Numerous Leitrim Qualifiers in Galway

A number of Leitrim athletes qualified for the All Ireland in Tullamore next month when the Woodies DIY Western Region Championships were held in Galway on Sunday last.

A number of Leitrim athletes qualified for the All Ireland in Tullamore next month when the Woodies DIY Western Region Championships were held in Galway on Sunday last.

A number of Leitrim athletes qualified for the All Ireland in Tullamore next month when the Woodies DIY Western Region Championships were held in Galway on Sunday last.

These Championships which take in the five Connacht counties plus Longford rotate annually between the three tracks in Athlone, Sligo and Galway.

This year it was the turn of the track where, at the very same Championships seven years ago, our latest Olympian Laura Reynolds made a big breakthrough when in a special 5000m Walk and helped by the Loughnane sisters Olive and Anne she achieved the IAAF Standard which enabled her to compete that year in the IAAF World Youths Championships of 2005.

Dearbhaile Beirne of Mohill and District A C was the most successful of the Leitrim athletes taking part last Sunday, winning the Under 15 Walk and 250m Hurdles as well as taking third in the 800m. Her brother Keith won the Under 17 shot while Michelle won the Under 17 Walk and took fourth in the 200m. Aisling McNabola won the Under 16 walk and her brother James was second in the Under 14 event. Louise Mulvaney of Sligo AC also won the Under 18 Hurdles events.

Laura O’Dowd of Ballinamore won the Under 18 800m and Michael Moran of the same Club made his Connacht debut with winning the Junior 1500. Stephen McDermott of Carrick AC set a personal best of 1.60m in winning the Under 15 High Jump.

Carrick on Shannon Boys’ Under 14 Boys Relay Team of Brian Finn, Colin McDonald, Mark Diffley, Brian Finn and Shane Surlis took second position in the Under 14 Relay. Dylan Mimna of Ballinamore A C was second in the Under 16 3000m Walk while Eilish O Dowd took a similar position in the Under 15 1500.

Jack Gilheany of Ballinamore A C took the bronze medal in the Under 14 Boys’ 800m, followed home in fourth position by clubmate Riordan O Rourke who also qualified for the All Ireland. Elise Bruen of Carrick A C was third in the Under 15 200m and fourth in the 800m. Cathal McElgunn of Carrick A C was third in the both the Under 18 100m and 400m as well as fourth in the 200m.

With fourth placings also qualifying for the All Ireland other athletes to secure such positions were- Brian Finn (Carrick) in the Under 14 High Jump, Callum Whelan (Carrick) in the Under 15 Javelin and Shot, Dara Morahan (Carrick) in the Under 15 200m, Cian Murray (Carrick) in the Under 17 800m, Grainne Griffin (Ballinamore) in the Under 17 1500m, Ryan O’Rourke (Ballinamore) in the Under 16 800m, Sibeal Reynolds (Ballinamore) in the Under 14 75m hurdles and Conor Reynolds (Ballinamore) in the Under 15 Long Jump. Mohill’s Keith Beirne was 4th in the U-16 1500m.

Busy weekend ahead for athletes

On Saturday next the AVIVA Irish Schools Tailteann Inter Provincial takes place in Santry while the Woodies DIY AAI Under 9,10,11 Team Competition is scheduled for Cork. On Sunday the AAI Junior and Under 23 Championships are taking place in Tullamore. Also commencing in Helsinki on Sunday is the 21st European Athletics Championships which will continue until Friday and will be covered by RTE. Because of the proximity of the Olympics in London there will not be any Walks or Marathon Races.

Lough Key Tri Club

Open Water Swims: Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in Lough Key at 7.00. Other members are swimming at various other times, if you are interested in joining them then email Remember never to swim alone in Lough Key

Runs Sessions: These sessions are now taking place after the swims on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings and finish at approx 08.30

Full sprint triathlon: Sunday morning full sprint triathlon training starts at 8.00 with a 750 metre swim in Lough Key, followed by a 25km Cycle around the lake at 8.30 and then a 5km forest run.

Mullaghmore Triathlon: Well done to members Kevin Glancy, Finbarr Keaney and Alive Lynott on completing a tough windy event this Saturday. Alice came 3rd in her category, well done, you deserve you break and enjoy your warm weather training.

Lough Key closed: The whole Lough Key Forest Park is closed to the public from July 2, and will reopen on Sunday, July 14, due to Scouts gathering.

Ironman France: Best of Luck to club member Donal Kennedy, aka Team LauraLynn who is competing in Ironman France, Nice this Sunday.

Carrick-on-Shannon AC

Another very long day in Galway last Sunday and a host of strong performances at the Western Region Championships. Pride of places goes to Stephen McDermott who set a major new personal best of 1.60m to win the U-15 High Jump, a great performance to show what he is really capable of.

Cathal McElgunn picked up a pair of bronze medals in the U-18 100m and 400m and fourth in the 200m, qualifying in all three events while Elise Bruen took a good third in the U-15 800m ahead of Dara Bruen and fourth in the 100m. Dara also finished 5th in the 100m. Callum Whelan had two fourths in the U-15 Javelin and Shot while Brian Finn (U-13 High Jump) and Cian Murray (U-17 800m) both took fourth in their events. Our U-14 Boys relay team of Colin McDonnell, Mark Diffley, Brian Finn, Shane Surlis and Niall Morahan finished second behind a strong GCH team.

Kasey Bruen and Sara Crowe both put in strong showings in the U-13 600m Finals while Shane McDonnell competed in the U-16 1500m. Thanks to all who supported the athletes in Galway, particularly Marie Crowe, Mickey Diffley, Margaret & Lara Bruen, Michael & Rose O’Brien and Mary Finn.

Good luck to Cathal McElgunn who competes in the 400m at next Saturday’s Tailteann games in Santry. Training continues for those who have qualified for the National Finals, contact officials for details.

Juice Plus Dawn Run 10km

There are three ways to register for the Juice Plus Dawn Run 10Km in Carrick-on-Shannon next Sunday, June 23. You can register at before Thursday, June 21, at 5pm; at Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada on Friday from 3 pm to 8 pm where you can pick up your number and on the morning of the run, from 5.45 am at the registration point in Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada. There will be lots of spot prizes as well as prizes for first, second and third.

Roscommon GAA Gaeltacht Grants

Five students from County Roscommon will receive a grant towards the cost of attending a Gaeltacht course of their choice as part of Roscommon GAA’s annual competition for post primary students. A large number of students from throughout the county entered the competition by firstly submitting a short, 300 word, essay “as Gaeilge” last April entitled: “Páirc an Chrócaigh – an sean is an nua”. The 20 best essay writers, selected by an independent adjudicator, were called to attend an interview “tri Gaeilge” last month and at the end of that stage the following students were successful: Liam Costello, (Roscommon Gaels); Roisín McCaffrey, (Elphin); Chloe Gacquin (Athleague); Denise McConn (Roscommon Gaels); Fiona Murray (Oran). Roscommon GAA would like to thank all those who took part in the competition.