Final Day National Finals

Posted on Aug 23, 2021 in Uncategorized

Saturday 21st August marked the final day of All Ireland Juvenile Track & Field Athletics in Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

For the past two weekends Dooneen AC had record numbers competing at Nationals, and this weekend was no different with 13 athletes from our club mixing it with the best in Ireland. A remarkable achievement.

Girls u13 60m hurdles: Lily McMahon and Megan O’ Shea represented Dooneen in this event, and after very promising runs in the heats, hopes were high that we might take a medal or two! And the girls did not disappoint, in a very close-run final Megan and Lily gave a brilliant display of hurdling with Megan finishing 2nd and Lily in 3rd.

Girls u11 Turbo Javelin pair: Eilbhe Cuneen and Gyte Andrijauskaite competed at turbo javelin and had a series of fine throws in less-than-ideal conditions in the morning session, finishing 4th overall. There has been fantastic progress made by Eilbhe & Gyte this year, and bigger days are ahead!

Girls u9 300m pair: Katelyn Sweeney and Lucy O’ Donnell were competing in their first National Championships in 300m. Both these girls epitomise courage and spirit, and from the start they were prominent in their races unleashing great finishes to put themselves amongst the medals, 3rd place overall and bronze medals for Lucy & Katelyn

Boys u11 Turbo Javelin pair: Robert Purtill & Jake Barclay competed at turbo javelin. In a very high-quality event, the Dooneen boys were able to pull out a few big throws when needed, finishing 3rd overall with bronze medals for Robert & Jake

Boys u10 Turbo Javelin pair: Oisin Purtill & Iarla Kelleher also competed at turbo javelin. This event was a very evenly matched competition with many teams in contention going into the final throw. A few great throws from the boys put them in 4th place, very close to the medals and a result to be proud of.

Girls u13 80m: Destiny Lawal and Megan O’ Shea lined up for the 80m dash with both girls navigating their way through the heats to qualify for a high-quality final. A very slick start from Destiny in the final had her in command from the beginning and from there she sprinted away to become Girls u13 80m National Champion. After her exploits in the 60m hurdles, Megan’s energy levels were running low, but despite this, Megan also had an excellent race in the final, finishing 7th in a high calibre field.

Boys u9 60m pair: Andrew Bermingham and Somto Amidi represented Dooneen in the 60m dash, also being their first visit to the National Championships. Not be outdone by the u9 girls, both Andrew and Somto were able to create their own bit of magic. Andrew in the first heat produced a fantastic finish and Somto in the second heat had a very quick start. With times combined overall, the boys were placed 2nd in Ireland, claiming silver medals.

A fantastic finale to the Juvenile track and field season for Dooneen AC and is a testament to the hard work and commitment of our athletes, parents and coaches.


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Day 3 National Finals

Posted on Aug 23, 2021 in Uncategorized

National Finals, Day 3
Well done to Debbie Lawel, Emer Conroy, Vivian Amaeze and Kelvin O’Carroll on qualifying for the National Finals in Tullamore. Debbie competed in the U17 100m sprints and reached the final, Emer Conroy made her debut in the 400m and ran really well in the heats as did Vivian who competed in the U15 80m hurdles. Kelvin O’Carroll competed in the his event, U18 400m heats and he reached the final but was not in the medals on this occasion. Very camera shy older athletes, so a file photo necessary

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Day 1 & 2 National Championships

Posted on Aug 23, 2021 in Uncategorized

In the U13 age group, Emer Purtill won gold in the shot put and was 4th in the long jump. Megan O’Shea won bronze in the long jump. In the U14 category, Emer’s sister Meabh won gold in the 200m, bronze in the discus and reached the final of the long jump. Eanna Ni hUigin won silver in the 80m and bronze in the 200m. Molly O’Mahony also ran well in the 200m heats. Eimer Ryan reached the final of the shot put and javelin. The U15 boys were represented by Sean Reilly who came very close to a medal, 4th in the discus. Dennis Matthews, Yanna Leahy and Alan McCutcheon represented the U16 age category. Dennis was 4th in the 100m final. Yanna Leahy competed in the final of the shot and javelin, Alan also reached the final of the 250m hurdles. Aimee Ryan and Debbie Lawel both competed in the U17 sprints, both girls reaching the finals – Aimee in the 100m and 200m and Debbie in the 100m. Sarah Hosey was 4th in the U18 800m final, Kelvin O’Carroll was 5th in 800m, both very strong races. Maria Campbell also ran in the U18 category reaching the final of the 300m hurdles.

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Munster U9-U11 pairs

Posted on Jul 13, 2021 in Uncategorized

Glorious sunshine, tears, falls, smiles and laughter marked the return of the Munster Pairs, with a total of eighteen athletes from Dooneen AC making the trip to CIT to take on the best in Munster.
First out on the track were the u9 pair of Katelyn Sweeney and Lucy O’ Donnell. Both girls had returned home early from holidays to represent Dooneen and performed admirably in the 60m before producing a huge performance in the 300m to claim 3rd place and bronze medals.
Andrew Birmingham and Somto Amadi represented the u9 boys and were equal to the task. Superb performances by both these boys in the 300m and 60m were enough to bag silver medals in the 60m and a ticket to the National Championships in August.
U10 girls: Eva McMahon, Faye Cusack, Robyn Clarke and Belle Crowley lined up in a very high quality 60m and none of these girls looked out of place, with very good performances from all four. Robyn and Belle also had some fine leaps in the long jump, while Faye and Eva paired up for the 500m event and showed great battling qualities to the end. A special mention to Faye who got knocked over in her race but bounced backed up to get going again.


U10 boys: Iarla Kelleher and Oisin Purtill lined up for the 60m and turbo javelin. Solid performances from both boys in the 60m were followed by big throws in the turbo javelin, and with that, the gold medals were making their way to Dooneen with Munster champions Iarla and Oisin.
U11 girls: Ciara Lynn and Eilbhe Cuneen toed the line in the u11 600m. Ciara, running in her first Munster Championship had a very good run while Eilbhe also gave a very good account of herself. Eilbhe then paired with Gyte Andrijauskaite for the turbo javelin. These two accomplished throwers were right in the mix and took home silver medals after some great throws. A special mention to Kate Cantwell who could not compete at these championships due to appendicitis, Get well soon Kate.
U11 boys: Cian O’ Donnell, Ben Birmingham, Jake Barclay, Odhran O’ Keefe and Robert Purtill were in action at various disciplines in the boys u11 category. The Garryowen rugby boys of Cian and Ben paired up for the sprint and long jump and displayed great athleticism in both events. Odhran and Jake were also in action in the sprint and again had very good performances.
Odhran then paired with Robert for 600m and were tantalisingly close to the medals in fourth place. The pairing of Jake and Robert were in action in the turbo javelin, the final event of the day. The boys had two great throws of the javelin which were enough to secure silver medals.
Overall a great day for Dooneen AC and a bright future beckons for these young athletes. Thank you to Munster Athletics for organising this event under challenging circumstances and a big thank you to all the Dooneen coaches who played a massive part in preparing these young athletes for competition

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Return to Training for Juvenile Athletes – Important Notice

Posted on Apr 13, 2021 in Uncategorized

This email has been sent to all parents this morning. You need to reply to this email. Please check your spam as many emails from us are going there.

Important Notice

From April 26th (subject to prevailing public health situation), underage non-contact training in pods of 15 or fewer can return. You need to do two things:

  1. Firstly, if you child intends to return to training with Dooneen AC, then you need to reply to this email with their name and date of birth by this Thursday, 15th April – email verenatarpey@yahoo.ie
  2. Secondly, please also check and confirm with us that your child has paid membership for 2021 – this would have been paid by you in cash between Sept-Dec last year or online through our website. If you have not paid, then please register on this link – http://www.dooneenathleticclub.com/member-renewals-form/

Training will resume on Monday, 26th April for younger athletes at 7pm (those born 2011,2012,2013) in Raheen (venue and details will all be confirmed in an email next week)

Older athletes (born 2002-2010) will train on Thursday evenings in Crescent at 6.30pm starting 29th April.

All other times of training and venues will be confirmed later.

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Online Sessions to juvenile athletes

Posted on Feb 25, 2021 in Uncategorized

We hope you are all keeping well. We miss meeting you all

We plan to offer all athletes some zoom sessions starting soon.

For athletes U9-U12 (those born in 2010 -2013) these sessions will be delivered by some of our very talented junior athletes. For older athletes U13-U19, Dave Crowley and some guest athletes will deliver the sessions.

In order to be eligible for these sessions, you will need to do the following:

  1. Ensure your children are registered for 2021 season – our insurance will NOT permit us to give sessions to unregistered athletes
  2. Notify us by Monday next, 1st March of your intention to participate
  3. Download the Zoom app
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Return to Level 5 Training

Posted on Dec 31, 2020 in Uncategorized

The announcement yesterday that we return to Level 5 restrictions means that Dooneen AC juvenile and senior athletes cannot train in their groups until January 31st at the earliest. I know it is disappointing for children, parents and all coaches/volunteers with the club.

On behalf of the coaching team at Dooneen AC, we would like to thank every child and parent for your co-operation this year – training took place in a safe and controlled environment thanks to you. Venues, dates and times were chopped and changed around without any complaint or fuss!!. Children attended training both in the sunshine and in atrociously wet conditions with little complaint.

We will be in touch with individual groups next week with some suggestions about training.

Regards from Phil, Paul and all the team at Dooneen AC

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