In response to public demand and requests from parents, the club is launching a facility membership scheme whereby members of the public can pay an annual subscription to use the grass routes on the new facility for walking, jogging and running. Membership application form is here. All subscriptions go directly towards the development of the facility. Between membership subscriptions, fundraising and grants, it is hoped to raise €250,000 over the next 2 years to develop the facility.
It is separate to membership of the club – people join the juvenile or senior club as normal to participate in club training sessions and take part in competition. But if you are using the new facility, you need to pay the facility membership. Facility membership is automatically included in the existing juvenile membership subscription and a family option will be introduced to facilitate parents. And for folks who have already made donations to the facility or are thinking of it, we will use your donation to offset your park membership subscription.
Please note that for the moment until facilities are further improved, juvenile training sessions will have exclusive use of the hours 6-9pm on Mon-Thurs of the week but is available outside of these 3 hours and all day Fri, Sat and Sun for park members. This will be reviewed as the facility is improved.
Panoramic view from the centre of the new grounds - click to enlarge
The second week of the club's popular athletics summer camp takes place from 10th to 14th August at Craughwell astroturf. Book your place early to avoid dissapointment!
The camp is coordinated and ran by our international senior high jumper Cathriona Farrell. Click on the image below for the application form and don't miss out on the opportunity to attend one of the best camps in Ireland with plenty of fun and expert tuition in the various athletics disciplines! Cathriona's contact information is on the form.
Hope everyone is enjoying the summer holidays and the fine weather! Believe it or not, some people come to Ireland for this weather - I have a work colleague from Brazil who loves this weather rather than the 40 degree temperatures in his homeplace!
Just a quick summary of when training resumes this September. If any new parent is interested in lending a hand, please contact myself or one of the coordinators below. We will be particularly seeking help from parents in the new U8 age group so if you think you might have an interest, please contact me or Tracy. Its a very rewarding pasttime to be involved in coaching and watch the children make progress with your help.
|Training Group||YOB||Coordinator||Contact #||Restarts||Time|
|U8s||2008||Tracy Moran||087 8810737||Tues 8th Sept||5.30pm|
|U9s||2007||Sylvia Walsh||087 8940395||Thurs 10th Sept||5.30pm|
|U10s||2006||Tracy Moran||087 8810737||Tues 8th Sept||6.15pm|
|U11s||2005||Michael Tobin||087 6591879||Mon 7th Sept||6.15pm|
|U12s||2004||Seamus Lynch||087 2117697||Thurs 10th Sept||7.00pm|
|U13s||2003||Tracy Moran||087 8810737||Tues 8th Sept||7.00pm|
|U14s||2002||Siobhan McFadden||087 2733327||Tues 8th Sept||8.15pm|
|U15s||2001||Marion McEvilly||087 9390366||Tues 1st Sept||8.15pm|
|U16s||2000||Michael Tobin||087 6591879||Hasn't stopped|
|Older/Jumps/Distance||Michael Tobin||087 6591879||Hasn't stopped|
|Older/Sprints||Patricia Cosgrove||087 6671534||Tues 15th Sept||8.15pm|
Following is the full weekly schedule:-
Well done to Damian O'Boyle who ran with the best last night in the Morton Games in Santry in the Men's 800m where he set a new PB and broke the club senior record in this event in an electric time of 1.57.96. The old record was 1.58.53 set by Nicholas Sheehan in the National U18 Track & Field in Tullamore in 2013.
Craughwell AC U16 Boys 4x100m Relay
Oisin Lyons, Jerry Keary, Daniel Callanan-Forde, Louis Molloy
The final day of the National juvenile track and field Championships took place in Tullamore last Saturday where the club had 9 teams in action in the National relays.
Highest placed finishers on the day were the U12 boys who placed 6th in a time of 57.40 (Kieran O’Connor, Lukas Schukat, Liam Mulveen, Conor Hoade, Liam McDonagh) and the U16 boys who placed 7th in their 4x100m in a time of 48.94 (Louis Molloy, Jerry Keary, Oisin Lyons, Daniel Callanan-Forde) in the process knocking almost 2 seconds off the club’s U16 record. In the girls events, the U16 girls placed the highest with a 9th place finish in a time of 53.55 (Caoilin Milton, Lorraine Delaney, Ciana Reidy, Laura Cunningham) while both the U15 and U14 teams took 10th place in their events with the U15s setting a club U15 record in a time of 53.19 (Mia Waters, Alison Leahy, Finola Kelly and Siona Lawless) and the U14s running an impressive 55.20 (Mia Waters, Freya Bohan, Leanagh Gilligan, Eva Kelly, Caoimhe Gilligan).
Craughwell U16 Girls 4x100m Relay
Ciana Reidy, Caoilin Milton, Lorraine Delaney, Laura Cunningham
The U13 boys fielded 2 teams who placed 13th (Padraig Martyn, Pascal Walsh, Jack Fitzgerald, Shaun Gilligan, Conor Trehy) and 15th (Liam Mulveen, Jack Farrell, Gavin Kelly, Conor Trehy, Liam McDonagh) in their 4x100m in times of 58.97 and 60.10. The U14 boys team of Alex Evans, Sean Connaughton, Shaun Gilligan, Kyle Moorhead and Ciaran Connaughton were unlucky to be disqualified for a zone fault in their heat. The U12 girls team of Anna Molloy, Eve Ayo Rebecca Lynch, Hannah Hynes and Rebekah Flynn placed 15th in their 4x100m in a time of 61.61.
Craughwell AC U13 Boys 4x100m Relay
Craughwell AC U13 Boys 4x100m Relay
Craughwell AC U14 Boys 4x100m Relay
At the same venue, several athletes from the club took part in the National Juvenile B Championships. Conor Hoade leaped an impressive 4.22m to take the gold medal in the U12 Boys long jump and also took the silver medal in the high jump with 1.15m, while Shauna Tobin took the bronze medal in the U16 Girls long jump with 3.92m. Also featuring in the top eight on the day, Finbarr McFadden placed 6th in the U14 Boys 800m in 2:33.07 and Eve Ayo did likewise in the final of the U12 Girls 60m in a time of 9.27 having earlier placed 2nd in the heats in a time of 9.20.
Rebekah Flynn took 9th place in the U12 600m in 2:00.60.and finished in 12th in the long jump with 3.50m. Rebecca Lynch placed 13th in the U12 long jump with 3.33 while Emily Rooney placed 19th with 2.84m and 7th in her 60m heat in a time of 10.98.
Meanwhile on the following day, several athletes from the club representing Galway in the National League competition including Sineád Treacy, Tara McNally, Michelle Duggan, Cathriona Farrell and Sineád Gaffney. Official results are not yet available from the event, Cathriona jumped excepptionally well clearing 1.75m on her first attempt off a short run-up of 7 steps while Sinead G placed 2nd in the 800m. The women's 4xm relay featured 3 Craughwell athletes pictured below:-
Galway Women's 4x100m Relay Team
Sineád Treacy, Tara McNally, Michelle Duggan, Roisin Flynn
Craughwell AC participated in the Galway Sports Partnership Fit Towns Initiative recently. Pictured below receiving the award from athletics legend and CEO of the Irish Sports Council John Treacy.
L-R: Josephine Gardiner (Galway Sports Partnership), Mark Gillen (Chairperson, Craughwell AC), John Treacy (CEO, Irish Sports Council), Councillor Moegie Maher, Mick Curley (Galway Sports Partnership), Michael Tobin (PRO, Craughwell AC)
We will shortly be getting a large sign erected at our new facility beside the school which will include an artistic impression of what it will eventually look like. The painting is by our multi-talented club member Emma Urquhart who as well as being a dedicated distance athlete is an exceptional artist who has won many National awards. Well done and thank you Emma!
The European Junior Championships get underway today in Sweden where our own Conor Duggan travelled out with the Irish team earlier in the week. Conor had the massive honour of being part of the Opening Ceremony where each country had to carry some sand to the podium and mix with sand from other countries. Conor was the chosen sand-bearer for Ireland! You can see a distant picure of him in the act below. Competition gets underway today. The full schedule for the event is at the link below. The 4x100m takes place on Sunday:-
A live stream of the events will be here:- http://www.eurovisionsports.tv/
The County Junior/Senior/Masters Championships were held over two very pleasant, balmy days in June recently, and saw a strong Craughwell presence across the three categories. The weather merely reflected the fantastic, friendly atmosphere between competitors - if you haven’t gone to these events before, it is well worth checking out next year. Nobody takes themselves - or the competitive aspect - too seriously, and there is a support and encouragement for all competitors from both fellow-athletes and officials. It’s always good to see the club’s top young performers support their county championship – and Craughwell were exemplary in this regard, with the likes of Cathriona Farrell, Conor Duggan, Damian O’Boyle, Aidan Conneely and Peadar Harvey all turning in star performances. Not only do Craughwell athletes get to watch and applaud their own club's efforts, but also those of other clubs - for instance, new GCH star, Aubree Piepmeier and Athenry's Jane-Anne Meehan in the 5k and perennial multi-event winner Mary Barrett.
It’s almost 17 months since we publicly launched our grand ambitions for the purchase and development of an 8-acre site beside Craughwell NS. And its approaching 10 months since the club completed the purchase of the site. In that time-period the club has funded the purchase and development through a combination of loans totalling €164,000 and membership subscriptions, donations, fund-raising and grants with expenditure nearing the €300,000 mark as we speak.
Daniel Callanan-Forde and Laura Cunningham
Third and Fourth Places in the National U16 Boys and U16 Girls Triple Jump Championships in Tullamore
While we still have 1 more day to go of National finals, I am way behind updating the website so here goes with the 4 days of National finals so far. It’s being a busy string of weekends with a trek to Tullamore each weekend of the last 3 weekends for the National finals. They kicked off on the last weekend of June with the finals of the U9, 10 and 11 age groups. A large cohort of Craughwell AC juveniles travelled to Tullamore for the occasion where the club enjoyed some fantastic success in the paired events and relays.
Dearbhaile Walshe, Galway Senior 800m and 3000m Champion 2015
(Photo by John O'Connor)
Craughwell junior and senior athletes dominated the Galway Track & Field Championships which were held over 2 days recently in Dangan. Sinead Treacy led the way with 3 Galway titles in 100m (12.79), 200m (25.87) and long jump (5.08m) while several athletes picked up a brace of titles including Dearbhaile Walsh 3000m (12.20.00) and 800m (2.36.60), Conor Duggan 100m (11.05) and 200m (22.80), and Peter O’Sullivan 1500m (4.13.28) and 10000m (35.44.00).
Cathriona Farrell recorded a season’s best of 1.75m when taking the high jump title (1.75m), while there were fine performances and Galway titles also for Damien O’Boyle 5000m (15.41.00), Sarah Finnegan triple jump (9.77m), Peadar Harvey 800m (2.02.92), and Aidan Conneely long jump (6.07m). The men’s 4x100m team was won by the Craughwell quartet of Conor Duggan, Aidan Conneely, Peadar Harvey and Rob Hogan in a time of 47.07, just one-hundredth of a second away from a club record.
There was an impressive performances also from Ollie Mullins who placed second in the 10000m having won the Galway Half-marathon Championships a day earlier in Monivea.
Full results of the two days of competition are here:-