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08th of November, 2016

Note from the Chairman!

The Club has hosted three cross country events over three of the last four weekends. Each event was a great success and Carraig na bhfear AC members should be justly proud of this achievement.

Organising one cross country event is no mean feat…. arranging for the availability of a field, mapping and planning the course, arranging for portable toilets, amplification and ambulance crews, preparing signage, planning for parking, weather proofing access to the fields, praying for dry weather, sorting the float for the gate, laying out the course on the Saturday, sourcing generators, catering, marquee; finding stewards to ensure safe access and egress, supervising parking, stewarding the course throughout the Sunday, making coffees!, taking up the course after the last race on Sunday, tiding up the field, removing the road signs… and we had to do that three times… and without a single word of complaint!  

A special effort was put in to the hosting of the Munster event and, rightly, the club has received numerous message of thanks from clubs throughout Munster, even some Cork clubs!!, complimentary of the set up and professionalism of the event. The Club gets only a token payment from East Cork (€100) and Munster (€500) for hosting their events and the gate goes proceeds go directly to those Boards; so money is not our reward. A special thanks to the Buckley and O’Sullivan families for making their land available and all the help with preparing the fields for competition. Its greatly appreciated.

The Committee of the Club has asked that I’d write this note to especially thank all members, parents and friends of the Club for their tremendous help over the three weekends. There was a real pulling together by everyone. Though tasking and at times just hard work there was a great unity of purpose and evident pride and ownership taken by members and athletes and that bodes well for the success of the Club. It was also (at times) pretty good fun (especially if you don’t get out much)…

I’m at the “there’s too many who helped  to mention” section here. There are. However, some highlights were… (names may be changed to protect the guilty)

Teddy driving the Fr Ted caravan away with half the Munster Council on board

Michael showing that he missed his calling as a Revenue collector or doorman or both

Dan welding a crutch handle to a tape roller (patent pending)

Mary for bundling the tape up without using the aformentioned tape roller; mortal sin

Dave finding his inner Boutrus Boutrus-Ghali in the incident involving some people, a car and a driveway

Willie mustering a battalion of ground troops for stewarding (and fire officers for sandwich making)

Con for his careful graffiti on election posters and sign posting “left” for all routes from the field

Some nameless club official in a futile effort to shovel “cow droppings” from the course

Noreen and Ger for doing everything


So well done to everyone and thank you all from the Club!




06th of November, 2016


East Cork XC Championships
The East Cork XC Championships for 2016 finished today in beautiful sunshine, it was the third XC event for us as the hosts and it proved to be another very successful day.  Congratulations to everyone that ran today and a big thank you to everyone that helped out over the weekend.  Some pictures from today can be found on our photos page. 


28th of October, 2016


Course Map for East Cork XC on November 06th


23rd of October, 2016


Munster Evenage XC
Congratulations to everyone that took part in the Munster XC today.  A big thank you to everyone that helped out over the weekend, it was a very successful day for our club.  Some pictures from today can be found on our photos page.


16th of October, 2016

County Juvenile 'B' XC Championships
Congratulations to every one that took part in todays XC Championships.  A very big thank you to everyone that helped out setting up the course yesterday and that helped out in the running of the event today, without your help we would not have such a successful club. Some pictures from today can be viewed on our photos page.  Next weekend we will be hosting the Munster XC Championships, this is a huge event and we really want to put on a great show.  We will be looking for a lot of people to help us out on Saturday and Sunday and also we will need parents to contribute sandwiches or cakes etc to sell on the day. 


14th of October, 2016

The layout of the course for this Sundays XC can be seen below, the location of the field can be viewed on Google maps here. We will be meeting on the course at 12pm sharp.




09th of October, 2016

County Juvenile Uneven age XC
Congratulations to everyone that took part in todays XC, once again we had another very successful day with great weather and everyone enjoying themselves.  Some pictures from today can be viewed on our photos page.


02nd of October, 2016


County Novice and Juvenile Even age XC Championships
Congratulations to all the athletes that took part today, it was a very successful day for our club.  Some pictures can be viewed on our photos page.


27th of September, 2016

Hi all, please take a minute to read the note below from our club chairman Philip Coffey:

Following the unprecedented success of our athletes in Track and Field at Munster and All Ireland Championships this summer nine of our athletes in the 16 to 19 age group are selected for the Munster performance squad. This will afford elite level training and it is great to see such a large contingent from Carraig na bhfear AC.

Congratulations to James Sheehan, Laura Sheehan, Emma Coffey, Martha Quane, Nessa Wheeler, Rebecca Kearney, Katie Walsh, Ciaran O’Sullivan and Maebh Daly on their selection.

 

In the All Ireland Championships in July the club’s “older” athletes were in great form. Martha Quane followed up on her gold in last year’s discus event with a silver in the U16 discus this year throwing a 3 metre personal best of 33 metres. Emma Coffey won gold in the u 16 pole vault with a new championship record and also had the honour of being selected to represent Ireland in the pole vault at the Schools International held in Kent, England.

 

Her sister Orla, taking a break from the track, won a silver in the girls u 15 pole vault. Ciaran Hurley won gold in the boys walk u 14 having earlier in the year won a silver medal at the indoor championships. Rebecca Kearney also won gold in the girls u 18 walk at the championships in Tullamore and will shortly be taking part in an invitational event in England. Daire O’Sullivan ran a personal best but was just pipped on the line for a medal in the very competitive 1500m boys u 15 race in Tullamore missing third by one second in a fast time of 4.28.27. James Sheehan, on his return from rugby and under the expert coaching of his father Con, won silver in the boys u 19 discus. Katie Walsh achieved a national medal getting bronze in the girls u 18 high jump also with the benefit of coaching from her father Willie. On the same day she also placed fourth in the final of the u 18 400 metre hurdles. Ciaran Nugent made the national final in a very competitive field in the u 17 boys 400m.

Michelle Ugwah jumped into fourth place in the u 13 long jump missing out on a medal by just one centimetre. Maebh Daly threw her javelin into fifth place in Ireland less than 40 centimetres off a medal position. Blathnaid Daly made the final in the u 16 Triple Jump a new event for her. In something of a trend both girls are also coached by their father Michael (on his nights off from coaching everyone else!). In the All Ireland B championships at the start of July the Daly brothers won medals for the club. Pat Daly won gold in his shot putt event and Joseph Daly’s excellent commitment to his training paid off when he won silver in the long jump and also achieved 5th  position in the final of a fast boys u 16 800 metres.

 

We will look at the All Ireland medals and results achieved in track and field by our younger athletes in a separate post.

 

As can be seen from these results the club has been particularly successful in some of the technical field events and this is a welcome extra option for athletes of the club in addition to the club’s traditional strength in track racing and cross country. The achievement of these athletes is a credit to their individual dedication and commitment and that of their coaches and parents. The standard required at National events is always high and there are great sacrifices made to achieve at this level. The club is keen to support and develop all older athletes and will be reimbursing the registration cost for the athletes selected on to the Munster Performance Squad (athletes should approach club treasurer Martin Hurley when he’s got a free moment at training for reimbursement).


18th of September, 2016
East Cork Even Age XC Championships 2016
Congratulations to everyone that took part in todays XC Championships, it was a lot wetter than forecast but it didn't spoil the day.  Some pictures can be found on our photos page. The next event on the calender is the County Even Age XC which takes place in Conna on October 2nd.


16th of September, 2016

The location for this Sundays XC Championships is shown here. It will be signposted from from Aghern and Conna, everyone should try to get there on time.  We are meeting on the course at 10.30am.



11th of September, 2016

All this years Cross Country fixtures have now been added to our Fixtures page, as you will see we are hosting 3 XC events this year so we will need help to organise each day.  Training is in full swing now with the first race coming up next weekend, we are still looking for new athletes of all ages.



23rd of August, 2016

After a long summer break, training for the upcoming cross country season starts tonight in Carraignavar at 7.45pm, we hope to see you all there.


08th of August, 2016

Hi all, I hope you are all enjoying your summer holidays.  The Carraig na bhFear GAA 5k road race is on this Wednesday night, hopefully I will see as many of you there as possible to support this race.



26th of June, 2016
East Cork T&F Day 2
Congratulations to everyone that took part today in the final instalment of the East Cork T&F Championships of 2016.  The turn out today was very good considering the date and the enforced early start, with good numbers competing in most of the races.  Some pictures from today can be viewed on our photos page.  Training has now finished for most of our younger athletes, hopefully we will have a date soon for the Riverstick Kinsale  AC Open Sports which traditionally signals the end of our T&F season.  Best of luck to all the athletes that will be competing in the National championships in July.


23rd of June, 2016

The start time for this Sundays East Cork T&F has been brought forward to 9.30am


20th of June, 2016
Munster U14-U19 T&F Championships
Congratulations to all the athletes that took part in the Munster T&F over the weekend.  It was a very successful weekend for our club with some great performances and many medals being won, 11 of those athletes gained qualification for the National Championships so they will have a busy few weeks training ahead of them!
The rescheduled East Cork T&F will take place this coming Sunday in Youghal with a start time of 11.30, all our athletes are expected to take part.

Training for Martin, Mick and Johns groups will finish for the season this Thursday night 23rd June, with the exception of the athletes that are heading to the National Championships the following week.

25th of May, 2016

Congratulations to all the athletes that took part in the Munster schools T&F and the County 'B' over Saturday and Sunday last.  Some pictures from the CIT Sunday can be found on our photos page. Best of luck to all our younger athletes that will be taking part in the Munster T&F Championships this coming weekend in Ennis.


15th of May, 2016

County Juvenile T&F
The third day of the county Juvenile T&F Championships took place today in the CIT.  Congratulations to all our athletes that took part today, you all did great.  The action on the track continues next Sunday with the County Juvenile 'B' Championships, all the athletes that are eligible to compete will be notified by their coaches at training this week.  There will be no training for Mick and Martins groups on Wednesday night due to the Graded Leagues which are taking place during our track time.  Our fixtures page has also been updated.

01st of May, 2016


County Juvenile T&F
The first round of the County Juvenile T&F took place today in the CIT.  It was a very enjoyable day out for both athletes and their families with some fantastic performances and fine weather.  Well done to all the athletes that took part today and thank you to their parents for getting them there and sticking around for what can be a long day.  Some pictures from today can be viewed on our photos page.  The County Relays and Multi events take place next Sunday, all athletes should check with their coaches at training this week.



24th of April, 2016


East Cork T&F
Congratulations to all the athletes that took part today, it was a fantastic day.  A big thank you as well to all the people that helped out during the competition.  Some pictures from today can be viewed on our photos page.  The first round of the County T&F takes place next Sunday, all athletes should check with their coaches to make sure they know the events they have been entered for.



21st of April, 2016

Hi all, just a quick reminder that all athletes training are expected to take part in the East Cork T&F Championships which will take place in the CIT track on Sunday at 11.30, we will be meeting at 10.45.



23rd of March, 2016

East Cork T&F
The first round of the East Cork T&F Championships takes place in Youghal on the 10th of April, all athletes that are training are expected to take part.

13th of March, 2016

All our juvenile athletes are invited to take part in a historical jogging tour of Cork next Saturday morning 19th of March.  We will be meeting at 10am outside the main gates of UCC and the tour should be finished at about 12.30 outside the Franciscan Well on the North Mall.  This will be a really enjoyable social event for all, parents are also welcome to take part in the tour.  The cost which is payable on the day is 5 Euro and this covers entry to Shandon and a slice of pizza in the Franciscan Well.  See Cork City Jogging tours website here for more details - http://www.cityjoggingirishtours.com/


 

13th of March, 2016

National Indoor T&F
Congratulations to Ciaran, Rebecca and Emma on their great performances in Athlone on Saturday.  Ciaran got the ball rolling with an excellent second place finish in the boys U14 1k walk, Rebecca added to the celebrations when she claimed the bronze medal in the U18 girls 1.5k walk, Last up was Emma who equalled the Championship best on her way to winning the Girls U16 pole vault.

 

20th of February, 2016

Munster Indoor T&F Championships
Congratulations to Ciaran Hurley for his superb first place in the Boys U13 1000m walk and to Rebecca Kearney on her excellent 2nd place finish in the U18 Girls 1500m walk at the Munster Indoor T&F Championships which were held in Nenagh today.


20th of February, 2016

East Cork awards night
Congratulations to all the athletes that received awards from the East Cork board last night.  A big thank you to Midleton AC and the East Cork board on organising such a successful night.  Some pictures from the awards can be found on our photos page.



15th of February, 2016

Annual East Cork Awards night

Anyone attending the East Cork Awards night on Friday should make sure that they get to the hotel by 7.15pm, the awards ceremony will start at 7.30 sharp.

Our fixture page has now been updated to show all the T&F Championships for the upcoming outdoor season.


07th of February, 2016

Congratulations to all our athletes that competed over the weekend in Juvenile, Junior and adult events.  We had 4 athletes in action in the Clonakilty half marathon on Saturday, well done to Jim O'Mahony, Paul Noonan, Cliona Hurley and Liza Kelleher on their good runs in the tough conditions.  We had three of our younger athletes in action for Cork in the Munster XC relays which were held in Enniskeane today, well done to Ava and Leah who were on the victorious Cork U10 team and also to Penny who was on the Cork U12 team which came second.  Also in action today on the Cork team were our Junior ladies in the 4k race, well done to Christine, Sheila, Katie, Rachel, Michelle and Maebh on their great team performance to claim 3rd place.



01st of February, 2016

Reminder - Our club AGM takes place next Monday night 08th of February at 8pm in the Community hall in Carraig na bhFear.  All our adult members and the parents of our juvenile athletes should make the effort to attend



31st of January, 2016

Congratulations to all our athletes that took part in the South Munster Schools XC Championships which took place on Friday last over a very testing course in Curraheen, well done to Daire, Joseph, Blathnaid, Orla and Nessa who all made it through to the Munster Schools XC on February 11th.  The south Munster results can be found here.
Some of our Masters athletes were in action today in the Dungarvan 10 mile road race, it was a perfect day for a road race and all enjoyed it.



25th of January, 2016.
Munster Indoor T&F
We had 2 athletes in action yesterday in the Munster Indoor Championships, both of them competing in the Girls U16 Pole Vault Competition.  It turned out to be a very successful day for both of them with Laura Sheehan coming 3rd in a new PB of 2.40m and Emma Coffey setting a new Munster record of 2.75m on her way to winning the gold medal.

 
24th of January, 2016.



National Cross Country Championships, Dundalk.
Congratulations to each and every Athlete who took part in this prestigious competition today.  Your Coaches and Parents are extremely proud of the effort and outstanding team work you all showed in the National Cross Country Championships.  Carraig na bhFear secured an amazing 21 medals today!  Well done to you all.
Pictures from today's event, are on our photos page.


14th of January, 2016

Training for Martin and Micks group (2005 and younger) due to start tonight is cancelled, see you all next week


13th of January, 2016

Training has now resumed for all age groups.  For the first few weeks the U8 (born 2009) to U12(born 2005) group will only be training in the hall in Carrignavar on Thursday nights from 7.45pm to 9pm. All athletes from U13 (born 2004) up are training in the hall on Tuesday nights from 7.45pm to 9pm and in the field on Thursday nighst from 7.45pm to 9pm.  Track sessions will start in the CIT in early February.  New members are always welcome to come along to any of our training sessions or if you would like to contact us in advance.
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