Tailteann medal for Dearbhaile

Dearbhaile Beirne of Mohill Community College, representing Connacht, took the bronze medal in the 3000m Walk at the Tailteann Schools Interprovincial in Santry on Saturday last.

Dearbhaile Beirne of Mohill Community College, representing Connacht, took the bronze medal in the 3000m Walk at the Tailteann Schools Interprovincial in Santry on Saturday last.

The Leitrim athlete who won the All Ireland Schools Junior Walk in Tullamore three weeks ago stepped up to the longer distance last weekend as the Interprovincial is held at Intermediate level and used to select the Irish Team for the Home Countries Schools International.

The event was won by Intermediate Champion Sarah Burke of Maynooth Post Primary School in 15.23.05 with her schoolmate Edel Glennon second in 16.18.49. Both of those have been selected to represent Ireland. Dearbhaile’s time was an excellent 16.24.00 . Two other Leitrim athletes took part on Saturday. Louise Mulvaney of St Clare’s finished sixth in the 300m hurdles in 51.2. This event was won by Kelly McCrory of Abbey V S, Donegal, in 46.1. Cathal McElgunn of Carrick Community School was seventh in the 400m in 54.92 with the event won by Andrew Mellon of Bangor Grammar School in 50.34.

North Leitrim boys do well in Cork

Young North Leitrim athletes Diarmuid Giblin and James Clinton who won the Connacht Under 10 60m team event in Galway recently made the long trip to Cork on Saturday last to compete in the All Ireland. They put up another fine performance to finish in fifth position among the 15 representatives of the five regions. The result was- 1 Midleton A C 19.84 secs, 2 Waterford AC 19.96, 3 Ennis Track Club 20.15, 4 DSD 20.19, 5 North Leitrim 20.51, 6 Ballina 20.55. Diarmuid was timed at 9.87 seconds and James at 10.64.

Laura & Colin training in Spain

Leitrim’s two Olympic Athletes, Colin Griffin and Laura Reynolds are along with the other three London bound racewalkers Olive Loughnane, Brendan Boyce and Robbie Heffernan, currently training at altitude in the Sierra Nevada mountains in Spain. For other Olympic hopefuls who have not yet achieved the qualification time is running out and for track and field athletes the last opportunity is provided by the Woodies DIY National Championships in Santry on Sunday week. The total Olympic Team is currently sixty which include a few sports like Equestrian who still have to add names to places already won.

The Track & Field team is currently eighteen of which Leitrim has two. One other athlete, Maria McCambridge of Letterkenny achieved the standard in the marathon but lost out as a country can only send three and the other three girls had faster times. The European Championships in Helsinki commencing today provides another opportunity for the small number of other athletes who are very close but not yet there.

Both Colin Griffin and Laura Reynolds will be in action in London on Saturday August 11th, Colin in the morning and Laura in the late afternoon. As the races are neither starting or finishing in the Stadium tickets (virtually impossible to get at present) will not be needed as the races will be on a two kilometre circuit with the finish on the Mall in West London.

For those still seeking tickets for various Olympic events the Olympic Council of Ireland have appointed THG Sports Tours Ltd, Simonscourt House, Simonscourt, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 as their Irish agents.

Fenagh Handball Club Launch Development Draw

Fenagh Handball Club have Launched a fundraising draw to help pay for the completion of their fine alley. The alley which evolved from a one wall configuration built in 1913 to a three wall 60x30 alley constructed in 1954. In 1991 a back wall and open air viewing stand was erected and in 2006 with funding secured from The National Lottery the alley was roofed, got a new floor and a glass back wall and was opened again in 2008. The re-development was completed in 2012 with the addition of a new viewing stand and dressing rooms. Tickets are now on sale priced at 10 euro with a First Prize of a Holiday for 2 in Dubai and Two Prizes of Tickets, Flights and accommodation for two to Manchester United.

Carrick Tennis club

Summer Camp season is almost upon us, call Olwyn 0863514123 for full details. Membership for 2012 /2013 is now due. Juniors/OAPS €20, Seniors €30, Family €60

Members evening and morning: Tuesday evenings at 8pm and Sunday mornings at 12 noon. This is excellent way for anyone who is thinking about joining the club to meet up with new and old members /organise play dates etc.

Lessons: Saturday Morning Coaching lessons at 11am -12 for 5-12 year olds and then 12-1pm for Adults /improvers and Wednesday evenings 6-9pm. Call Carrick Tennis Club coach Olwyn 0863514123 for more details or email carricktennisclub@gmail.com / facebook ‘carricktennisclub’ any queries to the club directly.

Leitrim Darts news

Drumcoura City €1,OOO eight night tournament starts this Thursday at 9.00 sharp. This event is open to all comers, Leitrim ranking points will be awarded to local players reaching the quarter/finals or better. Well done to Tommy, a great supporter of Leitrim darts, for staging this competition, which will be run by Conor on three boards. All you the players have to do is turn up and play, see you all there.

Tickets for Rocommon match

Supporters who intended going to the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship qualifier between Roscommon and Armagh on Sunday are encouraged to buy their tickets in advance from any of the outlets listed below or to arrive well in advance of the throw-in time to buy their ticket from the Ticket Vans adjacent to the ground.

Connacht GAA, who will be operating the Ticket Vans, are advising supporters to allow sufficient time for tickets to be printed as it will be very difficult to deal with a “last minute” crowd, which in turn may lead to supporters missing the throw-in. The Match details and ticket outlets are as follows

Ticket details: Stand €15, Terrace €10, Juveniles (U16) Free, OAP’s & Students: €10, Season Ticket Holders: check with Ticket Office Croke Park for details.

Tickets available from the following: Roscommon County Board, 5-6 Castle View, Roscommon, email: administrator.roscommon@gaa.ie phone: (090) 6627176 Opening Hours: Monday-Friday 9.30-5pm or www.gaaroscommon.ie

Tickets can also be sourced from www.tickets.ie and www.ticketmaster.ie. Tickets will also be on sale at selected Supervalu in the competing counties: Smith’s Super Valu Monksland, Athlone, Fleming’s Super Valu, Main Street, Roscommon, Duffy’s Super Valu, Ballaghaderreen, Cahill’s Super Valu Castlerea. For more information see www.gaa.ie.

Lough Rynn Castle 10km Run

Leitrim Sports Partnership are organising the Lough Rynn Castle 10km Mini Marathon 2012 on Sunday, August 4, in conjunction with Leitrim County Council, Irish Sports Council, HSE, Lough Rynn Castle Hotel, Leitrim County Athletic Board and Leitrim Observer.

The event was officially launched by Michael Ring the minister of State for Transport, Tourism and Sport in the Aura Leisure Centre in Carrick on Shannon, Leitrim.

This 10km run, jog or walk is situated in the secluded but stunning grounds on the shores of Lough Rynn and surrounded by the magnificent castle, this journey is going to breathtaking, so don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to see the amazing scenery of Lough Rynn 10km mini marathon.

This is the second year for this mass participation event for the Leitrim Sports Partnership and we will be encouraging running, walkers and joggers of all ages, abilities and fitness levels to participate in this thrilling event.

The race is AAI approved and so it’s a perfect occasion for experience runners, fun runners and walkers to get an official time with the use of the professional chip timing, which will be available on the day of the event.

All registered participants are encouraged to fundraise for local charities of their choice or local sports clubs or community groups, but it is not compulsory to raise funds.

Entrants must be over 14 years of age and all finishers of the event will receive a race medal on the day and there will be prizes presented to the different category winners in the Hotel afterwards.

Registration for the Lough Rynn Castle 10km mini marathon 2012 can be done online at 10krun.leitrimsports.ie until 3pm Friday, July 13, or contact Leitrim Sports Partnership on 071 9650498, email; sports@leitrimcoco.ie for further information.

Carrick-on-Shannon AC

Well done to Cathal McElgunn on another solid run in the Tailteann Games last Saturday in Santry. Cathal ran a time of 54.92 in his individual event and also ran lead off leg for the 4 x 400m team that were desperately unlucky not to get in among the medals. Thanks to Cian Murray for travelling up in support of Cathal.

The Club is considering running a bus to this year’s National Senior Track & Field Championships in Santry on Sunday, July 8. As this is the final Olympic selection event and there is a special offer from Athletics Ireland, we want to guage interest from the club’s athletes. The trip is open to anyone in the Post Primary Schools groups and anyone who competed in the U-12 and up age groups in the Western Region Track & Field in Galway recently. Parents and older members are also welcome to come along but we will need to know how many are interested in travelling. Please contact either John Connolly, Mary O’Donnell or Siobhan Whelan before next Friday, July 29, so we can arrange transport.

Training continues as normal for those who hae qualified for the National Juvenile Finals in July; Community Games training will resume laterin the Summer.