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Athletics Board

Busy weekend for Valley.

Success by the sea for Valley

Killybegs has in recent years hosted numerous local, National and provincial championships. On Sunday last it was the 'B' underage and inter-county relays. Highlight was the key contribution of Rebecca Ward, a pupil at Donoghmore N.S., in the U-12 relay when she pushed into the lead on the second leg and assured Donegal of gold. There was silver for Paul Smyth and Georgie Kelly U-12 boys and silver for Mark Bonner U-14 boys. In the 'B' events Karen Ferguson a pupil now at the Royal and Prior held off a determined challenge from her clubmate Niamh Doherty and a Monaghan girl to score a victory and lead her team of Melanie Penrose and Rochelle Tourish to gold. The U-19 girls led by Maeve Culhane and supported by Nicloa Alcorn and Fionnuala Bruton did the business. Mission accomplished winning gold in that category. The under 17 girls of Ailish Patton, Paula Friel, Ciara Hegarty and team leader Clara Dunnion scored a silver performance in U-17s. The other significant impact was Jonathon Carlin 6th in the U-11 boys. Our thanks to the Killybegs supremo Bernie O Callaghan who once again brought National Athletics to the County.

Indoor Walks Silver

Saturday saw Donegal walk team in Nenagh for National Indoor Relays and a silver return from Brendan Boyce, Nicola Alcorn now at D.C.U. and now with 10 weeks healthy training under her belt and the advantage of a training camp with her university in Portugal in the new year. The third member who gallantly stepped in at the last minute Fionnula Bruton a student at St. Columbas. Cavan won the event but but well done to all and manager Bernie Alcorn who is with the Irish Team as a coach in Cardiff next Sunday.

Club Meeting

Club Meeting this Thursday at 8.30.

County Sport Awards

Finn Valley as a leading exponent of sport in Donegal has enjoyed many award nights during 31 years at this ceremony. We recall team awards, contribution to sport awards, school awards and overall honours to Hugo Duggan, Sean Carlin, Danea Herron all international performers and Irish Senior champions, more recently Hall Of Fame recognition went to Patsy (snr) McGonagle (RIP) and John Carlin.

The presentations were made by Sean Kelly, Chief Executive of the Irish Institute of Sport.

The function acknowledged our Masters team and that has been a success story which hopefully will continue. There was a deserved appreciation honour for Castlefin man Peader McGranaghan and it was a dedlight to see all his family in attendance. When the history of Finn Valley comes to be written Peader will have a speciil place as he continues to make an enormous contribution. The future is Ian Ward from Liscooley who on this occasion recieved school award to acknowledge a successful 2006. Finally Eunan Quinn recieved a special presentation in recognition of his Ironman achievement fully deserved. The challenge ahead is to maintain the momentum.

Some pictures by Kieran Carlin, Conor McGonagle, Bernie Alcorn and others.



Donegal Sports Awards. Sean Kelly presents to Ironman Eunan Quinn.




Sean Kelly presents to Peadar McGranaghan.




Men's Masters team.




Eunan Quinn and family.




Ian Ward and Peadar McGranaghan and Aidan.




Kieran Carlin and Catriona McGranagan.




Connolly family.




McGranaghan family.




McGranaghan family.




Men's Masters team.




Peadar and Sadie McGranaghan.




Fionnuala Bruton in action Nenagh.




Nicola Alcorn in action in Nenagh.




Nicola Alcorn in action in Nenagh.




U12 Boys Silver Medallists in the National County Cross Country Relays 2007.




U12 Girls Gold Medallists in the National County Cross Country Relays.




U14 Boys Silver Medallists in the National County Cross Country Relays.




U14 Girls Bronze Medallists in the National County Cross Country Relays.




U19 Girls, Gold Medallists in the National ‘B’ Cross Country Championships which were held in Killybegs last Sunday with coaches Mark Connolly and Patsy McGonagle.




Donegal Senior Team of Finnoula Bruton, Brendan Boyce and Nicola Alcorn, Silver Medallists in the National Senior Indoor Championships in the 3 x 1000m Inter-County Walk Relay in Nenagh on Saturday.




Donegal U12 Girls, Jessica Roberts, Amber Barrett, Rebecca Ward and Jane Gormley, Gold Medallists in the National Inter-County Cross Country Relay Championships which were held in Killybegs last Sunday.




Donegal U12 Boys Bronze Medalists in the National Juvenile Inter-County Relay Championships which were held in Killybegs last Sunday.