Longford AC Juvenile Awards

January 10th, 2017



             Sunday 15th January 2017 from 5-6pm 

In the upstairs room at the Abbeycartron Soccer Clubhouse, Longford


All Juvenile athletes & parents please join us to celebrate the achievements of 2016

Longford AC Registration 2017

January 6th, 2017

Annual Club Registration Night Friday 6th January 2017 at the Mall, 7-7:30pm

Registration for 2017 is now open, Cost €20 per person, €50 for 3 or more children in the same family, €60 for 4 children in the same family. This annual fee includes Athletics Ireland membership & insurance for the entire calendar year January-December 2017.   Every athlete (Seniors, Juveniles, Little Athletics) must be a registered member of Longford AC in order to attend training and enter competition.

Little Athletics

Little Athletics is for the 6-9 year old age group and focuses on agility, balance and coordination. It takes place every Friday evening 7-8pm indoors at the Mall Complex following the school calendar, cost €2 each week. This session lasts 1 hour and we request that all parents remain for the hour. New coaches and assistants are needed this year…any parents interested please let us know. First step is Garda Vetting and then signing up for a coaching course.


Children must be aged 9 years and above to attend Juvenile training sessions. Every Wednesday outdoor running at Ardagh GAA grounds, 7-8pm and Friday evenings 7-7:45 pm outdoors at the Mall Complex, cost €2 each. There are also juvenile training groups in Dromard and Kenagh on Monday evenings. Leading up to competitions all juveniles need to be doing a minimum of 2 nights training per week to have the level of fitness required for Provincial and National standards.

Training at AIT indoor track is organised once a month, and more frequently before competition. The session starts at 7pm sharp until 8:30pm, cost €3 per child which is subsidised by the Club. Parents are responsible to make their own arrangements regarding transport to and from AIT.

Dates booked at AIT Indoor Track for 2017: Friday Jan 13, 20 & 27

Age categories are based on the entire calendar year.  No athlete may obtain a birthday in the year of competition and compete in that age.

U9= (Born 2009) will turn Age 8 years in 2017

U10= (Born 2008) will turn Age 9 years in 2017

U11= (Born 2007) will turn Age 10 years in 2017

U12= (Born 2006) will turn Age 11 years in 2017

U13= (Born 2005) will turn Age 12 years in 2017

U14= (Born 2004) will turn Age 13 years in 2017

U15= (Born 2003) will turn Age 14 years in 2017

U16= (Born 2002) will turn Age 15 years in 2017

U17= (Born 2001) will turn Age 16 years in 2017

U18= (Born 2000) will turn Age 17 years in 2017



Juvenile Athletics Upcoming 2017 Competition Dates

21/01 Irish Health Life National Indoor Combined Events (U14-20) Championships, AIT Indoor Arena

22/01 Irish Health Life Juvenile Inter Club XC Relays (U12 & 14 only), Tuam, Co. Galway

12/02 Irish Life Health National Juvenile ‘B’ XC Championships (U11, 13, 15 only), Waterford IT

25/02 Connacht Indoor Track & Field, ages U12 & U13 only, AIT Indoor Arena

26/02 Connacht Indoor Track & Field, ages U14+, AIT Indoor Arena

25 & 26 March & 1 April Irish Health Life National Juvenile Indoor T&F Championships, 3 Days, AIT Indoor Arena

27 & 28/05 Irish Health Life National Outdoor Combined Events (U14-20) Championships

10/06 Connacht U9-11 pairs and U12 Outdoor Track & Field, Sligo IT

17 & 18/06 Connacht U13+ Outdoor Track & Field, Sligo IT

24/06 Irish Life Health National Children’s Games U9-11 pairs Outdoor T&F, Tullamore

8, 9 & 16/07 National Juvenile Track & Field Championships, 3 Days, Tullamore   

15/07 National Juvenile Relay Championships AND ‘B’ Track & Field Championships, Tullamore   




Fantastic Finale for Longford AC as Cian Mc Phillips wins All Ireland Cross Country

December 15th, 2016

Longford AC juveniles finished off the season in great style with Cian Mc Phillips winning the Irish Life Health Under 15 All Ireland Cross Country Championships held on Sunday last in Dundalk I T. Cian went into the race as Connaught Champion but such was the depth of talent in this age group that there were up to ten athletes capable of winning the Gold. Approximately 180 athletes had qualified for the final which made for a mad first 200 metres before the course narrowed. Cian got away well and positioned himself in the top five from the gun. By 1000 metres, the field had spread out and already it was obvious that the medals would be decided between about six athletes. By 1500m Cian was in a leading group of three and they had already established a lead of 10 or 15m over the rest. By 2000m, it was Cian and pre-race favourite, Connolly from the Cork City club, Leevale out in front with a good 30m lead. The key moment in the race came with 500m to go and as the two leaders approached a short sharp hill, Cian attached and Connolly had no response. From there Cian pulled away to the finish and ended up with a comfortable 50m gap by the line. After the individual medal presentation, better news was to follow as it was announced that Cian had led the Connaught team to a fantastic but very rare silver medal in the embedded Inter Provincial competition defeating the might of Munster and Leinster in the process. Cian has trained three times every week since August with this race in mind and great credit must go to his coach, Joe Ryan in Mullingar who had him in perfect condition when it mattered most.

In the preceding under 13 girls’ competition, Kate Hagan of Newtown was expected to be in contention at the front of the race after her silver medal in the Connaught Championships when she gave Emma Moore, the All Ireland Champion from Galway City Harriers a real good fright. Unfortunately Kate had been sick all week and the early pace of the race took its toll on her. There is no doubting Kate’s incredible endurance capacity and as the races get longer and conditions more challenging, Kate will unquestionably challenge for All Ireland medals in the future.

For now, the ‘muck warriors’ that make up the club’s cross country section can take a well-earned rest happy in the knowledge that the endurance they have built up in the last few months will stand to them in the indoor season which begins in January.

The starting line of the National Uneven Ages Cross Country Championship U15 race on Dec 11th, 2016 at Dundalk IT.

Cian McPhillips wins the Athletics Ireland National U15 Boys 3500m Cross Country with a clear lead at Dundalk IT on Dec 11, 2016.

National Champion Cian McPhillips wears gold after winning the U15 Boys 3500m Cross Country at the National Championships in Dundalk.

4 New PBs for Longford athlete Nelvin Appiah as he competes in his 2nd International

December 15th, 2016

Schools’ International Athletic Board Combined Events Championships held 10th December 2016 at the AIT International Arena, Athlone

Nelvin Appiah, third year student at Moyne Community School and well known Longford AC juvenile, notched up four new personal best times/distances last Saturday representing Ireland in the Schools’ International Athletic Board Combined Events Championships against the best up and coming Under 16 athletes from England, Scotland and Wales.  His throw of 12.25m in Shot Putt, 5.99m Long Jump and shaving off 12 seconds on his 800m time were highlights from the long day of competition for Nelvin.

The five event indoor pentathlon included 60m Hurdles, Long Jump, 200m, Shot Putt and 800m with points allocated for each. It is such a pity that High Jump is not even included in the Boys Programme as Nelvin has excelled at high jump over the past year, earning his first international cap at The Celtic Games in Wales last August, winning Silver in U16 Boys High Jump.  After the first four events placings in the top 6 were very tight, with the English team slightly ahead, so it all came down to 800m.

Finishing consecutively in 4th, 5th and 6th places overall the Irish boys team won the set of Silver medals on the score of 9381points with every member showing continued improvement from their Regional and All-Ireland results.  Diarmuid O’Connor, Colaiste Choilm, Ballincollig, Co. Cork, was only 2 points off individual bronze with his score of 3158pts. A single point separated Irish teammates Troy McConville, Craigavon SHS, Co. Armagh, 3112pts and Nelvin Appiah, Moyne Community School, Longford, 3111pts. Ethan Williamson, Portadown College, Co. Armagh was the fourth non scoring Irish team member finishing in10th place.

As 2016 marks the centenary of Irish Schools Athletics this was the first time the SIAB held the prestigious International Schools Combined Events in Ireland. Team Ireland won two sets of Silver in Under 16 Boys and Over 16 Girls categories, with a Bronze for Over 16 Boys and 4th place finish for U16 Girls. The technical finesse of the England multi eventers was evident as they won Gold in all four age groups.

The opportunity to compete at international level has been a big learning experience not only for the athlete but coaches as well with praise to the time and enthusiasm that volunteers give to coaching from Little Athletics up. Nelvin’s achievements were on the same weekend as the Athletics Ireland National Uneven Ages Cross Country Championship which saw Cian McPhillips crowned National Champion in the U15 Boys 3500m in Dundalk. It was a fitting end to 2016 which will be remembered as the Longford Athletics Club’s most outstanding year of competition to date.

Ireland Under 16 Boys Squad proudly wearing their Silver SIAB medals at the close of the International Schools Combined Events Championship at AIT. Diarmuid O’Connor, Colaiste Choilm, Ballincollig, Co. Cork, Troy McConville, Craigavon SHS, Co. Armagh, Ethan Williamson, Portadown College, Co. Armagh and Nelvin Appiah, Moyne Community School, Longford competed in the indoor pentathlon. Photo no. 1250366 by Sportsfile.

Nelvin Appiah togged out in his new official Ireland gear as he makes his 2nd international appearance with Irish Schools Athletics at the Combined Events at AIT International Arena on Dec 10th, 2016

Nelvin Appiah, 3rd Year Student at Moyne Community School, competing at International Schools Combined Events at AIT International Arena on December 11th 2016.

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  longfordac@gmail.com  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