Training - Dunleer AC

Dunleer A.C.  Established in 1896
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Updated January 2022

General Training arrangements as follows:

Tuesdays- Track in Dunleer for age 5 plus         
Time - 7.15pm - 8.15pm.

Wednesdays - Track in Drogheda (Lourdes stadium) Age 7 upwards.
Time - 7.00pm - 8pm

Fit4Life training for adults with Nicola Courtney and Pat Fitzpatrick at the track in Dunleer at 7.30pm

Late spring/summer Months:
Saturday mornings at Lourdes stadium

Autumn/winter months
Saturday mornings at Oldbridge

Athletes should check with their coaches regarding training sessions as there may be some rest time for athletes and coaches.  
Please note: Training times may change in accordance with school holidays, competitions and other circumstances. Always check with your coach if in doubt.

If Club members are competing on any Sunday we obviously won't have the Oldbridge session the day before!

Congratulations October 2013

More congratulations due, this time to Pat Cheshire on completing his Level 2 Athletics Ireland Certified Coaching Level 2 course and Hugh Hodgins the Level 1 course.

Well done to Micheál Mulligan and Pat Cheshire on recently completing the Athletics Ireland Certified Coaching Level 1 Course, and to Kevin Matthews on completing the Athletics Ireland Certified Coaching Level 2 course.

Additional Notes:
Training for young members age 5 to 7
(Pat Fitzpatrick, Grace Fitzpatrick, Micheál Mulligan, Shane Lavery, Hugh Hodgins,
Ciara Reilly)

Training for athletes aged 8 to 19 plus junior, senior and masters
(Kevin Matthews, Pat Cheshire, Fintan Reilly, Hugh Hodgins, Pat Fitzpatrick, Jacqueline Matthews)

David Carrie Group train on Wednesdays at 7pm at the track in Dunleer - summer months.

Training times for technical events will be announced on the Club website. (Contact Jacqueline Matthews/Pat Cheshire with specific requests)

General Rules
A new member can come and try out a club session once. Thereafter they must join the club & pay their registration fees, for insurance purposes, etc. We always welcome new coaches or parents who are willing to help out at sessions and do the relevant course and Garda vetting etc. Please contact a committee member if you wish to do a coaching course.

Training times/locations will change during the year especially when competitions are on, so keep updated. A list of trusted and trained coaches is available on request.

Recent History
All Weather Training Track in Dunleer 2010 Update
It is with huge delight that the Dunleer AC Committee can announce that the all weather training track in Dunleer was reopened in 2010 following renovation work. The renovation work including kerbing, drainage and resurfacing has been completed and the Clubrooms have been painted and the water connection improved.

While some funding in the form of a grant comes from the Department of Arts, Sports and Tourism, the committee has been busy raising funds to complete the task, with a successful golf classic and race night doing a lot of the work. Money will continue to be raised in 2011/12 with events planned to involve the walking, jogging and running community who use the track daily.

"The track" as it known locally is busy all day with men and women, boys and girls of all ages using this safe facility. It is an even surface, safely in off the road covering 500m a lap. Lights around the track make it a safe training area in the evenings when official Dunleer AC coaching sessions take place, primarily on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

The facilities at both Scoil Uí Mhuirí in Dunleer and St. Oliver's Community College in Drogheda provided a very welcome interim arrangement for Dunleer AC members, and a huge thank you goes to Louth VEC and the school Principals for accommodating the 200 plus youngsters and their parents who availed of their modern spacious gym areas. Now that the track is ready however, it is hoped that all Club members as well as members of the growing local community will enjoy many hours and laps of the rejuvenated facility for years to come, as was the wish of the original committee who had the vision to provide this community facility and amenity, which opened on January 1st 1984.

Track Update 2013
December 2012 marked the announcement that an application for funding made by Co. Louth VEC, in collaboration with Dunleer Athletic Club to the Sports Capital Programme was successful. The VEC purchased a seven acre site adjacent to Scoil Uí Mhuirí in Dunleer in 2011 and has earmarked this site for the proposed 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.
See link onLouth VEC website

LMETB has finished levelling the new playing field at Scoil Uí Mhuirí and Dunleer AC continues to negotiate to arrange the construction of a track there, using the Sports Capital €120,000.00.

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