County finds more national glory

THERE was more success for the county as Kilkenny athletes grabbed a number of medals at the national juvenile indoor Track and Field championships in Nenagh over the weekend.

THERE was more success for the county as Kilkenny athletes grabbed a number of medals at the national juvenile indoor Track and Field championships in Nenagh over the weekend.

John Joe Kelly (13.63m) won silver for Brow Rangers in the under-16 shot-put with Tommy Quirke (10.19m) finishing fourth in the same event. Cliona Quirke (8.93m) was ninth in the girls’ under-17 shot while Grainne Kenny (8.19m) finished in 11th position.

Isobel Morgan (St Senan’s) won silver in the girls’ under-14 1,000m walk, crossing the line in a time of 5 minutes and 21 seconds. Tara Tracey (St Senan’s) was sixth in the girls’ under-16 1,500m walk in a time of 8 minutes 35 seconds.

Kilkenny City Harriers (KCH) had a busy weekend with a number of their athletes scoring individual and relay victories.

Fresh from her win in the under-18 60m sprint Cliodhna Manning had a comprehensive win in the 200m final on Saturday. Her time of 25.34 was considerably better than her winning Leinster time of 25.74.

In the under-19 200m final Lorraine O’Shea won bronze, finishing in a good time of 25.86. Sinead McDonagh excelled in the under-18 high jump, finishing with a clearance of 1.60m which earned her the silver medal. Sinead also competed in the long jump, finishing sixth on 4.79m.

Catriona Twomey, equalling her Leinster performance of 1.45, finished fifth in the under-18 high jump. Luke Fitzpatrick was in action in the under-14 800m final. He knocked almost eight seconds of his Leinster qualifying time, coming third in 2.17.79. Daniel O’Connor (St Joseph’s) finished sixth in the same event, crossing the line in a time of 2 mins 25 seconds. Aaron Barron clocked 24.54 in the final of the under-16 200m but despite this good performance he had to settle for that unenviable position, fourth place.

Sunday saw the close of the Indoor championships with the 4x200m club relays. KCH had eight teams (six girls, two boys) in action. Both boys teams, competing at under-13 and under-16 levels, exited at the heats stages. The under-16 team were very disappointed, having finished second in their qualifying round.

The girls’ under-15 and under-16 teams finished second and third respectively in their heats. The other four teams made the finals with the under-13 girls coming fourth. The under-17 girls won bronze.

The under 18 took the silver medals and a top quality performance from Catriona Twomey, Sinead McDonagh, Lorraine O’Shea and Cliodhna Manning saw them finish as worthy winners of the gold in the under-19 final.

Track & Field

Easter Monday sees the opening of the outdoor Track and field season with St Senan’s AC staging their Annual Open Track & Field championships in the Sports Complex in Kilmacow.

The start time for the championships is 1pm. There will be a range of events for juvenile athletes from under-8 up to and including under-19. On the track there will be sprints, middle distance and walks, while field events will include high jump, long jump and shot-put. There will also be 4x200m relay races for boys and girls at under-12, under-14 and under-16 levels.

Senior races include an open 1,500m track race for women and 3,000m on the track for men, with prizes for the first three seniors and first two veterans.

The admission fee is E3 for adults and E2 for juveniles. The full programme of events is available from and


Monday, April 9: St Senan’s AC Open Track & Field, Kilmacow 1pm.

Sunday, May 6: County Track & Field championships (day one), Scanlon Park.

Sunday, May 13: County Track & Field championships (day two), Scanlon Park.

Friday, May 25: County Track & Field championships (day three), Scanlon Park.

Friday, June 6: County Track & Field championships (day four), Scanlon Park.