Craughwell Champions of Connacht!

Craughwell Champions of Connacht!

Craughwell AC’s U11 Squad at the Connacht Championships in Claremorris

Yet another brilliant day of athletics from the club on yet another day of challenging weather conditions. The day kicked off with the relays where the club had some outstanding performances taking all 4 Connacht titles in the boys races and bronze in the U9, U10 and U11 girls relays and 4th place in the U12 girls relay. Huge achievements all around! Full details of our performances are below. Well done to everyone!!

Hats off to Claremorris AC on their fine facilities – something that our parents and athletes know we are aspiring to ourselves on our new field in Craughwell. Before you read on I just want to take a brief opportunity to highlight our efforts in this regard and the need for your support. We hope to receive significant grant aid to construct our own tartan sprint lanes and additional long jump facilities this year but need to fund-raise €40,000 to accompany the grant and loans. Please support our GWR relay challenge by raising €100 per family – this will bring in most of what we need. We are trying to maximise the funds raised during June and will be holding the relay in September. If you don’t already have a sponsorship card, please ask any coach or contact myself at 087 6591879 or tobinm1@yahoo.com. Please bring your completed sponsorship cards up to training as early as possible and give to your age group coordinator, thanks!!

Amidst blustery showers, the relays were the first event to get underway. With all relays being decided on times and qualification for the All-Irelands at stake in the younger ages, it was an exciting 90 minutes of action. The U9 girls ran brilliantly in the first set of races to take 3rd place. They were followed quickly by 2 fine performances by the U9 boys to win both heats and take 1st and 4th place, just losing out on the bronze by 5 hundredth of a second (less than a foot!). The U11s went really close to taking 2 sets of medals in each of their relays with the girls taking 3rd place and their second team taking 6th place just 1 second behind, while the boys took a splendid Connacht title with their second team missing out on bronze by the slim margin of 0.4 of a second when taking 5th place. The U12s rounded off the relay performances with the boys taking the Connacht title ahead of National champions Ballainsloe and their second team placing 12th and the girls just missing out on bronze when placing 4th and their other teams placing 9th and 10th.

Full details of the Craughwell relays, times and places are as follows:-

AgePlaceTeamTime
U9 Girls3Ella Farrelly, Molly Gilligan, Sophie McElrath, Tara Keane, Beth Crowe (sub)1.13.45
U9 Boys1Rian Comer, Sean Lavan, Steven Jennings, Cian Connaughton, Darragh Kelly (sub)1.08.59
U9 Boys4Fionn Higgins, Lee Whelton, Darragh Kelly, Ewan Walsh1.11.43
U10 Girls3Isabella Boland, Chloe Hallinan, Grace Lynch, Siobhan Carr, Yvanna Duffy (sub)1.08.61
U10 Boys1Evan Moran, Cormac McFadden, Eddie Silk, Conor Gilligan, Cillian Horan (sub)1.05.96
U10 Boys9Jamie Collins, Adam Jordan, Cillian Horan, Lucas Keane, Mossy Fitzgerald (sub)1.10.99
U11 Girls3Aoibhe Carr, Jade Moorhead, Erin Kelly, Katie Scully, Clodagh O’Meara (sub)1.06.56
U11 Girls6Aoibhe Fahy, Mairead Tucker, Helen Callaghan, Jade Whelton1.07.67
U11 Boys1Ryan McDonnell, Daniel Galvin, Evan Hallinan, Cian Lavan, Aaron Doyle (sub)1.03.19
U11 Boys5Fiachra Bond, Ódhran Gilligan, Mark Walsh, Luke Flynn, Shane Concannon (sub)1.05.22
U12 Girls4Rebecca Lynch, Eve Ayo, Caoimhe Connolly, Hannah Hynes, Anna Molloy (sub)1.03.56
U12 Girls9Saoirse Moore, Molly Sullivan, Clodagh O’Meara, Rebekah Flynn1.06.99
U12 Girls10Hannah Whelan, Anna Molloy, Oliwia Koman, Emily Rooney 1.10.62
U12 Boys1Kieran O’Connor,Lukas Schukat,Liam McDonagh, Conor Hoade,Liam Mulveen (sub)0.59.77
U12 Boys12Cian Irwin, Jack Kinane, Oisin Keane, Noah Keane1.09.65


In the paired events in the U9, 10 and 11 age groups, the club had some magnificent performances with 22 sets of athletes making it to the podium and qualifying for the All-Irelands, almost one-third of the qualifiers in those events. The qualifiers go forward to the All-Irelands finals which will be held in Tullamore on Sat 27th June. The following is a full list of how we fared in those age group, with qualifiers highlighted in red. There were many fine performances and several 4th and 5th placings that went very close to qualifying. Special mention to Aoibhe Carr who had some fantastic long jumps in the U11s but broke marginally each time – very unlucky as each of the breaks was a big jump.

AgeEventPlaceAthleteTime/DistAthleteTime/DistTotal
U9 Girls60m5Ella  Farrelly00:10.89Isabel  Schukat00:10.7300:21.62
300m4Gillian Crowe01:06.00Sophie  McIlrath01:03.3202:09.3
Long Jump1Tara Keane3.12Shannon  Quinn3.056.17
3Molly  Gilligan 2.78Clara  Rooney2.825.60
4Sarah Concannon2.69Ella  Farrelly2.795.48
Turbo Javelin1Jessica Shannon11.88Tara Keane13.7825.66
2Aoife O ‘Meara8.22Sophie McIlrath6.1014.32
5Katie Slevin7.85Vivienne Greaney5.0512.90
U9 Boys60m3Steven  Jenning00:09.90Ewan  Walsh00:10.5400:20.44
300m2Rian Comer00:59.40Sean  Lavan01:00.0301:59.43
Long Jump1Darragh Kelly2.98Steven Jennings2.975.95
5Rian  Comer2.77Anthony Slevin2.245.01
Turbo Javelin3Anthony Slevin9.98Eoin Woods8.0518.03
U10 Girls60m11grace lynch00:10.39isabella boland00:10.3000:20.69
500m3ashling  whyte01:51.78chole hallinan01:48.8703:40.65
Long Jump2chole hallinan3.20siobhain carr3.476.67
3grace  lynch3.25isabella  boland3.306.55
7keira  gilligan2.50ciara killeen2.655.15
Turbo Javelin2grace  cunningham8.64jenny cloonan8.0016.64
6holly oboyle4.49eabha neary8.4512.94
8yvanna duffy6.56laoise ni andressa6.3012.86
U10 Boys60m4conor gilligan00:09.75eddie silke00:09.6600:19.41
500m1evan moran01:43.12eddie  silke01:45.0503:28.17
Long Jump1evan moran3.29conor gilligan3.346.63
5callum  brady2.91tiernan mclaughlin2.985.89
7cillian horan2.72cormac mc fadden2.855.57
Turbo Javelin3callum brady11.77adam jordan13.5725.34
8lucas  keane8.72cillian  horan8.1216.84
U11 Girls60m5Katie  Scully00:09.34Erin  Kelly00:10.0500:19.39
600m1Aoibhe  Carr02:13.42Jade  Moorhead02:04.0104:17.43
Long Jump2Katie  Scully3.79Jade  Moorhead3.537.32
Aoibhe  CarrnjJade  Whelton3.21
Turbo Javelin2Millie  Geraghty10.91Sadhbh  Irwin9.320.21
3Megan  Gilligan10.32Rosemary  Maduka9.5719.89
U11 Boys60m2Fiachra  Bond00:09.37Cian  Lavan00:09.0900:18.46
600m2Evan  Hallinan02:00.2Cian  Lavan01:59.1903:59.42
600m6Daniel  Galvin02:03.1Aaron  Doyle02:08.5304:11.61
Long Jump1Evan  Hallinan3.78Luke  Flynn3.166.94
6Shane  Concannon3.29Evan  Quinn2.936.22
Turbo Javelin6Fionn  O’Glaisne10.38Michael  Woods14.4524.83
8Colm  O’Brien10.55Ryan  McDonnell10.4220.97


In the U12 age group, the competition is an individual event rather than paired and the top 4 individuals in each age group go forward to the National finals in July. Liam McDonagh led the way with gold in the turbo javelin with an impressive 25.21m throw and bronze in the shot putt with 7.57m. Lukas Schukat took 2nd place in the long jump with a 3.80m leap with Liam Mulveen in 3rd with 3.70m. Lukas also took 4th place in the high jump with 1.25m to make it to the All-Irelands. Oisin Keane placed 2nd in the turbo javelin with a fine 24.75m throw. Rosemary Maduka completed the qualifiers in this age group when placing 4th in both the shot putt (6.72m) and turbo javelin (15.03m).

In the sprints, Robert Urquhart was the leading sprinter from the club, winning his heat and taking 3rd in the semis before going onto to place 7th in the final of the 80m in an impressive time of 9.06. Rebekah Flynn was the club’s leading girls long jumper, placing 5th with a 3.75m PB while Saoirse Moore underlined her multi-talents with 5th place in the high jump (1.20m) and 10th place in the 600m (2.09.03). Other results in this age group were as follows – well done to all on many PBs :-

Boys600m28Noah Keane2.27.24
Long Jump5Conor Hoade3.62
11Kieran O’Connor3.14
High Jump5Liam McDonagh1.25
7Conor Hoade1.20
8Oisin Keane1.15
10Niall CumminsNJ
Shot Putt6Oisin Keane6.69
7Conor Hoade6.67
13Cian Irwin5.28
Turbo Javelin5Robert Urquhart19.95
12Jack Kinane12.73
Girls600m16Rebekah Flynn2.10.33
29Anna Molloy2.21.94
Long Jump7Rebecca Lynch3.63
8Caoimhe Connolly3.51
10Anna Molloy3.42
12Saoirse Moore3.27
14Eve Ayo3.25
21Molly Sullivan2.81
27Emily Rooney2.39
28Dearbhla McGrady2.09
34Rose Kennedynj
High Jump6Rebekah Flynnnj
Shot Putt8Caitlin Cummins4.70
Turbo Javelin6Caitlin Cummins11.92
7Rebecca Lynch10.77
9Rose Kennedy10.03
11Emily Rooney8.97
14Dearbhla McGrady6.30

Full results of the day’s events are here:- Connacht-U912Results2015.pdf

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