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Dunleer AC Regulations
Dunleer Athletic Club is fully committed to safeguarding the well being of its members. Every individual in Dunleer Athletic Club should at all times, show respect and understanding for members rights, safety and welfare and conduct themselves in a way that reflects the principles of the organisation and the guidelines contained in the Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children's Sport.

In Dunleer Athletic Club our first priority is the welfare of the young people and we are committed to providing an environment that will allow participants to perform to the best of their ability, free from bullying and intimidation.

Dunleer Athletic Club wishes to provide the best possible environment for all young people involved in the sport. Young people deserve to be given enjoyable, safe sporting opportunities, free of abuse of any kind. These participants have rights, which must be respected, and responsibilities that they must accept. Young people should be encouraged to realise that they have responsibilities to treat other participants and sports leaders with fairness and respect.

Child Welfare Safeguarding Statement

Dunleer Athletic Club Constitution

Dunleer AC Officers 2021
Chairperson: Pat Fitzpatrick
Vice Chairperson: Ian Carroll

: Nicola Welsh
Assistant Secretary: Niamh Connaughton

: Nicola Courtney
Assistant Treasurer: Tom Connaughton

: Karen Costello
: Jacqueline Matthews
Competitions Secretary: Nicola Welsh
Designated Person(Child Protection): Karen Costello, Pat Fitzpatrick
Child Protection Officers: Sally Clarke, Karen Costello

County Board Rep
: Michael Mulligan
Men's captain: Graham Townsend
Women's captain: Áine Mc Bride
Athletic Wear: Karen Costello
Committee Members: Sandra O Rourke, Declan Mc Kenna, Pat Cheshire, Liam Healy, Áine Mc Bride, Martina Hansberry
Honorary Life Members: Tommy Neary, Theresa Kenwright
Honorary Presidents: Larry Mc Guill (RIP), Charlie Breagy

Coaching Committee:

Kevin Matthews (Athletics Ireland Coaching Certification:Introduction, Level 1 & 2)
Pat Cheshire (Athletics Ireland Coaching Certification:Athletics Leader, Level 1 & Level 2)
Jacqueline Matthews (Athletics Ireland Coaching Certification:Introduction, Level 1 & 2)
Fintan Reilly (Athletics Ireland Coaching Officer and former International athlete)
Santis Kaugars Throws Coach & Senior Athlete
Micheál Mulligan (Athletics Ireland Coaching Certification:Athletics Leader, Level 1)
Hugh Hodgins (Athletics Ireland, Athletics Leader, Level 1 and Level 2)
Brenda Ledwith (Athletics Ireland Athletics Leader)
Grace Farrell (Athletics Ireland Athletics Leader)
Helen Cheshire (Athletics Ireland Athletics Leader and former International athlete)
Eugene Burns (Athletics Ireland Coaching Certification:Introduction and Senior athlete)
David Carrie (Sports Massage Therapy, Senior athlete and former International)
Rory Kirwan PE Teacher and
(Athletics Ireland Athletics Leader)
Pat Fitzpatrick Athletics Leader course, Fit4Life Coach
Patrick Connolly Massage Therapy and Fit4Life Coach
Anthony Connolly Fit4Life Coach
Shane Cheshire (Athletics Ireland Athletics Leader)
Seoda Matthews (Athletics Ireland Assistant Coach & Louth Sports Partnership Sports Leader)
Seaghna Campbell (Louth Sports Partnership Sports Leader)
Niamh Connaughton (Athletics Ireland Athletics Leader)
Ciarán Connaughton (Athletics Ireland Athletics Leader)

Official Opening
The Official Opening of Our Renovated Track at Shamrock Hill, Dunleer took place on Wednesday June 30th 2010 with special guest Catherina Mc Kiernan, previous winner of Ras na hEireann (1998 and 2005), former European Cross Country Champion and 4 timesilver medallist at the World Cross Country Championships.

The track stands on the grounds of Lann Leire GFC and GAA representatives were on hand to congratulate Dunleer AC on providing this great facility. The Club is very grateful to the Department of Sport and Recreation for providing grant assistance for the project, but still needed to raise some funds for the shortfall and embarked on more fundraising activities.

Catherina spoke highly of the Club also and was delighted to present specialised running shoes on behalf of Dunleer AC to 2 young junior men Carl Dunne and Shane Walsh, both representing Ireland this month in International Mountain Running Events.

Club Chairman Kevin Matthews was delighted to see an array of friends and supporters, young and old from many eras represented at the opening, with Barney Mc Guill representing the Mc Guill family. The Clubrooms are aptly named the Noel Mc Guill Clubrooms to honour former athlete Noel Mc Guill, brother of Barney and Larry who died tragically in a cycling accident many years ago.

Many of the newer young members were present with their families and all enjoyed the refreshments kindly sponsored by the Victory family from Dunleer. Also present was Bill Hoey whose father William was a former Chairman of Dunleer AC., masters' athlete Tom Hickey who ran many marathons and used the track for his training, Mark Stephenson North Leinster Schools' Secretary and Ciarán Doyle Louth Athletics Secretary, as well as a host of supporters, committee members plus junior and senior athletes. The photos in the Clubrooms were regarded with great interest as old heroes and new are displayed in the Dunleer AC photo exhibition.

The Club committee and especially Declan Mc Kenna, Jacqueline Matthews and Eugene Burns were thanked for their part in getting the track project completed, and also Larry Mc Guill and the late Louis Duffin who helped secure the grant from the Department of Sport and Recreation. Special words of thanks were expressed to Olivia Kierans and her Golf Classic team who raised the bulk of the money required for the track project.

Ireland's First Mobile Heart Screening Unit was also in operation at the Clubrooms on that day screening young people who had helped out with the 7 marathons in 7 days awareness raising campaign for SADS in 2006. Many thanks to the cardiologist and nurses present as well as Mary Vasseghi, who is no stranger to Dunleer. Mary has presented the facts on the incidence of SADS in young people many times and works tirelessly to campaign for better heart health care for young people in Ireland.

Sad News in 2011.....
There are tributes to Larry in the Dundalk Democrat, Drogheda Independent, Meath Chronicle, Evening Herald and the Irish Independent today, 4th August 2011. Tributes are flooding in and I am compiling a list which I will put online. If you wish to pay tribute to Larry or recount a story you would like posted on the website, please email dunleeracwebmaster@gmail.com

2012 Brings Hope
Louth VEC Press Release....
'The prospect of a new state-of-the-art outdoor sports facility for the community of mid-Louth edged a step closer this week as news came through that an application for funding made by Co. Louth VEC, in collaboration with Dunleer Athletics Association, to the Sports Capital Programme was successful. The Sports Capital Programme, which is administered by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, aims to foster an integrated and planned approach to developing sports and physical recreation facilities throughout the country. The VEC and Dunleer AC made their joint application to the fund last June.

Last year the VEC purchased a seven acre site adjacent to Scoil Uí Mhuirí in Dunleer and has earmarked this site for the proposed development. The local education authority has already been granted full planning permission for the development which is to consist of a new full-size 400m running track, a grass football pitch, a jogging track, tennis courts, javelin, high-jump, long-jump and shot putt facilities and changing rooms, as well as perimeter fencing and floodlighting. The joint application was awarded €120,000.00.

CEO, Dr. Pádraig Kirk, said, "we are very pleased to have been awarded this level of funding. Together with Dunleer AC, it is clear that we were punching well above our weight as this was the largest single award to be made in Co. Louth and was among the largest awarded to sporting organisations across the country". The CEO continued, "it is envisaged that the facilities would be developed on a phased basis with priority being afforded in the first instance to the running track and football field".'

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