Friday 20 September 2019

Club Call

5 Km fun run in, Monageer in association with Shane Fenlon memorial tournament in aid of Hospice Homecare; on your marks .. Tom Kavanagh and Tommy Mc Elwain.
5 Km fun run in, Monageer in association with Shane Fenlon memorial tournament in aid of Hospice Homecare; on your marks .. Tom Kavanagh and Tommy Mc Elwain.


It has been a busy couple of weeks for Wexford Wheelers members. On Tuesday, May 26, the first round of the Liam Bennett time trial league organised by Wexford Wheelers took place with a T.T. from Oylegate to Enniscorthy won by Davy Walsh, Velo Revolution.

Then on Thursday, May 28, a large number of the racing section raced in the final round of the Slipstream league in Gorey which resulted in a third place finish for Andrew Maguire and a fourth place for Seamus Sinnott. This was enough for Seamus to take the overall league win from his team-mate Andrew. It was a great result for the Wheelers, filling the first and second places in this very competitive league.

On Sunday, May 31, a large number of the racers were in Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny for the Deenside Cup. Congratulations to Andrew Maguire for his eighth place finish in the A3 race and to all the other Wheelers who took part.

On Tuesday, June 2, the second round of the Liam Bennett T.T. league from Carrigbyrne to Holmestown was held and was won once again by Davy Walsh, Velo Revolution to consolidate his position at the top of the standings.

On Saturday, June 6, we were represented by Robert Roche and John Shorten in the Naas C.C.-run Individual T.T. over a tough 25.8 km. course around Kilcullen, Co. Kildare. Congratulations to both riders who posted competitive times in this tough race which included some of the best exponents of time trialing in this country. Robert won his class and finished 20th overall while John was third A3 home and 15th overall. Congratulations also to ex-Wheeler Ben Delaney, now riding for Black Rose Racing, on his fine 12th place overall.

On Sunday we were represented at the Wicklow 200 by Michael Noonan, Seamus Sinnott, Don Ryan, Malcolm Molloy, Robbie Pask and Marcus Harrington. Congratulations to all on completing a tough 200 km. through the Wicklow mountains.

While that was happening Wheelers stalwarts Gary Morris and Frank Doyle were overseeing another edition of the Ruta Del Murrintowneo on a course which started and finished in Murrintown and took in Carrig-on-Bannow, Wellingtonbridge and The Hook. Over 240 people took part in this popular sportif and congratulations to the large number of Wheelers, both racers and tourers, who supported this very well-run event.

Please remember that the Liam Bennett league continues with round three from Ferrycarrig to Enniscorthy on Tuesday, June 9. The first rider is off at 7 p.m. with sign-on from 6 p.m.

Also, the first round of the S.E.R.C. league will take place on Wednesday, June 10, again starting at 7 p.m. Racing on Sunday, June 14, next will be the Paddy Flanagan Memorial in Newbridge.

Tours continue every Sunday morning from the Bullring, Wexford, with all levels catered for. In addition Roy Doyle takes a tour from The Maldron every Saturday at 10 a.m. and also on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from the Maldron, weather permitting.

You can get all the up to date information on Wexford Wheelers on Facebook and on the net at


Well done to Menapians' young athletes who competed in the Leinster championships.

It was a good day for everyone with lots of personal bests. Nathan Murphy got through to the final of the javelin. This was a great achievement for this dedicated athlete who has just recently taken up javelin.

He finished ninth in the shot putt, just missing out on the last eight. Eimear Halpin also had a P.B. in the turbo javelin and ran very well in the 600m. She jumped well in the long jump in difficult windy conditions.

Dylan Patel had great success in the Under-13 long jump, getting into the final eight. He was under pressure as he had two breaks in the final round but then pulled out a big jump to take the bronze medal.

Danika Gilshinan qualified easily for the final of the Under-13 600 with a confident front-running demonstration. She took on the field in the final, taking the lead from the gun and led the race only to be reeled back in in the last 100m. She finished an excellent fourth in a very high-quality race.

Sinéad O'Reilly and Ailbhe White competed in the pairs in the 600m, both finishing high up in their races, Ailbhe fourth and Sinéad sixth. They then went on to the long jump and were rewarded for their efforts with the gold medal. Both girls were delighted with the result and their new personal bests.

Sabia Doyle was hoping to add the outdoor title to her indoor title in the Under-13 sprint. She finished well ahead in her heat and looked good for the final. She was a convincing winner of another Leinster title and the only girl to run under eleven seconds for the 80m. Well done to everyone and we look forward to the older age groups championships on June 20-21.

It was an excellent weekend for our runners. Firstly competing in the first Wexford marathon we had Keith Robinson powering home in 13th place in 3.25, and completing yet another marathon, Martin Carroll came home in 5.25. It was a warm and pleasant day on a tough course, so well done gentlemen.

In Enniscorthy we had a good turn-out in the Strawberry half-marathon five-mile. Lorraine McMahon ran a superb 1.39 and Tadhg Henderson had an impressive 1.52 in the half-marathon distance.

Taking on the five-mile distance we had John Dier in 36.44 winning the male Over-50 in the process. Mary Gaynor was next home in 39.08, winning female Over-50 in the process, so well done you two.

Other results: Brian Reilly 41.26, Helen Sinnott 42.29, Avril Boland 42.39 , Siobhán Ní Shúilleabháin 43.54, Tina Bergin 44.46, Sharron Dier 48.36, Orla Redmond also in 48.36.

All had excellent runs as they completed the five miles in the black and red. Well done to all athletes and happy running!


Twelve Slaney Sharks swimmers made their way to Waterford Crystal Sport and Leisure Centre on May 24. Every swimmer who entered achieved a new personal best time, a great achievement for the swimmers and their coach, Liam Murphy.

The Slaney Sharks would like to extend their thanks to New Ross Swimming Club for hosting the fun gala.

Cian Clark, aged 14, took the bronze medal in the boys 13-14 200m freestyle in a new personal best time of 2.35.91, an improvement of 1.46 seconds which was a brilliant performance. Cian also swam a new personal best time of 1.21.18 (-0.11), in the 100m backstroke.

Holly Furlong, aged ten, also took a bronze medal in the girls ten and under 200m freestyle. Holly put in a very strong swim to achieve a new personal best time of 2.59.07, an improvement of 7.79 seconds.

The following swimmers excelled themselves and gave it their all to smash their previous records -

Riona Mahon, aged ten: the girls ten and under freestyle, 47.10 (-8.90); the 50m breaststroke, 1.09.99 (-9.76); the 50m backstroke, 54.46 (-1.38), and the 50m butterfly, 1.09.81 (-2.04). Nadia Polaniecka, aged nine: the girls ten and under freestyle, 1.00.23 (-6.02); the 50m breaststroke, 1.07.68 (-8.79); the 50m backstroke, 1.02.70 (-3.43), and the 50m butterfly, 1.14.62 (-0.54).

Claire Whelan, aged nine: the girls ten and under 50m freestyle, 45.45 (-12.35); the girls seven-ten 100m freestyle, 1.44.32 (-0.98), and the girls ten and under 50m breaststroke, 1.08.59 (-0.09).

Sophie Gillot, aged 13: the girls 13-14 200m individual medley, 3.18.60 (-10.16), and the 100m backstroke, 1.30.92 (-10.40).

Alexi Gillot, aged ten: the girls ten and under 50m freestyle, 41.72 (-1.87), and the 50m breaststroke, 1.00.57 (-5.49).

Abi Cullen, aged nine: the girls ten and under 50m freestyle, 41.54 (-2.11), and the 50m breaststroke, 59.44, (-0.38).

Derry Mahon, aged eleven: the boys 11-12 100m freestyle, 1.37.18 (-19.78).

Harry S. Nolan, aged eleven: the boys 11-12 100m freestyle, 1.42.10 (-5.43).

Cliona Byrne, aged nine: the girls ten and under 50m backstroke, 51.68 (-3.29).

Lauren Jordan, aged eight: the girls ten and under 50m breaststroke, 1.07.48 (-0.58).

S.B.R. A.C.

The Strawberry half-marathon and five-mile road race took place in Enniscorthy on Sunday morning in lovely warm sunshine. The half-marathon got under way at 10 a.m., starting at the Riverside Park Hotel, over the bridges, up in to the centre of the town, down Castle Hill and followed the N30, turning left into Tomnalosset and over Edermine Bridge and left back into Enniscorthy on the N11 and finishing on the Prom.

At the one-mile mark, S.B.R's Myles Gibbons and Paul Lynch were leading the way. As the runners came over Edermine Bridge, leaving all the hills now behind them and out on the straight stretch home, it was Myles Gibbons in second place, followed by Paul Lynch in third and that's the way it stayed as Myles crossed the line for second place overall in a time of 1.12, followed by Paul Lynch for third place in 1.14.

Noel Kennedy was next home for the club in 1.18, followed very closely by Tommy McElwaine also in 1.18. Brendan Kehoe followed in 1.24, Brian Kearney in 1.26, Adrian Doyle 1.29, John Murphy 1.30 and Stephen Tyrrell in 1.33.

Belinda Kehoe and Eilish Kehoe represented the ladies with both having great runs. Belinda came home in 1.47 and Eilish crossed the finish line in 1.49. Myles Gibbons claimed the county title and S.B.R. also took the team title with great going from everyone.

Well done to Slaney Olympic who organised the event. Full results can be found on

The five-mile race got under way at 11 a.m. and S.B.R. were well represented again. First home for the club was Shane Gregan who completed the course in 32.49, followed by his other half, Louise Gregan, in 37.25.

Emma Morris followed in 41.48, Orla McFadden in 43.15 and Tina Morris in 46.12. Well done to everyone. Full results can be found on

James Boland travelled again to New Ross to compete in the park run on Saturday and was first man home in a time of 19.13. Well done James.

Last Friday evening, all roads led to Monageer for the annual 5k with all proceeds this year going to Hospice. The race started at 7 p.m. in bright sunshine although a little breezy.

S.B.R. were well represented and had podium finishes both for the ladies and men. First home for the ladies was Dena Hogan, followed by Cathy Maher for second and Lisa Murphy claiming third place.

First home for the club in the men's race was Tommy McElwaine claiming second place overall, followed by Denis Moynihan in third place. A lovely spread was laid on for all after the run and the prize-giving took place. Well done guys.

On Thursday, May 28, the Central Park 5k challenge took place in and round Leopardstown racecourse and Central Park in Dublin. S.B.R. clearly showed that 'country folk' meant business when they travelled to the 'big smoke' by claiming first team prize.

Myles Gibbons came home in first place overall with a time of 16.21, followed by brother Paul in third place in 16.52. Next across the finish line was Noel Kennedy in fourth place in 17.10, and a fine performance by Raymond Byrne in 20.32 to claim the team prize. Well done lads.

On Friday, May 29, Slaney Olympic held the first race of their summer league with a one-mile dash on the Old Dublin Road in Enniscorthy.

There for S.B.R. were Brendan Kehoe with a very quick dash of 5.12, Pat Crean who crossed the line in 6.18, and our only female member to compete, Eilish Kehoe, who completed the mile in 6.58. Well done to all.

Their next league race if anybody is interested in giving it a go is on June 19 at 7.30 p.m. at the Still in Enniscorthy.

Husband and wife duo Ger and Mary Doyle competed in the park run in New Ross on Saturday, May 30, in perfect running conditions with both claiming victory. Ger was first male home in a time of 18.13 while Mary claimed first female with a time of 22.04. James Boland crossed the line to claim second place in 19.05. Well done to all.

Saturday, May 30, saw Paul Lynch travel to Kilkenny to take part in the Tullaroan half-marathon andhe was the clear winner in a time of 1.17. Great going Paul.

On Sunday, May 31, S.B.R. were well represented at the local Pearse Road 6k run in Enniscorthy. Tommy McElwaine crossed the line for second place in a time of 21.50. Others running well for the club were Josh Hogan 22.24, Ian McQuillan 25.47, Belinda Kehoe 28.00, Annette Guinan 32.23, Orla McFadden 32.41 and Stephen Tyrrell 36.37.

Annette Guinan also won a spot prize for her efforts. Full results are on the Pearse Road 6k Facebook page.

Bank Holiday Monday saw the Cork City marathon and half-marathon take place in very wet and windy conditions but that didn't deter S.B.R's Tom Hogan who claimed a fifth place finish in the marathon with a time of 2.32. Well done Tom.

Marie Cullen ran the half-marathon and completed the course in 1.59.

Don't forget the Mick Murphy Memorial four-mile road race and fun run on Saturday, June 13, at 5 p.m. A great evening's entertainment is in store in a fantastic atmosphere. There's a souvenir t-shirt for the first 200 registered as well as cash prizes, and it's suitable for all. Get entering at


Well done to Pat Foley, Dee Fortune and Michael Byrne who took part in the I.M.R.A. race on Scarr last week. Fantastic results were recorded with Dee finishing first in her category. Pat was also first in his category and fifth overall.

Pat also had a great run in Aughrim last Saturday morning at Run the Rock. It was a challenging 11k course with the first 3k uphill, so well done to Pat on finishing fourth.

Congratulations to the lads who represented the club in the county half-marathon in Enniscorthy on Sunday. Personal bests were recorded all round so it was a very proud day for the club.

Andre van Barneveld was the first Croghan athlete to pass the finish line, clocking a time of 1.24.48, with Keith O'Shea (1.30.18) and Mark McGrath (1.30.27) also running strongly.

Coolgreany is the place to be on Sunday, June 28, with a fun-filled afternoon for all the family. The afternoon will kick off with a 6k fun run at 1 p.m. (registration at 12.15 p.m.).

The race will start at Coolgreany school, taking in a fantastic route out by Knockgreany, through Ballyfad Woods, out at Gurteen and back up through the village.

The entry fee is €10 for adults (which includes refreshments afterwards and entry to the field day).

Trophies and prizes are up for grabs. There will be children's races in the field afterwards with a chance to try out our new long jump and shot putt facilities.

Afterwards, in Coolgreany community field there will a field day with plenty of stalls - cakes, books, bric-a-bric, teas/coffees, barbeque. There will be children's races (with medals for all), novelty events and a bouncy castle.

This promises to be a fantastic day out so please come along to support the school, the athletics club and enjoy the afternoon.


Slaney Olympic's annual Strawberry half-marathon and five-mile race was held on Sunday on a beautiful day which made running conditions for all excellent.

A large turn-out of almost 400 runners took to the roads around Enniscorthy and the first man home for our club was 'Farmer' Monaghan in 1.17.20 while the first lady home for Slaney was Karen Murphy in 1.43.30. This was also the county half-marathon road race, and S.B.R. won gold while Slaney won silver.

In the five-mile race, Emily O'Connor continued her winning ways, coming home in 33.33, and first man home for the club was Pat Codd in 32.35. Sabina Sweeney was also first lady home, winning the 0ver-40 category.

Many thanks to all club members who came out and supported this great event by running or helping out Full results can be found on

Slaney Olympic's Dee Boland was the organiser of the Wexford marathon which began along the Quay in Wexford and headed out towards Forth Mountain and on to Taghmon and back. Mick Morrissey was the first clubman home in 3.22.45 and Marie Chapman was first lady home in 3.44.11.

Results: Mick Morrissey 3.22.45, Marie Chapman 3.4.11, Mag Balfe 4.15.02, Ger Dempsey 4.30.57, Mag Sludds 4.30.57, Jean Mernagh 4.35.26, Annis Kehoe 4.46.06.

Karen Tull and Regina Angulin took part in the women's mini-marathon in Dublin on Bank Holiday Monday. Karen finished in a P.B. of 54.19 and Regina in a P.B. of 49.18. Well done girls, great running.

'Farmer' was in action on Friday night in a 5k road race in Monageer winning in 16.46. Well done 'Farmer' on a great way to start the weekend.


Enniscorthy Hockey Club are looking for men and women of all playing abilities to join the club and to start playing hockey.

If you are interested in picking up hockey for the first time or if you haven't played in a while and want to get back out on the pitch, why not join us this summer in the Astro Active Centre, Bellefield.

Free hockey sessions are taken by Donal Doyle on Fridays from 8-9 p.m., June 12, 19 and 26, July 3 and 10, August 7, 14, 21 and 28.

If you have any questions, e-mail, call Irene on 087-7937314 or visit


Gorey J1s will play in the top tier of Leinster Junior rugby next season following their promotion to Division 1A.

As part of the build-up to the start of the new season, the J1s' Senior coach, Phil Horan, will host an open night to outline his plans for the season itself and also the pre-season preparations.

Gorey R.F.C. Seniors would love to see a big turn-out for this event, especially from:

former Gorey R.F.C. minis and youth players who lost links with the club, maybe due to work or education commitments elsewhere, who are now back in the area; players who have played their club rugby elsewhere but have yet to make it up to Clonattin to train and play with Gorey; lads who have never played rugby at all but are keen to give it a go.

The event kicks off at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16, and all are welcome. Further details will be on the Gorey R.F.C. Facebook page.

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