestants have to do is log onto The Cara Bundoran Run -10 mile challenge –facebook and answer the following question – in what colour sequence has the Cara Run Technical T-Shirt been since its start up four years ago the lucky winner will be announced on Fri 21st February. A quick clue – white, blue, red and black – put them in correct order.

Sequence of weekend events

Friday 28th -Join us for the 5k Fun Run/Walk, at 7.30pm – no age restrictions run or walk 

Enjoy a Fabulous Fireworks Display - Official Opening to the Cara 10 Challenge - Free Event. All Proceeds raised will go to local charity NYP (Neighbourhood Youth Project) Bundoran.

6pm – 9pm - registrations + Expo and pick up goodie bag and technical T-Shirt in Magh Eine College, Gymnasium

Saturday 1st March

Registration from 8 am – to 10.15am in Magh Eine College, Gym

Walk –start at 10am –Runners at 11am also Childrens races –start at 11am –close to finish area.

Presentations - 2pm

Sunday 2nd March 10am recovery run –also options of Cycle and two Surf sessions

The North West event of the year, which will have a record entry, will have Chip Timing, Mile Markers, 5 mile split time, water Stations, a goodie bag and Souvenir Technical Fabric T-Shirt for all finishers, hospitality. All proceeds go to charity. Large numbers of Tir Chonaill athletes will compete and assist with the running of this great event. Hope to see you there.

Kelly crowned as counties top young athlete 2013

Congratulations from all in the club to Kelly McGrory from Laghey who on Friday night last was crowned Donegal Young Athlete of the Year 2013 at the prestigious Athletics Ireland Banquet in Athlone. Kelly, a 4th Year Leaving Cert. student in the Abbey Voc School, won numerous Indoor and outdoor titles in 2013, and plateaued her year when winning and smashing the 400m Hurdles record at the Celtic International in Wales last August.

Local athletes success at Inter Varsities

The Irish Indoor Varsities, held in AIT last Friday had a number of new records and outstanding performances. Local athletes played their part in this great event. Karl Griffin, representing UCD, in a tactical and exciting 800m final finished 2nd Conal Mahon, representing NUIG, jumped a PB of 13.63m to win bronze in the Triple Jump Barry Q;uigg, NUIG 1.85m/HJ;12.17m/ TJ and Christopher Doherty, Trinity , clears 3.60m in the P.V. -well done lads. All now look forward to the National Seniors which takes place this weekend in Athlone. The televised two days event, promises to be competitive and exciting.

Club AGM

At a recently well attended club AGM, outgoing Chairman, Paul O’Gara, in a detailed and wide ranging address highlighted, thanked and congratulated various individual and groups that have made Tir Chonaill AC a huge success over the past number of years.

“We are an inclusive club with over 300 members with coaches and programmes that cater for special and paralympians, juvenile, senior and master athletes plus an ever increasing number of ‘fit4life’ members. I would like to thank our many generous sponsors and in particular overall club sponsors Cara Pharmacies who have been so supportive to this club over the last number of years. The debt on the clubs new and popular flood lighted facility in Donegal Town is nearing completion. I wish to acknowledge and sincerely thank the six club members who guaranteed a €300,000 loan five years ago and to the numerous individuals and groups who organised successful fund raising activities in the intervening years.

“The local media-newspapers, radio, electronic media, social media, club site manager Oliver Thomas all have played an important and supportive role over the past twelve months.

“The club had numerous competitive successes during 2013 - The women’s masters cross country team made history in winning National team medals. The club Senior women’s Track and Field team qualified for the National League final where they finished 6th. An unprecedented number of club juvenile athletes qualified and medalled in National competition and on the road club athletes participated with much success, locally and at National levels –twenty one club athletes finished the Dublin City Marathon. Mary McLoone, the clubs most successful athlete of recent times and winner of eight National Senior titles and numerous representative International vests married Ciaran McDevitt, Kelly McGrory was crowned Donegal Juvenile of the Year at the Athletics Ireland Banquet in Athlone while Karl Griffin, qualified and competed against the best in Europe at the continental Juniors in Reiti, Italy. Congratulations and best wishes to Karl who also received a prestigious elite athletics scholarship to UCD.I would like to thank all the clubs coaches, who week in week out, give their time unselfishly, in planning, supporting and coaching the clubs athletes in a variety of disciplines.

“Finally, I would like to thank my fellow executive members for their support, teamwork and much unseen work over the last four years.”

Newly elected members of the Tir Chonaill AC executive and other officers. Eamon Harvey (Pro & Coaching officer), Paul O Gara ( Vice Chair Person), Brian McGonagle (Secretary), Donal Haughey (Assistant Treasurer), Front: Brenda Morris (women’s cross country captain), Anne McGowan (Registrar), David Doherty (Chairperson & Mens Track & Field Captain), Jackie Harvey (Child Protection. Officer & Women’s track and field captain), Marie Rooney (Treasurer). Missing from photo: Richard McCarthy (Men’s cross country captain), Rosemary Dewhirst (Assistant Child Protection Officer). Katie Hoad & Emma Brady (Juvenile representatives) 

Club fixtures

At the clubs AGM on Friday night the following fixtures/competition promoted by Tir Chonaill AC were announced.

Annual Spring 5k Series –Dates Sunday mornings 10am start on 6th/13th/20th April

Ardarathon 10k Sunday 27th April – 1pm

Tir Chonaill Open Easter Monday meet – 28th April – 9.30start – invitations/entry list to be forwarded to clubs within next week