Friday, May 2, 2014

Club Mark for Trim AC

Trim Athletic club has been named as one of the first five clubs in ireland to attain the Athletics Ireland "Club Mark Certificate"
Athletics Ireland Club Mark applauds excellence in safeguarding, coaching and club management. Club Mark helps clubs understand what is required in running an athletics club. Club Mark has been set up by the AAI to help make clubs safer, stronger and more successful.
As a result of achieving this accreditation clubs will receive benefits such as discounted coaching courses and sports equipment for school hall and  little athletics groups.
Clubs accredited to the Athletics Ireland Club Mark have demonstrated a definite commitment to developing athletics. Parents can be assured that their children are part of safe club. Members can be reassured their club is well-managed and striving to offer the best in coaching and athletic experience.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Paddy is a Bolton Wonder

International Schools Cross Country Championships - Canon Slade School, Bolton, England - Saturday 22nd March 2014
Paddy Maher, representing Dunshaughlin Community College recorded a historic win in the Junior Boys race at the International Schools Cross Country Championships, held at Canon Slade High School, in Bolton, England on Saturday. This was Paddy’s first time to wear an Irish Vest, having earned the right with his convincing win at the All Ireland Championships in Cork 2 weeks ago. The race pitted the top 8 runners from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales who had come through the various regional qualifiers to get to this elite level. Paddy has no fear and from the gun he went into the lead and pushed the pace over the tough Lancashire terrain and going out on the last lap of the 4,600 metres trip it was only the English champion Mathew Willis that was still with him.
The race was made more difficult for all with the sleet shower that was now falling and just before entering the wooded section Willis made a surge into the lead as Paddy tripped and fell  but he quickly picked himself up and regained the lead. The very talented and highly fancied English lad went with him and with 300 metres remaining he moved up on Paddy’s shoulder again but another injection of pace from Paddy on the final hill got him 5 metres clear and he sprinted home for a fantastic win by 15 metres which was the first by an Irish athlete in this race for almost 20 years.
Paddy had also the honour of leading the Irish team to the silver medals as he dedicated his win to his late Uncle and Godfather Billy.
As with horses Paddy’s bloodline is good as his dad and coach Tommy represented Ireland 12 times, the first at Cardiff Castle in November 1988 and followed that up with 4 appearances at World Championships ( World Cross Country – Stavanger 1989 and Antwerp 1991, World Half Marathon – Newcastle 1992 and Brussels 1993).
It was a really good day for young Meath athletes as another Dunshaughlin Community College student Jarlath Jordan finished 20thin Paddy’s race and also picked up a team silver. Jarlath who competes with Tara AC has made great progress in the last 12 months and young St Peters Dunboyne student Nicola Duffy was an impressive 15th in the Junior Girls race. Nicola was capping off a great cross country season which saw her take the bronze medal in the National Championships in Santry last November and the Irish Schools in Cork”

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Wins for St Brigids

Well done to Robert Caffrey winner of the Castlepollard 5K also Maureen Getty and Aaron who were second in there respective categorys, Eamonn FitzMartin Murph MurphyDavid CunninghamMarie Masterson, Treasa Gibney and John McManus all ran well. 
Well done to the orgainizing committee on an enjoyable race.

In Wicklow Martin Briody and Laurence Briody put in good performances at the Trooperstown hill run with Laurence taking 4 minutes of his time from 2012

Dunshaughlin AC February activities

BHAA Garda Cross Country – Phoenix Park – Saturday 15th February
“Shauna Moore finished 6th in the Garda BHAA Cross Country race over 2 miles at the Magazine Fort in the Phoenix Park on Saturday. It was another good performance from Shauna as she covered the 2 mile trip in 13.33 in one the longest established Business Houses races on the calendar”

Park Run – Griffeen Park – Lucan – Saturday 15th February
“ Benny Byrne managed to slip a 5k race into his busy day as he clocked 19.31 for 10th place at the weekly 5k park run in Griffeen park in Lucan on Saturday.
Declan Butler was racing his first park run and finished 13th in 19.41”.

Inter- Club Track and Meeting – Tara – Ratoath – Dunboyne – Dunshaughlin – Dunboyne Track – Sunday 16th February
“Some of our new young members got their first taste of competition up in Dunboyne track today as we had a friendly invitational meeting for under 9 to 12 members with athletes from Dunboyne, Ratoath and Tara. Fiach Hartigan looks like he will be a flier like his mother, Anna and Ella Moyles burned up the cinder track like their mam did in her prime, Niamh, Grace and Sean Summerville all did the sprint and distance races as well as the long jump and turbo javelin and now wonder why their dad makes such a big deal of an Ironman and great performances too from first timers Mae Fahy, Annie Lynch and Sara Duffy and from 2 more of our experienced campaigners Hilliary Larkin and Ben Foley in the various events – well done all!!!

Ras na hEireann – Battle of the Boyne site – Oldbridge – Sunday 16th February
“The sports mad O’Connor family were our flag bearers at the annual Ras na hEireann cross country festival on the battle of the Boyne site at Oldbridge. Charlie got back into action with a fine 4th place in the boys under 11 race while his older brother Sean was also back in action as the wet conditions put his soccer career on temporary hold as he finished well up in the Boys under 13 race – Well done lads!!

National Indoor Track and Field Championships – Athlone – 15th/16th February
“Thomas Moran broke more new ground as he recorded another pb on the indoor circuit in Athlone today. In his first National senior championships Thomas finished 12th in the mens 3,000 metres in a time of 8.39.44 which was 15 seconds faster than his previous best”

Trim AC officers for 2014

New Officers elected for 2014

TRIM AC Officers for 2014
Chairman and PRO Caran Tobin
Vice Chairman and Webmaster Andrew Linsley
Secretary Enda Markey
Assistant Secretary Heather Carty
Treasurer David Hawcroft
Assistant Treasurer Paula Hegarty
Registrar Moira Aston
Childrens Officers Don Mahon Paula Hegarty Cathy Shelly.
Co Board Mark Melia, Brian Cully.

Dunboyne AC AGM

Members of Dunboyne AC met at DuNboyne Castle on January 29th for the Annual General Meeting.
Looking back at the 2013 season, this has been another great and successful year for the club.
Chairman Michael Cornyn, club Captain Tommy Mc Donnell and Coach Tonny O’Neil mentioned some highlights:
-          Dunboyne competing in the National Track & Field league in Santry and Cork
-          Ladies winning silver medals in All Ireland Road Relays and  gold medals in Meath Road Relays
-          Keith Doherty winning titles in pole vault and winning senior athlete of the Year.
-          Padraig White and James Mc Cabe competing internationally
-          Michael Hanlon winning the Conway Trophy and Mick Quinn Trophy in all Ireland Schools
-          Dunboyne AC won 1 gold and 3 silver medals in Master Track&Field.
-          Juveniles competed in Meath, Leinster and All Ireland
-          Athletes of the year: Keith Doherty, Emilia Dan, Nicola Mc Kiernan and Noreen Geoghan, Aoiffe Kerrigan and George Hutton
Dunboyne AC Chairman congratulated both Seamus Brady for his great job as President of Meath County Board and Secreatry John Holian as Meath County Board Secretary.
Michael Cornyn thanked all the members for the huge support during the year, especially former chairmen Sean and Martin and also vice chairman Theresa Smith.
Few words from President Sean Conroy to celebrate the work, the dedication and achievements of all members and volunteers. Everybody contributes to the success of the club.
The club was founded in 1928 and celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2013. With almost 800 members, adults, juveniles and fit4life section, the club continues to grow. Members meet around our 400m track and participate in many races. The big project for the coming year is the upgrade of the track.
Dunboyne AC was largely represented in road races, cross country and athletics all year long with successful results.
Our top athletes did well; few of them were competing at a national/international level with notable success.
Moreover, the club was very well represented in the local and county competitions, teams been many times on the podium.
The club did continue its key event of the year "Dunboyne 4 Miles road race", with almost 1000 runners participating. A huge crowd came to The Cow Park, used to host the Leinster Cross Country. Members participated as well in the Winter League and Christmas Run organised by Josephine and Liam Murtagh.
Were introduced in 2013, two new programs: Couch to 5K and Fit4Youth with an amazing turn out. The Fit4Life section was again very active and popular thanks to the efforts put by its group leaders.
Outside the track, social events such as Family Fun Day, the Annual Dinner Dance in Dunboyne Castle, Fit4Life Award Night played again a key role in the life of the club.
President: Sean Conroy
Chairman: Michael Cornyn
Vice Chairman: Theresa Smyth
Treasurer: Sean Kinnane
Secretary: Paul Gorey
Assistant Secretary: Paul Gannon
Event & Fundraising: Aoiffe Kerrigan, Paul Donnell, Viviane Lennon, Eleanor Allen, Emilia Dan
Website&post design: Aoiffe Kerrigan
PRO: Valerie Pradelles, assisted by Paul Gannon
Digital Communication (Facebook): Roisin Bell
Child Welfare Officer: Theresa Smyth, assisted by Michelle
Senior Coach: Tony O’Neil
Senior Captain: Tommy Mc Donnell
Registrar: Antoinette Howling
Juvenile Registrar: Keith Eglington
Fit4life Representative: Geraldine Fagan and Vivienne Lennon
Development Officer: Seamus Brady
Kit Man: Tom Muldon
County Board Delegate: Ken McDonagh
Dunboyne AC welcomes all level, all age group. Located on Rooske Road, next to the GAA club; training hours are:
Senior: Tuesdays and Thursdays 7-8pm
Juvenile:  Mondays and Wednesdays 7-8pm
Fit4life: Tuesdays and Thursdays 8-9pm
Registration forms are available online (

Relay trial results

Meath Cross Country Relay trials Results
Frayne, Athboy - Sunday 9th February 2014

Girls Under 12 - 500 metres
1 Doireann Ni Fhlatharta Dunboyne
2 Caoimhe Leddy Navan
3 Ali Sherlock Fr Murphy
4 Imelda Larkin Fr Murphy
5 Lily O'Connor Ratoath
6 Elisha Larkin Fr Murphy

Boys Under 12 - 500 metres
1 Jake Cullen Tara
2 Shane Smith Cushinstown
3 Niall Moreland Cushinstown
4 Jack Browne Dunboyne
5 John Cullen Tara
6 Ciaran McGee Trim

Girls Under 14 - 500 metres
1 Amy Clarke Na Fianna
2 Petra Reilly Dunshaughlin
3 Sarah Clarke Na Fianna
4 Hannah Gilligan Trim
5 Aideen Slattery Na Fianna
6 Emma Neary Na Fianna
7 Molly McNamara Dunshaughlin
8 Ava O'Brien Dunshaughlin
9 Andrea Hiney Trim
10 Caoimhe Rowe Trim

Boys Under 14 - 500 metres
1 Shane Walshe Na Fianna
2 Evan Butler Dunshaughlin
3 Thomas Reilly Dunshaughlin
4 Cian Casey Star of the Sea
5 Paul O'Brien Tara
6 Luke Mitchell Dunshaughlin
7 Shane Clarke Trim
8 Gearoid McGee Trim

Dunboyne host major cross country

Dunboyne AC will be hosting the 2014 Athletics Ireland National Intermediate, Masters & Juvenile Cross Country Championships, at the Cow Park, Loughsallagh on Sunday 23rd February (located between Dunboyne and Clonee) from 11am.
Dunboyne AC athletes Loughlin Campion and Rory Kavanagh will compete in the Intermediate race. Claire NĂ­ Fhaircheallaigh will lead for Dunboyne AC's women’s Intermediate team. The Masters men will be led by Phelim Glynn. Possibly the Clubs best chance of a National team medal is that of the Masters Women led by Emilia Dan, Fiona Reid and Karen O'Hanlon.

Registration: Dunboyne Community Centre, 500m from Cow Park. 

Thursday, February 6, 2014


To All Clubs,
“On Sunday 9th February Fr Murphy AC will host trials to select teams for the Girls and boys under 12 and 14 Inter- County Cross Country Relays.
The trials will start at 12 noon at Frayne and all the races are over 500 metres.
All athletes must be registered for 2014 to be eligible to compete.
2013 age groups apply for this event – i.e. under 12 born in 2002 and 2003, under 14 born in 2000 and 2001.
The first 4 home plus 1 sub in each race will be selected to represent Meath at the All Ireland Inter-County Cross Country relays ( 4 x 500 metres)which will be held at Dundalk IT on Sunday 2nd March in advance of the National senior and Junior Cross Country Championships– time to be confirmed”.
Paddy  Mangan
Competition Sec.

AAI Intermediate and masters online entry.

To All Clubs,
These Championships will take place in Dunboyne on Sunday 23rd February 2014. We want to field strong teams in both male and female intermediate and master races as the Championships are taking place within the county.
The development races for juvenile are U11, 13, 15 & 17 ages. 2013 ages apply for the development events and later for the inter county cross country relays.
Juvenile Development Events are open to athletes who HAVE NOT WON an Individual, Regional, County or Club Cross Country medal at the National Championships.
 The selectors want clubs to email me back with athletes willing to run on the day.
 Those athletes that competed in the Leinster Senior Cross Country Championships in Ballyroan for the county will be automatically included in the teams.
 The county would like all athletes to make themselves available for selection and the management team and county board will be disappointed if athletes who do not make themselves available compete in similar races  or distances the week before or the week after the Dunboyne event.
 Brendan Meade

REGISTER HERE for the AAI Intermediate and masters cross country championships in Dunboyne