Wednesday, October 6, 2021

County Juv. Even Ages & Novice XC 2021

 The first day of the County Cross Country Championships took place in Killarney Demese on Sunday 3rd August. Weather conditions were good with just a few showers.

Well done to all our athletes who competed, some in their very first race for the club.

Full results can be found in Kerry Athletics website:

U10 Girls 1000m

  • Grace Teahan 19th
  • Imogen Carroll Kelly 29th

U10 Boys 1000m

  • Eoin McClure  16th
  • Fionn Hogan 29th
  • Darragh Doherty 30th 
  • Tomas Ryan 31st
  • Andrew Doherty 33rd
  • 5th Team
U12 Boys 2000m: 
  • Ryan Vickers was 2nd
U14 Girls 3000m: 
  • Amelia Carroll Kelly was 28th
U14 Boys 3000m:
  • Isaac Vickers 3rd
  • Tiarnan Lynch 4th
  • Conor McCarthy 5th
  • Samuel Scroope 9th
  • Evan Spillane 13th
U16 Girls 4000m:
  • Meabh Dineen 8th
  • Sadhbh Teahan 9th

U18 Boys 6000m: 
  • Cian Spillane 3rd
Novice Women 4000m:
  • Helen English 9th
  • Pierette Scroope 11th

Novice Men 6000m: 
  • Dermot Dineen 4th

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

National Masters Track & Field C'Ships 2021

The Irish Life Health National Masters Track and Field Championships rounded out the summer season in style today at Morton stadium today (September 5th)
Well done to Arthur Fitzgerald (M35) Bronze in 800m in a time of 2:08.
Mike O'Connor (M70) Bronce in 800m in a time of 3:14
Jerome Foley (M55) 4th in 800m 2:26

Monday, July 26, 2021

County Juvenile T&F - Information

 In preparation for the Kerry Juvenile Co. Championships this coming weekend, Sun 1st August & Mon 2nd August 2021, please see the relevant information below:

Children’s Officers: Helen Fitzgerald, Tralee Harriers A.C. & Tim Long, An Ríocht A.C. 

Covid Officer: John Clifford, St. Brendan’s A.C.

Track Referee: Brendan Cullen, Lios Tuathail A.C.

Field Referee: Martin Fitzgerald, Tralee Harriers A.C.


Ø  Officials, Athletes, Coaches & Parents who want to gain entry to An Ríocht Track need to complete the Covid Questionnaire BEFORE attending the venue.  The link is available at the bottom of this email & on the Kerry website. 

Ø  The entrance & exit to the venue will be the large gate to the side of the An Ríocht building.  Gate keepers will have a list of all people eligible for entry.  If you are not on the list you will not gain entry.

Ø  There will be a small shop out-side the An Ríocht building with minimal supplies of water & some bars.

Ø  Toilet facilities will be available, however, the door into the building will a gate keeper & only a certain amount of people will be allowed in at a time.

Ø  There is NO entry into the building on the days of competition.



Ø  Athletes should report to the venue no more than 45 minutes before their event.

Ø  Please nominate one member per club to collect the club numbers in the morning by the hut near the finish line.

Ø  Each club will have their own area.  Signs will be attached to fences with each club name on it.  Clubs may place their banner over the signs for athletes to find the designated area. 

Ø  Athletes, Coaches & Parents MUST remain at their designated areas.  Please stay back from the perimeter fence to allow the athletes safe passage & return to their designated area after completing their event. Athletes may be running in lane 8 so the perimeter fence must be kept clear for these reasons also.

Ø  Coaches only may bring younger athletes to their competition area if they are unsure of where their competition is on.

Ø  All athletes o13 & adults o18 should wear masks entering & exiting the venue.

Ø  Clubs must ensure that their athletes, coaches & parents bring their own hand sanitiser.

Ø  1 Parent per athlete(s) per family, this will help us remain within the number guidelines.  Whilst we are allowing parents attend, Covid is still in the country & we must follow Covid guidelines at all times.  We request that each club ensures their athlete(s) & parent vacate the premises as soon as their event is over so that we can remain within the number quotas. The competition will have to finish if we go over these numbers.

Ø  Please ensure that all implements are the correct weight on the day including turbo javelins.

Covid Questionnaire Link:

Club Notes Week 25th July 2021

Munster Juvenile Track & Field Championships Day 3&4

Over the 16th & 17th July we had a three of our athletes competing in the Munster Track & Field Competitions.

Aine O'Shea was third in the U18 Discus (1Kg) with a throw of 19.52m

Mairead Walsh competed in the U15 100m sprint where she was 5th in her heat with a time of 14.94sec.

Patrick Kearney
 was 2nd in the U18 Discus with a throw of 33.98m

Munster Junior Track & Field Championships 

Patrick Kearney was back in action where he had a great day in the Munster Junior competitions on Sunday 25th July where he won gold. A great month for Patrick. Well done.

David Kenny - Tokyo Olympics

Sincere thanks to everyone who contributed to our Gofundme to raise funds in supporting David as he travels to Tokyo this week to represent Ireland in the 20Km Race Walk.  On Sunday 18th during our Juvenile training, David took some time out and came to visit our juveniles with his U23 European Silver Medal. It was a unique moment for all of us, as it is such a rare occasion to hold a European Athletics Medal and to have one of our club members representing Ireland in the Olympics.
We would encourage you to get your children to watch the Olympics as it is the only competition where their is such a wide variety of events to watch.
Link to GoFundMe: Support David to Olympics

County Juvenile Track & Field Championships

The very best of luck to all who are competing in the County Juvenile Track & Field Championships will be held over two days at An Riocht Track, Castleisland. 
Day 1: Sunday August 1st - U12 to U16
Day 2: Monday August 2nd - U9 to U11

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Club Notes July 11th 2021

 European Silver for David Kenny

David Kenny secured Ireland’s first ever Race Walk medal at the European U23 Championships in Tallinn, Estonia on Friday July 9th.

David was ultra-impressive as he secured the second-place finish in the Men’s 20km Walk, finishing in a time of 1.25.50 behind eventual winner José Manuel Perez of Spain in 1:25:06. The course was a 1Km loop which made it a very demanding race both physically and mentally having to to negate a narrow turnaround twenty times over the course of the race. David sat comfortably on the shoulder of the leader in second place at the 10k mark and maintained his position to claim the historic silver medal for Ireland. 

This superb silver is Ireland’s 9th medal at these championships since it was started in 1997.

David has been in flying form this season, winning the national Race Walk c'ship only a few weeks ago and will now quickly turn his attention to competing at his first Olympic Games in Tokyo, having just been confirmed during the week. 

Everyone in the club and all athletic clubs in Kerry are so delighted for David and his family. We all wish him well as he prepares for the Olympics which commences in less than three weeks.

County Junior/Senior/Masters T&F C'ships

The 2021 County Track & Field Championships were held on Wednesday evening the 7th July at An Riocht Track. The events were very well organised, with all clubs supporting in various ways to ensure everything ran smoothly. The turn-out from all clubs was good so it ensured some very exciting competitions. Full results can be found on the Kerry Athletics website:

Competing we had 
Cian Spillane: 1st 800m, 
Ellen Kelliher: 3rd 100m & 5th 200m
Patrick Kearney: 2nd Discus
Aine O'Shea: 1st Shot & 2nd Discus
Shauna McCarthy: 3rd 3000m

Arthur Fitzgerald: 2nd 800m
Daniel Clifford: 2nd Discus, 2nd Shot
Sean O'Shea: 3rd Discus, 3rd Shot
Rossa Foley: 1st Javelin

Jerome Foley O55:  1st 400m
Mike O'Connor O70: 1st 400m
George McCarthy O45: 2nd 3000m
Maria McCarthy O45: 1st 3000m

Juvenile County T&F Championships.

Last call to register for the County Juvenile Track & Field Championships is Monday 12th July.
The championships will take place on Sunday 1st & Monday 2nd August at An Riocht Track, Castleisland. Please text Maria on 087 3397837 with childs name, age category and events. Note: You can only enter two events. Age category is determined by whatever age your child is on 31st December 2021. Example: A child aged 10 yrs on the 31st December 2021 will compete in U11 events.

Munster Junior /U23/ Senior / Masters T&F C'Ships

Online entry is now open for the Munster Junior & U23 Championships and the Munster Senior & Masters T&F Championships. 
Please text Maria on 087 3397837
Closing date for Juniors & U23's is Sunday 18th July and for the Senior & Masters, it is Sunday 25th July. 
Timetables here.

Track Membership:

Farranfore Maine Valley AC are offering all our 2021 club members a 50% discount on An Riocht Track annual membership.
Current Rates: Adult 110 EUR; Student 90 EUR
Once off visit: Adult 6.50 EUR; Student 5 EUR

How will this work?
If you wish to avail of this offer please follow the links below to make payment through our club stripe account.
At the end of the offer (31st July) the club will approach An Riocht and register you for annual membership and make full payment.
You will receive a confirmation email once set-up with An Riocht.
You then have full access to the Track for one year.

click on below link for an Adult Membership: HERE
click on below link for a Student membership: HERE
Any queries 0873397837

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Club Notes July 4th 2021

 European U23 Championships

The club committee and all our members would like to wish David Kenny the very best of luck as he competes for Ireland in the U23 European 20Km Race Walk Championships. The Championships take place from the 8th-11th July in Tallinn, Estonia. David has been a part of our club since he was 8 yrs of age. He represented the club in all types of events, before focusing his athletics career into race walking. He is currently the National Champion and is in the top world rankings. David first got all his Race Walking  knowledge from club veteran, Michael O.Connor, where now he is coached by Rob Heffernan.
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Munster Juvenile Track & Field
Day 1 & 2 of the Munster Track & Field Championships were held in MTU Track, Cork over the weekend. For most athletes it has been almost sixteen months since they were in competition. The event was very well organised, so special thanks to the Munster committee and volunteers.
Kevin O'Shea competed in the U13 Javelin & Shot Putt. Kevin did extremely well to finish first in the Javelin and was fifth in the Shot.
Eabha McCarthy, equally did well, where she was second in the U16 250m Hurdles and made the finals of the 200m where she finished in fifth place. 
Best of luck to Aine O'Shea (U18 Discus) and Patrick Kearney (U18 Discus & Hammer) who will be competing on Day 3 & 4 17th / 18th July.
Eabha McCarthy Munster U16 250m Hurdles silver.jpeg

County Junior / Senior / Masters Track & Field
Best of luck to our thirteen athletes who will be competing in the first County T&F Championships of the year. The events will take place at An Riocht Track, Wednesday 7th July starting at 6pm. Timetable will be issued on Monday / Tuesday. Those competing are:
  • Aine O Shea Junior Women  Shot Put (4Kg); Discus (1Kg) 
  • Shauna McCarthy Junior Women  3000m 
  • Ellen Kelleher Junior Women  100m; 200m 
  • Patrick Kearney Junior Men  Discus (1.75Kg) 
  • Cian Spillane Junior Men  800m; 3000m 
  • Daniel Clifford Senior Men  Shot Put(7.26Kg); Discus (2Kg) 
  • Arthur Fitgerald Senior Men  800m 
  • Sean O Shea Senior Men  Shot Put(7.26Kg); Discus (2Kg) 
  • Michael O Connor Senior Men 800m 
  • Maria McCarthy Masters Women O45 3000m
  • Jerome Foley Masters Men O55  400m 
  • George McCarthy Masters Men O45  3000m 
  • Michael O Connor Masters Men O70  400m  
County Juvenile Track & Field
Dates scheduled for Sunday 1st & Monday 2nd August at an Riocht Track, Castleisland.
Online entry will open in the coming weeks and we will be asking parents to contact the club registrar with childs events if attending. Find attached County Track & Field competition Rules booklet and age category events. Since training commenced our coaches have been providing specific training on all events so that they are prepared for competition.
County Juv T&F 2021.jpg

Community Games Update
This year's community games will go ahead, but with a number of changes due to restrictions. The Denny Athletic County finals at An Riocht track on August 21st & 22nd. Area competitions will be held during the month of July.
  • One  competitor per area goes through to county in each race
  • A competitor may not enter a race & a field event
  • All competitors must wear footwear on track
  • U8 races also on track
  • Areas need not supply club singlets.
  • Numbers will be provided by the county, & must be worn back & front.
  • Regional heats & semi-finals will be held in September for all track events.
  • National will be straight finals Sat & Sun Sept 25th & 26th Tullamore
  • Field event qualifiers go direct to National finals in Tullamore
  • No 80m U8 races- 60m only
  • No Relays- No marathon

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

2021 Track & Field Fixtures

County  Track & Field Fixtures

Junior / U23 / Senior / Master
Wed. 7th July @ 6pm: ,  An Riocht Castleisland
Maximum 2 events per athlete €6 per event or two for €11 
Payment and entries online only through club secretary

Sat. 1st August @ 10am: U12 - U16 
Sun 2nd August @ 10am: U9 - U11 
Maximum 2 events per athlete €4 per event or two for €7
Payment and entries only only through club secretary

Munster Track & Field Fixtures

  1. Saturday 3rd July - Munster U12 to U19 BOYS T&F Day 1 in MTU Cork
  2. Sunday 4th July - Munster U12 to U19 GIRLS T&F Day 1 in MTU Cork
  3. Saturday 10th July - Munster U9 to U11 Team Games Day 1  (Venue tbc)
  4. Sunday 11th July - Munster U9 to U11 Team Games Day 2 (Venue tbc)
  5. Saturday 17th July - Munster U12 to U19 BOYS T&F Day 2 in MTU Cork
  6. Sunday 18th July - Munster U12 to U19 GIRLS T&F Day 2 in MTU Cork
  7. Saturday 24th July - Munster Junior & U23 T&F in Templemore
  8. Saturday 31st July - Munster Senior & Masters T&F in Templemore
This year, due to the restrictions imposed on us for Covid-19, there will be NO Relay competition or Juvenile "B" T&F Championships. National are not running these competitions either.

Athletes U9 to U11 
These age groups will be confined to a maximum of two events. There will be no individual U9 to U11 Championships, teams only. If an athlete has no partner on the day, they will not be allowed to compete. Teams must be named in advance. Clubs are limited to a maximum of three teams per event. All races will be on times only.

Athletes U12 to U19
 These age groups will be confined to a maximum of three events in total over the two days of the Championships. There will be heats and finals where necessary.
There is no OPEN entry to National  for any age group, this includes U17, U18 and U19 age groups so all athletes must compete at and qualify from their Munster Championships. The only exception that will be made at National level is athletes who are selected and will be competing at the European Junior Championships on the same days as Day 2 of our Munster Championships (17th & 18th July).

Junior, Senior & Master 
Athletes will be confined to a maximum of two events.
No guests will be permitted.

All Throwers are asked to bring their own implements to competition.
The Championships will only run qualifying events for National so Development Pole Vault , Walks and Triple Jump events will not be run this year.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Firies Sports Facility - Needs You

Firies N.S. and Farranfore Maine Valley Athletic Club are beyond excited that the construction of our long awaited All Weather Pitch at Firies N.S. has finally commenced.
Our state of the art pitch will measure 60m x 40m and will contain a high density prefabricated shock pad system.
We still need your help in order to make this dream a reality. We hope to reach our goal with the help of our fantastic community, those near and far, who may be in a position to donate.
The plan is for construction to be finished in time for the reopening of the school in September so our community can enjoy the facility it so richly deserves.
Any support no matter how small is greatly appreciated.