Sunday, August 18, 2019

Juvenile Open Sports Day - 22nd September 2019



Club Notes Week Ending 18th Aug. 2019

National Masters T&F C'Ships
The National Masters Championships took place in Tullamore,on Sunday 18th August.
Jerome Foley (M55) was third in the 400m & 800m distances.
Sean O'Shea (M50) was third in Shot.

Aldi National Community Games Athletics  
The Aldi Community Games was held over two days in University of Limerick. The atmosphere was overwhelming with many competitive and entertaining races to be seen. We had a eight athletes who made it through to represent Kerry. Each and everyone did very well over their individual events. Mairead Walsh had an outstanding U12 600m where she fought hard over the last 80m to come from fourth place to win silver. This is added to the silver team medal when she competed in the XC Relays back in May. 
Ellen Kelliher advanced through all her heats in the U14 100m sprint to reach the Final. Here she got everything right to finish in fourth place. 
Eabha McCarthy competing in the U14 80m Hurdles had a busy weekend where she too qualified for the Finals. Again under strong competition Eabha hurdled very well to finish fourth place. 
Doireann O'Shea did very well in the U14 Javelin where she was placed in 6th position with some fine throwing. 
Shauna McCarthy reached the final of the U16 1500m distance race. She gave it her all and finished in 6th place. This was Shauna's final race competing in the Community Games. She has bee involved since the age of eight and has competed at national level on 4 occasions, most recently winning the 7K Marathon back in May. Well done.  
Liath Lenihan was unfortunate to compete in the U16 High Jump due to injury. Like Shauna, Liath represented Kerry in many occasions over the years. We all wish her a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing her back doing what she loves best. 
Others who competed on the day were Katie Doe in the Long Puck and Simon O'Leary in the U14 Shot Putt. 
A special recognition must go to Maria McCarthy who was coaching four of these athletes over the last few months.

Juvenile Open Sports Day
The Club will be hosting their Annual Juvenile Open Sports Day on Sunday 22nd September. This year it will have be a combined events Sports Day. As we are close to Cross Country Season we will also have changes in the middle distances. Full information will be posted next week.

Club Training:
Autumn / Winter training in preparation for Cross Country Season will start with Juveniles (age 8 to 15) on Tuesday 27th August GAA Grounds Farranfore, starting at 6pm. All training sessions are €2 each. New Members welcome to participate in training.

Athletic's Fixtures
Fri 30th Aug: An Riocht 5K Series Race 1, Castleisland @7:15pm
Fri 6th Sept: An Riocht 5K Series Race 2, Castleisland @7:15pm
Fri 13th Sept: An Riocht 5K Series Race 3, Castleisland @7:15pm
Sun 29th Sept.: County Novice, U23 & Juvenile Even Ages XC, Killarney
Sun 6th Oct: County Intermediate & Juv. Uneven Ages, Venue TBD

Please contact club secretary, Mary, 085-1909509 to register for competitions in advance
See Kerry & Munster Athletics website for full fixture lists & timetable for event

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Club Notes Week Ending 4th Aug. 2019


National Senior T&F C'Ships
The National Senior Championships took place in Morton Stadium, Santry on Sat/Sun 28th July and as always competition was red hot throughout. After his Recent Top 10 finish at the European U23 Championships. 
David Kenny finished 4th in the 10km Race Walk in a time of 45mins. This was one of the most competitive fields of the weekend with Irish Olympians Alex Wright and Brendan Boyce taking Gold and Silver on the day.

Munster Regional Endurance Performance Squad 2019/20
Athletes have been selected for this year’s Regional Endurance Performance Squads based on their results over the past 12 months. Congratulations to Shauna McCarthy who has been selected. The squads will aim to bring top young athletes from across each province together for opportunities to train collectively. It gives athletes a chance to get to know each other and can only help build a strong vibrant endurance community that athletes will want to be part of for years to come. The first squad activity takes place in September, with a weekend camp in Banna.

Club Training:
Autumn / Winter training will start early September in preparation for the Cross Country Season. You will be informed of the fixed dates soon.

Athletic's Fixtures
Sun 11th Aug.: National Half Marathon (in conjunction with Rock n' Roll), Dublin
Sun 11th Aug.: Liscarroll A.C. Open Sports, Liscarroll GAA Grounds. @1pm
Sun 18th Aug: National Masters T&F Championships, Tullamore
Sat/Sun 17th/18th Aug: National Community Games Athletics, UL
Fri 30th Aug: An Riocht 5K Series Race 1, Castleisland @7:15pm
Fri 6th Sept: An Riocht 5K Series Race 2, Castleisland @7:15pm
Fri 13th Sept: An Riocht 5K Series Race 3, Castleisland @7:15pm
Sun 29th Sept.: County Novice, U23 & Juvenile Even Ages XC, Killarney

Please contact club secretary, Mary, 085-1909509 to register for competitions in advance
See Kerry & Munster Athletics website for full fixture lists & timetable for event

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Club Notes Week Ending 14th July. 2019

European U23 Championships
A big squad of 42 athletes traveled to represent Ireland at the European Athletics U23 Championships in Gavle, Sweden (July 11-14). This represents the biggest team Athletics Ireland has ever sent to the European U23 Championships and reflects a policy of giving more athletes to enter the pathway in development championships.
David Kenny took to the roads of Gavle on what was a very hot afternoon. He judged his pace brilliantly to finish 9th in the men’s 20km race walk in a new personal best of 1:25:43. The winning time was 1:21, just 4 minutes ahead of David, who is still just 20 years of age, gaining valuable experience for the future to bridge the gap to the senior level. A great achievement in representing our club and country admirably.

Well done to Shauna McCarthy & Patrick Kearney who competed in the National Juvenile's on Saturday 13th July. No medals but they learnt a lot from their experience at national level.

International Children's Games
Tralee was represented at the International Children’s Games and Cultural Festival in Ufa, the capital city of the Republic of Bashkortostan, Russia. Tralee will participate at the Games for the 14th year since 2005. 
Aine O'Shea was competing at the athletics competitions. It was a great experience to Represent Ireland at an international stage and compete against other countries.

Gneeveguilla Mile Series.
The third race of Gneeveguilla AC Mile series. Held in Knocknagree on the evening of Wednesday 10th July. Well done to David Culloty, Brendan Lynch & Jerome Foley for participating. Next race is in Ballydesmond on Wednesday 17th July at 7:30pm.

Kilgobnet 4Mile

The 30th Annual Kilgobnet 4 mile race was held on Friday evening 12th July. It was a lovely evening and our club was represented by George McCarthy 2nd, Arthur Fitzgerald 3rd & Maria McCarthy 1st Lady.


Athletic's Fixtures
  • Sat 20th July: National Outdoor League Final, Tullamore
  • Sun 21st July: National Juvenile "B" T&F & Relay C'ship, Tullamore
  • Sat/Sun 27/28th July: National Senior T&F C'ships, Morton Stadium
  • Sun 4th Aug: Banna 5K & 10K St. Brendan's AC, Banna 9:30am
  • Sun 11th Aug.: National Half Marathon (in conjunction with Rock n' Roll), Dublin
  • Sun 18th Aug: National Masters T&F Championships, Tullamore

Monday, July 8, 2019

Club Notes Week Ending 7th July. 2019

National Junior & U23 T&F Championships
Siofra & Rossa Foley competed in the National Junior & U23 Track & Field Championships held in Tullamore on Saturday 6th July. 
Rossa Foley, competing in the U23's, did well to come third in the Weight for Distance (WFD) with a personal best throw of 7.79m . He also competed in the Javelin where he finished fourth, Shot Put & Discus. 
Siofra Foley, competing in the Juniors did not medal but competed in the Javelin, Discus & Shot Putt.

National Juvenile T&F Championships Day 1
Eabha McCarthy competed in the National Juvenile's on Sunday 7th July. Competing at this level for the very first time in the U14 75m Hurdles. Things did not go her way in the heats so did not make the final qualifications. She enjoyed the experience and learnt a lot.

Gneeveguilla Mile Series.
The second race of Gneeveguilla AC Mile series. Held in Kilcummin on the evening of Wednesday 3rd July. Well done to David Costello, George McCarthy, Brendan Lynch (and family), Jerome Foley & Shauna McCarthy for participating. Next race is in Knocknagree on Wednesday 10th July at 7:30pm


Athletic's Fixtures
  • Wed 12th July: Kilgobnet 4mile Road Race
  • Sat 13th July: Juvenile T&F C'ships Day 2, Tullamore
  • Sat 13th July: AAI 10 Mile Championships, Phoenix Park
  • Sun 14th July: Juvenile T&F C'ships Day 3, Tullamore
  • Sat 20th July: National Outdoor League Final, Tullamore
  • Sun 21st July: National Juvenile "B" T&F & Relay C'ship, Tullamore
  • Sat/Sun 27/28th July: National Senior T&F C'ships, Morton Stadium


Please contact club secretary, Mary, 085-1909509 to register for competitions in advance
See Kerry & Munster Athletics website for full fixture lists & timetable for event

Monday, July 1, 2019

Club Notes Week Ending 30th June 2019


National Race Walking Championships
The National Athletics Ireland 20km Race Walking Championships held in Leeds on Sunday June 30th in conjunction with the British Grand Prix of Race Walking. 
Cian McManamon was crowned champion after a titanic struggle with David Kenny finishing in second place with a personal best time of 1hr 25mins. 
David becomes the fastest 20 year old over this distance in Ireland and looks forward to representing Ireland in the European U23 Championships which takes place in Gavle, Sweden from the 11th - 14th July where a top 10 finish is on his radar. 
He also gained valuable points in his quest for Olympic qualification. 
Special thanks to club mate, Michael O'Connor who introduced David to Race Walking many years ago and created the foundations and belief for his success. 
Wishing him continued success at the European Championships.

Munster Juvenile 'B' T&F C'Ships
The Munster Juvenile Combined events and Juvenile 'B' Track & Field Championships were held in Lee's Road Ennis on Sunday 30th June. 
Rachel Boyle had a fantastic day where she won the U11 Long Jump and was second in the 60m sprint. 
Kevin O'Shea was also first in the U11 Javelin and his sister Aine was second in the U16 Shot. 
Isaac Vickers competed in the Multi Events where he was first in the U11's.












Gneeveguilla Mile Series.
There was a good representation from our club in the first race of Gneeveguilla AC Mile series. Held in Barraduff on the evening of Wednesday 26th June. 
Well done to George McCarthy, Brendan Lynch, Jerome Foley & David for participating. 
Next race is in Kilcummin on Wednesday 3rd July at 7:30pm


Athletic's Fixtures
  • Sat 6th July: Junior & U/23 T&F C'ships, Tullamore
  • Sun 7th July: Juvenile T&F C'ships Day 1, Tullamore
  • Wed 12th July: Kilgobnet 4mile Road Race
  • Sat 13th July: Juvenile T&F C'ships Day 2, Tullamore
  • Sat 13th July: AAI 10 Mile Championships, Phoenix Park
  • Sun 14th July: Juvenile T&F C'ships Day 3, Tullamore
  • Sat 20th July: National Outdoor League Final, Tullamore
  • Sun 21st July: National Juvenile "B" T&F & Relay C'ship, Tullamore
  • Sat/Sun 27/28th July: National Senior T&F C'ships, Morton Stadium

Please contact club secretary, Mary, 085-1909509 to register for competitions in advance
See Kerry & Munster Athletics website for full fixture lists & timetable for event

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Club Notes Week Ending 23rd June. 2019


Kerry Community Games
The Annual Kerry Community Games Athletics was held over two days at An Riocht Track, Castleisland. With 42 townland areas represented it is the largest juvenile athletics event in the county. Many of our club juveniles were competing across various events as they represented their areas in fine style. The competition was at a very high standard and all our athletes did very well, with almost all reaching their finals. 
We had seven athletes who were Gold medal winners and now go forward to represent Kerry in the National Finals next August. These were: 
Shauna McCarthy U16 1500m;
Eabha McCarthy U14 80m Hurdles; 
Ellen Kelliher U14 100m; 
Doireann O'Shea U14 Javelin; 
 Mairead Walsh U12 600m and 
 Liath Lenihan U16 High Jump.
Simon O'Leary U14 Shot

Other podium positions were: 
Kevin O'Shea U10 60m Hurdles 3rd; 
 Isaac Vicker U12 600m 2nd; 
 Diarmuid Kirwan U14 Javelin 2nd; 
Ellen Kelliher U14 Long Jump 3rd; 
Patrick Kearney U16 Discus 2nd; 
Aine O'Shea U16 Discus 2nd and 
Niamh O'Shea U12 Ball Throw 4th;
Orna O'Leary  U14 Shot 2nd.

Well done to everyone who competed and did so well over the two days.


Shauna McCarthy (Killorglin CC) was also busy on Saturday 22nd June as she represented Munster in the School Tailteann Games held in Morton Stadium, Santry. Shauna competed in the 3000m where the standards were very high. She was not in the medals but enjoyed the experience and hopes to be back again next year.

Closing date for registration to the Munster Juvenile "B" T&F C'ships & Juv. Pentathlons, Lees Road Ennis is Thursday 27th June. Please have entries submitted to club secretary, Mary well before this date.

Athletic's Fixtures
  • Sun June 30th: National League T&F Day 2, AIT
  • Sun 30th June: Munster Juvenile "B" T&F C'ships & Juv. Pentathlons, Lees Road Ennis
  • Sat 6th July: Junior & U/23 T&F C'ships, Tullamore
  • Sun 7th July: Juvenile T&F C'ships Day 1, Tullamore
  • Sat 13th July: Juvenile T&F C'ships Day 2, Tullamore
  • Sat 13th July: AAI 10 Mile Championships, Phoenix Park
  • Sun 14th July: Juvenile T&F C'ships Day 3, Tullamore
Please contact club secretary, Mary, 085-1909509 to register for competitions in advance
See Kerry & Munster Athletics website for full fixture lists & timetable for events

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Club Notes Week Ending 16th June. 2019

Munster Juvenile T&F C'Ships
Munster U12 to U19 Juvenile T & F Championships Day 2 & 3 was held in An Riocht Track, Castleisland over the week-end. 
Back in action was Eabha McCarthy who competed in the U14 80m and 200m sprints. Eabha just missed out in reaching the 80m Final by 0.03sec. She was second in here 200m heat which qualified her for the finals. In what was a very competitive final she did very well to finish in 4th place with a time of 28.70sec. 
Ellen Kelliher also competed in the U15 80m & 200m sprints. Missing out in the finals of the 80m, she was second in the 200m heats to make the finals where she ran very well but missed out in medal spot. 
Shauna McCarthy took on the U16 3000m distance race where she ran very well to finish in 3rd place with a time of 10:56.28. Shauna also competed in the 1500m the following day. She did her best, running on tired legs to be placed 6th overall in a time of 5:27. 
Patrick Kearney was in action on the U16 Field events securing second place with a throw of 24.67m in the Hammer. He also competed in the Shot (8.77m) and Javelin (27.75m). 
Siofra Foley was in action for the U18 Discus where she threw a distance of 21.80m securing third place. She also competed in the Hammer (18.75m) and Javelin (18.75m) . 
Rossa Foley did the U23 Triple Jump where he finished in second Place. 
Aine O'Shea, just off the plane, competed in the U16 shot where she was 5th overall with a throw of 8.88m. 
Well done to everyone and thanks to all who volunteered on the day.

There was a big turnout for the Kerry Primary Schools Sports on Wednesday Evening 12th June in Castleisland. Well done to everyone from the Clubs District. They all did very well and it was great to see such a large turnout for this event. Results will be posted in Kerry Athletics website shortly.

As we near an end to our scheduled training for the summer season we wish to thank our chairman Jerome Crowley for arranging everything week in week out. To our coaches, Maria McCarthy, Sean O'Shea, Peter Vickers, Brendan Lynch, John Coleman and Dermot Dineen for all their support over the last few months.


Club Training:
Scheduled club training is finishing up for the summer period. Last Juvenile training is Tuesday 18th June at 6pm Farranfore GAA Grounds.
Some members will be coming together over the summer for group training. This can be managed through text or Whats app messages.

Athletic's Fixtures
  • Sat/Sun 22nd/23rd June: County Community Games athletics, Castleisland
  • Sun June 30th: National League T&F Day 2, AIT
  • Sun 30th June: Munster Juvenile "B" T&F C'ships & Juv. Pentathlons, Lees Road Ennis
  • Sat 6th July: Junior & U/23 T&F C'ships, Tullamore
  • Sun 7th July: Juvenile T&F C'ships Day 1, Tullamore
  • Sat 13th July: Juvenile T&F C'ships Day 2, Tullamore
  • Sat 13th July: AAI 10 Mile Championships, Phoenix Park
  • Sun 14th July: Juvenile T&F C'ships Day 3, Tullamore

Monday, June 10, 2019

Club Notes Week Ending 9th June 2019

Munster Juvenile T&F C'Ships
Munster U12 to U19 Juvenile T & F Championships Day 1was held on Saturday 8th June in Templemore. We had five athletes competing over a range of events.
In the morning Eabha McCarthy competed in the U14 75m Hurdles. She qualified second in her heat to make the finals which was held immediately afterwards. Eabha hurdled well to finish in third place in a time of 12.16sec. 
Her sister Rhian McCarthy competed in the U12 600m, where she was placed 6th in her heat but was not good enough to make the finals. She enjoyed the experience competing at Munster level. 
Shauna McCarthy dropped down in her distance to take on the U16 800m. She did well to finish in 6th place in a time of 2:38.
Mairead Walsh took part in the U13 600m, where she did enough in the heats to qualify for the finals. Here she ran well to be placed 7th (1:51) overall in what was a very competitive race. 
Patrick Kearney was our only field athlete as he competed in the U16 Discus. He finished in 4th place with a throw of 33.54m.


Munster Junior / Snr & Masters T&F C'Ships.
On Sunday 9th we had the Munster Junior / Senior & Masters Track & Field Championships also held in Templemore Athletic Track. 
In the Masters we had Maria McCarthy (O40) who was third in the 800m & 1500m. 
Jim O'Shea (O75) was first in the 100m Sprint, High Jump & Long Jump. 
Rossa Foley did very well in the U23 category where he was first in the Javelin & WFD. he also secured second in the shot and Senior Javelin. 
In the Juniors Siofra Foley was second in the Shot, third in Discus and Hammer.

Club Training:
  • Tuesdays @ Farranfore GAA Grounds, €2, Juveniles U9 to U16 Outdoors 6 to 7pm (All events).
  • Thursday @ An Riocht Track, Castleisland, €3 Club Member €5 other. Juveniles U11-U16 & Senior 7:45 to 9:15pm (All events). NOTE: Must be Athletic Ireland Registered to attend. 
  • NOTE: Organised Training will end on last week in June for the summer break

Athletic's Fixtures
  • Wed June 12th: County Primary Schools, Castleisland
  • Sat June 15th: Munster U12 to U19 T&F C'Ships DAY 2, Castleisland
  • Sun June 16th: Munster U12 to U19 T&F C'Ships DAY 3, Castleisland
  • Sat/Sun 22nd/23rd June: County Community Games athletics, Castleisland
  • Sun June 30th: National League T&F Day 2, AIT
  • Sun 30th June: Munster Juvenile "B" T&F C'ships & Juv. Pentathlons, Lees Road Ennis
Please contact club secretary, Mary, 085-1909509 to register for competitions in advance
See Kerry & Munster Athletics website for full fixture lists & timetable for events.

Friday, June 7, 2019

County Primary School Sports June 12th 2019

County Primary School Sports June 12th 2019 starting at 6pm sharp in An riocht Track, Castleisland.