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Dec 20: Maher sets new record at Senior CC

Brian Maher set a new record at the Senior CC in Bramblestown with a fifth successive victory in these championships. He set out his stall from the start and ran out an easy winner. The club finished second with Maher (1), Eoin Everard (4), Toss Hayes (7), Paul Cody (11), Andrew Lowry (190 and Mike Hyland (22). The senior ladies had two teams out. The A team were second – Caoimhe Foley (3), Irene Henebry (6), Eilish Cantwell (8) and Caoilte Malone (10). The B team were fourth – A M O’Grady (13), Catriona Muldowney (17), Roisin Hickey (19) and Lisa Maher (23).

Dec 6:
All-Irelands in Coleraine
James Maher 16th under 15 won gold with Leinster

Dec 5: International Success in Kelvin Hall

Laura Langton, representing Presentation Loughboy and Cliodhna Manning, Loreto Secondary School, tasted international success when both won silver medals with their respective Ireland teams at the Schools International Combined Events in Kelvin Hall, Glasgow today. Laura, competing on the under 18 panel, with a points total of 2,807 was third scorer for the Irish side. Cliodhna, who amassed a score of 2,943 points, scored on the under 16 side. Both girls turned in an excellent all-round performances including personal bests of 1.53m in their respective High Jumps.

Nov 29:
McPhillips Leads League
After the second round of the Junior Cross-country League, held in Kilmacow Sports Complex on Sunday Orla McPhillips has established a clear lead. A second place finish on Sunday coupled with her first place two weeks previously puts her in a very commanding position. A reasonable finish in the final round on the 17th January should give her outright victory. After Sunday’s race Kilkenny City Harriers who in addition to McPhillips had Sarah Nolan fourth, Maeve Keane sixth and Niamh Tuohy seventh are in second place. Conor Mahon shares the lead in the Junior Men’s League with Darragh Buggy, Gowran,..

“B” Novice
Eilish Cantwell and Caoilte Malone finished first and second respectively in the Ladies B Novice. Steve Dermody finished third in the Men’s race.

Juvenile Medal Winners (“B” Cross-country)
Girls Under 7 – 2 Abby Gilsenan 5 Maeve Richardson .
Boys Under 9 - Rory MacGabhann
Girls Under 11 – 3 Rebecca Keane .
Boys Under 13 – 3 Craig Byrne K.
Girls Under 11 – 1 Kilkenny City Harriers (Rebecca Keane, Adrienne King, Ella Richardson, Martyna Balcer).
Boys Under 11 – 2 KilkennyCity Harriers (Nathan Kelly, Colm Murphy, Joe Lacey)

Nov 22
All-Ireland CC day on Kilbeggan racecourse. Cold, wet and windy. good runs from Aisling McDonagh in U12 and Pat Maher in U14. A great performance from James Maher brought him into 5th place U16 and provincial gold. Brian Maher finished 18th in the Senior Inter-county 10K in 31mins 21 secs.

Nov 15:
Congratulations to our under 14 girls who were first team at the county "B's" in Kilmacow today. Team members were Anna Sheehan, Sarah Kate Lacey and Aoibhe Richardson. Adrienne king won silver in Girld Under 10.
In the Novice Ladies KCH were second team with good running from all members (Ailish Cantwell, Roisin Hickey, Yvonne McCarthy and Lisa Maher). David McPherson placed second in Novice men ad Darragh Sharpe on his CC debut was 19th. Well done all.

Nov 8:
Good results from Leinster CC in Tullamore. Boys under eleven were 11th. Pat Maher and Craig Byrne selected for national u13 in Coleraine on 6th Sept. Good run also for Aisling McDonagh in girls U13. James Maher had an individual bronze with boys U15, Cliodhna Manning won silver with County in Girls U15 and our under 17 girls (Orla mcPhillips, Agnes Faida, Maeve Keane and Niamh Tuohy)were 3rd club. Orla also won gold with the county team.
In the boys U17 Conor Mahon won bronze with the county team.  A good day out.

Nov 7th: Smithwick’s Award for KCH

At the 34th Annual Smithwick’s Awards Presentation in Langton House Hotel on Friday night, city club, Kilkenny City Harriers, was the recipient of the Athletics Award. Distinguished track, road and cross-country athlete, Brian Maher, accepted the award on behalf of the club. The citation, read by Eddie Kehir, included reference to the wide ranging achievements by individuals and teams at local and national level during 2009. There was particular reference to new Leinster records set by Cliodhna Manning (Indoor Sprint), Mary Kate Lanigan (Indoor High Jump), Aoife Hickey (Junior Hammer) and the success of the ladies team in the national League.

On Saturday morning Maher, having replaced the tuxedo with his club singlet, headed for Crookstown, CoKilkdare to compete in the 10K Crookstown Motorway run. The celebrations of the awards night had no obvious adverse affect. The first 5K, aided by a strong wind, proved comfortable for the runners. Turning into the wind for the second half of the race was a different story. Maher bided his time and at the 7K mark he upped the pace to run out and easy winner. Sandis Bralitis, West Waterford was second, Thomas FitzPatrick, Tallaght A.C. 3rd, Tommy Evans, Gowran 4th and Pat Byrne, Tinryland, 5th.

Oct 25: Well done to all our athletes who travelled to Adamstown today to represent the club. Girls under 12: Aisling McDonagh, missed out by one place for Leinster team) and Ciara Lawlor. Under 12:Boys team Shane McGeary, Jack Manning, Ronan Quinn and David Baldwin. Under 14 's: Pat Maher, Anna Sheehan and Sarah Kate Lacey; Under 16: Conor Quinlan and a Great run by James Maher to take the Silver,. Also our adults: Suzanne Donovan, Anne Marie O'Grady, Ruth Cahalan, Toss Hayes, David McPherson, Vivian Mullally, Martin Whelan, Paul cody, Mike hyland and Eamon Marnell. 

Oct 11: We had a good day in Bramblestown, Gowran, today. Better than last week - well done all.

Individual Medal Winners

U-7- Girls 3 Hannah O’Keeffe 5 Aoife Collins 16 Maeve Richardson.

U-9 – Girls: 19 Mia Ryan

U-9 – Boys: 6 Rory MacGabhan ;10 Dara Quinn ; 24 Sean Burke; 28 Johnny Doyle

U-11 – Girls 14 Beth Behan, 15 Ciara Deely 18 Niamh Deely, 20 Annie O’Connor, 25 Martyna Balcer, 28 Grainne Behan 29 Sophie O’Dwyer.

Under 11 – Boys: 3 John Nolan; 7 Johnny Collins; 8 Oisin Pim 17 Ronan Quinn 22 Nathan Kelly 29 Joe Lacey.

Under 13 – Girls: 9 Charmaine O’Donoghue 14 Eimear O’Donoghue 15 Abigail O’Keeffe 22 Charity Anyiri

Under 13 – Boys: 6 Pat Maher 10 Craig Byrne 14 Jack Manning 21 David

Under 15 – Girls : 3 Cliodhna Manning; 6 Anna Sheehan; 9 Margaret Caldbeck; 10 Sarah Kate Lacey; 13 Aoibhe Richardson.

Under 15 – Boys :1 James Maher K; 4 Conor Quinlan 7 Tom O’Keeffe 8 Nicholas Dunphy..

Under 17 – Girls : 4 Orla McPhillips 6 Megan O’Keeffe 9 Niamh tuohy 10 Maeve Keane 13 Jessica Murphy 15 Agnes Faida

Girls Teams
Under 15 : 2 KilkennyCity Harriers
Under 17 : 1 KilkennyCity Harriers

Boys Teams
Under 11: 1 KilkennyCity Harriers
Under 15 : 1 KilkennyCity Harriers

Men Over 45
4 Mike Hyland, 10 Willie McTiernan .

Oct 4: Ballycurran Cross

Ballycurran Cross, venue for cross-country races for nigh on thirty years, never looked so beautiful before. On Sunday many of our runners didn’t show but those who did performed well.

Under 8- 19 Maeve Richardson
Under 10 – 4 Rebecca Keane 5 Martyna Balcer 7 Ciara Deely 8 Ella Richardson 13 Adrianne king 22 Grainne Behan
Under 12 – 2 Aisling McDonagh, 8 Ciara Lawlor,19 Grace Richardson30 Aoife Corr..
Under 14 – 12 Aoibhe Richardson, 14 Charity Anyiri..
Under 16 – 4 Cliodhna Manning
Under 18 – 2 Orla McPhillips, 4 Agnes Faida.

Under 10 – 8 Rory McGabhan, 27 Sean Burke
Under 12 –2 Shane McGeary, 4 Jack Manning, 5 Conall Whelan, 6 David Baldwin, 7 Ronan Quinn
Under 16 – 1 Conor Mahon, 5 Conor Quinlan,
Under 10 Girls - 1 Kilkenny City Harriers
Under 12 Boys – 1 Kilkenny City Harriers

The Masters Over 40 cross-country - 10 Willie McTiernan

Sept 26: Students Score in Combined Events.

Mary Kate Lanigan, Loreto Kilkenny turned in a marvellous performance in the All-Ireland Schools Combined Events finals in Tullamore on Saturday. Competing in the Leinster Schools Combined Events in Santry the previous week she took first place in the Senior competition with a points total of 2,582. Upping that to 2,643 points in Tullamore, principally through an improved run in the 800m, she won the senior competition. Also from Loreto and competing in the Junior event was Cliodhna Manning. Second in Leinster with 2,696 points she also excelled in the national final. Adding 10cm in the High Jump and 35cm in the Shot Putt she finished the day 91 points better than in Leinster, earning her All-Ireland silver. A third Loreto girl, Sinead McDonough, scored 2,101 to finish eight in the Leinster Junior competition. Laura Langton, Presentation, Loughboy, competing at Intermediate Level won the silver medal in Leinster with 2,705 points. Despite improving her overall scoring in the nationals by 89 points she finished fourth, missing out on a medal by a mere 11 points.

Maher Stars in the Park

Brian Maher mde a successful trip to Blessington on the 19th September to compete in The Lakes 10K. Finishing in first place with a time of 30.57 provided him with a good workout in preparation for the Adidas Dublin Half Marathon. And a good workout it proved to be. When he lined up in the PhoenixPark at 10.00am on Saturday 26th Sept it was his first time to contest a half marathon. Over the first ten miles he set a fast pace but slowed somewhat when confronted with the hills on the latter part of the course. Taking first place in a time of 1 hour 7 minutes and 20 seconds with more than a minute and a half to spare over John Eves, the second man home, was very rewarding. It’s a sure sign that Brian is back on form and looking forward to the rest of the season. Maintaining this kind of form should see him on the Irish team for the European Cross-country in Santry on 13th December.

More For the Road in Kilkenny

KilkennyCity’s half-marathon and 10K road races on “car free Sunday” gave the local athletes a choice of distances at a home venue. Paul Cody (finished the half-marathon in 1.18.25 to be the first Kilkenny man home and seventh overall. Johann Dewberry, Colm Murray, Eamon Marnell, Mike Hyland, Ronan Burns, and Michael Stack were other Kilkenny men who completed the race in good times. For the ladies there were many great performances. Irene Henebry, Caoimhe Foley, Deirdre Scott, Catherine Gutherie, Catriona Muldowney and Ann Power were among those who came home under the hour. Irene was the first of them in clocking 1.41.42. In the 10K Niamh Richardson, with a time of 41.06, was first woman home and fourth overall. Some of the other Kilkenny runners among the early finishers were Des Doyle, Sheila O’Callaghan, Conor MacGabhan, Olivia Dowling, Brigid Keoghan and Cathy Hyland.

Meanwhile Davy Hogan lined up alongside Haile Gebrselassie in the Berlin marathon. Gebrselassie won the race in 2.06.08, his fourth consecutive victory in this the 36thBerlin marathon. Davy had an excellent run as he completed the course in 2.59.08. Other KCH finishers were Clive Minogue (3.14.41), Steve Dermody (3.28.21), Vivian Mullally (3.35.13) and Teresa Daly (3.55.29). Lyndon Barcoe, Gowran, finished in 3.55.01.

Cross-country Time Again

The CountyKilkenny Juvenile Cross-Country Championships gets under way on Sunday next with the “Even Ages”. The distances are as follows-Under 8’s, 300m; Under 10’s, 500m; Under 12’s 1000m; Under 14’s Boys 1500m, Girls 1200m; Under 16’s Boys 3000m, Girls 2000m; Under 18’s Boys 4000m, Girls 3000m. The action takes place at Ballycurran Cross and commences at 11.00am. The 6K for over 40’s men will follow the juvenile races.

Sept 13: Ladies Control the Road

The County Kilkenny road championships were held on the Grovine/Waterford Road circuit in glorious sunshine today.The ladies 5 Mile resulted in a clean sweep for Kilkenny City Harriers (KCH) with Irene Henebry taking first place in 36 minutes 10 seconds. Theresa Daly took the silver and the bronze went to Sheila O’Callaghan. For good measure we had Catherina Butler and Olivia Dowling in fourth and fifth places respectively, winning the team event. In the men’s 10 Mile the Gowran club were equally as dominant. Chris O’Neill set the pace from the start and was home in just under the hour in 59 minutes 28 seconds. Clubmates Jimmy Barcoe (1.02.50) took the silver and Brendan Kavanagh ((1.05.43) took the bronze. Muiris Bric (1.10.49) was their fourth man home giving Gowran first team medals with 15 points. Denis Cormack in 10th place and Toddy Farrell in 12th completed the scoring for Gowran. The KCH team packed well behind their front runner Eamon Marnell (1.07.11) who placed fourth. The other KCH runners finished as follows -5th Tim Butler (1.07.31, 6th Mike Hyland (1.08.52), 7th Davy Hogan (1.09.31), 8th Seamus Murphy (1.09.54), 11th Vivian Mullally (1.15.27) and 13th Willie McTiernan (1.19.39).

Best wishes to Theresa Dalyand Davy Hogan who are part of a Kilkenny contingent heading to Germany for the Berlin marathon next weekend.

Aug 26: Holmes scores Good Time

On Wednesday last England captain, Craig Pickering, led his side to victory in the annual Falkirk Cup track and field competition at Grangemouth, Scotland when he finished first in the 100m with a Stadium Record of 10.27 seconds. Ireland was represented in the event by Kilkenny City Harriers sprinter, Jonathan Holmes, who came fourth in an excellent time of 10.80 seconds. Two members of the Ireland team, Deirdre Ryan, Dundrum South Dublin, and David Campbell, St Coca’s, scored maximum points in their respective events. Deirdre was first in the High Jump with 1.79m while David had his win in the 3000m in 8 minutes 21.87 seconds. Loughboy man and member of St Abban’s club, Eoin Kelly, was part of the triple jump team which placed third. Despite these and other good results from team members Ireland finished fourth.

AUG 16: Maher Leads in The Irish

Brian Maher, had a useful workout at the Adidas Frank Duffy 10 Mile Road Race in the PhoenixPark on Saturday. Competing over the hilly course and coping with a strong gusty wind made the running difficult and rendered time comparisons irrelevant. Maher performed well and coming home in third place he was the first of the Irish runners to cross the finish line. Peter Matthews, Dundrum South Dublin, was fourth. The Kenyan, Josphat Boit, was first with the Moldovan, Serguie Cibanu, in second place repeating their gold and silver placings in the national 10K on the Santry track on 2nd August..

A number of ladies from the Kilkenny Fit4Life club enjoyed the experience of mixing it with the top distance runners and gave a good account of themselves. Among the top finishers from the club were Deirdre Scott, Irene Henebry, Jacinta Horan, Annette FitzPatrick and Siobhan Lawlor.

CONGTATS TO Peter Lyons 3RD in the 100m V1 at National Masters in Tullamore. his time was 12.08 seconds.

Looking Ahead

Thursday brings Eileen O’Keeffe into the Hammer ring for the World Championships in Berlin. She will be hoping for a seasons best of around the 70 meter mark and all going well to get to Saturday’s final. We wish her the same. Best wishes also to all the young athletes heading to Athlone at the weekend for theNational Community Games finals

AUG 8:
A Memorable Victory

Ouradies team captured the Division 1 title of the national inter-club league at the Tullamore Harriers athletic stadium on Saturday. This was a great and memorable victory. A victory for courage, commitment and above all team spirit. The final result ,first KCH 119 points, second Kerry 118 points and third Dublin club Clonliffe Harriers 96 points, brought not only promotion but outright victory to the Kilkenny ladies.

Laura Langton was the first to score with fifth place in the 100m hurdles. Laura returned early from IrishCollege to be part of the team and as well as the hurdles she played a valuable part of both 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams. Next up was Euphrasia Walsh, who came out of retirement to compete in the league and put in a flying finish to win seven points in the walk. Next up was Mary Kate Lanigan. On holidays in Spain she took a short break home to make her contribution. And what a contribution she made. First in the High Jump, second in the 400m and also involved in both relays. With Eileen O’Keeffe unavailable for the Hammer Aoife Hickey, despite a hand injury, stepped in and won the event and for good measure she also took first place in the Shot Putt. And so the skill, speed, and strength was sustained throughout the day. Coach, Deirdre Lyons, turned athlete for the day to score seven points with a second place in the Pole Vault, an event she hadn’t competed in for thirteen years. Another seven points were garnered by Theresa Conlon in the Discus. Caoimhe Foley, despite recent surgery, volunteered for the 3000m. There were valuable contributions from Louise Holmes in 100m and 4X100m Relay; Galya Stanley in the Javelin, Aoife Corcoran in Long Jump and Triple Jump. Then there was Ciara Everard. Ciara has had a busy and successful year running for club, school and country. On Saturday she brought all her skill, experience and superb fitness to the fore to clinch success for the team. She started with the 1500m at 2.30pm. It seemed as if the other competitors in the race were in awe of her. They allowed her take to the front for the first 800m. This she gladly did at a nice comfortable pace and there was no way any of them could reach her when she upped the pace for the final two laps. Then at 4.00pm she repeated the performance in the 800m. The final race for the club was the 4X400m relay at 6.00pm. Mary Kate Lanigan ran the first leg and handed over to Laura Langton. Both ran well to put third runner, Catriona Cuddihy, in a good attacking position. This she did and put Ciara Everard into the lead for the final leg. And Ciara wasn’t going to hold back. She opened a good 50m lead before crossing the finish line for victory. Her third victory of the day and victory also for the club. A great individual performance and a great team performance.

Aug 2nd:
Eileen Makes it Nine

Eileen O’Keeffe once again proved her credentials at Day 1 of Woodies DIY National track and field championships in Santry on Saturday. Speed in the circle, power in her throw and consistency in her delivery have become her trademark equipment when working with the Hammer. Making little of the weather conditions, which were less than ideal with a strong gusting wind, she opened with a throw of 68.10 meters. Her winning throw of 69.91 was a seasons’s best and earned her the gold medal for the ninth successive year. While this is some three meters short of her personal best of 73.21, achieved at the national championships in 2007, it shows that she is close to her best form. Hopefully she will return to the over seventies when she competes in the World Championships in Berlin later in the month Aoife Hickey with some excellent throwing won the bronze. All her throws were close to the fifty meter mark, her best being 51.08. Two hours after her success with the Hammer Eileen O’Keeffe returned to the cage for the Discus. The result was another gold with a winning throw of 43.86 meters.

Brian Maher was the sole Kilkenny representative in the 10K final. The race went off at a blistering pace with Josphat Boit, Kenya, and Martin Fagan, Mullingar Harriers establishing an early lead. Fagan dropped out on lap eleven leaving the Kenyan on his own and he gradually proceeded to lap the field by the end of lap twenty-three. By then the following group was down to four with Maher still involved. As the pace quickened over the last two laps Maher became the fourth of the group and held on there to finish in fifth place.

Ciara Everard had little difficulty qualifying for the 800m final. Running in heat 2 on Saturday she finished comfortably in second place in 2mins 12.52 secs. The final on Sunday was run at a lively pace. Ciara stayed with the front runners and was duly rewarded with a bronze medal and a new personal best time of 2mins 06.43 seconds. Eoin Everard didn’t fare as well as Ciara. For these championships Eoin decided to move up from his more accustomed race, the 800m, to the 1500m. On Saturday, running in the fastest heat, and placing third he qualified for the final with a time of 3.57.91. In Sunday’s final he was in medal contention with 200m to go. Finding himself in fourth place on the home straight he slowed towards the line to finish in 3mins 55.22 seconds.

There was great satisfaction for Jonathan Holmes. A good run in heat 2 of the 100m where he was second in 11.18 seconds gave him a good lane for the semi-final. He was second again in the semi-final with 11.11 seconds. The final in the afternoon was tense after a false start. Jonathan held his composure, came fast out of the blocks and crossed the finish line in 11.01 seconds to take second place and the silver medal. The race was won by Jason Smyth, City of Derry in 10.78 seconds.

The final event of the championships, the men’s Javelin, brought us another gold medal. Juraj Kubis, the defending champion, won in 2008 with 61.41m, had an accident which damaged tendons in his throwing hand and interfered with his preparation for this year. However he opened with a throw of 59.09 meters. Six of the other competitors had opening throws in excess of fifty meters. The competition was close throughout but Juraj’s throw of 59.54m was the best on the day so he mounted the podium in gold medal position.

Lanigan Stars in Celtic Cup

Athletics Ireland enjoyed great success in The Celtic Cup competition held this year in Carmarthen, Wales. Overall victory was achieved by Athletics Ireland as a result of the girls teams taking first place in both under 16 and under 18 cups and the boys under 16 in third place and the under 18 boys in second. Mary Kate Lanigan made a substantial contribution to the victory with first place in the under 18 High Jump (1.70) and also on the final leg of the victorious 4x300m relay team.

League Final in Tullamore

Our ladies team travel to Tullamore on Saturday for the first division final of the National League. Following good performances in Round 1 in Cork and Round 2 in Santry KCH qualified for the final in third place with a combined points total of 215. Kerry with 239 points finished the preliminary rounds in the lead with 239 points. Clonliffe Harriers enter the final in second place with 225 points. The KCH ladies are determined to give this final their best shot and while currently in third place they would be hoping to finish in the top two thereby earning promotion to the Premier League for 2010. The team for the final is as follows: 100m-Louise Holmes; 200m and 400m hurdles- Catriona Cuddihy; 400m and High Jump- Mary Kate Lanigan; 800m and 1500m Ciara Everard; 3000m-Caoimhe Foley; 100m hurdles-Laura Langton; Walk- Euophrasia Walsh; Long Jump and Triple jump-Aoife Corcoran; Pole Vault- Deirdre Lyons; Javelin-Galya Stanley; Discus-Theresa Conlon; Shot and Hammer-Aoife Hicke

July 26: No Joy in Novi Sad

Our two athletes competing in the European track and field Championships in Novi Sad, Serbia, while performing well failed to get past the first round. Aoife Hickey finished 10th in Group A of the Hammer with a best throw of 50.32 meters. Ciara Everard came sixth in heat one of the 800m. Her time was 2minutes 9.97 seconds.

In the final juvenile track and field event of the season, the AAI Combined Events in Tullamore on Saturday Sinead McDonagh with a points total of 2,258, an improvement of 30 points on her Leinster performance, was fifth in the under 15 penthatlon. Sinead’s increased points came from better scores in Long Jump, Shot Putt, Hurdles and 800m.

July 19:

The girls under 15 in a time of 52.68 seconds finished in bronze positioning The National Inter-club 4x1000 relay final, missing out on silver by one hundredth of a second. Three of that team, Cliodhna Manning, Catriona Twomey and Sinead McDonough together with Aoife O’Connor, Thomastown later won silver with the inter-county team in the somewhat slower time of 53.75 seconds.

Meanwhile at the Schools International in the Antrim Forum Louise Holmes, KilkennyCollege, won gold with the Irish 4X100 relay team which came first in 47.56 seconds. Laura Langton, Presentation Loughboy, had an excellent run in the 80m hurdles, coming sixth in 12.05 seconds.

Brian Maher, Kilkenny City Harriers, had a useful workout in the Addidas 5 mile in the PhoenixPark on Saturday morning. Completing the race in 24minutes 47 seconds he placed third behind Joseph Boit, Kenya, in first place and Gary Ryan, Galway in second.

At a Graded Meet in Irishtown, Toss Hayes, KCH, running in the 3K, showed marked improvement with a personal best performance of 9.09.41.

Day 4 juvenile track and Field

Then it was back to Tullamore on Sunday for the final day of the juvenile individual track and field championships. There were some fine performances. Mary Kate Lanigan won the under 18 High jump at 1.60. She pushed on to clear 1.70m before bowing out having narrowly missed the bar at 1.75m. Under 15 athlete Cliodhna Manning took five medals in total from this years national championships. Last week-end she medalled in the 80m and 250m hurdles. On Saturday she scored in club and county relays and on Sunday she won silver in the 200m. Winning her semi-final in 26.57 she ran one of her best races to date in the final to finish a close second in 25.82 seconds, earning her third individual medal. Aoife Corcoran competed in the under 18 Long Jump. Her first two jumps were her best at over five meters but were not counted because of a break at the board. Her best recorded jump of the day was 4.98 meters just two centimetres outside the bronze medal. Fifth places went to Michael O’Sullivan in the under 18 High Jump to Nicholas Dunphy in the under 15 Walk, Liam McWey in under 16 Shot.

July 12: No Luck in Belgrade

At the World Universities Athletics in Belgrade there was no luck for our three Kilkenny competitors. Eileen O’Keeffe, Royal College of Surgeons, easily qualified for the final when she finished second in the Preliminary round in the Hammer with a throw of 68.08. In the final on Friday, having just over 66m with her first two throws, she caught the cage with her final throw. Eoin Everard, DCU, ran 1.51.74 to finish 5th in his 800m heat. The first three in each heat and the eight fastest losers went through to the semi-finals. Being in one of the fastest heats meant he was very unlucky to miss qualification as Heat 3 was won in 1.51.74 and Heat 2 was won in 1.52.41. Joanne Cuddihy, UCD, running 24.54 seconds in the 200m heats qualified for the semi-final stage where she finished 5th in 24.53 seconds. Joanne subsequently ran the anchor leg on the Irish 4X400 Intervarsities team which finished in 3mins 39.74 seconds, just outside the medals in 4th place

Medals Galore from Tullamore

With nine All Ireland medals (one gold, seven silver and one bronze) it was a weekend to remember. Aoife Hickey, winner of numerous juvenile Shot and Hammer events bowed out of juvenile competition with another gold in the under 19 Hammer (51.46m). Next week Aoife travels to Serbia to compete in the European Juniors. Silver was very much the order of the day for a number of other athletes. Theresa Conlon had double silver, in Hammer and Discus. Theresa was a little disappointed with her Hammer performance despite throwing in excess of 40 meters (40.24m). Her disappointment was short lived when within an hour she achieved a new personal best of 28.80 meters in the Discus. Laura Langton, who travels north next weekend to do the 80m hurdles in the Schools International, won silver in the 250m hurdles under 17. Laura seemed to have the edge on the other competitors as she led from an early stage in the race and was still in the lead over the final hurdle but was passed just five meters from the line. Cliodhna Manning had a good weekend with silver in the 80m and bronze in the 250m hurdles. Cliodhna’s brother, Jack, also joined the medal winners. Throwing 9.04 meters he won silver in the under 12 Shot Putt. Another very happy athlete was Sinead McDonagh. Sinead, many times winner of provincial medals, won her first individual All-Ireland when she cleared 1.48 meters in the under 15 High Jump. Mary Kate Lanigan clocked 40.70 seconds in the under 17 final of the 300m to win silver. Well done everyone.

July 4: Good Teamwork by KCH

Clermont Stadium in Navan was the venue for the Leinster juvenile team events on Saturday. On the evidence provided by the young athletes fthere is an amount of emerging talent in the club. Full credit to the coaches and managers who have nurtured the next crop of stars and provided them with the fitness and skills to compete successfully and with confidence. All of this was evident at these team events. The U9 boys were represented by Johnny Doyle, Sean Burke, Niall Boland and Rory McGabhann. These young men, just eight years of age, gave their mentors a day to remember. Taking first place in the 600m, second in the Long Jump and Ball Throw and third in both sprint and relay they finished third in Leinster. A Leinster medal at eight years of age is something to treasure.

If the club is proud of the under 9 boys then they must be in high heaven with the magnificent performance of the under 10 girls team. The team members were Martyna Balcer, Ciara Deely, Ella Richardson and Rebecca Keane. As is often said “success breeds success”. These four young ladies were fresh from their winning experience in the juvenile nationals in Templemore the previous weekend. The confidence gained in Templemore was evident as this team set about their task and proceeded to wipe out the opposition. Winning the Long Jump , Ball Throw, 600m and following a split decision shared 1st place for the 60m sprint they had a commanding lead going into the final event, the 4X100m relay. In that they had a comfortable win to gather the gold medals and round off the day a very happy group.

The U12 girls were in a much more tightly contested event with only 4 points separating first to third as they prepared for the final event, the 4x100m. Anything less than first or second in the relay, and apart from the experience gained, they would come home empty handed. The St Laurence O’Toole club from Carlow, in bronze medal position prior to the relay had to be beaten. For KCH, Lorraine Casey-Hoyne ran the first leg, passed the baton to Grace Richardson running the back straight to set a slight lead. Then Cushinstown, with the overall lead and the ultimate winners, established a slender lead. With Lawrence O'Tooles closing in it took cool heads and a burst of speed from Anna Robinson and Aisling McDonough to hold second place. This they did and were well pleased to come home with the bronze medals. The under 12 girls were supported by sub, Beth Behan. Beth competed well in the under 11 team event but not having a full team meant they weren’t in the medal hunt.

Gold, Silver and Bronze in Cork

The CorkCity sports on Saturday proved a happy hunting ground for Jonathon Holmes, Kilkenny City Harriers (KCH). Running in blustery conditions he clocked 10.70 in the 100m to win the silver. He finished the day with a gold medal following victory by the Irish team in the Irish 4X100m relay. Ciara Everard, KCH, won bronze in the 400m. Her time was 57.79.

July 5

Success in Santry

Round 2 of the National League was held at Santry and Athlone venues on Sunday. Kilkenny City Harriers with a men’s team and a women’s team competing in Division 1 were in Santry Stadium. Following Round 1 in Cork the men were ranked 12th and the women 3rd . With a number of the athletes who competed in Cork not available on Sunday there were fears that qualification for the final in August was in doubt. The men had slim hopes. Those hopes became slimmer in the latter half of the week when it was learned that Eoin Everard was heading to Belgrade for the World Universities and Adrian O’Dwyer had picked up a back injury in the Gym and would not be fit for the weekend. The club were banking on a good return from both athletes to see them through to the final eight. Without them there was really no chance. However hope springs eternal and with great team spirit the men contested everything and ran up 85 points, a 25 points improvement on the 60 scored in Cork. There were some great performances. First places were notched by Jonathon Holmes in the 100m and Eoin Muldowney in the 200m. Juraj Kubis had first in Javelin and second in Discus. Brian Maher and Dean Brennan were second in 5000m and 56lbs for Distance respectively. David FitzPatrick in High Junp, Ian Boland in 400m, Stephen O’Keeffe in 800m and Toss Hayes in 1500m all contributed to the increased points score. The real spirit and commitment of the team was evidenced by the performance in the 4X100m relay. Muldowney, Holmes and Boland on the first three legs were joined by club coach, Peter Lyons, to take first place with a really heart –warming performance. Unfortunately at the end of the day the points were insufficient. A further 24 were needed to make the final. Twelve months from now with the younger team members maturing a place in the 2010 final is well within their ability.

And what about the women’s team? They were fantastic, exciting and very competitive. They scored 98 points in Cork and that was good. On Sunday in Santry they upped the performance to amass113 points, bringing the total for the two rounds to 211. They rank third going into the final behind Clonliffe Harriers with 225 and CountyKerry with 239. It seems a daunting task to close the 26 point gap between themselves and Kerry. Considering that Sunday’s score was acquired without the services of Eileen O’Keeffe, Aoife Hickey, Louise Holmes and Mary Kate Lanigan, the final should be interesting to say the least. More important than the personnel on Sunday was the commitment. Club coaches Niamh Richardson and Deirdre Lyons came on board to score valuable points. Niamh placed third in the 1500m before making a dash, sprint even, to CrokePark for the hurling final. Deirdre made second in the High Jump and third in the Shot. Orla McPhillips joined the team to score in the 100m and fill gaps in both relay teams. Galya Stanley garnered four points for the Javelin. Aoife Corcoran contributed 14 points with second place in both Long and Triple Jumps. Theresa Conlon contributed 16 points through Discus and Hammer, including a new PB of 42.45 in the Hammer. Catriona Cuddihy was in sparkling form winning the 200m and 400m Hurdles. Euphrasia Walsh took first place in the 1500m Walk. Their final event of the day, the 4X400m relay, was the real McCoy. By the halfway stage McPhillips and Corcoran had held the backmarkers at bay but Kildare and Clonliffe Harriers had got away. They were well away, Clonliffe a good 30m ahead and Kildare a further 40m ahead. KCH at that point would have settled for third place. Any other team might have but Cuddihy closed the gap on Clonliffe and Everard chased the Kildare girl on the final leg. Chased her and passed her to the great delight of all the Kilkenny contingent. If, in the final, KCH can get the full team out, fired with the same skill and enthusiasm, the Kerry will have a fight on their hands.

June 28

Athletic Action on Many Fronts

The weekend just past was extremely busy with many athletes competing at home and away. Brian Maher was 1st in the Dunshaughlin 10K, Eoin Everard turned in a fine 800m performance when finishing 11th in 1.49.61 at an International in the Netherlands. There were also some good results from the Tailteann Games, held in Tullamore on Saturday. Laura Langton, Presentation, Loughboy was 1st in the 80m (11.9), and Louise Holmes, KilkennyCollege 5th -100 (12.8)

With the Tailteann Games in Tullamore the “Stars of the Future” were in Templemore, Co Tipperary. Sean Burke and Johnny Doyle. Bronze medallists in the 300m in Leinster they will have gained valuable experience from the intensity of the national finals.

The KCH under 10 pair, Ciara Deely and Martyna Balcer, with an aggregate of 6.69m took the gold in the Long Jump. They had 20cm to spare over the second placed team. They then teamed up with Ella Richardson and Rebecca Keane to compete in the national relays in the afternoon. A time of 1.04.17 brought them through the semi-final and so close was the placing in the final that the camera was needed to determine 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th places. The girls were 5th but what a performance.

The girls under 11 also did us proud. Sinead Tuohy and Lauren Gleeson were the KCH “Pair” in the 60m sprint. With Sinead winning her semi-final and Lauren second in her semi they were comfortably through to the final. Their combined time of 19.21 seconds in the final was .04 of a second outside the medals. A disappointment but what a performance! And so to the afternoon relays where the two girls were joined by Hannah Scott and Jennifer O’Keeffe. With all four running well they qualified for the final. In the final which was run at a blistering pace saw the girls pipped on the line to finish fifth.

The top quality performances continued at the national junior and under 23 track and field championships in Tullamore on Sunday. In the junior finals there was double gold with Aoife Hickey and Ciara Everard in their respective events, hammer and 800m. Ciara also won silver in the 400m. Mary Kate Lanigan jumped 1.70m in the high jump to finish second. Under 23 athlete Jonathon Holmes had a PB of 10.71 in the 100m heats. He ran 10.74 in the final to take second place behind Para-Olympian, Jason Smyth, City of Derry. Jason’s time of 10.42 qualifies him to compete in next year’s European seniors. Toss Hayes, KCH, ran well to achieve a greatly improved PB of 4.11.54 in the 1500m.

Niamh is Triathlon Champion

Niamh Richardson, athletics coach, with the juveniles, had a busy weekend. As well as supporting the juveniles in Templemore she made the trip to Kilkee for the National Triathlon Championships. The event which has acquired the title, Hell of the West, involves a 1500m sea swim, 45K on the bike and a 10K run. Completing the three components in 2 hours 39 minutes Niamh was 10th overall and first in her over 40 age category making her the national champion. Veteran Kilkenny runner, Colm Murray, also went well in the event with a finish time of 2.37.

County Road Championships

Gowran was the venue on Friday night for the County Kilkenny Road Championships. The home club had strong teams in both the men’s 10K and women’s 3K races.

3K Places:- 2 Suzanne Donovan; 10 Catherine Gutherie; 11 Joan Martin.

10K places:- KCH 2nd club- 2 Paul Cody 35.34; 8 Davy Hogan, 10 Seamus Murphy, 12 Steve Dermody, 15 Vivian Mullally.

Triple Gold for Manning and Conlon

Many Kilkenny athletes have excelled at this year’s Leinster Track and Field Championships. There were numerous personal best performances and some championship best performances. In the latter category were high jumpers, Mary Kate Lanigan with 1.73m and Michael O’Sullivan with 1.90m, both at under 18 level. Cliodhna Manning and Theresa Conlon, had triple Gold. Cliodhna, competing at under 15 level won the 100m, 200m and 250m Hurdles. Theresa had her victories in under 18 Shot, Discus and Hammer. These now go forward to compete in the national finals along with a host of other qualifiers..

In the Inter-club relays, transferred from 6th June because of the clash with the Leaving Certificate exam the club ran up two victories. Laura Langton, Mary Kate Lanigan, Louise Holmes and Aoife Corcoran won the 4x100m. Sarah Nolan and Naomi NiChleirigh teamed up with Laura and Mary Kate to take the title in the 4X400m.

Automatic qualifiers for national finals, Under 14-19, are as follows:-

Under 14 Margaret Caldbeck, 2-80m, 4-200m; Sarah Kate Lacey, 4-80m..

Under 15 Cliodhna Manning, 1-100m, 200m, 250m hurdles; Catriona Twomey, 4-High Jump; Sinead McDonough 1-High Jump, 4-Discus, 4-80m Hurdles; Nicholas Dunphy 2-Walk..

Under Liam McWey, 2-Shot.

Under 17 Laura Langton 1-200m, 1-300m hurdles, 2-100m; Ian Boland 1-400m; Michael Lanigan 4-High Jump; David McGeary 3-Triple Jump, 3-200m .

Under 18 Theresa Conlon 1-Shot, 1- Hammer, 1- Discus; Aoife Corcoran 1-Long Jump, 1-triple jump; Mary Kate Lanigan 1-high jump, 2-300m, 3-20m; Louise Holmes 1-100m, 4-200m; Naomi niChleirigh 3-Triple jump; Michael O’Sullivan 1-High Jump; Peter Walsh 2-Shot .

June 21

Aoife for Serbia

At the Dublin Graded Meet last Wednesday night Aoife Hickey broke her own records on three occasions and achieved the qualifying standard for the European Junior Championships which take place in Serbia in July. So with a new PB of 55.07 and her Leaving Certificate exams behind her she has double cause for celebration. At the same meet Olympian Eileen O’Keeffe took first place with 65.25m. Theresa Conlon, also got in on the record breaking habit. Throwing superbly she set a new PB with all six throws finishing in fourth place with a new personal best of 41.71meters.

Ireland Finish Second

Threeof our athletes were part of the successful Ireland team which finished second in Banka Bystrica, Slovakia, at the weekend. Eileen O’Keeffe had a season’s best of 68.25m to take second place in the Hammer. Aoife Hickey finished seventh in the Shot with a Putt of 11.86m and Joanne Cuddihy ran the second leg of the third placed 4X400m relay team.

Good Pairing in Navan

Sean Burke and John Doyle got bronze medals in the 300m. In the under 10’s Martyna Balcer and Ciara Deely won gold in the Long Jump and Rebecca Keane and Maggie Renehan finished 4th in the Ball Throw. Sinead Tuohy and Lauren Gleeson teamed up in the under 11 sprint and came second. Sinead partnered Jennifer O’Keeffe when they made 4th place in the Long Jump.

Results from Leinster Senior Track and Field Championships, Tullamore

Eoghan Ahern, 4th-400m, Mick Dore, 7th -1500m, Toss Hayes, KCH; 15th -1500m. 1st –High Jump, Adrian O’Dwyer, KCH; 2nd –High Jump, Mary Kate Lanigan, KCH; 1st- Hammer, 1st –Discus, 1st- Wt for Distance, Eileen O’Keeffe, KCH;

Our Juvenile Athletes do well in Tullamore

Saturday last was Day One of the Leinster track and field championships for under 14 to under 19 athletes.. Mary Kate Lanigan having won the under 18 High Jump at 1.65m continued on to set a new Championship Record at 1.73m. On the evidence of her performance on the day she is well capable of making further progress before the end of the season. Mary Kate later took silver after a fine run in the 300m. final under 17. In the 1500 under 16 race Davy Marnell, running his second ever 1500m found the pace a lot hotter than in the countyChampionships. Having stayed with the leading group for the first 800m he drifted back to 12th by the end. In the sprints David McGeary and Michael Lanigan were 5th and 8th respectively in boys under 17. Laura Langton won silver in girls under 17 and in the under 18 final Louise Holmes pulled out all the stops to win the gold. There was some great running by the under 14 girls in the 200m event. Margaret Caldbeck, Emer Nolan and Sarah Kate Lacey all took second place in their respective heats and finished a close 4th, 5th and 6th respectively in the final. Then it was back to gold again with Cliodhna Manning striding to victory in the under 15 final. Sinead McDonough and Catriona Twomey having come through the heats of the 80m Hurdles were 4th and 7th in the final.. Nicholas Dunphy was second in the under 15 Walk, David McGeary won bronze in the Triple Jump, Ian Boland romped home in first place in the 400m under 17. Theresa Conlon had double gold in Shot and Discus with a new PB of 27.30 in the latter.

The day which commenced with the Walks at 10.00am still wasn’t over. There was then the question of the Inter-county relays. And again the Kilkenny athletes were not found wanting. The Under 15 girl’s team, Maeve O’Connor, Thomastown, Catriona Twomey, Sinead McDonough and Cliodhna Manning, all KCH, won gold. The under 17 boys team, John Murphy and Richard Schoemann, St Joseph’s and Michael Lanigan and David McGeary, KCH, won silver and the under 19 girls team, Sarah Nolan, Louise Holmes and Mary Kate Lanigan all KCH and Aoife O’Connor, Thomastown , again won silver. Yes it was a long but memorable and rewarding day.

June 14 National League

While some prominent athletes were missing from both teams the club hopes, that with full panels participating in Round Two on 5th July, each team can still qualify for the finals in August. The women’s team received a major boost with the return to competition of former athletes, Euphrasia Walsh in the Walk and Catriona Cuddihy for the 400m Hurdles. Catriona played a major role with a win in the hurdles, second place in the 400m and as a member of the second finishing 4X100 and 4X400 relay teams. The latter race was a real challenge coming at the end of a long day. But the girls were equal to the challenge, from Mary Kate Lanigan running what seemed an effortless first leg, to Naomi NiChleirigh holding steady on the second leg, Catriona Cuddihy chasing the leader on leg three, to Louis Holmes who held second place all the way to the finish. Their performance was a morale booster to both teams. The afore-mentioned Mary Kate Lanigan had earlier collected nine points for the team with a win in the High Jump. Aoife Hickey, taking time out from her Leaving Cert exams gathered another nine points with victory in the Hammer. The other team members on the day were Theresa Conlon, with valuable points from Shot and Discus, and Aoife Corcoran who made her contribution through the Long and Triple Jumps.

The men’s team were not quite as successful as the ladies. That was no fault of the members on the day. A combination of injuries, bereavement and other commitments deprived the team of a number of the senior members on the panel. Full marks go to the young debutants at senior level. For Ian Boland, Michael Lanigan, David McGeary and Michael O’Sullivan, all juveniles and tasting senior competition for the first time, this was a real baptism of fire. With so many of the more experienced club members absent these young men gave a full one hundred percent earning valuable points in 400m, 800m, Long Jump, High Jump, Triple Jump and the 4X100 and 4X400m relays. Eoin Muldowney, Castlecomer A.C., guesting with KCH for the League, contributed eighteen points with victories in 100m and 200m. Other scorers for the team were Tony Knox in 400m Hurdles, David FitzPatrick in 3000m Steeplechase, Toss Hayes in 1500m, Adrian O’Dwyer in 56lbs for Distance. And then there was Juraj Kubis who made a remarkable if not a unique contribution. Juraj normally right-handed but following a recent injury to his right competed and won the javelin, throwing in excess of forty meters, left-handed. Later in the day he made a valuable contribution to the team points by completing the 5000m. Many track runners, even middle distance runners, would faint if they contemplated competing in such a distance. For a thrower to actually do it was remarkable indeed. Oh that all club members could be so motivated.

June 13

Well Done in Navan

Some Placings in Leinster Finals

Under 12 Jack Manning 2-Shot 5-High Jump;Lorraine Casey Hoyne K, 5-High Jump, Aisling McDonough K, 7-High Jump, 11-Long Jump; Niamh McMullan K, 12-High Jump, 16-Long Jump; Grace Richardson K, 14-High Jump; Shane McGeary K, 6-High Jump, 9-Long Jump.

Under 13 Kate Crotty K, 8-600m; Craig Byrne K, -High Jump; Roisin O’Sullivan K, 6-Shot, 16-Long Jump,6-High Jump;

June 7 Little South Run

The St Senan’s athletic club have reported another very successful Little South Run. This annual Four Mile Run continues to grow and has been particularly successful in supporting the Kilmacow Hospice. Over €30,000 in aid has been raised to date. In the recent Run the first Kilkenny man home, in overall fourth place, was Brian Maher, Kilkenny City Harriers. Local athlete, Conor Rochford in sixth place overall, was first junior home. Maria Griffin, St Joseph’s was first Kilkenny woman..

June 6 Success in Leinster Relays

The Leinster Inter-Club relays were held in ScanlonPark on Saturday. The wet and cold conditions made enjoyment of the day somewhat difficult but we had their spirits lifted with success in many races. Most notable was the under 15 girls victory. Niamh Leahy got them off to a good start. Catriona Twomey established a comfortable lead before handing over to Sinead McDonough. Sinead moved further ahead leaving little to be done on the final leg by Cliodhna Manning who had sixty meters to spare at he finish. Wins were also to come in girls under 10 and 12 (4X100) and under 17 (4X300). The boys under 17 (4X400) also won gold. There were second place finishes for the club in girls under 11 and under 13 and also in the boys under 13 and boys under 17 (4X100).

June 7 Eileen Completes Treble

It was treble gold for Olympian Eileen O’Keeffe at the Leinster senior track and field championships in Tullamore on Sunday, first in Hammer, then Discus and finally the Weight for Distance. Adrian O’Dwyer won the men’s High Jump at, what was for him, the comparatively low level of 2 meters. In the ladies High Jump it was silver for Mary Kate Lanigan. She was in the lead at 1.70m having had no faults to that point but was unable to clear the next height, 1.75.

May 16/17 Athletes in Greystones

The Charlesland Sports Complex, Greystones was the venue on Saturday and Sunday for the Leinster combined events and Junior and Under 23 Track and Field Championships. Sinead McDonough and Catriona Twomey participated in the Penthatlon on Saturday. After four events Catriona held second place but losing ground in the 800m, her least favoured event, she ended the day in fourth place. Sinead with a good all-round performance in all five events was rewarded with the gold medal.

On Sunday there were many golden moments. Top of the bill was the performance of Aoife Hickey in the Junior Hammer. Aoife set a Championship Record of 50.4 meters at this event in 2008. Throwing 54.07m on Sunday she not only won the event but established a new record for the event and a new PB for herself. Clubmate, Teresa Conlon won the silver in the hammer and she also had a personal best performance.

Toss Hayes was second in the 1500m Under 23.

Eileen In Loughborough

Eileen O’Keeffe continued to show further progress in her recovery when she competed at an International meet in Loughborough. Throwing a season’s best of 67.10 meters won her the silver medal.

May 8th

Good Running on Track

The CountyKilkenny track and field championships continued in ScanlonPark on Friday night with an entirely adult programme of events. While the experiment didn’t work in that the hoped for increased turnout did not materialize, the resulting competition suggests it is an experiment worth continuing with, for at least another year.

Experienced road runner, Irene Henebry, made a successful debut on the track with victories in the novice 800m and veterans 3000m. Irene together with Caoimhe Foley and Joan Martin won the senior 3000m team event..

In the men’s events it was good to see Adrian O’Dwyer back in action. Comfortably winning the javelin event from standing throws there was evidence of much of his former power and flair. Hopefully it will continue through the season. The race of the night was the men’s 3000m. Willie Hoyne, Thomastown, was the early front runner with Mick Kelly, Gowran, Ciaran Phelan, Aughavillar and KCH duo Mick Dore and David McPherson completing the top five. By the half way stage the race for gold was between Hoyne and Dore with the Thomastown man in the lead. Dore took to the front with 800m to go but coming down the final straight Hoyne closed the gap and seemed to have the legs on his rival. However Dore found that extra bit and held on for victory. Well done.


Novice Ladies

800m 1 Irene Henebry K

Masters Ladies

o/30 Ladies 800m 1 Irene Henebry K

o/30 3000m 1 Irene Henebry K 3 Joan Martin K

Senior Ladies

3000m 1 Caoimhe Foley K 2 Irene Henebry K

Walk 3 Irene Henebry K

Novice Men

800m 2 Eddie Hawe K

Senior Men

Javelin 1 Adrian O’Dwyer K

3000m 1 Mick Dore K

May 4th

Gowran Host Leinster Road

Gowran athletic club played host to the Leinster Novice and Masters Road Championships on bank holiday Monday. Our ladies enjoyed their performance in the 3K race. The Novice team packed well with Caoimhe Foley 7th, Sinead Foley 8th, Sheila O’Callaghan 10th and Joan Martin 11th . Their efforts were rewarded with silver medals on the double as they took second club place and also second county place. The Masters were also impressive with Niamh Richardson taking first place in M2 category, Irene Henebry 4th in M2 and Clare Lodge 4th in M1. Finishing with a points total of 17 they were second club in Leinster. Best for a hard battling Novice Men’s side was Toss Hayes, KCH, who was third individual across the finish line in this 6K race. Both KCH and Gowran fielded club teams and came close to provincial medals with the Harriers coming fourth and Gowran finishing fifth. With both clubs working well together they brought the county team into a well merited third place. In addition to Hayes the other placingswere as follows:- For Gowran – Simon O’Dwyer 19, Jimmy Barcoe 21, Joe Wolfe 22, Muiris Bric 29, Larry McGrath 30; for KCH – Davy Hogan 23, Clive Minnogue 25 and Eddie Hawe 28.

May 3rd

Hammer Throwers Make Marks

A special feature of this year’s countyKilkenny track and field was the introduction on a trial basis of an open non-championship Hammer event. Olympian, Eileen O’Keeffe was there throwing in excess of sixty meters with each of her throws, her best being 64.46m. Teresa Conlon and Aoife Hickey both benefited from the competition as each set new personal bests for the event. Aoife’s PB is now 53.19m and Teresa moves to 38.18m.

In the juvenile championship events there were some outstanding achievements. James Maher Won Javelin and Long Jump. Kate Crotty 80m and 500m. Our girls won all the relays. All in all another good day.

Individual Medal winners



U 7 3 Sarah Balcer K

U10 2 Rebecca Keane K 3 Martina Balcer K

U11 1 Sinead Tuohy K


U12 3 Lorraine Casey K

U13 1 Kate Crotty K 2 Charmaine O’Donoghue K 3 Eimear O’Donoghue K


U14 1 Mgt Caldbeck K 2 Emer Nolan K

U15 1 Cliodhna Manning K 2 Sinead McDonough K 3 Catriona Twomey K

U17 1 Laura Langton K

U18 1 Mary Kate Lanigan K 2 Sarah Nolan K


U10 2 Rebecca Keane K 3 Ciara Deely K


U 13 1 Kate Crotty K

U14 1 Anna Sheehan K 2 Emer Nolan K

Relays (4X100)

U12 1 KilkennyCity Harriers

U14 1 KilkennyCity Harriers “A” 2 KilkennyCity Harriers “B”

U`16 1Kilkenny City Harriers

U18 1 KilkennyCity Harriers

High Jump

U12 1 Aisling McDonough K 2

U13 1 Eimear O’Donoghue K2 Charmaine O’Donoghue K 3 Kate Crotty K


U 10 3 Martina Balcer K

U12 3 Aisling McDonough K

U14 1 3 Emer Nolan K

U15 1 Catriona Twomey K 2 Cliodhna Manning K 3 Sinead McDonough K

U18 1 Teresa Conlon K



U 9 3 Darragh Maher K

U11 2 John Nolan K


U 9 2 Darragh Maher K

U13 2 Aidan Tuohy K

U16 2 Cormac Everard K

U17 2 David McGeary K


U11 2 John Nolan K


U12 1 Shane McGeary K

Relays (4X100)

U12 2 KilkennyCity Harriers

U14 3 KilkennyCity Harriers

U16 1 KilkennyCity Harriers

Ball Throw

U 11 3 John Nolan K

U 12 2 Jack Manning K

U13 2 Aidan Tuohy K 3 Paul Manning J


U 13 2 Pat Maher K 3 Craig Byrne K

U 15 1 James Maher K

Long Jump

U 11 2 John Nolan K

U 12 2 Shane McGeary K

U13 1 Aidan Tuiohy K

U15 1 James Maher K

U16 2 Cormac Everard K

U17 2 David McGeary K

Apr 26

A great Day at the Track

We had a great day at ScanlonPark today. A clean sweep, taking first, second and third places in the girls under 13, 14 and 15 long jumps. The under 13 girls repeated the achievement in the 200m final. James Maher had victories in 100m, 400m and High Jump under15. However the golden achiever of the day was our under 13 athlete Charmaine O’Donoghue. Charmaine won Ball Throw, Long jump, Javelin and 200m.

Results from Day 1 Sunday 26th May


Long Hurdles

U15 1 Cliodhna Manning K 2 Sinead McDonough K

U17 1 Laura Langton K

Long Jump

U10 1 Ciara Deely K 3 Martina Baker K

U11 3 Niamh Deely K

U12 1 Aisling McDonough K

U13 1 CharmaineO’DonoghueK 2 Kate Crotty K 3 Eimear O’Donoghue K

U14 1 Margaret Caldbeck K 2 Gillian Kavanagh K 3 Emer Nolan K

U15 1 Sinead McDonough K 2 Catriona Twomey K 3 Katie Wiley K

U17 2 Orla McPhillips K

U18 1 Aoife Corcoran K

Ball Throw

U12 3 Aisling McDonough K

U13 1 Charmaine O’DonoghueK 3 Eimear O’Donoghue K


U13 1 Charmaine O’Donoghue K 2 Eimear O Donoghue K

U14 2 Gillian Kavanagh K

U15 1 Sinead McDonough K 2 Catriona Twomey K 3 Eimear Doheny K

U18 2 Naomi NiChleirigh K


U10 2 Rebecca Keane K 3 Ciara Deely K


U12 3 Lorraine Casey K

U13 1Charmaine O’Donoghue K 2 Kate Crotty K 3 Eimear O’Donoghue K

U14 1 Margaret Caldbeck K 3 Emer Nolan K

U15 1 Cliodhna Manning K 2 Sinead McDonough K

U16 2 Niamh Tuohy K

U17 1 Laura Langton K 2 Orla McPhillips K

U18 1 Mary Kate Lanigan K 2 Sarah Nolan K


U 9 3 Kayle Duffy K

U10 2 Ciara Deely K


U14 1 Anna Sheehan K 2 Emer Nolan K

U15 3 Sinead McDonough K

U16 3 Niamh Tuohy K

U17 1 Maeve Keane K 2 Orla McPhillips K

U18 2 Sarah Nolan K


U11 3 KilkennyCity Harriers

U13 1 KilkennyCity Harriers

U 15 1 KilkennyCity Harriers A 2 KilkennyCity Harriers B

U17 1 KilkennyCity Harriers



U14 3 Alan Hayes K

U15 3 James Maher K

U17 1 David McGeary K 2 Michael Lanigan K

U18 1 Michael O’Sullivan K

High Jump

U12 2 Shane McGeary K

U13 3 Craig Byrne K

U15 1 James Maher K

U16 2 Cormac Everard K

U17 1 Michael Lanigan K 3 David McGeary K

U18 1 Michael O’Sullivan K


U11 2 John Nolan K


U12 2 Jack Manning K


U15 1 James Maher K

U17 2 David McGeary K

U16 3 Cormac Everard K


U 9 2 Darragh Maher K


U15 1 James Maher K

U16 2 Cormac Everard K

U17 3 David McGeary K


U11 2 John Nolan K

U12 2 Shane McGeary K


Under 15 1 Nicholas Dunphy K


U13 2 KilkennyCity Harriers

Junior Ladies

800m 1 Ciara Everard K

Mar 28/29 All the results from Nenagh (National Indoors):-

Under 14 Jill Kavanagh, 12-Shot Putt, 8.44m.

Under 15 Cliodhna Manning, 2-60m, 7.98; 5-High Jump, 1.40; 12 –Long Jump, 4.53. Sinead McDonough, 9-60m hurdles, 10.72.

Under 16 Pijus Timas, 1-Shot Putt, 12.83.

Under 17 Laura Langton, 9-60m, 8.34; 4-60m hurdles, 9.74.

Under 18 Teresa Conlon, 3-Shot Putt, 9.60m. Mary Kate Lanigan, 2-300m, 41.7. Louise Holmes, 8-60m, 8.23.

Well done to all especially the medal winners. Its great to see all the improvements. Be sure to thank the coaches for all their work.

Mar 8 Short Course

Irene Henebry and Sarah Nolan, were second and third respectively. With Mary Broderick finishing comfortably in 5th the Harriers were first team home on ten points. David McPherson 11th .

Relay results

Girls (3x250)under 11: 2nd

Girls (3x500) under 15: 2nd .

Mar 1 Cliodhna’s Sprint Record in Nenagh.

Day 3 of the Leinster Juvenile Indoor track and field Championships in Nenagh ended on a very high note for our athletes.. Top performer on the day was Cliodhna Manning who won two golds competing at under 15.. Cliodhna, jumping 4m 77 took first place in the Long Jump. She showed great form when she easily won her 60m heat in 8.34 secs. Her performance in the final was top class. Her winning time of 8.11 seconds was a new Championship record for the event.

There were many medal winners and also many who came close especially those finishing in fourth place. Numbered among those were KCH athletes Liam McWey, 4th in under 16 Shot Putt, and Ian Boland 4th in 800m under 17.

There was also success in the relays. Under 14 girls won silver after a brilliant final leg by Margaret Caldbeck brought them from fourth to second. The boys under 16 were third in their final and then it was the turn of the under 18 girls. Winning their heat in 1.48.94 set a new Championship Best Performance. Then in the final they upped the pace to improve on the record which now stands at 1.48.10. The team members were Laura Langton, Louise Holmes, Naomi NiChleirigh and Mary Kate Lanigan.

Individual Medal winners from Day 3.

Under 13 Aidan Tuohy K, 2 – Long Jump, 2 – 60m.

Under 15 James Maher K, 2 - 800m; Nicholas Dunphy K, 1 – 1K Walk; Cliodhna Manning K, 1 – Long jump, 1 – 60m.

Under 16 Pijus Timas K, 1 – Shot Putt;

Under 17 Laura Langton K, 3 – 60m;

Under 18 Louise Holmes K, 1-60m; Peter Walsh K, 3 – Shot Putt; Teresa Conlon K, 1 – Shot Putt;

Feb28 Results from Leinster Indoor Track and Field Day 2.

Under 12 Shane McGeary K, 12 -Long Jump, 4 -600m heat; Jack Manning K, 8-600m heat; David Baldwin K, 9-600m heat

Under 13 Pat Maher K, 7-600m; Craig Byrne K, 7 -60m Hurdles heat; Relay –2nd

Under 16 Cormac Everard K, 6-Long Jump.

Under 17 Relay 2nd


Under 12 Anna Robinson 5-600m heat; Aisling McDonough K, 5-600m heat, 8-Long Jump.

Under 13 Kate Crotty K, 8-600m heat. Relay 3rd

Under 14 Jill Kavanagh K, 1-Shot Putt, 15-Long Jump;

Under 15 Sinead McDonough k, 3-60m Hurdles, 4-High Jump; Annie Condren K, 8 –Shot PuttCliodhna Manning K, 3-High Jump, CatrionaTwomey K, 5-High Jump, 5 -60m Hurdles. Relay 1st

Under 17 Relay 1st

Under 18 Mary Kate Lanigan K, 2-300m; Luise Holmes K, 2-300m heat.

Feb 22
The countyIntermediate cross-country championships were decided in Bramblestown, Gowran on Sunday. Naomi NiChleirigh had a good run to finish second, Irene Henebry was 3rd, Mary Broderick7th and newcomer Breda Lacey 8th. we were second team, scoring twenty points.

The men’s 10K as won by St joseph's, gowran were 2nd and we were 3rd. Mick Dorewas 2nd, Clive Minogue 6th , Niall Quinlan 8th , Steve Dermody 13th and Eddie Hawe 15th.

Feb 15 Scottish Gold for Mary Kate

The weekend journey to Scotland for Mary Kate Lanigan proved successful. Second at under seventeen in the Scottish Indoors last year she went a step further this year to take the gold in the under twenty championships. Her winning jump of 1.70m equals her PB. Cliodhna Manning also made the trip to Scotland where she competed in the under 15 championships. The experience gained from her sixth place finish in the 60m and eleventh in the 200m will stand her in good stead in the future.

Also at the weekend Eoin Everard made valuable contributions to the success of DCU at the Intervarsities Championships in Nenagh. Eoin had an excellent result, taking first place in the 1500m in 3mins 56.30.

Feb 1 Indoor Gold

At under eighteen level Mary Kate Lanigan came close to her PB of 1.70m when she won the High Jump with 1.69 clearance.

Other results were as follows:-

Under 17: Laura Langton (K), 2-60m hurdles, 2-200m; Orla McPhillips (K), 4-200m; Michael Lanigan (K), 5-200m; Ian Boland (K), 6-200m; David McGeary (K), 7-200m.

Under 18: Louise Holmes (K), 3-200m; Michael O’Sullivan (K), 2-High Jump (1.75).

Senior: Nathan O’Brien (K), 4-60m; Austin Lee (J), 3-Triple Jump.

Jan 24/25 Ciara and Eoin Show Good Form

Ciara Everard took first place in the junior ladies 800m. She led from start and was never threatened going on to win in style in 2.11.75. Mary Kate Lanigan, clearing 1.65m, won silver in the High Jump. Michael O’Sullivan, clearing 1.70m, was seventh in the junior men’s High Jump.
At the AAI Games in Nenagh on Sunday Eoin Everard won the 1000m race setting as personal best time for the distance at 2minutes 27 seconds.
Cliodhna Manning and Sinead McDonough were one half of the CountyCC relay team that won the silver medals at the all-Ireland in Roscommon..

Jan 18

The under 12 girls squad, Hannah Lacey, Eimear O’Donoghue, Charmaine O’Donoghue and Kate Crotty, put up a great fight to finish fourth at the Leinster Relays inTymon Park, tallaght. The U12 boys, Patrick Maher, Tom Lennon, Jack Manning and Richie Leahy, also showed great determination. A fifth place finish looked to be on the cards but sheer guts and a powerful finish from Richie Leahy saw them win third place medals.Then in the Senior Men’s 10,000m championship Brian Maher ran well to win individual bronze and he also led in the county team to a well deserved bronze..
At the AAI combined events in Nenagh Mary Kate Lanigan had a good competition competition amassing 2,597 points to win the silver at under 18 level. Laura Langton, KCH , did well to come fourth with 2,446 points. Under 16: Cormac Everard, K, 7th (2643 pts); Under 18: Michael Lanigan, K, 8th (2842 pts), Ian Boland, K, 9th (2810 pts), David McGeary, K, 10th (2800 pts), Girls- Under 14: Margaret Caldbeck, K, 14th (1511), Sarah Kate Lacey, K, 18th (1333 pts). Under 16: Cliodhna Manning, 5th (2522 pts), Sinead McDonough, K, 12th (1905 pts).
Jan 9

A great night was had by all at The Leinster Athletic Awards (AAI) night in The Seven Oaks Hotel in Carlow. Among those being honoured by the Leinster Athletics Board was Olympian Eileen O’Keeffe. Eileen was the County Kilkenny Senior Star for 2008. Winning gold in Hammer, Discus and Weight for Distance at the Leinster 2008 Championships was the beginning of a wonderful year which included winning the Hammer event at the European Cup in Portugal, scoring her eight successive national championship and culminating in representing Ireland at the Olympics in Beijing. On her return from China Eileen had an operation on the damaged cartilage which had restricted her performance at the games. The cartilage is responding well to physio but it will be some time before she can return to a full training regime. In the meantime she has returned to her job as theatre nurse in BeaumontHospital while at the same time completing her Masters Degree in Nursing Studies.

Jan 4 Irene Henebry took 1st place in the o/30’s in Aughavillar.. Joan Martin was fourth.

Nineteen men went to the start of the over 35’s men’s 6K race. Kilkenny City Harriers were fourth with 31 points. 3 Paul Cody, 11Mike Hyland 17 Steve Dermo


KCH 2017