Friends, runners and country men and women! lend us your feet!
We need YOU to help us to break a world record here:-
to raise money for here:-
Click on the pictures above for more information. We are looking for participation from friends, family, athletic clubs, primary schools, secondary schools etc etc etc to help us break the existing world record of 2405 people. We are hoping that you can all get behind us and get into Dangan on the day to help break the record and if in a generous mood, help us with our fundraising. Check out our event on Facebook and check back here for regular updates on the program for the day and activities that will hopefully appeal to all ages in addition to the glory of breaking the world record!
Craughwell AC has retained its place as the largest juvenile club in Ireland with the figures announced yesterday by Athletics Ireland. Having spent a number of years in the top 3, Craughwell edged into 2nd place and then 1st in Autumn last year. We appear to be growing more rapidly than any other club and are now 55 members bigger than the next biggest Dundrum South Dublin and more than twice as big as all other Connacht clubs other than Sligo AC. The club is extremely proud of this statistic as we place a big emphasis on participation as well as developing our members to their potential be it part of a healthy lifestyle or elite national and international standards.
And we’re not neglecting competitiveness either. After the recent Irish Indoor Championships, the club are ranked 6th in the country based on our indoor performances – with 9 medals and many top 8 finishes. The club’s performances in terms of both participation and competitiveness are all the more impressive given that our members come from a relatively small area of rural County Galway compared to many big city and town clubs.
All the more reason why the club needs to move forward quickly on developing our new facility as we badly need the space and better facilities for our rapidly growing membership. To this end, the club are launching is major fund-raiser for this year – an attempt at setting a Guinness World Record.
We really need the full support of club members on this as we are putting a lot of effort into developing advanced facilities quickly with the aid of loans and grants so that the current membership benefit.
Please read on for details of the facility plans and fundraiser- don't leave it to others as we need everyone on board!! Thank you!!
Check out The Village Butcher in Craughwell who has launched a new scheme to help local clubs raise funds. For every €25 you spend there, he will give you a token to put in a bucket in the shop supporting Craughwell Athletic Club and our endevours to raise funds to develop our facility beside the school. And he will contribute 50 cents per token to the club.
He's open to 6:15pm Mon-Thur and later Fri-Sat - knock on the door if he's just locked up and he will let you in! So check him out when dropping to/from athletics and help us raise much-needed funds! Make sure you find the right bucket!
Aisling Keady and Grainne McDaid (Pres Athenry) at the Connacht Schools Track & Field in AIT
Athletes from the club competed brilliantly yesterday for their schools at the Connacht Schools T&F finals which were held in Athlone. With forecasts of dismal weather earlier in the week, we were pleasantly surprised by bright but windy conditions.
There were many fine performances across the range of the events throughout the day, none more so than in some high quality sprint action where Connacht saw possibly the highest standard ever in the senior boys 100m with 4 international athletes featuring in the top 4 and our own Conor Duggan (Pres Athenry) and Aidan Conneely (Calasanctius) taking 2nd and 4th places. Cillian Dolan (Pres) also made it a memorable day when taking the Connacht title in the Intermediate Boys 100m and Conor and Cillian combined with GCH’s Cillian Greene and Athenry AC’s Evan Quirke for a comprehensive victory for the Pres in the Senior 4x100m. Conor added a further silver in the 200m while Aidan took the title in the Senior long jump with an impressive 6.26m. The success continued in the this grade with Calasanctius duo Jamie Fallon and Damian O’Boyle recording comfortable victories in the 5000m and 1500m, while Adam Flynn (Pres) recorded a notable silver in the Senior high jump with a fine clearance of 1.65m, having improved his PB to 1.60m just 2 weeks ago.
Map of facility plans - click map for larger image
Just a quick report on the club's facility plans and progress to date and plans for this year. As people will know, last September the club embarked on its most ambitious venture to date with the purchase of 8 acres adjacent to the National School. The purchase and initial development was funded through the combination of savings, loans, fundraising and a small amount of grants with a total spend of €248,000. Loans made up €184,000 of this total and the club had made considerable inroads into this in the last 9 months with almost €13,500 repaid in that period.
The club are not for standing still and have advanced plans in place for:-
- The construction of a basic indoor training area approximately two-thirds the size of the existing training area in Craughwell Community Centre.
- The erection of 8 more floodlights.
- The construction of 10x125m sprint lanes which will double up as long jump runways.
- The construction of internal roadway and car-park similar to that at the GAA fields.
We are MAJORLY dependent on our members to support us in a fund-raising campaign to help fund these. We have a fund-raising target of €40,000 this year and this coupled with hoped-for additional loans and a Sports Capital Grant will fund the work.
But we need EVERYONE on board for this. We are kick-starting this with a major fund-raiser for a 12 hour relay where each participant will run 100m and pass the baton to the next participant. We hope to break a Guinness World Record but more importantly we hope to raise a 5 figure sum to put a huge dent in that €40k target. Click image below for more details
We want YOU our member families to get your neighbours, friends, work colleagues and relatives to sponsor the club in this effort. We have 300 families in the club. If each family filled 1 sponsorship card with 20 lines of €5 each … let me get the calculator … 5 * 20 * 300 = €30,000 !!!! If a family filled 2 cards, that's 2*5*20*300 = €60,000!!!
So we need YOU to start TODAY and return completed sponsorship cards ASAP … it will encourage everyone to see us approaching this target. It does not matter if you are not available to run in the relay (although we hope you can) - its the club's attempt that people are sponsoring and not individual runners. Sponsorship cards have been handed out at training sessions and if you don't have one, please ask any coach or Michael Tobin (087 6591879).
There are other ways that you can also help us to raise funds including:-
- DONATE: We are still open for donations and you can donate in 1 go or setup a monthly standing order to our account which will help us repay debts. Please consider this and don’t leave all the burden to a small few. We already have had 58 families who donated a total of €17500 in varying amounts and 15 families who have loaned the club a staggering total of €80000.
- RECYCLE: We continually have a clothes recycling bin located at the Astroturf and we get approx. €5 for each substantial bag of clothes and shoes/belts. 3 bags per year * 300 families * €5 = €4500!
- TEE-SHIRTS: Click below to see our super high quality t-shirt and ordering information, part of the proceeds of which goes to the club's fund-raising efforts.
So let’s get a bit of momentum going on the fund-raising and lets all support each other in developing a facility that will be of immeasurable benefit to the health and welfare of the children in the club, their families, the community and future generations.
Thanks for listening!
Congratulations to the Craughwell Junior A Camogie team on winning the Galway League title yesterday many of whom are current or former members of the athletic club. A very youthful team with an average age of 18 took the title by the slender margin of a point over Ballinderreen. Particularly well done to the current members of the athletic club in the squad including Sinead Gaffney who last week won the County Limerick Senior Women’s 400m title in a time of 63.3 seconds while representing her college UL and Caoimhe Reidy, Andrea Tobin, Leanne Freaney and Jean Waters who are the reigning U18 Connacht Cross Country Champions. Well done also to club member Dearbhaile Walsh who was part of the victorious Ardrahan squad in the Junior B final which was played at the same venue and hard luck to club members Orla Ryan (Ballinderreen) and Tara McNally (Shamrocks) in their A and B finals.
Craughwell U18 GIrls Cross Country Team
Connacht Champions 2014
Ciara Greene, Leanne Freaney, Andrea Tobin, Caoimhe Reidy, Grainne McDaid
Craughwell U10 Girls 4x100m Team - National Bronze Medallists 2007
Andrea Tobin, Tara McNally, Grainne McDaid, Caoimhe Reidy, Hannah Rabbitte
Some of the medal winners in the U14 Girls age group at the Craughwell Community Games 2015
A very successful Craughwell Community Games ran off last Monday with over 100 children taking part. For the first time, the Games were held in Crinnage at the Astroturf, GAA training grounds and Craughwell AC’s new athletics field. The day kicked off with the preschool and U6 races which were held in the astroturf and were followed swiftly by the U8 60m and U10 60m hurdles. Down then to the GAA fields for the 100m, 200m, 600m and 800m races and off to the athletics grounds for the throwing events while the long jump and triple jump were held back at the Astroturf. It’s wonderful to have such great facilities locally and hopefully next year we might be sprinting 100m on tartan on the athletics grounds.
Results of the day are attached to this article. Well done to all who participated and best of luck to all of the qualifiers for the Galway finals which will be held in Ballinderreen on Sunday 31st May and Monday 1st June. The long jump, high jump and triple jump will be held the previous Thursday evening in Dangan (28th May).
Craughwell U15 Girls 4x100m Relay Team - Galway Champions 2015
Finola Kelly, Mia Waters, Alison Leahy, Siona Lawless
A little late getting this report onto the website! Craughwell AC athletes had another exceptional day last Saturday at the final day of the Galway Juvenile Track & Field with the highlights again being in the long jump – on this occasion with the boys events yielding some incredible jumps with Aidan Conneely leaping 6.32m to take the gold medal in the U18/19 boys category, Matthew McKernan 2nd in the same event with 6.14m and Daniel Callanan-Forde taking the gold medal in the U17 event with a fine 5.71m.