Finn Valley Athletics Club, Archive of Home Page 2006

Results from NI and Ulster Juvenile Cross-country Championships Ballyclare.
5th November 2006: Results from yesterday's NI and Ulster Juvenile Cross-country Championships at Ballyclare. Excel spreadsheet version.

Announcement of Finn Valley Boxing Day 5K.
1st November 2006: Finn Valley Boxing Day 5K announced, in aid of H.O.P.E. Local Charity helping underprivileged in Romania, Fr. Kevin O Hara project in Nigeria, Working with the poor ... Word document version.

Masters Medals for Valley at Marathon.
31st October 2006: A number of Finn Valley athletes took in the 27th annual Dublin City event ... all finished and overcame the unique challenge that is the marathon event. Weather conditions were ideal with Dominic Bonner 2.44; Pat Hegarty 2.50; John McGlinchey 2.57; Drew Doherty 3.02 just failing to get in side the magical 3 hour mark, Bernard McCabe 3.03; Kay Byrne who got it tough from 16 miles in 3.20; Nancy McNamee 3.59; Paddy Bond 4.07; Gloria Donaghy 4.14. It is thought that both the masters teams finished 3rd ... more...



Finn Valley's Dublin City Marathon runners.




A recent visitor to the new gym and leisure facility at Finn Valley AC was Minister Pat The Cope Gallagher, who was met by club chairman Patsy Mc Gonagle.
The Minister congratulated the club on their positive contribution to the community on so many different levels and pointed out that the Irish Sports Council was now recommending that similar groups nationwide should use the Valley template as it encompasses the social and recreational needs of the wider community.

Valley excel at Ulster Championships
24th October 2006: ... five Team gold, two team silver thus National qualification for seven teams for Dungarvan in December ... brother and sister partnership of Rebecca and Ian Ward won as did Georgie Kelly U11 boys from Toobin N.S. ... more...

Results from the Ulster Juveniles and Novice Men and Women.
23rd October 2006: Results from the Ulster juvenile cross country championships held in Killybegs yesterday. more...

Pictures from the Ulster Juveniles.
23rd October 2006: Pictures from the Ulster juvenile cross country championships held in Killybegs yesterday. Pictures by Richard Alcorn.



U13 girls with coach Brid McMenamin.




U11 boys, Ulster champions, with coachs Michael McGranaghan and Sean Carlin.




Ulster champions. U15 girls with coach Brendan Patton.




Rebecca Ward U13 girls Ulster champion with her dad Sam.




U17 girls, silver medallists, with coach Mark Connolly.




U11 girls, silver medallists.




Ulster champions. U17 boys with coach Peadar McGranaghan.




Ulster champions. U19 girls, Maeve Culhane, Fionnuala Bruton and Nikki Alcorn with team manager Mark Connolly.


Athletic Leader Course Announced.
18th October 2006: A one day course will be held at Finn Valley on Oct 29th aimed at primary school teachers and club coaches dealing with children in the age range six to twelve. Cost is 60 euro, half of which will be paid for by Donegal Local Sports Partnership. This is a certified course under the auspices of the Athletics Ireland Coach education framework. If interested contact Finn Valley 0749132053 oe 0872226112. more...

International Selection For Finn Valley Masters
17th October 2006: Finn Valley Master athletes continued to impact when they attended the annual Gerry Farnan Memorial races in the Phoenix Park on Sunday accompanied by team leader Neil Martin ... ladies 3k ... more...

Pictures from the Women's 3k.
16th October 2006: Pictures from the Women's 3k at Finn Valley 16th October 2006.



Before the start of Ladies 3k pictured centre Grace Boyle, Organiser, Natasha Ni Garbhaigh, former Miss Ireland, who was Starter, and Olympic team manager Patsy Mc Gonagle.




Getting ready for the off.




Sharon Thompson from Ballybofey.




Shortly after the start for these walkers.




Sally Ann Boyle, Gartan receives her prize from Natasha Ni Garbhaigh.


A Testimonial by Kevin Smith, Sessiaghoneill, Ballybofey.
16th October 2006: A Testimonial written by Kevin Smith, Sessiaghoneill, Ballybofey. more...

Top Club Award for Valley.
9th October 2006: Finn Valley underage athletes topped the ranking list at Milford ... more...

Results from Donegal Masters Championships at Milford.
8th October 2006: Results from the Donegal Masters Cross-country Championships at Milford. more...



Club member Gavin Carlin
who has signed a pro -scholarship for West Bromwich Albion. Gavin is an international goal keeper in his age bracket and has shown enormous dedication to training throughout his period with the club. He will continue to base himself at the Valley, moving to Birmingham next season. He has competed for Finn Valley in numerous disciplines since his introduction to athletics as a young boy.

Busy week at Valley.
4th October 2006: The past week was a busy one for Finn Valley A.C. ... school's championships ... 1000 competitors ... Donegal Novice and Uneven Age Championships at Killybegs ... 35th Annual General Meeting ... more...

Results from Donegal Creameries Mooathon
2nd October 2006: Results available from the Donegal Creameries Mooathon. more...

Pictures from Donegal Juvenile and Novice Cross-country Championships.
2nd October 2006: Pictures from Donegal Juvenile and Novice Cross-country Championships at Killybegs 1st October 2006.



Brendan Patton with his daughter and son who both finished third in their races.




Breda McGinty on her way to victory in the U17 girls.




Coach Anne Murphy with her team.




Coaches Mark Connolly and Joe Brennan with Novice men.




Top three in the Boys U17.




Donegal Juveniles having fun in the sea at Killybegs.




Ian Ward and Shane Boner head the field in the U17 Boys.




Jonathan Connolly.




Maurice Boyle in the novice race.




Micheal McGranaghan and Sean Carlin with U9 Boys.




Patsy ready for the Atlantic icebath.




Sharon Thompson who won the ladies novice with husband Tom and two children.


Sixth Annual Donegal Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships.
28th September 2006: A large turnout from 18 schools contested the sixt annual secondary schools cross-country at Finn Valley on Thursday September 28th. Team and individual awards were evenly distributed and the indications from the teachers is really positive ... Outstanding runs were returned from Noel Collin, Drumragh; Cian O Reilly, St. Patrick's Cavan, and Breda Mc Ginty, St. Columbas ... more...

Woodlands, Annagry, Kilcar, Devlin Reagh best at Primary Schools championships.
28th September 2006: The Eighth annual Donegal Primary Schools Cross Country championships at Finn Valley proved most successful once again with 588 competing in the various age groups. The added bonus was the excellent weather conditions and the event was enjoyed by a large attendance of parents ... results ... Woodlands, Annagry, Kilcar, Devlin Reagh best ... more...



AAmy Slevin and Niamh Doherty lead For St Columbas.




Head to head battle at the Schools Cross-country.


Pictures from Donegal 5-k Road Championships.
26th September 2006: Pictures from Donegal 5-k Road Championships 24th September 2006.



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Olympic Position for Valley Coach.
19th September 2006: The news that club chairman Patsy McGonagle has been appointed Irish senior team manager until the end of 2008 has been welcomed with great enthusiasm by local athletic followers ... The Donegal 5-k starts 11.15 on Sunday from the club centre ... more...



Patsy McGonagle.


AGM announced. Donegal 5-k championships.
17th September 2006: The Annual General Meeting of Finn Valley A.C. will be held in the club centre on Monday 2nd October at 8.30 p.m. ... Donegal 5-k championships on Sunday 24/09/06 11.15am start at Finn Valley ... more...

Results from Ballyare 8-K.
17th September 2006: Results available from the Ballyare 8-K 16th September. more...

Event part of the Donegal Athletic Board Aladdin's Sport Store and Mizuno sponsored Grand Prix series ... Full series listing ...

New Fixture List.
17th September 2006: Fixture list for new season announced ... more...


Group at Getting the Basics Right Training Course with Jim Kilty.


Back to Training for Valley Athletes.
11th September 2006: Autumm training regime is now full swing ... Getting Back to Basics Friday at 5.30pm ... primary schools cross-country on September 27th ... secondary schools on 28th ... new gym open enquiries 074 91 32053 ... membership now due ... more...

Senior athletes meeting.
9th September 2006: A meeting for all senior athletes will take place after training on Tue 12th Sept 2006 at the club, we hope get feed back on peoples commitment for the forthcomming season and to discuss our race plans.
CUMANN LUTHCLEAS NA Mbunscoil announced.
5th September 2006: 8th Annual Primary Schools 2006 Cross-Country, 27th September, announced more...
Coaching Workshop, Getting the Basics Right.
5th September 2006: Coaching Workshop, Getting the Basics Right, 15th September, 5.30pm to 10.30pm ... more...
National Half Marathon Results.
5th September 2006: Results from the National Half Marathon at Letterkenny 3rd September. more...


Charlie Gallagher with son Conor.




Donimic Bonar battling into the wind at 9 miles.




James McMahon leads this group at 9 miles.




James McMahon leads the group whilst Donimic Bonar tucks in behind.




John Creane closely followed by Kevin Holian.




National Half Marathon.




Pat Hegarty battles at 9 miles whilst John Mc Glinchey's son Darren gives support.




Pat Hegarty leads this group at three miles.




Eunan Quinn on the bike.




Patsy McGonagle at European Championships in Goeteborg.


Pictures from World Juniors in Beijing.
20th August 2006: Pictures from World Juniors in Beijing.



The Irish Junior team and Management who competed at World Junior athletics championships in Beijing.




Irish team manager Bernie Alcorn, Finn Valley with Kalyn Sheehan, Waterford and Jason Smyth, Derry at the opening ceremony of the World Junior athletics championships in Beijing.


Results from Mizuno Brockagh 4 mile 25th August.
27th August 2006: Results available from the Brockagh 4 mile 25th August. more...

Event part of the Donegal Athletic Board Aladdin's Sport Store and Mizuno sponsored Grand Prix series ... Full series listing ...



Kevin Holian races to victory in Brockagh.




Grace Boyle and Bridgeen Doherty nearing the finish in Brockagh.




Mary Martin and Paddy Bond.




Gloria Donaghy.


Impressive International Result for Brian O Domnhaill.
22nd August 2006: Brian O Domnhaill completed a busy comeback season with second place in multi-international 20k walk in Holland ... club meeting on Thursday ... more...

Results from Mizuno Milford 5k 18th August.
20th August 2006: Results available from the Milford 5k 18th August. more...

Event part of the Donegal Athletic Board Aladdin's Sport Store and Mizuno sponsored Grand Prix series ... Full series listing ...

Pictures from Celtic International.
20th August 2006: Pictures from Celtic International.



Finn Valley Team at Celtic International.




Finn Valley Walkers at Celtic International.


Valley Masters Underline Strength with Track Victories.
15th August 2006: Valley masters recorded a number of medal performances in Tullamore last Sunday ... The women's team have qualified for this Sunday's league final ... more...

Results from Crumlish Appliance Repairs Mizuno Danny McDaid 15k 13th August.
14th August 2006: Results available from the Crumlish Appliance Repairs Mizuno Danny McDaid 15k 13th August. more...

Event part of the Donegal Athletic Board Aladdin's Sport Store and Mizuno sponsored Grand Prix series ... Full series listing ...



John McGlinchey.




Pat Hegarty.




Kay Byrne.




Kevin Holian.


Finn Valley Centre Fitness Suite.
12th August 2006: Finn Valley Centre Fitness Suite ...



New Fitness Suite.


EAA - Goteborg 2006 - Previews.
2nd August 2006: Event-by-event previews of the men's and women's track events at the European Athletics Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden, on 7-13 August are now available on click-here. more...

Doyle Earns Start in Europeans.
1st August 2006: Brian Doyle in running a 47-12 in blustery conditions at the Dublin international in Santry on Sunday confirmed his start in the 4x4 in Europeans in Goteborg next week ... This weekend on Saturday the Valley squads are off to the national league hoping to gain a spot in the final ... Kieran Carlin continued on his winning way in the Dungloe 5k and Catriona Devine won the women's section ... Currently the website is being given a facelift and webmaster Jonathan Campbell would be delighted to have your views on www.finnvalleyac.com. First cut of new website at Draft of New Website. Note this is only an outline, most of the website is not yet implemented. Comments please to jonathan [dot] campbell [at] gmail [dot] com. And many thanks to those of you who have already sent comments ... more...



Catriona Devine winning Dungloe 5k.




Teresa McGloin in Dungloe 5k.


Finn Valley Centre Fitness Suite now open.
26th July 2006: Announcement of the opening of Finn Valley Centre Fitness Suite ... more...

Success in England and Poland for Valley Athletes.
25th July 2006: Finn Valley athletes took part in various events over the weekend. Top of the list has to be Kieran McConnell second in the British championships in the shot at 16.44m ... Dominick Boner medallist at the European Masters track championships ... results ...) ... Brian O'Domhnaill 4th at Santry ... Kieran Carlin and Clodagh McCool lead Donegal Grand Prix ... more...

Big lift for Finn Valley with Strongman Championships on way.
24th July 2006: Organisers of the forthcoming Ireland's Strongest Man - which takes place in the Finn Valley Centre on August Bank Holiday weekend - hope the event can act as a springboard to Donegal eventually hosting the World Championships ... more...



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Results from Burtonport 5k 25th July.
26th July 2006: Results available from the Mizuno Burtonport 5k 25th July. more...

Event part of the Donegal Athletic Board Aladdin's Sport Store and Mizuno sponsored Donegal Athletics Board Grand Prix series ... Full series listing ...

Results from Churchill 5k 21st July.
22nd July 2006: Results available from the Mizuno Churchill 5k 21st July. more...

Event part of the Donegal Athletic Board Aladdin's Sport Store and Mizuno sponsored Donegal Athletics Board Grand Prix series ... Full series listing ...

Results from Manorcunninghan 5k 18th July.
20th July 2006: Results available from the Mizuno Manorcunningham 5k 18th July. more...

Event part of the Donegal Athletic Board Aladdin's Sport Store and Mizuno sponsored Donegal Athletics Board Grand Prix series ... Full series listing ...

Results from Lifford 5k 23rd June.
22nd July 2006:

Results available from the Mizuno Lifford 5k 23rd June. Apologies for the delay in posting this, but maybe better late than never. In fact, if you want to be sure I respond quickly to news, send directly to jonathan [dot] campbell [at] gmail [dot] com.

Small Editorial. I guess it might be a good idea to set up a separate Donegal Athletics Board website for stuff like results, and to give certain people access to that. I'm working on a couple of developments for this website, so after those get done ... maybe ... but don't hold breath! If anyone has any suggestions, comments, on any of these matters, I'd be glad to hear them. I'd be especially glad to hear from people with experience of content management systems, e.g. Joomla. On the other hand, I have always been drawn to using 'the simplest thing that can possibly work', because I believe continuity is the chief requirement; I'd like this content to be available in 100 years time, and not inaccessible or lost because I or someone else liked playing with the latest fancy technology. j.c. (webmaster).

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Event part of the Donegal Athletic Board Aladdin's Sport Store and Mizuno sponsored Donegal Athletics Board Grand Prix series ... Full series listing ...



National League success for Finn Valley.
19th July 2006: Details of last weekend's National League success for Finn Valley ... more...



Ciaran Carlin races to victory at Navan.




Teresa Mc Gloin leads.




Martin O'Halloran, Teresa Mc Gloin, Catriona Devine.




Valley 4x4. Catriona, Jodie, Clodagh, Teresa.


Ian Ward records a personal best on international debut.
18th July 2006: Ian Ward, wearing the Irish Schools vest at Falkirk, Scotland, ran a personal best of 4.01.62 to finish Peters and Millington both of England on 4.00.46 and 4.00.50 respectively ... club on target for AAI league final ... more...

Results from AAI League Round 1.
17th July 2006: Results available from AAI League Round 1 - Claremont Stadium Navan 16th July. more...

Results from Rathmullan 5k 14th July.
16th July 2006: Results available from the Mizuno Rathmullan 5k 14th July. more...

Event part of the Donegal Athletic Board Aladdin's Sport Store and Mizuno sponsored Donegal Athletics Board Grand Prix series ... Full series listing ...

Triple gold at National Juvenile Championships
11th July 2006: Finn Valley juvenile athletes did extremely well at the National Juvenile Championships in Tullamore last weekend winning 10 individual medals in the U14 to U19 age group ... more...



Finn Valley team at Tullamore.




Matthew Kelly (on left), silver medal javelin and bronze shot putt.




Shauna Guthrie (on right), silver medal 3000m walk.




Aoife Whelan (centre), gold medal 2000m walk.




Paul Doherty (centre) gold medal 100m hurdles.




Ian Ward (centre) gold medal 1500m.




Shane Bonner (left) and Michael Penrose, bronze medallists in the 3000m walk in their respective age groups.




Clive Heapes, silver medal Hammer and bronze javelin, pictured with Gerard Doherty.


Two Golds from Tullamore
4th July 2006: Two Valley athletes shone at the national junior and under 23 championships at Tullamore on Sunday ... Kieran Mc Connell won the shot with 15.14m and was second in discus at 43.70m ... Brendan Alexander cleared the 3m mark and collected gold in the vault ... more...



Brendan Alexander, winner of the national U23 pole vault with a new p.b. being congratulated by Michael Heery, president AAI.




Kieran McConnell, winner junior shot putt, with Luke Mangan, Clonliffe Harriers 2nd and Alan O'Connor, Tralee Harriers 3rd. Kieran also took 2nd place in the discus.


Results from Ballybofey 5k 24th June.
1st July 2006: Results available from the Mizuno Ballybofey 5k 24th June. more...

Event part of the Donegal Athletic Board Aladdin's Sport Store and Mizuno sponsored Donegal Athletics Board Grand Prix series ... Full series listing ...

Tailteann Gold for Ian Ward
27th June 2006: Ian Ward continued his excellent season with a victory in the Tailteann Games At Tullamore on Saturday last ... bronze medals for Paul Doherty in the hurdles and Fionnuala Bruton in the walk ... more...



Bernie Alcorn with the Irish team in Budapest.


A Rising Star for Aghyaran
26th June 2006: Michael Penrose a 15 year old Aghyaran native excelled at the recent Irish schools athletics championships, by winning the junior boys race walk in a most impressive victory at Tullamore ... more...



Michael Penrose with Athletics Ireland team manager Patsy Mc Gonagle.




Michael on his way to victory.


Results from Strabane 10k 17th June.
24th June 2006: Results from Strabane 10k available. more...

Strong performances in Ulster 14-19 championships
20th June 2006: There were a lot of very encouraging performances from the Finn Valley juveniles in the U14 to U19 age groups in Antrim on Saturday and Sunday. A top four finish in the Ulster Championships qualifies the athletes for a place in the All-Ireland Championships in Tullamore on the 8th and 9th July and as Sunday's competition finished we had 31 athletes qualified for 39 events. Eleven Gold medallists, seven Silver and five Bronze ... In the Strabane 10k Catriona McGranaghan won the women's section tackling and joined up with Noreen Bonner and Gloria Donaghy to win the team. Kieran Carlin led Valley to the mens team second place with John McGlinchey 4th and Patrick Hegarty 6th ... more...



Finn Valley juvenile group pictured at the Ulster juvenile track and field championships in Antrim.




Clive Heapes 2nd Hammer 3rd Javelin.




Jody Stewart, 2nd long jump.




Finn Valley gold medallists Shareen McCrudden, Javelin, and Nicole O'Leary, shot putt with their coach George Gallen.




Cormac Gallen, 3rd Javelin.




Christopher Britton, St J. Bosco 2nd, Paul Doherty, Finn Valley 1st and Malcolm Peoples, Co Derry 3rd, 100m hurdles.




Clara Dunnion, Finn Valley, 3rd ;Aoife Whelan, Finn Valley 1st and Aoibhinn Gissane, Monaghan Phoenix 2nd, 2000m walk.




Maeve Culhane, Finn Valley 3rd, Fionnuala Bruton, Finn Valley, 1st, and Orla Smith, Innyvale, 2nd, 3000m walk.




Donna McBride, on right, 3rd 300m hurdles.




Ulster contingent at the recent European Cup in Slovakia; included: Sean Kyle, coach, Paul Brizzell, Caolan Flanagan, Leslie Leung, Paul Mc Kee, and Patsy Mc Gonagle, Manager.


Results from Buncrana Lake of Shadows Hotel 10k 17th June.
19th June 2006: more...

Event part of the Donegal Athletic Board Aladdins Sport Store Mizuno sponsored Donegal Athletics Board Grand Prix series ... Full series listing ...

Valley Masters Continue Winning Sequence
14th June 2006: Finn Valley continued their dominance of middle/long distance in Irish masters athletics having won the national cross-country, road, and road relays. The challenge on Sunday was to win the 5k team championship at Navan; this they completed in style with Ciaran Carlin leading the way and winning the event; and with excellent support from welcome new recruit Martin O'Halloran ... more...

Ulster 9--13 Championships 11th June Results.
14th June 2006: Ulster 9--13 Championships 11th June results posted ... more...

Results of Donegal 5k 9th June.
10th June 2006: Results available for the Tirconaill Damp Proofing Donegal 5k 9th June ... more...

Event part of the Donegal Athletic Board Aladdins Sport Store Mizuno sponsored Donegal Athletics Board Grand Prix series ... Full series listing ...

Timetable for Northern Ireland - Ulster 9--13 Championships 11th June.
8th June 2006: Timetable for Northern Ireland - Ulster 9--13 Championships 11th June announced ... more...

Woodlands, Annagry and Commons Killybegs Top in Donegal Primary Schools Championships
7th June 2006: The 36th annual Donegal Primary Schools at Finn Valley was once again a tremendous success with a wide representation from the entire county representating small, medium and large schools ... more... results...



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Irish schools championships.
6th June 2006: Finn Valley had an encouraging day at the Irish schools championship in Tullamore on Sunday ... more...



Fionnuala Bruton, St Columba’s Stranorlar (right), Girls 1200m walk bronze medal, with Sorcha Prendeville 2nd,Tarbert CS, on left, and Donna Carolan winner, Dominican Wicklow.




Ian Ward, Raphoe Royal on left, silver medallists intermediate boys, 1500m, pictured with in centre N. Touhy, Newton school 1st and R. Faulkner, St Malachy’s on right 3rd.




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Laura Feely, St Columba’s college, Stranorlar pictured with her dad Frank after winning the junior girls shot putt silver medal.




Nikki Alcorn, Loreto Letterkenny pictured with Sonia O Sullivan after winning the senior girls 3000m walk silver medal.




Paul Doherty, St Columba’s College, Stranorlar pictured with Eamon Coghlan after winning the intermediate boys 100m hurdles silver medal.




Valley Weekend Away and Pilgrimage in Mayo.



Near the top of the Reek with Clew Bay in the background.




At the top.




Gerry Byrne and Jim Hynes.




Gerry and Kay Byrne.




Getting read to surf.




Thomas Devine and Catriona McGranaghan.




On the way down.




Surfboarders.


Announcement of Programme for 31st May.
30th May 2006: Donegal Children’s Games U9 (1998) / U10 (1997) Track/Field Championships U11 (1996) / U12 (1995) / U13 (1994). Programme for 31st May.

Royal and Prior Student Top Of Class At Ulster Schools
21st May 2006: A considerable number of Valley athletes came through the Ulster Schools athletics on Friday and Saturday last in Antrim to qualify for the Irish Schools on June 3rd in Tullamore. Top of the class was Ian Ward of Royal and Prior winner of the 1500m. in a time of 4.04.06 ... more...

Results from Ulster Schools.
21st May 2006: Results from Ulster Schools Championships at Antrim, 20th May. more... and more...

Strabane 10K announced.
22nd May 2006: Strabane 10K Road Race on June 17th announced. more...

Results from Finn Valley Area Primary Schools Qualifiers.
21st May 2006: Finn Valley area primary schools athletics proved a tremendous success despite difficult conditions held May 17th and 19th. A total of 800 youngsters competed over the two days and once again organisation was excellent. Those who qualified now compete in finals on June 7th ... more...



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Busy Time For Valley Athletes
15th May 2006: Last week saw some 35 club athletes qualify through their respective district championships for Ulster schools finals in Antrim at the end of the month while the county U-14 to 19 championships were held at the Finn Valley Centre on Sunday ... Kieran Carlin wins Ballyshannon 5K in 15.13 ... Teresa McGloin has p.b. of 17.58 ... more ...



Shane Bonner from Convoy who has qualified for Ulster schools finals.


Announcement of Programme for June School Sports.
10th May 2006: Programme for School Sports on June 4th.

Results from North-West 10K.
1st May 2006: Kevin Holian wins in 32:32 ... more ...



Getting ready for the start.




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Club secretary Noreen Bonner.




Maria and Michael Mc Gonagle shelter from the rain.




Bernard Mc Cabe leads this group.




Kevin Holian races to victory.


Success For Valley in National Walks and National Road Relays
25th April 2006: Ann McGill takes silver medal ... double joy for Donegal athletes ... Brian O'Domnaill, county councillor from Falcarragh, took the silver in the men's 20K ... In the underage open races Shane Bonner, Convoy; Fionnuala Bruton and Aoife Whelan Stranorlar plus Michael Penrose, Aghyaran struck gold and were impressive as was Shauna Guthrie, Clara Dunnion and Melanie Penrose, Gesilda Penrose won the master women's 3K ...in Carlow the master men were recording a clean sweep of national team trophies ... Jim Hynes won his age group category timed at 53 minutes ... Kevin Holian a lone participant in the senior section was timed at 32.06 ... more ...



Anne Mc Gill, silver medallist national 20k walk, with Athletics Ireland president Michael Heery.




Finn Valley squad that won national masters 10k championship in Carlow last Sunday.




Jesilda Penrose, winner of masters 3k walk at Killybegs, with Michael Heery.




Jim Hynes, winner of his masters category.


Results from Easter Sunday Letterkenny 3k.
21st April 2006: Results from Easter Sunday Letterkenny 3k. Kevin Holian wins ... Ian Ward third ... more ...

Sportshall success.
11th April 2006: Two young Valley athletes made the exciting journey to Birmingham to add their contribution to the U13 Sportshall ... Nicole O'Leary and Ciara McGarvey ... more ...

36th Annual Primary Schools Area Heats Announced.
11th April 2006: 36th Annual Primary Schools Area Heats Announced for 17th May. more ...



4 x 1 winners.




Donegal Team.


Valley to Prepare as Olympic Training Centre.
5th April 2006: This week Finn Valley announced an initiative which may allow the club to make its mark on world athletics. The club is preparing to market their own location and the wider Donegal area as a training base for the London 2012 Olympic Games ... more ...



Nell Bradley and Patsy McGonagle pictured at the launch of the Olympic project. .


Triple Gold at National Indoors for Juveniles and Double Gold at National Road Relays.
3rd April 2006: The second half of the National Juvenile Indoor Championships took place in Nenagh at the weekend. This week it was the turn of the middle-distance athletes to shine and shine they did winning Three Gold, Two Silver and Two Bronze individual medals ... meanwhile at the National Road Relays in Raheny, the day began on a really bright note as the womens team won gold in a most exciting manner ... later Masters men captured a second set of gold medals ... more ...



Shane Bonner, U17 Silver medallist 1500m walk.




Ian Ward, U17 Gold medallist 800m with Patsy McGonagle who presented the medals.




Ian Ward, U17 Gold medallist 800m.




Breda McGinty, U17 Bronze medallist 800m.




Clara Dunnion, Bronze medallist and Aoife Whelan, Gold Medallist U/16 1500m walk.




Nikki Alcorn, Clara Dunnion, Aoife Whelan, Breda McGinty and Maeve Culhane.




Shuana Guthrie (on right), U17 Bronze medallist 1500m walk.




Nikki Alcorn, U19 Gold medallist 1500m walk.




Nikki Alcorn (591), U19 Gold medallist 1500m walk, pictured with Catherine Fennelly (320), St. Senans, Silver and Aoibheann Prendeville (1137), Estuary A.C., Bronze Medallist.




Catriona McGranaghan leads first leg of women's relay.




Gerard Bogle leads Mick Gygax of Raheny.




Master's men celebrate Gold.




Women's team.


36th Annual Primary Schools Challenge announced.
2nd April 2006: 36th Annual Primary Schools Challenge announced. more ...



Recent opening of Club centre by Patsy Mc Ginley Club President, accompanied by Ministers Mary Coughlan and Pat the Cope.


Hurdles Gold for Paul Doherty.
27th March 2006: The Finn Valley juveniles travelled to Nenagh at the weekend to compete in the first half of the National Juvenile Indoor Championships. It was a very successful weekend with our athletes winning one Gold, three Silver and two Bronze medals with many more athletes finishing in the top six in Ireland ... more ...



Laura Feely, Bronze medal U16 Shot Put, and Darren McGlinchey, sliver medal U17 1500m.




Matthew Kelly (624) Silver Medal U15 Shot Put, with Breda Synnott, AAI.




Paul Doherty.




Laura Friel (572) Joint Bronze medal U17 High Jump.




Paul Doherty (657) Gold medal U17 60m hurdles with Christopher Britton (652), silver medallist..


Finn Valley Juveniles 2006 Fixture List.
27th March 2006: Finn Valley Juveniles 2006 Fixture List announced. more...

Victories in Letterkenny and Glaslough.
20th March 2006: The St. Patrick's weekend delivered a number of positive competitive outcomes for Valley athletes beginning with Kevin Holian's victory in the St. Patrick's Day 5K in Letterkenny. This is an encouraging performance for an athlete that had more than his share of injury problems in the recent months. Clodagh McCool began her weekend with a competitive victory here as well and followed up 48 hours later with a winning effort in the Glaslough 5K, defending a title she first took in 2005. Two of our junior athletes, Maeve Culhane and Fionnuala Bruton, stepped up to support her and win the teams prize ... more ...

Results from St. Patrick's Day 5K.
20th March 2006: Results from Letterkenny St. Patrick's Day 5K. more ...



Kevin Holian (winner) and Pauric McKinney (second) battle up Port Road.




Ciaran Doherty (third), Kevin Holian (winner) and Pauric McKinney (second).




Finn Valley U17 girls, winners of the Glaslough event.




Finn Valley Senior Women, winners of their section at Glaslough, L to R: Fionnula Bruton, Clodagh Mc Cool (1st) and Maeve Culhane.




Patsy Mc Gonagle and John Mc Glinchey with Finn Valley medal winners at Glaslough.


Valley Women Narrowly Beaten for Championship.
13th March 2006: Finn Valley women's cross-country team finished their season with a near miss at the Irish short course 4k cross championship on Sunday in Dublin. They were second (55 pts) to Raheny (51pts) with Mayo third. ... Clodagh McCool 7th, Kay Byrne 15th, Catriona McGranaghan 16th, Teresa McGloin 17th ... men's team fifth ... Kevin Holian 15th, Pat Hegarty 36th, Kieran Carlin 41st, and Gerard Bogle 44th ... more ...



Finn Valley Ladies Silver Medal Team.




Jamie Lewis Wedding Picture.


Donegal Athletics Board Grand Prix 2006 Fixture List.
13th March 2006: Donegal Athletics Board Mizuno-Alladin's Sports Store Grand Prix 2006 fixture list announced. more...

Writing Competition --- My Finn Valley.
28th February 2006:

Today Finn Valley AC announced a writing competition. Write an article on what Finn Valley AC means to you, or your life in Finn Valley AC. Closing date: 23rd March 2006.

Sections: 1. First and Second class; 2. Third and Fourth class; 3. Fifth and Sixth class; 4. Secondary School.

Prizes for first in each section. Winning entries will appear on club website and local press.

Entries close 23rd of March. Return entries to Bridget at reception, or email: bridgeendoherty (at) eircom (dot) net.

Valley Host Successful Indoor Championships.
28th February 2006: Finn Valley hosted the Ulster winter indoor championships on Sunday. The programme centered around the U-12 age group, all relays and 1500m. races for 16-19 age groups ... large squad travelling to the nationals ... This Friday evening the newly re-furbished club centre will be opened at 8p.m. In attendance will be Ms. Mary Coughlan T.D. Minister for Agriculture and Mr. Pat 'the Cope' Gallagher, Junior Minister for Transport and other local politicians and representatives of other local organisations ... more ...



Aiden Connolly and Darren Mc Glinchey on their way to a 1-2 in U17 1500m.




Top three in U12 60m. Silver Ciera Larney, Carrick AC, Winner Roisin Ni Churrain, Finn Valley, Bronze Yvette Shutter, Analee.




Finn Valley U12 winning relay team. Included: Megan Stewart, Aisling Gallagher, Cheyanne Griffin, Roisin Ni Churrain, Rebecca Ward.




Roisin Ni Chuarrain Finn Valley wins 60m U12 Ulster title.




Peadar McGranaghan tending to the long jump.




Mc Glinchey family.




Pauric Mc Laughlin leads 1500m U16.




Top three Boys' U12 60m. L to R: Silver, Ryan Bonner, Finn Valley; Gold, Mervin Brown, Glaslough; Bronze, Liam Mc Gillion, Strabane.




A happy Valley relay quartet with their medals.




A winning Valley relay combination.


Odyssey Journey Productive as Valley Qualify in Large Numbers for National.
21st February 2006: Finn Valley athletes, many of whom had just stepped off the plane from Portugal less than forty-eight hours previously, were on the road to Belfast to the Odyssey Arena for Ulster indoor athletics. The target was to qualify for the nationals next month and late on Sunday some seventeen had just done that ... more ...

Northern Ireland and Ulster Championships announced.
20th February 2006: Northern Ireland and Ulster Championships announced for 26 February 2006 ... more ...



Presentation of Level 3 coaching certificates to Donegal group at Odyssey, Belfast. L to R: Richard Simms, Eamon Coghlan, Patsy Mc Gonagle, Bernie Alcorn, Stephen Maguire, Joe English.




Ciaran Brennan, Finn Valley Silver medallist, U13 Hurdles.




Madeline Penrose, Gold medallist U13 Walk.




Aaron McMenamin, Silver U14 High Jump, and Ciara McGarvey, Silver medallist U13 600m.




Jodie Stewart, Bronze medallist, U14 Long Jump.




Karen Ferguson, Silver medallist, U14 800m.




Nicole O’Leary, Silver Medallist, U13 Shot and Matthew Kelly Bronze medallist U/15 Shot Putt.




Laura Feeley, Finn Valley, Gold medallist U16 Shot Putt.




Laura Friel, Gold High Jump U17, Shauna Guthrie Gold U17 Walk, Aoife Whelan Gold U16 Walk and Clara Dunnion Bronze U16 Walk.




Paul Doherty, Gold, U17 60m Hurdles.




Aiden Connolly, Darren McGlinchey, Ian Ward, Silver U17 800m, Shane Bonner, Gold, U17 Walk, and Pauric McLaughlin.




Nikki Alcorn with Eamonn Coghlan.




Ian Ward with Eamonn Coghlan.




Breda McGinty, Silver, U17 800m.


Success in Scotland.
14th February 2006: Valleys Masters men continued their dominance of the cross-country scene in Ireland when they won the National Masters inter-club title in Corregnavar, Co.Cork on Sunday for the fifth year in succession ... Kieran Carlin 6th, James McMahon 8th, Dominic Bonner 14th, John McGlinchey 16th ... then Mark Connolly 28th and Pat Hegarty 37th made up the Donegal Inter-counties winning team ... the complete Donegal scoring team from Valley ... Teresa McGloin a very promising 6th in Intermediate ... Kay Byrne 14th in women's race ... more ...



Finn Valley Five Timers.




Showing off the trophy.




Teresa Mc Glion finishing 6th in the National Intermediate.




James Mc Mahon on his way to 8th overall and 3rd in the O45s.


Success in Scotland.
6th February 2006: The Scottish Indoors Athletics Championships dominated the local scene last weekend with nine athletes and three coaches flying over to participate ... The medal return was a silver for Paul Doherty in what was an all Irish final ... Laura Feely took bronze in the shot with a P.B. as well ... more ...



Laura Feeley on left, bronze medallist shot U15 in Scottish Indoors.




Bernie Alcorn, Coach at Cardiff indoor international.


Patsy McGonagle receives the Services to Community Award from Letterkenny Rotary Club.


L to R: George Callaghan, Regional President, and Jim Moore, Letterkenny President, Patsy.




Boyd Robinson, formerly FVAC, Charlie Robinson, Jim Moore, President Letterkenny Rotary, Patsy.




Former Finn Valley members Cathal, Emir and Gerry O'Doherty with Patsy at the Rotary dinner.


Staff at Finn Valley Centre on completition of their defibillator course.




Celtic Champion Ian Ward.
31st January 2006: Ian Ward from Liscooly, a student at Royal and Prior, Raphoe recorded one of the most impressive performances ever by a young Donegal athlete by winning the Celtic U-17 title from a Scottish opponent in Dublin on Sunday. Always in the lead bunch he trailed in second with 500 meters to go but then the chase began as he dug in ... more ...

Celtic International.


L to R: Dewi Griffiths, Wales, 3rd, Ian Ward, Finn Valley and Ireland 1st, Scott Hawkins, Scotland, 2nd in the U17 race.




Irish U17 team and management with Ulster athletes Noel Collins, Dan King, and Ian Ward.




Neil Martin and Teresa Mc Daid, Irish team management, with Donegal athletes Ian Ward and Dan King.


Boxing Day Race Proceeds Presented to Donegal Action Cancer Care. Pictures by Conor Mc Gonagle.


Included: Tommy Dullaghan Bridget Dowds, Noel Coyle, Kieran O Donnell, Niall and Rosaleen Mc Gonagle and Geraldine Marley.




Kieran O Donnell, Rosaleen Mc Gonagle, Grainne Mc Gettigan, Jim Harvey.


New developments at Valley.


Finn Valley Centre.




New Finn Valley Singlet.




New Donegal Singlet.


Finn Valley's Kenyans. Pictures by Conor McGonagle.


Finn Valley's Kenyans. U17 boys team with Peadar sporting Kenyan gear generously sponsored by Richard Simms and Marian.




Ian Ward being congratulated prior to making Irish appearance on Sunday in Celtic Cross Country.


Valley Masters Best in Bangor, Juvenile Achievement in Athlone.
23rd January 2006: At Castle Park in Bangor in the Ulster Masters Cross-Country Championship the men really gave an indication that they can win the nationals, scoring 4 in the top 13 in a field of 200 starters ... At the same venue Kay Byrne finished 3rd in the Masters championship while Teresa McGloin continues to improve finishing 2nd in intermediate race ... In Athlone Donegal placed their 4 teams in top 6 in each of the cross-country relay races with success coming in U-12 boys where Valley lads the three Bonners, Mark, Eoghan and Dean teamed up with Roy Finnegan L.A.C to collect silver ... more ...

Ulster Masters Victory. Pictures by Patsy McGonagle.


Finn Valley Masters team that won Northern Ireland and Ulster cross-country title in Bangor last Saturday.




Dominic Bonner and John McGlinchey battle it out.




Mark Connolly.


National Cross Country Relay Championships on Sunday at Athlone. Pictures by Martin Gormley.


Donegal U-12 Girls: Jessica Roberts (Cranford AC), Michelle Devenney (Cranford AC), Rebecca Ward (Finn Valley AC), and Jane Gormley (Letterkenny AC) with coach Eamonn Giles.




Donegal U12 Boys Silver Medalists: Owen Bonner (Finn Valley AC), Dean Bonner (Finn Valley AC), Ruairi Finnegan (Letterkenny AC), and Mark Bonner (Finn Valley AC).




Finn Valley U15 girls silver medallists at National B corss-country, with coach Maureen Doherty.




Donegal U14 Girls pictured with coach Brendan Patton.




Donegal U14 Boys Gold Medalists: Adam Friel (Milford AC), David Hegarty (Killybegs AC), Lee O Connell (Letterkenny AC), and Mark English (Letterkenny AC).


Valley Masters win at Stormont.
11th January 2006: The annual journey to Stormont for the international cross country proved doubly successful for Valley. The masters men, led by Ciaran Carlin, won the team event. Ciaran, despite fitness fears in the previous few days, finished 4th in 19:03, supported by John McGlinchey in 10th place, Donnie Bonner in 11th, and Mark Connolly 20th ... Ian Ward 6th in U17 Boys ... Clodagh Mc Cool 20th in Senior Women ... more ...



Four greats of Donegal athletics. L-R: Hugo Duggan, Patsy McGonagle, Paddy Marley, Cyril O Boyle, pictured at the Stormont International C-C. Sat. 7th January.



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