Yesterday was a fantastic day for the club with 2 major pieces of good news:-
- Firstly the announcement that the club is to receive a grant of €100,000 from the 2015 Sports Capital Program for the provision of additional flood-lighting on our new 8-acre site beside the school and the provision of an 8-lane 125m sprint straight and long jump runway. The club are overjoyed with the allocation and it will hopefully enable us to do this work next year. We would like to acknowledge the guidance received from both Ciaran Cannon and Brian Walsh when preparing our application. With our membership spread evenly between both electoral areas, both TDs were delighted to help and their input was invaluable.
The club would also like to take this opportunity to highlight the role of Community Finance Ireland in helping fund our facilities. CFI's Donal Traynor has given us fantastic support with our financial plans and in providing loans to the club on 2 occasions - initially last year to help us purchase the land and again this summer to help us continue our development.
- Secondly Galway County Council completed the final step yesterday in taking the roadway into our facility into their charge as a public roadway. This will enable us to very shortly build a carpark on the site and open it up for greater usage. We are indebted to a number of councillors for helping making this happen including Moegie Maher, Peter Feeney, Michael Fahy, Gerry Finnerty, Joe Byrne, Shane Donnellan, Gabe Cronnelly, Malachy Noone, Sean Canney, Anne Rabbitte, Frank Kearney, Jimmy McClearn,Tim Broderick and Martina Kinane. In particular the club would like to thank Moegie Maher and Peter Feeney for their leadership in this regard.
It is barely a year since we bought the site – with the purchase having completed on 21 September last year.
To have made so much progress in the space of a year is wonderful. Our recent attempt at a Guinness World Record in Dangan epitomised the fantastic sense of community within the club when we had over 2000 people take part. The support we are receiving from our members and the community is overwhelming – but we need it to continue as we have huge plans to build the best sports and recreation park in the country for use by the club and surrounding communities.
Our new grounds - click to enlarge
Craughwell AC has been selected by the Galway County Board to host day 2 of the Galway County Cross-country Championships on Sunday October 11th commencing at 1pm. This is very exciting for the club and while we have hosted the championships twice before in this very field, this is the first time that the club will have ever hosted an event on property that it owns!
With this in mind, it will be an historic occasion and we would love our juveniles to share in the history of the occasion by taking part. You don't have to be a distance runner to jog around for 10 or 20 minutes to complete the course and be part of history. So even if you are not into cross-country, have a think about participating and being part of a great occasion and just jog around for the taking part.
The event will kick off at 1pm with races in the following order over the distances indicated below:-
U9 Girls 800m
|U9 Boys 800m|
|U11 Girls 1500m||U11 Boys 1500m|
|U13 Girls 2500m||U13 Boys 2500m|
|U15 Girls 3500m||U15 Boys 3500m|
|U17 Girls 4000m||U17 Boys 5000m|
|U19 Girls 4000m||U19 Boys 6000m|
The outline of the course is below. Click to enlarge.
Galway U12 Cross Country Champions 2015 !
It was back to the rolling hills of the Palace Grounds in Tuam today for day 1 of the Galway Cross Country Championships where the even age groups were in action. The day got underway with the U10 girls where Craughwell had a strong squad in action. Sophie McIlrath led the team to bronze medals with a fine 5th place finish followed closely by Chloe Hallinan in 6th. All finishing places were as follows:- 5 Sophie McIlrath, 6 Chloe Hallinan, 17 Holly O'Boyle, 19 Abbie Molloy, 20 Sole Lopez, 21 Isabella Boland, 24 Muireen Leen, 26 Nicole Clarke, 28 Erin Doyle, 29 Katie Colleran, 32 Tanya Doyle, 33 Ciara Killeen, 37 Aoibhe Donnelan, 38 Catherine Gorman, 40 Anna Langan, 44 Laoise Gallagher, 45 Carmel Conway.
A reminder to all in the Craughwell area that the EGM of the Community Centre will be held on Monday the 12th October at 8.30pm. It is vital that all groups who use the hall are represented at this meeting so please come along if you are involved in such a group.
As you may know, the hall is closed at the moment because it does not have a committee to run it. The former committee resigned in August after almost 2 decades of service to the community. If you are reading this and benefitted from their service or hope to benefit from using the hall in years to come, perhaps you might consider stepping into their shoes and take on a role on the new committee that will hopefully be formed at the EGM.
Its unclear as to what will happen the hall if a new committee does not volunteer at the EGM and the hall may stay closed indefinitely.
Best of luck to everyone participating in day 1 of the Galway Cross Country Championships tomorrow at the Palace Grounds in Tuam. If you haven't been there before, directions are here.
The provisional timetable for the day is:-
- 1:00pm U10 Girls 1000m
- 1:10pm U10 Boys 1000m
- 1:20pm U12 Girls 2000m
- 1:30pm U12 Boys 2000m
- 1:40pm U14 Girls 3000m
- 1:55pm U14 Boys 3000m
- 2:10pm U16 Girls 4000m
- 2:30pm U16 Boys 4000m
- 3:00pm U18/Junior/Senior/Masters Women 4000m
- 3:30pm U18/Junior/Senior/Masters Men
Note above is just provisional, please arrive at least an hour before the above time in case it runs faster.
Quick update on fund-raising - can everyone please get their sponsorship cards back in as soon as possible as we need the funds for the next stage of our development. Thanks to everyone for all the huge support!
A massive well done to our local schools on some outstanding performances at the Galway Primary Schools cross country finals on a glorious day in Renmore.
Galway Speeders with Galway Hurling Captain and Jigsaw Ambassador David Collins
at the Craughwell AC Guinness World Record Relay Attempt
There isn't a word in the dictionary to describe how well everything went on Saturday and a huge congratulations to our very special coaches and committee and athletes who put in such efforts in the weeks leading up to the event and on the day ... a long long day but amazingly the place was still buzzing at 9.40pm when the finishing whistle sounded.
And the biggest congratulations of all to the two thousand plus participants who came from all over Galway and further afield to take part in our event including from Cork, Clare, Sligo and Louth and I’m sure many more counties.
With the unofficial count of individual participants at 2001 (to be confirmed once I get it all into a spreadsheet) we came up short on setting a Guinness World Record but what an amazing achievement to get over two thousand participants into the same relay for 12 hours. And our efforts smashed the Irish record for most participants in a 100m relay – smashing the record by a massive 1997 people!
As Dangan is host to a number of big events tomorrow, can people use 1 of two car-parks which have been allocated to our event. We are not allowed park in any of the other car parks.
We would like to encourage people to use a) below if possible, particularly if staying for an hour or more. The carpark in b) will get quite congested.
a) Parking at the rear of the Dangan rubgy pitches (entry via Corrib Village, i.e. just before the business park). See the points A1 for entrance, A2 and A3 on the map below. There are 500 places in this car-park.
b) Gravel track around hockey pitch. Enter via point 1 and 1a below to get onto the gravel track. Exit at point 4.
Check out the prizes below for tomorrow's world record relay attempt including impossible to get tickets for the Ireland-Germary and the next Connacht match!!!
Get yourselves into Dangan to buy a ticket and be in with a chance of winning!
2015 Galway Cross Country Championships
4th October, Tuam - Palace Grounds
The 2015 Galway Cross Country Championships will take place on October 4th at the Palace Grounds in Tuam.
The 2014 Championships saw a great turnout from the club which we hope to repeat this year. Craughwell took 2nd place in both the Senior Mens and Womens categories coupled with some outstanding individual performances on the day.
Craughwell AC Mens Team 2014 Galway Cross Country Championships
Well done to all who took part today in the primary school cross country semi-finals. We got lucky with the weather!
Provisional results are below.
Well done especially to all our local schools and club members on some wonderful performances.
Updated results with minor corrections are at. Note that all schools impacted by the corrections are already aware of them - so if you think you have qualified based on the prvovisional results, there is no change to that and you have qualified for the final!