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Parkinson powers to gold and bronze

THERE was more national glory for Kilkenny as a number of the county’s athletes travelled to Tullamore for the junior and under-23 championships on Sunday.

THERE was more national glory for Kilkenny as a number of the county’s athletes travelled to Tullamore for the junior and under-23 championships on Sunday.

In the junior competition Sophie Parkinson (Gowran AC) continued her fine form by winning gold in the discus (43.23m) and bronze in the shot-put (11.40m). There was gold also for Eoin Power (St Joseph’s) in the sprint hurdles with Kilkenny City Harrier (KCH) athlete David McGeary winning silver.

It was a busy day for David, who also competed in the long jump, finishing fifth (6.18) and the javelin, where he finished sixth with a throw of 32.82m. Jack Saunders (St Joseph’s) won bronze in the 400m while his clubmate Richard Schoeman finished fourth in the 200m.

In the under-23 competition KCH multi-event specialist Michael Bowler was a silver medallist in the high jump (1.85m). He also took bronze in the long jump with a leap of 6.35m. Louise Holmes (KCH) performed well in the sprints but finished outside the medals, coming fifth in the 100m (12.51) and sixth in the 200m (25.42m).


Kilkenny will have two athletes competing on the international circuit. Joanne and Catriona Cuddihy have been selected in a 26-strong Irish team for the European Track and Field Championships, which start in Helsinki, Finland today (Wednesday).

Joanne will compete in the 400m event, of which she is the national record holder. She will also feature on the women’s 4x400m relay team. The squad also features her sister Catriona, a new addition to the side.

Tailteann Games

The Tailteann Games (schools interprovincial track and field championships) were held in Santry on Saturday. Athletes in the schools intermediate category who were medal winners at the recent All-Ireland schools track and field were eligible to compete.

Shannon Dawkins (St Joseph’s) represented St Mary’s New Ross and was a double silver medal winner, finishing second in both the high jump (1.64m) and the 80m hurdles (11.90 seconds).

KCH athlete Sarah Kate Lacey, representing Loreto Kilkenny, finished third in the 300m (42.37 secs). Anna Sheehan, who also represented the Loreto, finished fifth in the 1,500m (4 mins 51 secs)

Tara Lacey (St Senan’s), representing Abbey CC and Munster, finished fifth in the 3,000m walk in a time of 18.47 minutes.

Nicholas Dunphy, representing St Kieran’s, was eighth in the 3,000m walk in a time of 19.42.


The All-Ireland Juvenile Team Championships (under-9, 10 and 11) were held in Cork on Saturday. Each competing team of two athletes had qualified by winning medals in the Leinster team competition. Thomastown, Kilkenny City Harriers (KCH), St Senan’s and St Joseph’s all had teams competing.

Thomastown had three teams and while they didn’t take home any medals the teams were very competitive in all events. In the girls’ under-10 long jump Anna Cass and Aine Kirwan finished sixth. In the boys’ under-11 ball throw Tom Holden and Gerard Prentice finished fifth while in the girls’ under-11 600m Ciara and Orla O’Keeffe finished sixth. The Thomastown girls’ under-11 relay team of Aine Kirwan, Orla O’Keeffe, Ellen Ryan and Ciara O’Keeffe, finished outside the medals.

At under-9 level the KCH team of Emma Manogue and Caoimhe Carroll ran well to finish eighth in the 60m while Fiona Dillon and Margaret Mary O’Shea were seventh in the ball throw final.

All four girls then combined to compete in the 4x100m inter-club relays. Good running and good baton changes brought success as the team finished third to take home bronze medals.

St Senan’s also had success in the girls’ under-9 category with Aoife Redmond and Saoirse Allen winning silver in the 300m. Rose Sheridan and Aoife Redmond were fourth in the long jump with Rose Sheridan and Saoirse Allen finishing sixth in the 60m race. The boys’ under-10 relay team of Mark and Robert Finn, Nick Kleign and Josh Fenton finished fourth.

St Joseph’s athletes Killian Griffin and Rory O’Connor placed fifth in the boys’ under-11 600m final.


The county road walks and novice women’s road race were held at the Pink Rock, Rosbercon in pleasant Summer sunshine on Friday. St Senan’s were the dominant force in the juvenile walks with St Joseph’s to the fore in the senior competition.

In the novice women’s race there was a one-two for St Joseph’s with Caroline Mullally winning gold and Elaine O’Donovan silver. Laura Walpole (Thomastown) took the bronze medal. St Joseph’s also took the team gold.

Results, women’s road novice: 1 Caroline Mullally, St Joseph’s; 2 Elaine O’Donovan, St Joseph’s; 3 Laura Walpole, Thomastown; 4 Annette Quegan, St Joseph’s; 5 Triona Foley, St Joseph’s; 6 Tracey Malone, St Joseph’s.

Road race walking results - Girls’ U-12: 1 Hannah Lacey, St Senan’s. Girls’ U-14: 1 Eve Lacey, St Senan’s. Girls’ U-16: 1 Tara Lacey, St Senan’s; 2 Ailis O’Shea, Thomastown. Senior Women: 1 Mag O’Connor, St Joseph’s; 2 Tracey Malone, St Joseph’s; 3 Triona Foley, St Joseph’s. Team: St Joseph’s. Senior Men: 1 Rocky Mernagh, St Joseph’s.

Track and Field

Thomastown AC hosted the County B Track and Field Championships in Grennan last week. Despite the gloomy weather there was a good turnout, with competition keen in all the events. Athletes in the younger age groups and those who did not finish in the first three at the county championships were eligible to compete.

Results, Track and Field B Championships (Club key: BR = Brow Rangers, CC = Castlecomer, G = Gowran, KCH = Kilkenny City Harriers, NV = Nore Valley, SJ = St Joseph’s, SK = St Kieran’s, SS = St Senan’s, TT = Thomastown.)

Girls’ U-8 80m: 1 Becky Peters (KCH), 2 Marie O’Keeffe (TT), 3 Molly O’Dornan (CC). Boys’ U-8 80m: 1 David Holden (TT), 2 Conor Kelly (TT), 3 Darragh Nolan (G). Girls’ U-8 300m: 1 Molly O’Dornan (CC), 2 Marie O’Keeffe (TT), 3 Orla Kenny (KCH). Boys’ U-8 300m: 1 David Holden (TT), 2 Conor Kelly (TT), 3 Eanna O’Keeffe (TT).

Girls’ U-9 80m: 1 Caoimhe Carroll (KCH), 2 Emma Manogue (KCH), Fiona Dillon (KCH). Boys’ U-9 80m: 1 Billy Power (TT), 2 Cathal Poyntz (KCH), 3 Keilin Dermody (SK). Girls’ U-9 300m: 1 Caoimhe Carroll (KCH), 2 Emma Manogue (KCH), 3 Margaret Mary O’Shea (KCH). Boys’ U-9 300m: 1 Billy Power (TT), 2 Cathal Poyntz (KCH), 3 Tadgh Connollly (SS). Girls’ U-9 ball throw: 1 Caoimhe Carroll (KCH), 2 Margaret Mary O’Shea (KCH), 3 Rachel Whelan (KCH). Boys’ U-9 ball throw: 1 David Holden (TT), 2 John Kenny (CC), 3 James Kenny (CC).

Girls’ U-10 80m: 1 Sophia O’Shea (KCH), 2 Abby Gilsenan (KCH), 3 Lucy Harte (KCH). Boys’ U-10 80m: 1 Adam Croke (SS), 2 Cathal O’Reilly (CC), 3 Will Fox (CC). Girls’ U-10 300m: 1 Sophia O’Shea (KCH), 2 Abby Gilsenan (KCH), 3 Sarah Brophy (CC). Boys’ U-10 300m: 1 Adam Croke (SS), 2 Cathal O’Reilly (CC), 3 Will Fox (CC). Girls’ U-10 ball throw: 1 Sophia O’Shea (KCH), 2 Isabelle Gill (BR), 3 Ciara Harte (KCH). Boys’ U-10 ball throw: 1 Adam Croke (SS), 2 Liam Doyle (CC), 3 Adam Stone (CC). Girls’ U-10 long jump: 1 Sophia O’Shea (KCH), 2 Lucy Harte (KCH), 3 Katie Clarke (CC). Boys’ U-10 long jump: 1 Cathal O’Reilly (CC), 2 Ciaran Maher (CC), 3 Will Fox (CC). Girls’ U-10 4x200m: 1 KCH, 2 KCH B, 3 Castlecomer. Boys’ U-10 4x200m: 1 Castlecomer, 2 Castlecomer.

Girls’ U-11 80m: 1 Dearbhla O’Reilly (TT), 2 Emma Poyntz (KCH), 3 Niamh Moore (KCH). Boys’ U-11 80m: 1 Peter Connellan (TT), 2 Lee Hehir (G), 3 Peter McDonald (TT). Girls’ U-11 300m: 1 Derbhla O’Reilly (TT), 2 Emma Poyntz (KCH), 3 Niamh Moore (KCH); Boys’ U-11 300m: 1 Peter Connellan (TT), 2 Liam Treacy (TT), 3 Tom Whelan (TT). Girls’ U-11 ball throw: 1 Orla O’Keeffe (TT), 2 Ava Coogan (CC), 3 Roisin Dempsey (TT). Boys’

U-11 ball throw: 1 Peter McDonald (TT), 2 Peter Connellan (TT), 3 Sean O’Dornan (CC).

Girls’ U-12 80m: 1 Aoife Griffith Brennan (NV), 2 Anna O’Shea (KCH), 3 Louise Fennelly Hunt (TT). Boys’ U-12 80m: 1 Jamie Holden (NV), 2 James Drea (NV), 3 Conor Kelly (BR). Girls’ U-12 800m: 1 Sinead O’Keeffe (TT), 2 Aoife Cahalan (CC), 3 Laoise Fennelly (TT). Boys’ U-12 800m: 1 Jamie Holden (NV), 2 Killian Hogan (CC), 3 James Drea (NV). Girls’ U-12 long jump: 1 Kerry Whelan (TT), 2 Sinead O’Keeffe (TT), 3 Anna O’Shea (KCH). Boys’ U-12 long jump: 1 Conor Clarke (CC), 2 Sean O’Dornan (CC), 3 Luke Whelan (KCH), 4 James Drea (NV). Girls’ U-12 4x200m: 1 Thomastown, 2 Thomastown, 3 Castlecomer. Boys’ U-12 4x200m: 1 Castlecomer, 2 Thomastown, 3 Castlecomer.

Girls’ U-13 80m: 1 Jayde Maher (KCH), 2 Caoimhe Kelly (TT), 3 Ciara Morrissey (TT). Boys’ U-13 80m: 1 David Murphy (G), 2 James Buggy (CC), 3 Adam Jacob (CC); Girls’ U-13 800m: 1 Jayde Maher (KCH), 2 Anna Morrissey (TT), 3 Dearbhail O’Keefe (TT). Boys’ U-13 800m: 1 James Buggy (CC), 2 Adam Jacob (CC), 3 Declan Buggy (CC). Girls’ U-13 shot-put: 1 Ruth Cassin (G), 2 Ciara Morrissey (TT), 3 Chloe McKnight (G). Boys’ U-13 shot-put: 1 Declan Buggy (CC), 2 Nicholas Brennan (G), 3 Geoff Power (SS). Mixed U-13 4x200m: 1 Thomastown, 2 Castlecomer, 3 Castlecomer.

Girls’ U-14 80m: 1 Maeve Delaney (CC), 2 Shannon Tracey (SS), 3 Rebecca Mulhall (G). Boys’ U-14 80m: 1 Sean Grace (G), 2 Mathew Cullen (BR), 3 Ross Connolly (CC). Girls’ U-14 800m: 1 Shannon Tracey (SS), 2 Maeve Delaney (CC). Boys’ U-14 800m: 1 Ross Connolly (CC), 2 Mathew Cullen (BR). Girls’ U-14 4x200m: 1 Thomastown, 2 Gowran/Castlecomer. Boys’ U-14 4x200m: 1 Castlecomer.

Girls’ U-15 80m: 1 Grace Malone (NV), 2 Sarah Grace (NV). Boys’ U-15 80m: 1 Adam Kelly (BR). Girls’ U-15 800m: 1 Grace Malone (NV), 2 Sarah Grace (NV). Boys’ U-15 800m: 1 Adam Kelly (BR). Girls’ U-15 shot-put: 1 Grace Malone (NV), 2 Maeve Delaney (CC), 3 Sarah Grace (NV). Mixed U-15 4x200m: 1 Nore Valley, 2 Castlecomer, 3 Brow Rangers.


Friday - County 10k (Men) and 3k (Women) Road Races, Gowran 7.30pm.

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