Great success for young athletes in Galway

On a day which was to produce such a magnificent result in La Coruna where Laura Reynolds achieved the Olympic “A” Standard and became the second Leitrim athlete to qualify for the Irish Team in the upcoming London Olympic Games, a number of young athletes from the County competed in the Connacht Under 9,10 and 11 Team Championships as well as the Under 12 Individual Championships in Galway on Saturday last.

On a day which was to produce such a magnificent result in La Coruna where Laura Reynolds achieved the Olympic “A” Standard and became the second Leitrim athlete to qualify for the Irish Team in the upcoming London Olympic Games, a number of young athletes from the County competed in the Connacht Under 9,10 and 11 Team Championships as well as the Under 12 Individual Championships in Galway on Saturday last.

The Under 9, 10 & 11s had qualified from the County Championships held in Carrick on Shannon a few weeks back and operated in pairs with the event decided on the aggregate performance. All four clubs were represented in some or other of the events.

Two Leitrim teams won their events. The North Leitrim pairing of Diarmuid Giblin and James Clinton who did so well in the Under 9 event at the All Ireland last year won the Under 10 Boys 60m event.

Their aggregate time of 19.50 beat Craughwell (19.60) and Ballina (19.70) to give them the gold medal.

Carrick also had a winning team with Emma O Connell and Johanna Diete securing the Under 10 Long Jump title with an aggregate 6.82m ahead of Athenry (6.68) and Craughwell (6.56). The Carrick girls also secured second position in the 60m with an aggregate 19.50 behind Galway City Harriers who aggregated 18.70.

In the Under 9, 60m the Carrick pair of Patrick Charles and Jack Casey took third with 29.00 behind Ballinasloe (19.40) and Athenry (19.80).

In the Under 10 Ball-throw, Carrick’s Jack Keeneghan and Sean Brennan were second with 50.79 behind Ballina (51.30) but ahead of Craughwell who aggregated 45.33.

A number of other county teams were close to the top positions but did not make it into the first three who qualify to represent Connacht in the All Ireland in Cork on Saturday June 23.

In the Under 12 individual competitions Roisin McGrenaghan of Carrick A C was third in the Shot with 5.42m. The event was won by Roisin Quinn of Castlebar with 6.01m.

In the High Jump Eilish Conway was second with 1.15m to Niamh O’Neill of Claremorris who jumped 1.20. The Carrick on Shannon Under 10 Girls relay Team of Aine McGwynne, Niamh Morahan, Johanna Diete and Emma O’Connell finished third in 67.7 behind Galway City Harriers who won in 63.2 and Craughwell who were second in 65.2. The All Ireland for Under 12s will be in Tullamore next month.

Connacht Events next Sunday

The Connacht Under 13 to Under 19 as well as the Senior Championships will be held in Galway on Sunday next and a number of Leitrim athletes from all four clubs will be taking part. The qualifiers from these will take part in the All Ireland in Tullamore the second and third weekend of July.

Carrick-on-Shannon AC

Congratulations to all our young members who performed so well in the Western Region U-9, 10 & 11 Team competitions and U-12 Championships in Galway last Sunday. Emma O’Connell and Johanna Diete became our latest Connacht champions after they produced a great effort to win the U-10 Girls Long Jump in fine style, also adding a bronze in the 60m sprint. There were also Connacht medals for Jack Casey, Patrick Charles, Jack Keenehan, Sean Brennan, Ellis Conway and Roisin McGrenaghan as the Girls U-10 relay team of Emma, Johanna, Niamh Morahan and Aine McGwynne. Jack Keenehan also had the longest individual throw in his ball throw competition. Special thanks to Mary O’Donnell, Siobhan Whelan and Mr Brennan who acted as officials on the day and all the parents who travelled over and looked after the kids so well. The following are our results to hand:

Girls: U-9: Marie McGrenaghan and Olwyn Moore 60m 5th (21.80) & long Jump (5.15m); U-10: Emma O’Connell & Johanna Diete 2nd 60m (19.50) & 1st Long Jump (6.82m); Aine McGwynne & Niamh Morhan Long Jump 5.57; U-11: Tara Graham & Caoimhe McGarry 60m 20.80; Leah Murtagh & Jodie O’Boyle Long Jump 4.45m; Ball throw: Leah & Tara 28.77; Caoimhe & Jodie 28.40; U-12: Ellis Conway 8th Long Jump 3.35, High Jump 2nd 1.15m; Roisin McGrenaghan 3rd Shot 5.42m, 26th Long Jump 2.49m; Boys: U-9: Patrick Charles & Jack Casey 3rd 60m (20.00), Andrew Shanahan & James Mullaney 60m (23.20), Alex O’Boyle & Joe Lowe 300m (2.10.5); Long Jump: Patrick Charles & Alex O’Boyle 5.42m; Jack Casey & Joe Lowe 5.73m; U-10: Oliver Charles & Sean Brennan 60m (20.00); Jack Keenehan & Oliver Charles Long Jump (5.91m); Sean Brennan & Jack Keenehan Ball Throw (50.79); U-11: Jack Rynn & Oisin Kearney 60m 19.50; Long Jump: Cian Singleton & Oisin Kearney 5.68m, Shane Rynn & Maksims Kasperovica 5.11m; U-12: Jack Flynn 7th U-12 600m 1.56.8.

Also last weekend, Cian Murray ran a great new pb of 2.11.5 in the 800m and Cathal McElgunn ran 24.5 in the 200m as guests in the National League in Athlone.

Next Sunday, our older members are in action in the Western Region championships. We wish everyone the best of luck. A bus will leave from the Sports Complex on Saturday at 8 am with a fare of €10 which also includes entry fees.

Everyone associated with the club offers their congratulations to Laura Reynolds who qualified for the Olympics last weekend in the 20Km, another great achievement for Leitrim athletics.

Lough Rynn Castle 10km Run

Leitrim Sports Partnership are organising the Lough Rynn Castle 10km Mini Marathon 2012 on Sunday, July 14, in conjunction with Leitrim County Council, Irish Sports Council, HSE, Lough Rynn Castle Hotel, Leitrim County Athletic Board and Leitrim Observer.

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 until 3pm Friday, July 13, or contact Leitrim Sports Partnership on 071 9650498, email; for further information.

Lough Key Triathlon Club

Hoodies: Roy has ordered the hoodies so we are just waiting on delivery, cost is €20 to members.

Time Trials: are cancelled until further notice.

Sprint triathlon training: Sunday morning, starts at 8 with a 750 metre swim in Lough Key, followed by a 25km Cycle around the lake at 8.30, then a 5km forest run

Portrunny Triathlon: Well done to member, Roy Kelly, Tommy Sheridan, Lorcan Kirwan, Finbarr Keaney, Aisling Gaughran who had great results in this Sprint Triathlon. Bernice Harman finished 3rd Female overall, a massive result and a reward for all the training. A well run event and great weather, what more could you ask for.

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.

Leitrim Pool Association

Church Gate collection: Thank you to all those who stood for our collection last weekend and indeed to those who donated, it is much appreciated.

Pub League: Congratulations to Carthys of Leitrim Village who defeated Gerties of Kesh in the Oliver Lee memorial Shield Final. In what was a far tighter match than the scoreline suggests, Carthys held a 12-3 advantage from the first leg and despite a mini rally from Gerties, ran out 16-6 winners. In the J.W Carthy Cup final, it is advantage to the Leitrim Inn after an 8-7 win over Monicas of Drumshanbo in the first leg. Monicas flew out of the blocks and took a 7-1 lead only for the Inn to battle back and rattle off 7 in a row to take the narrowist of advantages into the second leg, which takes place in the Leitrim Inn on Friday at 9:30pm. Come along and watch what is sure to be a titanic battle! The very best of luck to both teams!

Condolences: The LPA would like to offer deepest sympathies to the Noone family husband Pauric, sons Declan, Paul, Patrick, Eddie and Joseph, daughters Marie and Catherine, on the death of Kathleen. May she Rest In Peace.

Sligo Races next Tuesday

Race fans are in for a treat next Tuesday, June 19, when an acton packed card of racing is held at Sligo Races. The first race of an action packed card gets under way at 5.50pm. There are six sponsored races on the evening with total prize money of €68,500. Race sponsors are Audi Sligo, Sligo Champion, Irelands Own with European Breeders Fund sponsoring three races.

Our special social package is again available for this race meeting; for €15 per person enjoy admission, free €5 betting voucher, free pint of Guinness or a glass of wine, freshly made roll, music in the main bar after Racing featuring a Dean Martin Tribute Show. This package is for groups of ten or more and must be purchased by Monday, June 18, at 1pm. To avail of this offer email or phone 071-9162484 or call to the racecourse office.

Donal races Lance for LauraLynn

It is not too many people can say they have raced Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong but Carrick-on-Shannon’s Donal Kennedy will be able to say that on the day that Leitrim are taking on Mayo in the Connacht Championship.

Donal is aiming to compete in the Ironman France in Nice on Sunday, June 24, and is undertaking the daunting challenge in aid of the LauraLynn House, a hospice for children with life-limiting conditions and their families. Armstrong, the multi Tour de France winner, has returned the sport of triathlon where he first started out and will be a major attraction as Donal takes on the 4 Km swim, a 112 mile swim and a full marathon.

Donal is looking for sponsors to come on board and help him raise funds for LauraLynn House and he is looking for local companies to put logos on his tri-suit and cycling top.

Donal has set up a charity Facebook page at while you can follow his progress with daily updates on twitter @teamlauralynnironman. Alternatively, if you want to contact Donal directly, you can do so at 086-1092626.

The Curlew Warrior 10k challenge

Runners and walkers will get the chance to create one of the most famous battles in Irish history when Boyle hosts The Curlew Warrior 10K Challenge on Sunday, June 24, at 11.00 with all proceeds in aid of the MS Society in Roscommon.

On August 15, 1599, Sir Conyers Clifford assembled his English troops, at Boyle, in all about 3,000 men. Red Hugh O’Donnell, whose force numbered some 2,000, decided to await the enemy at The Curlews mountain pass, which was narrow at the entrance but broadened out further on.

The weary and hungry soldiers reached the pass, which they had been assured was unguarded. Red Hugh O’Donnell ,however, had posted some light troops at the entrance of the pass behind a barricade of felled trees, with instructions to make only a slight resistance, and then, by a feigned retreat, to lure the enemy on to where the main army was drawn up.

The English fell into the trap and the Irish soldiers were fresh and ready to receive them. After receiving further assistance from O’Rourke and McDermott, the Irish were victorious and won the battle that day.

Now you too have a chance at trying your luck on that trail. Will you be able for the challenge of “The Curlew Warrior” ?

The race starts at Boyle Credit Union and finishes at Green Street car park. The race starts off with 1.5 miles up the hill and according to runners competing in last year’s event, it is the toughest 10k in Ireland while the walkers loved the scenery from the top of the curlews.

Over 200 runners competed in last year’s event with prizes for first male and female and first team, best period dress and loads of spot prizes with registration and refreshments in Creighton’s Bar.

Roscommon Branch of MS Ireland provide local support to people and families living with MS in the area. The branch is run by volunteers who have MS themselves or have somebody close to them with MS.

For further Information Register on or contact Tony Byrne 086-2324020 & or 071-9664702, Ann-Marie Hayden 086-0364907 and, Chris Callaghan 086-8423610 &