Nelvin Appiah – All-Ireland Gold and International Selection

November 18th, 2016

The Connacht Secondary Schools’ Combined Events on 26th October was Nelvin’s first opportunity to put all 5 pentathlon events together in competition on a single day. The programme was 60m Hurdles, 200m, shot putt, long jump and 800m. He brought determination with his natural ability and speed and easily conquered this new challenge, winning Provincial Gold in his age category.

The 15 year old from Longford town has had a very exciting first year as a member of Longford Athletics Club. Since joining the Club in January he has won 8 Provincial Gold medals which led to two 4th places finishes in All-Ireland Indoor Track & Field in March, and his 1st Athletics Ireland National medal, Bronze in U16 relay. Over the summer Nelvin was in action in Tullamore at the Athletics Ireland National Outdoor T&F winning his second All-Ireland medal, Gold in the U16 Boys High Jump which earned him his 1st international cap being selected for the Celtic Games in Swansea, Wales last August.

Athletics Ireland’s Juvenile Committee selects the best up and coming U16 and U18 athletes for the annual Celtic Games and Nelvin delivered on the day winning Silver in the U16 Boys High Jump. Earlier in the summer, based on his end of year schools athletics performance, Nelvin was also selected for the Tailteann Games, in Santry.

No doubt there will be a large crowd of supporters from both Moyne Community School and Longford AC when Nelvin competes for Ireland on Saturday 10th December at the Athlone IT International Arena.


Congratulations to Longford AC juvenile Nelvin Appiah on his excellent performance at the All-Ireland Secondary Schools Combined Events on Nov 12th, 2016 at the AIT International Arena. He won Bronze in the Junior Boys pentathlon after narrowly missing 2nd place by only 2 points! Nelvin has earned his 2nd international appearance as he will take part in the schools international in December.


Longford AC Juvenile member Nelvin Appiah was selected by the Athletics Ireland Juvenile Committee to compete in the Celtic Games in Swansea, Wales over the summer. Still only 14 years of age he won Silver in his first international athletics appearance in the U16 Boys high jump at 1.79m. He is pictured here in his new Ireland gear after returning home from the competition.

Connacht Cross Country Championships

November 18th, 2016

Even Ages, October 30th, South Park, Galway: 2 individual medallists -Silver in U16 Boys and Bronze in U14 Girls, as well as 1 set of team and County medals

Uneven Ages, November 6th, Westport, Co. Mayo: 2 individual medallists -Gold in U15 Boys and Silver in U13 Girls

Both Connacht cross country races were run over the midterm break. Overall there was a decline in the number of Longford AC juvenile taking part this season so it was all about quality versus quantity in each race.

Day 1 for Even Ages was held in glorious sunshine in Galway and saw Longford AC seniors Adrianna Melia, Paddy Sharkey and Declan Newman joining the line-up after the juvenile races were completed. Siog Reilly finished 39th in U12 Girls 2000m. Kate Hagan proved herself well running up 1 year to get an individual Bronze when she finished in 6th place in the U14 Girls 3000m. The U14 Boys were out in force and worked together to win a set of 3rd place County medals as well as 4th place as a club team with 69 points. Joe Reilly, 11th, Christopher Conaty, 14th, Aidan O’Boyle, 21st, Darren O’Neill, 23rd, Jack Gallagher running up 1 year finished 28th and James Galligan, 33rd. Cian McPhillips was running 1 year up and finished 2nd taking the Silver Provincial medal in the U16 Boys 4K race. All the medallists have qualified for the Athletics Ireland National Cross Country Championship that will be held on the brand new course at Abbotstown, Dublin on November 27th.

The wet and windy conditions in Westport on Day 2 were a real challenge for the Uneven Ages juveniles. Sian Gallagher, 14th, Jane O’Boyle, 28th, and Saidbh Nerney, 47th, all ran well in the U11 Girls 1500m. As they were only three they did not have enough to contend in the team or county rankings. Kate Hagan was in top form and won Silver with a very determined run throughout the 2500m race.  Karen O’Boyle finished 33rd. Cian McPhillips won the U15 Boys 3500m. Kate and Cian ran one weekend in both their own age groups and again on the other weekend in the year above. As they were medallists at both events they also go forward for the Athletics Ireland National Cross Country Championship for juvenile even ages on December 11th at Dundalk IT.


Longford Athletics Club Juvenile athletes Kate Hagan, Newtownforbes, and Cian McPhillips, Ardagh, double Provincial medallists in Cross Country have qualified for Athletics Ireland National Championships later this month in Abbotstown and again at Dundalk IT in December.

Connacht Even Ages Cross Country held at South Park, Galway on Oct 30th, 2016

November 18th, 2016


Longford AC Juvenile Boys Cian McPhillips, Christopher Conaty, Darren O’Neill, James Galligan, Aidan O’Boyle, Joe Reilly & Jack Gallagher ready for their races at the Connacht Even Ages Cross Country on Oct 30th, 2016 in Galway. Cian won Silver placing 2nd in the U16 4K race and the U14 Boys won 3rd place County and 4th place team medals.


Some of the members of the Longford AC U14 Boys team that won 3rd place County and 4th place Club medals at the recent Connacht Even Ages Cross Country on Oct 30th, 2016 in Galway.  Pictured are Aidan O’Boyle 21st, Darren O’Neill 23rd, Jack Gallagher 28th, Christopher Conaty 14th & James Galligan 33rd. (Joe Reilly, 11th place, missing from team picture)

Cross-Country Girls in Westport

November 18th, 2016


Karen O Boyle, Kate Hagan, Sian Gallagher & Jane O’Boyle still smiling after the Girls Uneven Ages Cross Counrty races in Westport.


Karen O’Boyle & Kate Hagan after they ran in the U13 Girls 2500m race on Nov 5th, 2016.


Kate Hagan, U13 Girls, wearing Silver medal after she finished in 2nd place overall in the 2500m cross country race.


U11 Girls Sian Gallagher, Jane O’Boyle & Saidbh Nerney were in action in Westport at the Connacht Uneven Ages Cross Country on Nov 5th, 2016.


Sian Gallagher & Jane O’Boyle ran in the U11 Girls 1500m race at the Connacht Cross Country for uneven ages in Westport.


October 17th, 2016

Any juveniles that want to enter please email name, date of birth and which date/race you want to enter to the Club email  by Thur Oct 20th

Connacht Even Ages, Senior, Novice and Masters Cross Country Championships.

Date:  Sunday 30th October 2016.

Time:  12 noon.

Venue: South Park, Galway

U12=2000m,   U14=3000m,   U16=4000m

To qualify for Sunday 27th November 2016 – GloHealth National Juvenile Even Age XC, Abbottstown, Dublin


Connacht Uneven Ages, Senior, Novice and Masters Cross Country Championships.

Date:  Sunday 6th November 2016.

Time:  12 noon.

Venue:  Westport House, Westport, Co. Mayo.

U11=1500m,   U13=2500m,   U15=3500m

To qualify for Sunday 11th December 2016 – GloHealth National Juvenile Uneven Age XC, Dundalk IT

Connacht Primary Schools Cross Country Championships

October 17th, 2016

Held Saturday, 15th October 2016 at Sligo IT.


Well done to all the children that travelled to compete and represent their schools. Over 55 children from Longford  took part at Provincial level.

Congratulations to Longford girls Kate Hagan, Scoil Mhuire NS, Newtownforbes- 2nd place and Rosie Flanagan, Stonepark NS- 9th place on their excellent finishing in the 5th & 6th Class Girls 1200m Senior Race out of a total 103 runners. Pride of place goes to the 3rd & 4th Class Boys team from Stonepark NS who won 1st place team medals on a score of 100 points in the 1000m Junior Race in a field of total 107 runners.3rd -Conor McHugh, 7th -Patrick Clancy, 30th – Charlie Flanagan, 60th -Peter Farrell, and 65th -Stephen Carroll

Winners of the Harry Farrell Perpetual Shield for Best Overall School.

October 15th, 2016


St Theresa’s NS, Killoe 2016 winners of the Harry Farrell Perpetual Shield for Best Overall School at the recent Co. Longford Primary Schools Cross Country held in Moyne. Pictured with the children that took part are Rita Moran and Kevin Kane who prepared the Killoe runners.


October 6th, 2016

Date: Saturday 15th October 2016, races start at 12:00 noon sharp

Venue: Sligo IT

Programme:   3rd/4th Class Junior Girls   1000 mts Cross Country

3rd/4th Class Junior Boys   1000 mts Cross Country

5th/6th Class Senior Girls   1200 mts Cross Country

5th/6th Class Senior Boys   1200 mts Cross Country

Then there will be adult races for the 1st leg of the Western Region Cross Country Senior, Novice & Masters Championships            at 2pm.

Individual and team names submitted and all entry fees paid by Longford Athletic Club on behalf of primary schools in Co. Longford. On the day, collection of race numbers by all school s  is open 10:30- 11am at Knocknarea Arena, Sligo IT.    All  Longford children to be there by 11am to collect their number, walk the course and warm up.

Secondary Schools Race Winners

October 6th, 2016


Moyne Community School 1st & 2nd year girls cross country team, winners of team gold medals in the 1600m race at the recent Longford Cross Country Championships hosted by Longford Athletic Club. Pictured is Avril Cosgrove, Jessica Pratt, Orlaith Mulligan and Chloe Kearns.


The  1st & 2nd year boys cross country team ‘A’ from Moyne Community School that were winners of team gold medals at the recent Longford Cross Country Championships. Pictured at the finish line of the 2K race is Cian McPhillips, Joe Reilly, Christopher Conaty and Jason Grimes.


The 1st & 2nd year boys cross country teams from Moyne Community School that competed in the recent Longford Cross Country Championships, winners of team gold and team bronze medals in the 2K race.


1st and 2nd Year Boys Cross Country Team from Mercy Secondary School, Ballymahon.  Winners of a set of silver team medals in the 2K race held in Moyne on 24th September 2016. Oisin Lane finished 2nd overall and lead his school mates Daniel Hayden, Cathal Farrell, Jack Gallagher, Eoin Farrell and Brendan Finnan.


Prizes for new event – Open Senior Cross Country hosted by Longford AC.

Qualifiers for Connacht Schools Cross Country, Sat 15 Oct 2016, Sligo, 12 noon sharp

October 6th, 2016