SCHOOLS Cross-Country action returned for the first time in two years at Finn Valley AC on Tuesday morning.


“It’s great for them,” said Mr Liam Breen of St Mary’s NS in Castlefin.

“Fitness levels would have fallen in the two years so it’s brilliant to have the children active again. It’s great to get them out and about. They’re all delighted to get out again.

“It’s the first outing for any kind of a sporting event in two years so they’re all excited big time.”

The sentiments were echoed by Ms Caoimhe Doherty of St Patrick’s NS, Lurgybrack.

“We’re very happy with how it’s set up and it’s great for the children,” she said.

“It’s great to have them back in. We brought 23 children and had them spaced out on the bus, but they’re just delighted to be back in.

“They were very excited and we’re delighted as a school to try it. They’ve missed out on so much for the last two years.”

To ensure compliance with public health measure, the 2021 Primary Schools Cross-Country event is being held over two days.

Day two takes place on Wednesday with the secondary schools version being staged on Thursday.




Finn Valley AC Primary Schools Cross-Country - Day 1 Results

Team winners: Under-9 girls overall - St Mary’s Castlefin, medium - Scoil Cholmcille, Fintown, small - Glencovitt; Under-9 boys overall - Scoil Bhríde, Convoy; medium - Scoil Cholmcille, Fintown, small - Glencovitt; Under-11 girls overall - Dromore, medium - Scoil Bhríde, Convoy, small - Glencovitt; Under-11 boys overall - Lurgybrack, medium - St Francis, Barnesmore, small - Glencovitt; Under-13 girls overall - Sessiaghoneill, medium - Dromore, small - Glencovitt; Under-13 boys overall - Sessiaghoneill, medium - Scoil Bhríde, Convoy, small - Glencovitt.


Under-9 Girls

1       Rhia Toner                          Scoil Bhríde, Convoy

2       Aine Logue                         Annagry NS

3       Cora Lee                            St Mary’s, Castlefin

4       Alannah McNulty                 St Francis, Barnesmore

5       Evie Gillespie                      St Mary’s, Castlefin

6       Hannah Maye                      Sessiaghoneill NS

7       Rosie Breslin                       Acres NS

8       Ciara McCroary                    St Eunan’s, Raphoe

9       Robin Duffy                         Scoil Mhuire, Belcruit

10     Abbie Penrose                      Lurgybrack NS


Under-9 Boys

1       Shay Irwin                           Dromore NS

2       Oisin Carr                            St Francis, Barnesmore

3       Shay McHugh                       Scoil Bhríde, Convoy

4       Adam Breen                         Scoil Bhríde, Convoy

5       Michael Curran                     Scoil Bhríde, Convoy

6       Charlie Rodgers                    Scoil Eoin Baiste, Carrigart

7       Odgran Gallagher                 Dromore NS

8       Faoilin Caldwell                     Scoil Eoin Baiste, Carrigart

9       Rossa Gillespie-Harran           Dromore NS

10     Dara McGinty                        Glencovitt NS


Under-11 Girls

1       Aileen Logue                         Annagry NS

2       Kayla Toner                          Scoil Bhríde, Convoy

3       Aoibheann Gallagher             Dromore NS

4       Dearbhla McNulty                  Sessiaghoneill NS

5       Caoimhe McGonagle              Scoil Chroine, Dungloe

6       Eva McEdchar                       Sessiaghoneill NS

7       Eimear Byrne                       Dromore NS

8       Shaun McGovern                  Scoil Mhuire, Belcruit

9       Skylar Murtagh                    St Eunan’s, Raphoe

10     Maria McGhee                      Scoil Chroine, Dungloe



Under-11 Boys

1       Eavan Ward                        Scoil Mhuire, Belcruit

2       Eoghan Callaghan                Lurgybrack NS

3       Harry McGlinchey                St Mary’s, Castlefin

4       Dara McGurk                       Lurgybrack NS

5       Kyle Crawford                      Lurgybrack NS

6       Aidan Herrity                        Lurgybrack NS

7       Eanna Byrne                        Sessiaghoneill NS

8       John Brennan                       Scoil Chroine, Dungloe

9       Louis Quinn                         St Eunan’s, Raphoe

10     Eli Duffy                               Scoil Mhuire, Belcruit



Under-13 Girls

1       Faela Houston                     Acres NS

2       Aoife McGonagle                 Scoil Chroine, Dungloe

3       Niamh McGlinchey               St Mary’s, Castlefin

4       Nia Byrne                           Sessiaghoneill NS

5       Amy McElchar                     Sessiaghoneill NS

6       Emma McNulty                   St Francis, Barnesmore

7       Adrianna McGlinchey           St Mary’s, Castlefin

8       Fiona Slevin                        Glencovitt NS

9       Chloe Byrne                        Dromore NS

10     Andrea Reid                        Sessiaghoneill NS




Under-13 Boys

1       Odhrán Rodgers                  Annagry NS

2       Shane McNulty                    Sessiaghoneill NS

3       Jack Byrne                           Sessiaghoneill NS

4       Matthew Dowds                   Sessiaghoneill NS

5       James Doherty                    St Mary’s, Castlefin

6       Evan Duffy                           Lurgybrack NS

7       Shane Boyle                        Scoil Cholmcille Naofa, Fintown

8       Ben Farrell                            St Eunan’s, Raphoe

9       Odhran Kee                          St Eunan’s, Raphoe

10     Max McKeeve                      Lurgybrack NS




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