Archive for April, 2019

Daniel Lacey St. Aidans Athlete of the year

The St. Aidans annual awards night took place in the school tonight. Clonliffe were once again the sponsors of the Athlete of the year award for the Brother Clarke Memorial Cup. All six nominees are Clonliffe Harriers: Sean Boyne, Callum Simpson,  Evan Foster, Dermot Buckley,  Daniel Lacey and Jordan Byrne. The Athlete of the year was Daniel Lacey who received the award from Stephen  Harkness on behalf of the Committee and the night’s special guest of honour, Clonlifffe Atlanta Olympian and Wannamaker Mile winner, Niall Bruton.

Earlier in the evening Niall spoke fondly of his years in St. Aidans from 1984 onwards and of his time with Clonliffe Harriers paying particular tribute to his school and club coach Peter McDermott. Niall also most generously presented his old school with his Olympic Games race number.

Road Relay Stats.

With considerable thanks to Killian Lonergan we bring you the Clonliffe stats of the National Road Relays since they found their permanent home in the Raheny village. This makes a most interesting read and put into perspective the fine effort the team put in on Sunday. The team actually ran the third fastest ever road relay by a Clonliffe team. On an individual basis it is noteworthy that Cathal Doyle’s mile leg of 4.17 was the fastest ever mile leg recorded by a Clonliffe Harrier. Colm Rooney’s 2 mile leg was only one second slower than his fastest ever 2 mile leg. Ian Guiden’s 3 mile leg was the 4th fastest ever recorded by a Clonliffe athlete. Ian also now joins Connor Healy on the most ‘capped’ list in the road relays having turned out for 6th occasion for the club last Sunday.

Click on attachment: R-Relays

(Cathal Doyle on the way to a 4.17 Clonliffe Mile record leg)

Ella wins East Leinster 800

The schools track and field qualifiers resumed today after the Easter break at Morton Stadium Santry. There was only a handful of Clonliffe athletes competing today with pride of place going to Ella Brown who won her first E. Leinster schools title as she won the senior girls 800. This was a fine performance by Ella especially considering that she is only back a couple of days from a hard week’s charity work in Romania.

In the senior boys 4000 (yes we are back to 4000!) Thomas Balthazar was second with Ian Mc Aweeney third, both successfully qualifying for the Leinster finals in three weeks time.

The North Leinster’s take place tomorrow, then it is back to the East on Thursday and concluding on Friday once again with the North Leinster’s. Further updates as they come to hand (please text 0879599888 with results)


Weekend round up: Juvenile league and Night Run

The club`s juvenile athletes were in action in round 2 of the league on a cold morning in Morton stadium on Saturday. Numbers were smaller than usual coming towards the end of the easter holidays. Gladys reports on some excellent runs with the highlights being a win in the U/16 100mts by Sally Sumola, 2nd by her brother Ethan U/11 500. 2nd  for Orla O’ Sullivan U/15 800.

Last night in Dublin city the Night Run 10k took place with lots of club members stewarding and cheering on club mates: Mick Gleeson 42.11, Laura Kernan 42.38, David Comiskey 43.20, Maurice McHale 45.39, Declan Grant 51.37, Joanne McCabe 52.45.

Men take bronze at National Road Relays

Another good step forward for the senior men`s middle/long distance squad with the taking of bronze at the National Road Relays in Raheny today. After a number of years were the squad has finished well outside of the points paying positions there was a fresh determination about the guys today. Indeed with three teams competing as a whole it was a great turnout by the senior men.

With Raheny having another crack squad out they started as firm favourites and with very strong teams from DSD the Donore Harriers and KCH the Clonliffe men were always up against it to finish in the top three. Efrey Gidey got the a team off to a very solid start running a strong lead leg and passing over in fourth (9.28)  to Cathal Doyle. Cathal who last year made significant strides over 1500 once again showed great speed over his mile leg and ran superb, the fastest of the day of 4.17 to propel the team into second place. He passed on to Ian Guiden who was running the crucial 3 mile leg. Ian has been a prolific supporter of the Clonliffe Road relays effort in recent years and this was his sixth time to race in this event. The 3 mile leg featured Kevin Dooney (Raheny), Hiko Tonsa (DSD) and John Travers (Donore). Travers proved to be the class of this leg with a 13.55 to bring Donore right back into the proceedings however Ian stuck gamely to the task and ran an excellent leg of 14.34 to pass over to Colm Rooney holding onto bronze ahead of DSD. By this stage it was a battle up front between host club Raheny and Donore over the final 2 mile leg, in the end it was Brian Fay who took the home team Raheny to gold and retain the national road relay title. A short time later it was the battle for bronze, a three way knock out contest: Clonliffe v KCH v DSD. Down the home straight Colm Rooney sprinted like the Rooney of old to pull away with a 9.25 leg and deliver brilliant bronze for the Clonliffe men.

It also must be said that the other two teams performed gamely, the B team put in an excellent effort with strong runs from Sean O’Leary (9.32), Jarlait Jordan (4.54), Sean Doran (15.32) and Eoin Taggart (10.01). Likewise the C team performed gamely with battling runs by Liam Roarty (9.58), Greg Hosseny (4.49), Thomas Sherlock (15.55) and Paul Keenan (11.26). A word also for the reserve Ben Guiden who came out and was ready to step into the breach if required. The B team placed 8th and the Cs 17th.

It is also very pleasing to report on a solid run by the Clonliffe women, again and a resurgence in the women section to see a black and amber women’s team been fielded for the first time in a couple of years. It was indeed a very young squad but a squad with a great future. The team put in great battling effort by Ali Fernandez (6.01),  Alannah Cooley, who it must be said ran an excellent 2 mile leg of 12.04 and Hannah Browne (6.26) as the team placed 15th.

Congratulations to all of the Clonliffe athletes today. Great stuff!



Super runs in London by Gary and Karl

Gary O’Hanlon was just outside his pb in today’s London Marathon placing 31st in 2.17.32. There was a fine PB from Karl Nolan of 2.37.05.


The Rooney Review: Clonliffe hit Hamburg

Slightly later than usual The Rooney Review:  38 depart/35 return .You’ll have to read the report to find out what happened to the Notorious Hamburg Three, but think Thelma & Louise with a trusty sidekick.

Day One – Hi Ho Hi Ho, it’s off to Hamburg we go.

With Coach Pam’s instructions acting as an alarm call, somehow 36 club members (as always Fergal was one step ahead and Aoife insisted, we sort everything out before her arrival) managed to make it through security without incident.  Arriving in Hamburg it was decided a recce of Hamburg was required, led by Emma’s Hamburg Train Stations Tour, during which we almost lost Dave L to a group of locals, Mick G brought to a historic train station beerhall and Mileage Mary insisted we carb load with donuts. Thankfully the second group managed to bring the classy levels up a peg or two by hitting the Tower cocktail bar, followed by an attempted sing-song hosted by Mandy (who needs a microphone to start singing!!), and ending up with some stretches on the dancefloor.

Day Two – I Want to Ride My Bicycle

Like the Von Trapp Family from the Sound of Music, thanks to Jenette, the group hit the streets on the annual bike tour. The squad were split into two groups. Group One kept to the historic sights of Hamburg, (FYI, it’s a port city!!!) while Group Two stopped for ice-cream, beer, toilet breaks, and more beer.  Like the serious athletes we are and under coach’s strict instructions of “No booze, No drugs and No sex” MOST of the group managed to get back to the hotel to collect race numbers and had an early night. A big thank you to Emer and Emma for sorting out the race number, but where did three of those race numbers go??? However, some misunderstand the ‘early night’ instruction and thought it meant staying up to duet with the barman until the ‘early’ hours of the morning.

Day Three – We Are the Champions

With a few sore heads and some ‘athletes’ in a state of denial, we managed to make our way to the start line, let by Aideen’s hopping, skipping, lunging and meditating pre-race warm-up.

First off was the half-marathon, where Mick G was made feel like celebrity as he was cheered around the first corner. However, the fans were left speechless when, to everyone’s surprise, Dave R zoomed past looking too sprightly for a man who had been signing until 3am.

The remaining athletes joined the huddle masses for the start of the 10k.  While some had hoped they’d be able to hide amongst the other participants, this was not to be when we were met with encouraging cheers from are support group, consisting of Comedian Ben, Fergal, Birthday Boy Joe, Louise, Pam and Stephen. The group were led home by the dynamic duo of Alan and Emer, who perfectly paced each other, getting stronger with each km.  Big shout out to Darren H who was making a return to races after a lengthy recovery period, proving how determination and patience will get you back to the start line.

With pride and true comradery, the Black & Amber crowd when wild when the race commentator announced international athlete Emer Griffin was the 3rd lady home.

Night Three – There May Be Trouble Ahead

After an impromptu post race tour of the suburbs of Hamburg, the group eventually got back to the hotel to ready ourselves for the night ahead. It all started innocently enough; however, we should have known it was going to be an eventful night when Ben took to the stage and treated us to a comedy routine.  The routine was followed by Evelyn’s ‘Men Vs Women Games Night’ during which we found out that Adrian will never make it in the world of paper plane design, Kevin S has no problem sabotaging a rivals aircraft, and Laura K will do anything to distract the men during the hula-hoop contest.   However, the battle of the sexes was put aside as we got together to end a wonderful weekend with a group sing-song and plans for an early night, with most heading to bed at a respectful hour.

So, with everyone tucked up in bed, what could go wrong?

Early Monday morning as the group struggled onto the bus and it was noted that 3 members were MIA and despite efforts, nothing was budging the 3 sleeping beauties (Dave R, Evelyn and Rhona (Evona)).  As the bus pulled out the 3 renegades were going to follow behind in a speeding taxi cab, unfortunately the traffic gods were against them as they hit a long tailback causing them to miss check-in and resulting in the trio facing with an extended journey home via Cologne. However, that is not the end of the story due to an international incident. As the lovely Evelyn made her way through security she was taken aside and asked to explain why there was a gun in her bag!!  Thankfully Evelyn could use her charms and prove that she and her toy plastic gun were not a risk to airport security.

That’s it for another year and thank you to Pam & Co for organising another fun trip.

So what questions has the trip raised?

  • Will Emma be organising a tour of DART stations?
  • Did Evelyn pay for those banana sweets?
  • Is Ben going to take his comedy routine on tour?
  • Who’s up for a visit to Cologne in 2020?

*Some stories have withheld to protect the innocent and at the request of the guilty parties

Until next time, take care and dig in.

Clonliffe stewards for Night Run

Clonliffe stewards for Sunday`s Night run in Dublin city meet at Ringsend Library at 8.00/8.15pm. If you haven’t confirmed yet but are available please text Joe Cooper 0872256004.

Strong Clonliffe teams for road relays

The National Road Relays take place this Sunday, April 28th in Raheny. In recent years this event has been dominated by Raheny Shamrocks, who once again have a very strong looking team and will start as favourites. The men`s race is 2 mile, 1 mile, 3 mile, 2 mile. There are 3 Clonliffe men`s teams entered with the A team looking like they will contend for medals:

A: Efrem Gidey, Cathal Doyle, Ian Guiden, Colm Rooney.

B: Sean O’Leary, Jarlath Jordan, Sean Doran, Eoin Taggart

C: Liam Roarty, Greg Hossenny, Thomas Sherlock, Paul Keenan

The women`s race is 1 mile, 2 mile, 1 mile with a youthful Clonliffe team of Hannah Browne, Alannah Cooley and Ale Hernandez.

There is also a Masters mens team, M/50 of Declan Grant, Kevin Dowling and Sean Grimes.


  • 2.00pm Master Women
  • 2.30pm Master Men
  • 3.00pm Senior Women
  • 3.30pm Senior Men

Andrew Coscoran wins 128th Clonliffe 2 mile

Tonight 128th annual Clonliffe 2 mile was won tonight by Andrew Coscoran  (Star of the Sea) in a time of 9.13. The was a good turnout of some 150 athletes for tonight’s race, thankfully the threat of rain held off and the athletes enjoyed favourable conditions for the race. The Clonliffe 2 was once again most generously sponsored by the Kavanagh family (the Grave Diggers in Glasnevin)

As the field was sent on its way at 8 PM sharp it was pleasing to see so many Clonliffe vests at the front end of the field as the athlete exited the stadium heading towards Northwood. Coscoran led from Clonliffe pairing Colm Rooney and Efrem Gidey as the race exited the stadium. At the Crowne Plaza crossing into Santry Demesne Croscoran held the lead with Rooney just on his tail and Efrem cut slightly adrift. As the leaders hit the track they were separated by a tiny margin but Coscoran’s superior track speed paid dividends as he came home opening the gap on Rooney with 200 to go to win the Historic Clonliffe 2, Coscoran breasting the tape in a time of 9.13, the 2nd fastest on the new Santry course with Colm Rooney 2 seconds adrift (9.15). Efrem held onto third place (9.28) with Sean Doran coming in fourth place (9.50) chased in by the fast finishing Clonliffe junior pairing of Aaron Cullen and Ben Guiden finishing two abreast in 5th and 6th with identical times of 9.51.

The women’s race was won for the second successive year by Nadia Power (Templeogue), 10.46 in second place from Donore Harriers was Ide Ni Dhomhaill (10.53) and Bronagh  Kearns (St Sennans) third (11.18). The top six women completed by: 4th Laura McDonnell (Tallaght) 11.19, 5th Holly Brennan (Cillies AC) 11.29 and 6th Maura Kearns (Donore Harriers) 11.42.

In the junior race with Efrem, Aaron and Ben taking senior prizes the top three was another Clonliffe trio of Thomas Baltazar (10.32), Evan Foster (10.35) and Ian McElweney (10.42) whilst the top three junior women, again all Clonliffe, were Aoife Hession (12.24) , Sarah Bateson, after a bad fall on the start line, (12.29)and Orla O’Sullivan (12.53).

In the Masters categories firstly master men: M/35 David Brady (Clonliffe), M/40 Shane Casey (Clonliffe), M/45 Shane Larkin (Drogheda and District), M/50 Seanie Meyler (Omagh), M/55 Maurice McCrohan (Clonliffe), M/60 Desie Shorten (Parnell AC), M/65 Mike Mac Domhanill (West Limerick) and M/70 Matt Cooley.

In the master women W/35 Ailish Malone (Clonliffe), W/40 Laura Kiernan (Clonliffe), W/45 Deirdre Fitzsimons (Clonliffe), W/50 Aine McCann (Clonliffe) and W/55 Mary Waters (Navan AC).

Full results: Results Clonliffe 2mile 2019 (1)

To view photos of today’s Clonliffe 2:

NOTE: Uncollected prizes for Sean Doran, David Brady, Maurice McCrohan are behind the Bar!


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