While the Irish team may have been pipped for the top prize there was plenty for Kilkenny’s athletes to shout about at this year’s Celtic Games.
Shannen Dawkins (St Joseph’s) and Sarah Kate Lacey (Kilkenny City Harriers) were significant scorers for Ireland at the games, which were held in Colwyn Bay, Wales, over the weekend.
Shannen was superb, winning the under-18 high jump with a 1.70m clearance. Sarah Kate also had a day to remember, clocking 25.37 to finish second in the 200m. Both girls combined with Annie Stafford (Menapians, Wexford) and Niamh McNicholl (Ferrybank) to claim victory in the 4x100m relay.
Despite their best efforts, Ireland had to give second best to Scotland in the overall standings. The Scots finished with 163 points - pipping Ireland for overall victory by one point.
On the road
St Joseph’s athlete Larry Leacey took first place in the men’s O-55 category at the recent Piltown 10k. Peter Duggan was the first St Joseph’s athlete to cross the finish line
The Gowran parish Gathering will be held from August 16 to 18. As part of the celebrations Gowran AC are holding a series one mile events. Runners, joggers, beginners and walkers will all be catered for.
The action starts from Gowran Hall at 6.30pm on Friday, August 16. It is hoped all members of the club - past, present and even future runners, will come along with friends and enjoy the evening.
The event is open to anyone who would like to participate. There is no entry fee but donations to the local St Vincent DePaul will be gratefully accepted. Afterwards there will be a cup of tea and lots of chat.
The focius will be on Tullamore this weekend as the Offaly venues hosts the National Combined Events and also the Juvenile Development Track and Field Events.