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04th July 2021


East Cork Track and Field Championships 11th July 2021



All athletes intending to compete must pre enter through their respective club competitions secretaries.

Entries to be emailed to joanhough1@gmail.com no later than 12 noon on Thursday, 8th July. 

Only Athletic Ireland registered athletes from clubs affiliated to the East Cork Division may compete.

Details to be forwarded are:

  1. Athlete name 
  2. Athlete’s club
  3. Date of birth
  4. Contact phone number.
  5. Age group and events intending to compete in.

Due to Covid restrictions maximum allowed 200.

Only one parent/guardian will be allowed per child and no siblings.

There will be no competition for children born in 2011 or later.

Club coaches, officials, parent/guardian should also pre-register with their name and contact number.

Absolutely no entry on the day to anyone who has not pre-registered.


Competing athletes should make themselves familiar with and abide by Athletics Ireland return to competition protocols. 


Parking will be on the college grounds at CIT.

Plan to arrive in good time for your race as they will go off on time. Allow time to check in. 

Entry on to the competition area:

Only pre-registered athletes, club coaches and appointed officials will be allowed on the competition area. 

The entrance fee is payable at the single point of entry and everyone is requested to have the exact fee.

 €5 per adult and €3 per child to be placed in an “honesty bucket” at entrance. 

Public address:

A public address system will be in operation to call athletes to their races. 


Toilets will be available at the back of the stand.

28th June 2021







   Under          Born                   GIRLS & BOYS

     09              2013                  200m           Long Jump           Turbo Javelin


     10              2012                  300m           Long Jump           Turbo Javelin


     11              2011                   600m          Long Jump           Turbo Javelin                      

    Please Note-

    All Clubs to bring their own turbo javelin for their own athletes use only.

    NOTE- Events at 7 PM        Girls u9  LJ        Boys u9  Turbo Javelin




     Admission Adults     Adults €5     Juveniles €3     All Pay at Gate

                            WILLIE HARTE PERPETUAL TROPHY

                                    for Best Club  u9 to u19

08th June 2021




All athletes intending to compete, must pre enter where possible through their respective club competition secretaries. Entries to be emailed to the Carraig na bhFear A.C. Competition Secretary, Ger Foley at Gerfoley5@gmail.com no later than 10.00pm on Sunday, 20th June.

Only Athletic Ireland registered athletes from clubs affiliated to the East Cork Division may compete.

Details to be forwarded are:

  1. Athlete name 
  2. Athlete’s club
  3. Contact phone number.
  4. Race or races intending to compete in.
  5. Athlete’s category – Junior, Senior, Masters O/35 or Masters O/45.

Club coaches and officials should also pre-register. Absolutely no entry on the day to anyone who has not pre-registered. 

Competing athletes should make themselves familiar with, and abide by, Athletics Ireland return to competition protocols.


Arrival:        Parking will be on the college grounds in Carraig na bhFear.

                    Plan to arrive in good time for your race as they will go off on time. Allow time to check in.


Entry on to the competition area:   

 Only pre-registered athletes, club coaches and appointed officials will be allowed on the competition area. 

  A single entry point will be used and all entrants will be asked to use the hand sanitiser provided. 

 The entrance fee is payable at the single point of entry and everyone is requested to have the exact fee (€5), to be placed in an “honesty bucket” at the check in desk.


Public address:     A public address system will be in operation to call athletes to their races.


Toilet:     A toilet will be available and appropriate cleaning products will be provided and all users will be asked to sanitise before and after use.


In competition:       Athletes will be called to a “call room“ no sooner than 10 minutes before their race.

                                Two “call room” areas will be operated. One for the 100m track  and another for the 300m track.

                                No medals will be presented on the night, but will be forwarded to the club competition secretaries at a later date.


Two official photographers will be taking photographs and they will be edited and posted on Carraig na bhFear A.C.’s social media platforms after the competition.



(Senior, Junior, Master O35/O45 Women & Men) 

Tuesday, 22nd June at Colaiste an Chroi Naofa, Carraig na bhFear

Track 1 

          7.00 pm           Junior Women  (Born 2002 to 2005)            100m.

          7.05 pm           Junior Men       (Born 2002 to 2005 )            100m.

          7.10 pm           Senior Women                                     100m.

           7.15 pm           Masters Women                                   100m.

           7.20 pm           Senior Men                                           100m.

           7.25 pm            Masters Men                                        100m.


            8.30 pm           Finals of above, in same order (if required)

 Track 2

                 7.00 pm           Senior & Masters Women                     1500m.

                7.10 pm            Senior & Masters Men                          1500m.

                 7.20 pm            Junior Women   (Born 2002 to 2005)            1500m.

                  7.30 pm            Junior Men        (Born 2002 to 2005)             1500m.

                7.40 pm            Senior Women                                       300m.

                7.50 pm            Masters Women                                     300m.

               8.00 pm           Junior Women  (Born 2002 to 2005)               300m.

                8.10 pm           Junior Men       (Born 2002 to 2005)               300m.

                8.20 pm           Senior Men                                             300m.

                                             8.30 pm           Masters Men                                          300m.                         

                  8.40 pm           Senior/Masters/Junior Women              3000m.

                   8.55 pm           Senior/Masters/Junior Men                    3000m.

                    9.10 pm           Senior Mixed Relay                            4 x 300m.


    If heats are required in 300m. races & mixed relay, results will be decided on times.

   Times are approximate and the programme may  run ahead of schedule.

Entry Fee  €5.00.  Entry Fee will be taken at the gate (exact fee) no change. 

 Club Secretary's to email entries to gerfoley5@gmail.com.  Closing date Sunday 20th June 10 pm.  No entries on night.       

02nd June 2021 

East Cork Athletics Division Road Championships 2021 

Venue:   Ballynoe

Date:     Tuesday 15th June 2021 

Ladies Race 3000m. Start Time.7.15 pm

Men’s Race 5 miles. Start Time. 8.00 pm. 

Entry Fee. €5.00 pay on the night, (exact fee please no change given)

Race Numbers can be collected on the night outside the Community Hall (bring your own pins)

Entries are confined to athletes that are members of clubs affiliated to the East Cork Athletic Division.

Club Officials and stewards to pre enter (no fee if not racing)

There will be no entries taken on the night.

Medals to the First 3 individuals at the Finish.

Team Medals will be handed out at a later date.

Ladies Teams 1st, 2nd, 3rd. (3 to Score, outside top 3)

Men’s Team 1st, 2nd, 3rd. (4 to score, outside top 3)

Results will not be available on the night but will be on the East Cork Athletics Division.com website and 

Cork County Board website as soon as possible after the race. 

Entries for athletes and officials will only be taken by filling in the form at this link : 


Closing Date Friday 11th June 2021 10.00pm (It will not be possible to enter after this date)

25th January 2021

Club Registration

Club subscriptions for 2021 are now due. The club committee appreciate the support of our members efforts throughout a difficult 2020 when we increased our membership.

Unfortunately restrictions appear to be with us for some time, but once allowed by public health guidelines the club aims to return to full activity as soon as possible.
The committee & coaches are already putting plans and physical infrastructure in place.

The support of the club’s members is vital at this time and we ask that you might look to renew your membership as soon as possible.
Application forms can be downloaded through links below...

The completed forms are to be returned to the club registrar by mail or electronically. 
More directions and contact details will be shared on our age group private messaging systems.

Any questions or queries can be directed to your coaches , PRO, club registrar or club secretary.
All contact details can be found on our website carraignabhfearac.com

30th December 2020


As of tonight at midnight, all club activities will cease until further notice as per the government Covid level 5 restrictions.
This means there will be no training tomorrow morning.
Coaches will be in touch through their group  messaging systems to answer any questions or queries.
Please keep in touch over the coming weeks through our Strava club group to follow how everyone goes back to training remotely.
Stay safe, look after one another and we will look forward to being back together as the evenings get brighter and the days warmer.

5th October 2020

County cross country!

When sitting down to write this weeks report the overwhelming feeling was that it will be hard to say anything good about what happened in Riverstick last Sunday at the County cross country championships. The Byzantine level of ill-conceived administrative details outlined by the county board committee led to a “new” way of doing things. Underage athletes who are used to the ever presence of their Garda vetted coaches were denied that comfort in the interest of safety. Who’s safety? Not that of the underage athletes who were left to warm up in a playpen sized area on their own frantically looking for the toilets that didn’t exist. The pre registered coaches were told at the gate that they were being denied entry after a change to protocols that had not been communicated to the clubs and had to drive back home after wasted unnecessary journeys .
The race start was also a new depart surely taken from the equestrian world which would be more typically seen on Grand national day in Aintree , with no actual start-line and a rolling start of sorts. Another idea taken from motorsports was a quad bike leading the charge akin to a formula one safety car on the first lap as the course was so scantily lined that on two particular corners  athletes literally went cross country and cut meters off the lap.

Now it wasn’t all doom and gloom as the adult races , the mens novice in particular,  were two of the biggest entries in many a year. Undoubtedly due to the fact that it was the only show in town and possibly the last race for another while.
The underage races saw a culling of numbers with the unusual decision not to let any up in age athletes compete. Even with the reduced three to score for a team rule also introduced , so many clubs were unable to muster teams. With only races for under 14s and 16s Carraig could only field in the 16s category.
Both our girls and boys did the business taking team gold in their respective races.
Rebecca Kelleher led the girls with a solid fourth place finish for individual bronze to continue her run of medaling at counties in recent years. Mary Dorgan (10) , Ellie Twomey (14) and Sorcha Daly made up this team that have been in the trenches for many a year already and have seen their share of success.
In the boys race we had a new county champion to celebrate when Eoin Quirke impressively took the day with a commanding run with an impressive overall pace well clear of second place. Timmy Hawkins had his best finish at counties taking individual bronze in sixth place. Arron Sheehan was third to score just outside the individual medal positions in ninth place and
Odhran McCarthy (12th) completed this well balanced group.

With only six races on the seven hour program next into action were our novice womens team. After winning the East Cork division crown two weeks ago the girls had realistic eyes on at least a team medal. The standard of race was impressive for novice and the team were resigned to fourth place but consolidation in the fact that they belong at this level competing with some of the biggest adult clubs in the country. In the race itself the team was led around by Katie Walsh who took 9th overall and won the under 23 title to add another crown to her palmares. The team members were Aisling Byrne, Siobhan Walsh, Nessa Wheeler, Cliona Hurley and Helen Roche. The girls have had a wonderful few weeks of competition and will hopefully strengthen from the experience.
In the mens novice race 112 finishers was a strong turnout that had three Carraig singlets in amongst the chain of athletes as it wound around the course like a centipede. The most surreal part of the event was the running commentary over the public address system of a race that had zero spectators. Amid all the daftness Willie and Richard got in a valuable session on the course that will hopefully hold the masters competition in a few weeks time and Ruaidhri shows what a loyal club member he is pulling on the singlet constantly for nearly ten years now.


To take the positives from the day and put the negativity around the organisation aside we saw some good things at this years county cross country first day out. The introduction of chip timing for the first time is hugely important if we are to move to a more professional approach and attract more numbers back to XC running. For the club two new county title winners was a big plus and the older teenage teams continued success is heartening. The influx of new blood to our adult women has made them contenders at their level and is exciting for the future. Our men are patiently waiting for the new batch of young talent to make it through in the hope that their aging legs will still be able when the day comes.

Other Business:

Our track and field athletes who have been selected for the Munster performance squads had their first day of training in Templemore ACs track last Saturday. The regional performance squads provide our athletes opportunity to access regional and national development coaching in an elite environment throughout the winter and early spring. 17 of our junior aged athletes have been selected this year.

Look Forward.

Day two of the county cross country championships will hopefully take place this Sunday again in Riverstick under the same measures that seem to be unique to county Cork . With the continuing uncertainties around Covid regulation levels we will take everything week by week. This weeks training is Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday. Contact details can be found on our website carraignabhfearac.com

Carraig na bhFear AC ladies novice team at the County cross country championships in Riverstick last Sunday.

Carraig na bhFear ACs Eoin Quirke on his way to winning the boys under 16 race at the County cross country championships last Sunday

29th September 2020

South Munster Schools Success for Carraig Athletes!

This weeks athletics action came from an unusual source for September when we’re normally waxing lyrical about our cross country adventures ,instead we were in the Mardyke for the South Munster schools track and field championships.
Normally run in May, due to the Covid restrictions around sports & schools being closed, it was credit to patron and organizer in chief Liam O’Brien that a 92 year tradition was continued when a limited event was held on Saturday morning.

Some great names have passed through these regional schools championships including World Champions Sonia O'Sullivan , Robert Heffernan  , Derval O'Rourke & Marcus O'Sullivan. European Champion Mark Carroll, European medalist Ciaran O'Lionaird  and former Taoiseach Jack Lynch who won the senior boys 110H the same year as Jessie Owens won his 4 Gold medals in Berlin 1936 and many others.
A lovely bright , crisp autumnal morning greeted the small but high quality group that were to compete in four disciplines in three age categories which was necessary  to keep the overall attendance below the 200 outdoor limit.

Carraig na bhFear AC had 11 athletes representing 9 different schools.
An enjoyable and worthwhile mornings athletics was ran in a safe and friendly environment undoubtedly helped by the pleasant weather conditions.
It was heartening to see Blessing Alamu back competing and taking two titles in the senior girls long jump and shot putt back to her school St Marys high school,  Midleton. After a while away from competing Blessing came back strong and took both competitions with efforts not too far off her personal bests.
Another St Marys athlete in action was Caoimhe Geoghegan competing in the well attended intermediate 100 meters, long jump and shot.
Getting to the final of the 100 meters and winning the shot was a great return for Caoimhe as this was her first opportunity to compete outdoors all year.
Another sprinter in action was Kiah Olotu in the senior girls 100 representing St Angelas College. Another to make her first race on tartan this year , Kiah did the business and took a bronze to add to the medal of the same colour she took at the indoor competition way back in March.

In the intermediate boys 800 meters we had what must be a first for the club in schools competition with a podium clean sweep. Eoin Quirke (Midleton CBS) took gold with David Maher (Colaiste an Phiarsaigh) on the second step and Timmy Hawkins (Rochestown College) on the third step. Great stuff from these three training partners bringing some bling back to their schools.
In the junior girls 800 we also had three club athletes representing three different schools. In another good standard race Rebecca Kelleher (Scoil Mhuire) took a solid silver medal with Ciara Keohane (Glanmire Community College) just outside the podium in fourth and Ellie Twomey (St Angelas College) in sixth.
Another club under 16 athlete who was getting his first opportunity to compete outdoors this season was multi eventer George Alamu who took a bronze medal in the intermediate boys shot putt back to his school Midleton CBS.
Another of our versatile runners competing was Cathal Whooley (Colaiste an Chroi Naofa) in the junior boys 800. A county medalist over 100 meters and a national club team medalist in cross country Cathal took a hard fought bronze medal in this middle distance event to show impressive range.

As we analyse and review last weekends action we were conscious of the absence of one of our champion athletes. Former minor and junior all Ireland schools long jump champion Michelle Ugwah has left these shores for bigger things. Michelle has traveled to Scottsdale , Arizona in the south west US to take up an offer of a basketball scholarship with Belle Vista prep school for Basketball. We wish Michelle all the very best of luck in the “most western town in the west” and look forward to following her progress and one day seeing her in the WNBA.

Other news:

The Munster performance squads have been named for this year and 17 of our club athletes have been selected. The squad days will be held throughout the winter and spring to bring groups of junior age athletes together to train under national high performance coaches and regional development officers. The series normally culminates with a weekend residential camp in springtime in Ireland.

Look forward:

As these Covid times bring nothing but uncertainty we continue to take everything week by week. As we prepare for this weekends beginning of the county cross country season we are also aware that things may come to a grinding halt also. We continue to train three days a week in Colaiste an Chroi Naofa and for any perspective new members all contact details can be found on our website carraignabhfearac.com.

Carraig na bhFear AC athletes in their various schools colours at the south Munster schools track and field event held in the Mardyke last Saturday.

Carraig na bhFear ACs Blessing Alamu long jumping to take the senior girls title at the south Munster schools track and field event in the Mardyke last Saturday

Carraig na bhFear ACs Kiah Olotu (left) in her St Angelas College colours in senior 100 meters competition last Saturday at the south Munster schools track and field event.

Carraig na bhFear ACs Ellie Twomey (St Angelas)and Ciara Keohane (GCC) in action in the junior girls 800 meter race at the south Munster schools track and field event in the Mardyke last Saturday.

22nd September 2020

East Cork day two delights for Carraig!

With a drought of competition throughout the long summer, autumn brought weekends busy with events as governing bodies busied themselves making hay in the sunshine. Carraig na bhFear AC hosted day two of the East Cork Athletics Division cross country championships last Sunday in Whites Cross on the lands of club members Louise and Dave Mullins.
A novelty for a XC event was the bright sunshine and  temperatures above 20 degrees which added to the uniqueness of this year in athletics.
The competitions got going at 1100 hrs with the under 9 athletes taking to their 750 meter course. Many of these young members were participating in their first ever race in what we hope will be a lifelong association with the club.
With the clubs main goal going into this years East Cork campaign the retention of the trophies for best juvenile girls and boys club we needed to get some early joy from the young age groupers.

What a start we got when the girls 9 won team gold to put a maximum 3 points on the board. The boys follows suit by taking team bronze putting a point on the score sheet.
The under 11s were next up in their 1500 meter races and two third place team performances kept the ball rolling and the scoreboard ticking over.
The under 13 races over 2000 meters saw our first individual silverware of the day when both Faye O’Riordan and Cian Ryan won their respective races to bag yet more titles for these two , already accomplished athletes at the tender age of 12.
The boys bagged a bronze team medal but the girls were outside the team medals in this competitive age group.
The under 15s weren’t to be outdone by their younger club mates and Aine Sheridan and Aidan Maher both topped the podium in their 3000 meter races and each led their teams to gold medals. Timmy Colbert took a hard fought individual bronze medal to join Aidan on the podium.

In the under 17 girls race over 3000 meters our team of four did the business and took silver team medals up against a Youghal AC team who have been racking national medals for a few years now to highlight what quality lies in the division.
The under 17 boys race over 4500 meters saw Eoin Quirke put in an impressive display to take the title and lead this well balanced team to gold.
The last under age races of the day were the 19s and our two teams took gold medals to cap off a great day for the Juvenile side of the club when we managed to retain both the Maureen O’Connell trophy and Gerry Russell cup. Daire O’Sullivan in his last year as a juvenile took a fine win in the boys race and sisters Sinead and Jennifer Kearney were on the second and third step of the podium in the girls.

The club investment in competition didn’t stop there. In the mid afternoon the novice women and mens races provided a wonderful spectacle in the blistering sunshine. After last weeks heroics from our senior women when they took the club competition, our novice team weren’t to be denied bragging rights at training this week by taking their own magnificent team gold. The team was missing some of its experience from last week due to ineligibility so up stepped 21 year old Katie Walsh to lead the team with a excellent race to win the Eimear Casey perpetual trophy for her first ever distance running title. An accomplished national medalist over 400 hurdles , high jump and indoor multi events Katie showed her versatility by taking this 4000 meter race. The team was made up with Aisling, Siobhan, Helen, Cliona and Sarah who are all on their novice season racing XC.
The mens team had the misfortune of being fourth for the second week running and must listen to their training partners “advice” on how to turn around their fortunes for another few weeks.


With the entire East Cork Athletics Division XC program now finished with record speed we have had a wonderful start to the season. Retaining the trophies for best overall juvenile girls and boys club was our goal starting out and we were delighted to hold onto both for another year. Adding the womens senior & novice team prizes and the novice womens cup was a cherry on top. Our masters athletes taking a fist of medals from day one was also a bonus from what has been one of the highest quality East Cork adult races in many a year.

Words of thanks:

To put on a cross country event takes a lot of organizing and we are as always grateful to all the workers that laid out the course Saturday morning , assisted so professionally to run the event and stayed back after to clean up.
Thank you to the Mullins family for being gracious hosts yet again in going above and beyond when providing their lands and enthusiasm.
Much credit is due to the East Cork Athletics Division board, it’s working members and friends who put together two days of safe competition within the Sport Ireland return to competition guidelines.
Last , but as always not least , to all the athletes who turned out to field teams for the club on both days which is the basic necessity if we are to hope for success.

Look forward:

Covid guidelines for the running of the county XC championships have been released this week and we will be hoping to be racing again when these championships start in October. At present we will take everything week by week and we will be training in the Colaiste an Chroi Naofa playing fields Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Sunday morning for this week.

Carraig na bhFear AC novice womens team who won team gold at the East Cork Athletics Division cross country championships last Sunday.

Carraig na bhFear ACs Katie Walsh receiving the Eimear Casey cup from East Cork Athletics Division board chairman Martin Drake after she won the novice womens 4km race at last Sundays XC championships

Carraig na bhFear ACs Aidan Maher flying over a hurdle obstacle on his way to winning the boys under 15 race at the East Cork Athletics Division cross country championships last Sunday.

Carraig na bhFear ACs girls under 9 team who were one of the stars of the show by winning team gold at the East Cork Athletics Division cross country championships last Sunday.

Carraig na bhFear ACs Daire O’Sullivan leads team mate Eoin Quirke at the front of the boys under 19 race at the East Cork Athletics Division cross country championships.

16th September 2020

Athletics makes its tentative return!

Last March , when the world stood still for everyone who loves to participate in competitive sport in our collective efforts to halt the tide of Covid 19, we have longed for the days when we were again doing what brings so much joy to our lives.
As the summer evenings passed and the threat of the pandemic loosened it grip ,sporting activity began to slowly emerge from its hibernation.
With tentative steps the East Cork Athletics Division board were one of the first in the country to endeavour to fulfill some of its annual fixtures.
It is a great credit to all involved with the division that so much was done to salvage so much of the Athletics season when so many other authorities literally washed their hands and consigned entire programs to the bin.
Through the month of August & now into September the Division has managed to hold two limited track championships, the road race championships and up to time of publication day one of two cross country championships.
The main results for Carraig na bhFear AC are as follows.

East Cork Track Championships:

Two nights of track championship racing was held on our training grounds in Colaiste an Chroi Naofa on the 6th and 13th of August. Races were held from under 12 to 19, junior, senior & masters categories in a range of distances from 80 meters up to 3000 meters. The club had a magnificent medal bonanza over the two nights and most importantly got to get back competing in a meaningful way.

East Cork senior road race:

St Cathrines AC were the next to host the road race championships in Ballynoe on the following Thursday evening the 20th of August. Held on the now infamous circuit around Ballynoe village , the race is not for the faint of heart with a stiff climb and a steady descent on the 1500 meter loop. Both our club womens and mens teams were 4th placed on the night in what were very high quality races. Jennifer Goggin Walsh took the only silverware home with a second place in the women 3000 meter race.
The men were lead home by a great run from junior athlete Daire O’Sullivan who was 8th overall mixing it with some of the best road runners in the county.

East Cork Cross Country:

Day one of the East Cork XC was held outside Conna last Sunday, again hosted by St Catherines AC. One of the first XC events to be held in the country this year was not a simple task to perform when adherence to all Covid guidelines had to be factored in. Great credit is due to St Catherines who put on a great event in a professional and safe manner.
With Covid guidelines the foremost in everyones mind it was always going to be a slightly different approach to what we had been used to in XC. No course walk before the race and a separate warmup area the first things athletes noticed. A call room area surely was a first for a cross country was the next difference and a physical distanced start line totally different from the usual elbows out at the start fighting for the precious shortest line to the first bend.
All that aside,  a large entry and some excellent races gave our endurance athletes another successful  day out.

In our youngest training group the standard was set high from the gun with under 10 girls taking team silver and boys team bronze.
Paul Colbert took his first individual XC medal with third place in the boys race.
In the under 12s Cian Ryan took a fantastic win in the boys race and lead his team to silver.
In the under 14s Faye O’Riordan took individual silver which lead her team to bronze and Dylan Mulcahy lead his team to victory with a bronze individual medal to cap it off.
Our two under 16 teams swept the boards winning both team competitions with the girls claiming all podium spots with Ava Fitzgerald, Rebecca Kelleher and Aine Sheridan 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively. Eoin Quirke and Timmy Hawkins were 1st and 3rd  on the boys podium.
Our under 18 girls did the business as usual taking team gold and all three podium slots for Sinead Kearney, Daisy Horan and Lauren Murphy.
Darragh Walsh ran to a individual silver in the boys race.
In the under 20/junior category Jennifer Kearney took the third step of the podium and lead the team to gold medals.
Joesph Daly took bronze in the boys race.

The adult races saw two races with large fields turning out in both.
Our women had the performance of the day winning the senior championship for a second consecutive year by a narrow two point margin over neighbouring club Watergrasshill AC.
In the over 35s masters category  the team took silver with Jennifer Goggin taking individual silver.
Rhona Lynch also took individual silver in the O45 age category.
In the men’s race there was gold medals for a strong masters 45 team lead by individual gold and silver for Willie Walsh and Tony Dunne.
The senior mens team were outside the medals in fourth place.
Special mention to Aisling Byrne and Darragh O’Keeffe who ran their first XC races for the club.

XC summary:

A very enjoyable if somewhat different day out than we’re usually accustomed to for XC but as always everyone gained valuable experience from the opportunity to race.
We managed to field teams in all but two of the under age categories and that has us in the running to retain the Maureen O’Connell trophy and Gerry Russell cup for best overall juvenile girl and boys club.

National Senior/Under 23 and Junior T&F championships:

Over four weekends in August and September the national track and field championships for Seniors, under 23s and Juniors was held in Morton stadium in Santry. Again due to Covid restrictions the events took a surreal atmosphere with no spectators or coaches allowed on site.
The club had a historic achievement when Orla Coffey won the senior pole vault competition making her the first Carraig athlete to win a national senior track and field title. An amazing achievement which Orla backed up last weekend by winning the junior title also.
Under 23 race walker Sarah Constant was crowned national champion in the 3000 meter event which was her first national title.
Another under 23 to take a medal was Maebh Daly in the Javelin winning a bronze medal.

Look forward:

This coming weekend we are hosting day two of the East Cork cross country championships for uneven age juveniles and novice adults.
With the trophies for best overall juvenile girls and boys club up for grabs we expect a strong showing from all our age groups.
First race kicks off at 1100 hrs on Sunday with the under 9 age group.

15th September 2020

Some Club Highlights for 2020

Carraig na bhFear AC women & mens senior/masters teams at last weekends East Cork Athletics Division cross country championships.

Girls under 16 100 meters racing at the East Cork Athletics Division track championships hosted by Carraig na bhFear AC in early August.

Carraig na bhFear ACs Sarah Constant who took the national under 23 race walking title at the national championships.

Carraig na bhFear ACs Orla Coffey Pole Vaulting to victory in the senior championships in Morton stadium to win the clubs first ever senior title.

Under 18 Kiah Olotu and Lily O’Riordan battle it out over the closing stages of the 100 meters at the East Cork Athletics Division track championships.

Carraig na bhFear ACs Maebh Daly who won a bronze medal in womens under 23 javelin at the national championships in Morton stadium in August.

28th July 2020



 Any athletes intending to compete need to pre enter where possible through their respective club competitions secretaries. Entries emailed to the Carraig na bhFear A.C. Competition Secretary Ger Foley at Gerfoley5@gmail.com no later than 1800 hrs on the Tuesday before race day giving 48 hrs for the organizers to finalise heats & entry lists.

Only Athletic Ireland registered athletes who’s club are affiliated to the East Cork Division may compete.

Any coaches or parents who intend on accompanying athletes need also to register.

Details to be forwarded are:

  1.  Athlete/coach/ parent name 
  2. Athletes club
  3. Contact phone number.
  4. Race or races intending to compete in.
  5. Athletes age category 

Please if only one parent/guardian accompany athletes it will enable more athletes to compete as total numbers cannot exceed 200 individuals.

Allowing for extra officials & stewards the number of athletes & coaches at any one time on the competition/spectator area will be 175.

Absolutely no entry on the day to anyone who has not pre booked.

Any club sending athletes must appoint a Covid officer to attend to oversee Athletics Ireland guidance is being adhered to.

Any competing athletes have to make themselves familiar with and abide by Athletics Ireland return to competition protocols.


Parking will be on the college grounds in Carrignavar.

Plan to arrive in good time for your race as they will go off on time. Allow time to check in.

 Entry on to the competition area:

Only athletes, coaches and officials will be allowed on the competition areas.

A spectator/family area will be marked with good views of both tracks.

A single entry point will be used and only athletes, coaches and parents of underage participants who have pre registered will be allowed in.

If possible please only one parent to accompany athletes.

A physical distancing queuing system will be operated and all entrants will be asked to use hand sanitiser. 

An enterance fee of €5 per adult, €3 per per juvenile (Under 19) or €10 maximum per family will be charged.

No change can be given on the night so exact money only to be placed in an “honesty bucket”at the check in desk.

 Public address:

 A public address system will be in operation to call athletes to their races.


A toilet will be available.

Appropriate cleaning products will be provided and all users will be asked to sanitise before & after use.

 In competition:

Athletes will be called to a “call room“ no sooner than 10 minutes before their race.

Two “call room” areas will be operated. One for the 100m track & another for the 300m track.

Athletes will be assigned heats and brought to the start line only after the previous race has cleared the track. 

No blocks will be used for sprints. Three point starts will be encouraged but no time allowed at the start line to instruct / coach younger athletes on the night.

No medals will be awarded on the night.

Medals will be forwarded through the club competition secretaries.

No podium will be used or family photos allowed on the track surface.

Two official photographers will be taking photos and they will be edited & posted on Carraig na bhFear A.C.’s social media platforms after the competition.

After competition:

After an athlete’s final competition and having completed their cool down we ask that they leave as soon as practicable.

There will be a separate exit point to the entry.

Food & Drinks:

Athletes/spectators must bring their own refreshments with them. 

No bins will be provided so all rubbish must be brought home by those that would like to bring a picnic.

Insect advisory:

As this is a grassy area and in autumn evening time, grass flies may be out and about.

It is advisable to bring a blanket or camp chair to sit on and apply repellent to the lower legs if they are uncovered.

6.30pm Girls & Boys Under 12 (Born 2010/2009) 80m
6.45pm Girls & Boys Under 14 (Born 2008/2007) 80m 6.45pm Girls & Boys Under 13 (Born 2009/2008) 80m
7.00pm Girls & Boys Under 16 (Born 2006/2005) 100m 7.00pm Girls & Boys Under 15 (Born 2007/2006) 100m
7.15pm Girls & Boys Under 18 (Born 2004/2003) 100m 7.15pm Girls & Boys Under 17 (Born 2005/2004) 100m
7.30pm Junior Women & Men 100m 7.30pm Girls & Boys Under 19 (Born 2003/2002) 100m
7.45 - 8.00pm Finals of above (if required) 8.00 - 8.15pm Finals of above (if required)
8.15pm Senior Women & Men 100m
6.30pm Girls & Boys Under 18 (Born 2004/2003) 300m 6.30pm Girls & Boys Under 17 (Born 2005/2004) 300m
6.45pm Junior/Senior Women 300m 6.45pm Girls & Boys Under 19 (Born 2003/2002) 300m
7.00pm Junior/Senior Men 300m 7.00pm Senior Women & Men 600m
7.15pm Girls & Boys Under 12 (Born 2010/2009) 600m 7.15pm Girls & Boys Under 13 (Born 2009/2008) 600m
7.30pm Girls & Boys Under 14 (Born 2008/2007) 600m 7.30pm Girls & Boys Under 15 (Born 2007/2006) 600m
7.45pm Junior/Senior & Masters Women 3,000m 7.45pm Senior/Masters Women & Girls Under 19 1,500m
8.00pm Junior/Senior & Masters Men 3,000m 8.00pm Senior/Masters Men & Boys Under 19 1,500m
8.15pm Girls & Boys Under 16 (Born 2006/2005) 1,500m 8.15pm Girls & Boys Under 15 (Born 2007/2006) 1,500m
8.30pm Girls & Boys Under 18 (Born 2004/2003) 1,500m 8.30pm Girls & Boys Under 17 (Born 2005/2004) 1,500m

28th June 2020

Club Training Update

Club training

With phase 3 of the lifting of restrictions having been approved by government, the club has again reviewed its training plans for the coming weeks.
It has been decided to grant access to training for all our under 13 (Born 2008) athletes from Tuesday the 30th June. Any of these athletes who wish to attend training this week must book in with their coaches in order to confirm attendance. The club officers will again review the situation for younger athletes in three weeks time. Training for all athletes under 14 and older will continue as already arranged.

CIT track

We are pleased to announce that the club has been granted limited access to the CIT track from next Wednesday 1st of July with a new time slot of 2030 to 2130 hrs.
This training session is strictly only available to registered club athletes from under 16 and above. Athletes wishing to attend training on Wednesday will have to book in with club coaches before 1400 hrs on Tuesday 30th June. If you have not booked in you cannot attend training as both CIT & Club COVID officers will be checking athletes onto the track. All physical distancing measures will have to be strictly adhered to, in order to ensure the club will continue to enjoy the use of this facility. This access is for a three week trial period and will be reviewed thereafter. 
Please read the attached list of regulations issued by CIT sports office.



These guidelines will remain in place from 29th June until 20th July 2020 and will be subject to ongoing review. 

 Clubs/Individuals/Users agree to abide by the Current Athletics Ireland Returning to Athletics Guidelines and CIT Guidelines

·         Clubs/Individuals/Users must book in advance with the Sports Office on email fintan.oleary@cit.ie

·         Booking slots are a maximum of ONE hour in order to facilitate all Clubs/Individuals

·         Club COVID Officer must report to CIT Designated Officer 15 minutes prior to allocated time

·         Athletes to arrive no more than 10 minutes before allocated time

·         No entry until approved by CIT Designated Officer

·         Club COVID Officer must send attendance list to fintan.oleary@cit.ie  within 24 hours of attendance at CIT Track

·         Clubs/Individuals/Users must be registered members of AAI

·         Members must leave track promptly and also not congregate in the car park afterwards

·         NO access will be provided to dressing rooms or toilet facilities

·         NO CIT equipment to be provided.  No club use of pole vault, high jump or long jump.

·         NO Rubbish bins provided –  take your rubbish with you when you leave the campus 

·         Each athlete to bring their own hand sanitizer and water bottle with name marked on it - Water tap in CIT not in use.

·         This is a live guidance document and will be regularly reviewed and communicated 



6th June 2020

Club Training Update

Hello all.
Good news at last.
Group training will recommence on Tuesday evening the 9th of June in the college fields in Carraig na bhFear @ 1930 hrs sharp.
All members should make themselves aware of the guidelines laid down by athletics Ireland.
The link provided will bring you to the Cork Athletics webpage where a concise version can be read.

If you intend to attend training you need to book in with the lead coach of your age group.
Unfortunately at this time under 13s are not allowed attend in any way.
If you are 13 on or before next Tuesday you can train.
Coaches will be in touch through the usual channels with more details.
All coaches contact details can be found on the contact us tab on the sidebar.

Hope to see you all Tuesday.😁

25th May 2020

An informative Video on the Covid-19 Virus 

Covid-19 Video

19th May 2020

Club Update Re Covid-19

After a meeting of coaches and committee members yesterday evening it has been decided that there will be no return to organised training in the current phase 1 of the government’s roadmap to reopening the country.
Although athletics Ireland has reinstated our insurance and has laid out a comprehensive set of guidelines for clubs to follow , the conditions are not going to allow enough freedom for us to return to group training. 
The 5 km restriction on movement , no facilities opened and groups no larger than 4 would make organised training impossible to coordinate.
We have begun planning a return to training for the 8th of June on the college grounds in Carraig should the government move to Phase 2 on that date and the Athletics Ireland guidelines mirror the government ones.
We hope that everyone continues to train in their family groups and in their social groups  of 4. Hopefully it won’t be too much longer before we’re all back together as a club and enjoying the sport that has brought so much joy to our lives.

12th March 2020

In light of the recent government, HSE and Athletics Ireland direction we are taking the decision to suspend all club activities until further notice.
This means there will be no training in the college tonight.
No Bodypump or spinning on Friday night.
No CYDI training in CIT Saturday.
No training in the Mardyke Sunday.
No High Jump on Tuesday or normal club training in Carraig.
The CIT campus is closed until the 29th at least so we will have no access to their facility.
The national indoor championships will now fall under these directives and will be cancelled/postponed.
As the directions do not discourage training we encourage all our members to continue to train to the best of their ability and stay in touch with your coaches.
We will assess the situation again early next week as more information becomes available & update you as necessary.

3rd March 2020

Oh What A Night! 

On Friday night last the East Cork Athletics Division annual awards night was held in the Midleton Park Hotel. Forty of our athletes were honoured for winning national medals in track and field and cross country in the 2019 season.
The trophies for best juvenile track and field club , best juvenile cross country girls club and best cross country boys club were also presented to representatives of our club. 
This was a monumental achievement for Carraig as it was the first time our club has won the track and field trophy and also the first time that a club has secured all three. To put the icing on an already sweet cake Orla Coffey was selected as the overall athlete of the year for 2019 for her record breaking achievements in pole vault. 

Listed below are the athletes and a short note about their achievements at national level. 

AWARD WINNERS 2020 (2019 SEASON) – Carraig na bhFear A.C.


Boys U11 - Cian RyanCian had a super XC season winning the county under 11 title and finishing 3rd in the under 12’s. Individual medals in both ages at the Munster XC were followed by an impressive 7th place finish in the National under 11s in Dunboyne and being the 2nd scorer on a silver medalling Munster team.

Girls U12 – Faye O’Riordan     Another strong XC season for Faye with good performances at county and Munster levels, culminated in a National silver medal with the Cork team at the National XC championships in Abbotstown.

Girls U13 – Lucy LynchLucy had a great start to 2019 winning the Munster indoor high jump title and going on to win a bronze medal at the National indoors. She continued this form outdoors winning the Munster title and jumped a PB of 1.48m to win a silver medal at Nationals.

Girls U14 – Aine Sheridan     A first National track medal was won by Aine in the girls under 14 800m at the National “B” championships. Aine continued to be a valued member of the club’s under 14 and 15 XC teams and won a gold medal with Cork at the recent National “B” XC championships.

Girls under 14 – Ava Fitzgerald  Another super consistent XC season for Ava in 2019 where she had podium finishes in both county and provincial under 14 and 15 races. She backed up these great performances by finishing 5th at the National under 14 eventand winning team gold with Cork and team silver with Munster at both under 14 and 15.

Girls U14 Odhrna Hurley       Odhrna had a clean sweep of titles in 2019 with gold medals at County championships, Munster indoors and outdoors and National indoors and outdoors in her specialist event, racewalking. Her victory in the National outdoors 2,000m walk being her most impressive performance of the year.

Boys U14 - Cathal Whooley       Cathal won his first National track medal when winning a silver medal in a competitive 80m sprint at the National “B” championships. He showed his versatility by being part of a winning under 15 club team at the National “B” XC championships last month.

Boys U14 Ruaidhri Boyle      At the National “B” Track & Field championships Ruaidhri clenched the silver medal in the boys under 14 long jump. He also ran cross country and was part of the under 15 club team that won the National “B” XC title.

Boys U14 Theo De Souza      Theo won Munster indoors under 14 long jump gold and high jump silver, before going on to excel at the long jump event over the summer months,winning county gold, Munster silver and National bronze with a PB performance of 5.42m at Nationals.

Boys U14 Aidan Maher   Aidan had some super runs in county, Munster and National XC races at under 14 and 15, finishing with a tremendous individual medal at the National “B” XC and leading his club team to the gold medals. He was also a scorer on the Cork team that won gold medals on the same day.

Boys U14 Timmy Colbert     Timmy has participated in wide range of track and field events during 2019 as well as being part of the club’s under 14 and 15 XC squads. He was the 2nd scorer on the winning under 15 club team at the National “B” XC championships as well as being part of the Cork team that also took the gold medals.

Girls U15 - Mary Dorgan     Mary had a great XC season in 2019 producing excellent performances in every race. She ended the season by winning a gold medal with the Cork team at the National “B” XC championships in Wicklow.

Girls U15 – Ellie Twomey     Ellie had a consistent XC season as part of the club’s under 15 and 16 teams. She had a great individual performance at the National “B” XC championships winning a gold medal with the Cork team.

Girls U15 – Caoimhe Geoghegan     At the National “B” Track & Field championships Caoimhe had a super day winning a bronze medal in the girls under 15 100m, as well as taking the gold medal in the long jump, producing a championship best performance of 4.61m in the process.

Girls U15 – Rebecca KelleherRebecca won her first National track medal when she won the girls under 15 800m title at the National “B” championships. She continued that great form into the XC season, winning individual medals under 15 and 16 at both county and Munster levels. She capped a fine 2019 year when she won under 16 National XC medals in Abbotstown, silver with the Cork team and bronze with the Munster team.

Boys U15 - Arron Sheehan      A consistent performer for the club’s under 15 and 16 XC teams over the season, Arron won a team gold medal at the National “B” XC championships in the under 15 race.

Boys U15 – Timmy HawkinsTimmy was a new addition to the club’s under 15 and 16 XC squads in 2019 and ran really well throughout the season. He ran his best race of the XC season at the National “B” championships, helping his team to the club gold medals and also being a member of the winning Cork team.

Girls U16 - Lily O’Riordan      A breakthrough year for Lily when she won her first National medals. Lily won bronze medals in both Junior Girls javelin and 75m hurdles at the Irish Schools Track & Field championships in June and a further bronze medal in the girls under 16 javelin competition at Nationals later in the summer.

Girls U16 – Michelle UgwahAt the National indoors Michelle captured the silver medal in the girls under 16 long jump. She also retained her Irish Schools title when jumping a PB of 5.48m to win the Junior Girls competition.

Girls U16 – Cliona Lynch       Cliona had an excellent XC season in 2019 as part of the club’s under 16 and 17 teams. Running up an age, she was the 2nd scorer on both her club and county teams that won silver medals at the National “B” XC championships.

Boys U16 – David Maher        One of the club’s most improved performers David finished off the XC season in fine style by racing to a super individual medal at the National “B” XC championships running up an age in the boys under 17 event.

Girls U17 – Blessing AlamuBlessing had a great Track & Field season in 2019, winning the girls under 17 discus title and also taking a bronze medal in long jump at the National championships. Selected to compete for Ireland at the discus in the Youth Nations Cup in August capped a fine year.

Girls U17 – Sinead KearneySinead led both her club and county to silver medals at the National “B” XC championships in Wicklow to bring a fitting end to a season of consistent performances in all her races.

Girls U17 – Daisy Horan       Daisy had a great XC season improving with every race and ended the season winning silver medals with both her club and county at the National “B” XC championships.

Girls U17 – Lauren Murphy     Lauren has competed on her club’s under 17,18 and junior teams throughout the XC season and she ended the year, running at the National “B” XC championships where she won silver medals with her club and county.

Girls U17 – Megan MurphyA consistent XC season for Megan finished on a high note when winning a club silver medal in the girls under 17 race at the National “B” XC championships last month.

Girls U17 – Isobel O’MearaIsobel won National under 17 silver medals with club and county at the National “B” XC championships. Also during the summer she was part of several relay squads and was a member of the women’s under 23 4 x 400m team that won gold at the National Track & Field championships.

Boys U17 – Samuel Judd      A superb bronze medal at the National indoors over 200m was followed up in the summer by winning an outdoor National silver medal at 100m and a bronze medal at 200m. Selection on the Irish  relay squad at the Youth Nations Cup competition put the finishing touches to a fine Track & Field season.

Boys U17 – Ciaran HurleyCiaran won a silver medal in the boys under 17 1,500m walk at the National indoors. A further silver medal was garnered at the National outdoors, this time over a distance of 3,000m. At the Irish Schools Ciaran won a bronze medal at intermediate level which highlighted a fine year of racewalking.

Girls U18 – Orla Coffey    A National Youths record of 3.61m in pole vault capped a magnificent year for Orla. Championship best performances were the norm when winning National under 18 titles both indoors and outdoors,Irish Schools, National Junior medals, both indoors and outdoors and her first National Senior medal. These were followed by selection on two Irish teams in 2019 for pole vault competitions. To top all this off Orla was also a member of the title winning National under 23 4 x 400m relay team.

Boys U18 – Daire O’SullivanAfter an injury interrupted year Daire was back racing in time to win a National bronze medal as part of the Cork under 18 team at the National XC championships in Abbotstown.

Girls U19 – Emma Coffey        Emma won a silver pole vault medal at the National indoors under 19 event in Athlone in early 2019. Unfortunately injury seriously curtailed her outdoor season and she was unable to compete in the National outdoors.

Girls U19 – Martha QuainMartha had a great 2019 year winning numerous titles at county and provincial level in her specialist discus event. She signed off from juvenile competition with a silver medal winning performance in the girls under 19 discus at the National Track & Field championships. 

Boys U19 – Emmanuel Alamu A series of super performances throughout the 2019 Track & Field season ended with Emmanuel winning a bronze medal at Nationals, in the boys under 19 shot putt competition. 

Junior – Ciaran Nugent    Ciaran commenced his 2019 track season with a gold medal at 400m hurdles and a bronze medal over 400m in the Munster championships. He followed this up at the National Junior championships when he raced to a superb silver medal in the 400m hurdles with a PB performance of 55.94 seconds.

Senior – Katie WalshKatie started 2019 in fine style by taking the gold medal in multi events at the Irish Intervarsities indoor championships. She also won a silver medal at the outdoor Irish Intervarsities championships at high jump and was selected on the Irish Universities team that competed against Scottish Universities. Many fine performances both indoors and outdoors followed and led to Katie winning the gold medal in her specialist event 400m hurdles at the National under 23 Track & Field championships. At the same championships Katie anchored the club’s 4 x 400m relay team to the National title.

Senior - Nessa Wheeler     Nessa won her first National track medal at senior level when winning a gold medal as part of the 4 x 400m relay team at the National under 23 Track & Field championships.

Senior – Emma AkinkoulieAlthough still in the juvenile ranks, Emma stepped up to senior competition to win a National gold medal at the under 23 Track & Field championships in the 4 x 400m relay.

Senior – Jennifer Goggin Walsh   Jennifer had a fine 2019 year winning a silver medal in the over 35 category over 3,000m at the National indoor masters championships. She followed this up with another silver medal at the outdoor championships, this time over 1,500m. Recently she added a National XC medal as part of the Cork intermediate team.

Senior – Mary Fitzgerald          Mary has mainly raced on the roads and over cross country but in 2019 she took to indoor racing with aplomb. At the National indoor masters championships she won a bronze medal over 3,000m in the over 45 category.


While it was fitting and necessary that our national medalists were honoured, our capturing of the overall trophies in the division were the stand out achievements from a club perspective. All team trophies were received with great pride on behalf of all our members who contributed but were not there on the night. The team trophies take a team effort to win and every single member who competed in the divisional level competitions played their own part however big or small. 

Look Forward:
This coming weekend sees our athletes that have qualified for the schools cross country travel to Dublin and the Santry demesne for what will be an exciting competitive experience.
As always we would be delighted to see new potential members coming along to one of our training sessions to see what it’s all about.
Our club website has all the information needed and links to our social media platforms.

25th February 2020

Munster Indoors Rounded Out!
Last weekend saw the completion of the Munster juvenile indoor track and field championships for 2020. Over the Saturday and Sunday there was a feast of quality underage competition held in Nenagh Olympics stadium. Over the two days we had fourteen athletes competing hard for medals and the opportunity to compete at the national finals as only the top four in each event final get to progress.

On Saturday three of our boys were competing in the 60 meter hurdles.
Our youngest was Richard Barry in the under 14 competition where he qualified with a fourth place finish from his heat through to the final and was outside the medal shake up.
George Alamu took on the under 16 boys hurdles which get incrementally higher and further apart as you get older. George knocked three tenths off his last race over the 2’9” barriers for fourth place in the final and now has a spot at nationals to improve further.
Theo de Souza took our first medal of the weekend with a bronze in the boys under 15 which was a straight final. The start of another great championship weekend for Theo.

On the Sunday morning it was the turn of two of our girls to tackle the hurdle races.
Rosemary Alamu was in a jam packed field in the under 14 age category and didn’t make it out of the first of three competitive heats with only two progressing automatically.
Lily O’Riordan was in one of the hottest finals of the day and despite running a very credible 9:81 it was only good enough for 4th place. Another run in heats at nationals like that should see lily make a final hopefully. This is Lily’s first time qualifying for national indoors.

Two stand out performances from our short sprinters were Lily O’Riordan in the under 17 girls and Sam Judd in the 18 boys.
In the ultra competitive world of sprints the indoor 60 can be a real specialist area and to pull a medal is a tough ask.
Lily only got through to the final in one of the fastest looser positions and thus was drawn in the unfavourable lane one. Turning the “nobody ever medals from lane one”rule on its head Lily had a terrific start and execution to snatch her first ever Munster sprints individual medal with a third place finish.
 Sam had a straight final in the boys 18 competition and produced a seasons best time of 7:29 to take a terrific silver medal from a competitive field.
Others that raced over the shortest of all athletics distances were Rosemary Alamu in the under 14 girls where she bowed out at the semi final stage after getting through her heat.
Caoimhe Geoghegan and Kathryn O’Mahony were in the 16 girls heats
with Kathryn not making the final but Caoimhe had a great second place in her heat to get one of the automatic places in the final but was outside the medals.
Kiah Olotu and Emma Akinkoulie were in a straight final in the 18 girls where all 10 lanes were used but both girls were not in the medal shakeup.
In the boys races under 13 Josh Judd didn’t make it out of his heat in his first ever track race.
In the 15s Theo DeSouza got an big Q as an automatic qualifier in his heat and had a solid run for fifth in his final.

200 meters;
On the Saturday it was the girls turn to race the 200 and we had three in the heats trying to make one of the four lanes in the final being decided on times.
Kathryn O’Mahony (16s) , Lily O’Riordan (17s) & Emma Akinkoulie (18s) all ran well but didn’t crack the top 4 to progress. Both Lily and Emma were unlucky finishing 5th overall.
On the Sunday Sam Judd was our only boy to take on the one lap lung buster and had a great race in his heat to book a final slot. In one of the tightest races of the day Sam won an excellent bronze medal with an improvement on his heat time for a new indoor PB.

400 meters;
Two of our older teenagers were racing over the two lap , leg sapping  400 sprint. Emma Akinkoulie and Harry Buckley laid down their first times for 2020 but didn’t feature amongst the medalists.

Middle Distance:
With most of our middle distance gang still focusing on the schools cross country competition we had only under 13 Faye O’Riordan taking on the 600. Faye was 7th in her heat where the medals were decided on times.

High jump:
Five of our high jump group competed over the weekend and had some success.
George Alamu in the boys 16 took a silver medal away from his event with a best clearance of 1:50 meters.
Lucy Lynch took a bronze medal from the girls 14 competition on countback with a best clearance of 1:45 meters. Rosemary Alamu was also jumping in the 14 girls competition and was close to a new PB of 1:40 that will surely come on her next day out.
Theo DeSouza cleared 1:50 meters in the boys 15 to take 4th place to qualify for nationals in yet another event.
Faye O’Riordan jumped in a large field of 20 girls in the under 13 event and had a PB equaling 1:25 for a very credible 7th place and only missed a medal place on countback.

Shot Putt
Not known for our prowess in the shot circle we have recently been trying to improve our efforts in that direction and had Caoimhe Geoghegan (16s) and Josh Judd (13s) dipping their toes in. A bit of work needed to get to the competitive end of the results for both.

Long Jump:
Back to an area where we have some pedigree we had a very successful long jump weekend with three medals and competitive athletes in all our entries.
Theo DeSouza won the under 15 boys title in the early start on Sunday morning. A best of 5:11 from his second of six jumps was enough to secure Theo’s most recent title.
Harry Buckley jumped a big PB in the under 18 boys competition with a best of 5:99 meters to almost break the magic 6 meter mark. Putting almost a foot onto his previous best Harry took a silver medal for his efforts and was delighted with his first competition of 2020.
Blessing Alamu was in action in the girls under 18 competition and also took a silver medal with her best effort of 5:29 meters. A consistent set of jumps from Blessing who is becoming one of our most valued field eventers.
Caoimhe Geoghegan was jumping in the 16 girls competition and had her best Munster result with a fifth place finish. Rosemary Alamu was also 5th in her under 14 long jump which was a very credible result from a field of 26 girls.
Josh Judd also dipped his toe into the sand in long jump in his first season of competition in the 13 boys.

Over the two days we had a very successful weekend by blooding some new athletes at Munster level and taking away nine individual medals. Added to the previous two days competition we have 17 of our underage qualified for nationals with a fair few making the grade in multiple events.

Other Business:
Last Friday night the Cork County board Athletics awards night was held in the Kingsley hotel where two of our under 18 athletes received the aspiring young athlete award in the form of a cash bursary.
Blessing Alamu was selected for throws and Sam Judd was selected for sprints. Congratulations to both.

Look Forward:
With the Munster club indoor track and field season behind us our training will focus on preparing our athletes going to nationals. Also in the next week our cross country distance group who qualified for the schools all Ireland’s in Santry on the 7th of March will be putting the finishing touches to their training.
The beginning of the outdoor track and field season is rapidly approaching with our first big event the East Cork track and field championships on Sunday the 5th of April. By then we hope to have the sun back shining and warming our skin as we put away our winter training gear in the expectation of warmer days ahead.
Closer to hand this Friday night the East Cork Athletics Division awards night will be held in the Midleton Park Hotel. Letters inviting forty of our members to attend have been sent and constitutes our largest ever attendance and amounts to nearly one fifth of our members who have achieved national medals in 2019.

18th February, 2020

Another busy week of training and competitions behind us and lots to report back on from four different championships.

Inter varsities:
Three of our college aged under 23 athletes traveled to Athlone last Saturday to compete in the intervarsities indoor track and field championships. 
AITs wonderful indoor facilities provided the appropriate stage for some of the countries best and brightest. 
Sarah Constant got her year kicked off in the 1500 meter race walk with a big PB. Knocking nearly 30 seconds off her previous best was a great result for Sarah in her first race representing UCC and a fourth place finish gained valuable points for her team in the overall competition where UCC women were second.
Nessa Wheeler also a UCC student was racing in the 800 with two lunchtime heats to decide the who went forward to the final later in the afternoon. Nessa ran a solid season opener of 2:26 to claim a place in the final with a small q. A very tactical affair in the final saw a slower time for Nessa where she was outside the medal shakeup. A successful outing for Nessa in her first year in the as a fully fledged senior.
Katie Walsh was our third athlete in action and was competing for CIT in the indoor pentathlon to defend her title from last year. Another successful day out for Katie where she won the title with a comfortable cushion over second place. 
A slightly subdued performance by Katie’s high standards but , in keeping with her strong work ethic she put in solid performances across all the five disciplines with the highlight being her hurdle race where she got close to her PB. 

Munster indoors:

The Munster juvenile indoor championships continued last weekend and our crew of race walkers were in action and medaling.

  First to compete was Odhrna Hurley in the Girls Under 15, 1000m. Odhrna was in the lead group for the first two laps and then made a very early move going into third lap and never looked back, She eased to victory with a margin of over 20secs.

 Next up was Jessica Murphy who competed in the under 16 race. Jessica was always in control of her race and got consistent splits in her seven and a half laps and is now looking forward to the All-Irelands.  

Our third category racer was Alan Davis in the boys under 17. Alan had a great battle with another walker from Ennis and it was the experience of the Ennis athlete who took the Munster title, but this run out will prove invaluable to Alan as the year progresses.

Last of our Athletes was Ciarán Hurley, older brother to Odhrna.  Ciarán was in total command of his race from the gun and wanted to get a time close to seven and a half minutes. Like a metronome Ciarán wound out the laps and his time  was 7.30 exactly. Ciarán will now be looking forward to the next six weeks of hard training for the All-Ireland’s.

Carraig na bhFear Athletic Club had 4 athletes and all medled and qualified for Athlone. A job well done and a credit to all and their coach Martin.


The Munster masters indoor track & field championships took place in Nenagh Olympics facility on Sunday. We had a sole participant in Dave O’Riordan competing in the over 50s 60 meters & 200 meters sprints. Two bronze medals for Dave in his debut indoor event and another one of our coaches leading by example.

Munster Schools:

On Thursday the 13th last the Munster schools cross country championship races took place in a very wet Clarecastle GAA grounds in Ennis , Co Clare.
As always in the schools competition the qualifying is quite tight with only the top 15 individuals and three teams in each race going forward to the all Ireland’s in Santry on the 7th of March.
In the minor girls race Aine Sheridan (Colaiste Mhuire , Cobh)  was unlucky not to take one of the six individual medals with a seventh place finish that sees her qualifying for nationals.
Lucy O’Connell (SMGS Blarney) was racing with her team hoping for one of the three spots but they couldn’t replicate the results of the south Munster race and finished in 7th place.
In the boys minor we had four club runners who all are going to the all Ireland’s.
Aidan Maher (St Colmans Fermoy) continues his fantastic run of form by taking an individual medal with sixth place overall.
Bobby O’Riordan and Michael Mullins were the second and third scorers respectively on the bronze medaling Presentation Brothers College team and will now be joined by Michaels twin brother Luke as they prepare for the all Ireland’s.
A wonderful achievement from this rugby stronghold to qualify a team for an all Ireland’s and great for our three boys to be part of it.
In the junior girls race we had nearly identical success when Rebecca Kelleher (Scoil Mhuire Cork) matched Aidans sixth place finish for an individual medal of her own.
St Angelas College, Patricks hill has been the alma mater of many Carraig athletes in recent years and this year three of our number will make up their team that will be heading to Santry. Ellie Twomey and Mary Dorgan were second and third scorers on the team which was completed by race walker Jessica Murphy.
In the intermediate boys race David Maher was running for his school Colaiste na Phiarsaigh , Glanmire. David was unable to reproduce the heroics of his national medal at the B all Ireland’s and was a bit outside the top 15 to progress to the finals.

Our final two competitors of the day were sisters Sinead and Jennifer Kearney in the senior girls race. Racing for Loreto Fermoy the girls took a silver team medal to keep up their schools great recent record of sending teams to the nationals. 


Another really successful day for our distance runners representing their schools and all but two now heading to the national finals.

Other Business:

Jennifer Goggin Walsh continued her recent good form by winning the Cloyne Commons 4km race last 
Sunday. This was the fourth race of five in a series and Jennifer now stands in pole position to take the overall win in the senior womens category. Race 5 will be held on the 22nd of March and we wish her the very best of luck.

Look Forward:

This Friday night the Cork county board international awards night will be held in the Kingsley Hotel. 
Two of our juniors have been selected to receive one of the aspiring young athletes bursary. Blessing Alamu (throws/jumps) and Sam Judd (sprints) will be amongst the group of young upcoming county talent on this year’s selection.
The Munster juvenile indoor Championships continue this weekend with the Saturday & Sunday busy with the teenagers competing.
18 of our teens will be hoping to make the medals and qualify for nationals in Athlone in March.

19th February, 2020

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06th February, 2020

05th February, 2020

Our Fixtures page has now been updated with all this years T&F Fixtures, exceptions are the East Cork and County Championships which should be available soon.

28th January, 2020
Two National Medals at Juniors!

Junior/ Under 23 Nationals:

Another competition weekend in January and another trip up the M8 in the early morning hours to Athlone for the national junior & under 23 indoor track and field championships.
Three of our juniors , two under 23s with parents and coaches had another successful days competition. Two medals and PBs to take back down the road was more than expected and a great bonus.

First into action was Sam Judd in the ridiculously competitive under 20 mens 60 meters. Four heats with the winners and four other fastest times making the eight lanes for the final. Sam ran well , but as a young junior it’s always tough going up against the full under 20s. Fifth in his heat with a solid run out to get more racing into his body before his age group championships kick off in a few weeks.
Sam had a second race in the 200 meters heats in the afternoon and had a good result coming second from the unfavourable lane 3 to the eventual junior champion Jack Oliver from DSD AC. With seven heats and only six lanes to fill , the qualifying for the final was ridiculous as one of the heat winners didn’t get a final place. Another good run out for Sam just 4 hundredths off his PB.

Our next sprinter in action was Katie Walsh in the under 23 girls 400 meters straight final. Bitter sweet for Katie as she came a close fourth while running a half second 400 meter PB. Good stuff out of Katie and another incremental improvement to verify the work done over the winter.
Katie also ran in the heats of the under 23 200s but had a run to forget from lane 2 and didn’t progress to the final.

Ciarán Nugent was our next in action racing over 400 meters for the first time at nationals as an under 23. Another PB recorded as Ciarán battled bravely to qualify for the final but missed by a few hundredths of a second. Encouraging all the same to still be pulling PBs out when it matters.
Ciaráns focus will now steer towards the one lap outdoor hurdles where he is most at home.

Ciarán Hurley was race walking in the junior 3000 meters competition.
This was Ciaráns first outing of the year and while hoping to just get a race in before his underage championships start in a few weeks he outdid all expectations by taking a magnificent bronze medal.
A technically faultless race was pleasing and the medal was another milestone for club and athlete.

Performer of the day was undoubtedly Blessing Alamu who first up had the junior womens long
Jump with 19 of the countries best underagers competing. As with all long jump competitions three jumps are given to separate the field with the top eight jumpers at that point going onto get three further efforts , to decide the podium positions.
Blessing made the final eight but didn’t improve her position with her second three jumps. Blessing has to be happy with her position considering she is still only entering her second of four years as a junior.
Blessings big performance came in the junior shot putt where she took a magnificent bronze medal. Throwing the adult weight of 4kg as an under age athlete can sometimes allow an athlete the leisure of the “pre prepared excuse” to say it’s not my proper competition. Not for Blessing this path though! With a best putt of 10:58 meters Blessing increased her previous best performance by over 1 meter.
A wonderful national junior medal for one of the countries up and coming young field eventers.


On a day we traveled with more hope than expectations , what a bonus to have such terrific medals and PBs to bag so early in the year. Junior national medals are not easily won and worth celebrating when achieved so hearty congratulations to Blessing and Ciarán.

Look forward:

This weekend we get a well earned break from traveling and club competitions.
The one competition that takes place this week is the beginning of the post primary schools cross country season. The south Munster schools takes place this Thursday in the Tramore valley park in the city , with the first race starting at 12 noon.
Our next big club day out will be on Saturday the 8th of February when 38 of our juveniles will travel to Wicklow to compete in the “B” all Ireland cross country.
Senior athlete Jennifer Goggin Walsh will also be racing for Cork in the intermediate adults race at the same championships.
This “Bs” have always been a happy hunting ground for our club and a great weekend to enjoy with the obligatory overnight stay providing a nice social outing for athletes and families alike.
Our club AGM will take place the Monday night after the “Bs” at 2000 hrs in the community hall in the village. All club members of junior age and older are encouraged to attend.

21st January, 2020

National indoor pentathlon championships:

On Saturday two of our track and field all rounders made the early start to travel to Athlone to compete in the multi events national championships for all ages.
Athlone IT was the host venue with their wonderful indoor facilities providing an appropriate stage for a long days competition.
George Alamu was first into action in the under 16 boys competition. George started with his long jump competition and then moved quickly to hurdles where he had a solid run coming third in his heat.
As George was taking his first jumps at High jump Katie Walsh was coming onto the track for her first event the 60 hurdles in the senior womens competition.
Katie ran a PB 9:80 to get a good start finishing third overall.
George meanwhile topped out at 1:50 in his high jump and then had a short break to get some food in before heading to the shot putt area.
Shot completed George had a short break before his final event the 800 meters. Not his strongest discipline George battled around the four 200 meter laps to finish his competition with a total points of 2343 which had him 9th overall. A good return to multis for George and a marker laid down for what we know will be a season of improvements.
With George finished Katie was only moving into her second event of her competition, the high jump.
A wonderful PB performance from Katie with a max clearance of 1:67 moved her into 2nd place overall.
With the sun now setting , Katie had a quick fire move to shot and then long jump. After the literal and physical highs of her high jump Katie lost some ground in the shot and long jump and going into the final event the 800 she was in the final podium position.
A solid run in the 800 where she finished second saw an exhausted Katie hold her bronze medal position and set a new overall points total PB. Excellent stuff from Katie winning her first ever senior national medal and our clubs first national medal of 2020.
Two contented athletes jumped into the car to make the long journey home after another successful day.

Munster Indoor Relays:

Four of our teenage teams raced in the Munster relay championships in Nenagh on Sunday with two coming away with silverware.
In the morning it was time for our girls in the even age races with our under 16s and 18s both fielding teams.
Our 16s had their first ever race together and did well in the 4 X 200 getting the baton round and were competitive finishing third in their heat but didn’t make the final.
Caoimhe Geoghegan and Abbie Akinkoulie had their first outing in Carraig singlets and they were bolstered by the experience of Kathryn O’Mahony and Rebecca Kelleher.
Our under 18 girls had a great run in their heat finishing second to take a lane in the final.
Racing from lane one on the inside line , Lily O’Riordan led off terrifically handing over to Emma Akinkoulie cleanly with the team in second place. Emma held the place solidly through her leg. Isobel O’Meara ran a cracking leg three to hold second and with nothing separating positions two to four Blessing Alamu ran her legs off to grab the final medal position from the Dooneen ACs team to overturn their result from the heat.
In the afternoon it was the boys turn with our under 15s and 19s taking to the track to experience the excitement of the relays.
Our 19s were in a straight final but had the heartbreak of coming a close fourth. No medal this day for Sam Judd, Arron Callanan, Harry Buckley and Darragh Walsh but a long season ahead will have more days out to perfect their team performance.
The under 15 boys were involved in one of, if not , the most dramatic finish of the day.
After negotiating their heat with a comfortable win as the third fastest team they went into the final with a good chance of at least a bronze.
Cathal Whooley led off the team
With a solid first leg handing over to Timmy Colbert in second place as the racers cut to the kerb. Timmy had his hands full with a powerfully front loaded Fergus AC team and passed the baton to Bobby O’Riordan with a gap opening with the boys now third. With one final card to play as Boddy passed to Theo DeSouza the Fergus AC plan unraveled. Theo ran the split of his life to reel in the final runner and blast into the silver medal position in the home straight making up easily 30 meters in doing so. Great drama and a fantastic medal for the lads to take home.

Munster 17to 19 field events & Pole vault:

Two of our athletes were competing in their Munster indoor field events competitions on Sunday up in Nenagh. Early starts for our youngest competitor of the day Josh Judd in the under 13s who had his first Pole vault competition and took a wonderful bronze medal for his efforts.
Blessing Alamu was throwing shot in the under 18 girls competition and took a silver medal with her best Putt to add an individual medal to her relay bronze.


Two very successful days competition with invaluable experience gained to bring back to our club. Medals as always are the icing on the cake and it was very heartening to get four teams out for the relays to build team bonds that will pay dividends in the future.

Other business:

Senior athlete Jennifer Goggin Walsh has been quietly knocking out some impressive race results of late and posted yet another PB at the Cloyne commons 4km last Sunday.

Our club AGM will be held on Monday the 10th of February @ 2000hrs in the community hall.
All members of junior age and older are enthusiastically encouraged to attend.

Look forward:

This coming Saturday some of our junior and under 23 athletes will travel Athlone to compete in the national indoor championships.
High class competitions will be a plenty as the countries best young adults take to the national stage.

07th January, 2020

With the Christmas turkey barely digested we were back on the road and straight into the indoor season with the Munster junior & under 23 championships together with the juvenile combined events taking place in Nenagh last Sunday.
15 of our junior age group athletes,  two under 23s and five of our juveniles took on the multi events.

Our under 23s took home medals in every event entered with Katie Walsh winning 60 hurdles, long jump and 400 meters as she gets back competing after a long winter.
Ciarán Nugent laid down his first time of 2020 when he took silver in the mens 400 in a very tight race.

A most satisfying aspect from the day was the fielding of two girls and one boys team in the junior relay competitions.
As always the relays bring great excitement and noise to any event and we had medals to bring home with our boys team of Sam Judd, Emmanuel Alamu, Arron Calanhan and Darragh Walsh taking Bronze in their race. The girls team of Lily O’Riordan, Blessing Alamu, Nessa Wheeler and Emma Akinkoulie also took bronze in their race with our second team of Isobel O’Meara, Orlaith O’Callaghan, Emily O’Meara and Kiah Olotu coming fourth.

Newly transferred athlete Blessing Alamu had a very impressive first outing in a Carraig singlet when she took medals in the three competitions she entered. Second place in the Junior long jump with a best of 5:07metes and third place in the shot added to her medal in the relay was a wonderful return.

In the junior girls 60 hurdles Lily O’Riordan in her first of four years as a junior took a silver medal away from her race.

With all of our athletes making first outings of year and nearly half making their debut in junior competition it also was one athletes first ever competition. Kiah Olotu made her debut in the 60 meter sprint. Kiah and Emma Akinkoulie were 7th & 5th respectively in the 60 final.
Sam Judd ran in the 60 sprint with a solid performance in his heat coming 3rd to get to the final where he finished 7th.
Sam, Emma and Lily all ran the 200 individual also with Sam desperately unlucky not to medal coming 4th by 2 one hundreds of a second.

Four took to the blocks for the 400s with Arron Calanhan and Darragh Walsh in the boys and Mesa Wheeler and Isobel O’Meara racing in the girls.
In field events Martha Quain (shot) and Emmanuel Alamu (long jump) were 6th and 8th respectively.

In the multi events our five competitors had a long day with the hurdle races starting at 10 and the last 800 finishing just after seven in the evening.
George Alamu got his Carraig na bhFear career off to a medaling start by taking bronze in a competitive boys under 16 competition. George had a solid all round performance coming second in the hurdles and high jump.
Georges sister Rosemary was joined by Lucy Lynch in a large field of 19 athletes in the under 14 girls competition. Rosemary had a 7th place finish and had a win in the long jump competition.
Lucy jumped well in her preferred event , the high jump with a solid season opening 1:45.
Theo de Souza in the boys under 15 had a 5th place finish winning the long jump and hurdle competitions along the way.
Áine Sheridan was in the under 15 girls competition and had a solid run in the final event , the 800 , finishing 3rd and an overall position of 7th.


Another successful day out with Munster titles and a good spread of medals. After a long winter of training it was nice to get back racing and satisfying to lay down early season markers.

Look Forward:

Training for our Junior/adult group is back into full swing after the holidays as preparation goes to Munster indoor relays and all Ireland B XC for our underage.
As always we are looking to unearth any potential new talent so all new comers are enthusiastically welcomed.
Training times and locations can be found on our website or by contacting one of our social media platforms directly.