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
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
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.