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Another successful Craughwell 10 Event took place Sunday March 25th with 400 participants taking to the roads of Craughwell on a beautiful spring day! We have been receiving great feedback and this is down to all who gave up their time to bake, marshall, helped in the hall, working behind the scenes with administration, registration, purchasing, logistics and cleaning up and of course our very generous sponsors.

Congratulations to Matt Bidwell (GCH) who was the winner of the Craughwell 10 mile reclaiming his 2016 title, Jane Ann Meehan (Athenry AC) was the first female home reclaiming her title from 2015. Kevin Malone (Craughwell AC) was 2nd overall in the 10 mile race.

John Courell was first home for the 10k race and Regina Casey (GCH) was first female home in the 10k. Craughwell AC were well represented in the 10k race with siblings Ben and Caron Ryan placing 2nd in their categories in the 10k, Damien Larkin placing 5th overall and Trish Dolan winning her category.

Craughwell AC members also achieved great PBs on the day notably Stephen Carty, Celia Miskella, Declan O Leary and Mike McCartin-well done!

Thanks to all who took part in the race and we hope to see you in 2019!

I0 Mile Winners

Male

Female

1

Matt Bidwell (GCH)

1

Jane Ann Meehan (Athenry AC)

2

Kevin Malone (Craughwell AC)

2

Grainne Ni Uallachain (GCH)

3

Dermot Gorman(Raheny Shamrocks)

3

Sinead Brody (GCH)

40

Philip Niland (Cellbridge AC)

40

Sinead Foran (Athenry AC)

50

Christy Cahill

50

Mary Kealy (Athenry AC)

60

Martin Kearney (GCH)

60

Margaret Glavey

       

10k Winners

Male

Female

1

John Courell

1

Regina Casey (GCH)

2

Ben Ryan (Craughwell AC)

2

Caron Ryan (Craughwell AC)

3

James Maher

3

Aisling Ahern

40

Francis King (Castlegar AC)

40

Niamh Broderick

50

Trevor Hunter (Sligo AC)

50

Geraldine Fegan

60

Patrick Kenny

60

Trish Dolan (Craughwell AC)

70

Noel Gorman Snr


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The club would like to express its deepest sympathies to club member Gerry Ryan and the Ryan family on the death of Gerry’s dad Kevin at the weekend.

Kevin Ryan was a member of the legendary Derrydonnell AC who dominated cross-country running in Ireland in the 50’s and 60’s. Athenry AC’s Mick Rice recorded their exploits in 2011 in his book “In Their Bare Feet”.

In the words of Mick “Those lucky few will recall that Derrydonnell AC was perhaps the most celebrated athletics club that Galway ever produced. The club won county, provincial and national championships almost without number over a period of nearly twenty years during the 1950s and ‘60s. The names of Derrydonnell’s star performers gained household currency all over the West of Ireland as a result of their championship winning exploits. Individual athletes like Willie Morris, Mick Molloy, Tommy Madden, Kevin Ryan and Willie Cannon gained near legendary standing amongst followers of the sport, not alone in Galway, but all over the country.

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Kevin Ryan is pictured on the right of the middle-row. Successful Derrydonnell AC athletes cir 1958:
Front row: Bernie Rohan, Eamonn Fitzpatrick.
Middle row: Bernie Ruane, Willie Morris, Tommy Madden, Kevin Ryan.
Back row: George Moran, John Joe Burke, Peter Michael Conneely, Mick Molloy, Dick Walsh.

 

May he rest in peace. Funeral arrangements are on rip.ie.

(footnote, as many will know Gerry went on to emulate his father’s achievements becoming one of Galway’s most famed and feared runners for many years and was still beating men more than half his age when he hung up the racing shoes a few years ago after winning the European Masters 10k in a time of 32.03 at the age of 49).

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