Finn Valley Athletics Club, Archive of Headlines January 2004 to December 2004

Winter Track and Field Meeting
4th January 2005: Finn Valley AC announce second round of Winter Track and Field Meetings to take place on 15th January ... more...

Results and Pictures from Boxing Day Race
27th December 2004: Results from Boxing-Day Handicap.
  • 1 DERMOT BRENNAN 21.27
  • 2 TONY GALLAGHER 25.09
  • ...

Pictures below by Conor McGonagle

Neil Martin Handing over proceeds of Boxing Day run. Also in picture with Alzheimers project committee are Rosaleen Mc Gonagle, Kieran O'Donnell, and Mary Martin.

Gerry and Margaret O'Doherty and family at Basildon Christmas charity run.

Picture 1

Picture 2

Picture 3

Picture 4

Picture 5

Picture 6

Picture 7

Picture 8

Picture 9

Picture 10

Picture 11

Picture 12

Strong Performances at National Juvenile Cross-Country Championships
13th December 2004: Our juvenile athletes travelled to Mullingar last Sunday for the even-age National Cross-Country Championships. Although the course was very testing the conditions were perfect with excellent organisation from the local club, Mullingar Harriers A.C. ... Congratulations to Patsy McGonagle, Irish Team Manager and the Irish Men's Junior Team who won the Silver medals at the European Cross Country Championships in Germany last weekend ... more...

Valley Athletes in Good Form at Letterkenny Turkey Trot
7th December 2004: Charlie Gallagher and Catriona McGranaghan were both in great form at the Annual Turkey Trot ... Charlie Gallagher, just returning from injury, put in a great performance winning the race in a time of 15.38 ... Catriona McGranaghan was back in top form setting a new club record for 5K (Road) of 16.57 ... more...

Pictures below by Richard Alcorn and Alan Cowzer Dundrum South Dublin A.C.

Medal Winners: Ryan Bonner, Nikki Alcorn and Ryan McNulty.

Emily Murphy and Aoife Gallagher.

Enda Doherty, Stefan Connolly and Alan Cavanagh.

Ian Ward.

Lorcan McMenamin, Philip Browne and Patrick Geary.

Nikki Alcorn.

U12 Boys with team manager Noreen Martin.

U14 Girls.

U16 and U18 Girls.

Double Gold for Finn Valley at Cross Country Championships
30th November 2004: Finn Valley athletes, juvenile and senior, made the long journey to Dungarvan, Co. Waterford for the National Juvenile uneven age group and Senior Inter-County Cross Country Championships last weekend. It proved to be a very successful outing for the club with our athletes winning 29 medals in total. At juvenile level there are individual medals for the first twelve in each race, the top three club teams, the top three County teams and there is also an Inter-provincial Championships ... The Senior Inter-County Championships also took place in Dungarvan after the juvenile races and Donegal were in medal positions in both races ... Catriona mc Granaghan helped the Donegal ladies led by Bridie Trearty, Cranford A.C. to National senior intercounty bronze medals ... In the men's race Silver medal position, 10 points ahead of Westmeath with two of our athletes on the scoring team: Barry Harron and Pat Hegarty ... Congratulations to Stranorlar man Gary Murray who took the individual silver medal in the men's race and has been selected for the European Cross-Country Championships which will be held on the 12th December ... more...

Pictures below by Richard Alcorn and Alan Cowzer Dundrum South Dublin A.C.

Line up at the start of U/17 girls race.

Individual medallists. Front: Mark Bonner, U11; Rebecca Ward, U11. Back: Niamh Doherty, U13; Ian Ward, U15; Brenda McGinty, U15.

U15 Boys, Champions. Back: Coach Peadar McGranaghan; Ryan McDaid; Aidan Connolly; Darren McGlinchey. Front: Shane Bonner; Pauric Mc Laughlin; Ian Ward.

Brendan Patton, coach, with the U/15 girls team.

U13 Girls with coaches Brendan Patton and Maureen Doherty after competing at cross-country championships.

U17 Girls with coach Bernie Alcorn at cross-country championships.

U11 Boys, Champions; with club secretary and coach Noreen Bonner.

Rebecca Ward, 5th individual, U11 girls, with proud fater Sam.

Aiden Connolly in action (photo: Alan Cowzer).

Breda McGinty in action (photo: Alan Cowzer).

Brian Patton (photo: Alan Cowzer).

Maeve Culhane (photo: Alan Cowzer).

In centre Daniel McLaughlin (photo: Alan Cowzer).

Ryan McDaid and Darren McGlinchey (photo: Alan Cowzer).

International Silver Medals for Finn Valley Athletes
22nd November 2004: Congratulations to our Masters athletes who competed so well in Croydon last weekend in the Masters Home Countries International Cross-Country... Kay Byrne had a fantastic run finishing in 10th place overall and 5th in the O/40 category. Kay was the 3rd Irish Athlete home and was on the Irish Team that won the Silver medals in the O/40 section. Noeleen Porter also had a terrific run finishing 13th overall and also 5th in the O/35 section of the race scoring on the Irish team who won Silver medals in the O/35 section... James McMahon was the 1st Irish man home in the men's race finishing in an excellent 9th place overall and 6th in the O/40 section. James led the Irish Team home to Silver medals in the O/40 section. Dominic Bonner finished in 33rd place overall and was the 6th Irishman home in the O/40 section... more...

Successful Winter Track and Field Outing
15th November 2004: Donegal Town was the venue last Sunday for the 1st round of the Winter Track & Field Meeting. A very enjoyable day was had by our Track & Field athletes who were delighted to get a competition and a chance to assess how their winter training was coming along. more...

Juveniles Win Top Ulster Cross-country Club Title
8th November 2004: Congratulation to our juveniles who once again retained their title as top juvenile cross-country club after two rounds of the Ulster Championships. Finn Valley won the title with 32 points to spare at Ballyclare... Catriona McGranaghan wins the individual title in Donegal Senior, Clodagh McCool 3rd ... Kay Byrne in 5th and Teresa McGloin 6th see Valley team first with 15 points ... more...

Pictures below by Richard Alcorn.

U16 Girls, bronze medallists; individual winner Brenda McGinty, 3rd from left, back row.

U14 Girls, Champions of Ulster.

U14 Boys, Champions of Ulster.

U10 Girls, Champions of Ulster; individual winner Rebecca Ward, 2nd from left.

U10 Boys, Silver Medallists with team manager Mrs. Brown; individual bronze medallist Oisin Meritt on extreme right.

Ulster Championship Success for Valley
1st November 2004: The Ulster juvenile and novice cross-country Championships were held at Fintra, Killybegs last Saturday on a lovely mild sunny day which made for a very enjoyable competition for athletes and spectators alike. Finn Valley had an excellent day with all of our teams qualifying for the National Championships in Dungarvan... many memorable battles and exceptional victories ... The Ulster Novice Championships were also held in Killybegs and Finn Valley were also to the fore here ... Women take silver and Teresa McGloin an individual bronze ... more...

Pictures below by Richard Alcorn.

U/9 girls with coach Anne Murphy, Gold medallists.

U/17 girls with coach Bernie Alcorn, Bronze medallists.

U/11 girls, Silver medallists.

U/13 girls with coaches Brendan Patton and Maureen Doherty, Gold medallists. Individual winner, Niamh Doherty is 4th from left, back row.

U/15 girls with coaches Brendan Patton and Maureen Doherty, Silver medallists. Individual winner, Breda McGinty is 3rd from left, back row.

U/13 boys with coach Patsy McGonagle, Silver medallists.

U/9 boys with team manager Michael Penrose, Bronze medallists.

U/17 boys with coach Patsy Doherty, Bronze medallists.

Success for Finn Valley Juveniles & Masters at Donegal Cross-country Championships
18th October 2004: Congratulations to Kay Byrne, Noeleen Porter, James McMahon and Dominic Bonner who have been selected for the Irish Masters Team for the Cross-Country International in Croydon as a result of their great performances in the Gerry Farnan 5k in the Phoenix Park at the weekend. Kay was 4th and Noeleen one place behind her in 5th position. The Finn Valley Women's team battled it out with Raheny all the way and were just beaten by 1 point. 3rd Scorer for Finn Valley was Teresa McGloin... James McMahon who was 2nd in the over 40 age group, and Dominic Bonner also had excellent runs earning them their international selection. Mark Connolly has been named as reserve on the Irish team. Good running here also from Pat Hegarty. The Finn Valley Men's team of Barry Harron, who had an excellent run in 6th position, James McMahon 15th, Jamie Lewis 23rd, and Dominic Bonner 26th, finished 3rd in the team competition... Joe Byrne who is at University in the U.S. won the Saluki Invitational Cross-Country Race recently and is the leading Cross-Country athlete for his University... more...

Joe Byrne.

Club Annual Awards. Picture by Richard Alcorn

Finn Valley Womens Soccer U14 Ulster champions 2004.

Finn Valley Senior Womens Soccer, Donegal Senior League Champions 2004.

Success for Finn Valley Juveniles & Masters at Donegal Cross-country Championships
11th October 2004: Following on from their successes in the uneven age group County Cross-Country Championships Finn Valley athletes were to the fore once again in Milford for the even age groups with the majority of our athletes running out of their age groups... The Masters Cross-Country Championships were also held in Milford with individual medals for Pat Hegarty 2nd in the men's race and Kay Byrne 3rd in the women's race. Finn Valley won both team titles here... more...

Pictures below by Conor McGonagle.

Valley Men's Masters Winning Team.

Valley Women's Masters Winning Team. L-R: Mary Martin, Nancy Mc Namee, Kay Byrne, Ann Mc Gill.

Winner Oisin Merritt leads the Valley charge.

Start of Boys U12 with Ryan Mc Nulty prominent.

Medal winners, U12 team.

Fionnuala Lindsay, eventual winner, leads out her team.

Clean Sweep for Finn Valley at Juvenile Cross-country Championships.
5th October 2004: Our Finn Valley juveniles had a fantastic start to the cross-country season at the first round of the Donegal Championships which were held on home territory. There were nine team titles up for grabs and Finn Valley won each and every one of them ... Teresa McGloin wins Novice ... Frank Chaney takes silver ... men's team take silver ... Charlie Gallagher third in Rathfarnham ... more...

Pictures below by Conor McGonagle.

Ian Ward, Royal And Prior, winner receives his medal Patrick Mc Gowan, Chairman of the County Council.

Officials. L-R: Brid Mc Menamin, Ann Murphy, Christine Feeley.

Maurice Boyle leads his race.

Results from Schools Championships.
1st October 2004: On 29th and 30th September, Finn Valley A.C. hosted two highly successful days of cross-country at their sports centre in Stranorlar. Some 1400 young athletes from local primary and post-primary schools participated. It provided an excellent opportunity to sample the sport and again the local experienced organisation was excellent. Many schools that had not previously been involved attended and it augurs well for the future. The cross-country season is now in full swing at all levels. Finally a thank you from race director, Patsy McGonagle, to all the officials that were on duty over the two days. more...

Night for Nostalgia.
25th September 2004: Last Sunday, club members wandered down memory lane in a celebration of the athletics career of John Carlin. more...

Clodagh McCool wins 3K.
28th September 2004: Congratulations to Clodagh McCool who won the women's 3K road race in Letterkenny on Sunday. This is the 2nd running of this event organised by Grace Boyle to raise funds for the Donegal Hospice ... more...

Letterkenny 3K. Starter Senator Joe Mc Hugh with Patsy and grandchild Caitlin.

Night for Nostalgia.
25th September 2004: Last Sunday, club members wandered down memory lane in a celebration of the athletics career of John Carlin. more...

John Carlin competing in pole vault, Armagh, 1947.

Strabane A.C. 1949 with four Finn Valley area athletes included. Back. G. Logue, John Carlin, Gerry O'Donnell. Front. Francie Irwin, Jock Byrne, Cyril O'Boyle, Pat McKinney.

John Carlin wins Ulster Youths Cross-country, Banbridge, 1940s.

Valley Dominate Donegal 5K Road Championships.
20th September 2004: Charlie Gallagher was an impressive winner of the Donegal 5K Road Championships which were hosted by Letterkenny A.C. on Sunday. Charlie won the race in a time of 15.06 followed by team mate Barry Harron 15.10 ahead of Letterkenny's Pauric McKinney. Kieran Carlin 4th (15.45), Michael McGlinchey 11th (16.28), Frank Chaney (16.47), Eunan Quinn (17.35), Kevin Holian (17.18). Finn Valley won the team competition... Catriona McGranaghan was equally impressive winning the Women's Title with a time of 17.50 with Noeleen Porter winning the Masters Title in 17.57, Kay Byrne (18.27), Teresa McGloin (20.01), Noreen McConigley (23.21), Mary Martin (24.06) winning the O/45 section. Finn Valley won the team competition here also... Dominic Bonner was the club's 3rd individual winner of the day with an excellent run in the Masters Championships in a time of 16.18, Pat Hegarty picked up the bronze here (16.53) with great runs also from Mark Connolly (17.17), Bernard McCabe (17.31), Gerard Bogle, Pat McCrudden and Jim Hynes. The Masters men also lifted the team title ... Annual General Meeting ... new officers elected ... more...

New Season Beckons.
7th September 2004: Fixtures List for the 2004-2005 season is announced ... Events ... including 6th annual Primary Schools Cross-country Championship and 4th annual Secondary Schools Cross-country Championship ... also announcements of sports and general activities at Finn Valley AC Centre... news season's subscriptions are due, view the registration form here or download the form in Word format here.

Chairman gets ready for new season.

Donal Reid, Donegal Creameries PLC, and Patsy McGonagle, Finn Valley AC, at the announcement of the schools cross-country festival to take place at Finn Valley Centre on September 29th and 30th.

Silver and Bronze for James Gibbons, Bronze for Anne McGill at the World Masters Championships in Denmark.
2nd August 2004: James Gibbons was the king of the show at the World Masters winning both a silver and bronze in his first World Championships... Anne McGill takes bronze in 10K and 4th place in 5K ... Dominick Bonner makes final of 1500m ... more...

National Senior Bronze for Charlie Gallagher
26th July 2004: Charlie Gallagher continues his comeback this season with a terrific performance in the National Senior Championships last weekend ... Patsy McGonagle in Olympic preparations ... Masters competing in Denmark ... more...

National Glory for Finn Valley in Tullamore
19th July 2004: The National Track & Field Relay Championships and the U9 to U13 Championships were held in Tullamore last weekend. The Finn Valley juveniles excelled at these Championships with a total of four Gold medals, four Silver medals and Two Bronze medals in the U13 to U19 section and in the National Awards Scheme for our youngest athletes we had one Gold, two Silvers and two Bronze Awards ... also, the U12 to U19 relay Championships were held on Saturday with terrific performances throughout the day... Finn Valley competed in the First Division of the National League on Sunday in Navan ... more...

Pictures below by Bernie Alcorn.

On right Finn Valleys U/19 bronze winning 4 x 100m team. Front, Joe McGinley, Pauric Feely. Back, Mark McGlinchey and Stewart McClean.

Finn Valley U/17 boys 4 x 100m team silver medallists, L - R: Stefan Connolly, Enda Doherty, Declan Hennessey, Maurice Boyle and Mark McGowan.

U/17 boys 4 x 400m relay team, gold medallists; front, Maurice Boyle, Stefan Connolly. Back: Mark McGowan, Enda Doherty and Declan Hennessey.

U/18 4 x 100m relay silver medallists. Pauric Feely, Seamus McMenamin, Joe McGinley and Stewart McClean.

Finn Valley athletes who competed in the national juvenile relay championships.

Finn Valley's star performer, Matthew Kelly, who won two gold and one silver medal.

Matthew Kelly on left, silver medallist U/13 shot putt.

Matthew Kelly (centre), gold and Aaron McColgan (left), silver U/13 boys ball throw.

Matthew Kelly and Aaron McColgan, gold and silver medallist in the U/13 ball throw.

Aaron McColgan with his parents Finola and Dennis and sister Leanne after winning his national silver medal.

Mark Bonner on right, Bronze medallist 600m.

Mark Bonner, bronze U/13 600m, with his mother Noreen.

Sharien McCrudden (centre) Gold medallist U/13 javelin.

A very happy McCrudden family pictured in Tullamore. Gavin on left was a silver medallist (U/15 Javelin) last week and Sharien in centre gold medallist U/13 Javelin.

Matthew Kelly receiving his U/13 Javelin gold medal.

National Success for Finn Valley Juveniles
13th July 2004: Our juvenile athletes had great success at the National U/14 to U/19 Championships in Tullamore last weekend winning two Gold Medals, two Silver and four Bronze Medals with another twelve athletes placing in the top six... more...

Pictures below by Richard Alcorn.

Aoife Whelan (centre) winner U/14 2000m walk.

Shauna Guthrie (on right) bronze medallist U/15 walk.

Finn Valley girls flying the Donegal flag. Back: Shauna Guthrie, Aoife Whelan, Nikki Alcorn, Maeve Culhane, Clara Dunnion. Front: Natasha Duffy and Fionnuala Bruton.

Nikki Alcorn(centre) silver medallist in the U/17 pole vault.

Laura Feely bronze(on right) medallist U/14 shot putt.

Nikki Alcorn (on right) gold medallist U/17 3000m walk.

Geraldine Kelly (on right) bronze medallist U/18 triple jump.

Gavin McCrudden (on right) silver medallist U/15 javelin with his coach George Gallen.

Laura Friel bronze medallist U/15 high jump pictured with her mother Celine (centre) and sister Paula on right.

National Title for Jeff Cassin, Results from Tailteann Games
29th June 2004: Jeff Cassin won the National 50K Walk at the Dublin Grand Prix of Race Walking ... good results from Ann McGill and Geselda Pensose ... four Valley athletes on the Ulster Schools Team for the Tailteann Games in Tullamore on Saturday ... results from Lifford 5K ... more...

Picture below by Richard Alcorn.

Michael Reid, Nikki Alcorn, Charlene Kelly and Geraldine Kelly at the Tailteann Games.

Ulster Glory for Finn Valley Athletes
22nd June 2004: The juvenile athletes have been hitting the headlines again following three days of competition in the Ulster Track & Field Championships. Our youngest athletes were competing in the 9,10, 11 & 12 Championships at the Templemore Sports Complex and gave a very good account of themselves indeed... meanwhile, last Saturday and Sunday our older juvenile athletes contested the Ulster/Northern Ireland Championships at the Antrim Forum and were also very successful... More...

Pictures below by Richard Alcorn.

Nikki Alcorn on left, 2000m Walk silver medallist.

Pauric Feely on right, Bronze medal Shot Putt.

Valley Athletes at All-Irelands schools finals. From left, Shauna Guthrie, Nikki Alcorn, Geraldine Kelly, Laura Friel and Fionnuala Bruton.

Nikki Alcorn pictured with her aunt Mairead Collins at the Irish schools finals

Geraldine Kelly on right, Bronze medal in the Triple Jump.

Results from Primary Schools Championships
12th June 2004: The 34th annual primary school athletic finals were held at Finn Valley. Again a massive turnout with 36 schools getting youngsters on medal podium. There were outstanding performances from some individual athletes: Adam Friel (Kerrykeel), Ashling Cunningham (Commons Killybegs), Laura Feely (St. Marys Stranorlar), Jodie Steward (Welchtown), Amber Barrett (Rathmullan), Michael Connolly (Dungloe), Aaron Mc Colgan (Glengad), Cliona Timoney (S.M.S.S. Letterkenny), Elaine Tinney (Newtowncunningham), Caolan Ward (Colmcille Letterkenny), Pauric McFadden (Kilcar), Cieran Brennan (Fintown), Fionnula Lindsay (Muff), Mark English (Woodlands).

Great Performances in Irish Schools Championships
7th June 2004: The Irish Schools Championships were held in Tullamore last Saturday and with these Championships providing the highest level of competition in Ireland in Track & Field Athletics medals were at a premium... Great performances by Nikki Alcorn, Pauric Feely, Geraldine Kelly, Laura Friel, Fionnuala Bruton and Shauna Guthrie ... results from Donegal Track and Field Championships ...

Great Performances by Valley Atheletes in T-and-F Relay Championships
1st June 2004: The National Senior and Masters Track and Field Relay Championships were held at Sligo's new track last weekend. Finn Valley had athletes involved with both club and county teams with great success... A team wins 3 x 1600m, B team 3rd ... The AAI games were held on Sunday also in Sligo with some good performances from our athletes...

Pictures below by Richard Alcorn and Conor McGonagle.

3 x 800m team, Bronze medallists, Nikki Alcorn, Maeve Culhane and Breda McGinty.

Bernard McCabe pictured during the Masters 3000m race.

Dominic Bonner on his way to a win in the masters 3000m.

Dominic Bonner, Masters 3000m team individual winner and also led Finn Valley to team gold medals.

Fionnuala Bruton and Nikki Alcorn, Finn Valley who along with Bernie O Callaghan (centre) Killybegs were members of the Donegal team that took Bronze medals in the walk.

Donegal's Gold and Bronze winning teams. Front: Finn Valley's Fionnuala Bruton; Anne McGill; Nikki Alcorn. Back: Brendan Boyce, Milford; Bernie O Callaghan, Killybegs and James Gibbons, Finn Valley.

Brendan Boyce, Milford A.C. Anne McGill and James Gibbons Finn Valley who were members of the Donegal team that took Gold medals in the walk.

Donal Reid, Donegal Creameries PLC, launching Donegal Primary Schools Challenge to take place 9th June at Finn Valley Centre. Also included are Patsy McGonagle, Neil Martin, Sean Mc Gowan and local children.

Club Chairman Patsy Mc Gonagle Interviewed by Sunday Independent.
29th May 2004: Club Chairman Patsy Mc Gonagle featured in extensive and wide-ranging interviews in the Sunday Independent and Saturday's Irish Times.

Irish Times Article Part 1.

Part 2.

Part 3.

Results from Ulster Schools Finals and Donegal Track and Field Championships
25th May 2004: The Ulster schools finals took place at the Mary Peters track, Belfast on Friday evening and in Bangor on Saturday. There were top class performances from Valley athletes and a large number of them have qualified for the All-Ireland schools finals in Tullamore on the 5th of June... The first round of the Donegal track and field juvenile, senior and masters championships were held at the Finn Valley centre on Sunday. There were many excellent performances and again our juvenile athletes were particularly impressive...

Pictures below by Richard Alcorn.

Maeve Culhane, Shauna Guthrie, Bronagh Doherty, Fionnuala Bruton and Natasha Duffy.

Clara Dunnion, Jackie Gibson, Nikki Alcorn, Catherine Gallagher and Mairead McGill.

Erin McGranaghan, Emily Murphy, Andrea McCafferty, Laura Feely and Shareen McCrudden.

Clive Heapes, Matthew Kelly, Cormac Gallen, Brendan Alexander, Lorcan McMenamin. Back: Joe McGinley and Brian Patton.

Ryan McDaid.

Donegal County Athletics Championships 2004 Round One Announced
18th May 2004: Donegal Athletics Board have announced details of the Donegal County Athletics Championships 2004 Round One to take place on 23rd May.
New 100m Club Record for Pauric Feely
18th May 2004: The Ulster schools district finals were held in Templemore Sports Complex, Derry last Wednesday with many fine performances from our club athletes ... club 100m record broken twice ... Joe Mc Ginley 11.60 ... Pauric Feely 11.54 ... club athletes Ross Wherity and Mark McGowan, who scored the winning goal, were members of Saint Eunan's College soccer team that won the Irish colleges U/16 cup final ... The two Finn Valley area qualifiers for the primary school sports were also held last week with many very good performances from our younger athletes

Mark McGowan celebrates winning goal in Saint Eunan's College U16 Cup Final win.

Action from primary school sports.

Action from primary school sports.

Donegal Road Race Grand Prix 2004 Announced
7th May 2004: Donegal Athletics Board have announced details of the R McCullagh Jewellers sponsored Donegal Road Race Grand Prix for summer of 2004.
Charlie Gallagher Wins North-West 10K
4th May 2004: Congratulations to Charlie Gallagher who has made a welcome return to winning ways on his victory in the North West 10K on Sunday last... wins in 32:23 ... Gary Crossan 2nd in 32:44, Kevin Holian 3rd in 33:17 and Kieran Carlin 4th in 33:29... Kay Byrne 2nd in women's race in 38:17 ... Nancy McNamee was 3rd in the O40 category in 45.57 ... Mary Martin the first O50 in 48.52... Mark Connolly was 2nd in the Masters men's race in 35.56 and also good running from Steve O'Mahoney in 39.36... results from Donegal Schools' Track and Field Championships ... Jeff Cassin took part in World Walks in Germany last weekend ... had to pull out of the race at 33K but still has one more chance to try and make the A standard at the Phoenix Park International Grand Prix in June ...

Start of North-West 10k. Charlie Gallagher no. 69.

Mark Connolly(243) on his way to second in Masters of North-West 10k.

Jeff Cassin during World Walks at Naumberg

Jeff Cassin during World Walks at Naumberg

Jeff Cassin with team manager at World Walks at Naumberg

International Victory for Clodagh and Catriona
20th April 2004: Clodagh McCool and Catriona McGranaghan were members of the Irish Women's team which won the Eikiden Road Relay in Brussels ... masters men's team win in National 10K ... James McMahon 2nd O40 in 32.14 ... and Dominic Bonner 3rd in 32.37 ... strong performances from Joe Brennan in 35.33, Bernard McCabe, 36.44, Mark Connolly 37.17 and Seanie McDevitt 42.50 ... Charlie Gallagher 5th in senior in a time of 31.47 ... Kay Byrne wins O40 in 38.08 ... Mary Martin, 2nd O50 category and Mary Bond running well to finish in 4th place...

Pictures below by Conor Mc Gonagle.

Winning Irish Team.

Clodagh and Catriona.

International Call Ups for Clodagh McCool, Catriona McGranaghan and Jeff Cassin
13th April 2004: Clodagh McCool and Catriona McGranaghan have been selected on the Irish Senior Team for the upcoming Ekiden Road Relays in Brussels... Jeff Cassin has been selected on the Irish Team for the 21st IAAF World Race Walking Cup... news of Killybegs road races ... fixtures ...

More success for Finn Valley at National Championships
6th April 2004: The National Juvenile Indoor Championships were held in Nenagh last weekend. It was a very successful weekend with our juveniles winning two Gold, one Silver and four Bronze medals... Silver for senior women, bronze for men and bronze for masters in National road-relays ...

Pictures below by Bernie Alcorn.

Geraldine Kelly (90), silver medallist U18 Triple Jump.

Aoife Whelan (33), Gold medallist U14 1000m Walk.

Shauna Guthrie (47), Bronze medallist U15 1000m Walk.

Nikki Alcorn (75), Gold medallist U/15 1500m Walk, with coach Patsy McGonagle who presented the medals.

Far Right, Finn Valley A.C. U17, 4 x 200m relay team who were Bronze medallists. Mark McGowan, Maurice Boyle, Ross Wherity, Stefan Connolly and Declan Hennessey.

Far Right, Finn Valley A.C. U12, 4 x 200m relay team who were Bronze medallists. Colm McLaughlin, Ciaran Brennan, Ryan McNulty and Emmet Patterson.

Far Right, Finn Valley A.C. U18, 4 x 200m relay team who were Bronze medallists. Back, Pauric Feely and Stefan Connolly. Front, Joe McGinley, Mark McGowan and Seamus McMenamin.

Annual Primary Schools Challenge Announced
31st March 2004: Finn Valley have announced details of the 34th Annual Primary Schools Challenge to take place on 9th June 2004.
National Senior Silver Medal for Nikki in Nenagh
30th March 2004: Nikki Alcorn on wins her first National Senior medal at the All-Ireland Indoor Relay Championships in Nenagh ...The Penrose family made their presence felt at the Lemington Grand Prix in England when four members of the family competed ...

Picture below by Richard Alcorn.

Nikki Alcorn.

Finn Valley Dominate Ulster/Northern Ireland Road Relays
23rd March 2004: The Finn Valley Senior and Master athletes were in action last weekend at the Ulster/Northern Ireland Road Relay Championships which were held in Letterkenny winning two Gold and two Silver sets of team medals out of the four Championship races... Senior women's team won the 4 x 1 mile relay with Clodagh McCool recording the fastest lap time of the day in this race of 6.27, Catriona McGranaghan, 6.36, Kay Byrne 6.53 and Teresa McGloin 7.25 ... Our Senior men's team took the Silver medals in the 4 x 2 mile Championship with Charlie Gallagher recording the fastest lap time in this race of 9.17, Kevin Holian 9.24, Kieran Carlin 9.40 and Conal McBride 9.52. Frank Chaney ran an individual leg in 9.49. Our Masters men's team also won the Silver medals with Dominic Bonner recording the fastest leg in this race 9.54, Gerard Bogle 10.02, Pat McCrudden 11.50 and Michael Kelly 12.23... Juvenile success at National Indoor Championships in Nenagh...

Picture below by Richard Alcorn.

Laura Feely, bronze medallist in the shot putt pictured with Claire Fitzgerald, Tralee Harriers (Silver) and Aoife Hickey, Kilkenny C.H. (winner).

Patsy McGonagle with Alistair Cragg at Brussels..

Finn Valley Women Win the Double at National C-C Championships
9th March 2004: Finn Valley's Senior Women's team achieved a fantastic double this Cross-Country season when they won the Short Course National Cross-Country Championships last weekend. This team had already won the National Inter-Club Title and earned the right to represent Ireland in the European Champions Cup next year in Portugal... weakened men's team 4th ... Valley chairman welcomes D.J. Carey and Micheal O'Muircheartaigh to the county ...

Pictures below by Conor McGonagle.

Kay Byrne in action during the famous title win.

Kevin Holian in action at National C-C.

Patsy McGonagle and Patrick Gallagher welcome D.J. Carey and Micheal O'Muirecheartaigh on a visit to Letterkenny I.T.

Enda Doherty meets hero D.J. Carey.

Finn Valley Win Seven Scottish Championship Indoor medals
2nd March 2004: Our juvenile athletes travelled to Glasgow last weekend to compete in the Scottish Indoor Championships and they did so with great success. They won a total of seven medals, One Gold, Four Silver and Two Bronze... Anne McGill wins Isle of Man international 10K Walk ...

Pictures below by Bernie Alcorn. Anne McGill picture by Conor McGonagle.

Anne McGill with her 10K Walk winner's medal.

Laura Feely pictured during the Shot Putt competition.

Diarmuid Fullerton, Silver medallist, High Jump.

Aileen Brennan, Gold medallist, High Jump.

Matthew Kelly on the podium.

Laura Feely and Matthew Kelly both silver medallists, Shot Putt, with their coach Christine Feely.

Ian Ward, Bronze medallist, 1500m.

Pauric Feely, Silver medallist, Triple Jump.

Stefan Connolly, Bronze medallist, 400m.

Finn Valley group pictured in the Kelvin Hall.

Finn Valley Win Senior Women's Cross-country Championships
24th February 2004: The big sporting story in athletics last weekend was the fantastic victory of the Finn Valley Women's team lifting the National Inter-club Cross-Country Title in Roscommon. This was a brilliant achievement by our team who responded against the odds to hold off a strong challenge from D.S.D. In the end, six points separated the two teams... Following on from our U/14-U/19 juveniles' outstanding success at the Odyssey Arena last week our U/12 and U/13 juvenile athletes took centre stage at the Templemore Sports Complex in Derry last weekend... The Ulster Relay Championships were also held in Derry and with the usual excitement attached to the relays Finn Valley athletes did extremely well winning four Gold, three Silver and three Bronze...

Picture below by Bernie Alcorn; others, photographer unknown.

Finn Valley team at Templemore.

Kay Byrne on route to 13th place.

Finn Valley senior ladies pictured with the Ursula Noctor throphy at the Finn Valley centre after being crowned national cross country champions for the 10th time. Front row, Catriona McGranaghan, Cloddagh McCool & Kay Byrne. Back row, Noleen Porter, Neil Martin(coach) and Noreen McConigley.

Charlie Gallagher pictured during the national senior cross country championships in Roscommon.

Golden Weekend for Valley at Odyssey Arena
16th February 2004: The Ulster Juvenile and Irish Senior Indoor Championships were held at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast last weekend. Finn Valley athletes, juvenile and senior competed very successfully. The U/14, 15 and 16 athletes competed in their own age groups with the U/17, 18 and 19 juveniles competing in the Irish Senior Championships for onward qualification to their National Championships in Nenagh next month ...

Pictures below by Bernie Alcorn

Finn Valley A.C. medallists at the Ulster indoor championships U/14 and U/15. Back row: Lorcan McMemamin, silver medals U/14 long jump and high jump; Laura Feely, gold U/14 shot putt; Siobhan Gallagher, bronze U/14 high jump; Laura Friel, silver U/15 high jump; Natasha Duffy, bronze U/15 walk and Shauna Guthrie, gold U/15 walk. Front row: Aoife Whelan, gold U/14 walk; Breda McGinty, gold U/15 800m; Gavin Carlin, gold U/15 60m hurdles & gold long jump.

Finn Valley athletes at Odyssey with their coaches.

James Gibbons.

Finn Valley Take National Cross-country Title in Dungarvan
9th February 2004: Finn Valley athletes made the long journey to Dungarvan last weekend to compete in the National Masters Cross-Country Championships ... men's team were out to retain their National Title, indeed going for three in a row ...They certainly took on the challenge with brilliant performances from Dominic Bonner in 6th place, James McMahon, who flew over from England especially for the event, 7th, the ever-determined Mark Connolly 28th, Joe Brennan, who had badly injured his ankle at training two weeks ago, putting in a very brave run in 33rd place with Pat Hegarty in 34th, Bernard McCabe 68th, Gerard Bogle, 80th and Paddy Bond 138th. The team score added up to 74 points and victory, four points ahead of North Belfast on 78 points with Liffey Valley in 3rd place... Finn Valley's Noeleen Porter and Kay Byrne were on the Donegal Team for the Women's Masters Championships and led the County Team home to Gold medals with great performances from both -- Noeleen fighting all the way for an individual bronze medal with Kay having a great run in 6th place, Helena Crossan, Letterkenny 7th and Bridie Trearty, Cranford 8th making up the Gold medal-winning team... Finn Valley had three athletes on the Donegal team which finished 5th in the Men's Intermediate Championship with Conal McBride 41st, Frank Chaney 91st and Michael Penrose 112th... coaching course details available ...

Pictures below by Conor McGonagle

Finn Valley Masters Men.

Donegal Masters Ladies.

National coaching details and application forms.
9th February 2004: National coaching details and application forms (Word documents) are available to download.
New history section.
2nd February 2004: Newly organised history section announced with many new pictures.
Ulster Senior Silver at Coleraine and Gold at National Masters in Nenagh
2nd February 2004: The first ever joint Ulster/Northern Ireland Senior Cross-Country Championships were held in Coleraine last Saturday. The Finn Valley women's team won the Silver medals in a very close battle with Lagan Valley. Noeleen Porter was our first scorer in 6th place, Catriona McGranaghan, 7th, Clodagh McCool 8th and Kay Byrne 11th. Finn Valley had a total of 32 points just 3 points of the gold... Kieran Carlin had an excellent run in the senior men's race finishing 7th in the 12K race with Charlie Gallagher 16th... The Finn Valley master athletes were in action in Nenagh at the weekend and came away with 3 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze medal. Anne McGill easily won her category over the new 3000m Walk distance and was delighted with her performance. The Reid brothers Bosco and Donal also had terrific performances winning the Shot Putt and High Jump respectively. James Gibbons put in another great performance to win Silver in the men's walk with Dominic Bonner winning Bronze in the 3000m...

Donal and Bosco Reid.

National Medals Galore for Finn Valley Athletes in Athlone
26th January 2004: Our juvenile athletes were once again to the fore in National competition competing in the All-Ireland Juvenile Cross-country Relays and the B Cross-country Championships in Athlone last weekend... Gerry Boyle and Christopher McBride from Finn Valley joined Mark English, Letterkenny and Adam Friel, Milford to take the Gold medals in the U12 Inter-County cross-country relays... The U14 Boys Donegal team in the relays was made up from Ryan McDaid, Ian Ward, Kevin Mossey -- all Finn Valley, and their good friend from Milford Dan King. This talented quartet also won the Gold medals...
Gold and Silver Medals at National Combined Events
20th January 2004: The National juvenile Combined Championships were held in Nenagh last weekend. Gavin Carlin put in a series of brilliant performances that won him the Gold medal and U14 Title which he took over from our own Ryan McDaid who won this title last year... Gavin started the day well taking the lead with a very good long jump, 4.61m, with team mate Lorcan McMenamin also jumping well, 4.58m to take 2nd place ... The U14 Girls Championships was equally exciting for Finn Valley with 11-year-old Jodie Stewart going into the lead after achieving a new p.b. in the long jump of 4.10m, joint first in the High Jump with club mate Aileen Brennan both girls clearing 1.33m and delighted with their new personal bests, a 2nd place in the shot putt with 6.73m and 2nd place in the hurdles 11.2 secs... Dominic Bonner continued his great form with a 2nd place finish in the Northern Ireland and Ulster Championship in Bangor last weekend with a tremendous finish between himself and Mark Kirk, BAAC. Joe Brennan also put in a terrific run finishing 4th with Mark Connolly 10th, Pat Hegarty 16th, Bernard McCabe 26th and Pat McCrudden 74th... Kay Byrne was our sole representative in the Masters Women Championships and ran an excellent race to win the Silver medal ...
Pictures below by Richard Alcorn.

Gavin Carlin.

Jodie Stewart.

Lorcan McMenamin.

Club Begins 2004 in Purposeful Manner
13th January 2004: Several of our Senior and Veteran athletes made the journey to Stormont last Saturday to run in the Reebok Challenge Cross Country series... Catriona McGranaghan running on the Irish team had a very good run finishing in 28th place in a top class field. Kieran Carlin also fared well in the men's international race finishing a very creditable 33rd in a race won by Paul Tergat... Dominic Bonner was back in excellent form in the masters race finishing 3rd with Mark Connolly also running well in 17th, Bernard McCabe 29th and Seanie McDevitt 79th...
Results of Boxing-day Handicap Race in aid of Dystonia Appeal
27th December 2003: The annual Boxing Day event has once again provided the opportunity for the people of The Donegal Community to meet up, discuss the year gone past and reunite with old friends, work off the turkey and support a worthy cause. The damp conditions proved not to be deterrent as the numbers rose to a new high of a hundred and twenty entrants. With a sixteen minute handicap, present form went out the window as everyone was in with a fighting chance, as the overall winner 11 year old Aoife Whelan was soon to prove...

This page is: Last modified 2005-01-24 -

Finn Valley Athletics Club - Millbrae - Stranorlar - Co.Donegal    Ph: 074 32053    Fax: 074 64111