Stellar Week for Moyne AC

June 24, 2024

National Children’s Games, Tullamore

Sunday was a busy day of athletics and the club was delighted to be represented in Tullamore at the National Children’s Games. On a scorcher of a day, Lily Murphy and Meadhbh Hall were first up in the girls u11 long jump. The girls jumped well, putting up best jumps of 3.63m (Meadhbh) and 3.60m (Lily). Their combined score of 7.23m, was just a few cm outside the medals, and the girls finished 4th overall.

With a quick turn around, the girls headed straight to the 60m. Meadhbh ran in heat 1, and due to a technical issue, their initial run wasn’t recorded. When the heat was re-run she crossed the line 4th with a time of 9.29s, the 5th fastest time in the competition. Lily lined out in heat 2, where she crossed the line in third in 9.65s.

Our U9 girls were also in action in the long jump, in their first National championships. Aisling Costigan jumped a huge PB of 3.09m and Caoimhe Quinlan followed up her great performance in the Munster championships with a great jump of 3.13m. When the results were added up, the girls combined result of 6.22m, was enough to claim the gold medal! Congratulations to our newest National Champions on what we hope will be the first of many!

Finally, the girls u11 4x100m relay team were in action. The well established team of Meadhbh Hall, Annie Ely, Órlaith Costigan and Lily Murphy took to the track in heat 2 of the girls u11 relay. Ever reliable, the girls all left everything on the track, and their super sprinting and slick changeovers meant they recorded a PB time of 1.00.25. After an anxious wait, the girls collected silver medals along with the two brilliant subs -Daisy Lyons and Ella-Mai Drennan - who traveled and warmed up alongside the girls. Well done to all involved on another super day in Tullamore!

Spraoi Games

On Tuesday evening, our u8 - u11 athletes were invited to a super Spraoi Games event hosted by Nuenna AC. 26 athletes from the club, ranging from 6 - 10 years of age traveled to Three Castles GAA club for the event. Spraoi Games are a fun event where our fantastic young athletes all competed in a beanbag throw, sprint, standing long jump and a relay. Thank you to Nuenna AC for hosting such a great event and to Castlecomer AC who were also invited to join in the fun on the night. This was a great opportunity for our youngest athletes, who all enjoyed representing Moyne AC. Well done to all involved.

Clonmel T&F Live

A number of Moyne A.C. athletes made their way to Clonmel on Wednesday evening for the latest edition of T&F Live. What an ideal night it was for running with the sun beaming down on the newly opened Clonmel track.

Darragh Joyce was the first Moyne A.C athlete on the track. Darragh opened his night in heat two of Boys U12 60m sprint. Darragh ran a strong race to finish in 4th place in his heat and 7th place overall with a time of 9.68.

Next up was the turn of the U14 girls 80m. Moyne A.C. were represented by two girls in this race. First across the line for Moyne A.C. was Helen Renehan in 5th place with a time of 12.31, followed closely by Saoirse Joyce in 6th place with a time of 12.48. Well done girls.

Darragh Joyce was then back on the track for his second event of the evening. This time Darragh took on the 600m. Darragh ran a very strong race and finished very strongly to finish in 2nd place with an impressive time of 1.57.44 in the Boys U12 600m.

Niamh Cleere was the next Moyne A.C athlete on the track. Niamh went in the senior ladies 200m. Niamh ran a strong race to finish in 4th position with a time of 29.41. Well done Niamh.

Saoirse Joyce was back on the track once again to take on the girls U14 800m. Saoirse ran well to finish in 8th place with a time of 3.09.33. Well done Saoirse.

The final event that included Moyne A.C. athletes was the senior ladies 400m. The green and gold were well represented in this race with 4 out of the 5 athletes in the race in Moyne A.C vests. Ber Spillane was the first Moyne lady across the line to finish in 2nd place with a time of 1.05.12. Emma Delaney followed closely behind in 3rd place with a time of 1.05.78. 4th place went to Kate Delaney in a time of 1.07.21. Derbhla Gleeson finished in 5th place with a time of 1.08.73. Well done ladies on you fine performances.

We would like to thank Clonmel AC for hosting the event. We would also like to thank all of the officials who made the night possible including our own Martin Flynn, Katie Bergin and Dylan McLaughlin.

Well done to all of the Moyne A.C. athletes on your great performances.

Tailteann Games

Congratulations to Alana Spillane who ran an excellent race on Sunday to finish 5th in the girls 3000m at the Tailteann Games in Morton Stadium with a time of 10:44.66. Alana represented Leinster and Ursuline Convent, Thurles in this prestigious event. Well done Alana.

Tipperary B Track and Field, Clonmel

On Sunday, a number of Moyne AC athletes traveled to Clonmel for the Tipperary B championship. This was a highly successful event for our athletes, with a number of athletes securing medals in a variety of disciplines across the day. Well done to all the athletes who traveled to Clonmel. A full race report will follow when results are available.

U9 Girls and Boys: Senan Dunne, Jane Walsh, Éilís Shanahan, Molly Dempsey, Jack Drennan

U10 Girls and Boys: Ben Delaney, Tomás Shanahan, Aoibheann Doyle, Aaron Hanrahan

U12 GIrls and Boys: Kate Walsh, Doireann Quinlan, James Ryan.

Dave Fogarty 4 Mile Road Race.

On Thursday night we had 3 athletes make their way to Thurles to take part in the well attended Dave Fogarty 4 Mile Road Race.

Brian Carroll was the first Moyne A.C. athlete across the line in a time of 26.18. Brian finished 24th overall and 7th in the men over 40 age category.

Patrick Bowe followed closely behind in a time of 26.37 to finish in 32nd position overall and 5th in the men over 50 age category. Well done to Aisling Maher who also raced on Thursday. Aisling ran a great time of 30.14. Thanks to Thurles Crokes for hosting the great event. We are already looking forward to the next road race in Thurles which will be the Streets of Thurles 5k on August 15th. Be sure book your place soon.

Race walking open event. Morton

On Saturday morning a race walking event was organised at Morton Stadium as a qualifying event for the Olympics. This event included some of Irelands best race walkers Brendan Boyce, and Kate Veale and a number of top class international race walkers. Unfortunately the Irish pair of Brendan Boyce and Kate Veale didn’t secure their spot in the mixed relay at the Paris Olympics. But during the morning our own Michael Doyle took part in a juvenile event. Micheal walked a great to finish the 2k distance in a time of 12.43. It was a fantastic experience for Michael to be walking alongside Olympians. Well done Michael. Michael continues his preparation for the National Juvenile Championships in the coming weeks under the watchful eye of coach Seamie Hartigan.

Waterford Viking Quarter Marathon.

John Renehan made his way to Waterford to take part in the Viking Quarter marathon. John finsihed in a time of 42.40. John was 3rd out of 80 in the men’s 50/59 category. Well done John.

BioFreeze Irish Runner 5 Miler.

It was a historical morning on Sunday morning for Moyne A.C. as our ladies team of Sharon Cantwell, Eileen Ely, and Orla Healy claimed a bronze team medal at the Irish Runner 5 Miler, which incorporated the National 5 Mile road championships in The Phoenix Park.

Sharon Cantwell led the way for the Moyne ladies finishing in 116th position overall and 11th lady across the line with an excellent time of 31.08.

Next across the line for Moyne A.C. was Eileen Ely who finished in 159th position overall, 23rd lady, and 6th lady in the over 40 category with a time of 32.20.

Orla Healy was the third of the Moyne A.C. ladies across the line. Orla finished in 170th position overall with a time of 32.46.

The ladies gun times were added together to calculate the final team standings. With an overall score of 01:36.27 the Moyne A.C. ladies were crowned the bronze medal winners.

Split the Bucket.

Congrats to Kathleen Maher who won €65 in this weeks split the bucket draw. The ticket was drawn by Siobhan Ryan . Envelopes are available in the clubhouse, Quinlans pub and Tigh Maighne or join online today at

The draw takes place each Friday after training. We thank you for your kind support.

Featured Image: Irish Runner Five Miler, third team Sharon Cantwell, Eileen Ely. Orla Healy

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