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Dunleer 4 Mile Road Race 2022

Dunleer 4 Mile Road Race 2022

We are very excited to announce that Dunleer Athletic Club is once again in a position to host a road race in Dunleer. The event is dedicated to the memories of Ollie Brennan and Seán Carrie, two Club stalwarts who helped to make Dunleer AC what it is today, one of the finest Athletic Clubs in the country.  Please get on board with our hard working volunteer committee and support this race. Dunleer Athletic Club is continuing the tradition of introducing children and adults to athletics, and promoting life long association with fitness and good health.

Registration online is now open.  
Please note; Online Registration only
T-shirts for the first 300 to register

March/April/May 2022
Spring has sprung and we are into the track and field and road racing season after a fantastic return to Cross Country and Indoor post Covid restrictions. A big welcome to all of our new members and a huge congrats to everyone who has been training hard, competing, coaching, officiating and attending to Club committee business. We are back up and running and looking forward to a great summer!

At a very successful AGM on Monday 6th January 2022, Pat Fitzpatrick was unanimously re-elected Chairman of Dunleer AC. Nicola Welsh was elected secretary and Nicola Courtney treasurer, with other committee members filling in the various roles with enthusiasm! The committee reflected on a great year of athletics, with success at all levels, despite the difficulties posed by the Corona virus pandemic.  Indeed the committee is looking forward to another fantastic year, with the return of Rás na hÉireann cross country on February 20th 2022 at the beautiful, historic OPW site at Oldbridge, where the Battle of the Boyne took place in 1690.  It truly is an amazing course for cross country and the committee will be working as hard as ever to organise another brilliant day for athletics fans. This will be the 51st Rás and Dunleer Athletic Club will be looking forward to hearing from old friends and new to support, sponsor, participate and enjoy the event. Larry Mc Guill Rás na hÉireann, as it is fondly named now since the passing of the great Larry Mc Guill in 2011 will be a great event and a time to reflect on the history of the Club and the sport, with Armagh Athletic Club supporting the cross border link and the Mc Guill, Duffin and Floyd families invited to present the Cups to the winning teams.

Charlie Breagy was nominated at the AGM as an Honorary President of the Club, to recognise his amazing work for Dunleer AC for many many years. Charlie was a great juvenile athlete with the Club in the 1970's, securing County, Prvincial and National titles. He was the first Dunleer AC athlete to go to the USA on an athletics scholarship in the 1980's, but he never forgot his roots and it was his work as an élite athlete co-ordinator for the Rás since the centenary celebrations of the Club in 1996 up until the 50th Rás na hÉireann in 2019 that he receives particular honourable mention.  Charlie was repsonsible for bringing International athletics of the highest calibre to Dunleer for the Rás. He also worked with Larry Mc Guill and Jacqueline Matthews to preserve the link with Armagh AC and the International Week of Culture and Athletics. He is indeed a worthy recipient of this honour.

January 2022
Happy New Year everybody! See registration news here...
We held our AGM via Zoom and elected our committee for 2022.  

October/November 2021

It's almost Halloween and restrictions have eased. Dunleer AC is well and truly up and running, but in the interest of health and safety we have to remain mindful of the presence of Covid 19, and remain vigilant regarding social distancing, mask wearing indoors, washing and sanitising hands etc. That being said, we have had hugely successful Louth Cross Country Championships for Juveniles, Novice and Intermediate athletes, plus Leinster Cross Country Championships for Juvenile (Even Ages) and Novice. Our Chairman Pat Fitzpatrick and his committee members and coaching team are pulling out all the stops to get athletics back on track!! Well done everyone.

If you are considering buying Dunleer AC Club Gear for Christmas, visit our Club store at lt https://www.jfsports.ie/product.../club-shop/dunleer-ac/

Leinster Cross Country Championships 2021
Dunleer AC athletes were thrilled to finally return to Leinster Championship Cross Country running last weekend. Races for under 12, 14, 16, 18 junior and Novice runners took place at the Mountain View golf course in Kilkenny. More runners registered to run than in previous years and this real event,  as opposed to the many virtual lockdown events, was a pleasure to attend for athletes and supporters from all over the Province. Dunleer AC had a fantastic day and had a winner under 10 in Fiannaith King, under 12 with Cliodhna Reilly and under 18 with Sean Connaughton, as well as other brilliant performances. .....

Cross Country 2020
Check out our Louth Novice and Even Ages Cross Country report

Dunleer AC Training Details - from January 2020

Training for Juveniles (age 6 plus) on Tuesdays at the track in Dunleer at 7.15pm.
New children welcome.
Training on Wednesdays at Lourdes stadium at 7pm for juveniles and adults.
New members welcome.
Training on Thursday nights at 7.30pm for adults at the track in Dunleer.
New members welcome.
Training in Oldbridge/Lourdes stadium or Races at weekends.
Updates here on our Facebook page and Club details on our website www.dunleerac.net

Summer 2019

At the National senior track and field Championship finals on Sunday 28th July in Morton Stadium, there were some brilliant races with the stars of Irish athletics in action, Mark English and Ciara Magean in the 800m, Phil Healy and Marcus Lawlor in the 200m, Sarah Healy 1500m, Michelle Finn 3km steeplechase, Ciara Neville, Patience Jumbo Gula, Gina Akpe Moses and Molly Scott in the sprints, but it was the men's 1500m final that lit up the track for Dunleer AC when Jack Boylan took on the race with 950m to go.

The race was moving along very slowly and the brave Jack Boylan took the race on and charged to the front and tried to burn off the other athletes. This surprise tactic had the whole field jostling to get moving to chase the runaway leader and only managed to catch him with 400m to go. Unfortunately Jack was gradually reeled into the pack and his challenge was met with a frenzied counter attack. Jack may not have featured on the podium but his brave run made for a great race and the Dunleer AC contingent were proudly cheering him every step of the way.

   February 2019
Rás na hÉireann Results
Congratulations to JoannaThompson - USA - Ladies 4km winner
and to Matt Mc Clintock - USA - Men's 6km winner

50th Rás na hÉireann International Cross Country
See our Dunleer Athletic Club Facebook page and Rás website http://www.rasnaheireann.com/
See also Armagh Athletic Club's website for entry to the International Road Race on Thursday February 14th http://www.armagh5k.com/enter-online/     

The culmination of our cross country season will be particularly exciting as we will be celebrating the 50th Rás na hÉireann on Sunday February 17th 2019. We are putting a lot of effort into the preparations for this year's event, with training and organsiation.  Anybody who has had any connection with Rás na hÉireann over the years is invited to support and seek support for the event to make it the best yet! Entries are online only.  Click on picture below:

Newsflash  - Huge Well Done Neasa and Garry

  • Garry Campbell competed as part of the Irish U23 team in the European Cross Country Championships in the Netherlands in December, after his 4th place finish at the National U23 Cross Country Championships in Abbottstown. This was a great honour for Garry and for his Club.

  • Neasa Reilly was selected for the Celtic International in January in Antrim, after her 4th place finish at the National U16 Cross Country Championships in Abbottstown. This International event takes place on January 19th.

The Indoor Championships are around the corner in January and training is ongoing with Pat Cheshire, Santis Kaugars and Hugh Hodgins.

The culmination of our cross country season will be particularly exciting as we will be celebrating the 50th Rás na hÉireann in February 2019. We are putting a lot of effort into the preparations for this year's event, with training and organsiation.  Anybody who has had any connection with Rás na hÉireann over the years is invited to support and seek support for the event to make it the best yet!
Click here for details.

November 2018

Congratulations to Garry Campbell, Louth Senior Athlete 2018. Garry was the winner of this award based on his magnificent year, performing on road, track and cross country, and in particular his amazing run 2 weeks ago to win the Senior Men's 10,000 metre cross country Championship in 31.31. He is a very worthy recipient of this award, which was proudly accepted on his behalf by Chairwoman Jacqueline Matthews at the Louth Athletics Sports Awards held in the Crown Plaza Hotel in Dundalk on Friday 16th November.

Edward Mc Entee was the winner of the Track and Field award in the 16/17 boys category and Aeyla Orr was the winner of the Track and Field award in the 16/17 girls category. Cormac Greene was the winner of the Cross Country award in the 9-12 age group. Nominees were Declan Mc Entee, Liene Kaugare, Karlis Kaugars, Erinn Leavy, Conor Brennan, Rebecca Baldwin, Neasa Reilly, Cliodhna Reilly and Cormac Greene.
Dunleer AC can boast two senior Louth Cross Country Champions for 2018 with Karen Costello and Garry Campbell, the ladies and men's race winners respectively.

Leinster Cross Country - Day 2

It seems that our senior athletes have inspired a new generation, judging by the performances of the Dunleer AC juveniles today at the Leinster cross country Championship event. Last week Dunleer AC had runaway success at the Louth senior and this week the juveniles got their spikes on, braved the muck and rain and produced the goods. We can boast 2 Leinster Champions in Erinn Leavy under 13 and Neasa Reilly under 17.

First up was young Cormac Greene who ran a terrific race to finish 2nd in the under 9 non Championship Leinster event and was backed by his Clubmates Lucas Lavery and Darragh Rooney.

Under 11 girls had an individual medallist in Sally Sheridan with 11th. Leah Rooney also had an excellent run. Our boys under 11 made a great team effort but as they are still under 10 they were more interested in gaining experience at tbis level.

Dunleer AC had 3 girls in the too 12 under 13 with an outstanding win by Erinn Leavy, supported by Rebecca Baldwin 8th, Lucy Sheridan 12th and Aibhe Reilly moving up an age to make the team.

Boys under 15 had another individual medallist in James Russell finishing 10th.

Neasa Reilly stole the show under 17 girls with a brilliant win, while Peter Meegan earned his individual medal under 17 with 6th place and Danny O Brien had a great run under 19 with a 13th place finish.

Great support from team members, parents and coaches and a great day by all accounts in wet and windy Wexford! Next up National Championships!

Louth Senior Cross Country Championships

Karen has just been selected to run in the International Masters Meet in Swansea in 2 weeks time and based on her runaway victory in the ladies 6km today she is in great form. Karen led her team to victory and was hugely supported by her great team of Dunleer AC ladies with Nicola Welsh 3rd and Dearbhla Greene 4th, backed by Nicola Courtney, Sandra Doheny and Denise Gallagher.  

Garry won the men's 10km by a huge margin also and led his team to victory.
In fact Garry retained his Louth senior cross country title in fine style at the Newtownstalaban course in 31.31. It was a fantastic display from the Dunleer AC men with Garry 1st, Tomás Cotter 2nd, Jack Boylan 3rd and Darragh Greene 4th. The men had Pat Fitzpatrick and Anthony Connolly finishing 5th and 6th Dunleer men home to win the team title. The Dunleer men had 5th place also with Paddy Mahoney, Patrick Connolly, Mark Carroll, Richard Califf, Aonghus Rooney, Shane Lavery, Ollie Mc Hugh

July 2018
National Senior Track & Field Championships

Well done to Garry Campbell and Nicola Welsh on representing Dunleer AC at the National senior Championships in Santry in the 1500m. Garry had a particularly good run with 6th place in the final, while Nicola also ran very well but was unfortunate not to make the final on this occasion.

National Juvenile Championships

Karlis competed for Dunleer AC in the National Juvenile Championships and pulled off a remarkable feat with 3 National titles in throwing events. Karlis competed in the shot putt first of all and secured the gold with a putt of 14.86m under 14 and followed that up with a very impressive 55.63m in the javelin. Karlis and his dad and coach Santis were absolutely thrilled with the result and in particular the fact that he achieved a National record in the javelin. The following weekend Karlis achieved the unimagineable with a third gold medal, this time in the discus.  Karlis has been working hard at training all year and Dunleer AC Chairperson Jacqueline Matthews is very proud of him as are all of the committee members.

Summer Camp
Dunleer AC hosted an Athletics Ireland Summer Camp, from July 9th to July 13th. The camp ran from Monday to Friday 10 am - 2pm each day.  The Road Safety Authority led road safety activities for the children on Monday. Athletics and Education were combined all week. The camp was hugely successful once again and very enjoyable for all 38 children and 15 camp leaders.

The annual Dunleer AC 4 Mile Road Race was held in Dunleer on Sunday July 15th at 3pm. The race honoured the memories of two Dunleer AC Clubmen, Ollie Brennan and Seán Carrie, who sadly passed on some years ago, but whose families remain committed to Dunleer AC with their children and grandchildren competing for the Club.  The race provided an opportunity to local people to come out and run/jog and walk together around the 4 Mile loop, but there was also the serious end with Club runners from all over the country competing for honours and in particular attempting to smash the course records, held by Tomás Cotter and Fiona Roche.
Race Report
A nice sprinkling of rain was very welcome at the Dunleer AC 4 Mile road race on Sunday 15th July, an event which remembers Ollie Brennan and Seán Carrie, two great Clubmen who have passed away in recent years, but whose families continue the great tradition of athletics.

The men's race was won in 21.37 by Rathfarnham athlete Paul Fleming, with Turlough Conway in second place in 21.44, and Michael Fox of Armagh AC in third in 21.53.

The ladies race had a famous face and winner in Catherina Mc Kiernan, a great supporter of the race over the years and of course winner of Rás na hÉireann and world silvers at cross country. Catherina romped home in 22.45, with Karen Costello of Dunleer AC running a great race once again and finishing second in 23.59. Ilona Mc Elroy was third in 24.28.

The Club was delighted to win both the men's and women's cups for first place in the Club team competition.

March/April 2018

Happy Easter Everyone! Dunleer AC held their AGM in March 2018 and the committee was elected, with Jacqueline Matthews elected as Chairwoman. Details here

Child Welfare Safeguarding Statement

Registration for the new athletics year is now overdue. Please print and download a form and put your form and money in an envelope, and bring the envelope to the next training session.
Try Downloading the form here or alternatively:
Find the Registration Form here

Adult Training Group News
We hosted a new member/registration night for adults on Thursday January the 11th at 7.30pm at our track in Dunleer. This is suitable for ALL levels of athletes, including complete beginners. We cater for all abilities and we have coaches there to guide and advise.
In March 2018, Naomh Mairtin GFC asked for our assistance with a Wellness group aiming to run 4 miles by July 15th - Dunleer 4 Mile Road Race. Naomh Mairtins will host a training session on Monday nights at 7.30pm and Dunleer AC will assist in guiding this group from "Couch to 4 Mile"

Rás na hÉireann 2018
There were damp conditions underfoot on Sunday last for the 49th staging of the Rás na hÉireann, but that did not deter the 500 athletes who participated. A great event was hosted by Dunleer AC on the grounds of Oldbridge House at the Battle of the Boyne site, by kind permission of the OPW.
Results and Report 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.

Rás Programme

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

Summer News
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
Congratulations all.

Fixtures for the rest of the summer

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.  

Sub 4!
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.  

Summer Success
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:

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