After being unable to take place for the past 2 years due to the pandemic, the Christy Kennedy Sports returned with a bang last week at Craughwell AC’s athletics park. The annual event is organised by Craughwell AC in conjunction with the local schools and is always fantastic day out for everybody.
The weather didn’t let us down on this occasion either with a glorious day of sunshine, one of the nicest of the ‘summer’ yet. A massive thank you to everyone who helped out on the day with many coaches and athletes from Craughwell AC assisting along with the teachers and parents from each school. And we were delighted also to have Galway’s and Craughwell’s finest athletics photographer John O’Connor in attendance to capture a brilliant photographic record of the day – you can check out John’s fantastic photos on his Flickr/77edenhill website along with countless albums from other athletics events over the years. John does amazing work week-in week-out at athletics events all over the county, great to have him at the Christy Kennedy Sports for the first time that I can remember.
In an incredibly tight competition in the large schools event, Killeeneen NS took the honours with a superb victory with 305 pts, only 6 pts ahead of Craughwell NS’s green team on 299 points. Clarinbridge NS took 3rd place with 295 pts with Carrabane NS’s green team on 277 pts and Ballymana NS on 238 pts.
And Craughwell NS’s blue team took the honours in the small schools/B teams event with 236 pts, with Killeeneen NS’s white team next on 202 pts, then Ballyglass NS on 198 pts, then Carrabane NS on 192 pts and Coldwood on 188 pts.
It was the tightest competition in years with less than 10 points deciding the placings in many cases – with 10 points awarded for a victory .. all the way down to 9, 8, 7, etc. for the remaining places, 1 race victory would have decided the honours in some cases.
Pictured below, Craughwell NS’s Principal Liam Mitchell presenting the trophies to the captains of the winning teams and some of the large crowds of athletes who took part in the event.