Declan leads U14s into History Books!

Declan leads U14s into History Books!

The day and course couldn’t have been more perfect as Craughwell had an historic day at the National Cross Country in Santry. As is typical with Cross Country – when held close to Dublin and the weather is fine, the competition is FIERCE! Craughwell had competitors in the U12 races, the u14 boys, the U18/Junior Boys/Girls and the Senior event. Historic Win for Declan The performance of the day came from Declan O’Connell and his u14 teammates. Declan has been…

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Monumental Multi-Eventers!

Monumental Multi-Eventers!

A small contingent of athletes battled it in the National finals of the Secondary Schools Combined Events which were held in Athlone on Saturday with some spectacular performances from athletes in the club. In the Minor Grade, Sean Hoade took 5th place in the boys’ event with several PBs and a fine score of 2522 points which included 25.79 in the 200m, 2:21.82 in the 800m, 9.52 in the 60m hurdles, 10.06m in the shot and 5.25m in the long…

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Relay Success from Maynooth to Toulouse

Relay Success from Maynooth to Toulouse

Several Craughwell AC Athletes competed in the Intervarsity Road Relay Championships in Maynooth on Saturday with some excellent results.  The event features mixed distances of 1, 2 and 3 miles approximately.  Jack Miskella ran the fastest mile leg of the day of 4:37 to lead his NUIG “A” Team to 4th place in a high quality event that included athletes the calibre of Olympic 1500m Semi-Finalist Andrew Coscoran and European U20 1500m Champion Cian McPhillips.  Patrick Noonan ran the first…

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Bushfield Shines in Connacht Unevens

Bushfield Shines in Connacht Unevens

As the week approached – I was getting texts from various coaches and athletes from about Connacht looking for an insight into the Bushfield course. I told them all the same thing: “Possibly the best course in the country, and ideal preparation for Santry”. It didn’t make a liar out of me as the weather, course and fields collaborated to make for ideal cross country conditions! Well done to all the organizers, especially host club Loughrea AC. The fields were…

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Connacht Schools Pentathlon Titles for Jade and Ella!

Connacht Schools Pentathlon Titles for Jade and Ella!

Craughwell AC athletes had some incredible performances at the Secondary Schools Combined Events held in Athlone IT yesterday while representing their schools. Jade Moorhead (Pres Athenry) had a super day with a fantastic points score of 2707 to take the Connacht title in the Intermediate Girls grade – scorching through the hurdles in an impressive 9.90 and soaring over 1.64 on her first attempt in the high jump to equal her PB and only that tiredness kicked in, exited at…

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No Tricks or Treats in Ballina!

No Tricks or Treats in Ballina!

On a wet and windy Halloween, there was plenty to be scared of at the Connacht Even Ages Cross Country! Belleek is one of the most fabulous facilities that any club in Ireland has at its disposal, but when it is tough it can be very tough and today was one of those days! The course was wet to start out with and by the end of a day of persistent showers, it was quite the challenge getting up that…

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Thank you Stephen Glennon!

Thank you Stephen Glennon!

The club would like to wish Stephen Glennon the very best of luck as he moves on from the Connacht Tribune after 17 years of excellent sports coverage. His weekly articles were a must-read for any lover of sport and the club are very grateful for his focus on many of our own athletes over the years including Cathriona Farrell when she was battling Europe’s best in the high jump and more recently our U20 European Womens team and Shauna…

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William the Third in Classic Streets

William the Third in Classic Streets

The rain clouds parted to show good clear conditions for this year’s Streets of Galway 8km road race on Sunday morning, and a large attendance of Craughwell AC Athletes took part.  19-year old William Fitzgerald had an incredible run to finish 3rd overall and first Galwayman in the event.  This was a fine performance, just six seconds off the club record of 24:24 for the event set by the great Gerry Ryan in 2011.  to give you an idea of the accelerating pace,…

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Autumn Open 2021 Report

Autumn Open 2021 Report

David Matthews, legendary Irish 800m runner did a lap of the course the other day on Instagram and called it tough and muddy. Turns out, the speedy track man’s definition of “muddy” doesn’t match your average Connacht person as the course was immaculate throughout and I’ve never seen the back section as clean. The National Cross Country course in Abbotstown is my favourite course and plays host to the Eurocross later this year. The big lap is a 1.5km loop,…

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Great Performances at Primary Schools Finals

Great Performances at Primary Schools Finals

Another glorious day of primary schools cross-country action saw some super performances from athletes in the club while representing their schools. Pride of place went to Alan Hallinan who had possibly the unique achievement of winning the 6th class race while still only in 5th class. Alan becomes only the 2nd boy from Craughwell NS to take the Galway Schools Senior Cross Country title, with Kyle Moorhead the other back in 2014. Alan led his school to team victory in…

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