Updated 12th December 2011
CAOIMHE ON TOP OF THE WORLD
Caoimhe Harrington of West Muskerry A.C. was on top of the world yesterday when she crossed the line in 1st place at the All Ireland Uneven Age Cross Country Championships. Caoimhe settled in well in the 1st lap of her 2,500m course in the Girls U 13 race. She then upped the pace on the 2nd lap and there was a lead breakaway group of 6 athletes. With 500m to go Caoimhe made her move and again sprinted up the hill but the group were not able to stay with her and she sprinted all the way home and was a clear winner and crowned U 13 2011 All Ireland Champion. She also captained Munster to the gold medals. This was a just reward for all the hard training she has put in over the last few months.
Sophie Harrington was another athlete that had a fantastic race. Sophie competed in the girls U 11 1500m and lead the race from the start with a group of 3 athletes. At the half way stage there were only 2 athletes fighting for 1st place. Both girls sprinted to the finish line and after an extremely tight finish Sophie was awarded the 2nd place Medal. This was a fantastic achievement for Sophie as it was her first All Ireland and she gave it 100%. She also captained the Munster team to the silver medals and the Cork team to the bronze medals. Her team mate Caitlin Hurley also scored on the Cork team and received the bronze medal.
The Girls U 11 team of Sophie Harrington, Caitlin Hurley, Sarah Kelleher, Aoife Twomey and Meabh O`Riordan competed in their first All Ireland final and all can be very proud of their performances. They showed great team spirit and never gave up. They finished in 7th place in the team competition and if they stick together over the next few years they will definitely be a team to watch out for. Their team mate Jennifer Cotter was sick on this occasion but there will be many more races to come for her and her teammates.
In the Girls U 17 4,500m Rachael O`Shea also ran a fantastic race. Rachael has been out of the running scene for many years and made a comeback less than a year ago. She ran a very brave race in very wet and cold conditions and again the talent she showed many years ago shone through yesterday. Rachael won the silver medal with the Munster team.
The Athletic club are taking a short break for Christmas with training finishing on Monday the 19th and returning on Monday the 9th of January. All the coaches would like to wish all the athletes and their families a very Happy and Peaceful Christmas and look forward to seeing ye all next year.
Updated 21st November 2011
SOPHIE FOLLOWS IN HER SISTERS FOOTSTEPS
There was great excitement in the West Muskerry A.C. camp on Sunday last the 20th of November when the club competed in the Munster U 11 A Cross Country Championships and also the Munster uneven B Cross Country Championships at Limerick Race Course.
While it had been heart ache and tears for the girls U 11 the previous Sunday when their 1500m race was classed as null and void, it was smiles and excitement on Sunday. The girls went out in the re-run and give it 100% and the results were a reflection of what a great team they are and deserved. Sophie Harrington, following in her sisters footsteps the previous week, finished in 1st place. She had to fight all the way to the finish line but she has proved she is definitely one of the upcoming promising young athletes to watch out for in the future. She was followed home by her team mate Caitlin Hurley who won the individual 10 place medal. Sophie captained her team to the gold medals. Her team all ran fantastic and all played their part to secure the team gold. The team were Sophie Harrington, Caitlin Hurley, Jennifer Cotter, Sarah Kelleher, Aoife Twomey and Meabh O`Riordan. Sophie also captained the Cork team to gold along with her team mates Caitlin Hurley and Jennifer Cotter.
In the Munster B competition in the Girls U 9 750m there was no stopping Grainne Twomey when she took off and led the race from start to finish. She crossed the finish line in 1st place and also captained the Cork team to the Gold Medals. Her team mate Shannon Cotter finished in 2nd place and also scored on the Cork team.
In the Boys U 9 750m Conor Lucey ran a fantastic race and he crossed the finish line in 8th place. Medals are awarded to the first12 and he also helped the Cork team win the gold medals.
In the boys u 13 2500m, Padraig Moynihan helped the Cork team to win the gold medals.
In the girls U 15 3500m Stephanie O`Sullivan won the individual 8th place medal and helped the Cork team to win the gold medals. Her sister Sharon O`Sullivan also helped the Cork team to win the gold.
In the boys U 15 3500m Billy Cronin had a fantastic race and he won the individual 5th place medal. He also helped the Cork team to win the Silver medals.
All the athletes who competed ran fantastic races but were out of the medals on this occasion. They were Sarah O`Neill, Diarmuid Moynihan, Muiris Foley, Conor O`Neill, Denis Dullea, Eoin Moynihan, and James Cronin.
Updated 15th November 2011
CAOIMHE HARRINGTON MUNSTER U13 CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPION
West Muskerry A. C. Were in action on Sunday last the 13th of November in the Munster Uneven Ages Cross Country Championships in Clonmel Co. Tipperary and they had a lot to smile and be proud of and also a lot to cry about.
Caoimhe Harrington was smiling all the way to the finish line in the girls U13 2500m when she was a very convincing winner. She fought up the long winding hill with the lead group and made her move with 800m to go. The finish was down hill and she never looked back once she made her move and was a well deserving winner. Her club mate Stephanie Cotter who wasn’t feeling her best on the day also ran well & Finished in 5th place. Both girls have qualified for the All Ireland in Kildare and both girls helped the Cork team win the silver medals.
In the girls U 9 750m Katelynn Kelleher also had an outstanding race and finished in 5th place with medals awarded to the first 12 across the line. Katelynn also helped the Cork team to win the gold medals.
Rachael O`Shea another up and coming athlete had a great run in the girls U 17 4500m and she won the 6th place individual medal. She also helped the Cork team to win the silver medals.
There were tears from the West Muskerry girls U11 team after their 1500m race was classed as null and void. The start of the race was too narrow for all the athletes and there were a lot of pushing. A steward from the side line decided to start the race himself without the official starter being present. While the West Muskerry girls were at the back of the field because of the unofficial start but they fought very hard throughout the race with Sophie Harrington coming in the finish in 1st place followed closely by her teammates Caitlin Hurley, Jennifer Cotter, Sarah Kelleher, Aoife Twomey and Meabh O Riordan. The tears came when they were told that the race was a false start and they would have to re-run it on Sunday the 20th of November in Limerick race course. There were no medals given out. The girls worked hard against the odds and they will now go out fighting even stronger as a team and give 100% again on Sunday.
All the athletes who competed again did very well but were out of the medals on this occasion. They were Diarmuid Moynihan, Conor Lucey, Grainne Twomey, Shannon Cotter, Padraig Moynihan, James Cronin, Stephanie O`Sullivan, Sharon O`Sullivan, Billy Cronin and Garry O`Sullivan
Updated 09 November 2011
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR GRAINNE
Grainne Moynihan was presented with the Cork City Sports Athletics award on Friday last the 4th of November at the Lee View Hotel at 12 noon for her outstanding achievements for the Month of June. Grainne was well deserving of this award after qualifying for the European Youth Olympics and winning several all Ireland titles in June. All of West Muskerry were very proud of her and wish her every success in the future. Grainne was accompanied at the award ceremony by her father and coach Gerard, her sister Megan and the PRO of West Muskerry A.C. Rita O`Sullivan
Updated 02 November 2011
Brave Run by Ciara
Ciara Hurley was the only athlete from West Muskerry A.C. in action on Sunday last the 23rd of October in New Market on Fergus, Co. Clare in the Munster even age championships. She competed in the Girls U 12 2000m. The weather conditions of wind and rain made the underfoot conditions very tough but Ciara never gave in. She settled well in the first lap but got a stitch on the second lap. She recovered from this again and fought bravely to the finish line gaining valuable places. She was out of the medals on this occasion but she finished very strongly and will take a lot of positives from this race going forward to her next race.
ANOTHER GREAT DAY FOR WEST MUSKERRY A.C.
West Muskerry athletes had another great day on Sunday last the 30th of October, when they competed in the County B Cross Country Championships. The weather conditions were not great with rain, wind and fog but all athletes did themselves proud with their performances.
In the Boys u 9 750m Diarmuid Moynihan had a great race. Diarmuid has been improving with every race he competes in and he had one of the most exciting finishes of the day with a massive sprint battle with another athlete up the home straight. Diarmuid finished outside the medals on this occasion.
In the boys U 11 1500m again saw another 2 fine up and coming athletes. Denis Dullea and Muiris Foley fought right from the start and battled right up to the finish line. This race was very tight with both boys again just outside the medals but both showed hugh improvement.
In the Boys u 13 2500m Padraig Moynihan again showed hugh improvement from his previous races. He kept in contention throughout the race along with his team mates Paraig Galvin, James Cronin and Cathal Ryan. Padraig closed on the leading group and battled his way to the finish just edging his way into 2nd place and well deserving of the silver medal. He was followed in closely by this team mates and they won they were 1st team home and all were well deserving of the Gold Medals for the team.
In the Girls U 15 3500m, Stephanie O` Sullivan and Sharon O` Sullivan both had fantastic races. They are growing in confidence with every race they run and today it shone through as they took on the race from the start. Stephanie finished in 2nd place and Sharon finished in 3rd place.
In the boys u 15 3500m, Billy Cronin put it up to the rest of the field. He took the lead from the start and settled into his stride. On the final lap the pace was taken on by another athlete but Billy never gave up and sprinted to the finish line and was well deserving of the 2nd place medal.
In the Novice B Mens 6000m Michael Harrington laid down his marker and improved on his time over this distance. Michael has only taken up running in recent weeks and has produced some fine performances. Michael settled in for the 1st few laps and then started to work hard and improved on his position. He was outside the medals on this occasion.
Updated 10 October 2011
HARRINGTON SISTERS COUNTY CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONS.
West Muskerry A.C. had a fantastic day at the County uneven age Championships in Conna on Sunday last the 9th of October. All the athletes really enjoyed the competition and competed extremely well as teams and as individuals.
In the girls U 11 1500m Sophie Harrington was well deserving of the gold medal. She along with her team mates fought very hard throughout the race and it definitely paid off for them at the finish of the race. Sophie crossed the line in 1st place, followed home by Caitlin Hurley in 4th place and Jennifer Cotter in 6th place. Sarah Kelleher was just out of the individual medals. Sophie captained her team to the gold medals. The team were Sophie Harrington, Caitlin Hurley, Jennifer Cotter, Sarah Kelleher, Aoife Twomey, and Meabh O`Riordan.
In the Girls U 13 2500m Caoimhe Harrington and Stephanie Cotter both ran extremely well. They stretched the field out and were well clear at the half way stage of the race. They worked together throughout the race and it came down to the final 200m where Caoimhe opened up a small lead and sprinted home to take her 1st county Cross Country title and was crowned County U 13 Champion 2011. She was followed home closely by Stephanie Cotter who took the 2nd place medal.
In the girls U 9 750m Rebecca Harrington lead her team to the gold medals. Again there were big numbers in the race and all 4 girls finished in the top 10. Rebecca sprinted home very strongly and secured the 2nd place medal. Katelyn Kelleher followed her home and received the 4th place medal. She was followed home closely Grainne Twomey and Shannon Cotter. The Team of Rebecca Harrington, Katelyn Kelleher, Grainne Twomey and Shannon Cotter won the gold medals.
In the Girls U 17 4500mRachael O` Shea made her mark in her race by finishing very strong in 2nd place. Again Rachael if finding the form she had in previous years and is making a comeback and is getting stronger with every race. She was well deserving of the silver medal.
In the boys U 9 750m both Conor Lucey and Diarmuid Moynihan ran fantastic races. It was their first County Championship and the big numbers did not put them off. Conor finished just outside the medals and Diarmuid was also outside the medals. We will definitely see some great results from both these boys in the future if the stay training.
In the boys U 13 2500m Padraig Moynihan and Paraig Galvin fought well throughout the race. Both boys finished strongly but were out of the medals.
In the girls U 15 3500m Stephanie O` Sullivan and Sharon O`Sullivan both ran very strongly. They worked well throughout the race and finished just outside the medals.
In the boys u 15 3500m Garry O` Sullivan and Billy Cronin also ran very well. Again both boys fought well throughout the race and were just out of the medals.
Michael Harrington competed in the Novice Men 6000m and finished very strongly but was out of the medals on this occasion.
Many thanks to all those who supported our Church Gate Collection in Ballyvourney. Your generosity was much appreciated.
Updated 5th October 2011
COUNTY 1 AND 2 FOR WEST MUSKERRY U14GIRLS
West Muskerry A.C. were in action in the County even age Cross Country Championships on Sunday last the 2nd of October. All 5 athletes did extremely well and for some it was their first big event.
In the Girls U 14 3000m, Stephanie Cotter and Caoimhe Harrington who were both running up an age have a very an outstanding race. In the 1st 1500m lap both girls settled themselves into the race. In the 2nd 1500m lap both girls started to close in on the leaders and at the half way mark had joined the leading group. Both girls moved away from the lead group and with 400m to go they were well clear. The final 300m was run up hill and again nothing separated the girls. In the last 100m they both sprinted to the finish line with Stephanie Cotter just edging out her club mate to take the gold medal and Caoimhe Harrington just behind her being awarded the silver medal. These 2 athletes are showing great signs of being the next Siona O`Sullivans of the future.
In the girls U 12 2000m Ciara Hurley also had a great race. She was not feeling the best on the day of the race but she wanted to run and she didn’t let anyone down as she kept fighting all the way and finished very strongly and showed a huge improvement on her performance from last year.
In the boys U 10 1000m Eoin Moynihan and Aaron Ryan both ran very strongly. It was Eoin’s first ever cross Country Race with the club and he ran a great race. Aaron Ryan also ran a great race and finished strongly. Both boys were out of the medals on this occasion.
Next Sunday the club will be in action in the uneven age Cross Country Championships in Conna with the Novice Men starting at 12 O’clock and the Juvenile races starting at 1 O Clock and we wish all the athletes the very best of luck.
Updated 19th September 2011
GREAT SUCCESS FOR WEST MUSKERRY A.C. FOR START OF CROSS COUNTRY
A very exciting West Cork competition was had by the West Muskerry Athletic Club at the start of the Cross Country Season. Most of the athletes were running up an age but all fought well throughout the races and all look very promising for the upcoming season.
In the girls U 10 600mKatelyn Kelleher had a fantastic race and fought all the way to the finish line and was well deserving of the silver medal. Katelyn who along with her team mates were all running up an age, captained her team to the silver medals. The team was Katelyn Kelleher, Rebecca Harrington, Grainne Twomey and Shannon Cotter.
Again in the boys U 10 600m all the boys had a great race but were out of the medals. They were Conor Lucey, Diarmuid Moynihan and Joseph Deady Cabrajas.
In the girls U 12 1000m, again most of the team were running up an age and all ran great. Sophie Harrington battled her way to the finish line with her team mate Ciara Hurley with Sophie claiming the bronze medal and Ciara just missing out. Sophie captained her team to the silver medals. The team were Sophie Harrington, Ciara Hurley, Caitlin Hurley, Jennifer Cotter, Lorraine Dromey, Sarah Kelleher, Aoife Twomey and Katie Dineen.
In the boys U 12 1200m, Denis Dullea, Muiris Foley and Cathal Ryan all ran very well but were just out of the medals.
In the girls U14 1200m, both Stephanie Cotter and Caoimhe Harrington had a battle between themselves after breaking clear of the rest of the athletes after 200m. Both girls tried to shake each other off but it came down to the last 150m with Stephanie Cotter just coming in to take the gold medal and followed very closely by Caoimhe Harrington who took the silver medal.
In the boys U 14 1500m Padraig Moynihan fought well throughout the race and was well deserving of the bronze medal. He was followed in very closely by his team mate James Cronin.
In the girls U 16 1500m both Stephanie and Sharon O`Sullivan ran very well. Both girls were running up an age and were just out of the medals.
The boys U 16 2000m also ran very well. This was the most exciting race of the day, with 3 boys Billy Cronin being 1 of the them battled all the way to the finish line neck and neck. Billy was well deserving of the bronze medal in a very tight fight to the finish line. Billy also captained his team to the gold medals. His team were Garry O`Sullivan and Seamus Gallagher.
In the girls U20 2000m Rachael O`Shea ran her first race in the West Muskerry colours and she proved that she still has the talent she had many years ago before she gave up the running to play football. She finished in 1st place.
Michael Harrington also had a superb race in his first Cross Country ever. He battled his way around the 6000m and was in contention all the way. He was in a sprint finish to the finish line and finished just out of the medals in 4th place.
Church Gate Collections
We West Muskerry athletic club would like to thank all those who supported their church gate collections in Cooldorrihy, Toames, Rusheen and Ballinagree.
Updated 30th July 2011
MORE GREAT RESULTS FROM WEST MUSKERRY ATHLETES
West Muskerry A.C. were in action in the All Ireland Track and Field Championships on Saturday and Sunday last the 23rd and 24th of July in Tullamore.
Garry O`Sullivan was the first in action in the morning in the boys U 15 1500m. Garry ran a superb race and was able to stay with the lead group all the way through. In the final lap the pace opened up and Garry finished in 7th place in a new Personal Best time of 4.37. Garry was very happy with this time as he knocked almost 7 seconds of his previous best. He is now looking forward to well deserved rest before the Cross Country season starts.
Rachael O`Shea was next in action in the morning and she ran in the Girls U 17 1500m. Again the race was ran at a very fast pace and Rachael and also delighted to achieve a new Personal Best time of 5.06. Rachael knocked 20 seconds off her previous best. She too is now looking forward to the cross country season.
Eoin Walsh and the Girls U 16 Relay team also did well but were unlucky on this occasion.
The club are taking a 2 week break for the first 2 weeks in August and will return on Monday the 15th of August to prepare for the Cross Country season.
Updated 20th July 2011
CHALLENGING DAY FOR WEST MUSKERRY ATHLETES
The younger members of the West Muskerry athletic club competed in the Munster B Track and Field on Sunday last the 17th of July in Templemore Co. Tipperary in what were the worst weather conditions we have seen in a long time. All the athletes that competed should be very proud of themselves having competed so well in the lashing rain, the cold and wind.
Aisling Kelleher competed in the Girls U 15 Shot Putt Completion and while she found the conditions difficulty to throw in she was thrilled to do just enough to claim the gold medal.
Diarmuid Moynihan competed in the Boys U 9 Ball throw competition. This is the first year Diarmuid has competed in competition and he showed that he has to talent to be a great athlete. Diarmuid was well deserving of the bronze medal.
Aileen Corkery competed in the Girls U 16 Long Jump and was awarded the silver medal. Aileen is improving all the time in the long jump and she will be one to watch out for in the future.
Denis Dullea competed in the boys U 11 60m and he too had to battle the wind and rain and cold. Having qualified from his heat he went into the final with determination and was awarded a joint 3rd place and again was well deserving of the medal.
Ella Curtin competed in the Girls U 14 800m and after waiting all day for her race she did extremely well. She finished in 3rd place and was delighted with her medal. Another good athlete to watch out for.
All the athletes did extremely well and reached semi finals and finals but were out of the medals. They were Katelyn Kelleher, Grainne Twomey, Aaron Ryan, Muiris Foley, Caitlin Hurley, Sarah Kelleher, Ciara Hurley, Karina Curtin, Maeve Kelleher, Leah Hartnett, Padraig Moynihan and Dean Lynch,
Best of Luck to Garry O`Sullivan, Eoin Walsh, Rachel O`Shea , Alice Dunne, Aileen Corkery, Doireann O Donovan Aoife Galvin and Aisling Kelleher who will be competing in the All Ireland Track and Field next Saturday and Sunday in Tullamore.
COUNTY JUNIOR HAMMER TITLE FOR MEGAN
Megan Moynihan competed in the County Junior Track and field Championships on Friday last the 15th of July. She competed in the Hammer and Shot competitions. She has had a fantastic year so far and is improving all the time. Megan competed in the Hammer competition first and was thrilled to be awarded the 1st place position and crowned County Hammer Junior Champion 2011. She then went on to the Shot Putt competition and held her nerve throughout the competition and was awarded the bronze medal. Megan will be eligible for Junior again next year.
EUROPEAN YOUTH OLYMPICSAll of West Muskerry A.C. want to wish Grainne Moynihan the very best of luck when she competes in the 1st round of the European Youth Olympics 400m in Turkey on Monday next the 25th of July at 4.30. All at the club are very proud of her and her achievements and we will be shouting for her with every step she takes
Updated 11th JULY 2011
WEST MUSKERRY A.C.GOING FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH
West Muskerry A.C. had a lot to celebrate on Saturday and Sunday last when they competed in the All Ireland Track and Field Championships in Tullamore. The club came home with 3 All Ireland titles and 4 bronze medals. This was a fantastic achievement for the athletes and the club.
Grainne Moynihan, who is having an exceptional year, competed in the Girls U 18 100m and 300m over both days. She excelled in both events. While the 100m went to the camera to she came out tops and was crowned 2011 U18 100m champion. On the Sunday she competed in the 300m and this time there was going to be no doubt as to who the winner was going to be. She led from start to finish and was crowned 2011 U18 300m champion. Grainne will be competing in the European Youths Olympics in 2 weeks time and we all wish her the very best of luck.
Stephanie Cotter competed in the Girls U 13 600m. She paced her race perfectly and with 100m to go she sprinted to the finish and she was crowned 2011 U 13 600m Champion. She was well deserving of this position after all the hard work she has put in over the last couple of months.
Her club mate Caoimhe Harrington also competed in the U 13 600m and what an exciting finish she gave. She stayed in contention all the way and battled for 2nd place right to the line. They had to go to the camera to decide and Caoimhe was awarded the 3rd place position. Again Caoimhe has put in a lot of hard work and was well deserving of the position. It was a great achievement for the club to get both girls on the podium for this race.
Megan Moynihan was also on fire in the Girls U 19 Shot and Hammer competition. On Saturday she competed in the Shot Putt Competition and reached the final 8 for the final. She again kept her composure and with her second last throw she put herself into 3rd place and she held this to the end. She then came back on Sunday and competed in the U 19 Hammer Competition. Again she kept her composure and got to the final. In the final she threw very well and held her position and was rightfully awarded the bronze medal. Megan will be competing in the National League and National Senior in a few weeks and we wish her the very best of luck.
Rachael O`Shea competed in the Girls U 17 800m. Rachael has only just taken up the running after a few years break and in the 6 weeks that she has been back has proved that her previous talent is not lost. Rachael battled all the way to the line and was awarded the bronze medal just missing out on the silver medal. Rachael will be competing in the All Ireland U 17 1500m in a few weeks and we wish her the very best of luck.
Eoin Walsh also competed in the Boys U 16 100m. Eoin got to the final and finished in 8th place. Eoin will be back in fighting form again for the All Ireland U 16 200m in a couple of weeks and we wish him well.
Next Sunday the younger members of the club will be competing in the Munster B track and field competition in Temple more and we wish them all well.
Updated 4th July 2011
GREAT RESULTS FROM MOYNIHAN SISTERS AT CORK CITY SPORTS
Both Megan Moynian and Grainne Moynihan of West Muskerry A.C. were in action on Saturday last in the 60th International Cork City Sports and did extremely well against some World top class athletes.
Megan competed in the Hammer competition and finished in 8th place with a throw of 42.71. This was a very good throw for Megan and the experience she has gained from competing in an International completion will stand to her in the future.
Grainne competed in the 400m and ran from lane 8. It was extremely hot but Grainne took it in her stride and finished in 6th place in a time of 56.33 seconds. This was a great race for Grainne in preparation for the European Youth Olympics which she will be competing in a few weeks time in Turkey.
Best of Luck to Stephanie Cotter, Caoimhe Harrington, Eoin Walsh, Rachael O`Shea, Grainne Moynihan and Megan Moynihan who will all be competing in the All Ireland Final on Saturday and Sunday next the 9th and 10th of July.
Updated 28th June 2011
No stopping Moynihan Sisters
West Muskerry’s Moynihan Sisters were in action at the weekend in the All Ireland Junior Track and Field Championships on Sunday last the 26th of June in Tullamore.
Grainne who is only 16 years old competed in the junior 100m and finished an outstanding 3rd place. Grainne will be a junior for another 2 years. On the Saturday she also competed in the Tailteann Games in Santry and won the 300m and was also a member of the winning relay team.
Her sister Megan was also competing in the Junior Hammer and Shot Putt competition. Megan also has another year in Junior and she did very well finishing just outside the medals in both events.
Also on Saturday the Girls U 11 Relay team did themselves and their club proud when they competed in the All Ireland U 11 Relay completion in Templemore. The team qualified for the final and were just out of the medals in the final in 4th place. This was a fantastic achievement for the girls as it was their first All Ireland final. The team were Caitlin Hurley, Sarah Kelleher, Katie Dineen, Sophie Harrington and Jennifer Cotter.
Updated 20th June 2011
EUROPEAN YOUTH OLYMPIC SELECTION FOR GRAINNE
West Muskerry Athletic Club received fantastic news this week when they were notified of the selection of Grainne Moynihan for the Irish team to compete at the European Youth Olympics in Turkey from the 24th to the 29th of July. Grainne, who is only 16 years old, has put in hours of hard training and extremely hard races over the last couple of months to get the qualifying time for the Youth Olympics. She not only achieved the qualifying time for the European Youth Olympics for the 400m she also achieved the qualifying time for the World Youth Olympics. Her time of 55.45 was enough to settle the minds of the selectors that she was the best athlete to pick for the 400m. Grainne has achieved so much this year and this selection is the icing on the cake for her. We all at West Muskerry wish her the very best of luck and we know when she goes out to Turkey she will do herself, her Country and her club very proud. Best of Luck Grainne.
SMILES ALL AROUND FOR WEST MUSKERRY ATHLETES
West Muskerry athletic club were in action on Saturday and Sunday last in the Munster U 14 - U19 Track and Field Championships in Castleisland and had a lot to smile about. All the athletes who competed either achieved personal best times or Jumps or were in the medals.
Megan Moynihan, who is showing great form this year competed in the U 19 Hammer and was first to set the club on a smiling spree when she clenched the Gold medal. She then competed in the shot and also showed great form and won the silver medal. She did not stop there, she went on to try a new event, the discus and showed that she is very capable of doing well at this event also and clenched another silver medal. She will be competing in the All Ireland Championships in July.
Eoin Walsh has worked hard over the last few years and never gave up and it paid off for him this year when he competed in the Boys U 16 200m on Saturday and battled his way across the finishing line and won the silver medal. This made Eoin more determined in the 100m final and nothing was going to stop him as he dipped across the finishing line and was crowned 2011 U 16 100m Champion. Eoin also came 4th in the High Jump. Definitely an up and coming athlete to watch out for. Eoin will be competing in the All Ireland in July.
Rachael O` Shea made her comeback to the athletics scene, after giving it up about 6 years to play football for Cork, and showed that she has not lost her talent. She competed in the girls U 17 15oom and while she found the going tough, she fought her way to the finish and was well deserving of the bronze medal. She came back Sunday more comfortable and confident for the 800m and what a race she had. The battle went right to the finish line and she narrowly missed out on the gold medal but was well deserving of the silver medal. Rachael will also be competing in the All Ireland in July.
The Girls U 16 relay also ran fantastic. All 4 girls equally played their part in becoming the 2011 Munster Bronze medal winners. The team of Alice Dunne, Aileen Corkery, Doireann O`Donovan and Aoife Galvin will all be competing in the All Ireland Relay Final in July.
Garry O` Sullivan had a great run in the Boys U 15 1500m and finished in 4th place in a new personal best time of 4.47. Garry also ran well in the 800m but after falling at the start of the race, he got up and fought his way bravely to the finish line but finished out of the medals. Garry will compete in the 1500m All Ireland in July.
In the Boys U 14 Dean Lynch achieved a new personal best in both the hurdles and the javelin, Ella Curtin achieved a new personal best in the U 14 800m,. Alice Dunne had a fantastic run in the U 16 100m final, Aileen Corkery jumped well in the U 16 Long Jump. Stephanie O Sullivan also ran well in the U 15 800m. Doireann O`Donovan had a fantastic run in the U 16 girls 200m final. Aisling Kelleher got a new Personal Best in the U 15 Girls Shot Final and Seamus Gallagher did well in the 200m.
The Girls U 11 Relay team of Caitlin Hurley, Sarah Kelleher, Katie Dineen, Sophie Harrington, and Jennifer Cotter will be competing in the All Ireland Relay final on Saturday next the 24th of June and we wish them well.
Updated 13th June 2011
MUNSTER 1st AND 2ND FOR WEST MUSKERRY GIRLS.
West Muskerry Girls, Stephanie Cotter and Caoimhe Harrington were on top form at the weekend in the Munster U 11 to U13 Track and Field Championships on Saturday and Sunday last the 11th and 12th of June in Ennis, Co. Clare.
Both girls ran in the Girls U 13 600m. They both qualified comfortably from their heat. In the final Stephanie Cotter, after a shaky start took the lead with 350m to go and opened up a lead of about 10 meters. With 100m to go she sprinted all the way to the finish line and was crowned 2011 U13 Munster Champion in a new Personal Best Time of 1 minute and 46 seconds.
Caoimhe Harrington settled in 3rd place for most of the race and with 50m to go she made her move and sprinted across the finish line in 2nd place in a new Personal Best time of 1 minute and 47 Seconds.
Both girls put in a lot of hard training over the last few weeks and now they have their just reward of a Gold and Silver Munster Medal and qualification for the All Ireland Final on 10th of July next.
West Muskerry also had great success with the girls U 11 relay. The team of Caitlin Hurley, Sarah Kelleher, Katie Dineen, Sophie Harrington and Jennifer Cotter were well deserving of the silver medal. All 5 girls were thrilled when they heard their names being called out as the silver medal winners and they too are looking forward to their chance at competing in the All Ireland U 11 relay on the 25th of June next.
Padraig Moynihan and James Cronin also competed very well over the weekend. Padraig Moynihan finished 6th in the final of the Shot Put competition and both boys competed in the High Jump, Long Jump and 80m but were out of the medals .
Next Weekend West Muskerry are competing in the Munster U 14 to U 19 competition in Castleisland and we wish all the athletes who are competing the very best of luck.
Many thanks to all who helped out in the organising and the running of the West Muskerry evening of fun sports on Wednesday the 8th of June last. Also a special thanks to the older athletes in the club for coming down to help on the night.
Updated 16th May 2011
West Muskerry A.C. were in action in the County Track and Field Championships day 2 on Sunday last the 15th of May. All the athletes did exceptionally well. The medal winners were as follows.
Girls U 9 Rebecca Harrington 200m 3rd
Girls U 11 Sophie Harrington 500m 1st
Girls U 11 Relay 3rd: Caitlin Hurley, Katie Dineen, Jennifer Cotter, Sophie Harrington and Maeve Murphy
Girls U 13 Caoimhe Harrington 70m Hurdles 3rd
Girls U 14 Ella Curtin 800m 2nd
Girls U 15 Aisling Kelleher Shot 2nd
Boys U 15 Garry O`Sullivan – 800m 1st
Billy Cronin 800m 3rd
Girls U 16 Aoife Galvin 100m 3rd
Aoife Galvin 200m 3rd
Boys U 16 Eoin Walsh 100m 2nd
Eoin Walsh 200m 1st
All the athletes did very well and finished very strongly. They were Conor Lucey, Diarmuid Moynihan, Joseph Deady Cabrajas, Aaron Ryan, Denis Dullea, Muiris Foley, Dean Lynch, Ciara Hurley, Lorraine Dromey, Chloe Racine, Ciara Manning, Leah Hartnett, Angel O`Mullane, Karina Curtin, Stephanie Cotter, Maeve Kelleher, James Cronin, Padraig Moynihan, Paraig Galvin, Cathal Ryan, Doireann O`Donovan Stephanie O`Sullivan,and Seamus Gallagher
AAI GamesWell done to Grainne Moynihan and Megan Moynihan who competed in the AAI games on Sunday last the 15th of May in Santry. Megan finished in 3rd place in the Hammer competition and Grainne finished in 2nd place in the 400m in a new personal best time of 57.44. Grainne also achieved the qualifying time for the European Youth Olympics when she competed in the South Munster Schools on Thursday last. Both girls are doing really well this year in their events and we at West Muskerry A.C. are very proud of both of them
Updated 10th May 2011
West Muskerry A.C. were in action in the County Track and Field Championships day 1 on Sunday last the 8th of May All the athletes did exceptionally well in very windy conditions. The medal winners were as follows.
Girls U 11 Sophie Harrington 60m 3rd
Girls U 13 Stephanie Cotter 700m 1st
Caoimhe Harrington 3rd
Girls U 14 Ella Curtin 1500m 3rd
Boys U 15 Billy O`Sullivan Discus 2nd
Kevin O`Dwyer Triple Jump 1st
Girls U 16 Aoife Galvin 80m hurdles 1st
Aileen Corkery Long Jump 2nd
Alice Dunne Long Jump 3rd
Girls U 18 Grainne Moynihan 300m 1st
Girls U 19 Megan Moynihan Shot 1st.
U 16 Girls Relay came 2nd : Team of Alice Dunne, Aileen Corkery, Doireann O`Donovan, Aoife Galvin and Aisling Kelleher.
All the athletes did very well and finished very strongly. They were Rebecca Harrington, Grainne Twomey, Shannon Cotter, Katelyn Kelleher, Conor Lucey, Diarmuid Moynihan, Joseph Deady Cabrajas, Aaron Ryan, Arthur Murray Denis Dullea, Meabh Murphy, Aoife Twomey, Dean Lynch, Caitlin Hurley, Katie Dineen, Ciara Hurley, Lorraine Dromey, Chloe Racine, Clodagh Murphy, Sarah Kelleher, Leah Hartnett, Angel O`Mullane, Karina Curtin, James Cronin, Padraig Moynihan, Paraig Galvin, Eoin Walsh, Stephanie O`Sullivan, Sharon O`Sullivan and Seamus Gallagher
Day 2 of the County Track and Field championships will be held next Sunday in CIT
3 Munster Gold for Harry
Well done to Harry Gibjels, an athlete with West Muskerry A.C. who competed in the Munster Masters track and field Championships on Saturday the 30th of April last and was crowned Munster Champion in his age category in the 100m and the 200m. Harry was also a member of the winning Cork relay team who won the Inter County Relay event.
Updated 26th April 2011
West Muskerry A.C. were in action in the West Cork Even Age Track and Field Championships on Monday last the 25th of April. . The medal winners were as follows.
Girls U 10 Rebecca Harrington 2nd 300m
Boys U 12 Denis Dullea 80m 3rd
Girls U 12 Sophie Harrington 100m 2nd
Jennifer Cotter Long Jump 3rd.
Boys U 14 Padraig Moynihan 3rd Shot
Relay: Padraig Moynihan, Denis Dullea, Dean Lynch and Paraig Galvin – 2nd
Girls U 14 Stephanie Cotter 800m 1st
Ella Curtin 800m 2nd
Boys U 14 Garry O`Sullivan 1500m 2nd
Billy Cronin 1500m 3rd Discus 3rd
Girls U 16 Alice Dunne 100m 2nd
Aisling Kelleher Shot 2nd
Stephanie O`Sullivan 1500m 3rd
Girls U 16 Relay: Alice Dunne, Aileen Corkery, Doireann O`Donovan & Aoife Galvin - 1st
Boys U 16 Eoin Walsh – 100m 1st & Shot Putt 2nd
In the Boys U 10 Joseph Deady Cabrajas and Aaron Ryan did very well
In the Girls u 10 Ava Hartnett and Shannon Cotter did very well
In the Girls U12 Ciara Hurley, Ciara Manning, Caitlin Hurley, and Katie Dineen did very well.
In the Girls U 14 Leah Hartnett did very well
Sharon O`Sullivan had a great race in the Girls U16 1500m but was just out of the medals
Updated 18th April 2011
West Muskerry A.C. were in action in the West Cork Uneven Age West Cork Track and Field Championships on Sunday last the 17th of April. The weather conditions were perfect and all athletes, parents, and coaches had a great day and really enjoyed themselves. The medal winners were as follows.
Girls U 9 Shannon Cotter 3rd Ball Throw
Rebecca Harrington 2nd 60m and 2nd 300m
Girls U 9 Relay Katelyn Kelleher, Shannon Cotter, Grainne Twomey& Rebecca Harrington - 1st.
Boys U 11 Denis Dullea 80m 2nd
Girls U 11 Sophie Harrington 80m 1st, & 600m 2nd
Caitlin Hurley Long Jump 2nd & 600m 3rd
Jennifer Cotter Long Jump 3rd.
Girls U 11 Relay: Caitlin Hurley, Sarah Kelleher, Katie Dineen and Sophie Harrington, Jennifer Cotter and Aoife Twomey – 1st.
Boys U 13 Paraig Galvin – 80m 1st
Girls U 13 Stephanie Cotter 80m 1st
Caoimhe Harrington 1st 800m
Girls U 13 Relay: Maeve Kelleher, Angel O`Mullane, Ciara Hurley, Caoimhe Harrington, Stephanie Cotter and Leah Hartnett – 2nd
Boys U 15 Garry O`Sullivan 1200m 1st
Billy Cronin High Jump 3rd
Kevin O`Dwyer 200m 3rd
Girls U 17 Alice Dunne 100m 2nd
Aoife Galvin 100m 3rd
Girls U 17 Relay: Alice Dunne, Aileen Corkery, Doireann O`Donovan & Aoife Galvin - 1st
Boys U 17 Eoin Walsh – 100m 1st & Long Jump 2nd
Senior Ladies Megan Moynihan 1st Shot
Cathal Ryan did very well in the Boys U 13 Shot and 80m.
Stephanie O`Sullivan had a great race in the Girls U 15 1200m and 200m
Sharon O`Sullivan had a great race in the Girls U15 1200m.
The club will be taking part in the West Cork Even Age Track and Field on Easter Monday in CIT at 12 O`Clock sharp.
Updated 11th April 2011
The West Muskerry Athletic Club would like to express their deepest sympathies to Katie, Darren and Caroline and their extended family on the death of Michael Dineen.
Updated 4th April 2011
MOYNIHAN SISTERS BRING ALL IRELAND GLORY TO CLUB.
Two athletes from the West Muskerry Athletic Club were in action on Saturday last the 2nd of April in the 3rd day of the All Ireland Indoor Championship s in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary.
Megan Moynihan competed in the Girls U 19 Shot Putt Competition. Megan has been trying over the last number of years in the Shot competition but always misses out on a medal at the All Ireland but she never gave up. This year she upped her training, re-focused and it all came together for her and she came home with the silver medal. Megan was truly deserving of the silver medal. She is now looking forward to the outdoor season where she will be competing in the Shot but also in her favourite event the Hammer competition.
Grainne Moynihan competed in the Girls U 18 200m. Grainne is in the best possible form at the moment and nobody is able to stop her. Her sprinting technique has improved and she has put a lot of effort into her strength work and she is now enjoying the success of all her hard work. Grainne crossed the line in 1st place in a new personal best time of 25.69. Grainne is also looking forward to the outdoor season and knows it won’t be easy so she will have to keep all the hard work up and we wish her well.
The club will be competing in the West Cork Track and Field Uneven Championships on Sunday next in CIT starting at 12 O`Clock.
Updated 21st March 2011
SPRINTING ALL IRELAND SUCCESS FOR GRAINNE MOYNIHAN
Grainne Moynihan was in action in the All Ireland Indoor Championships in Magherafelt on Saturday last and was in top form. Grainne has been working hard on improving her times over the last number of weeks for the 60m and 300m and everything came together for her on Saturday when she was crowned All Ireland 60m and 300m Indoor Champion in the U 18 category. Grainne not only crossed the line in first place but ran a new personal best in the 60m of 7.83 seconds. Everyone in West Muskerry was ecstatic at the news and are very proud of her success.
Grainne will now be competing in the girls U 18 200m in the All Ireland Indoor in Nenagh on Sunday next the 2nd of April and we wish her well. Her sister Megan Moynihan will also be competing in the Girls U 19 Shot Putt competition and we wish her well also.
Church Gate Collection
West Muskerry Athletic Club would like to thank all those who supported their Church Gate Collection held at St. Coleman's Church Macroom on Saturday and Sunday the 12th and 13th of March. It was very much appreciated.
Updated 3rd March 2011
Megan Crowned Munster Indoor U 19 Shot Putt Champion.
Megan Moynihan of West Muskerry A.C. was in action on Saturday last the 26th of February in the Munster Indoor Shot Putt Championships. Megan was victorious in the Girls U 19 competition. While the shot is not her preferred event she still gave it a great attempt and was delighted to come out with the Munster Gold medal with a throw of 9.21 meters. Megan will be competing in the All Ireland Indoor Shot in a couple of weeks and we wish her luck.
Triple A`s Birmingham
Grainne Moynihan of West Muskerry A.C. competed in the Triple A`s competition in Birmingham on Saturday last the 28th of February with the Irish team and was in flying form. She competed in the 300m. She won her heat comfortable in a time of 40.13. She then went on to the final that evening and finished just out of the medals in 4th place with a new personal best time of 40.04. Grainne will be competing in the All Ireland Indoor championships in the 60m, 300m and 200m in a couple of weeks and we wish her well.
Updated 11th February 2011
ALL IRELAND B SUCCESS FOR WEST muskerry ac
6 athletes from West Muskerry Athletic club travelled to Dublin on Sunday last the 6th of February and competed in the All Ireland B uneven age Cross Country championships. There were medals awarded to the first 10 athletes across the line. In extremely wet and mucky conditions and gale force winds the athletes braved all the elements and gave outstanding performances.
Stephanie O`Sullivan competed up an age in the Girls U15 3500m. She had two small laps and one big lap of the course. She got out early and stayed in the top 15 for the first lap and then started to make her way up through the field on the 2nd lap. On her third lap she broke away with a leading group and ploughed her way through the mud and finished very strongly in 7th place.
Stephanie’s twin sister Sharon also had an outstanding race. Sharon who is coming back from injury is improving with every race she competes in and is getting stronger and stronger. Sharon also got out early and battled her way up through the field and finished very strongly but was out of the medals. Both Stephanie and Sharon will be competing in the Munster Schools Cross Country on the 17th of February next in CIT and we wish them well.
In the Boys U15 3500m Billy Cronin had a very powerful run. Billy who was running up an age settled in with the front group of about 20 for the first 2 laps. Then on the last lap the group started to spread out and Billy fought hard to stay with them and finished in 8th place and was well deserving of the 8th place medal. Billy is now looking forward to the Munster Schools Cross Country on the 17th of February next.
His teammate Seamus Gallagher also running up an age also ran extremely well and he had to fight his way through the race with wind and rain and mud. Seamus has improved a lot this year and the training paid off for him. Even though he was out of the medals he was delighted to see how much he had improved since last year.
Ella Curtin competed in the Girls U 13 2500m race. Ella ran extremely well and while she found the windy conditions very hard to run in she never gave up and battled her way home. Ella was out of the medals but was delighted that she finished the race in such terrible conditions.
Ciara Hurley ran in the girls U 11 1500m. Ciara also found the windy conditions extremely hard to run in but it did not stop her. She used every inch of energy she had right through the race and ran one of the best races of her life. She was extremely happy with her run and is looking forward already to next years cross country season.
We would like to wish Grainne Moynihan the very best of luck in the Triple A Competition she is competing in Glasgow on the 26th and 27th of February next.
Updated 24th January 2011
Noel Galvin Leaps to All Ireland Silver
Noel Galvin a member of West Muskerry Athletic Club was in flying form in the All Ireland Indoor Master Competition in Nenagh on Sunday last the 23rd of January. Noel competed in the Long Jump and won the silver All Ireland medal in his age category. Noel also competed in the 60m and finished just outside the medals. This is a great start for the track season for Noel and he is now looking forward to the outdoor track season in the coming months.
Updated 20th January 2011
REGISTRATIONS AND CLUB PARTY
All athletes must pay their registration money to take part in training and competitions. They are not covered by insurance until this money is paid. The club are also having a party for all registered members on Sunday the 13th of February next. Letter about this will be sent by post.
Updated 17th January 2011
ALL IRELAND BRONZE FOR MICHAEL
Two of West Muskerry athletic club athletes took part in the Junior Indoor All Ireland Championships in Nenagh on Saturday last the 15th of January.
Michael O`Sullivan ran in the Junior men's 800m race and secured the bronze medal. The race was extremely fast and Michael was quite happy with his performance so early in the season. Michael came 3rd in a time of 2.00 minutes . He is now looking forward to the Senior All Ireland in Belfast in February and we wish him luck.
Megan Moynihan also did well in the shot putt competition. Megan throw very well in the first round and qualified for the final where she finished in 5th place. Megan was very happy with her throwing and improved with every shot she took and is looking forward to the season ahead.
Noel Galvin will be competing in the All Ireland Indoor Master Competition on Sunday next the 23rd of January and we wish him well
Updated 11th January 11
MICHAEL OFF TO A GREAT START FOR 2011
Michael O`Sullivan of West Muskerry A.C. was off to a great start for 2011 when on Sunday last the 9th of January he competed in the 1500m at the Munster Junior Indoor Games in Nenagh and was a convincing winner. Michael will be competing on Saturday next the 15th of January in the All Ireland Junior 800m and we wish him well.
Megan Moynihan will also be competing in the All Ireland Junior on Saturday next in the shot putt and we wish her well.
Congratulations to Noel Galvin who competed in the Munster Masters just before Christmas and won the bronze medal in the Long Jump. He also competed in the 60 meters but narrowly missed out on the medals and finished in 4th place. Noel will be competing in the National Masters at the end of the month and we wish him well.
Updated 7th January 2011
Happy New Year to all.
As we start into a new year, I would like you to note the following information:-
· Training will re-commence on Monday the 10th of January next in the hall.
· Our Annual General Meeting will take place on Tuesday the 18th January next at 8.30pm in Murrays International Bar. Your attendance would be appreciated.
· Registrations for the year 2011 is now due. This year Registration for a child is €35 and adult is €45. If more than 2 in a family the first 2 children are €35 and the 3rd is €30. Registration must be paid by all athletes who want to train and/or compete with the club for insurance purposes.
· A list of up coming events will be prepared during the coming weeks.
· Congratulations to Noel Galvin on winning a bronze medal in the Long Jump at the Munster Master Indoor competition in December.