Monday 14 October 2019

Athletes busy as racing season continues


The busy racing season continues with members taking part in half marathons, road races, triathlons, ultra swims and aquathons!

Fintan Redmond, Dena Hogan and Paul Hutton took part in the recent Tri Lanesboro sprint triathlon which consisted of a 750m swim, 20 km. bike and five km. run. Fintan completed the course in one hour and ten minutes, Paul in one hour and 12 minutes, and Dena in one hour and 12 minutes: three great performances with Dena in particular at the very top end of the ladies' field.

On the same weekend Don Morrissey, P.J. Dunne, Mike Ryan and Bill Barry competed in the National Sprint Triathlon Championship in Athlone over similar distances. Don led Racing795 home in 1.12:33, followed by P.J. in 1.14:51, Bill in 1.16:29 and Mike in 1.17:39.

Dena Hogan (45:27), Fintan Redmond (41:33) and Ed Bruges (60:01) represented the club at the Bray Aquathon in ideal conditions. The Aquathon consisted of a 750m swim and a five km. run. Well done to all.

Mike Ryan competed in the appropriately-named Stone Mad half-marathon over a brutally-tough course, finishing in two hours and 57 minutes. Kieran Redmond completed the Clontarf half-marathon in two hours. Meanwhile, Brian O'Shaughnessy competed in two of the excellent Slaney Olympic Summer league races - a five-miler in The Still (30:42) and a five km. race in Clonroche (18:00).

Peter Coulahan took part in the Warrior of the Sea six km. sea swim in Sligo on July 20. This is a particularly tough endurance swimming event, which Peter finished in an excellent one hour and 51 minutes.

The following day P.J. Dunne, Bill Barry, Mike Ryan and John Dempsey all raced The Beast of the East triathlon on the shores of Lough Dan. P.J. was the best of the 795 crew with an impressive time of 2.30:59.

The Racing795 club road cycling race was held on Wednesday last on the well-known 'Eddie Tobin' route. This two-person team event was won by John Dempsey and Niall O Muirí.

Finally, a number of club members took part in the 100 km. Ferns Friends of St. Luke's Cycling Sportive which included a tough climb up to The Nine Stones for a great cause. Well done to the organisers and all who completed the course.

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The Enniscorthy Slaney Sharks swimming club held its annual awards night recently at The D-Bar, Treacy's Hotel, Templeshannon. The club's members, their parents and committee celebrated the year's successes and the start of the summer break with a barbeque generously sponsored by the hotel.

Club Chairman, Anton Treacy, spoke about the highlights of the club's year and the swimmers' achievements which included the winning of numerous medals at galas and improved personal best times by all members. As well as the usual swimming galas throughout the year, the club participated in the new mini round robin gala which gave the club's younger members a chance to compete against clubs from Wexford, New Ross and Courtown.

Mr. Treacy also spoke of how the success of the club depends so much on the involvement of the swimmers' parents, including the supervision of training sessions and participating in fundraising activities. He also thanked the committee for their work over the year and expressed his desire to publicly thank Sports Active Wexford and Enniscorthy Town Council for the grants they gave to the club. In these financially constrained times, their support is particularly important to the club and greatly appreciated by all those involved in any way with the Slaney Sharks.

The club's coach, Liam Murphy, complimented all the members on their achievements during the year and their dedication in attending training sessions and competing in galas.

Liam also commended some of the top swimmers from the club on their qualification for the Irish Age Groups Division 2 and the Leinster Age Groups Division 1 galas during the year. These swimmers were Aaja Dunne-Cronin (Irish Age Groups Division 2 and Leinster Age Groups Division 1), Matilda Dunne-Cronin (Irish Age Groups Division 2 and Leinster Age Groups Division 1), Emma Chapman (Irish Age Groups Division 2 and Leinster Age Groups Division 1), Kate Markey (Irish Age Groups Division 2 and Leinster Age Groups Division 1), Jack D. Nolan-Whitney (Irish Age Groups Division 2 and Leinster Age Groups Division 1), Seán Bookey (Irish Age Groups Division 2 and Leinster Age Groups Division 1), Cian Clarke (Leinster Age Groups Division 1) and Fiachra Hourihane (Leinster Age Groups Division 1).

The coach emphasised the difficulty he had experienced again this year in selecting the award winners as so many of the Slaney Sharks swimmers were deserving, not only because of their achievements in competition, but also with regard to their commitment and hard work in training. He said he also took factors such as punctuality, attendance record, and positive, friendly attitude within the club into account when making his decision.

For the second year in a row, the club's highest award, the perpetual trophy for overall club swimmer of the year, went to 'A' squad swimmer Emma Chapman. The coach commented on Emma's dedication and in particular how, in spite of studying for her Junior Certificate exams, Emma had attended all but two training sessions during the year.

The top male and female swimmers in each squad received the swimmer of the year award. The winners were:

'A' squad male, Jack D. Nolan-Whitney; 'A' squad female, Matilda Dunne-Cronin; 'B' squad male, Barry T. Nolan; 'B' squad female, Eimear Doyle; 'C' squad male, Tadhg Malone; 'C' squad female, Róisín Kennedy.

The most improved male and female swimmers in each of the club's three squads also received awards, namely: 'A' squad male, Cian Clarke; 'A' squad female, Kate A. Markey; 'B' squad male, Luke Harrington; 'B' squad female, Chloe M. Walsh; 'C' squad male, Harry S. Nolan; 'C' squad female, Abi M. Cullen.

All other swimmers received a medal in recognition of their efforts and achievements throughout the year.

Activities will resume in September with registration for all new and existing swimmers on Saturday, September 7, from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Waterfront Pool.

Enniscorthy Slaney Sharks swimming club has been supported by Sports Active Wexford, an Irish Sports Council initiative.


Gorey Hockey Club is holding a summer camp for children aged five to 14 years. The camp will take place in Naomh Eanna G.A.A. grounds from August 12-14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hockey sticks will be provided or you can bring your own, so it is a great opportunity to try out the sport.

A great alternative to hurling and football for the winter months, it is excellent for hand-eye co-ordination. Call the numbers below for more information or to register. You can also register on the day.

Gumshields and shinguards must be worn. Cost: members €40 per child and €30 thereafter, non-members €50 per child and €30 thereafter, €100 for three children. Contact Fiona (086-8747639) or Marie (087-6154738).

Gorey Hockey Club recently held their first annual 'Pride of the Glen' mixed social hockey tournament in East Glendalough, where they played host to 13 teams from all over the south-east and Leinster. With over 90 players attending and numerous more supporters, a great day was had by all.

Teams were made up of players of all standards, from ex-internationals to beginners. After a round robin two teams battled it out in the final, with Glenties scooping the top honours. They were captained by Gorey player and organiser-in-chief Alexandra Doyle-Weston.

'The Pride of the Glen' will be up for grabs again next year. Many thanks to everybody who supported the day in any way, in particular players, supporters, umpires, chefs and to East Glendalough for the use of their excellent pitch and facilities.

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The first annual Saints five-a-side tournament took place on Saturday and was a big success. The tournament was played in a great spirit and keenly contested.The eventual winners were Murphys Mongos who beat The Bhoys in the final. The club would like to thank all involved and all who helped out.

The club A.G.M. and end of season awards took place Saturday. The award winners were: Neil Gregan who won club player of the year; Craig Broom who won first team most improved; Fran Byrne who won first team players' player of the year and clubperson of the year; Stephen O'Reilly who won second team players' player of the year and second team most improved. The top scorers were Brian Wildes for the first team and Ryan Kenny for the second team.

The first friendly of the season is on Wednesday versus Boolavogue. Training is on Tuesday and Thursday at 7.30 p.m. All newcomers are welcome.

S.B.R. A.C.

The sixth leg of the S.B.R. Summer league took place in Ferns on Thursday last, with a large turn-out of both runners and spectators on a lovely summer's evening. The two miles race resulted in a one-two for the St. Killian's pair of Niall Sheil and James Cloney, who both blitzed around the course in quicker than the magic ten minutes, while Myles Gibbons was first S.B.R. man home with a fine effort in third.

Carlow athlete Chloe Nolan maintained her 100% record in the league by winning the ladies' race. Full results can be found on, while news and information relating to the club's two big races can be found here too (the Mick Murphy Memorial four-miler on August 31 and the Ferns half-marathon on September 29).

This week's league takes place in Gorey on Thursday evening, with registration from 7.30 p.m. in the car park at the transport cafe on the Arklow road and the race start outside Redmond's Home and Garden World at 8 p.m. The club always welcomes new members so if you want to try club running in a friendly atmosphere come along on Thursday evening or contact Lukie Kehoe on 087-3222914.

Six S.B.R. athletes competed in the 'Trip to Cullenstown' 12 km. road race that formed part of the Phil Murphy traditional Irish weekend in Carrig-on-Bannow on Friday last.

Tom Hogan won the race, with Myles Gibbons in third place, Tommy McElwaine in fourth (first Over-40) and Stephen Tyrrell in sixth place, while Brendan Kehoe and Eilish Kehoe ran well too.

Tom Hogan and Myles Gibbons competed in the Adamstown 10k road race that was organised by St. Abban's G.A.A. club.

Tom won the race in a time of 33.07, while Myles finished third in 33.33. Well done to both over a tough course.

Bernard Fortune has been in terrific form on the mountain running scene all summer and his latest two races in the County Wicklow hills produced good results as he placed sixth (from almost 200 runners each evening) in the races on Ballinastoe and the Sugar Bowl.

Well done to S.B.R's Eugene Doherty who ran the marathon around Bray in County Wicklow that was organised recently to support the Wicklow Hospice. Eugene completed the four-lap course in three hours and 40 minutes and was first across the line.


If you haven't seen Marie Chapman or Maurice Whitty running in the past few weeks, they're miles away from home and you think they might be lost. Well, they weren't, as they were training for the Courtmacsharry Ultra Marathon which took place on Saturday last, and all the hard training paid off.

Maurice ran the 36.25 miles in five hours, 12 minutes was eighth overall, and Marie in six hours, ten minutes was the fifth woman.

The club was represented in the Adamstown 10k on Sunday last by Fergus Murphy in a time of 38.43, Peter Ryan 40.15 and Niall O'Connor 42.16.

The tri athletes of the club travelled to the Kildare Triathlon. Well done Bernie Millar, Louise Nolan and Wally McKenna.

Friday, August 2, is the next night for the Slaney Olympic Audi Enniscorthy Summer League, in Ballymurn. Race director is Bobby Redmond, the distance is four miles, entry fee is €3, registration is from 6.30 p.m., and the race starts at 7.30 p.m. with everyone welcome.

Club training continues every Wednesday at 6.30 p.m. in the Showgrounds, ideal for beginners to come along to a friendly training session and meet members of the club.

Also the group meet Sundays at 8.30 a.m. in the Abbey Square for a long run.

Please feel free to contact Mag Dunphy (087-6366905), Jason O'Connor (087-1216233) or any club member if you need any further information about training or joining the club.

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