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Record numbers revel in Brother Sunshine

A truly fantastic autumnal day greeted the young athletes competing in today’s Brother Schools Cross County held in Santry Demesne hosted by Clonliffe Harriers. The event drew record numbers of competitors exceeding 2000 young athletes from schools all over Leinster and beyond.  It proves that cross country is very much alive and kicking and events like this are thoroughly enjoyed by the young athletes competing and is a great introduction to our sport.

For the first time there were four primary school races included in the programme, previously there had been two such races. This proved to be a huge hit as nearly 1000 primary school athletes competed in these races, an average of 250 per race.

What a spectacle it proved to be as at 12 noon the 5th class primary schools race was set on its way by the starter Peter McDermott.  A huge field in this race was led home in fine style by Hannah O’Brien of Carysfort National School.  In 2nd place was Tessa Lambe of St. Vincent de Paul with Anna Carney of Mount Anville 3rd.  Anna led home her Mount Anville teammates to a fine win in the team race with Vincent de Paul 2nd and Mary Help of Christians 3rd.

Harry Paige of St. Fiacra’s led the Fiacra’s one two as Alex Sheridan finished 2nd behind him with St. Fiacra’s taking team silver.  3rd place was Jonathan Fitzsimons of host club Clonliffe Harriers.  In the team event local school the Holy Child Larkhill were 1st on 39 points from St. Fiacra’s 2nd and St. Joseph’s Terenure 3rd.

There was another huge field lining up then for the primary school 6th class girls race of in excess of 200 young athletes competing over 1000 metres.  Sophie Quinn of St. Andrew’s Ashbourne was the winner of this race as she led her team to gold from Ava Lambe, St. Vincent de Paul 2nd and Lara Phipps of St. Fiacra’s 3rd.

The final primary school race of the day saw the biggest field of the day with 260 plus starters. After a tremendous race Padraic Spillane was the winner from Joe Fogarty of St. John Bosco 2nd and Adam Murphy 3rd.  in the team event St. Brigid’s again prevailed successfully defending their title from the previous year on a magnificent 37 points from first timers at the Brother Cross Country Scoil Mhuire Marino, Griffth Avenue Marino, 2nd on 89 points and John Bosco 3rd on 98 points.

The secondary school programme commenced at precisely 1 o’clock, the event running like clockwork. Again huge numbers in the younger age groups, the minor girls competing over 1000 metres got proceedings underway with one of the biggest fields of the day, an outstanding 264 athletes, all successfully negotiated the inner loop of Santry Demesne with Mount Sackville’s Sadhbh Mohan prevailing from Zoe Sarrigan of Presentation College Carlow 2nd and Lily-Mae Craig of St. Raphael’s 3rd.  St. Dominic’s College Cabra won the school event on 57 points from Muckross 2nd on 80 and Holy Child Killiney 3rd on 89.

Next up were the minor boys, another 200 plus starters getting the secondary school boys programme underway. A very strong winner in this race was Morgan Clarkson of Colaiste Eoin who was well clear of the field to finish, chased home by Adam Condon of Ard Scoil Ris and Dillan Paisley (St. Aidan’s) 3rd.  in the team event Castleknock Community College were 1st with St. Aidan’s 2nd and Ard Scoil Ris 3rd.

The Junior Girls race again had a substantial field competing, in excess of 150 in this particular race. The junior girls raced over 1500 metres taking in the loop and walled garden section of Santry Demesne.  The winner of this was Corrin Kenny chased home by St. Dominic’s College pairing Claire Murphy and Sarah Byrne.  In the team event the Dominican College were 1st with Dominic’s 2nd and Colaiste Iosagain 3rd.

The Junior Boys 2000 metre race was won by Sean Donoghue of St. Declan’s, Peter Duffy was 2nd and Darragh Carter, a young Clonliffe Harrier after a fine race was 3rd.  The red and white of St. Aidan’s prevailed in the team event from St. Malachy’s of Belfast and Colaiste Eoin 3rd.

The Inter Girls race brought success for Jennifer McAdams of Holy Family with Grace Dervan 2nd and Roisin Treacy of St. Gerard’s Bray 3rd.  Castleknock took the team honours.

The Inter Boys race was led all the way by Craig Giles who was the class of the field. Craig was majestic over the 3000 metres and pulled away from the 1000 metre mark, there was a good inter school battle between St. Aidan’s teammates Cian Bolger who finished 2nd and Daniel Lacy 3rd, the top three positions all covered by Clonliffe Harrier athletes.  In the team event St. Malachy’s of Belfast prevailed over St. Aidan’s with Belvedere 3rd.

The Senior Girls raced over 2000 metres, Lauren Tinkler of Holy Family was 1st with Ailish Murtagh of Holy Faith 2nd and Alannah Cooley of Dominican’s 3rd.  There was only team entered in this race Muckross who obviously took the team honours.

The Senior Boys race concluded the programme, always a keenly contested affair on the individual and team fronts. Sean O’Leary was the class of the field for St. Aidan’s as he led home Rathmore Grammar School pairing Christy Conlon and Eoin McCann 2nd and 3rd.  Rathmore Grammar School prevailed over St. Aidan’s in the team competition winning on 34 points from St. Aidan’s on 50 and Ard Scoil Ris 3rd on 76.

In the battle for overall the best girls school was St. Dominic’s College Cabra, the best boys school was St. Aidan’s and the best overall secondary school was St. Aidan’s courtesy of a win and three 2nd places.

The best boys primary school overall was St. Brigid’s Foxrock and the best overall girls primary school was St. Vincent de Paul.

In all an excellent days cross country in Santry. Clonliffe Harriers would like to thank sincerely Brother our most generous sponsor of this event, Fingal County Council for the use of the beautiful Santry Demesne, the staff at Morton Stadium, St. John’s Ambulance, the volunteers who came out on the day and all of the athletes and their teachers for making this a truly memorable affair.

In a few short years this event has grown from a starting point of some 750 athletes to now in excess of 2000 athletes. Long may it continue to grow.


Primary Schools

5th Class Girls:

1 Hannah O’Brien, Carysfort NS,2 Tessa Lambe, St. Vincent de Paul, 3 Anna Carney, Mount Anville

Teams: 1 Mount Anville – 50 points, 2 Vincent de Paul – 83 points, 3 Mary Help of Christians – 66 points

6th Class:

1 Sophie Quinn, St. Andrew’s Ashbourne, 2 Ava Lambe, Vincent de Paul, 3 Lara Phipps, St. Fiacra’s

Teams: 1 St. Andrew’s Ashbourne – 38 points, 2 St. Fiacra’s – 57 points, 3 Vincent de Paul – 81 points

5th Class Boys:

1 Harry Paige, St. Fiacra’s, 2 Alex Sheridan, St. Fiacra’s, 3 Jonathan Fitzsimons


1 Holy Child Larkhill – 39 points, 2 St. Fiacra’s – 64 points, 3 St. Joseph’s Terenure – 67 points

6th Class Boys:

1 Padraig Spillane, 2 Joe Fogarty, John Bosco, 3 Adam Murphy, Scoil Mhuire Griffith Avenue


1 St. Brigid’s 37 points, 2 Scoil Mhuire, Marino – 89 points, 3 St. John Bosco -98 points

Secondary School Girls:

Minor Girls

1 Sadhbh Mohan, Mount Sackville, 2 Zoe Sarrigan, Presentation College Carlow, 3 Lily-Mae Craig, St. Raphael’s

Teams: 1 St. Dominic’s College Cabra – 57 points, 2 Muckross – 80 points, 3 Holy Child Killiney – 89 points

Junior Girls:

1 Corrin Kenny, 2 Claire Murphy, St. Dominic’s College, 3 Sarah Byrne, St. Dominic’s College Cabra


1 Dominican College – 37 points, 2 St. Dominic’s College – 61 points, 3 Colaiste Iosagain – 76 points

Intermediate Girls:

1 Jennifer McAdams, Holy Family, 2 Grace Dervan, 3 Roisin Treacy, St. Gerard’s Bray


1 Castleknock Community College – 50 points, 2 Holy Family – 86 points, 3 St. Dominic’s College – 93 points

Senior Girls:

1 Lauren Tinkler, Holy Family, 2 Ailish Murtagh, Holy Faith, 3 Alannah Cooley, Dominican College

Teams: 1 Muckross Park – 41 points

Secondary School Boys:


1 Morgan Clarkson, Colaiste Eoin, 2 Adam Condon, Ard Scoil Ris, 3 Dillan Paisley, St. Aidan’s


1 Castleknock Community College – 44 points, 2 St. Aidan’s – 47 points, 3 Ard Scoil Ris – 84 points


1 Sean Donoghue, St. Declan’s,2 Peter Duffy, 3 Darragh Carter


1 St. Aidan’s – 44 points, 2 St. Malachy’s – 55 points, 3 Colaiste Eoin – 79 points

Inter Boys:

1 Craig Giles, Portmarnock, 2 Cian Bolger, St. Aidan’s, 3 Daniel Lacy, St. Aidan’s


1 St. Malachy’s – 25 points, 2 St. Aidan’s – 38 points, 3 Belvedere College – 57 points

Senior Boys

1 Sean O’Leary, St. Aidan’s, 2 Christy Conlon, Rathmore Grammar School, 3 Eoin McCann, Rathmore Grammar School


1 Rathmore Grammar School – 34 points, 2 St. Aidan’s – 80 points, 3 Ard Scoil Ris – 76 points

Best Girls Secondary School – St. Dominic’s College Cabra

Best Boys Secondary School – St. Aidan’s CBS

Best overall – St. Aidan’s CBS

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Tomorrow: Brother Schools Cross Country Final Instructions (please read!)

Tomorrow, Wednesday the 5th sees the annual Brother Schools Cross Country taking place in Santry Demesne Parkland at the rear of the Morton Stadium Santry with a 12 noon start for primary schools followed by the secondary school programme at 1 p.m. Entry is now closed and no further entries can be accepted (except for individuals). Please note no schools entries on the day. Clonliffe Harriers are indebted to our generous sponsor Brother, Fingal County Council for use of the park, St. John’s Ambulance, An Garda Siochana and the men and ladies of Clonliffe Harriers who are giving freely, voluntarily and generously of their time on the day.

Course builders to meet in the stadium at 8.00am. Check in team to meet at 10.45am. Officials/marshals meet for briefing at 11.00am in clubhouse. All to be in position by 11.30am. Anyone prepared to help on the day most welcome indeed!


Date: Wednesday 5th of October 2016 – hail, rain or shine

Venue: Santry Demesne Parkland at the rear of the Morton Stadium Santry

Parking: Morton Stadium Santry

Buses/coaches must park at the Clonliffe Harriers end of the stadium via gate number 3. Please note under no circumstances can coaches stop to allow passengers to alight before they park in the stadium. An Garda Siochana have specifically prohibited the unloading of passengers on the Swords Road. This is a dangerous practice and on health and safety grounds cannot be allowed to take place. Schools are specifically requested to instruct the driver of your bus that he must come into the stadium and park the bus before allowing passengers alight. Regrettably if your school does not follow this specific instruction we will have to sanction your school and not allow your athletes take part in the event.

Check in: No school that has not already entered can be permitted to enter on the day. You have already entered and, therefore, all is required is one representative from you school to go into the Clonliffe Harriers clubhouse and to collect your envelope with your schools name on it. If there are any outstanding fees to be paid they should be paid at this stage.

Check in time: Primary Schools – 10.45 to 11.30 a.m. Secondary schools – 11.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

Race numbers: In the envelope given to you, you will find a sticker with your school identification number on this. This must be struck to the FRONT of your athletes running vest/t-shirt.

Individuals: Any individuals whose school are not taking part in the event may enter and run as individuals. It is simply a matter of an individual arriving and giving their name and paying an individual entry fee of €3.00. You will be given an individual identification number which should be fixed to the front of your running vest/t-shirt.

Toilet facilities: Are located under the stand at the Clonliffe side of the stadium. Toilets may also be accessed at the main reception area of the stadium. Please note, however, that the indoor section to the stadium is closed.

The Track: The track must not be encroached upon by anyone either athletes or spectators. This is to protect the track surface which will suffer severe and permanent damage if someone wearing cross country spikes decides to run on the track. The track is closed. Please ensure that your athletes are advised that they are not permitted on the track.

Venue: Via Morton Stadium, please use the gate at the 100 metres startline at the Phoenix Monument.


Primary Schools:

12.00 5th class girls 1000m (1 small lap)

12.15 5th class boys 1000m (1 small lap)

12.30 6th class girls 1000m (1 small lap)

12.45 6th class boys 1000m (1 small lap)

Secondary Schools:

1.00 Minor Girls 1000m (1 small lap)

1.15 Minor Boys 1500m (1 big lap)

1.30 Junior Girls 1500m (1 big lap)

1.45 Junior Boys 2000m (2 small laps)

2.00 Inter Girls 2000m (2 small laps)

2.15 Inter Boys 3000m (2 big laps)

2.35 Senior Girls 2000m (2 small laps)

2.50 Senior Boys 4500m (3 big laps)

Awards: First three individuals in each race the presentation will be made immediately after each race.

Team Awards: First three in each race. A team is made up by the combined finishing positions of the first four athletes to finish with the team with the lowest score winning. In the event of there being a tie the winner will be declared on the basis of the highest finish of the fourth scoring athlete from the tying schools. A team can be up to 20 athletes, however, please note that there are only ten sets of team medals available for 1st, 2nd and 3rd teams.

T-shirt: The Brother souvenir t-shirt will be presented to all athletes at the finish of each race. In the event of there being insufficient t-shirts we will make arrangements to have additional t-shirts made.

Best Schools: Brother will make arrangements to make a presentation of a piece of Brother office equipment to the best boys primary school, best girls primary school, best boys secondary school and best girls secondary school. In addition the Lar O’Byrne Memorial Perpetual Trophy will be presented to the best overall secondary school.

Results: A race report together with photographs will be published on the Clonliffe Harriers website the day after the event. The top three individuals in each race will appear on the website together with the top three teams. Please note that results will not be recorded for all finishers as this is an impossibility to do.

Litter: We implore schools to bring their rubbish home with them. Please bring a rubbish sack and appoint someone to be responsible. The volunteers will be at the event from 8 a.m. in the morning and it is wholly unfair that when darkness is falling they are still out there picking up rubbish left behind by schools. This has been a perennial problem and we appeal to all schools to ensure that it is not repeated again this year. Please assist and co-operate on this vital point.

Health & Safety: Please obey the instructions of all marshals at the venue, marshals will be clearly identifiable as they will be wearing high vis vests.

Medical Emergencies: St. John’s Ambulance will be in attendance.

Finally: We look forward to seeing you at the event and wish you and your athlete and excellent day of sport with us in Clonliffe Harriers.

Course Map:



2,000 athletes for Brother Cross Country!

Entry has now closed for Wednesday`s Brother Schools Cross Country. Cross Country is alive and kicking with record numbers entered by schools from all over Dublin and beyond, with some 2,000 young athletes set to race.

This year sees for the first time 4 primary schools races on the programme, 5th and 6th classes for both girls and boys. These have proven to be extremely popular with 350 boys and 450 girls entered. Back once again are the boys of St. Brigids Foxrock, St. John Bosco , Holy Child Larkhill, The girls from Mary Help of Christians and first timers Scoil Mhuire Marino and Swords Educate Together to name just a few.

In the secondary school ranks on the girls side Colaiste Iosagain, Our Lady of Mercy, St. Dominics, Holy Faith and no less than three Loreto Colleges will do battle. While the boys will include local Clonliffe breeding ground St. Aidans CBS, Belverdere College, Fintan`s Sutton and defending Best Overall School from Belfast St. Malachys. The secondary schools have 4 races each for boys and girls.

Although entry is closed, individuals who`s school are not competing may enter of the day at the Clonliffe Hall (€3.00) from 10.45am.

With the numbers entered plenty of help is clearly required. If you haven`t already signed up text 0879599888. Wednesday your club needs you.

Final instructions for schools will be posted here on Monday.

Brother Schools Cross Country get your school entry in now.

The Brother Clonliffe Schools Cross Country will take place in Santry Demesne Parkland at the rear of the Morton Stadium, Santry, in a little over two weeks time: Wednesday October 5th. For the 8th successive year Brother will sponsor the event, meaning that all in the event will receive a souvenir t shirt .


The event is open to schools strictly by invitation. Invitations have at this stage issued to schools who have previously competed. For schools that have received an invitation please complete the entry form and get it back to us asap. If your school would like to compete in the event please e-mail the Race Director Noel Guiden at for further details and for an invitation. Individuals may just entry on the day but team entries need to pre enter by September 30th.

This year the primary schools race is split into 2 races each for girls and boys: 5th and 6th classes. The secondary schools races will be for all age groupings. As this is the opening race of the 2016 cross country season race distances have been adjusted down.

The Race distances and timetable is:

Primary Schools:

12.00  5th  Class girls 1000M (1 small lap)

12.15  5th Class boys 1000M (1 small lap)

12.30  6th Class girls  1000M (1 small lap)

12.45  6th Class boys  1000M (1small lap)

Secondary Schools:

1.00  Minor girls 1000M (1 small lap)

1.15  Minor boys 1500M (1 Big lap)

1.30  Junior girls  1500M (1 big lap)

1.45  Junior boys  2000M (2 small laps)

2.00  Inter girls 2000M (2 small laps)

2.15  Inter boys  3000M (2 big laps)

2.35  Senior girls  2000M (2 small laps)

2.50  Senior boys  4,500M (3 big laps)

Clonliffe Harriers are indebted to our sponsor Brother for their generous support of this event and also to Fingal County Council for their assistance and co-operation with the continued use of the beautiful parkland that is Santry Demesne. Clonliffe are also extremely grateful to Morton Stadium for allowing use of the Stadium facilities for the event.

Any club member or parent of a club member able to help out on the day please e mail or text 0879599888.

Malachys top of the class at Brother Schools Cross Country

St. Malachy`s College, Belfast came out on top winning the Lar Byrne Memorial Shield for best overall school at a wonderful Brother Schools Invitational Cross Country in Santry Demesne this afternoon. It was a proud day for the school`s coach Joe McAlister who competed on the St. Malachy`s team that won this award back in 1992. Today his lads were in inspired form clocking up a hat trick of team wins : minor, junior and inter, even more impressive was the fact that they didn`t field a senior team, so it was three out of three!

Malachys Brother 2015

(Pictured: Joe McAlister and the St. Malachy`s team winners of Lar Byrne Memorial)

It was a truly wonderful day`s sport. Santry Demesne looked fantastic, thanks as always to Fingal County Council for their assistance and work in the park, bathed in warm autumnal sunshine. The numbers of athletes competing was inspiring. The sight of in excess of 200 primary school`s athletes thundering down the start straight bringing a smile to many faces. All safely making it through the event, all finishing with smiles on their faces and post race the park a sea of Brother T- shirts.

The two primary schools races got the day off to the best possible start. The girls race was won by Emma McDonnell (Corpus Chrisi), providing a home win, Emma is herself a Clonliffe Harrier, in fine style with Antonia Shodiya (Mary Help of Christians) 2nd and Lara Phillips (St. Fiachras) 3rd. Antonia lead the girls of Mary Help of Christains to a successful defence of their team title on 21 points with St. Fiachras 2nd and Mount Anville 3rd. The boys race was possibly even bigger with 250 plus charging around the 1,000m lap, victory went to Denis Sileviskiy leading St. Brigids to another team win, Sean Murray (St. Malachys ) was 2nd with his schools taking team 2nd and Noah Maguire (St. Michaels) 3rd.

At 1.00pm sharp the secondary programme commenced with the minor girls also running over 1,000m and again another huge field in this race lead home by Corrin Kenny. With the girls of Dominican College winning the team race. the boys covered the bigger lap of 1500m and again a great turn out. St. Declan`s College`s Sean Donoghue took this one in fie style from Liam Clancy (Templeogue) with St. Malachy`s Daniel McComiskey 3rd. The team of course went to the Belfast boys, Col Eoin were 2nd and Ard Scoil Ris 3rd.

St. Dominics from the Navan Road dominated the junior girls race taking an excellent team win from Col Isogain 2nd and Holy Child Kiliney 3rd. The race itself won by a superb Roisin Treacy (St. Gerard`s Bray) and by some margin, from Dora Medqyesy (Dominics) and Anna Young (Rathmore) 3rd. Another great race in the junior boys, over 2,500m won by Adam Harvey (Blackrock), 2nd Harley Fox (Presenation College Carlow) and Caolan McKee (Rathmore) 3rd. The team title St. Malachys, Belvedere College 2nd and Blackrock College 3rd.

The distances continued to get longer for the older age groups, however again it is pleasing to report that all managed the distance without too much distress. The inter girls racing 2,500m Sorcha Healy (Holy Child) was 1st, Abbey Taylor (St. Gerards), daughter of former Clonliffe great Dave Taylor, was 2nd and Jodie McCann  (Institute of Ed. ) 3rd. The team honours were taken by the girls from Holy Child Kiliney . The inter boys race featured initially a great four way battle but half way around the 2nd of 2 1500m laps the group was down to three as Alex Hogan (St. Aidans) was cut adrift, at the turn in Daire Flynn of St. Declans took an excellent win, with Conor Halpin (Blackrock) chasing all the way to the line and 3rd Niall Harvey (Presentation College).

Vanessa O`Connor was a popular winner of the senior girl`s race, repeating her win in the Brother race a few years back as a junior, With Orla Walsh (Muckross) 2nd and local Santry and Clonliffe girls Alannah Cooley (Dominican College) 3rd. St. Dominics took another win in this one, and in the process secured the best girls secondary school prize.

The final race of the day was the senior boys 5,000 race, three and a bit laps, and featuring four trips up the dreaded garden wall. After a comfortable opening laps Cathal Doyle (St. Aidans) and Clonliffe stepped on the gas and thereafter his victory was never in doubt, running away from the field to secure a fine win by a large margin. 2nd and 3rd were school teams mates from Rathmore Christy Conlon 2nd and Eoin McCann 3rd. Cathal lead the reigning All Ireland Champions St. Aidans to a comfortable win on 21 points from Col Eoin 47 and Belvedere College 58 points.

So another brilliant Brother Schools Cross Country came to an end, a most enjoyable day. Clonliffe would like to thank the athletes who took part, their schools and coaches, all who officiated on the day, the course builders and in particular our fantastic sponsor Brother.


Primary Schools Boys:

1. Denis Sileviskiy (St. Brigids), 2. Sean Murray (St. Malachys), 3. Noah Maguire (St. Michaels)

Teams: 1. St. Brigids 26, 2. St. Malachys 40, 3rd St. John Bosco 88

Primary Schools Girls:

1. Emma McDonnell (Corpus Christi), 2. Antonia Shodiya (Mary Help of Christains), 3. Lara Phipps (St. Fiachras)

Teams: 1. Mary Help of Christains 21, 2. St. Fiachras 55, 3rd Mount Anville 66

Secondary Schools Boys:

Minor: 1. Sean Donoghue (St. Declans), 2. Liam Clancy (Templeogue), 3. Daniel McComiskey (St. Malachys)

Teams: 1. St. Malachys 37, 2. Col Eoin 60, 3. Ard Scoil Ris 65

Junior: 1. Adam Harvey (Blackrock), 2. Harley Fox (Presentation Carlow), 3. Caolan McKee (Rathmore)

Teams: 1. St Malachys 52, 2. Belvedere 54, 3rd Blackrock 74

Inter: 1. Daire Finn (St. Declans), 2. Conor Halpin (Blackrock), 3. Niall Harvey (Presentation Carlow)

Teams: 1. St. Malachys 40, 2. St. Aidans 49, 3rd Presentation Carlow 54

Senior: 1. Cathal Doyle (St. Aidans), 2nd Christy Conlon (Rathmore), 3. Eoin McCann (Rathmore)

Teams: 1. St. Aidans 21, 2. Col. Eoin 47, 3. Belvedere 58

Secondary Girls:

Minor: 1. Corrin Kinny (Indiv), 2. Emily Whelan (Ardgillan), 3. Claise Murphy (Dominics)

Teams: 1. Dominican College 43, 2. St. Dominics 45, 3. Loreto on the Green 111

Junior: 1. Roisin Treacy (St. Gerards), 2. Dora Medqyesy (Dominics), 3. Anna Young (Rathmore)

Teams: 1. St. Dominics 45, 2. Col. Isogain 79, 3. Holey Child Killiney 86

Inter: 1. Sorcha Healy (Holy Child), 2. Abby Taylor (St. Gerards), 3. Jodie McCann (Indiv)

Teams: 1. Holy Child 50, 2. Rathdown 86, 3. Holy Faith 88

Senior: Vanessa O`Connor (Mount Sackville), 2. Orla Walsh (Muckross), 3. Alannah Cooley (Dominician College)

Teams: 1. St. Dominics 32, 2. Muckross 41, 3. Mount Sackville 89

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Brother Schools Cross Country: Final Instructions

On Wednesday the Brother Schools Cross Country will take place in the picturesque surroundings of Santry Demesne parkland at the rear of the stadium. This event is for the seventh successive year once again generously sponsored by Brother and promises to be a fantastic day`s athletics with a record entry.

Final Instructions:

Date:                 Wednesday, 7th of October 2015 – HAIL, RAIN OR SHINE!!


Venue:            Santry Demesne Parkland at rear of Morton Stadium Santry.


Time:               Primary Schools 12.30 p.m.

Secondary Schools from 1 p.m.


Sponsor:       Brother, Boeing Road, Airways Industrial Estate, Santry, Dublin 17.


Entry Fee:    As previously advised payment on the day at check in Cash or cheque made payable to Clonliffe Harriers.


Parking:        Morton Stadium Santry.  




Check In:    Primary Schools 11.00 – 12.00 p.m. Secondary Schools 11.30 – 12.30 p.m. in the hall located in the Clonliffe Harriers clubhouse. Attached to this you will find a team sheet. Please photocopy this team sheet, please use one team sheet per event. You must fill in the team sheet, we would request that these team sheets be filled in before you arrive in order to save time. You should hand in all of your team sheets together with your entry fee. We would request that only one person from each school come to the check in area either the teacher or coach in charge of the school. On presentation of your team sheets you will be given an envelope which will contain your school identification number. This number must be stuck to the FRONT of your athletes running vest/t-shirt.




Individuals:  Individuals may enter, with the permission of their school, and run as individuals if the school is not entering a team. There are no pre entries for individuals. Individuals must arrive at the check in as above. Individual entry fee of €3.00 is charged and upon payment will be given an individual entry identification number which should be fixed to the front of your racing vest/t-shirt.


Age Groups: The primary schools races are open to anyone in 5th and 6th classes. Please note that the primary school race are mixed classes in that the boys race is for fifth and sixth classes and the girls race is for fifth and sixth classes. There are separate races for boys and girls but only one race each.


Secondary school minor born on or after 1/7/02.


Junior born on or after 1/7/01.


Intermediate born on or after 1/7/99.


Senior born on or after 1/1/97.


(As per Irish Schools Athletes Association rules)


Toilet facilities:           Are located under the stand at the Clonliffe side of the stadium. Toilets are also located at the main reception area at the stadium. Access to the main reception area is through the outside doors.   Please note that the indoor section of the stadium is closed.




Entry to Venue:  Via Morton Stadium. Please use the gate at the 100m start line at the phoenix monument.


12.30pm: Primary School Girls 1000m (1 x 1000m lap)

Primary School Boys 1000m (1 x 1000m lap)


Secondary School Programme from 1 p.m.

  • Minor Girls 1000m (1 x 1000m lap)
  • Minor Boys 1500m (1 x 1500m lap)
  • Junior Girls 2000m (2 x 1000m laps)
  • Junior Boys 2500m (1000m lap plus 1500m lap)
  • Inter Girls 2500m (1 x 1000m lap plus 1 x 1500m lap)
  • Inter Boys 3000m (2 x 1500m lap)
  • Senior Girls 2500m (1 x 1000m lap plus 1 x 1500m lap)
  • Senior Boys 5000m (500 metre from start at walled garden plus 3 x 1500m laps)


Each race will commence immediately upon conclusion of the previous race so please, therefore, ensure that your athletes are warmed up and at the start area well before the completion of the previous race.

School Colours:  If available must be worn. We would also encourage you to bring flags or suchlike to be placed around the course. Supporters are most welcome.

 Awards:  First three individuals in each race – presentation will be made to the individuals immediately after each race.

Team awards: First three in each race.   A team is a minimum of four athletes with a maximum of 20. The team result will be calculated by the addition of the place finishings of the first four athletes from that school and the school with the lowest score will be declared the winner.   In the event of a tie the winner will be decided on the basis of the highest finish of the 4th scoring athlete from the tying schools.   Please note that there is only one team permitted per school per event.   As up to 20 athletes can run, however, please note that there are only eight team medals available per set.

Souvenir T-shirt:    There will be a souvenir T-shirt for all athletes which will be presented at the finish of each race.

Best Schools:   Our sponsor Brother will make arrangements to make a presentation of a piece of Brother office equipment to the best boys primary school, best girls primary school, best boys secondary school and best girls secondary school. In addition the Lar Byrne Memorial Perpetual Trophy will be presented to the best overall secondary school.

Litter:  As we have use of Santry Demesne Parkland thanks to the generosity and co-operation of Fingal County Council we would implore you to appoint an individual/individuals to be responsible for the removal of all litter generated by your athletes. Please bring a sack for litter. Your co-operation in this connection is vital.

Results: A race report together with photographs (by taking part in this race it is assumed that you are consenting to photographs being published – photographs will not identify any individuals) and the team results and top three individual results will appear on on Thursday the 8th of October.

Health and Safety:      Please obey the instructions of all marshals at the venue. Marshals will be clearly identifiable as they will be wearing high vis vests. Please note that on health and safety grounds all athletes must avail of footwear. No athlete is permitted to race barefoot.

Medical Emergencies:  St. John’s Ambulance will be in attendance.

On behalf of Clonliffe Harriers A.C. and our sponsor Brother we would like to thank you sincerely for taking part in the Brother at your side Clonliffe Schools X.C. and we sincerely hope that you and your athletes thoroughly enjoy the day.

Volunteers: With a confirmed entry of some 1500 young athletes Clonliffe appeals to club members and to the parents of club members to please make themselves available to help out on the day. Anyone in a position to officiate or steward on the day is requested to contact Noel Guiden by text to 087 9599 888.



The annual Brother Cross Country was launched today. Clonliffe Harriers are delighted to one again present the Brother Clonliffe Schools Cross Country which for the 7th successive year is sponsored by Brother. The event is open to Primary Schools, 5th and 6th classes, and Secondary Schools and will take place in Santry Demesne Parkland at the rear of the Morton Stadium, Santry, on Wednesday October 7th.

The timetable and race distances are as follows:


12.30 p.m.        Primary School Girls Race                                                   1,000M

Primary School Boys Race                                                  1,000M


1.00 p.m.        Minor Girls (born on or after 01/07/02)                                 1,000M

Minor Boys (born on or after 01/07/02)                                 1,500M

Junior Girls (born on or after 01/07/01)                                 2,000M

Junior Boys (born on or after 01/07/01)                                 2,500M

Inter Girls (born on or after 01/07/99)                                   2,500M

Inter Boys (born on or after 01/07/99)                                  3,000M

Senior Girls (born on or after 01/07/97)                                 2,500M

Senior Boys (born on or after 01/07/97)                                5,000M

Once again there will be individual awards for the top three individuals in each race and team medals for the top three schools in each race. The Lar Byrne Memorial Shield will be presented to the best overall Secondary School.

Thanks to the generous sponorship of Brother, the now world famous Brother Schools Cross Country t-shirt will once again be presented to all finishers.

The event is open to schools strictly by invitation. If your school has previously competed you ought to receive an invitation by way of e-mail however if not, or indeed if your school has not competed previously and you would like to compete in 2015 please e-mail the Race Director Noel Guiden at for further details and for an invitation.

There is an entry fee to the event as follows:

Primary Schools entry fee €25.00 to enter a Boys team. Likewise a fee of €25.00 to enter a Girls team.

Secondary School. There is an entry fee of €20.00 per team per event.

There is a maximum allowed of 20 athletes per event from each school. The team result is calculated on the basis of the finishing position of the first four athletes from each school. There will be a set of eight medals presented to the winning school in each event.

Clonliffe Harriers are indebted to our sponsor Brother for their generous support of this event and also to Fingal County Council for their assistance and co-operation with the continued use of the beautiful parkland that is Santry Demesne. Clonliffe are also extremely grateful to Morton Stadium for allowing use of the Stadium facilities for the event.

Bad weather fails to deter 1500 Brother Schools athletes

Liam Ashton reports: Overnight downpours and light drizzle made for what could only be described as sloppy under-foot conditions at this afternoon’s Brother At Your Side Schools Invitational was held in Santry Demesne. Despite the miserable weather, athletes turned out in their hundreds to compete. The season opener produced high quality races with the Clonliffe contingent featuring prominently.

Preceding the secondary schools competition was the Primary schools, introduced to this even a few years back with packed fields of almost 200 in each race. The girls got things underway over 1,000m with a fine win recorded by Corrine Kenny (Bunscoil Loreto) followed by St. Gerard`s Roisin Treacy and Katie Halpin.  In the team event  Mary Help of Christains took the honours with St. Fiachra`s 2nd and St. Vincent de Paul girls 3rd. The boys then torn down the start straight a great pack of young athletes thundering into the first bend. After the 1000 distance St. John Bosco`s Sean Donoghue lead the field home from St. Brigid`s pairing Jordan Mynes and David Murray. With at alomost perfect score: 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th St. Brigids ran out clear winners from St. John Bosco 2nd and St. Fiachra`s 3rd.

Junior boys

Action got underway shortly after 1pm with the minor girls. Ella May Cromie from Mount Temple took the win followed closely by Chloe Corcoran and Dearbhla O’Reilly from mount Sackville who led their team to gold with 31 points. St Dominics A and B secured silver and bronze with 52 and 58 points respectively.

A jam packed field in the minor boy’s event saw it split into two races to facilitate all athletes. Adam Harvey from Blackrock College claimed gold in race 1 with Tiarnain O Braonain from Colaiste Eoin taking silver and Shane Murray, Blackrock taking bronze. Ciaran McManus of St Aidan’s began his secondary athletics career in style winning race 2 comfortably with Pappy Tucker and Niall O’Connor taking the minor medals. Blackrock took team honours on 21 points. St Aidan’s took silver on 37 points with St Malachy’s bronze on 40 points.

Sarah Healy (Holy Child Killiney) held off Amy Rose Farrell of Mt. Anville to win the junior girls race. Abbie Taylor(St. Gerards) took bronze. Mt. Anville were team winners on 43 with Mt Sackville on 58 points and Muckross on 73.

Naoise O Bradaigh (Colaiste Eoin) had a significant win over Kevin Byrne (St. Fintan’s) in the Junior Boys. Young Clonliffe man Ben Guiden led his Belvedere team to gold in 3rd place. Belvedere won on 38 points with Colaiste Eoin comfortably taking silver on 50 points and Presentation Carlow claiming bronze on 78 points.

Inter girls brother

Presentation Carlow’s Laura Ward battled with Jodie McCann of Rathdown to win the inter girls race. Roseanna McCullough(High School) followed closely to take bronze. The Muckross girls packed well to take the team title on 50 points with the ever present Colaiste Iosagain 2nd on 67 just edging St Dominics to 3rd on 71.

Shane and Sean

The inter boys race didn’t disappoint after the high quality running that preceded it. James Maguire from St. Benildus asked questions of team mates Christy Conlon and Eoin McCann from Rathmore when he broke away to an early lead. Conlon proved too strong in the latter stages of the race to take the win by some margin. Maguire was rewarded for his earlier efforts with a silver medal and McCann held on for bronze. Team honours went to St. Aidan’s on 32 points who packed 10 men inside the top 30. Rathmore claimed the silver medals on 62 with Blackrock bronze on 84.

With the departure of Siofra Cleirigh Buttner from schools athletics the senior girl’s race was for the first time in some year’s wide open. Alison Armstrong (Coolmine) took the race by the scruff of the neck winning by some 10 seconds from Cliona Murphy (St Dominics) and Isabelle Odlum (Rathdown). Dominics were team winners on an impressive 23 points, Colaiste Iosagain 2nd on 41 and High school 3rd on 72.

Brother senior boys

The highlight of the afternoon was undoubtedly the senior boy’s race. The cream immediately rose to the top with a group of 5 or so athletes surging straight to the front. Pierre Murchan (St Declan’s) led the field around Santry Demesne with Cathal Doyle and Adam O’Brien of St Aidan’s and Paddy Robb from St Malachy’s Belfast for company. Murchan made a break for home on the last lap, stretching his lead as he approached the garden wall. Doyle gave chase but had to settle for silver as Murchan proved too strong on the day. The battle for 3rd seemed to be going in favour of Adam O’Brien who unfortunately slipped on the second to last turn giving way for Paddy Robb to take bronze. Team honours went to St Aidan’s from Malachy’s which was decided on count back as both teams finished on 27 points, proving every place counts. Blackrock claimed bronze on 43 points.

The best girls secondary school was Mount Sackville with St. Aidans CBS best boys. The best overall for the Lar Byrne Shield were defending champions St. Aidans.

Next on the schools calendar is the St Joseph’s Drogheda Schools Invitational in the coming weeks. Thanks to those who officiated on the day and saw to the organisation of the event. A big thank you to our sponsor Brother.

More photos click:

Results 2014 Brother Clonliffe Schools XC

Primary Girls: 1. Corrine Kenny (Bunscoil Loreto), 2. Roisin Treacy (St. Gerards), 3. Katie Halpin. Teams: 1. Mary Help of Christains 46, 2. St. Fiachras 51, 3. St. Vincent de Paul 64

Primary Boys: 1. Sean Donoghue (St. John Bosco), 2. Jordan Mynes (St. Brigids), 3. David Murray (St. Brigids). Teams 1. Brigids 14, 2. John Bosco 47, 3rd St. Fiachras 67

Secondary Girls –

Minor: 1 Ella May Cromie (Mt Temple), 2 Chloe Corcoran (Mt Sackville), 3 Dearbhla O’Reilly (Mt Sackville). Teams – 1 Mt Sackville 31, 2 St Dominic’s A 52, 3 St Dominic’s B 58. Junior: 1 Sarah Healy (Holy Child Killiney), 2 AmyRose Farrell (Mt Anville), 3 Abbie Taylor (St Gerard’s). Teams – 1 Mt Anville 43, 2 Mt Sackville 58 3 Muckross 73.

Inter: 1 Laura Ward (Pres Carlow), 2 Jodie McCann (Rathdown), 3 Roseanne McCullough (High School). Teams – 1 Muckross 50, 2 Col Iosagain 67, 3 St Dominic’s 71.

Senior: 1 Alison Armstrong (Coolmine CS), 2 Cliona Murphy(St Dominic’s) 3 Isabelle Odlum (Rathdown). Teams -1 St Dominic’s 23, 2 Col Iosagain 41, 3 High School 72.

Secondary Boys –

Minor: Race 1 – Adam Harvey (Blackrock), 2 Tiarnain O Braonain (Col Eoin), 3 Shane Murray (Blackrock). Race 2 – 1 Ciaran McManus (St Aidan’s), 2 Pappy Tucker (St Malachy’s), 3 Niall O’Connor (St Malachy’s). Teams – 1 Blackrock 21, 2 St Aidan’s 37, 3 St Malachy’s 40

Junior: 1 Naoise O Bradaigh (Col Eoin), 2 Kevin Byrne ( St Fintan’s), 3 Ben Guiden (Belvedere). Teams – 1 Belvedere 38, 2 Col Eoin 50, 3 Pres Carlow 78.

Inter: 1 Christy Conlon (Rathmore), 2 Eoin McCann (Rathmore), 3 James Maguire (t Benildus). Teams – 1 St Aidan’s 32, 2 Rathmore 62, 3 Blackrock 84

Senior: 1 Pierre Murchan (St Declan’s), 2, Cathal Doyle (St. Aidans) 3 Paddy Robb (St Malachy’s). Teams – 1 St Aidan’s 27, 2 St Malachy’s 27, 3 Blackrock 43.


Brother Clonliffe Schools Cross Country ready for the off

The Brother at your side Schools Invitational Cross Country is ready to go. On Wednesday, October 8th, some 1500 young athletes will gather for the annual schools race, the first major event of the school`s cross country calendar. As always there is a packed schedule of races getting underway at 12.30 with the girls primary school race with an entry of close to 200 running over 1,000m followed by the primary boys with a similar entry.

The secondary school`s programme will start at 1.00pm with races for minor, junior, inter and senior. In the battle for Best Overall School for the Lar Byrne Shield schools to look out for include St. Aidans CBS, Col. Isogain, St. Fintan`s Sutton, from Belfast St. Malachys, a schools that dominated this event in it`s early years and Belvedere College.

Event Programme:

12.30 p.m.

Primary School Girls 1000m

Primary School Boys 1000m

1 p.m.

Minor Girls 1000m

Minor Boys 1500m

Junior Girls 2000m

Junior Boys 2500m

Inter Girls 2500m

Inter Boys 3000m

Senior Girls 2500m

Senior Boys 5000m

Schools participating please ensure that one member of your school comes to check in located in the hall in the Clonliffe Harriers clubhouse. Check in will be open from 11.30 until 12.30 p.m. Please note that you must check in here to obtain your school numbers and to pay your schools entry fee.

Individuals may enter on the day, again individuals must register and pay their entry fee (3.00) in the hall of the Clonliffe Harriers Clubhouse.

For final instructions sheet click: FinalInstructions17 9 14

Many thanks to the Clonliffe club members and indeed parents of club members who have kindly made themselves available to help out on the day. With an event of this size assistance is still needed and anyone who is available please send a text to Noel Guiden – 087 9599 888 to confirm their availability. As always there will be jobs for all!

Clonliffe Harriers looks forward to welcoming the schools and the athletes to Santry for this great days athletics.



Entry closing soon: Brother Clonliffe Schools Invitational

With two weeks to this year`s schools Invitational, sponsored by Brother a reminder that entry for schools closes in 7 days time, October 1st (individual entries on the day). Wednesday October 8th in Santry Demesne Park is the date. Once again there will be a primary schools race followed by the secondary schools programme from minor up to senior. Invitations have issue to schools who have supported the event in previous years, however, Clonliffe are happy to extend an Invitation to other schools.

Attached to this posting are details, if your school would like to take part the entry form should be printed, completed, scanned in and e mailed back to as soon as possible. For safety reasons there is a limited to numbers that can be accommodated. No entries (except individuals) accepted after the October 1st closing date.

Finally any club member, or indeed parent of club members in a position to help out on the day please contact Noel Guiden 0879599888. This is a very big event with circa 1500 young athletes competing so please of help needed.

For Invitation click: Brotherclonliffexc2014


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