County Longford Primary Schools’ Cross Country Championships

October 5th, 2015

held on 26 Sept 2015 at Moyne

Qualifiers that go forward to Connacht Schools Cross Country

to be held Sat 17 Oct, 1pm,  Leitrim Gaels GAA Grounds, Drumshanbo, Co.Leitrim


3rd\4th class Girls:

Kate MacEntire, Dromard

Nikola Purgot, Ballymahon

Aoife Kennelly, Fermoyle

Elysia Brady, Colmcille

Sian Gallagher, Ardagh

Caoimhe Crossan, Edgeworthstown

Tessa Tiernan, Stonepark

Sarah Farrell, Stonepark

Killoe team: Eimear Igoe, Amy Finnegan, Rachel Briody, Mia Shannon, Aoife Craig, Grainne Rooney

Newtownforbes team: Tara Crossan, Amy Burke, Alyssa Galligan, Nicole Mulhennan, Ciara McKeown, Cara Murray

Colehill team: Aisling Lane, Clodagh Murtagh, Sarah Keegan, Sarah McCormack, Kiera Dunican, Eimear Dempsey


3rd\4th class Boys:

Kieran O’Dowd, Fermoyle

Ross Shields, Newtownforbes

Seamus Walsh, Killoe

James Gillen, Ardagh

Jack Reilly, Ballinalee

Adam Guidon, Ballymahon

Killian Derwin, Ardagh

Paddy Moran, Killoe

Enda Quinn, Killoe

Kenagh team: Cormac McGann, Oliver Manser, Callum Duignan, Josh Kelly

Colehill team: Cormac Egan, Brian Mulvey, Matthew McCormac, Lee McCabe, Brandon Cooke, Gabriel Murphy

Stonepark team: Harry Mulvihill, Charlie Flannigan, Patrick Clancy, Luke Moran, John McHugh, John McDonnell


5th\6th class Girls:

Aideen Mulligan, Killoe

Rosie Flanagan, Stonepark

Funmi Talabi, Edgeworthstown

Caoilinn Flood, Fermoyle

Avril Cosgrove, Dromard

Tamara Cosgrove, Dromard

Anna Hayden, Ardagh

Alannah Flood, Newtowncashel

Colehill team: Lauren McGuire, Caoimhe Mulvey, Caoimhe McCormack, Casey McNamara, Leah Shannon

Ardagh team: Melissa O’Kane, Katie Lynch, Sarah McPhillips, Laura Farrell, Sarah Thompson, Rachel Mulligan

Newtownforbes team: Kate Hagan, Megan Glennon, Rachel McGrath, Laura Smith


5th\6th class Boys: 

Christopher Conaty, Colmcille

John McCormack, Colehill

Eoin Kiernan, Legan

Ardagh team: Brendan Finnan, Cathal Farrell, Jack Gallagher, Daniel Hayden, Diarmuid Farrell, Rory Carr

Newtownforbes team: James Galligan, Matthew Carey, Jim Crossan, Dan Crossan, Patrick Crossan, Jonathon Burke

Killoe team: Mark Rowley, Daniel Moorehead, Shane Smith, Gavin Farrelly, Aaron McEntire, Aaron Gilna


County Longford Primary Schools’ Cross Country Championships

October 5th, 2015

Saturday 26th September 2015 held at Moyne Community School

196 children took part, representing 14 national schools in Co. Longford

116 from 3rd\4th classes and 80 from 5th\6th classes


Individual Results:

3rd\4th class Girls 800m race                                      3rd\4th class Boys 800m race

Aisling Lane, Colehill                                                       Harry Mulvihill, Stonepark

Kate MacEntire, Dromard                                             Kieran O’Dowd, Fermoyle

Nikola Purgot, Ballymahon                                           Ross Shields, Newtownforbes

Aoife Kennelly, Fermoyle                                             Seamus Walsh, Killoe

Elysia Brady, Colmcille                                                    Cormac McGann, Kenagh

Sian Gallagher, Ardagh                                                  Cormac Egan, Colehill

Eimear Igoe, Killoe                                                           James Gillen, Ardagh

Caoimhe Crossan, Edgeworthstown                        Brian Mulvey, Colehill

Tara Crossan, Newtownforbes                                  Jack Reilly, Ballinalee

Amy Burke, Newtownforbes                                      Adam Guidon, Ballymahon


5th\6th class Girls 1000m race                                      5th\6th class Boys 1000m race

Lauren McGuire, Colehill                                              Brendan Finnan, Ardagh

Melissa O’Kane, Ardagh                                                                Cathal Farrell, Ardagh

Kate Hagan, Newtownforbes                                     James Galligan, Newtownforbes

Aideen Mulligan, Killoe                                                  Jack Gallagher, Ardagh

Rosie Flanagan, Stonepark                                           Christopher Conaty, Colmcille

Funmi Talabi, Edgeworthstown                                 Matthew Carey, Newtownforbes

Katie Lynch, Ardagh                                                        John McCormack, Colehill

Caoimhe Mulvey, Colehill                                             Mark Rowley, Killoe

Sarah McPhillips, Ardagh                                              Eoin Kiernan, Legan

Caoilinn Flood, Fermoyle                                              Daniel Hayden, Ardagh


Team Results:

3rd\4th class Girls 800m race: 1st Killoe (47 points), 2nd Newtownforbes (59 points), 3rd Colehill (80 points)

3rd\4th class Boys 800m race: 1st Kenagh (53 points), 2nd Colehill (55 points), 3rd Stonepark (60 points)

5th\6th class Girls 1000m race: 1st Colehill (34 points), 2nd Ardagh (35 points), 3rd Newtownforbes (75 points)

5th\6th class Boys 1000m race: 1st Ardagh (17 points), 2nd Newtownforbes (38 points), 3rd Killoe (62 points)

The Harry Farrell Perpetual Shield for Best Overall School was won by St Mel’s National School, Ardagh who put in a very strong performance in the 5th\6th class races. Three of the girls team finished in the top 10 in their race and the four scoring members of the boys team scored in the top 10 with 5th runner coming in 12th place giving them the best team score of the day 17 points (1,2,4,10)

1st place Ardagh, 2nd place Colehill, 3rd place Killoe, 4th place Newtownforbes

Other schools that took part:

Stonepark, Ballymahon, Fermoyle, Dromard, Colmcille, Kenagh, Edgeworthstown, Ballinalee, Legan & Gaelscoil

Race for 1st\2nd year secondary school students.

Girls 1000m: 1st Hazel Johnston, Lanesborough, 2nd Roisin Brennan, Lanesborough

No team entries

Boys 2000m: 1st Cian McPhillips, 2nd Oisin Lane, Mercy Ballymahon, 3rd Adam Shields, St Mel’s College

Cian McPhillips, Daniel Madigan, Edward Donoghue and Killian Rawle, Moyne Secondary School, were the winning boys team.












Cross Country Fixtures

October 5th, 2015

Cross Country Fixtures: All teams can have 6 runners with 4 to score


Sat 17th October, Connacht Primary Schools AND Senior Leg 1, at Leitrim Gaels, Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim races start at 1pm sharp, please arrive by 12:20 in order to warm up and walk the course.


Sun 1st November, Clubs Even Ages (U12, 14, 16, 18) AND Senior Leg 2, Moyne Community School, Co. Longford, 1pm, please arrive by 12:20 in order to warm up and walk the course.


Sun 8th November, Club Uneven Ages (U11, 13, 15, 17) AND Juniors AND Senior Leg 3, Lough Key Forest Park, 1pm please arrive by 12:20 in order to warm up and walk the course.


All adult runners €3 regardless of number of club runners, top 4 score for each club. Men 8000m, women 4000m, must declare age category at the first leg and then stick with it, Novice, Senior, and Masters. The entry forms and closing dates will be sent out from each host club. All adults must pre enter as per juveniles. Late entry fee for seniors €10.


Distances for juveniles in Even\Uneven club cross country races


U11 1500m     U12 2000m     U13 2500m     U14 3000m     U15 3500m


U16 4000m     U17 Girls 4000m, U17 Boys 5000m


Important dates to note: Training at AIT indoor track Fri Nov 6th and Fri Dec 4th, 6:50-8:30pm.


Connacht Indoor Track & Field Championships: Sat 20th February 2016, for U12 and U13 juvenile athletes only, Sun 21st Feb for U14+

Co. Longford Primary Schools Cross Country Championships

September 11th, 2015

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July B Fixtures

July 15th, 2015

Juv_B July 2015

National ‘B’ Competition – 18th July 2015

June 29th, 2015

Athletics Ireland Competition Booklet 2015

Athletics Ireland National RELAYS, 18 July

Juvenile Track & Field U12-U16 “B” Championships – 18th July 2015

June 26th, 2015

Venue: Tullamore           Date: 18th July 2015

Time: 10.00 a.m.

 Entry Fee: 5 Euro per event

Closing Date: 10th July 2015 (Strictly no entries on the day) Entries: Online via Club Secretaries

All athletes must be registered.


Girls U12             Girls U13             Girls U14             Girls U15             Girls U16

60m                       80m                       80m                       100m                     100m

600m                     600m                     800m                     800m                     800m

Long Jump          Long Jump          Long Jump          Long Jump         Long Jump

High Jump           High Jump           High Jump           High Jump          High Jump

Shot Put               Shot Put              Shot Put              Shot Put               Shot Put


Boys U12             Boys U13             Boys U14            Boys U15            Boys U16

60m                      80m                       80m                       100m                     100m

600m                     600m                     800m                     800m                    800m

Long Jump          Long Jump          Long Jump          Long Jump          Long Jump

High Jump           High Jump           High Jump           High Jump           High Jump

Shot Put               Shot Put               Shot Put              Shot Put               Shot Put


Normal regulations for Track and Field apply plus

  1. Any athlete who has competed in the Regional Championships and not qualified for the National Juvenile championships in any event is eligible to complete in this Event.
  2. Entries through club secretaries to National Head Office by closing date.
  3. Athletes may enter 2 events and compete in their own age.

2 Sets of Silver Connacht medals for Longford AC

June 22nd, 2015

U13 Boys Silver at Connacht Outdoor Championships, 13 June 2015, Claremorris. David, Evan, Brendan & Cathal

Longford AC U13 Boys Relay Team that captured Silver at the Connacht Outdoor Championships in Claremorris, Co. Mayo last weekend. Cathal Farrell and Brendan Finnan from Ardagh teamed up with Strokestown’s David McDonnell and Evan Moran to put in a strong 4X100m performance, time of 58.62. They will continue to train for the Athletics Ireland National Relay finals to be run in Tullamore in July.

U15 Boys Relay, Martin & Peter Parker, Daire McManus & Adam Shields, 13 June 2015 at Connacht  Outdoor

U15 Boys Relay Team for Longford AC won 2nd place at the Connacht Outdoor Championships in Claremorris on 13th June 2015. Martin and Peter Parker from Strokestown, together with Daire McManus, Stonepark, and Adam Shields, Melview, put in a smooth team performance to bring home a set of Connacht Silver medals.

Connacht Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Day 2

June 22nd, 2015

Claremorris, Co. Mayo

Longford AC had fourteen juvenile athletes competing at the second day of the Connacht Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Claremorris last weekend. This competition attracts over 500 teenage athletes in the U13-19 categories from throughout the Western Region. The Programme of Events includes hurdles, steeplechase, race walks, sprints and a variety of middle distances from 200m up to 3000m. The day started well with all 3 boys relay teams, U13, U14 and U15, winning medals and thereby qualifying for the Athletics Ireland National Relay Finals in July in Tullamore.

U13 Boys: David McDonnell and Evan Moran both from Strokestwon and Ardagh’s Cathal Farrell and Brendan Finnan. 2nd place, time 58.62

U14 Boys: Daire McManus, Cian McPhillips, Adam Shields and David McDonnell. 3rd place, 56.84

U15 Boys: Martin & Peter Parker, Strokestown, Adam Shields and Daire McManus. 2nd place, time 57.36

Brendan Finnan continued his success this year in field events winning a gold, silver and bronze in U13 Boys high jump, 1.30m, hurdles and long jump, 4.07m. Brendan shows a real flare for multi-events and will be able to compete in this forum starting next year at U14.

Cian McPhillips took on a new challenge of running the U14 Boys 1500m as well as his usual 800m which was a very demanding combination in the same afternoon. Two age groups, U14 and U15, ran the 1500m together making it difficult to distinguish which runners were in each age group. When the results were finally posted Cian’s time of 4.48:81 was 0.0:33 off the 1st place U14 Boys winner showing he is very competitive in this distance. The 800m race was the final event of a very long day.  In true style Cian ignited the crowd as he sprinted the final 60m of the second lap to win gold in the 800m adding a second medal to his earlier silver medal run in the 1500m.

Representing the Dromard section of the club, Sarah Murphy won Bronze in the U14 Girls 800m race. Sarah managed to stay on her feet as a runner overtaking close to the finish cut in tightly directly in front of her snatching second place at the finish line.

Brothers Daire and Sean McManus will both make the trip to Tullamore in July as they qualified for Nationals in sprint and shot putt respectively. Sean threw 9.55m, showing improvement to his pb of 9.18m from the Connacht Indoor Championship in March, to win bronze in the U17 Boys shot putt. Twins Martin and Peter Parker from Strokestown will join them competing in the U15 Boys 200m and hurdles.

Kenagh’s Corey Molloy medalled twice in U16 Boys 100m and 200m putting in very strong performances in both races. The standard for sprints is always competitive and this is a great achievement for Corey putting him forward in both events at the National level.  The longest race of the day saw Niall Nerney, Stonepark, on the track for the U19 3000m. Niall finished in 2nd place with time of 10.18:18 sees him as the final qualifier from Longford AC to go on to the Athletics Ireland Nationals in Tullamore in July.

Connacht Outdoor Championships, Day 1

June 12th, 2015

6 June 2015 at Claremorris AC track, Co. Mayo

On 6th June 30 juvenile athletes from Longford AC in the U9-12 age group travelled to Claremorris, Co. Mayo to compete in the first day of the Connacht Outdoor Championships. Even though the conditions were challenging with rain and wind several time during the day it never dampened the enthusiasm of our youngest competitors who thoroughly enjoyed the event.

The day started with Relays and Longford AC put forward teams in U9, U10, U11 and U12 Girls and 2 teams in U12 Boys. This was a huge learning experience for all the children that took part and gave them all a great sense of the teamwork required for efficient handovers. Two sets of Connacht medals were won and both of these teams progress on to compete in the upcoming summer GloHealth Athletics Ireland National Finals.

The U11 Girls team of Funmi Talabi, Ella Duggan, Kate Mac Entire and Laura Farrell ran an excellent race with a time of 1.05.38, to beat 12 other teams from the Western Region for the set of Gold medals. Sarah Mc Phillips, Avril Cosgrove, Kate Hagan & Melissa O’Kane won Bronze medals in the U12 Girls Relay. Their event was run in gale force wind and rain and they deserve credit for their very strong performance finishing with a time of 1.03.01.

Then the focus turned to the pair’s competition in sprint and middle distance. The youngest athletes aged U9-11 are paired together to get a combined time. Several children from the Dromard section of the club made their debut in the blue Longford AC singlet.

The outstanding performance of the day was Funmi Talabi, Edgeworthstown, and Laura Farrell, Ardagh, working together as a pair in the U11 Girls 60m sprint. They won the set of Gold Connacht medals from a panel of 15 pairs representing all the counties of Connacht. Funmi recorded the fastest individual time in the entire age group, 9.04 seconds. The girls will move up to the national level running as a pair in Tullamore.

Eleven Longford athletes competed in U12 individual events including turbo javelin, long jump and shot putt. Ardagh’s Melissa O’Kane impressed with her 3rd place finish in the U12 Girls 600m race at 2.01.19. Tommy Corcoran, Granard, won a Silver medal in high jump after clearing 1.25m and he threw 7.50m to finish 4th place in the U12 Boys shot putt. Both Melissa and Tommy join the two relay teams and sprint pair having all secured their places in the GloHealth Athletics Ireland Nationals at Tullamore Harriers Stadium in July. Next weekend the U13-19 athletes will take their turn on the track as Longford AC returns to Claremorris, Co. Mayo for the 2nd day of the Connacht Outdoor Championships.