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Updated 20th May 2013
Rachael 2nd in Invitation run.
Rachael O`Shea of West Muskerry was invited up to Letterkenny for the opening of the Danny McDaid Track on Saturday last the 18th of May. Rachael competed in the 800m and had a powerful race in extremely wet and cold conditions and finished in 2nd place in a time of 2.11.49. She is improving with every race she runs and we wish her luck in the upcoming Universities International on the 1st of June and the club outdoor track competitions.
Cathal strikes gold
Cathal Ryan of West Muskerry A.C. was competing in the Galway Paralympic Junior Games on Saturday last the 18th of May and came home with 3 gold and 1 silver medals. Cathal is improving and growing in confidence and with every competition he competes in. He won the gold medals in the Discus, 100m and Long Jump and he won the silver medal in the Shot put competition. He will be competing with his club in the County relays on Sunday next the 26th of May and we wish him well.
Well done to the members of West Muskerry A.C. who competed for their schools on Saturday last the 18th of May in the Munster Schools track and field. All did extremely well and we wish them luck in the upcoming All Ireland Schools and Munster clubs competition. Caoimhe Harrington, Stephanie Cotter, Garry O`Sullivan and Grainne Moynihan.
Updated 13th May 2013
Double County Title for Doireann
West Muskerry A.C. were in action on Sunday last the 12th of May on day 2 of the County Track and Field Championships. All the athletes did very well and did themselves and their club proud.
In the Girls U 18 Doireann O Donovan was in flying form and she sprinted her way into 1st place to claim her first County Title in the 100m. She then went on to the 200m which again she did in style and crossed the line in 1st place and was well deserving of the double County titles. Her teammate Aoife Galvin also had a great race in the 100m and she finished in 3rd place.
In the Girls U 19 Rachael O` Shea is improving with every race she runs and again had a fantastic performance in the 800m where she finished in First Place.
In the Girls U 15 800m Caoimhe Harrington had a fantastic race and led from gun to tape and was well deserving of the gold medal. She was followed home by her teammate Stephanie Cotter who secured the silver medal.
In the Girls U 11 500m Rebecca Harrington had a fantastic run and she battled her way down the home straight and was well deserving of the bronze medal.
In the boys U 17 800m Garry O` Sullivan, who got boxed in over the 1st lap stayed calm and with 200m to go he got himself out and chased the leader home to claim the silver medal. Garry is improving with every race he runs and is having a great track season so far.
In the boys U 10 Patrick Lehrell competed in the Turbo Javelin. This was Patrick's first time trying the Turbo Javelin and he throw himself into 2nd place and was well deserving of his first County individual silver medal.
In the Boys U 15 Shot Putt Padraig Moynihan again threw himself into the silver medal position and is now looking forward to the Munster Championships in June.
All the athletes did extremely well and got to semi finals and finals. They were Darren Moynihan, Beibhinn Moynihan, Sinead Hurley, Aoife Lucey, Danielle Twomey, Diarmuid Moynihan, Conor Lucey, Katelyn Kelleher, Grainne Twomey, Tom Downey, Alex Wood, Annie Maher, Sarah Kelleher, Aoife Twomey, John Downey, Eric Moynihan, Cathal Ryan, James Cronin, Dean Lynch, Paraig Galvin, Billy Cronin, Seamus Gallagher, and Eoin Walsh.
Updated 7th May 2013
COUNTY SUCCESS FOR WEST MUSKERRY A.C.
West Muskerry A.C. were in action on Sunday last the 5th of May on day 1 of the County Track and Field Championships. All the athletes did very well and did themselves and their club proud.
In the Girls U 13 Discus Meabh O` Riordan was the first from the club to compete and she got us off to a great start. Meabh has only just started the Discus and was well deserving of the gold medal with a throw of 17.47. Meabh also threw the shot shortly after and again was well deserving of the bronze medal. She is now looking forward to the Munster Championships.
In the Girls U 19 1500m Rachael O` Shea ran extremely well and was well deserving to be crowned U 19 1500m County Champion for 2013.
In the girls U 15 1500m both Caoimhe Harrington and Stephanie Cotter were in action and again both girls battled it out. Caoimhe opened a gap with 300m to go and crossed the finished line well clear in 1st place and was Crowned U 15 1500m Champion for 2013. Stephanie finished in 2nd place. Both girls will be in action in the 800m on Sunday next in the 800m.
In the boys U 17 Long Jump Kevin O` Dwyer had a great comeback after injury when he jumped a new Personal Best of 5meters and 79 centimetres. Kevin was extremely happy and was delighted to be Crowned County U 17 Long Jump Champion. He also competed in the 100m sprint and again finished in 2nd place. Kevin too is looking forward to the Munster Championships.
Billy Cronin competed in the Boys U 17 400m. Billy who is sitting his Junior Cert shortly took time out from his study to compete and was well deserving of the gold medal. He also competed in the 1500m but was out of the medals on this occasion.
In the Boys U 12 700m Eoin Moynihan had a fantastic race. There were two heats in his race. Eoin finished in first place in his heat and had an anxious wait as the heats were being run on time and the medals awarded to the fastest 3 times from both heats. Eoin was well deserving of the silver medal.
Ciara Hurley competed in the U 14 Girls Discus competition. Again Ciara has only recently taken up the discus and she threw herself into the Silver Medal position with a throw of 18 meters and 20 centimetres. This was Ciara's first County individual medal and she too is looking forward to the Munster Championships.
Garry O` Sullivan competed in the Boys U 17 1500m and again what a fantastic race he had. Garry sprinted his way home and cross the finish line in 2nd place. This was a great result for Garry as he too is doing his Junior Cert shortly.
Sophie Harrington competed in the Girls U 13 700m and again what a great finish she had. The first 400m was taken out in a very fast pace and Sophie stayed with the leader. The leader broke away but Sophie fought back over the last 100m but just missed out on the gold medal and was well deserving of the silver medal.
In the Girls U 18 Long Jump Aileen Corkery jumped her way into the silver medal position. Aileen had just come off the track after running her relay and steadied herself up and was well deserving of the silver medal.
The Girls U 18 Relay all ran very well and sprinted their way into the silver medal position. The girls now qualify for the All Ireland Final in July. The team were Alice Dunne, Aileen Corkery, Doireann O` Donovan and Aoife Galvin.
All the athletes who competed all did extremely well but were out of the medals on this occasion. They were Karl Sexton, Aodhagan O` Riordain, Darren Moynihan, Patrick Lahrell, Beibhinn Moynihan, Diarmuid Moynihan, Sam Kelleher, Jack Sexton, Katelyn Kelleher, Grainne Twomey, Tom Downey, Alex Wood, Carol Ann Casey, Denis Dullea, Sarah Kelleher, Caitlin Hurley, Katie Dineen, Jennifer Cotter, Aoife Twomey, John Downey, Padraig Moynihan, James Cronin, Dean Lynch,
The 2nd day of the County Championships will be held on Sunday next the 12th of May.
Mr. Peadar Moynihan RIP
West Muskerry A.C. would like to send our deepest condolences to the Moynihan Family on the death of their father and grandfather, Gerard, Gail, Stephen, Megan, Grainne and Malachy. May he rest in peace.
West Muskerry Fun Sports.
West Muskerry A.C. will be holding an evening of fun sports on Monday the 13th of May next in the Town Park, Macroom at 7pm. There will be races for U5 to U13, a Mothers race and a fathers race. There are sack races, sprints, long distance and 3 legged races. Admission is only 3 euro for the competing child. Everyone is welcome
Updated 28th April 2013
Another Great Day for West Muskerry Athletes.
West Muskerry A.C. were in action in the even ages of the West Cork Track and Field championships on Saturday last the 27th of April. Again all the athletes tried different events for the first time in some cases and others were up an age but all were very happy with their performances. That with the smiling faces and glorious sunshine who could ask for more.
In the Girls U 10 Aoife Lucey was in flying form. She competed in the Turbo Javelin for the first time as this is a new event and clenched the bronze medal. Both Aoife Lucey and Sinead Hurley did extremely well in the 80 meters both reaching the final and also in the 300m again both reaching the final.
All of the boys U 10 competed in the sprint, long 300m and Turbo Javelin but were just out of the medals on this occasion but all enjoyed their day. They were Darren Moynihan, Benjamin Deady Cabrejas and James O` Neill.
In the Girls U 12 Annie Maher had a fantastic run in the 100m. She qualified for the semi final and then the final and she sprinted her way into the bronze medal position. She then tried the 600m for the first time and again showed her talent and crossed the finish line in 3rd place and was well deserving of the bronze medal. Her team mates Katelyn Kelleher and Sarah O` Neill both did extremely well as both were running up an age but were out of the medals on this occasion.
In the boys U 12 Eoin Moynihan had a fantastic day bringing home 3 gold medals. Eoin was 1st in the 100m sprint. He had a fantastic race in the 600m again clenching the gold medal and his relay team of Connor O` Neill, Tom Downy and Alex Wood sprinted their way in to the record books by crossing the finish line in claim the gold medals. .
The Girls U 14 Caitlin Hurley who was up an age ran in the 800m. She sprinted home and was well deserving of the bronze medal. Her team mate Sarah Kelleher also up an age too had a fantastic race and is improving all the time. Meabh O Riordan competed up an age in the Shot Putt competition and achieved a massive personal best throw of 7 meters and 33 centimetres. Her teammate Ciara Hurley also achieved a new Personal Best. Both girls were thrilled with their performances. All 4 girls ran in the U 14 relay and finished in 4th place.
In the boys U 14 John Downey showed his talent in the 100m when he sprinted his way into the silver medal position and was well deserving of his 2nd place finish. His team mate Eric Moynihan also qualified for the final but was out of the medals on this occasion.
In the Girls U 16 1500m Caoimhe Harrington had a very strong run. She made her move after a lap and a half and there was no catching her as she sprinted all the way to the finish line. She was well deserving of the gold medal.
In the boys U 16 Padraig Moynihan was another athlete who was on form. Padraig was up an age but he attempted all events. He won the silver medal in the 100m, and he won the gold medal in the 1500m and in the shot putt. He is definitely an athlete to watch out for.
In the Girls U 20 Stephanie O`Sullivan competed in the 1500m and finished in first place. This was great achievement for Stephanie as her training has been interrupted as she is studying for her Junior Cert
Day 1 of The County Track and Field Championships will be held in CIT on Sunday next the 5th of May.
Munster Golds for West Muskerry Athletes
Rachael O` Shea and Grainne Moynihan were competing in the Munster Junior Track and Field Championships on Sunday last the 28th of April. Rachael was competing in the Junior women 800m and was well clear of her rivals and crossed the finish line in 1st place. Grainne competed in the 400m and again was clear of her rivals and crossed the finish line in 1st place. Both girls are looking forward to the rest of their outdoor season.
West Muskerry's Paralympian
Cathal Ryan of West Muskerry A.C. was competing in the Leinster Paralympic Ireland Games on Saturday last the 27th of April and came home with 3 gold and 1 silver medals. This was a hugh achievement for Cathal as it was his first major competition at the Paralympics and he is only 12 years old. Cathal won the gold medals in the discus throwing 12 meters and 51 centimetres, the 100m and the shot throwing 8meters and 17 centimetres. He won the silver medal in the long jump where he jumped 3 meters and 53 centimetres.
Updated :16th March 2013
WEST MUSKERRY ATHLETES SHINE AT FIRST OUTDOOR TRACK EVENT.
West Muskerry A.C. athletes got the outdoor track season off to a great start with big numbers competing in the West Cork uneven age Championships. A lot of the athletes competed for the first time and all did extremely well in the windy conditions and are the upcoming stars of the future.
It was a big day out for our girls U 9 as it was there first time competing for the club. All four girls competed in the 80m sprint, the 300m and the relay and were just out of the medals on this occasion. They were Roisin O`Riordan, Roisin Murphy, Aisling O`Leary and Cathy Dullea.
It was also a big day out for the boys U9 who again competed for the club for the first time. James O`Neill won the 80m sprint and was 2nd in the 300m and Fionn Harrington was just out of the medals. We are sure to see great things from both boys in the future.
In the Girls U 11 Rebecca Harrington made a super come back after being sick and came 2nd in the 600m. The Girls U 11 also won the bronze medals in the relay. The team were Rebecca Harrington, Shannon Cotter, Katelyn Kelleher, Sarah O`Neill and Danielle Twomey. All the rest of the U 11’s did extremely well as some were running up an age and got to the finals of both the relay, sprint, and long distance but were just out of the medals on this occasion. They were Grainne Twomey, Aoife Lucy, Sinead Hurley and Ciara Bradley.
All of the boys U 11 competed in the sprint, long distance, Turbo Javelin and Relay but were just out of the medals on this occasion but all enjoyed their day. They were Sam Kelleher, Aaron Hoare, Conor Lucey, Darren Moynihan, Diarmuid Moynihan, and Benjamin Deady Cabrejas.
The Girls U 13 were on fire on Sunday with Sophie Harrington coming home 1st in the 800m, followed by her teammate Jennifer Cotter in 2nd place and her other team mate Caitlin Hurley in 3rd place. The girls went on to clinch the gold medal in the relay by a whisker. The team was made up of Caitlin Hurley, Katie Dineen, Sarah Kelleher, Sophie Harrington and Meabh O`Riordan. Jennifer Cotter jumped herself into the Gold medal position in the Long Jump and Meabh O`Riordan throw a personal best to win the gold medal in the shot putt Katie Dineen also sprinted her way in the record books when she clinched the gold medal in the 80m sprint. The other girls U 13 also did well but were out of the medals on this occasion. They were Maeve Murphy, Annie Maher and Aoife Twomey.
In the boys U 13 Connor O`Neill have a battle with his club mate Eoin Moynihan in the 800m with Connor just clinching the gold medal with Eoin 2nd. Denis Dullea sprinted his way into the gold medal in the 80m and the boys won gold the U13 relay The team were Tom Downey, Denis Dullea, Connor O`Neill, Eoin Moynihan and Connor O`Leary. Alex Wood and Joseph Deady Cabrejas also did well but were out of the medals on this occasion.
In the Girls U 15 Caoimhe Harrington won the gold medal and she was followed home by team mate Stephanie Cotter in 2nd place. Ciara Manning also ran very well but was out of the medals on this occasion.
In the boy sU 15 there was no stopping Padraig Moynihan. He came 3rd in the 1500m, 1st in the 100m and 2nd in the 200m and he was followed home by his team mate Paraig Galvin who finished in 2nd place in both the 100m and the 2oom. The boys then went onto run the relay which they won in fine style. The team of John Downey, Colm O`Mahony, Paraig Galvin, Padraig Moynihan Christopher Maher and Eric Moynihan. Cathal Ryan also ran very well but was out of the medals on this occasion.
In the Girls U 17 Stephanie O`Sullivan competed in the 1500m and did very well considering her training has been interrupted due to the Junior Cert and she won the bronze medal.
In the Senior Ladies Rachael O`Shea won the 800m and even gave some of the men a run for their money.
The Senior Ladies Relay team came 1st and again gave the boys a run for their money. The team was made up of Alice Dunne, Aileen Corkery, Doireann O`Donovan and Aoife Galvin.
Michael Harrington won the silver medal in the Senior men 800m/
Jerry O`Mahony won the gold medal in the masters 100m and was 3rd in the Masters 3000m.
The West Cork even age track and field Championship will be held on Saturday the 27th of April at 2pm.
PADRAIG MOYNIHAN 5TH AT NATIONAL
Padraig Moynihan of West Muskerry A.C. was competing in the All Ireland Indoor Track and Field Championships in Athlone on Saturday last in the Boys U 15 Shot putt competition. This was Padraig’s first time qualifying for the All Ireland Indoor and he did himself and his club proud. He got through in the opening rounds and qualified for the final 8. He then had three more attempts and finished in 5th place. Padraig is now looking forward to the outdoor season which starts next Sunday with the West Cork track and field Championships in CIT and this event starts at 12 noon. Hopefully all of the West Muskerry athletes age 8 (Born in 2005) up to senior will take part in this event.
ALL IRELAND GOLD FOR RACHAEL
Rachael O`Shea from West Muskerry A.C., finished her indoor season in style when she competed in the All Ireland U 19 Indoor Champions in Athlone on Saturday and Sunday the 23rd and 24th of March.
On the Saturday Rachael competed in the Girls U 19 1500m final and after a very slow pace for the first few laps it was going to be a sprint finish over the last lap. Rachael took over the lead with 1 lap to go and was followed closely by Niamh Markem of Ennis Track. Both girls were neck and neck all the way to the finish line with Rachael being award the silver medal.
On the Sunday Rachael competed in the Girls U 19 800m Final and again Niamh Markem of Ennis track led the race from the start. Rachael kept her composure and closed the 20 meter gap that had been opened up and again both girls sprinted to the finish line but Rachael came out on stop to clinch the gold medal in a new personal best indoor time of 2minutes and 13 seconds. She is now looking forward to the outdoor season.
Eoin Walsh competed in the U 18 60m and 200m. Eoin looked very strong for the 6 weeks of training he had done after coming back from injury and his outdoor season is looking very positive
Padraig Moynihan will compete in the All Ireland U 15 Shot Putt competition in Athlone on the 6th of April next and we wish him the very best of luck.
Thank you from West Muskerry A.C.
West Muskerry Athletic Club would like to thank all who supported their Church Gate Collection in Macroom, Rusheen and Ballinagree on Saturday/Sunday the 9th and 10 of March last. Your generosity was very much appreciated.
Also well done to all the club members who marched in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on the 17th of March. You all did a great job.
Updated 23rd February 2013
MUNSTER GOLD FOR RACHAEL
Three of West Muskerry Athletes competed in the Munster Indoor track and field championships on Saturday and Sunday last the 23rd and 24th of February last.
Rachael O`Shea competed in the Girls U 19 800m on the Saturday. Rachael fought hard with 100m to go and was narrowly beaten on the line and finished in 2nd place. Rachael came back on the Sunday and competed in the 1500m and was not going to leave it too late so with 1 lap to go she made her move and sprinted well clear and finished in 1st place in a new personal best time. Rachael has now qualified for the All Ireland in both events.
Garry O`Sullivan competed in the Boys U 17 1500m on the Saturday and again was in top form. Garry made his move with 1 lap to go and was followed closed by another athlete. With 100m to go both athletes sprinted all the way home with again Garry narrowly missing out and crossing the line in 2nd place in a new Personal Best Time. Garry too qualifies for the All Irelands.
Padraig Moynihan competed in the Boys U 15 Shot Putt competition. Padraig qualified for the final 8 and settled into his throwing very quickly. He then threw himself in the bronze medal position with a new Personal Best throw of 10meters and 99 centimetres. It was a very close competition with only centimetres separating the 2nd , 3rd and 4th place positions. Padraig too qualified for the All Ireland in Athlone at the end of March.
Church Gate Collections.
West Muskerry Athletic Club will be having a Church Gate Collection in Macroom Parish and also in Rusheen and Ballinagree on the 9th and 10th of March next and your support would be greatly appreciated.
Updated 11th February 2013
Valuable experience gained by West Muskerry Athletes.
Two of West Muskerry Athletes were competing over the weekend in the Munster Indoor Championships and the All Ireland Junior Indoor Championships and gained valuable experience from their competitions.
Meabh O`Riordan competed in the U13 Munster Indoor Shot Championship. After she slipped on her first throw she steadied herself again and threw again but was out of the medals on this occasion. Meabh gained a lot of experience from this competition as it was her first Indoor competition and she was never used to the crowd being so close to the competition throwing area and also the fact that she was throwing from a wooden circle instead of concrete. She is now looking forward to the outdoor season.
Garry O`Sullivan competed in the All Ireland Junior Indoor 800m Competition in Athlone. Garry who is only U17 has been improving with every race he runs. Garry mistimed his first two laps but never gave in and crossed the line a little short of his pb in 2.08. Garry will be competing in the All Ireland Senior Competition in Athlone next weekend and we wish him well.
We also wish Grainne Moynihan well in the All Ireland Senior Championships in Athlone where she will compete in the 400m.
Updated 5th February 2013
WEST MUSKERRY BOYS DO WELL IN DERRY
5 athletes from West Muskerry Athletic travelled to Gransha in Co. Derry on Sunday last the 3rd of February to compete in the All Ireland B. Cross Country Championships
The 4 boys U 15 all ran extremely well in the very tough under foot conditions. The Course was 2,500m and there were a lot of hills but they all finished very strongly. Their team finished in 4th position which was a great result as it was the first All Ireland for all four boys. The team was made up of Colm O`Mahony, Darragh Walsh, James Cronin and Dean Lynch.
In the Masters competition Jerry O`Mahony also ran extremely well on the tough course. His distance was 7,000m and again it was Jerry’s first race ever with West Muskerry A.C.
A special thank you to the boys supporters who came down from Letterkenny to shout them on in the race. Suzie Lynch, Joseph and Daniel Arthur.
Updated 28th January 2013
New P.B. for Garry
3 of West Muskerry A.C athletes were in action on Sunday last the 27th of January in the New State of the Art Indoor Facility in Athlone in the AAI Games along with a number of International athletes as well as some of Irelands top class athletes.
Garry O`Sullivan who is coached by Steven Macklin, competed in the Mens 800m. He settled into his pace very quickly and in the 2nd half of the race he made his move and came sprinting down the home straight and crossed the finish line in new personal best time of 2.06. This was a fantastic achievement for Garry and we wish him well in the rest of his indoor season where he hopes to knock a few more seconds off.
Both Grainne Moynihan who competed in the 60m and Rachael O`Shea who competed in the 800m gained a lot of experience in the top class races and are looking forward to getting back to training to improve on their times in the coming months.
Well done to Noel Moynihan of West Muskerry A.C. who competed in the Dungarvan 10 mile road race.
Best of luck to the Boys U 15 team of Colm O`Mahony, Darragh Walsh, James Cronin, and Dean Lynch and to Jerry O`Mahony who will compete in Derry on Sunday next the 3rdof February in the All Ireland Development Cross Country.
At the annual General Meeting of West Muskerry A.C. on Tuesday the 22nd of January Ted O`Herlihy was made Honorary President of the club for the year 2013. Ted O`Herlihy was one of the founding members of the Aghinagh Athletic Club over 25 years ago. As the club grow it changed its name to West Muskerry A.C to take in a larger catchment area. Ted was one of two coaches at the time in the club and played a hugh part in the running of the club not only as a coach but also on the administration side of things. He organised bed and breakfast for all the athletes and on many occasions (at that time it was safe to do so) the club travelled up the country to All Irelands when he put seats into the back of his van and all had a great time He coached many young athletes and the club was very successful at all levels from West Cork right up to International level. . One of his greatest achievements and there were many was to win the All Ireland Junior women’s Cross Country Title in the year 2000 having won the Munster titles for two years in a row. Ted O`Herlihy put his heart and soul into the club and is well deserving to be named Honorary President for the year 2013.
Updated 22nd January 2013
GREAT START TO 2013 FOR NOEL GALVIN
Three West Muskerry A.C. athletes were in action on Sunday last the 6th of January in the Munster Junior and Master Indoor Championships in Nenagh Co.Tiperary.
Noel Galvin competed in the Master men 60m and Long Jump. He was in flying form after the Christmas break and he stormed home in 2nd place in the 60m in his age category. He then competed in the Long Jump and on his third and final jump he clenched the bronze medal only losing the sliver by 1 centimetre.
Garry O` Sullivan competed in the Junior 800m and Annemarie O` Connor competed in the Junior 400m and 800m. It was both athletes first time competing in the Indoors and both did very well but were out of the medals on this occasion. They both will be hoping to improve over the next couple of months.