Rás na hÉireann 2017 was held on Sunday February 5th, on a beautiful frosty but sunny day at Oldbridge, site of the famous Battle of the Boyne. Almost 600 athletes participated and the Dunleer AC organisers were delighted with the huge turnout. Cross country running is very strong in Ireland and the Athletic Clubs in Louth and beyond are great supporters of the Rás every year. This year teams from Louth, Meath, Monaghan, Cavan, Dublin, Offaly, Kildare and Down participated and there was a very high standard of running with All Ireland, Louth and Leinster Champions mixing with Club runners from this wide geographical area. Among the sponsors were Glen Dimplex, Premier Electrics, Darby's Service Station and Coca Cola. Many thanks to all who supported the event.
For results click here
January News 2017
Happy New Year to all!
2016 was a fantastic year for the Club. The final month of December was a special one with
Karen Costello capturing both the Louth senior ladies and masters ladies titles at cross country and finishing 12th in the National Ladies Novice event, and Erinn Leavy rounding things off with a National title under 11 in Dundalk at the National cross country championships. Tiernán Rowley led the under 13 boys to National team bronze also. Truly a great end to a great year.
Jack Mc Cullough's nomination for Drogheda Independent Sports Star of the Year culminates on January 28th when the votes are counted so buy the Drogheda Independent and get voting!
Our next big event on Sunday February 5th is the Larry Mc Guill Rás nahÉireann which Dunleer AC will host at Oldbridge,Drogheda, the site of the famous Battle of the Boyne in 1690.
After that we will be engaged in Indoor Championships, with Road Races and Track and Field all part of our year round schedule. Training recommences in Dunleer for Juveniles on Tuesday January 10th, with training for older juveniles and seniors on Wednesday 11th January at the Lourdes stadium in Drogheda and Fit4Life training on Thursday 12th January in Dunleer.
Registration for 2017
National Cross Country Championships
What a super ending to 2016 at the National Juvenile Cross Country Championships with Erinn Leavy winning the girls under 11 in fine style and Tiernán Rowley earning an individual medal and leading his team to team bronze.
AAI Report here
Congratulations to Liam Connaughton and Garry Campbell, All Ireland Schools Champions 2016 in Javelin and 800m respectively.
Big well done also to National Clubs Champions Liam Connaughton and Karlis Kaugars in the javelin and to Aeyla Orr Bronze in the National Championships in the long jump
Congrats to Tailteann Games Winners Liam Connaughton in the javelin and Emma Cheshire in the 4x300m relay
International Schools Winner ....Liam Connaughton!
European Championships .....Tomás Cotter, representing Ireland in the 3km steeplechase
Lots of Fantastic Results and Performances over the Summer
National Results on www.athleticsireland.ie
Amazing Tomás Cotter
Senior athlete Tomás Cotter broke the magic 4 minute barrier for 1 mile at the Morton Games in Santry in 2015. Tomás went on to emphatically win the National Senior Men's 3000 metre steeple chase, also in Santry. While home this Christmas Tomás ran the fastest 3,000m of his life in Athlone IT, winning in 8.06.13. He is training hard to qualify for the Olympics in Rio and the European Championships. Anyone who would like to support Tomás can go to www.gofundme.com
Our juveniles competed in a broad range of events throughout 2015, winning many medals and titles at County, Provincial and International level. Dunleer AC was crowned Louth Juvenile Cross Country Club of the Year.
Liam Connaughton represented Ireland in the Celtic Schools International, competing in the javelin event.
Darragh Greene was crowned Louth Senior Cross Country Men's Champion 2015 and Karen Costello was awarded the silver medal in the Ladies senior race.
Nicola Welsh was nominated as Louth's senior award winner at the Athletics Leinster Star Awards.
Keiron Kelly won the Gael Force ultra event.
Other results on our results page.
See some of our young stars below:
Leinster Cross Country Champion Kian Leavy! Well done to all who competed in the Leinster Cross Country Championships in Moyvalley. Kian had a brilliant victory under 14, with Peter Meegan 5th. Erinn Leavy won the under 10 non Championship race, with Lucy Sheridan 7th. Tiernán Rowley was a brilliant 2nd in the under 12 boys race, with Patrick Farrell 12th and the boys under 12 finished top Club team and were part of the victorious County squad. Theresa Russell finished in the top 12 under 14, as did Jack Boylan and Diarmuid Mc Keown under 18. Danny O Brien and Conor Matthews helped Louth to 4th under 16 boys and all qualified for the National Championships.
US based Dunleer AC senior Tomás Cotter was Dunleer AC's star turn at the National Senior Championships, winning his second Track & Field National title. Tomás recently made the news with a fantastic sub 4 minute mile in the Morton Games and was competing again in Santry on Sunday 9th August, this time in the 3000m Steeple Chase, billed as the distance race of the Championships. Tomás had an emphatic win, leaving all opponents trailing in his wake.
Dunleer AC had one of its most successful summers ever, with Tomás at the top of his game at senior National level, Liam Connaughton winning National Club and Schools titles as well as an International Schools' silver in the javelin event under 16, as well as numerous successes at National juvenile championships, at National B Championships, Community Games, Provincial and County Championships, and also road racing success for Darragh Greene with his consistent wins at 5km. The summer camp was a huge success also and the Club continues to develop and evolve.
Middle Distance Heroics
In early July, Irish International and Dunleer AC athlete Tomás Cotter won the Men's 1500meters in the British Milers Club in Watford, London in an amazing 3:43. This was a PB for Tomás and a fantastic performance on the track. At Morton Stadium a week later, Tomás ran a life time best for 800m in 1.50 and then on July 12th Tomás won the Dunleer 4 Mile road race in a new course record 19.31. Tomás will run in the Morton Mile élite International on Thursday July 24th, hoping to be one of the few Irish men to run sub4 minutes for a mile. Thanks to Tomás and Garry Campbell who were at the July summer camp helping out with the sessions and enjoying the fun and games! Garry Campbell and Diarmuid Mc Keown have both been invited to run in the junior mile race. Thomas Barr will also be in action!
National Juvenile Track and Field B Championships
A huge well done to all of the Dunleer AC juvenile athletes who competed in Tullamore on Saturday last in the National B Championships. Five silver medals in total were won by the team, with silver for Grace Fitzpatrick in the 600m under 13, silver for Ciara Reilly in the 800m under 15, a super two silver medals for Ciara Matthews in the high jump and the shot putt under 15, and in the boys' events there was a great silver medal for Odhran Rowley in the shot putt under 14.
European Youth Paralympic Games
Well done Conor McBride, 3rd in the 200m at the European Youth Paralympic Games (Croatia).
Parents, check the Dunleer AC Facebook page for more details on upcoming events.
Larry Mc Guill Rás na hÉireann
A brilliant day was had by all at the Rás na hÉireann in Oldbridge. Thanks goes to sponsors Coca Cola and to the OPW as well as all athletes, stewards and supporters who made this a great day for everyone.
Special thanks to the Mc Guill family, the Floyd family and the Duffin family for presenting their memorial cups. Rás Results: