Thursday, June 30, 2011

Code of Ethics Course Mon 11th July in Tallaght

I just seen that there is a code of ethics course on next month in Tallaght run by South Dublin County Sports Partnership. The next course offered in Meath is in Sept so if anyone is interested in helping out this is a course that everyone working with juveniles needs to do at some stage. Better sooner than later. If you can take it on board to get yourself on the course we'll refund the €15 cost of the course for anyone actively helping out in the club. The link is or just click on the title above.
Thank you

Monday, June 27, 2011

Medal Collection and Return of Marathon Fundraising Forms Tues 28th June

Hi All,
There's no Track Training on this Tues 28th June other than Gerry's Training group at 7:30 and the Fit4Life at 8pm. Aiming to return Tues 16th Aug in preparation for the Meath Juvenile Mile Challenge on Sun 4th Sept being held on the Club Track, and the Cross Country Season :-).

However for those athletes who were not able to come down to the Club Championship Night you can pick up your Club Medal for all your effort in training from Peter, Siobheal or Marie at the track from 7:30pm.
Can anyone who has a Marathon Fundraising form could they bring them back this Tues from 7:30 also. On the night we had 149 Athletes each completing the lap of the track bringing 149 x 400m= 59600m well in excess of the 42195m full marathon distance.

We have approx 300 photos from the club night and we're working on creating a web based album the link to which will be forwarded to you via text or email.

Myself and Eoin will be working to keep updating the site with events of interest so keep checking in to see what's new.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

If you're in Cork on Sat July 2nd....or could be worth a drive

Forwarding this onto you all. Great choices to have, orienteering with the family in Dalgan Park (see post below) or a drive to Cork to see International Athletes in action and a chance for your young athlete to run 300m on the Tartan Track in a new special event....

As you already know the 60th Cork City Sports is just around the corner. This is one of the highlights in the athletics calendar and it is a unique opportunity to see top class athletes competing in Cork. This year the a juvenile 300m Gala has been added to the programme. This is open to all athletes from under 9 to under 16. The 300m gala will run from 12pm until 1:30pm and promises to be a great warm up to the senior programme.
Athletes can enter online at before midnight on June 30th.
We look forward to seeing you on July 2nd at the Cork City Sports
Donal Murnane
087 2508100

5km Road Race and Fun Run Wed 6 July 8pm

click for link to online entry.

Driving Instructions:
From Navan:
Travel 5 miles on the Boyne Road, using Newgrange Interpretive Centre signs, passing Navan cemetry. Football pitch located on left hand side after crossing railway bridge.
From Dublin:
Two miles before the village of Slane on the N2, take the junction to the left opposite signs for Newgrange Interpretive Centre. The pitch is located approximately 2 miles from this junction on the right hand side, just before crossing railway bridge.
GPS Co-ordinates:
53.684005, -6.588109

Sat 2nd July Orienteering with the family Dalgan Park

I'm forwarding you all on a message from Fingal Orienteering Club re an event next Sat. I've gone orienteering with the family before and highly recommend it to everyone.

Fingal Orienteering Club …

…Invites you to a ‘Come and Try It’ Orienteering Event in Dalgan Park, on Saturday the 2nd of July.

Dalgan Park is home to the Columban Fathers and is approx three miles south of Navan on the old N3 (R161), at Garlow Cross, Grid Ref N903 632. Dalgan is a working farm, with river walks along the Boyne, open fields (with some restrictions due to livestock) and a small area of forest.

Two courses will be available, short and long. The short course will be buggy friendly and suitable for young children. Starting times are between 11am and 1pm, with prizes for juniors on all courses. There will be one prize for seniors on the long course only.

For further details please call Kathryn Walley @ 0872475321 or Tommy Burke @ 0861662871. We would appreciate if you could let us know if you plan to bring a large group, to ensure we have enough maps for everyone.

Orienteering is an exciting family sport, suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. If you haven’t tried it, this is your opportunity…….

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Club Championship Review

This was the 2nd running of the Ratoath AC championships and in spite of the weather threatening to derail proceedings a great night of competition and camaraderie was had. All our young athletes gave 100% effort in each of the races which was great to see. The parents races were among the most hotly contested and I can see people thinking about getting into training in preparation for next year :)

Our Club Marathon Fundraiser brought a smile to everyone especially when our youngest athletes proudly ran up the finishing straight with their Olympic Torches held high. Thank you to everyone who brought back their sponsorship cards it is through your efforts that we have and can maintain this fine facility of ours. We're still hoping to get more of the sponsorship cards back and if you have one you can bring it to the track next Tues 28th at our training session for the Gerry's track athletes at 7:30pm.

Special thanks to all the volunteers who helped make the evening run so well, Vinny Donnelly for his excellent work on the PA, Peter Doherty for sourcing our new club medals and to MMI Group for part funding the molding costs of them, Rene Pierce, from Kraft Foods, and her family for sourcing and packing all the goodie bags given out, Marie Cantwell for designing and organising the Marathon Forms and along with Siobheal Cummins and Eileen Sheeran getting the signing in done as rapidly as possible. To all of the race and long-jump officials, and Phil recording the results, who kept proceedings moving even to the point of brushing water off the long-jump run up a special word of thanks.
Well done again to all our young athletes.

Monday, June 20, 2011

More Success at Leinster Championships

Both Deirdre Healy and Eamon Wallace won Leinster AAI track titles over the weekend.
Deirdre Healy was never headed in the girls u 15 800m as she put on a tremendous display of front running leading from gun to tape.
Eamon Wallace powered his way round the bend in both the heat and final of the u 18 200m and won going away in the final with a sub 23 second time (Still awating official times from Athletics Leinster but Colm Keogh’s club record of 22.9 sec looks under serious threat). Ciaran McCarthy also ran superbly and is getting better with every race but was just outside the medals when he finished fourth in the boys u 15 800m.
Well done to all!


Official results from Leinster Championships, confirm that Eamon Wallace broke the club senior mens 200m record when winning the Leinster u 18 title in a time of 22.3 sec (Electronic timing).
Well done Eamon!!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Trim Braveheart Trail Run Report

A big thanks to all in Trim AC and all their Volunteers for a great race in the Braveheart Trail Run 5km. The sun shone on this tough run up and down the grass trails around the wonderful porchfields, (this area is a great resourse for all the residents of Trim). Monica, Una, Anna, Ray, Denis and Tom took up the challenge of William Wallace and "got off the sofa" and ran. There was plenty of Tea, Coffee, sandwiches, cakes, biscuits etc afterwards and a small picnic was had as we remembered those climbs and vowed that next year we'd visit Trim before the race and maybe run up and down them a fewtimes :)

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Ratoath AC Club Championships

Format for the Evening

Please Signin for the night from 6:30pm for a 7pm Start. Note only registered members are allowed compete.
€2 entry fee per Athlete to cover costs.
7pm Girls and Boys U6 60m
7pm Girls and Boys U13/14 Long Jump. Best of 3 jumps for athletes born in 1998 & 1999.
Girls and Boys U7 60m
Girls and Boys U8 60m 
Girls and Boys U9 80m
Girls and Boys U10 100m
Girls and Boys U11 100m
Girls and Boys U12 100m
Girls and Boys U13 200m
Girls and Boys U14 200m
Girls and Boys U16 200m
Open age 16+ 100m
Ladies Parent Fun Race-straight final 60m
Men's Parent Fun Race-straight final 60m

Finals of the above events. With medals for 1st,2nd and 3rd.
8:45pm "Olympic Torch Marathon" each age group going in waves running, jogging or walking a lap of the track please support generously.
If you need a sponsorship form please email me and I'll send you a copy of it to print off. All funds go towards the club.

Followed by each age group team photos and presentation of club medals and goody bags for all our young athletes for all their work and effort.

If you can help out on the night please make yourself known to one of the coaches or email me in advance on

Looking forward to seeing you all there for a great night.

Note Times and events subject to change on the night, please keep an eye on the site.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Meath B Championships Results

Meath B Championships Results -  Cushinstown 3rd June 2011

Girls – Track Events

U9          60m     1st           Imelda Larkin                    Fr Murphys
                           2nd          Ciara Coffey                     Ratoath
                           3rd           Katlyn McMahon             Cushinstown

U10        60m     1st           Emma Cordner                  Ratoath
                           2nd          Elisha Larkin                     Fr Murphys
                           3rd           Rachel McPartlin              Ratoath

U11        60m     1st           Katelyn O Brien                Bohermeen
                          2nd          Ciara Lenehan                   Cushinstown
                          3rd           Rachel Doherty                 Ratoath

U12        60m     1st           Lisa Kelly                         Dunshaughlin
                          2nd          Olivia Flanagan                  Dunshaughlin
                          3rd           Shauna Write                    Cushinstown

U13        100m   1st           Claire Tuite                       Cushinstown
                          2nd          Claire O Connor               Ratoath
                          3rd           Emer Traynor                   Dunshaughlin

U14        100m   1st           Sophie Lovett                  Ratoath

U9          500m    1st           Imelda Larkin                 Fr Murphys
                           2nd          Katelyn McMahon          Cushintown
                           3rd           Ciara Coffey                   Ratoath

U10        500m   1st           Alisha Larkin                   Fr Murphys
                          2nd          Emma Coroner                Ratoath
                          3rd           Orlaith Quinn                   Cushintown

U11        600m   1st           Jane Larkin                     Dunshaughlin
                           2nd          Aoife Lenehan                Cushinstown
                           3rd           Shauna Coffey               Ratoath

U12        600m   1st           Olivia Flanagan               Dunshaughlin
                          2nd          Aine Carr                        Bohermeen
                          3rd           Sarah Daly                      Na Fianna

U13        600m   1st           Martha Reidy                  Fr Murphys
                          2nd          Aine O Connor                Ratoath
                          3rd           Emer Traynor                  Dunshaughlin

U14        800m   1st           Sophie Lovett                 Ratoath
                          2nd          Saorlaith Delanty             Ratoath

Girls – Field Events

U9          Longjump    1st           Rebecca Woods      Cushinstown
                                  2nd          Stephanie Walsh      Moynalvey/Kilcloon
                                  3rd           Sinead Kearns        Tara

U10        Longjump    1st           Libby duff               Cushinstown
                                  2nd          Rachel McPartlin    Ratoath
                                  3rd           Aine Foster            Ratoath

U11        Longjump    1st           Shauna Coffey        Ratoath
                                  2nd          Anna McGarry       Bohermeen
                                  3rd           Rachel Doherty      Ratoath

U12        Longjump    1st           Mairead McFadden        Bohermeen
                                  2nd          Eimear Ferry                   Bohermeen
                                  3rd           Hannagh Keogh              Cushinstown

U13        Longjump    1st           Martha Reidy                  Fr Murphys
                                  2nd          Sarah Gormley                Cushinstown
                                  3rd           Lia Branigan                   Moynalvey/Kilcloon

U9          Ball Throw  1st           Kay Gannon                   Dunshaughlin

 U10        Ball Throw  1st           Libby Duffy                   Cushinstown
                                 2nd          Aoife Moss                     Cushinstown
                                 3rd           Orla Quinn                      Cushinstown

U11        Ball Throw  1st           Anna McGarry               Bohermeen
                                 2nd          Jane Larkin                     Dunshaughlin

U12        Shot Putt     1st           Mary McFadden            Bohermeen
                                  2nd          Sarah Daly                     Na Fianna

U13        Shot Putt       1st           Ava Mangan                 Dunshaughlin
                                    2nd          Laura McGarry            Bohermeen
3rd           Jane Battersby             Cushinstown


Boys – Track Events

U9          60m           1st           Dylan Ellis                       St Andrews
                                2nd          Cain Flanagan                  Tara
                                3rd           David Bennett                  Bohermeen

U10        60m           1st           Leo Anderson                 Fr Murphys
                                2nd          James Traynor                 Dunshaughlin
                                3rd           Gary Golderick               St Brigids
U11        60m           1st           Sean Gormley                 Cushinstown
                                2nd          Ciaran Getty                    St Brigids
                                3rd           Conall Bird                      Na Fianna

U12        60m           1st           Ciaran Kearns                 Tara
                                2nd          Charlie Keogh                 Star of the Sea
                                3rd           Conor Sheerin                 Ratoath

U13        100m         1st           Naoise McKenna            Cushinstown
                                2nd          Pierce Butler                    Ratoath
                                3rd           Cormac butler                 Ratoath

U14        100m         1st           Michael O Sullivan          Cushintown
                                2nd          M ark  Daly                    Na Fianna
                                3rd           Adam White                   Cushinstown

U9          500m         1st           Aidan Gill                        Na Fianna
                                2nd          Killian Cahill                    Cushinstown
                                3rd           Michael Brady                Moynalvy/Kilcloon

U10        500m         1st          James Traynor                 Dunshaughlin
                                2nd          Gary Goldrick                 St Brigids

U11        600m        1st           Ciaran Gritty                    St Brigids
                               2nd          Cian McBride                  Bohermeen
                               3rd           Conall Bird                      Na Fianna

U12        600m        1st           Conor Sheeran                Ratoath

U13        600m        1st           Alex Hunter                     Ratoath
                               2nd          Naoise McKenna             Cushinstown

U14        800m        1st           Mark Daly                       Na Fianna
                               2nd          Paul Gill                           Na Fianna
                               3rd           Philip Marron                  Ratoath

Boys – Field Events

U9          Longjump       1st           Aidan Gill                  Na Fianna
                                     2nd          Cain Flanagan           Tara
                                     3rd           Michael Brady          Moynalvy/Kilcloon

U10        Longjump       1st           Leo Anderson           Fr Murphy

U11        Longjump       1st           Sean Gormley           Cushinstown
                                     2nd          Ciaran Cahill             Cushinstown
                                     3rd           Kritsada Cooke        Ratoath

U12        Longjump       1st           Charlie Keogh           Star of the Sea
                                     2nd          Jack O Connor         Cushinstown
                                     3rd           Ciaran Kearns          Tara

U13        Longjump       1st           Cormac  Butler         Ratoath
                                     2nd          Pierce Butler             Ratoath

U14        Longjump       1st           Colin Griffin              Fr Murphys

U9          Ball Throw      1st           Dylan Ellis                St Andrews
                                     2nd          David Bennett           Bohermeen
                                     3rd           Sean McManus        Cushinstown

U10        Ball Thrown    1st           Conor McAleese      Cushinstown

U11        Ball Throw      1st           Jack Lynch               Dunboyne

U12        Shot Putt         1st           Brian Dunne             Cushinstown
                                      2nd          Jack O'Connor        Cushinstown

U14        Shot Putt         1st           Paul Gill                   Na Fianna
                                      2nd          Ciaran Moss            Cushinstown

Monday, June 13, 2011

Meath Community Games Track & Field Results

Results from yesterday's track and field events:
Javelin Under 16 Boys
1. Eoin Reynold Dunboyne
2. Chris Abuld Ashbourne

Javelin Under 16 Girls
1. Kelly Brady Carlanstown
2. Emma Joyce Cushinstown
3. Laura Daly Enfield
4. Emma Quinn Ashbourne

Girls Under 12 Long Jump
1. Zoe Maher Duleek
2. Hannah Keogh Cushinstown
3. Niam Cowen Dunshaughlin
4. Aisling McLoughin Ratoath

Boys Under 14 Shot Putt
1. Daniel Forde Slane
2. Michael O Sullivan Cushinstown
3. Ronan Byrne Enfield
4. Thomas Burnell Ashbourne

Boys Under 12 Long Jump
1. Jack Roache Dunoboyne
2. Killian Husen Ashbourne
3. Mark Joyce Cushinstown
4. Sean Cosgrove EnField

Girls Under 14 Long Puck
1. Emma Coffey Enfield
2. Leah McNally Enfield
3. Meave Burke Killyon
4. Liadan O Riodain Dunshaughlin

Boys Under 16 Discus
1. Niall Cornyn Dunboyn
2. Cian Slattery Enfield

Boys Under 12 Long Puck
1. Cutler Dunshaughlin
2. Daragh Kilmartin Dunboyne
3. Shane Walsh Enfield
4. Cian Flynn Enfield

Girls Under 14 Shot Putt
1. Orna Reynolds Dunboyne
2. Clara Maguire Clonard
3. Chloe Battersby Cushinstown
4. Orla Farrell Enfield

Girld Under 14 Long Jump
1. Grainne Curran Athboy
2. Aisling O'Flynn Navan
3. Shauna Lister Navan
4. Michaela Forde Enfield

Boys Under 14 Long Jump
1. Ben McEntaggert Navan
2. Colin Griffin Athboy
3. Alan Murtagh Ashbourne
4. Padraic Lavain Dunboyne

Girls Under 12 Ball Throw
1. Nicole Reilly Athboy
2. Caoimhe Doyle Cushinstown
3. Leanne Reilly Rathkenny
4. Aeeden Slttery Enfield

Boys Under 12 Cycling
1. Liam Hanley Dunshaughlin
2. Daniel Devine Enfield

Boys Under 14 Cycling
1. Ciaran Leech Clonard
2. Ethan Devine Enfield

Boys Under 16 High Jump
1. Jamie Murhagh Ashbourne
2. Darragh Costigan Dunboyne

Girls Under 16 High Jump
1. Niamh Reynold Dunboyne

Under 12 Girls Relay
1. Navan
3. Dunshaughlin

Boys Under 12 Relay
1. Dunshaughlin
2. Skyrne
3. Ratoath
4. Ashbourne

Girls Under 14 Relay
1. Dunshaughlin
2. Rathkenny
3. Ratoath
4. Drumconrath

Boys Under 14 Relay
1. Duleek
2. Skyrne
3. Navan
4. Ratoath

Under 13 Mixed Relay
1. Dunshaughlin
2. Clonard

Under 15 Mixed Relay
1. Dunshaughlin
3. Rathkenny
4. Dunboyne

Under 16 Relay Boys
1. Ratoath

Under 16 Girls Relay
1. Enfield

Under 10 Mixed Relay
1. Dunshaughlin
2. Navan
3. Ratoath
4. Duleek

Boys Under 14 800m
1. Ben Clarke Killyon
2. Owen Smith Skyrne
3. Brian Conlon Navan
4.  Niall Durkan Boardsmill

Girls Under 14 800m
1. Rose Finnegan Carnaross
2. Ellen Rooney Drumconrath
3. Niamh Hand Navan
4. Saoirse O'Regan Skyrne

Boys Under 10 Hurdles
1. Adam Malone Kilbride
2. Sean OConnor Dunshaughlin
3. James McCann Ratoath
4. Niall Rowe Johnstown

Girld Under 10 Hurdles
1. Aoife Farrell Navan
2. Emily Sheil Julianstown
3 Meave Byrne Dunshaughlin
4. Jude Carey Cushinstown

Boys Under 14 Hurdles
1. Keith Marks Duleek
2. Shane Joyce Cushinstown
3. Sean McCann Ratoath
4. Thomas Nolan Summerhill

Girls Under 14 Hurdles
1. Elizabeth Mooreland Skyrne
2. Shannon Sheehy Navan
3. Katie Phillips Summerhill
4. Isabelle Buich Dunboyne

Boys Under 6 60m
1. Luke Kealy Rathkenny
2. Finn White Kibride
3. Charlie Cullen Ballinabrackey
4. Conor McWeeney Kilbride

Girls Under 6 60m
1. Blathnaid Farrelly6 Rathkenny
2. Jane Griffin Enfield
3. Aisling OConnell Batterstown
4. Kerri Cole Enfield

Boys Under 16 100m
 1. Kevin Ozoenelan Duleek
2. Aaron Kealy Dunshaughlin
3. Patrick Kovacas Ratoath
4. Conor Finnegan Ashbourne

Girls Under 16 100m
1. Laura Heneghan Enfield
2. Ciara Heneghan Enfield
3. Cara Usher Dunshaughlin
4. Amy Gaffney Ratoath

Girls Under 13 Walk
1. Leah Devine Enfield
2. Amy O'Connor Ratoath

Boys Under 13 Walk
1. SEan Martin Enfield
2. Oisin Coffey Enfield
3. Dylan Byrne Summerhill

Boys Under 16 1500m
1. Tom Gannon Ratoath
2. Andrew Kirk Julianstown
3. Jack Reddin Julianstown

Marathon Boys
1. Gavin Maher Dunshaughlin
2. Conor Duncan Ratoath
3. Daniel Quinn Dunshaughlin

Girls Under 16 1500m
1. Elizabeth Kirk Enfield
2. Martha Dineen Rathkenny

Boys Under 200m
1. Sean ODonoghue Ashbourne
2. Justin Harens Enfield
3. Conal Byrd Boardsmill
4. Eoin Kealy Batterstown

Girls Under 10 200m
1. Tara Hetherington Dunshaughlin
2. Elisha Larkin Athboy
3. Shauna Coffey Ratoath
4. Niamh Ryan Julianstown.

Boys 600m Under 12
1. Paddy Maher Dunshaughlin
2. Sean  Conlon Navan
3. Evan Donnolly Ratoath
4. Evan Butler Dunshaughlin

Girls Under 12 600m
1. Eva O Donovan Navan
2. Amy Clarke Killyon
3. Olivia Flanagan Dunshaughlin
4. Sarah Wall Dunboyne

Boys Under 8 60m
1. Charlie O Connor Dunshaughlin
2. Lorcan Byrne Kilmessan
3. Peter McEntaggart Navan
4. Peter Coakely Dunboyne

Girls Under 8 60m
1. Imelda Larkin Athboy
2. Aimee Doherty Ratoath
3. Grace Nangle Summerhill
4. Robyn Feeney Julianstown

Boys Under 8 80m
1. Oisin Keogh Skyrne
2. Christopher Gorman Kilmessan
3. Matthew Cully Navan
4. Cain Flanagan Skyrne

Girls Under 8 80m
1. Ella Healy Ratoath
2. Doireann Ni  Flaherta Dunblyne
3. Norke Killyon
4. Tiona Simpson Ashbourne

Boys Under 10 100m
1. James Gavin Kilbride
2. Oran Mulvaney Oldcastle
3. Rory Hartin Julianstown
4. Michael Ozemelan Duleek

Girls Under 10 100m
1. Tara Gallagher Navan
2. Kathyrn O Brien Kells
3. Susie ORourke Skyrne
4. Anna McKeown Kilbride

Boys Under 12 100m
1. Conor Jones Dunshaughlin
2. Cian OHare Enfield
3. Ciaran Morgan Kells
4. Luke McNally Enfield

Girls Under 12 100m
1. Ailbhe Leahy Navan
2. Molly Fitzgerald Kells
3. Hannah Talbot Ratoath
4. Sinead Reynolds Dunboyne

Boys Under 14 100m
1. Luke McCabe Duleek
2. Jamie O Halloran Raththkenny
3. Evan McCabe Julianstown
4. Jack Byrne Kilmessan

Girls  Under 14 100m
1. Niam Hetherington Dunshaughlin
2. Ciaran Jones Dunshaughlin
3. Olwyn Kennigan Rathkenny
4. Sarah Ryan Julianstown

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Important notice re Membership and Club Championships

There are no more new Juvenile members Under 13 and younger being taken from now. We have our club championships taking place on Tues 21st June and only Registered Members are permitted to participate. We will have a list of registered members on the night and if your athlete is not on the list then they cannot compete. This is only fair on all those athletes who have registered and have being participating in the club throughout the year.
Thank you

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

800m women's club record

Deirdre Healy broke the club senior women's record when finishing 6th in the All Ireland schools junior girls 800m last weekned in a time of 2 mins 22.1 sec.
This represents fantastic running for a fourteen year old athlete especially after an opening first lap of 65-66 seconds. Well done Deirdre!
The previous club record was 2:29, which was also held by Deirdre!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Women's Mini Marathon

It's the June Bank holiday weekend and that means it's Women's Mini Marathon Time. Good luck to everyone in Ratoath taking part this Monday. Hopefully we'll persuade someone to write up a report on the occasion, the causes and emotion of the event which is the largest of it's kind in the world. email me at

B Championships Cushinstown

Hi All,
A great evening was had in Cushinstown last Friday at the B Championships the sun shone and we had over 20 athletes taking part who all represented Ratoath AC with distinction. We had a great number of medal winners and very fine performances by all the athletes there. I'm hoping that we will get a definitive list soon from the organisers after the bank holiday as I was helping out at the longjump and couldn't keep track of all the other events. Thank you to everybody who turned up and helped make the evening so memorable.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Community Games Cross Country

The All Ireland community games cross country championships was held in Athlone last weekend. Congratulations to Ciaran McCarthy and Ivan Mather (Ratoath AC) who won an inter-county bronze medal when the Meath U14 boys team finished third behind Kerry and Westmeath.