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Raheny take Padraig Keane Cup at Dublin XC (updated with photo link)

A powerful Raheny Shamrocks team landed the Dublin Senior Men’s Cross Country title and in turn the Padraig Keane Memorial Cup at a fresh and dry Santry Demesne yesterday. To say that Raheny were dominant is to say the least an understatement.  From the starters gun Raheny had the title in the bag with a powerful front running trio of Rio Marathon Man Mick Clohessy chased hard by the Dooney Brothers, these three quickly opening a gap and pulling away from the chasing field, which at an early stage included lead Clonliffe man Ian Guiden making his return to the country for his first race in some eighteen months.  The early pace hit Guiden hard and he slipped back down through the pack.  The Raheny men, however, were dominant and took a comfortable win with a clean sweep and now look firm favourites to land their first National cross country on November 27th.

The Clonliffe team battled away led home by Guiden 16th, Conor Healy 19th, Conor McGuinness 24th, extraordinarily enough running his first club cross country race for Clonliffe since the European Junior Clubs back in 2010. Also competing for Clonliffe were Sean Doran 30th, fittingly Padraig Keane’s son Conor 39th, Fergal O’Shea 57th and Thomas Sherlock (35th). The team placed 5th.

Post race it was great to see a huge number of athletes and officials congregating in the Clonliffe clubhouse for the presentation, heeding the call of Dublin Athletics Board Chairman Pat Hooper. In addition to Padraig Keane being honoured that other great Irish athletics stalwart Jim McNamara of Donore was also honoured.  Jim had passed away this year and the Jim McNamara Cup was presented to the winning ladies team of DSD. The Clonliffe Women’s team finished out of the medal positions, also in 5th, the team was led home by Eimear O’Brien 22nd and also featured Ailish Malone 28th, Lauren Begley 34th, Orna McGinley 35th, Maura Matthews 41st, Brid Beausang 47th and Emer Brennan 49th.

The Clonliffe Men’s Junior team put on a sterling display for the home crowd with Cathal Doyle playing a patient game up front and only kicking on for the win over the last 800 metres. Cathal led home a fine team performance which secured Dublin Junior gold with strong runs in particular from Sean O’Leary in 3rd place, Adam O’Brien in 6th and having possibly his best cross country race to date Alex Gibbons in 14th place.  The rest of the team was made up of Joseph Hessian, Josh Stubbs, Greg Hosseney, Kevin McKenna and Thomas Ward. In the incorporated U/19 race Clonliffe placed 2nd.

There was a good run also from Alannah Cooley in the junior women`s race and also by Laura Tuite placing 5th and 8th.

Earlier in the programme the Dublin juvenile uneven age championships took place. There were some excellent team performances in this championship from the U/15 and U/17 boys and girls squads.

The girls U/15 team all ran very strong races with outstanding performances in particular from Vicky McDonnell who led home a tightly packed bunch of black and amber athletes consisting of Abby Sheehy, Ella Brown and Amy Hodson. These four were backed up excellently by Lea Brennan and Cara Beggs.  The girls performance was rewarded with Dublin bronze (places 11th, 13th, 14th, 15th).

The boys U/15 squad also put in very strong efforts, the team being supported by their injured teammate Colin Sweeney. On the day the team was led home by Daragh Carter and again with very strong runs from Dermot Buckley, Sam Kowalczyk, Stephen ? and Dylan Foy. The boys taking Dublin silver (8, 11, 19, 20).

Dublin silver was also gathered in by the girls U/17 team racing over 4000 metres.   This team featured two athletes who were stepping up an age group, both of whom ran very well, indeed Tess Loftus showed a welcome return to form as she led home the team with a very strong run in 12th place followed in by Hannah Browne, Aimee Warren and the fast finishing Cliona Cooley (team placings 12, 13, 15, 16).  The girls were backed up by excellent performances from Kate Howlett and Lauren Cox.

The boys U/17 squad also took silver, narrowly missing out on gold to DSD. Again there were a number of the U/16 squad stepping up an age and these lads all put in excellent shifts.  On the day the team was led home by Daniel Lacey, having a very strong run in 5th, and he was followed not far behind by the in form Arran Cullen 8th, then came Cian Bolger 10th, and Ben Guiden 13th, these latter three all stepping up from the U/16 squad.   These guys were very well backed up by Jordan Byrne 15th and Stephen Cashin 16th, Shane Ferris 20th and Sam Baker-Gorman 23rd.   Craig Giles, who had been quite ill during the week, started the race but illness got the better of him and he was sensible enough to pull out with a lap to go.

Also competing were the boys U/11 squad lead home by Cian O`Hara 8th, Christain Finn, Sean Cronin, Kharl Balaro and Oran McGowan, the team placing 4th. The boys U/13th also placed 4th with a team of Ronan Donohue 11th, Jonathan Fitzsimons 16th, Keith Burke 39th, Calum Maguire 44th and Jon Nyberg. The U/13 girls faught gamely the first home was Naoise Cullen in 21st, good runs also from Amy Sheehy, Lara Gallagher, Eimer O`Hara and Sinead Gallagher..

Finally a huge thank you to the Clonliffe volunteers who constructed the course so that the club could host the event and once again did the club proud by building a superb cross country course at Santry Demesne. The conditions were superb on the day and the course, as always, has held up excellently.  Clonliffe would also like to thank Fingal County Council and Morton Stadium for their support and assistance with the successful running of the Dublins.

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Dublin Cross Country Santry Sunday November 6th

Clonliffe Harriers will host the Dublin Cross Country Championships on Sunday , in association with Fingal County Council and Morton Stadium, at Santry Demesne Parkland. These Championships incorporate the Dublin uneven ages Juvenile Championships as well as the Dublin Junior and Senior Championships.

The event gets underway at 11 a.m. and will conclude with the Senior Men’s race over 10,000 metres at 2.45 p.m. The winning Senior Men’s team will be presented with the Padraig Keane Memorial Cup which has been commissioned by the Dublin Athletics Board in commemoration of the legendary Clonliffe man. Padraig holds the record for the most gold medals won in the Dublin Cross Country Championships.


Event Distance Start Time
U9 Girls 800m 11.00am
U9 Boys 800m 11.08am
U11 Girls 1500m 11.16am
U11 Boys 1500m 11.26am
U13 Girls 2500m 11.35am
U13 Boys 2500m 11.50am
U15 Girls 3500m 12.03am
U15 Boys 3500m 12.22pm
U17 Girls 4000m 12.39pm
U17 Boys 5000m 1.00pm
U19/Junior Ladies 4000m 1.25pm
U19/Junior Men 6000m 1.45pm
Senior Ladies 6000m 2.15pm
Senior Men 10000m 2.45pm

Clonliffe Teams:

Senior men: Ian Guiden, Brian MacMahon, Conor McGuinness, Eoin Taggart, Mark Doyle, Conor Keane, Tom Sherlock, Sean Doran, Ross Gannon, Ernie Ramsey, Conor Healy and Richard Owens.

Senior Women: Eimear O’Brien, Maura Matthews, Emma Cooper, Brid Beausang, Laura Kiernan and Eimear Brennan.

Junior Men: Cathal Doyle, Adam O’Brien, Eoin Keating, Sean O’Leary, Greg Hossenney, Alex Gibbons, Thomas Ward, Joseph Hession, Josh Stubbs, Kevin McKenna, Matthew Jenkinson, Jack Maughan and Finn McManus.

Junior Women: Laura Tuite and Alannah Cooley.

Boy’s U/17: Craig Giles, Shane Ferris, Daniel Lacey, Stephen Cashin, Jordan Byrne, Harry Pierce, Sam Baker-Gorman, Ben Guiden, Cian Bolger, Aaron Cullen, Daniel Stone.

Girl’s U/17: Kate Hession, Hannah Browne, Cliona Cooley, Lauren Cox, Tess Loftus, Aimee Warren.

Boy’s U/15: Daragh Carter, Sam Kowalczyk, Dermot Buckley, Dylan Foy, Stephen

Girl’s U/15: Ella Brown, Amy Hodson, Vicky McDonnell, Lea Brennan, Cara Beggs, Abby Sheehy.

There are also teams entered in the younger age groups at U/11 and U/13 for boys and girls. Needless to say the athletes, juveniles, juniors and seniors would all be most appreciative of Clonliffe support on the day. This is another big undertaking on behalf of the club so if anyone is available to help out on the day by way of stewarding please contact Jeremy Chapman by phone or text to087419718

Course builders will commence preliminary work on constructing the course on Saturday at 3 p.m. led by Paddy Marley and then on Sunday morning at 8 a.m. All stewards etc. to meet in the clubhouse at 10 a.m. for briefing by Alan Worrall and to be in position at 10.30 a.m.


Clonliffe Juveniles excel at Abbottstown Cross Country plus more

The Autumn Cross Country athletics opened the new National Cross Country course in Abbottstown today featuring the Dublin Juvenile Championships. The course itself was a pretty testing one with several hills and a 100m sandy section that drew much comment. The downpours of the weekend added a fair bit of mud into the mix. The lap was a long 2000m which brought the athletes into the woods and well away from spectators. The consensus from the athletes generally was that it was a fair but hard course, the spectators found it even tougher!

The club`s juvenile athletes all put in great shifts in their Dublins with several teams medalling and now going forward to the nationals. The girls U/14 squad were silver medallists the team lead home by 3rd place finisher Ava Mulvahill, with all the girls running strongly and rewarded with team silver: the scoring four of Eva 3rd, Aoife Hession 7th, Katie Halpin 13th, Holly Roche 14th, were backed up by  Alana Fitzsimons, Ella Cooley and Kristin McGrady-Hogan.

In the girls U/16 race a young Clonliffe team performed really well lead home by Ella Brown in 13th, Aimee Warren 15th, Vicki McDonnell 17th and Tess Loftus 19th to take team bronze.

The U/16 boys packed in text book style through out their 4,000m race with Aaron Cullen coming top Harrier in 4th, the Cian Bolger 5th, Ben Guiden 6th and Daniel Stone 7th to take the Dublin title. These 4 were backed up by Ian McElweeney 11th, Daragh Carter 22nd and in his first race Thomas Baltazar 24th.

Sean O`Leary was runner up in the U/18 race over 6,000m. Craig Giles was 4th, then Daniel Lacey 9th and Joseph Hession 13th to finished 2nd team. Good runs also by Finn McManus and Matthew Jenkinson. Our two U/18 girls, both moving up an age ran well with Hannah Browne placing 11th and Cliona Cooley 15th.

In the younger age groups it is pleasing to report that the club fielded teams both girls and boys in U/10 and U/12, all of who battled away and put in strong runs.

Next up for the juveniles is the uneven ages Dublins in Santry on November 6th.

On then to the senior programme which included juniors and masters in the mix. Cathal Doyle was the first Clonliffe junior in 4th place with Adam O`Brien 16th. In the senior race Eoin Taggart was 48th, Mark Doyle 59th, Thomas Sherlock 62nd, Sean Doran 85th, Niall Markey 165th and Tom Monks 166th. Matt Shattery was 6th O/65, Pat Bonass 2nd O/70 and Jummy Bennett 3rd O/75. Alannah Cooley ran well in the junior women`s race to 24th. In the senior women`s race Ciara Peelo was 84th 915th O/35) and Brid Beausang 88th (13th O/40).


U/16 Boys Dublin Champions


U/16 Girls Dublin Bronze, plus Hannah Browne


U/18 Boys Dublin Silver 


U/14 Girls Dublin Silver



U/12 Boys


U/12 Girls Dublin XC 2016

Also this weekend Liam Roarty finished 6th for Cheltenham Harriers in the Gloucestershire Cross Country league at Little Rissington and was 2nd scorer on their winning team. Aaron Hanlon was in action for Providence in the USA.

Meanwhile missed last weekend was Gary O`Hanlon`s win in the three quarters marathon in Longwood, Co. Meath and BarbaraSanchez`s bronze in the French Half Marathon in 76.48 in Baroeul close to Lille.

Dublin Juvenile Even ages XC C`ships/ Autumn Open

This Sunday the 16th sees the opening of the new cross country track in Abbotstown for the Dublin Juvenile championships and the Autumn Open. The map below is the most up to date now to hand:





More from the Golden girls at last night of Dublin Juveniles

The Dublin Juvenile Track and Field Championships finally concluded last night in Tallaght. The track action was the even age relays where the U/16 4 x 100 team took gold.

Juvenile Captain Gladys Cooper reports: A great nights athletics at Tallaght last night first to take a gold medal for Clonliffe was Emma McDonnell in the U/14 high jump (deferred from a rain interrupted championship last week). Next were the U/16 girls 4 x 100. Both of the girls U/14 teams made it through to the final and finished up in silver and a brave 4th position. The U/12 4 x 100 boys won bronze and finally great battling runs by the U/14 boys and U/12 girls who also made their finals. Well done all!

Rebecca shines an day 4 of Dublin Juveniles

Day 4 of the Dublin Juvenile track and field brought the Clonliffe crew to Irishtown today. Results to hand confirm the continued dominant form of Rebecca Fitzsimons in the U/16 sprints, as she complete a golden treble by the 80H and 200. The 200 in particular was most rewarding as no less than half of the final field were Clonliffe athletes, with Rebecca leading home Success Osuoha in 2nd place with Jessica 5th and Rapha 6th. For good measure Rebecca also took long jump bronze.

rebecca and success

In the field events, despite the downpour, great efforts from the club`s athletes yielding more titles and medals. Jonais winning the Dublin U/13 shot and placing 3rd in the javelin and at the other end of the age spectrum Justinas Gerdvillis winning U/19 javelin with Conor Byrne 2nd.

Finally a Dublin title for Thomas Ward in winning the U/19 3000 sc.


Relay silver & bronze, 1500 medals all round

The Dublin Juvenile championships and the rain returned to Morton Stadium tonight. The rain fell from start to finish, but didn`t deter in any way from another great night`s athletics. The menu tonight featured relays for starters and 1500s for mains.

The U/15 girls battled their way into the final, but were run out of the medals in a very competitive final. The U/17 team put in a very strong performance and battled away for the win right until the death, only loosing out on the home straight, but a fine set of silvers for Kate Howlet, Ruth Bergin, Cliona Cooley and Hannah Browne. Likewise great runs from the U/13 girls who took 4 X 100 bronze.

u17 relay

In the 1500s all the Clonliffe athletes put in strong performances with big numbers of black and amber vests in all race. Race of the night was the final race as dusk fell, the U/18 & 19 boys, where a storming finish propelled Joseph Hession from 30m down to a win meters from the line. Eat your heart out Phil Healy!!

dublin 1500

The roll of 1500 honour reads: Colin Sweeney U/15 3rd, Cian Bolger U/16 3rd, Craig Giles U/17 1st, Daniel Lacey U/17 2nd, Alannah Cooley U/18 1st, Joseph Hession U/18 1st, U/19 Adam O`Brien 1st, Sean Carrig 3rd.

Clonliffe juveniles too hot to handle in Tallaght

Day 2 of the Dublin Juvenile Track & Field brought the Clonliffe contingent south to the Tallaght Stadium today. It was a blisteringly hot day with the sun beating down on the heads of all. Hot as it was track side on the track itself the black and amber brigade proved too hot to handle with the athletes picking up where they had left off on Friday and numerous Dublin title where taken back across the Liffey to Santry.

Dublins Rebecca

dublins sprinters

The girls got the title rush underway as Sally Sumola took the U/13 long jump and took silver in the 80m. Fantastic performances from the sprinters where in the U/16 100 Rebecca Fitzsimons took 100 gold (Rebecca taking a set of medals home: silver in the 250h and bronze in the high jump), Success Osuoha was 3rd in that 100 with Jesscia Dedeko 4th. Also from this group Rapha Diamond Ebbs was 1st in the shot and 2nd in the high jump. Fia Donnelly won the Dublin U/19 100 title.

dublins amy and aoife

dublins 800 u14

In the 800s after heats a great number of the Clonliffe U/14 and U/15 group made their finals. In the final of the U/14 race Emma McDonnell was majestic in winning the Dublin title, likewise a truly superb run in the U/15 final by a battling Amy Hodson to also win the Dublin title.

dublins jonathan

dublins u13

The boys were also out today in great numbers. In the younger age groupings Jonathan Fitsimons won U/12 600 gold and was later 4th in the 60. John Nyberg 3rd in the U/13 long jump.

Dublins cian and aaron

In the 800s Colin Sweeney worked very hard to secure U/15 800 bronze. In the U/16s Cian Bolger was 2nd and a battling Aaron Cullen 4th.

dublins ben and daniel

dublins u17s

Later, much later, in the evening the 3000s took place. Ben Guiden was 2nd in the U/16 race with Daniel Stone, making an impressive Clonliffe debut placing, 3rd. Daniel Lacey was just excellent in the U/17 race taking a fine win. The U/18 and U/19 race was mixed Adam O`Brien as expected was a class apart running the legs off the field to win (U/19), Thomas Ward was 2nd U/19 and Alex Hogan 3rd U/18.

So in summary another great effort in tough hot conditions. Next Friday the championships return to Morton Stadium where hopefully the girls and boys will put on another “Nil desperandum” display.


The Loftus Report: Dublin Juvenile T & F Day 1

Today saw the track surface of Morton Stadium lit up not only by the immaculate sunshine of recent days but also by the tremendous talent exhibited by our very own club juveniles who were in fine form at today’s first day of competition in the Dublin Juvenile Track and Field Championships.  Underneath a sky of burning blue and surrounded by grasses gleaming green, athletes both newly acquainted and well seasoned exceeded expectations immeasurably.  Given the persistence of an unfamiliar yet most welcome exotic climate that has graced our emerald isle over the past few days, conditions were simply superb for an exciting evening of racing.  Comfortable temperatures afforded runners and spectators alike the opportunity to take off any unnecessary layers and to bask in the warm of a summer twilight.

As the sun simmered down closer towards the horizon, the middle distance events got underway with an inviting welcome from the very experienced Master of Ceremonies, Cecil Johnston.  Tonight’s programme featured 500 to 800m races for both boys and girls in the Under 10 to Under 19 age groups, excluding the Under 14 / 15 / 16 age groups which have been rescheduled for this coming Sunday.  Perseverance and ambition was displayed in abundance by all of our athletes today, with many stand out performances.

First to toe the line for her Under 10 500m race was Sarah McDonnell who placed  a fantastic 4th overall after a timed heat.  Sarah worked diligently throughout the race, producing a particularly strong finish at the end.  Jonathan Fitzsimons moved tentatively to fore at the beginning of a fraught Under 12 600m race before driving forcefully home in a brilliant 3rd to a rapturous applause from onlookers.

These outstanding feats where matched by magnificent 3rd and 4th place finishes for Naoise Cullen and Sally Somola respectively in both heats of the Under 13 600m race.  Both girls displayed the courage of conviction that is testament to their many months of preparation for these championships.

u17 girls dublin 16

Following a slight interlude, the programme was reorganised to facilitate older age groups.  Hannah Browne stood proudly in the limelight this evening as she took a terrific gold in the Under 17 800m race.  Hannah guided her training partners Cliona Cooley and Kate Howlett home in exemplary form, Cliona and Kate arriving home with impressive 3rd and 4th place finishes respectively.  The trio have proved once again that consistently is key to continued success.

Minutes later and Sophie Higgins was unleashing a great sprint off the final bend in the U/18 race to move from 5th to bronze. In a sparsely populated yet equally thrilling Under 19 800m race, Alannah Cooley lead an eager Amy Fay home in an excellent 2nd with Amy placing a great 3rd.  This result bodes well for Amy who has recently joined the ranks.

Jack Horan had a super run in the boys U/17 race battling all the way to the line to take 2nd place and a whisker away from gold, still a new pb of 2.06 was just reward. Finally, Joseph Hession produced a stellar run to claim championship gold in the Under 18 800m race, and in another sub 2,  to conclude an exceptional evening of sport.  Joseph captured the attention of an animated audience by propelling himself into the mix from the off.  He tore his way down the back straight of the track to emerge victorious with a well deserved 1st place podium finish.  Meanwhile, Greg Hossenny clung tightly on to Joseph’s heel to achieve a magnificent 2nd in what was an aggressively competitive race.

It is remarkable to note the calibre of athletics seen here today at a grassroots level.  The commitment and devotion of these young athletes to their sport was clearly evident by the many marvellous performances witnessed by very proud parents and coaches.  Equally impressive is the obvious dedication of coaches to the improvement of their athletes’ boundless capabilities.

So we move onwards to Sunday’s championships that are due to take place in Taillight Stadium, with respite tomorrow given the All Ireland Schools Track and Field Championships in Tullamore. Nil Desperandum.

Kevin Loftus

Caitlin takes third Dublin U/17 Indoor title

The final day of the Dublin indoor championships took place today with the action revolving around the short sprints. Once again Clonliffe athletes were in fine form continuing to perform to their best with several athletes winning Dublin titles and championship medals. Caitlin O`Reilly continues to reign supreme in Dublin as today she collected her 3rd U/17 individual title adding the 60m to the 200 and long jumps won last weekend.

Other golden wonders today included Jonathan Fitzsimons U/12 60m and Fia Donnelly U/19. Medals were also won by a number of black n amber athletes: Sally Sumola U/13 silver and bronze medals by Karl Valero U/11 boys 60 and in the girls U/16 Rebecca Fitzsimons. In the day`s final event the 60 hurdles there was more Clonliffe success as up stepped Success to take girls U/16 bronze! Other excellent runs today from in particular Mark Keirns U/17 60 4th place and Owen, Rapha,  Jessica, Success, Naoise, Lia,  Amy,  Mark,  and Claire.  Well done to all of these up and coming young athletes.

Gladys Cooper, Juvenile Captain.

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