Irish Life Health All Ireland Schools Cross Country Championships
Clongowes Wood College in Clane, Co Kildare was the setting for this year's All Ireland schools cross country championships on Saturday. A Catholic school in the Jesuit tradition which was founded in 1814 was shown in all its splendor on a crisp but sunny spring day.
At the start of the season this was a race that we highlighted mainly because we were the reigning All Ireland champions. But life can sometimes jump up and bite you which is what happened with an injury to last years all Ireland 4th place finisher Cian Hodgins.
It's at times like this that you find out the true character of your team and rather than feel sorry for themselves they still won the East Munsters and Munsters title to qualify for Clongowes hoping that Cian would be recovered in time for the All Ireland's. But he is only about 70% right so the team headed by our track star Tom Walshe just got on without him.
So Tom Walshe, Luke Purcell , Jamie Moloney, Seán Hayes and Seán Moylan went to the start knowing that it was going to tough to get a team medal.
In the end they finished just outside the medals in fourth but it was a great effort. Tom Walshe after a brilliant effort was our first man home in 10th place in a race that was run at a relentlessly fast pace because of the very flat nature of the course. He was backed up by Luke Purcell running one of his best races to date in 25th. Jamie Moloney in 42nd, Seán Hayes 58th and Seán Moylan 78th all ran solidly but we just came up short in 4th position.
That's the end of the cross country for this year and we have County and All Ireland indoors for the next three weekends.
Munster Schools Indoor Games
We had Munster schools indoors during the week with some great results from our club members Ailbhe O'Neill, St Mary's, delivered again with a fine win in the Inter girls 600m.
James Sage, St Joseph's Borrisoleigh, won the inter Boys 60m hurdles.
Micheál Moylan finished 3rd in the minor boys 600m.
In the girls shot competition's we had Caitríona Finn, St Mary's Nenagh, 2nd in the minor comp and Emma Carolan, Newport, 2nd in the junior competition.
In the long jumps Ben Connolly, Nenagh CBS, was 3rd in the junior and Mark Carroll, Nenagh was 3rd in the Inter Boys.
Ellen Dwyer, St Mary's, was also 4th in the junior girls long jump.
George O'Leary, Glenstal, finished 3rd in his 1200m heat also.
Well done to all involved.