Friday 18 October 2019

Club Call

Launch of the Frank O'Rourke Memorial Cycle Race at Ferrybank Motors on Friday evening with Ferrybank Motors sponsors and Wexford Wheelers. L/r; Oliver Gargan, John O'Rourke, Mary O'Rourke, Albert Walsh, Leslie Walker and David Maguire
Launch of the Frank O'Rourke Memorial Cycle Race at Ferrybank Motors on Friday evening with Ferrybank Motors sponsors and Wexford Wheelers. L/r; Oliver Gargan, John O'Rourke, Mary O'Rourke, Albert Walsh, Leslie Walker and David Maguire


There was another great day out for the United Striders Seniors, who took part in the Wexford Intermediate road race. We scooped three individual medals with Sharon Barry, Paul Doran and Seán Murphy winning two silvers and a bronze.

Our teams were fantastic, with the ladies only missing a team bronze by two points and the men picking up team gold (Paul Doran, Seán Murphy, Luke Butler and Pat O'Callaghan). Fantastic race times were also recorded by Fiona Donovan, Ann Ryan, Catherine Power, Sinéad McCarthy, Aine Cullen, Maureen Costello, Karina Somers, Carmel Morrissey and Alison Murphy. There was a great turn-out as per usual from the ladies.

The men's second team had another gang of great runners, David Byrne, Patrick 'Lala' Murphy and Emmett Malone. Brilliant running guys.

What a day it was, rounded off with Pat's surprise birthday party. A great day!


Seventeen St. Joseph's athletes took to the roads last weekend in Ferrybank, Kilkenny, and Wexford.

In the Wexford half-marathon, Tom McDonald was first home from the club, earning himself a brand new personal best in a superb time of 1.29.02. Paul Sheehan was next, finishing in 1.34.26, and not far behind him was Anita Barry in 1.36.21.

Rocky Mernagh crossed the finish line in 1.43.34, followed by Duncan O'Shaughnessy (1.47.58), Siobhán O'Leary (1.47.59), Ciarán Cullen (1.50.44) and Chris McNamara (1.55.20).

Mary McDonald finished the 13.1 miles in 2.08.29 and Jackie O'Shaughnessy had a great run in her debut half-marathon, finishing in 2.13.54. In the ten km. race in Wexford, Helen McDonald and Sarah Lee ran very well, with Helen finishing in 57.29 and Sarah crossing the line in 1.04.26.

In the Ferrybank ten km., Elaine O'Donovan was the first lady to finish, winning the race for the second consecutive year. The club was also represented by David and Susan Lanigan and Maggie Helen O'Connor.

Kyle Comerford pounded the roads in the Churchill ten km. in Cuffsgrange near Kilkenny and finished in a time of 57.46.

It's that time of year again when St. Joseph's Athletic Club invites all runners and walkers to the annual Pink Rock ten km. road race on Sunday, June 14, at 12 noon. Once again the race is centered around the picturesque Pink Rock on the old Waterford road just a five-minute drive outside New Ross, with the course surrounded by tranquil south Kilkenny countryside with beautiful views of the River Barrow.

This is the fourth year of the race with a new flat course largely beside the river Barrow giving runners a great chance to achieve a personal best time. The combination of a scenic course, great organisation, fantastic catering, excellent prizes and a celebratory atmosphere is ensuring that the race is becoming a firm favourite in the summer road race calendar in the south-east.

This race is A.A.I. approved with an accurately measured course and chip timing. There are cash prizes for first, second and 3third male and female. In addition, there are category prizes for first Junior male and Junior female, Over-40, Over-45, Over-50 and Over-60, and also prizes for the first male team (four to score) and first female team (also four to score). Register online at for €15 to secure your gym bag (€20 on the day). Refreshments will be served in the Rosbercon parish centre following the race and a great atmosphere is promised.

For more information, go to or follow us at St. Joseph's Athletic Club on Facebook.


Wexford Wheelers will commemorate one of the best cyclists ever to come out of Wexford when it hosts the ninth running of the Frank O'Rourke Memorial Race on Sunday, May 3.

The race will start from Camross Hall and will cover 135 km. over five laps of a course which includes Taghmon, Camross and Adamstown before finishing outside Camross Hall.

Over 250 cyclists will take part and will include most of the best riders in this country. Racing will commence for the Under-16 riders at 11 a.m. over a shortened course while the main race will start at 12 noon.

Once again Wexford Wheelers are indebted to main Opel dealers Ferrybank Motors for their continued generous sponsorship, without which this event would not be possible. So on Sunday why don't you come out and watch the best Irish riders battle it out for the prestigious Frank O'Rourke Memorial trophy?


At a recent grading at Kinetic Kickboxing, Jonny McDonagh was awarded his 1st Dan black belt after a tough grading session. He is one of only a few to have earned his black belt after three years of tough training.

On some weeks when preparing for a fight he would train 15 times a week which showed real dedication, and he also stuck to a good food plan which help him lose over 20 kg.

His starting weight was 92 kg. and his fighting weight was 69 kg. which is an amazing weight loss. He is currently the intercontinental champion and seeded number one in the W.K.F. and ranked fifth in the International Kickboxing Federation which is an extremely tough association.

Jonny is off to pastures greener with a move to Australia and had a great send-off from club members.

Kinetic Fitness is located in Mary's Lane in Wexford town. Different types of classes are available including circuits, fitness tone and conditioning, strength and conditioning, cross fit, kickboxercise, kickboxing classes for children and adults, kenpo karate, personal training and group training, with yoga soon to come.

Instructors are fully qualified with Garda vetting, and first aid certified. Come along and train in a fun, safe and challenging environment.

Contact Theresa at 087-2036936 or Brian at 087-7370803 for more details. Whether it's for fitness, general well-being or you want to become a fighter, Kinetic Fitness is the place to be.


Wexford Kettlebell Club is gearing up towards a very busy summer of preparation for three international competitions.

We have an Irish Junior team for the first time competing in Lithuania on June 27-28 and it's a hugely exciting time for our three athletes: Becca Dowdall, Megan Lane and Brendan Smith. They deserve so much praise as not only are they training hard but also fundraising as well, with a teenage disco planned for Friday, May 15, at Total Fitness Gym at 8 p.m.

With cake sales and non-uniform days also in the pipeline, we must thank the parents and the schools in their support of their pupils and future kettlebell stars!

The European championships are being held this year in Bulgaria on July 10-15. In a long five-day event, we will also have Wexford athletes competing here. Mick Kelly, Paul Hillis, Keith Dwyer, Alison Murphy and Sarah Clifford will be flying the Irish flag in Budapest.

A team from Wexford will also be heading to Darlington in England on the weekend of July 18 to compete in the O.K.S.E. (Open Kettlebell Sport of England) English Cup. Members here will be representing Wexford Kettlebell Club hoping to gain valuable time and experience on the platform as many of us step up and continue to lift heavier kettlebells.

Marian Roberts and Collette Butler will also be the first Irish athletes to lift two bells in the long cycle event, a lift only men were formerly allowed to do!

We have set up a new weekly lotto with thanks to the Faythe Harriers, and books are available every Tuesday at reception to be left back for Pamela by the following Monday evening. Tickets are available for sale in the club and are only €1.50, with a jackpot of €3,600 there to be won!

We would also like to thank Sarah Butler of Killeens Service Station who recently donated a huge Easter egg which we raffled off, raising over €250. It was won by Brenda Kelly, congratulations!

The next five-minute Irish competition is in less than six weeks' time and we will be sending a squad up to Co. Monaghan. Training programmes are now available on the noticeboard. Please let Mick know of your intention to lift and what bell you will use.

Also, a huge well done to everyone who competed two weeks ago up in Portlaoise. Wexford had nearly 30 athletes with many lifting for their very first time and again sending up a team of young lifters from the age of eight years up...these children did a small demonstration with lighter bells and showed huge potential but above all did it smiling and got the biggest and loudest applause of the day!

Wexford Kettlebell continues as usual Monday from 6-7 p.m., Wednesday 7.30-9 p.m. and Friday 6-8 p.m. Junior Kettlebell Club is every Saturday at 10 a.m. Training is suitable for everyone from beginners upwards and all levels of fitness are catered for.


Wexford Wanderers Under-13s faced a strong Tullow side in the final of the South-East Cup at Ross Road, Enniscorthy on Sunday morning.

Both sides, who had been equally matched all season, came into the contest with a win apiece in previous encounters this season.

The game, played in glorious sunshine, started well with both sides competing well at the breakdown and attacking with style through the backs.

However, determined Wanderers play at rucks saw Tullow penalised for holding on but unfortunately the penalty opportunities were not in a position to put scores on the board. Tullow however were awarded a penalty after five minutes and opted to go for the posts for the game's opening score to lead 3-0.

Despite continuous attacks from both sides, this was to remain the only score until the last five minutes when, after sustained pressure, Tullow managed to score a try.

However, the defensive performance in the lead-up to the score by Wexford was the best observed by this reporter this season and is a credit to both the players and the coaching staff. The final score was 8-0 to Tullow.

This side is not new to competing for honours and only the previous week they took part in the Pat Lawler invitational tournament in Limerick where they lost in the semi-final to Ballina/Killaloe by one score.

Next weekend sees the side competing in the Popplewell Cup, named after former Irish international player Nick whose son, Ben, lines out for them.

Team: Ben Popplewell, Lenny Burke, Eoin Ryan, Ewan McLaughlin, Louis Gainfort, Eoin Foley, Jim McDermott, Killian Boggan, Lachlann McCormack, Donal Buckley, Stuart Hession, Josh Culleton, David Codd, Daniel Bent, Cillian Corkery. Subs. - Darragh Byrne, Kealan Fikentscher, Paul Deeny, David O'Boyle, Conall McGuinness, Kyle Lewis, Conor Doyle, Aron McKeon, Elio Simmons, Euan Carroll, Rory Walsh, John Hennessy, Fiachra O'Reilly, Daniel Kelly.

The annual Casey Cup weekend will take place from Saturday next. The event, which will be held in Park Lane, Wexford will see various Greystones sides travel to the south-east to celebrate the end of the rugby season.

The annual event is held in honour of former club member and minis player Casey Ryan who died in tragic circumstances a number of years ago. Casey originally learned to play rugby in Greystones R.F.C. as a minis player where he watched his father and uncles don the green and white hoops of the Wicklow side.

When his family re-located to Wexford he continued to excel at minis level in the blue and black of Wexford Wanderers.

Shortly after Casey's passing the Ryan family instigated the competition as a way to honour his memory for his wide circle of friends in both Wexford and Greystones.

The activities will commence on Saturday with a number of youths matches, before a Wanderers President's XV will face a touring side from Leamington Spa in England.

Sunday morning will see the annual influx of hundreds of young and not so young players from Greystones who will compete with Wanderers players from Under-6 upwards throughout the day.

For all details which will be released over the coming days, follow the club on Facebook or Twitter @wexfordwrfc or sign up to the weekly club newsletter at where all upcoming events will be e-mailed to you directly.


Saturday week was the start of the racing season for the members of Wexford North/Soutth Road Pigeon Club and as always the birds were conveyed to the races with the South Leinster Federation which consists of clubs from Newtown, Kilpedder, Wicklow, Arklow, Gorey, Enniscothy, Wexford, New Ross, Waterford and Dungarvan.

Pilmore Beach, a distance of 67 miles to Wexford, was the racepoint and 13 members entered 243 birds. In total up to 2,600 birds were on the transporter and as it was full to capacity it may be that some extra transport will have to be put on as there are still quite a few members yet to start off which shows the Federarion is strengthening all the time.

The weather forecast for the day of the race was for strong east, south-east winds and all members knew that this would be a big test for the birds as they would have to fight it all the way home.

The birds were released at 11.30 a.m. and the wind had got up to quite strong by then, and it took the winning bird one hour and 48 minutes to compete the 67-mile journey to Wexford doing a velocity of 1,122 yards per minute.

No stranger to the fore and taking the red card were the Dempsey brothers of Castlebridge whose bird had to have broken well as he won by three yards per minute, meaning he had 320 yards to spare.

Well done lads on a very good win in such a race. The Dempsey loft also took tenth, eleventh and twelfth places.

Another fancier having a great race was one of the oldest and quietest members of the club, Charlie Delaney of Forth Mountain, who took second, third, fifth and ninth positions, his best performance since getting into the sport just a couple of seasons ago. Rumour has it Charlie was seen in a certain garage getting four new tyres on his van which would suggest some heavy training is taking place and that he means business this season.

In fourth place was one of last seasons top lofts, William O'Neill and sons, also of Forth Mountain, and I am sure we will be seeing a lot of this partnership popping up quite frequently this season.

In sixth and seventh was club Secretary Mick Driscoll of Belvedere Grove, another fancier that pops up now and then during the season and who really enjoys the sport.

In eighth spot was club Chairman Billy Cullimore and top flyer for a long number of years with some remarkable results. You can be sure this fancier will be to the fore on a lot of occasions again this season.

Some new ideas are on board for the committee this year and by the look of the result I think we can expect some good competition this season as all members seem very keen. Next week's race is from Kinsale, a distance of 98 miles to Wexford.

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