Cross Country Even Ages County Finals

Posted on Oct 12, 2018 in Dooneen AC, Junior Events Blog, latest news

Cross Country Finals – even ages


Well done to the Dooneen AC athletes who competed in Bilboa on Saturday evening at the County even age finals. These events were U10, U12, U14, U16 and U18. There was a big turnout of young athletes and all of them should be very proud of their efforts. Thank you also to the parents who drove them to Bilboa and cheered all the athletes along. A lot of these young athletes were also running a year out of age to gain experience and make up teams.

U10 girls and boys Dooneen AC won gold in the team event. Catherine McCutcheon won the race and silver went to Emer Purtill. They were followed by Samantha Tenzer, Aisling O’Sullivan, Sarah Williams, Niamh Hynes, Roisín O’Neill, Eilis O’Neill, Emily McMahon, Aoife Cuffe and Lily McMahon. The boys ran with great courage and were rewarded with silver in the team event. Robert McCutcheon was third overall and he was followed by Eoin O’Shaughnessy, Freddie Brommel, Paddy Gubbins, Conor Tobin, Cillian Dillon and Cian Dillon. Oisin Garvey sensibly pulled up and will be back to compete in his own age group, the U9 this weekend.

U12 boys and girls Dooneen AC won gold in both these team events. In the girl’s race, Orla O’Shaughnessy won the event followed by Mai McKenna and Aoife Smith in 2nd and third. Kealon Collins followed behind as did Ruby Deegan, Aimee Butler and Rhiannon Heng. The boys has an equally good race with Conor Lane taking silver after a sprint finish up the hill and Conor Goggins in bronze position overall. Their team was made up of Conor Ryan, Gerry Joyce, Marcus Southern, Daniel Joyce and Jimmy McMahon

U14 Girls and Boys Laura Southern won the U14 race with Jules Deegan close behind. The boys took silver in the U14 boys race. Alan McCutcheon, Ross O’Carroll and Daniel McDonagh all ran well to claim silver.

U16 and 18 Sarah Butler won the U16 race and Sarah Dillon was second. Kevin O’Grady and Stephen Cleary also told gold and silver in the U18 race.


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Posted on Sep 18, 2018 in Dooneen AC, latest news, News

Names now being taken for Hurdling Workshop
Lilly-Ann O’Hora, hurdling specialist and Regional Development Officer with Athletics Ireland will deliver a hurdling workshop in the Crescent Comprehensive next Monday, 24th October and 1st October between 7pm and 8pm.   This workshop is for those who are interested in learning the basics in order to compete or for those who wish to improve on their existing skills. We are currently taking names of those who wish to take part – you might please email Verena on to book your place. Due to the nature of the training, places are limited.

You are invited to the University of Limerick Sports Arena next Saturday at 3pm where two Dooneen athletes will be recognised by the UL Sports Hall of Fame for their contribution to sport. This is a free event taking place in the Sports Arena – other recipients on the day include Paul O’Connell, Gary Ryan, Martin Comerford, Rosie Foley, Anna Geary and Valerie Mulcahy. All recipients have excelled in their chosen sports. We would love to see Dooneen AC members and supporters there to wish Tom and Rosemary well.

Second Hand Spikes

Head coach, Phil Roche has a limited number of second hand spikes for sale should any members wish to avail of them. Please talk to her on Thursday at training. Equally, if any members have spikes that they would like to donate back to the club, then please drop them to us at training on Monday or Thursday.

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Juvenile Training Newsletter

Posted on Sep 7, 2018 in Dooneen AC, Fit4Life, Junior Events Blog, latest news, Senior Events Blog

Juvenile Training

Juvenile training commences at 7pm next Monday, 10th September at the Crescent Comprehensive College. We are looking forward to seeing familiar faces and some new athletes who will join us this year. Membership forms are available inside the hall from Brenda and the contribution per night to pay for the cost of the pitches and facilities remains at €3 per child and is payable to Brenda inside in the hall.

Winter/Endurance Training
Monday is the main night of training for all athletes and groups will be divided up according to age categories. The first part of the season will begin with winter/endurance training and upcoming dates for your diary include:

  • County Juvenile Uneven Championships (U9,11,13,15,17) Saturday, 6th October, Bilboa
  • County Juvenile Even Championships – (U10, 12,14,16,18) Sunday 14th October, Bilboa
  • Munster Even Age Championships – 21st October, Beaufort
  • Munster Uneven Championships – 11th November, Waterford
  • Munster Interclub Relays (U12, 14 16) – 18th November, Clarecastle
  • Munster ‘B’ Development Championships – 2nd December, Riverstick

It is the responsibility of parents and athletes to make their own travel arrangements to and from athletics events. We will notify parents in advance if we intend to organise a bus. Training also takes place in the Crescent Comprehensive on Thursday evenings at 6.30pm and at UL on Saturday mornings at 10am in the back fields in UL. These training sessions are for athletes who are competing regularly with the club

Hurdling Workshop October
This October, we will be offering a hurdling workshop held over Monday/ Thursday night for those who are interested in learning the basics for competition or improving on their existing skills. This programme will be delivered by Lilly-Ann O’Hora, hurdling specialist and Regional Development Officer with Athletics Ireland. We are currently taking names of those who wish to take part – we will advise on the exact dates in the next week or two.

Throwing Events
John Sheahan will be in attendance on some Monday nights to offer additional training in shot put and javelin. Please keep an eye out on the notice board outside the hall for dates on when John will be in attendance. He will start at 6.45 and take a group for a half hour until 7.15 and then take a second group from 7.15 to 7.45pm.

Membership for 2019
Membership forms can be collected from Brenda inside the hall every week and we ask that people register well in advance. Membership remains the same at €50 for one child, €90 for two and €120 for 3. Alternatively, membership can be paid online by following the link –

Middle Distance Training for older juvenile athletes
Joe Chawke, senior coach will visit  the Crescent Comprehensive during juvenile training sessions this autumn to meet athletes and discuss setting up a group training session for middle distance runners. If you would like to speak to Joe about this, please contact us

Codes of Conduct
We would like to remind parents and athletes to print out and familiarise themselves with the codes of conduct for parents and athletes. These can be downloaded from our website and the links are attached here.
Code of Conduct for Parents
Code of Conduct for Athletes

Thank you on behalf of the coaching team.

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Mailing List

Posted on Sep 5, 2018 in Junior Events Blog, latest news

We are once again updating our mailing list and would ask all members who are not on the mailing list to contact us – the mailing list is very important for updates on juvenile and senior training.  Please email and we will add you! Thank you.


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Dooneen At The Racecourse

Posted on Jul 7, 2018 in Uncategorized

Dooneen presents the inaugural Munster Mile and also a 5k race at the Limerick Show on August 26th.  Taking place on the Racecourse circuit in Patrickswell, this is a run not to be missed.  Sign up now at the link above.

dooneen at races

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Irish Life Health National Juvenile Indoor Championships Day 1, 18th of March

Posted on Mar 26, 2018 in Uncategorized

Report from Athlone on the 18th of March.
Athlone was the venue for the first day of this years championships and Dooneen were well represented by some of our finest young athletes.
Qualifying for the Nationals is an achievement in itself and all our athletes should be proud to have reached this level. Many of our athletes medalled and most recorded personal best perfromances.

U12 Girls
Orla O’Shaughnessy, 3rd in the Long Jump and 5th in the 60m
Freya Wiegand also competed in the High Jump and achieved a personal best performance.
Both girls were competing in their first Indoor National Finals and enjoyed the experience.

U13 Boys
Jayden Carmody, 2nd in the 60m.
Dennis Matthews, 3rd in the 60m.

U14 Girls
Victoria Adiadamen, 5th in the 60m

U16 Boys
Tesse Lawal, 4th in the 60m.

U17 Girls
Nikolka Stevankova, 4th in the 60m.

U17 Boys
Diro Lawal, 2nd in the 60m

U18 Boys 1500m
Kevin O’Grady, 7th in the 1500m.


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Irish Life Health National Juvenile Indoor Championships Day 2

Posted on Mar 26, 2018 in Uncategorized

Sunday was another great day at the National Juvenile Championships for Dooneen, as our athletes once again proved their quality at the highest level. Medal winning, finalists and personal bests were all features of Dooneen’s day.
Pride of place goes to our two gold medalists, Leagh Molony in the Girls U13 Long Jump and Kelvin O’Carroll in the Boys U15 800m.
Spare a thought for our Girls U12 600m, Orla O’Shaughnessy, who after comfortably qualifying for the final, then had to withdraw due to injury and our Girls U16 60m hurdler, Oyinkan Adedeji, who unfortunately false-started in her final and was disqualified. A tough day for both girls. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and both girls will be back.

GIRLS U12 600m
Orla O’Shaughnessy (PB) qualified for the final and was definitely a big medal contender but had to withdraw through injury.

Leagh Molony 1st
Pressure was on as Leagh trailed in the early rounds. However her technique and determination saw her record a super fifth round jump of 4.75cm and claim the title by the narrowest of margins, thus completing a notable Irish/Scottish Championship double. Long jump can be as much a mental challenge as a physical one and Leagh proved herself at both levels on the day.

Victoria Adiadamen 7th
A personal best performance saw her qualify for the final in which she finished seventh in a very tight race.

GIRLS U15 800m
Sarah Hosey 2nd
Sarah Butler 5th
Maria Campbell 8th
It was wonderful to see three Dooneen athletes toe the line for an 800m national final. All three girls ran PBs in a high quality event. Although finishing second, Sarah H’s time was faster than the previous championship best performance. A measure of just how good a race this was is that Sarah’s time in this the Girls U15 final would have been good enough to win every other girls 800m race from U16 to U19.

BOYS U15 800m
Kelvin O’Carroll 1st
A quite superb run from Kelvin saw him win his first national title. After comfortably qualifying, he proceeded to dictate the final from the front. When others attempted to inject pace at the 400m, he covered the move and then produced a kick at the 200m to forge away and claim the title in decisive fashion.

Oyinkan Adedeji qualified for the final and had a definite medal chance. Unfortunately, she false started in the final and was disqualified.
Dooneen’s club spirit was very much in evidence as a gang of her club mates ran around the track to console an understandably disappointed Oyinkan as she left the track.

Tesse Lawal competed in both the 200m and the 60m Hurdles.
A PB in the 200m semi final, saw him finish a close second. Unfortunately only the winner and the three fastest losers advanced to the final and Tesse just missed out.
An early hurdling error put paid to his chances in the 60m Hurdles.

Tesse’s older brother, Diro also competed in both the 200m and the 60m Hurdles.
A PB saw him finish 2nd in the final of the 200m, beaten by a mere 0.06 seconds. He also finalled in the Hurdles and ran a very creditable 6th. Both boys are exceptional athletes and will once again be serious contenders in the outdoor season

Attention now turns to the rescheduled Relays finals day which takes place on Saturday April 7th.

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