30 Nov 2021

Wet and windy, but what a wonderful finish to the season !

Is it time to go yet? A contingent of athletes from the Thomastown, St Josephs and Kilkenny City Harriers clubs await the start gun before the girls under-11 race at the national cross-country championships in Waterford. Pictured in the group are Aine Kirwan ( bib number 27), Kate Ryan (146),  Emma Manogue (98), Emma Shortall (147) and Keara Ryan (99).
Kilkenny athletes gave a gale-force performance in the national cross-country championships at the WIT Sports Centre on Sunday.

Kilkenny athletes gave a gale-force performance in the national cross-country championships at the WIT Sports Centre on Sunday.

Despite the conditions, which were sometimes wet and often windy, the local contingent ran with distinction against top class fields.

There were races for juvenile athletes in the uneven age categories, with the senior athletes competing in the novice categories. All of the juvenile competitors had qualified from the regional championships, so standards were high in all of the events.

The first race, the girls’ under-11 event, proved to be a very successful event for Kilkenny athletes. Aine Kirwan (Thomastown AC) ran a fine race and came home in the silver medal position for the second year in a row.

Along with individual silver, the Thomastown athlete collected two more silver medals. She led Leinster to second place in the interprovincial competition and Kilkenny to second place in the county category.

In the club team event the gold medals went to Kilkenny City Harriers (KCH) thanks to a fine display from a talented squad which has been achieving success up and down the country.

Victorious squad

The victorious squad featured Emma Manogue, Fiona Dillon, Keera Ryan, Caoimhe Carroll, Kate Ryan and Emma Shortall. They were the only Kilkenny team to bring home gold on a day when conditions were tough and the course was testing.

Saoirse Allen (St Senan’s) and Marie-Claire O’Dwyer (St Joseph’s) finished inside the top 20 and were part of the silver medal-winning county team.

In the boys’ under-11 event two Kilkenny athletes made the podium. Cathal Beirne (St Joseph’s) and Jack Murphy (Castlecomer) finished 10th and 11th respectively to claim individual medals, which are awarded to the top 12 in each juvenile race.

There was more success in the girls’ under-13 race with Thomastown to the fore again, this time taking silver medals in the club event. On the club’s medal-winning squad were Ellen Ryan, Ciara, Sinead and Orla O’Keeffe. Kilkenny finished just outside the medals in the county event, losing out to Cork by two points to finish in fourth place.

In the boys’ under-17 race Peter Lynch (KCH) ran an excellent race and finished strongly to grab a top 12 position with Sean Power (Thomastown) also going well, finishing in 20th place.

County silver

In the girls’ under-19 event there were silver medals for the county. Rachel Butler (St Senan’s) and Aoibhe Richardson (KCH) led the charge, finishing in 14th and 15th places.

Together with the Thomastown trio of Sinead Whelan, Niamh O’Shea and Maeve O’Connor, they secured second place in the county competition. Leinster won the interprovincial category in this event, giving team gold medals to Butler and Richardson.

There was more success in the boys’ under-19 race with St Senan’s and KCH combining to win county bronze medals. St Senan’s, led home by Hugh Morgan in 32nd place, also helped themselves to bronze in the club event.

The senior athletes also acquitted themselves well in Waterford. In the women’s novice race Maria Griffin (St Joseph’s) was the first Kilkenny finisher, crossing the line in 31st place. Aine Kinsella (St Senan’s) and Thomastown duo Aoife O’Connor and Laura Walpole completed the Kilkenny squad.

In the men’s race the was a top 10 finish for the county as Toss Hayes (KCH) ran well to come home in eighth place. St Senan’s athlete Conor Rochford had a good run, finishing 28th in a fiercely competitive 6km race.


Kilkenny results, national cross-country championships (club code: CC = Castlecomer, G = Gowran, KCH = Kilkenny City Harriers, SJ = St Joseph’s, SS = St Senan’s, TT = Thomastown).

Girls’ under-11: 2 Aine Kirwan (TT), 15 Saoirse Allen (SS), 20 Marie-Claire O’Dwyer (SJ), 24 Emma Manogue (KCH), 36 Fiona Dillon (KCH), 50 Keera Ryan (KCH), 66 Caoimhe Carroll (KCH), 72 Anna Cass (TT), 74 Aine Ryan (SJ), 81 Sophie Mullally (SJ), 88 Kate Ryan (KCH), 89 Danielle Griffin (SJ), 105 Erin Foley (SJ), 109 Emma Shorthall (KCH), 120 Eve O’Dwyer (G), 128 Aine McDonald (SJ). Club: 1 KCH (Emma Manogue, Fiona Dillon, Keera Ryan, Caoimhe Carroll), 8 St Joseph’s. County: 2 Kilkenny (Aine Kirwan, Saoirse Allen, Marie-Claire O’Dwyer, Emma Manogue, Fiona Dillon, Keera Ryan).

Boys’ under-11: 10 Cathal Beirne (SJ), 11 Jack Murphy (CC), 32 Josh Fenton (SS), 65 James Foot (SS), 73 Brogan McAvinney (G), 90 Adam Croke, (SS), 101 Evan O’Toole (SJ), 107 Cathal O’Reilly (CC), 120 Mark Finn (SS), 151 Tadgh Connolly (SS).

Girls’ under-13: 29 Aoife Allen (SS), 32 Rachel Kelly (KCH), 34 Ellen Ryan (TT), 37 Ciara O’Keeffe, (TT) 42 Sinead O’Keeffe (TT), 45 Orla O’Keeffe (TT), 56 Tara Ramaswamy (SS), 67 Jane Rochford (SS), 70 Hannah Kelly (KCH), 79 Aine Phelan (SS), 96 Shauna Finn (SS), 104 Nell Murphy (SS). Club: 2 Thomastown (Ellen Ryan, Ciara O’Keeffe, Sinead O’Keeffe, Orla O’Keeffe), 8 St Senan’s. County: 4 Kilkenny.

Boys’ under-13: 24 Oisin Griffin (SJ), 49 Conor Clarke (CC), 53 Killian Griffin (SJ), 70 Lee Tracey (SS), Ruairi Aylward (TT), 108 Jack Elliott (SJ), 109 Padraig Dempsey (SS), 110 Shay McEvoy (KCH). County: 10 Kilkenny.

Girls’ under-15: 24 Eva Roche (SJ), 40 Helen Hoynes (SJ), 60 Annie O’Connor (KCH), 77 Katie Murphy (SS), 83 Anne-Marie Maloney (SS), 92 Ella Richardson (KCH), 95 Caoimhe Kelly (TT), 111 Amy Redmond (SS). County: 9 Kilkenny.

Boys’ under-15: 37 Luke Fitzpatrick (KCH), 51 Billy Delahunty (SS), 66 Aaron Donnelly (SS), 69 Richie Hennessy (SJ), 73 David O’Carroll (G), 80 Adam Fitzpatrick (KCH), 82 Eoin Walsh (TT), 92 Aaron Redmond (SS), 106 Thomas Sheridan (SS), 108 Bill Cody (KCH), 110 Eoin Maher (SS), 118 John Nolan (KCH). Club: 10 St Senan’s. County: 9 Kilkenny.

Girls’ under-17: 44 Michelle McDonald (SS), 58 Lauren Dermody (CC), 70 Ruby Harvey (SJ), 84 Ailis O’Shea (TT).

Boys’ under-17: 12 Peter Lynch (KCH), 20 Sean Power (TT), 45 Cormac Buggy (G), 49 James Power (TT), 71 Michael Ryan (KCH), 82 Sean Buggy (CC), 102 Tomas Bric (G), 106 Patrick Maher (KCH), 108 Craig Byrne (KCH), 109 James Nugent (KCH). Club: 11 KCH. County: 4 Kilkenny.

Girls’ under-19: 14 Rachel Butler (SS), 15 Aoibhe Richardson (KCH), 26 Sinead Whelan (TT), 33 Niamh O’Shea (TT), 35 Maeve O’Connor (TT). Club: 5 Thomastown. County: 2 Kilkenny.

Boys’ under-19: 32 Hugh Morgan (SS), 47 Conor Foskin (SS), 44 Tom O’Keeffe (KCH), 48 Oliver Mullally (SS), 52 Conor Quinlan (KCH), 56 Kieran Dillon-Dunphy (SS). Club: 3 St Senan’s. County: 3 Kilkenny.

Novice Women: 31 Maria Griffin (SJ), 47 Aine Kinsella (SS), 56 Aoife O’Connor (TT), 114 Laura Walpole (TT).

Novice Men: 8 Thos Hayes (KCH), 28 Conor Rochford (SS), 90 Ray Lonergan (KCH), 106 Paul Moran (KCH), 111 Sean Caulfield (SS), 144 Eoin Molloy (KCH), 172 Edward O’Keeffe (KCH). Club: 16 KCH. County: 8 Kilkenny.

Track and Field

Eoin Muldowney (Castlecomer AC) was in action over the weekend at an open indoor event in Cardiff. Eoin posted good early season times of 7.28 seconds in the 60m event and 38.6 seconds in the 300m.


People will have a chance to build up an appetite for their festive dinner and raise some money for charity on Christmas morning. KCH will hold their annual fun run on December 25, leaving from the gates of Kilkenny Castle at 11am. There will be a bucket collection taken up for the St Vincent de Paul before the run departs. All are welcome to join in.


Sunday: County senior track and field, Conahy 11am.

Christmas Day: KCH Christmas morning charity fun run, Kilkenny Castle 11am.

St Stephen’s Day: St Joseph’s AC family 5k fun run, Pink Rock 12 noon.

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