Friday 20 September 2019

Club Call



Well done to all the Juvenile Striders who were competing for their various parishes in the Community Games. With only the county winners advancing on to the national event, we will have an incredible eight athletes present - Ronan Shannon, gold Under-8 60m; Caolan Costello, gold Under-11 200m; Aidan Shannon, gold Under-12 600m; Aaron Browne, gold Under-14 100m; Joshua Hewlett, gold Under-14 javelin; Rebecca Bawden, gold Under-16 1,500m; Elaina Browne, gold Under-16 7k marathon; and Aoife Muldoon, gold Under-16 200m.

Congratulations to all the other Striders who performed brilliantly, many winning medals - Eoin Shannon, Cosmo Hewlett, Myles Hewlett, Louise Doyle, Cheyanne O'Farrell-Molloy, Isabel Bawden, Ben Myers, Leah Myers, Clodagh Foran, Aisling Ryan, Lucy Power, Oisín O hEochaigh, Aoife Ní hEochaigh, Ciarán McCarthy Donacha McCarthy and Erinn Shannon.

Well done all. The week got even better for Joshua Hewlett when he retained his county title, taking Under-15 javelin gold.

The Senior Striders were also in action, with Luke Butler, Karina Lillis, Aine Cullen and Sinéad McCarthy participating in the Wexford field events. Continuing her great form from the Leinster championship, Sinéad again won medals, this time in the javelin and discus events.

There was more success at the Pink Rock 10k event, with John McGrath, Ted Flannelly and Eathan Anderson all winning their categories and the men's team of John McGrath, Seén Murphy, Ted Flannelly and Pat O'Callaghan also winning.

There was impressive running also from David Byrne and Lala Murphy, coming in under 40 minutes, and John Kent, Denis O'Brien, Martin Kehoe, Mick O'Gorman, Colm Stafford, Donagh Minihan, Catherine Ronan, Kathleen Flannelly, Alison Murphy, Kitty Quigley, Barbara Donovan and Mick Fottrell.

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Results for June 16 - Senior: St. Leonard's 3, Doyle's 1; Tallaught 2, Taylorstown 3; Saltmills 3, Clonmines 1; Junior: Power's 3, Morrissey's 1; Mary Jo's 4, Micko's 'B' 0.

Fixtures for June 23 - Senior: Taylorstown v. St. Leonards; Saltmills v. Tallaught; Frank Jordan's v. Clonmines; Junior: Micko's 'A' v. Mary Jo's; Gusserane v. Power's.


After months of planning and preparation, the Pink Rock 10 km. organised by St. Joseph's Athletic Club was a resounding success with almost 300 runners and walkers testing themselves over the new course beside the River Barrow bathed in Mediterranean-like sunshine.

With athletes drawn from clubs throughout the south-east and further afield, the race, now in its fourth year, has firmly established itself on the road racing calendar.

The race winner was Brian Kirwan, St. Laurence O'Toole's, Carlow in a time of 32.34. Second and third across the line were Tom Hogan and Myles Gibbons, both S.B.R. Norah Newcombe, Mayo A.C. was first woman across the line in a time of 37.25, with Sharon Cleere second and Donna Dowling of Kilkenny City Harriers third.

The Junior women's race was won by Maeve O'Connor, Thomastown A.C. with Ethan Anderson, United Striders A.C. winning the Junior men's battle. Stephanie Johnston was first lady Over-40 with John McGrath of United Striders A.C. first Over-40 male.

Ted Flannelly of United Striders A.C. was first Over-45 with Ger Maloney of St. Paul's first Over-50 and Con Kelliher, Waterford A.C. winning the Over-60 category. Sharon Flynn of W.A.C. was first home in the women's Over-45 race with Bridget O'Flynn first in the Over-50 category.

Winners of the women's team category were Kilkenny City Harriers, with Gowran A.C. winning the male team prize. In the county 10 km. championship run in conjunction with the race, St. Joseph's Elaine O'Donovan was second finisher and led the club team to silver medals.

The following St. Joseph's athletes completed in the ladies' race: Elaine O'Donovan, Caroline Mullally, Siobhán Mullally, Mairéad O'Donovan, Siobhán O'Leary, Mary McDonald, Eva Richardson, Mary Doolan, Fiona Doolan and Tracey Malone.

The men's team also finished in second place led home by Joe Rossiter. Also competing were Michael Ryan, Paul Sheehan, Patrick Bookle, David Lanigan, John Richardson, Stephen O'Connor, John Joe Lawlor, Rocky Mernagh and Chris McNamara.

A huge thank you is due to the army of club volunteers who helped with a huge organisational task, and the club members who planned the event for months. A special thank you also to all the local businesses who sponsored the event.

The star performers for St. Joseph's at the Leinster track and field championships in Tullamore on June 20 and 21 were Sophie Becker who won the girls' Under-19 400 metres title and Shane Power who won the Under-18 pole vault.

Sarah Lawlor also had a very successful championships, finishing second in the Under-17 long jump and third in the triple jump. She was also a member the Kilkenny team which finished second in the girls' Under-17 inter-county relay.

Paul Manning finished third in the boys' Under-18 800m and also competing with distinction but outside the medals were Darragh McDonald, Mia Griffin, Alex Hughes and Oisín Griffin.


The Wexford Kung Fu and Kickboxing Centre hosted a sponsored sparring session in aid of the club members who have qualified to represent Ireland at the upcoming world kickboxing championships this November.

The event, held at Image Health Studios, was attended by both Junior and Senior club members who took part in a two-hour sparring session. All proceeds raised go directly to club members Dale White, Rebecca Rowe, Mark Rowe, Anna Nolan and Michelle Casserly who will fight for Ireland in Florida, U.S.A. this year as part of the Irish kickboxing team.

The next fundraiser will be a little less strenuous as the club are holding a barbeque in the Wexford Boat Club on July 18 with live music and D.J. Tickets are available from Image Health Studios or any club member.


All in Wexford Kettlebell Club are delighted this week to be sending three of our young lifters to Lithuania to compete in the European Junior Kettlebell lifting competition for the very first time.

Becca Dowdall, Megan Lane and Brendan Smith are all 15-year-old students from the Loreto, Presentation and C.B.S. secondary schools.

These young lifters earned their places on the Irish squad after competing in and winning their respective lifts at our nationals in February, and they have been training since then.

Becca and Megan will be lifting a 12 kg. and 16 kg. kettlebell in the snatch discipline, and Brendan will be lifting 2 x 16 kg. in the long cycle event. They will join four other athletes from Ireland and will be travelling out on Thursday to Lithuania with their families and coaches. It is the end of a long road for these children, and their efforts on and off the kettlebell platforms are to be applauded.

They organised bake sales in their schools, a teenage disco in the gym and non-uniform days in their previous primary schools. A huge push was given by the children, and the support given by their parents, principals and school friends has been incredible. Every penny raised was invaluable in helping to offset the cost of the event.

A very special thank you has to be given to Eoin Healy who was D.J. for the teenage disco and gave his time and skills for free, and to the principals of all three secondary schools and primary schools for allowing the fundraising events and making them a huge success. We wish them the very best of luck and look forward to hearing their results from Mick Kelly (coach) next week.

Fundraising is for us, as for many other clubs, a crucial part of what we do throughout the year in order to help offset the cost of such competitions, whether it's to buy team tracksuits (for our new Irish squad members) or help to pay for buses travelling to other competitions in Ireland or new equipment such as kettlebells etc.

But we are so thankful for everyone's efforts in the club in helping these ideas come to fruition. A now annual table quiz was held last month in The Farmer's Kitchen. Huge thanks to everyone who attended and the winners who graciously handed back the first prize of €100, and everyone who donated and bought raffle tickets.

Again a special thanks to club members Alison Murphy, who organised it, and Marian Roberts, who was our lady with the questions.

Our weekly lotto is proving a great success with Susan Bradley, Geraldine Dunne and Diane Leniston all buying some lucky (match three) winning tickets from our members. Tickets are on sale from reception at only €1.50 and the jackpot now stands at €5,400. Will everyone please take a book and make sure they're returned by the following Monday evening?

Wexford Kettlebell Club members had a five-minute competition up in Monaghan three weeks ago with new members showing off their new skills and the older athletes stepping up weights, getting new PB's and bringing home some well-deserved trophies.

Selina Morrin achieved 69 reps (bronze) with the 24 kg kettlebell in the snatch discipline, only the second member of the club to achieve these numbers as a professional lifter. Well done Selina!

Upcoming competitions beyond Lithuania are Darlington, England on July 18 where eight-nine members of our club will be representing Wexford. The European Championships are on a week later in Bulgaria and a smaller number will be travelling for this five-day event.

Months and months of training has been put in for these competitions and members will be looking forward to finally getting their ten minutes on the platform and lifting their bells! The 'Cup of Ireland' is coming upon us again, so a new training schedule is on the board in the gym.

Training is every Mondayfrom 6-7 p.m., Wednesday from 7.30-9 p.m., and Friday from 6-8 p.m., with the Junior kettlebell club every Saturday at 10 a.m. New members are welcome at any time, all fitness levels are catered for, and it's suitable for boys and girls young or old.


Wexford Wanderers went down to a heavy defeat at the hands of North Kildare in the first round of the Wallace Cup at Kilcock on Saturday. This game was always going to be a challenging prospect as the opposition play three Leinster League divisions higher than Wexford, and to make matters even more difficult, Wanderers were without a number of regular first teamers.

Wexford batted first but were up against a powerful bowling attack. Opener Niall Honohan batted doggedly for 18 runs and skipper Tony Murray hit a more expansive 36 as the team was all out for 111 runs. Dylan Redmond played the shot of the day, driving the ball over the bowler's head for a splendid boundary.

In reply, North Kildare were always in command and comfortably reached their target for the loss of just two wickets with plenty of overs to spare. Khurram Shahzad made his first appearance for the club and we hope to see him turn out regularly for the team over the summer.

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It's been quite an exciting time for many of our young athletes these past few days with memories and medals.

The weekend of competitions started on Friday with the Tailteann Games at Morton Stadium, Santry. There was a brilliant result for Kathlyn Furlong who improved upon last year's result by winning silver in the hammer. Following this Kathlyn will be part of the Irish schools team to compete in an international competition in Scotland.

Saturday and Sunday saw the Under-14s to Under-19s competing in the Athletics Leinster Juvenile championships in Tullamore. There was further success for Kathlyn in the Under-17 hammer where she won gold in style with a new championship record.

This is the fourth year running that Kathlyn has won gold while throwing a record in the Leinsters! She also did well in the shot putt, winning bronze.

In the Under-18 javelin, Peter O'Shea was also in fine form, throwing a massive 50.50m to take the title; this is his third year as Leinster javelin champion.

Shane Parle came second in the high jump with 1.75m and Sarah Mc Redmond also won silver in the discus. And there was a great result for Matthew McRedmond, finishing fourth in the Under-16 discus.

Adam Kehoe made his first trip to the Leinsters and went extremely well in the 200m and discus. Also competing for their first time at this level were Conor Brennan who came fifth in the high jump and Adam Peilow who finished fifth in his sprint heat.

Well done to athletes and coaches involved for such a successful championships and best of luck in the All-Irelands in July!

Last Wednesday we hosted the D.M.P. Wexford Bus inter-schools challenge and what a day it was. The weather helped but was quickly surpassed by the atmosphere which was nothing short of electric.

Four schools competed for the title: Piercestown, Murrintown, Gaelscoil and St. Iberius National Schools.

Some very close battles were fought on the track and in the field events. The victor in the end and retaining the title was Murrintown National School.

A big well done to all the schools, teachers and students.

Thanks to Wexford Bus for the continued sponsorship and a special thank you to many of our teenage club members who helped out.

At the Bertie Quinn Irish Milers Club Meet in Tullamore on June 6, Ciara Wilson had another great 1,500m race, finishing second and equaling her P.B. for the third time with 4.47.56. Ciara is showing great form and we wish her continued success.


Gorey Celtic F.C. are looking for head coaches, managers and assistants in the Senior section for 2015-'16.

The head coach role involves organising and running training sessions for the Senior players and managing the Division 1 side on Sundays. All positions are voluntary.

We will have two senior teams competing in Divisions 1 and 4 of the Wexford Football League. If interested contact Brian Maher (087-2995569).

We have a number of slots available on our astro-turf pitches at the great summer rate of €4 per person per hour. Contact Nicky Murphy on 087-2721675 for bookings and enquiries.

Our Summer Soccer School, for boys and girls aged 6-14, takes place from Monday, August 24, to Friday, August 28 and costs €65 (Incudes kit, backpack and football) for five days of great fun from 10.30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

Places are filling up fast, so don't be disappointed. Book now on


Two Slaney Sharks made their way to the National Aquatic Centre on June 7 for the long course gala. Swimming in the 50m pool, the daring duo of Abi Cullen and Holly Furlong gained podium finishes and personal bests. Coach Liam Murphy was very pleased with the results.

Abi Cullen, aged nine, took part in five swims. Abi took the silver medal competing for the first time in the girls ten and under 200m individual medley in a time of 3.55.82. Abi then smashed her records in the 200m breaststroke, 4.25.98 (-10.45) and the 200m freestyle, 3.21.10 (-10.59), incredibly strong swims.

Abi also competed for the first time in the backstroke, 1.49.25, and the girls' 50m breaststroke, 58.66.

Holly Furlong, aged ten, took part in four swims. Holly put in a record-breaking performance in the girls ten and under 200m freestyle to take the bronze medal in 2.58.24 (-9.45). Holly again swam a new personal best time in the 200m breaststroke, 3.57.32 (-14.56).

Holly competed for the first time in the 100m backstroke, 1.36.06, and the girls' 50m breaststroke, 53.15.


The Anne Roice memorial tournament will be held at Gorey Tennis Club on Friday, June 26, at 7.30 p.m.

A barbeque will follow the competition at 9 p.m. The tournament is open to members only but both members and friends are invited to the barbeque. The cost is €10.


Wexford League Division 1: Woodsmen, nine points; Doran's Bridge 'A', eight points; Monart 'A', four points.

Division 2: Vinegar Hill, six points; Monart 'B', six points; The Ballagh, six points; Curracloe, six points; Doran's Bridge, two points.

Curracloe and Monart 'B' have one extra game uncompleted.

Wexford County Board will be holding a dance, open to everyone, on Friday, July 10.

The band, 'No Hassle', will be playing. Everyone is welcome!

There will be a Wexford County Board meeting in Ferns this Friday at 8 p.m.

Wexford People