Many thanks to the large crowd who turned up in the rain Thursday night for the official opening of our carpark and entrance roadway and the launch of our club lotto in association with Croí, Pictured above are Councillors Moegie Maher and Peter Feeney performing the opening ceremony under the watchful gaze of the next generation of athletes.
Both Moegie and Peter provided crucial advice to the club in regard to the planning process and the access road, leading a team of 14 councillors who supported the motions to Galway County Council to take the roadway public and coordinated funding from the same team to make €21000 available to the council to bring the roadway to the required standard. The club owe an immense debt of gratitude to both men for their leadership and advice.
The club has made giant strides in its facility development in a very short space of time as illustrated below:
- September 2014
- Site purchased
- October 2014
- Pedestrian entrance from school
- Initial floodlighting completed, field in use for cross country running
- July 2015
- Community Finance Ireland provide additional loan of €38,500 to fund ongoing developments.
- September 2015
- Guinness World Record Relay fund-raiser
- October 2015
- Hosted Galway juvenile cross country
- November 2015
- Approved for €100,000 sports capital grant
- Access roadway made public by Galway County Council
- May 2016
- Internal roadway and carpark constructed
- June 2016
- Car park officially opened by Councillors Moegie Maher and Peter Feeney
- New floodlights installed and turned on to complete floodlighting of the field
- July 2016
- Sprint track construction starts
- August 2016
- Sprint track construction finishes
- September 2016
- Official opening of track
The last few lines are a look into the near future! Here's where you come in .... we still need your help to fund the development. As you know, we joined the Croí BraveHearts lotto where Croí and ourselves split the funds raised. Tonight after a whirlwind 4-week start to this, we were presented with a cheque by Croí for our half of the funds raised so far - coming to the fantastic total of €3120. A huge thank you to all who have supported us to date with donations and subscriptions to the Lotto. But we need to keep the momentum going. We have a target fund-raising total of €45k for this year and the Lotto is a major element of this. Click on the photo below to support us. If you are thinking about it, please do it - don't let the grass grow under our feet on this! Your club needs you! Thank you!
Croí's Kieran Browne presenting a cheque for €3120 to Club Chairperson Marion McEvilly
with Fundraising Coordinator Tracy Moran and Facility Development Officer Mike Tobin
Check it out - big opening night this THURSDAY 6.30pm of new entrance road and car-park, together with family fun run over half-mile loop together with launch of the club's Lotto in association with Croi.
Craughwell AC is the largest juvenile club in the country, a remarkable statistic for a rural area.
We pride ourselves on being an all-inclusive club catering for children with all abilities, with an emphasis on a healthy body and mind especially amongst our growing youth/teenagers.
For those watching closely, you know how hard we are working towards developing our new facilities. We have so far done great to purchase our own site and have managed to produce great things with what we have BUT we have a bigger plan in place and we are determined to carry it out so the current members and future members will have as much benefits at their doorstep as all other clubs!!
But we now URGENTLY need your HELP!!!
As you will know through email or handouts or txt, we are supporting Croí BraveHearts Lotto. For every member who chooses to support the Lotto, your money is split 50-50 with Croí and Craughwell AC. It’s a win win for the club, for a charity that are doing tremendous work and a chance of a lotto win for you also. As an added incentive, if you subscribe for the year, you get membership of our sports and recreation park to jog or walk around it.
To celebrate the above union, Croí will be in attendance this Thurs 23rd in our own field to launch the lotto. There will be two Croí nurses in attendance providing a free pulse test. Additionally, the Order of Malta will be demonstrating first aid to the children and we also hope to have some Defibrillator demonstrations giving kids and parents an opportunity to watch and learn in case of an emergency.
Click on the picture to support our Lotto or go tohttps://www.croi.ie/lotto and make sure to select Craughwell AC as the joint beneficiary.
On the same evening, we as a Club are also proudly inviting you and your friends/family to the official opening of our carpark and entrance roadway by Councillor Moegie Maher. The entrance roadway was taken public by the council last year with the financial support of 14 councillors for which the club is very grateful. This is a big milestone for the club and marks the beginning to the on-going development of our bigger plan.
We will also be inviting families to run, walk or jog for a half-mile loop of our 8 acres. This and other running routes are accessible to you as part of signing up each year for the BraveHearts Lotto ... an annual subscription will cost €100 or you can pay quarterly.
So if you haven't already supported this wonderful charity and of course the Club ... please come along on that evening and receive some information on how you can help. We appreciate all the wonderful families that have got behind us so far to make what is in place happen. Croí will be presenting a cheque to the club on the night which goes directly to the current work.
So please, if you intend of supporting the club and have a charitable contribution at the same time we would greatly appreciate it as we can't do this on our own.
And for those in business, we are in the process of finalizing some corporate sponsorship options and will be publicising detailed on same in the next 2 weeks.
Thank you kindly in advance and we look forward to seeing you all for our night of fun and celebration Thursday 23rd June at 6.30pm.
The order of events for the Community Games finals this Sunday in Ballinderrin is below. Please note - the times indicated are my guesses and people should arrive at least 1 hour before the time listed here to avoid dissapointment.
The only official time published is the 10.30am start time so don't berate officials (or me!) if these times are way off. I guessed them based on the number of competitors and on the theory that the heats and semis of the sprints will run at the same time on opposite side of the field for boys and girls.
Note also spikes are not allowed in running shoes for ages U13 and younger. And that club singlets are not allowed. Best of luck to all of our club members while representing your parishes. Hope everyone comes away happy with their performance and happy with the day. Provisional times are below and again please remember they are just semi-educated guesses:- provisionalTimetable.pdf
The timetable for the schools track and field tomorrow is online here. The best of luck to all of our athletes who are involved! A rather belated report on the Connacht finals follows below.
The Calasanctius Oranmore Intermediate Girls 4x100m team - Connacht Champions 2016
Laura Nally, Caoilin Milton, Hannah-Kate Silke, Lorraine Delaney
This is what the finished product will look like when our sprint lanes are built this summer in Craughwell, except that ours will be wider (8 lanes) and longer(140m). The picture was taken today at the track in Westside and is the same surface that we are getting in Craughwell.
Conveniently, lanes 4 and 5 also indicate the total that we need to fund-raise quickly in order to complete the work this summer - €45k! So don’t sit back – help us get this done by supporting our Lotto.
A quick update on facility progress for our members and a huge appeal to you to get behind our fundraising. You will have seen plenty of construction activity on the field in the last 8 weeks. This is just the start of some major development work to be completed during June and July. We are about to go ahead with the following:-
- Completion of basic roadway and carpark on the new grounds
- Installation of 8 additional floodlights
- Construction of an 8-lane IAAF-certified tartan sprint runway 140m long, bordered at one end by a large long jump pit.
- Surfacing of our new high jump area with the same tartan surface bringing it also to an IAAF-certified standard.
All of which is targeted to be complete by mid-August this year.
But we are short funds to get everything done – €45,000 to be precise and we really need parents to get behind our fund-raising efforts in this regard. Please don’t leave it to someone else, please don’t set this note to one side and say I must do that sometime. The time to help is now – we really need these funds. If we can get them, we can deliver all of the above and as well as providing better facilities for your children to use immediately, you eliminate a lot of travel time required when we have to go to Dangan or Athlone to get the benefit of proper track surfaces.
The benefit to your children is huge. Our membership fees and fund-raising are relatively small and the cost to you for the facilities we are and will be providing is relatively small. An example of costs elsewhere is a new track currently being developed for Kilkenny County Council by the same company that will be installing ours. If you google for “Kilkenny watershed track”, you will see that they charge almost €3 per child each time they use the facility. Our facility is free of charge to members. We just need your support with the fundraising. And as your children get older, they train more often and will get an even bigger benefit.
Your €2 will be spent each week as follows:
- €1 to the Croí Lotto which covers all costs and prizes of the Lotto and raises funds for their charitable work.
- €1 to Craughwell AC which will be spent in 2016 as follows:-
- 10 cents towards construction of roadway and carpark
- 17 cents towards installation of 8 additional floodlights
- 17 cents towards construction of high jump and long jump areas
- 56 cents towards the construction of the sprint lanes
As an added incentive, if you sign up for the year, we will give you free membership of the facility for the year which gives you the right to use the perimeter route at any time of day to jog/walk or the other routes when juvenile training not in progress.
Please support and please push with friends and relatives as best you can - we are building facilities for you and your families and your descendants! Each year we will be making improvements. A little goes a long way, and a lot of ‘littles’ goes an awful long way!
Michael Tobin, Facility Development Officer, 087 6591879
Tracy Moran, Fundraising Coordinator, 087 8810737
A nice snap of possibly Craughwell's fittest family - the 3 Miskella siblings after some champion performances in Dangan yesterday where Aibhe won double gold in U15 800m and 1500m, Jack won silver in Junior Men 400m and a fine PB of 2.09.96 in the 800m, and Emily won gold in the U13 Long Jump, 4th place in the 600m and 6th place in the hurdles. Impressive performances!! The photo reminded me of 1 taken almost 5 years to the day at Craughwell Community Games where the trio were similarly displaying their talent for athletics ...
Dangan, May 2016
Craughwell, May 2011
Leanagh Gilligan and Lorraine Delaney who both joined the exclusive 5m Long Jump Club at the weekend!
Yet another highly successful day at the Galway Championships on a glorious sunny day saw many more fine performances from the large numbers of Craughwell athletes in attendance, most notably Jerry Keary’s breath-taking 1.92m in the U17 high jump to set a new club senior outdoor record, Leanagh Gilligan and Lorraine Delaney both breaking 5 metres for the first time in the long jump, Lukas Schukat clearing 1.45m to win the U14 high jump, Finbarr McFadden and Ailbhe Miskella reclaiming Galway track titles in the U15 distance races for the first time in a number of year. Some great performances also from Aisling Keady in the Junior Women grade where in spite of a heavy fall in the 100m hurdles at the start of the day, she went on to win 5 gold and 2 silver across a range of events.
The following are our results from the day and the full provisional results:-
If anyone out there is interested in a parttime position on the Communiy Employment Programme, the club have been approved for an allocation of a clerical assistant to perform some admin duties for the the club as part of the CE Program. Click on the image below for more details or go to the website http://jobseeker.fas.ie/, enter location "Galway County" and Type "Employment Programme" and hit Search to get to same page. If interested, you will need to contact Galway Rural Development in Athenry to follow up on it. The club is not involved in the selection of a person for the role.