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Charity begins at home

Club members if feeling in a charitable mood are referred to the Gofundme link below. A young boy who missed out on making his First Communion on Saturday instead is cycling a marathon to raise funds for St. Lukes/Irish Cancer Society where his Grandad was recently treated.

The Grandad in question is Clonliffe Harriers legendary athlete Des McCormack, International steeple chaser and still 50 years later the holder of the club 3000sc record (8.46.20).

The link is: https://www.gofundme.com/f/cycle-for-st-lukes-cancer-centre-beaumont

Update on cancelled events

Members please note that in addition to all Clonliffe club activities being cancelled until at least April 19th, we have been notified that Morton Stadium is closed and cannot be used.

The following events are cancelled to date:

National 10k Road Championships/Great Ireland run

National Road Relays

Dublin Juvenile Track & Field rounds April 18th & 25th

National Juvenile Indoor Championships

Clonliffe juvenile trip to Leevale Open Track & Field

The Clonliffe Grand Prix Series (to be resumed whenever possible)

The Clonliffe 2 (to be rearranged later in the season)

Clonliffe Juvenile All Medal Open Sports

Other events will also fall moving forward, we’ll keep all informed as much as possible. in the meantime continue to train solo, follow your coaches advise/schedules, keep social distance (2m), wash hands going out and coming back, DO NOT PRESS ANY TRAFFIC SIGNAL BUTTONS WITH YOUR HAND, cough/sneeze into you elbow. Run safe, be safe. Nil desperandum!

Latest update from Athletics Ireland

Clonliffe members please note the following from Athletics Ireland: Following the latest announcement from our Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar Athletics Ireland wishes to note that from midnight tonight All organised indoor and outdoor events of any size are not to take place.

The effect of this government decision means that no Athletics Ireland Provinces, County Boards, Clubs or affiliates can operate in any capacity. As such no insurance covers of Athletics Ireland for Provinces, County Boards, Clubs and individuals are operational during this period.

We stress the importance of all our members following this expert advice and hope you all stay safe in these difficult times.

Latest Guidance on Public Health Measures

Published: 24 March 2020
From: Department of the Taoiseach

The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) has recommended that all non-essential retail outlets close to members of the public. All other retail outlets are to implement social distancing.

Cafés and restaurants are limited to takeaways and deliveries only. All sporting events are cancelled – including those behind closed doors.

All theatres, clubs, gyms, leisure centres and hair salons are to be shut.

Places of worship are to restrict numbers visiting and no unnecessary travel should take place in the country or overseas, now or during the Easter break.

The Taoiseach said people need to stay at home and only leave to:

  • go to work
  • go to the shops for essential supplies
  • care for others
  • exercise

The Taoiseach also stated “you should only leave home to go to work if you can’t work from home and your attendance is essential. You should only go to the shops for essential supplies, out for medical or dental appointments, to care for others or to take physical exercise.

Non-essential indoor visits to other people’s homes should be avoided. Social gatherings of individuals outdoors should be of no more than 4, unless you are all from same household”.

The full statement is available HERE

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar Speech available HERE

Advice on protecting yourself and others available HERE

Coronavirus: Important Notice from Athletics Ireland

Clonliffe members please see notice from Athletics Ireland which is fully supported by Clonliffe Harriers. All members are asked to read and take full notice at this time of national importance:

It has come to our attention that a small number of running groups are not respecting the extremely important HSE advice in regard to maintaining a social distance of at least 2 metres between individuals.

During this unprecedented period the health of the nation is at stake and we direct all athletes and coaches under the auspices of Athletics Ireland to respect the expert advice of our health professionals.

Please note the latest advice from the HSE below.


Dear Stakeholder,

As part of the continued national response to the rapidly-shifting challenges of Coronavirus COVID-19, we firstly want to wish you good health and wellbeing.

Most of you will be aware that social distancing measures continue to be paramount and every citizen is being asked to take the necessary precautions. Many of the new materials developed below are helping to get this message out.

Partner Pack
The digital partner pack continues to be updated and can be downloaded online at:

https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/news/newsfeatures/covid19-updates/partner-resources/
The digital partner pack contains:

  • The most up to date posters on Coronavirus COVID-19 (please display and share these as widely as you can, and please replace any previous posters that you might have used with the updated version)
  • Videos that you can share and display
  • Leaflets, social media assets and more


Key Updates
Here are some important additions and updates for you:


Next Updates Expected
Early next week, the digital partner pack is also expected to include a booklet on Coronavirus COVID-19. We will make this available in a number of formats with different audiences in mind.

For the most up to date information and advice on Coronavirus, please go to:  


We would be grateful if you would let us know if your organisation has any specific requests or urgent needs in relation to Coronavirus COVID-19 public health information materials.  
If you do, please email us at Partner.Pack@hse.ie to let us know.

Thank you in advance for your support at this important time.

A reminder be mindful of your mental health during this time, try to keep to a routine, maintain a healthy, balanced diet, and remember social distancing doesn’t have to mean social isolation.

Covid-19 Health Communications Stakeholder Support

Stay Safe

Club Juvenile activities cancelled

In additional to the senior club activities and events cancelled the Clonliffe Juvenile section is also suspended for the present. All training is cancelled. The trip to the Leevale Open Sports next month and indeed the Clonliffe Juvenile Open Sports scheduled for May 24th are also cancelled.

Covid 19: Clonliffe update on club activities

With the ongoing unprecedented health crisis Clonliffe Harriers wishes to update our members on a number of important matters.All club activities remain cancelled until March 29th at the earliest, please be aware that it is likely that activities will remain cancelled beyond March 29th.

All club training is cancelled until further notice. Athletes should contact their coaches by alternative means to face-to-face for their training schedules to be followed in the meantime. Athletes are reminded of their obligations to themselves and their families to adhere to government and HSE guidelines in particular on social distancing. Therefore athletes are requested to either train solo or in very small groups. Before going running wash your hands. Please also be aware when road running not to press buttons on traffic signals with your bare hands but rather use your sleeve or elbow. When you get back home from your run remember to once again wash your hands thoroughly.

The Clonliffe 2 mile scheduled for May 4 is deferred, hopefully we can get an alternative date later in the year.

The Clonliffe Grand Prix series due to commence on April 2 is deferred. Again it is hoped to pick that series up once again during the course of the season.

The club bar in accordance with government guidelines will close this evening and will remain closed until March 29th or later if so directed. The club lotto is also deferred for the same period.

The Clonliffe AGM scheduled for March 24th is deferred to a later date to be arranged when possible. In the meantime the current committee will remain in a caretaker capacity.

Further updates will be posted and in the meantime please follow all health guidelines to protect yourself and your families and in particular vulnerable groups. We would also strongly recommend that you do not take your advice from social media but only take advice from appropriate sources (eg HSE, RTE, Irish Times, Irish Independent) . If all Irish citizens follow the advice and directions of the health authorities we will prevail. Nil desperandum.

Passing of former Club Captain Terry Purcell

Clonliffe are sad to learn of the death of Terry Purcell former club athlete and Club Captain. He was a member of the club from the early 1960s competing regularly in club races and in 1970 became the Club’s Captain. Clonliffe Harriers conveys our sympathies to Terry’s family and friends.

May McDonald, RIP

Clonliffe Harriers extend our sympathies to our club Treasurer Brian McDonald and to his son, and fellow Clonliffe Harrier Mark on the sad passing of Brian’s mother May yesterday. See notice below, members please note the restrictions on numbers and in the circumstances Brian has requested that his friends in Clonliffe do not attend the funeral,

McDonald (née Fitzgerald) Iona Avenue, (formerly known as Shanganagh Road) Drumcondra, Dublin 9, 12th March 2020, peacefully at Elm Green Nursing Home, Castleknock, Dublin, May beloved wife of the late John and dearly loved mother of Claire, Brian, Yvonne and George, dearest sister of George, Kitty and the late Luke. She will be sadly missed by her loving sons, daughters, brother, sister, grandchildren Rosemarie, John, Mark, James, David and Matthew, great granddaughters Emilia and Gracie, daughters-in-law Bernie, Jeanette, Yvonne’s partner Nicky, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nephews, nieces, cousins, relatives, friends and neighbours.

May she Rest in Peace

Funeral Mass will take place on Monday at 9.30am in St. Columba’s Church, Iona Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9, followed by interment in Glasnevin Cemetery.

We appreciate all the love and support from May’s family and friends, but we are legally bound to curtail numbers attending the funeral. The Mass will be streamed via webcam www.ionaroadparish.ie. We will be holding a celebration of May’s life at a future date. Thank you again for your support and your understanding at this difficult time.

Family flowers only, please, donations in lieu, if desired, to St. Vincent’s School, Navan Road.

Athletics postponements

We draw club members attention to the following announcements from Athletics Ireland:

National Juvenile indoors: In light of current circumstances, the Juvenile committee have taken the decision to postpone all 3 Juvenile indoor championship days currently fixed for the 28th/29th March and the 4th of April.

We have rescheduled these events to;

  • 26th April (Day 3 events)
  • 2nd May (Day 1 events)
  • 3rd May (Day 2 events).

The entry system will be updated accordingly.

Further details will be available in the coming days and weeks.

Should it be a case that the championships cannot be held on these dates, then they will be cancelled for 2020 and any entries completed will be refunded.

High performance: we have chosen to postpone all HP scheduled activity requiring gatherings of performance athletes up to and including March 29th, consistent with the time period for measures announced by an Taoiseach this morning, March 12th, including the following events:

March 14th – Senior 4×4, U20 4×4 & U20 4×1 squad sessions, Tallaght AC
March 21st – Senior 4×1 squad session, Tallaght AC
March 26th – Tokyo Team Day, Sport Ireland Institute

All athletes and coaches invited to the above events will be contacted ASAP to confirm above.  

Further to that, the Warm Weather Training Camp for Field Event athletes scheduled for 12th – 19th April has been cancelled.   The National Field Event Coordinator will contact all effected athletes to discuss same.

Road Races/Park Runs: All suspended until after March 29th.

Coronavirus: All Club training cancelled until March 29th

Members please note that this morning An TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has confirmed that schools, colleges, childcare facilities and other public facilities are to close and restrictions put in place on public gatherings in a bid to counter the coronavirus outbreak.

Therefore in accordance with the recommendation of athletics Ireland all club activities including training are suspended until March 29th with effect from 6.00pm today. Training therefore tonight is cancelled and the club’s training facilities will remain closed.

Members are referred to previous posting and all are requested to implement the advise and direction of the HSE .

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