Sometimes in life it is not a great idea to get your hopes up too high. But that's only true when your hopes and dreams are more aspirational than the reality based dreams of our hard working athletes. We finished our track season in July and after an active three week break we started our latest quest of winning an All Ireland club cross country title in September . So here we are a week before Christmas and two weeks ago we won the All Ireland U14 title and this week we got the bronze medals in a highly competitive U15 competition. So to say I'm a happy coach is a slight understatement . Last March the same bunch of boys won an All Ireland schools cross country title . They have since won three county team titles , three Munster club titles and now Cian Hodgins , Tom Walshe , Luke Purcell , Seán Hayes & Jamie Moloney have ended the year as part of a group with Gold and Bronze All Ireland club team medals. Well done boys you deserve all the accolades you receive.
Our U15s were not the only heroes on the day as Ben Walshe and Diarmuid Moloney we're doing their own Superman impressions in the U13 race . Ben brought home 3 medals with a brilliant 8th place finish and also helped Munster win the provincial title and Tipperary the bronze in the county competition.
Diarmuid in his first year with the club and as an U12 running out of age was also on the Tipperary team that claimed the bronze medal. Uniquely these two boys both had big brothers on our U15 team namely Tom Walshe and Jamie Moloney. So sibling rivalry is alive and well and both sets of parents will issue a sigh of relief at not having to console either of the boys.
Our two senior ladies Ciara Cummins and Aoife Delargy were running with the Tipperary team that finished 5th in the senior race. Ciara finished an excellent 24th and 800m track star Aoife Delargy 44th . Both will be well pleased with their efforts .
Training will continue as usual over the Christmas Period with slight changes announced on Facebook and WhatsApp.