There was a Kilkenny hint to Ireland’s victory as they country won the 2014 Celtic Games in Santry Stadium on Saturday.
The Irish team finished with 184 points. Wales were second with 160 and Scotland placed third with 136.
Kilkenny athletes Lauren Gleeson (Kilkenny City Harriers), Donagh Mahon (Gowran) and KellyAnn Doyle played their part with victories in their respective events. Lauren won the long jump, Donagh took first place in the high jump, while Kelly Ann was first in the under-18 400m hurdles.
The Masters Championships in Tullamore brought down the curtain on the national track and field season on Sunday.
St Joseph’s had a good turnout of athletes who brought home plenty of medals to the Tullogher-Rosbercon club.
The St Joseph’s race walkers captured three individual golds with wins for Maggie Helen O’Connor, Brid Lawlor and John Joe Lawlor.
The remarkable Verena Fenlon won silver in her javelin, shot-put, hammer and discus events. Pat Power also made the podium for the Saints, winning silver in the long jump and bronze in his 100m, 200m and high jump events.
Brow Rangers Joe Kelly was in good form, returning home with three silver medals. Competing in the M3 category, he was second in the shot, discus and hammer. The same hammer final was won by Gary Halpin (KCH) on his return to competition.
The end of the track and field season means that both athletes and mentors can sit back over the coming months and reflect over the past season.
The forthcoming European Championships will provide some exciting competition with many genuine contenders among the Irish athletes. These performances will hopefully give inspiration to the rich crop of juvenile athletes training and competing with Kilkenny clubs.
One such talented young athlete is Rachel Kelly (KCH). Rachel recently won a gold medal in the girls’ under-14 discus at the National Championships as well as silver in the combined events championships.
Another athlete who was inadvertently omitted from the national championship results was Nicky Connolly (Castlecomer AC). Nicky was the winner of the bronze medal in the boys’ under-14 walk.
Next month athletes will take to the fields again with a number of open cross country races during September.
The last Sunday in September is the traditional date for St Senan’s Open Cross Country in Kilmacow. This will be followed by the first rounds of the county championships, which have been pencilled in for early October.