Archive for November, 2013

Clonliffe Athletes of the Year Presentation Night

On Tuesday night the fourth annual Clonliffe Harriers Athletes of the Year presentation night, most generously sponsored by Loki Sports, will take place in the club bar after training from 9 p.m.

Presentation of trophies will be made to the club’s best athletes in the categories of:

Junior athlete of the year

Master athlete of the year

Women’s Track and Field athlete of the year

Women’s Road/Cross Country athlete of the year

Men’s Track and Field athlete of the year

Men’s Road/Cross Country athlete of the year

In addition the captain will make the presentation of the prestigious Clonliffe Harriers of the year award. The club will also make presentations to the club’s athletes who set new club records during the course of the year and to the Clonliffe National Champions in 2013.

The Committee extends an invitation to all our members to attend to enjoy this excellent social occasion as we head towards the festive season.

Teams for Sunday`s Dublin Intermediate Cross Country

The men’s captain has now confirmed the Clonliffe intermediate team for the Dublin intermediate Cross Country Championships which takes place in Tymon Park on Sunday afternoon. The team is headed by Edgars Sumkiss who finished 3rd in the Dublin Novice Cross Country in St. Anne’s Raheny earlier in the season.

The full team is: Edgars Sumkiss, Tom Sherlock, Niall Sherlock, Chris Muldoon, Tudar Mircea, Ciaran McCarthy and Mounir Bouzzine.

The men’s team are to meet at the venue at 12.15 for the 1.30 p.m. race.

The women’s team announced earlier in the week is: Sinead Hartnett, Bernadette Kiernan, Emma Harding, Alison O’Sullivan, Jacqui Dunphy and Emma Dunne.

Clonliffe Harriers A.C. 128th AGM Report

The 128th Clonliffe Harriers AGM took place on Tuesday November 26th with a large attendance of senior members.

Honorary Secretary’s Address

Noel Guiden reported on the administration matters arising in respect of the club’s affairs over the previous twelve months and outlined the work which had been carried out by the various sub committees, he also advised the members of the representation of the club at Dublin County Board meetings and at Morton Stadium Management meetings, he stressed the necessity for club members to become more involved in the clubs affairs and encouraged members to make themselves available to come onto the various sub committees and to help out with the clubs race promotions. He thanked the President, Officers, Committee athletes and members for their endeavours throughout the course of the previous twelve months.

Club Captain’s Report

Joe Cooper reported on a mixed year where the Senior Men’s team had retained the National Senior Cross Country title but had failed to retain the National Track and Field title. He took the members through the highlights on a month by month basis throughout the course of the year and on conclusion thanked the athletes for their hard work and dedication, he thanked the committee for their backing throughout the past year and paid tribute to the clubs hardworking coaches.

Honorary Treasurers Report

Eoin Murray reported on a healthy financial set of accounts, he outlined that overall the club was in a healthy financial position and in particular he reported on a substantial increase in members subscriptions over the previous twelve months, he stressed the importance of the club members becoming involved in the various races wherein the club was providing stewards as this was a healthy source of Revenue. He then took the members through the club’s financial accounts for the previous twelve months and dealt with questions from the floor.

Ladies Captains Report

Pamela Cooper reported on the continued growth of the ladies section of the club, she outlined the excellent performances of the athletes over the previous year the standout performances included the winning by the ladies of the Dublin Cross Country Championship for the first time in over a decade, the team placing fifth in the National Track and Field Premier Division final and 3rd in the National Senior Cross Country, she also commented upon the individual performances of some of our athletes including Denise Byrne finishing 2nd in the National Track and Field Championships, Leah Moore 3rd in the National Track and Field 200 and 3rd in the National Track and Field indoor 60m and of course Sara McCormack winning team gold on the Irish European Cross Country team and winning team bronze on the Irish World Mountain running team. Finally she thanked the athletes coaches and paid particular tribute to Noreen Keane for organising the Ladies 50th Anniversary celebrations.

Juvenile Captains Report

Gladys Cooper reported on another successful year for the juvenile section with many excellent and promising performances far too numerous to mention, she reported on an increase in juvenile numbers to approximately 150 young athletes, she paid tribute to the coaches who help throughout the course of the year for their enthusiasm and commitment to the club’s young athletes and reported on a very successful trip to Wales in the early summer where 36 juveniles competed in a Track and Field Meet in Liverpool Harriers.

Presidents Address

Paddy Marley outlined the great work and commitment shown by the chairs of the club’s various sub committees including Tom Griffin for the Christmas Cracker 5K, Mick Kearney for the Clonliffe 2, Noel Guiden for the Brother Invitational Cross Country and Morton Games, Noreen Keane for looking after the Women’s 50th Anniversary, he also paid tribute to the work which was carried out by the club’s members in the hosting of various other events and in particular the European Team Championships in the Stadium and the National Inter Counties Cross Country. He paid tribute to the work carried out by the club’s captains, Joe Cooper, Gladys Cooper and Pamela Cooper and to the coaches, the club’s committee and all of the members who had made 2013 such a successful year for the club.

The President went on to thank all of the club’s various sponsors over the year and in particular Hireco who have been a committed sponsor of the club for many years now.


The following officers and committee members were elected

Honorary President – Paddy Marley

Vice Presidents – Jack Deegan, Colm Brennan, Tommy Griffin Senior, Johnny O’Leary, Maurice Ahern, Paddy Marley, Frances Mansfield, Noel Daly, Peter McDermott, Alec Sweeney.

Honorary Secretary – Noel Guiden

Honorary Treasurer – Eoin Murray

Club Captain – Joe Cooper

Ladies Captain – Pamela Cooper

Committee members – Paddy Tuite, Stephen Harkness, Noreen Keane

Trustees – Maurice Ahern, Tommy Griffin Senior, Johnny O’Leary

Any Other Business

The following matters arose:

Dominic Brannigan made a presentation in connection with the Clonliffe Harriers History Book which will be launched on the 2nd of December, he thanked all of the clubs members and family of deceased and former members for their contributions and in particular paid tribute to the excellent work carried out in respect of club statistics by Killian Lonergan. dominic made a presentation of the first copy of Clonliffe Harriers 1886-2013 to Paddy Marley.

First copy Clonliffe book

Gerry Carr raised the issue of the non compliance by athletes with the ban which had been imposed on health and safety grounds at the 2011 AGM concerning the use of personal headsets and sought the committee’s view as to how this ban was now going to be enforced. The Committee agreed that the ban should be absolutely enforced and that athletes who continued to avail of headsets during Clonliffe training time would be asked to leave the track immediately.

Tom Griffin in respect of the Christmas Cracker 5K requested that any members who have an involvement with companies who provide samples or suchlike make themselves known as he was looking for items for the post race goody bag.

Noel Guiden advised the meeting that the Goal Mile would return to the Morton Stadium on Christmas Eve (10 a.m. to 12 noon) and requested the members to support this very worthy cause.


Health and Safety Notice: Use of personal headsets

At last night`s Clonliffe AGM the issue of personal headsets was raised from the floor. The meeting noted the implementation by the club of a ban on the use of headsets on the track, outdoor and indoor and the infield, at the club`s 2011 AGM and the continued use of headsets by athletes since. As a result any athlete using a personal headset during Clonliffe`s training time, regardless of who that athlete is, will be requested to leave the track. All club members and athletes training with Clonliffe groups are reminded that the use of personal head sets/ipods and such like in the Morton stadium during Clonliffe training times is strictly prohibited on health and safety grounds. This ban is to ensure the safety of all, including athletes who are actually using such headsets. The Committee appeals to coaches to ensure that athletes in their groups observe this notice and to you the athletes for your co operation on this issue.

Cathal Doyle wins All Ireland Inter CBS Cross Country

Our spy reports some top drawer runs from the Clonliffe brigade running in their school colours at today`s All Ireland CBS Cross Country in ALSAA. One of the highlights was the Inter boys race which featured an intriguing battle between Cathal Doyle and birthday boy Sean Carrigg. Sean continuing his fine form of recent weeks as he took the battle to Cathal from the off driving on the early pace, with a lap to go Cathal surged to record a good win with Sean a very fine 3rd. These two leading the St. Aidans team of Adam O`Brien 4th, Joseph Hession 7th, David O`Hanlon 8th and Alex Gibbons 12th to the team title. A tired Shane Merrigan placed 20th with Greg Hosseny and Keith Hodson not far behind.

Young David Tuite had an excellent run, his best in the St. Aidans red and white todate, finishing very strongly cutting through the field to finish in 2nd place in the U/13 race. David was one of four St. Aidans athletes in the top 10 thereby securing the All Ireland CBS team title for the Whitehall outfit.

In the U/14 race new Clonliffe man William (that`s how new he is!!) impressed placing 15th for Ard Scoil Ris with school mate Harry Pierce 22nd and Aidan`s man Jack Horan  30th. St. Aidans taking team silver.

Alex Hogan displayed no ill effects from his recent injury picking up where he left off as he ran an excellent U/15 race to place 4th. Another athlete showing a welcome return to form was Daniel Craig 8th and Joey Hutchinson two places behind in 10th, with Sean O`Leary in the chasing pack, all four running for the St. Aidans team that took bronze.

Finally in the senior race the lead Clonliffe and St. Aidans man was Ross Kearney 7th, Liam Ashton still working hard to recover fitness after a trip to Tanzania was next in with Niall Norman breathing down his neck. Team silver the reward. On the basis of all teams medalling St. aidans took the best overall school title.

St. Aidans at CBS

Dublin Juvenile and Intermediate Cross Country info

The Dublin uneven ages cross country and men and women`s Intermediate championships will take place on Sunday morning December 1st. The juveniles will get underway at 11.00pm with the Intermediates from 1.45pm. The event is hosted by Rathfarnham AC and takes place in Tymon Park.  Directions from Santry, M50 South exit at left at junction 11 (Tallaght Road towards Templeogue), left at roundabout, left again at Faughs GAA/St. Judes GAA club.

Juveniles meeting times: (Gladys and Gerry`s groups to meet at 10.15am in Faughs GAA club) (Mick and Noel`s group at venue at 11.00)

Car parks: click  Tymon Park Car parks

Course map:

tymon park course


Event   Distance Start   Time
U9   Girls


U9   Boys


U11   Girls


U11   Boys


U13   Girls


U13   Boys


U15   Girls


U15   Boys


U17   Girls


U17   Boys


U19   Girls


U19   Boys


Intermediate   Women


Intermediate   Men



The Irwin Cup plus current Grand Prix Leaderboard

The final round of the club`s 2013 Grand Prix Series takes place on Saturday at 12.00 in Santry Demesne, The Irwin Cup, sponsored by Dominic Branigan a 6km cross country race featuring jumps. The leaderboard is headed by Deirdre Fitzsimons, chased by Colm Breen and Dessie Shorten.

The Irwin Cup is an historic Clonliffe club race. It`s origins date back to 1910, when the then quarter century old Clonliffe Harriers introduced a new race to the club calendar “the Grand National”, a 6 mile handicap cross country race, the winner that first year was C.G. Wisdom with the Scratch man T.J. Downing recording a time of 33 minutes and 5 seconds for the then six mile race. The race was held on an annual basis and in 1932 it became the Irwin Cup in memory of Carmichael Irwin a great Clonliffe athlete who a member of the RAF, was captain of the Airship R. 101, which tragically crashed on its maiden voyage at Beauvais, France on the 5th of October 1930 killing Carmichael Irwin and all the crew and occupants of the airship.

Carmichael Irwin was a Clonliffe Olympian representing Great Britain in the 1920 Antwerp Olympic Games in the 5,000m. He finished second in his heat in a time of 15.17.8 qualifying for the Olympic final where he finished 12th. He was National Cross Country Champion in 1914, becoming  the second Clonliffe athlete to win the National as he lead Clonliffe to our 2nd team title. In 1921 he was Irish 1 Mile and 4 Mile champion with a mile PB of 4.33.6 and 3 mile PB of 15.15.6.

Saturday`s Irwin Cup brings the curtain down on a great 2013 Grand Prix Series. The Grand Prix Presentation night  will be held on Thursday December 5th. Heading into the final round the leaderboard stands:

Grand Prix Leaderboard

Three Clonliffe athletes selected for European Cross Country

Athletes Ireland have this evening confirmed the Irish teams to contest the European Cross Country in Belgrade on December 6th. Aaron Hanlon had of course been pre selected on the junior men`s team. Sara McCormack as expected is confirmed on the women`s team that looks to repeat the gold medal success of 2012. Stephen Scullion has been confirmed on the Irish team, just reward for his excellent battling 4th place in the inter counties.

For full Irish teams click: Irish teams euro cross

Reminder: Clonliffe AGM tomorrow night

Reminder to club members of the Clonliffe Harriers AC AGM will take place tomorrow Tuesday the 26th of November at 8.45pm in the club bar, Clonliffe Clubhouse, Morton Stadium, Santry. On the night members will hear reports on the previous year`s activities from the club captains and officers. Elections will be held for the club`s officers and committee. This is your opportunity to hear how your club is being run and to have your say. All members are encouraged to attend.

Marathon men and women win Dublin County medals

The Dublin County Board have today confirmed the results of the Dublin County Championships run in conjunction with the Dublin City Marathon and National Marathon on the October Bank Holiday. No surprise that the men (Sergiu Ciobanu, Gary O`Hanlon and Michael MacDiarmada), having won the National title are confirmed as Dublin Champions.

Team silver also for the O/35 masters team of  Chris Muldoon, Ciaran McCarthy and Conor Delaney and indeed for the womens O/35 team of Jacqui Dunphy, Alison O`Sullivan and Sinead Duffy and bronze for the O/50 mens team of Pat Byrne, Cathal O`Sullivan and Seamus Greenan.

Individual Dublin titles for Gary O`Hanlon O/35 and Frank Behan O/70 with individual medals also for Sergiu 3rd senior men, Chris Muldoon 3rd O/35, Ciaran McCarthy 2nd O/40, and Pat Byrne 2nd O/55.


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