Wednesday 17 January 2018

Club Call



The Juvenile Striders shot the lights out, winning 38 medals at day two of the Wexford Juvenile track and field championships at Enniscorthy. Well done to all athletes, coaches and parents who helped to make this another special day.

In the sprint hurdles, we put in some strong performances that resulted in making finals. In the race of the day for the Striders, Aoife Muldoon, Emma Callaghan and Cheyanne O'Farrell-Molloy took gold, silver and bronze in a clean sweep. The other hurdle medal went to Hayleigh Bawden who added a silver to her hurdle bronze from the previous week.

More success followed in the race walking events, with more great performances. Méadhbh Rogers and Louise Doyle finished just outside of the medals in strong competition. Eve Byrne was very stylish, showing great technique to win gold in her one km. walk. Shortly after, Conor Murphy and Ryan Kielthy raced to second and third place respectively.

Over the shorter sprints, James Quinn took bronze and Aaron Browne gold, both over 80m. With the distance up to 200m, Katie Murphy, Aoife Muldoon, Aoibheann Ryan and Eathan Anderson all sprinted very well to win medals.

The Striders excelled in the middle distance events with Leona Berry, Seán Lennon, Myles Hewlett, Aisling Power, Rebecca Bawden, Katie Murphy, Ciara Kelly, Elaina Browne, Aaron Browne and Eathan Anderson all winning medals in competitive fields. In the relay events, eight of our teams finished in the first three to win lots of Strider medals.

Ronan Shannon won our only turbo javelin medal. Owen Lennon and Ciara Murphy were very unlucky, finishing fourth in their shot putt events, but Cosmo Hewlett, Darragh Flannelly and James Quinn did all win medals in the shot. Alex Molloy and Leona Berry jumped their way to medals in very big high jump fields.

It's been a great county championships for the club and our children were fantastic over both days. There were many special moments, with our athletes performing to the best of their abilities in all track and field disciplines.

It proved to be our most successful championships in recent years, with a medal count of 70, up from 53 last year and 32 the year before. Apologies to any of the 70-plus athletes who represented our club over the two days that I didn't mention.

There were many great team relay performances and individual performances. To highlight a couple, Katie Murphy won over 100m, 200m, 800m and 1,500m, with Aaron Browne also winning four events from the 80m sprint all the way up to 800m - both athletes demonstrating real talent over a variety of distances. Well done to all involved in our most successful championships in recent years.

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Two further days of county track and field championships saw St. Joseph's athletes both young and not so young competing. A great turn-out of club Senior athletes saw a large medal haul accumulate.

Representing the club were Emma Fenlon, Verena Fenlon, Eoin Power, Sophie Becker, Aaron Fenlon, Pat Power, Maggie Helen O'Connor, Bríd Lawlor, John Joe Lawlor, Triona Foley and Tracey Malone.

Sarah Lawlor, Sophie Mullally, Cathal Beirne and Killian Griffin led the way on day two of the Juvenile championships, all winning double gold. Also standing in first place on the podium were Darragh McDonald, Holly Hughes, Sarah Foley, Clara Kennedy, Mia Griffin and Aoife Dowling.

A host of silver and bronze medals were also won. The boys' Under-12 and Under-14 relay teams both won gold, as did the girls' Under-14 team. The girls' Under-12 team had to settle for second place.

Representing the club with style and grit were Áine McDonald, Linda Lawlor, Evan O'Toole, Alex Hughes, Paul Murphy, Rachel Foley, Erin Foley, Aoife Byrne, Ciara Mullally, Áine Ryan, Kelsey Kehoe, Katie Bookle, Aidan Lawlor, Aidan Kehoe, Danny Dowling, Joss O'Connor, Conor Lanigan, Grace Glennon, Maeve Bookle, Aoife Lanigan, Áine Purcell, Bronagh Doolan, Ciara Mullally, Danielle Griffin, Chloe Mullally, Tara Glennon, Clare Doyle, Danny Glennon, Eoin Kennedy, Alex Hughes, Jack Ryan and Paul Manning.

The biggest day of the year in the St. Joseph's club calendar is drawing near as the club will run the annual Pink Rock 10km 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 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 third 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 Swimming Club sent ten of its up and coming young swimmers, accompanied by coach Mary Duggan, to the Leinster age group open graded gala in the N.A.C. and they came home with no less than 17 individual medals and eight relay team medals.

Dillon Cousins won five medals, gold in the 200m I.M., silver in the 100m fly, 100m back and 200m breast, and bronze in the 100m breast. He also got a five-second P.B. in the 100m free and is now agonisingly close to his Leinster Division 1 qualifying times in the 100m back and 100m breast.

Seán Reck had a very busy day and also won five medals. He got huge P.B's in some of his events, gold in the 200m back, knocking off 97 seconds, and in the 400m free knocking off 34 seconds.

He won silver in the 200m breast, 100m back and 200m I.M. and also swam in the 100m and 200m free and 100m breast and again achieved some impressive P.B's.

Ann Bates got P.B's in all her events, taking seven seconds off her 100m back, two seconds off her 100m free and 100m breast, and also knocked 13 seconds off her 200m I.M.

Tristan Cahill won a silver medal in the 100m fly after knocking 3.5 seconds off his time. He also swam well in the 200m I.M., 100m back and 200m free in which he took a further seven seconds off his time.

Hannah Stavar and her sister, Rebecca, both had good swims, Hannah in the 100m back and free, and she is now very close to achieving her Leinster Division 1 qualifying time in the 100m breast. Rebecca now has her time for the 100m back and took a further three seconds off her 100m free time.

Sophie Mahon got her new time for the 200m breast and had a great swim in the 200m free, taking off just under one minute from her previous time. She also swam in the 100m free and in the 100m back, getting a P.B. of four seconds.

Egle Matuzaite won the silver medals in the 100m back, taking nearly four seconds off her time, and in the 100m free, taking two seconds off, but missed out on her Leinster Division 1 time by the narrowest of margins.

Sarah Murphy had a great day and won two gold medals in the 200m free and 200m I.M., knocking off over 30 seconds in both. She also took 42 seconds off her 100m back and a further five seconds off her 100m free.

Leah McGuire won the gold medal in the 100m breast and silver in the I00m free.

The girls' relay team of Anna Bates, Egle Matuzaite, Sarah Murphy and Leah McGuire won gold medals in both the 200m freestyle and the 200m medley. Well done to all swimmers.


A fantastic Trinity Hire-sponsored club championships was held at Barntown Squash Club in front of a packed viewing gallery. Some great squash was played on a day that saw ten finals (including the plate) played, with 42 entrants from beginners right up to the men's/women's 'A' championships.

The winners were - divisional finals: women's 'A', Trudy O'Byrne; men's 'A', Kevin White; men's 'B', Ciarán Whelan; men's 'C', Nico Spithas; men's 'D', Leighton Walsh; plate finals: women's 'A', Emma Flood; men's 'A', John Hatchell; men's 'B', Barry Sinnott; men's 'C', Adrian Codd; men's 'D', Ciarán O'Keeffe.

Club Chairman, John Hatchell, thanked all the members who entered the championships. Hatchell acknowledged the club's main sponsor, Trinity Hire, for their continued support along with the other sponsors of the league prizes, Irish Squash, Hores Stores and Joyces Expert.

A particular mention was reserved for Mai Doyle who kindly sponsored the Womens 'A' trophy which was won by Trudy O'Byrne who beat a spirited effort from Emma Reddy. The Mens 'A' was was won by club number one and former Irish under age captain Kevin White who beat John O'Brien in a keenly contested final.

The finals brought to an end a hugely-successful first season since the club was re-launched last July. The club now boasts 200 members who enjoy a host of excellent benefits such as 24/7 access, online booking, coaching and all for just €2 p.p. per game.

Membership is now closed until October, 2015 but if you do wish to visit the club and discover why Forbes Magazine voted squash the world's healthiest sport, then use the contact us form at

D.M.P. A.C.

It's been a very busy time for club members of late. Friday saw Ciara Wilson claim silver in the county ladies' Senior road race 5k in a time of 18.12. It was a very close finish with only six seconds between first and second place. Hearty congratulations to Ciara on a well-deserved result.

Friday also saw the arrival of our visiting club from France, Etoile Sportive Coueronnaise Athlétisme. On Saturday morning members of both our clubs attended the Johnstown parkrun where Mayor George Lawlor was also present to extend a civic welcome to the visitors.

To mark the occasion our club hosted a reception in The Farmers Kitchen, Drinagh. Hopefully the links between the two clubs will continue to grow over the coming months and years. Many thanks to the volunteers at the Johnstown parkrun, especially John Dier, who were so helpful and welcoming.

Club members also attended the official opening of the Enniscorthy Sports Hub on Saturday. This was a great historic occasion with guest of honour John Treacy present.

The Leinster Schools were held in Santry on Saturday and we had three athletes medal. In spite of injury problems earlier in the year, Kathlyn Furlong of Coláiste Abbáin won silver in the Inter shot putt with 10.47m and also came fourth in the hammer.

Peter O'Shea of St. Peter's College won silver in the Inter javelin with a great distance of 45.82m. Eimear Doherty of Loreto Wexford won bronze in the Senior high jump with another fine jump of 1.55m. Great work, well done and best of luck in the All-Irelands at the end of the month!

Sunday saw athletes attend the A.A.I. Games in Morton Stadium, Santry. The Senior women's high jump began at 2 p.m. in very blustery conditions.

Eimear Doherty was in action for the second day running and cleared all heights up to 1.55m first time for a fourth place finish. This equals her P.B. which is a great result in such challenging conditions.

The discus competition took place soon after in the adjoining throws cage. In a very competitive event Marco Pons finished third with a best throw of 48.16m in the fifth round. Well done to both athletes.

Closer to home on Sunday morning, John Stone had a great run to win the Raven Run in Curracloe.


We have two results to report this week, both from Ownahincha, a distance of 119 miles. For Wexford North/South Road members this was the first time the club raced from this point.

The first one was on May 2 when 14 members entered 250 birds and with the helping wind the birds made a good time, taking just two hours and doing just under a mile per minute to complete their journey.

In first place was one of last season's top lofts of Willie O'Neill and sons who also took eighth place, and I'm sure this loft will pop up again during the season.

Second place went to Patrick Quirke of Newlands who only started back up in the sport last season and was very successful when he raced in Drinagh a few years ago. It is great to see him back so well done Patrick, keep it up.

Taking third, fourth, fifth and sixth places were the consistent lofts of the Dempsey brothers of Castlebridge who won the first race. Coming in at seventh and ninth was Michael Driscoll, and in tenth was Billy Cullimore who has not been out of the top ten any week and his birds must surely hit top form shortly.

The second race was held on May 9 and 16 members entered 300 birds. Again with a helping south-westerly wind, they took just two hours. Dominating the race was Billy Cullimore who took the first twelve positions.

Billy as we have said on numerous occasions has one of the top lofts in the country and this result is a remarkable one for him. He must have put all of his knowledge and skill into his team of pigeons for this result.

In this sport the wind plays a big part in where the winner of the Federation comes, and with it being south-westerly it favours the lofts up the country. And when there are between 2,000 to 2,500 birds on the transporter, the Wexford birds do very well to get out of them and do the velocities they are doing.

Next week's race is from Skibbereen. Well done to all in the results and indeed to all members because as you can see it is not very easy to get in the results.


Well done to all who took part in round one of our one-mile league. There was a great atmosphere and it was a very enjoyable evening.

Derek Malone was the first man over the finish line and set a high standard for the remainder of the league.

In the ladies' race, Mary Kennedy was first to cross the finish line.

There were lots of battles down the field with a lot of scores to settle next week, so we are looking forward to it.

Congratulations to Pat Foley, Syl Ivers, Dee Fortune and Michael Byrne who took part in the I.M.R.A. race on Carrick last week.

There was a tough uphill start to the race but all put in strong performances. On Scarr the previous week Pat took first prize in the M40 category.

Well done to the lads who represented the club in the Senior county road race (10k) in Enniscorthy on Friday. Pat Foley was the first Croghan athlete to pass the finish line, clocking a P.B. of 36.37, with Andrew Dowse (37.02) a few positions behind.

Andrew knocked over a minute and a half off his time from the Senior race last year.

Strong performances also came from Brian Maher, Brian Kavanagh and Mark McGrath. This is the first time Croghan had a team competing in the Senior road race so well done lads on doing the club proud.

Best of luck to all those competing in the Masters road race in Kilrane on Friday.

Wexford People

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