The Athletic Year of 1978

This week we have a look back at the athletic year of 1978 and some of the events and races that made it such a memorable year.  At the BLE inter-county in Waterford the County Senior men’s team were winners of the Grade B title the scorers were Danny Mc Daid, Letterkenny, Philip Connolly, Letterkenny, Paddy O’ Donnell Killybegs, Willy Melly, Killybegs, John Burke, Killybegs and Paddy Marley, Cranford. The selected team was Danny mc Daid, Letterkenny, Brian Keeney, Killybegs, Philip Connolly, Letterkenny, Paddy O’ Donnell, Killybegs, Anthony Rushe, Finn Valley, Billy White, Letterkenny, Willy Melly, Killybegs, John Doherty, Letterkenny, Michael Crampsie, Letterkenny, Paddy Marley, Cranford, Pat Cronin, Glenree, Neily Mc Daid, Letterkenny, Patsy Mc Gonagle, Finn Valley, Keith Mc Clean, Letterkenny.  Brian Keeney was unable to run following a foot operation during the previous week, and John Burke was drafted in to replace him. Billy White, who had competed for Letterkenny, was also registered with Leevale in Cork and was also entered as a member of the Kerry team and gave his allegiance to his home county. Cranford’s Liam Marley and Michael Gallagher Killybegs were not selected by the County Board but travelled in any case and found themselves pressed into action so Donegal went to the line with a full complement and received their due reward by winning their section.   

Bernie O’ Callaghan was selected for the International 20km Grand Prix in Douglas Isle of Man in March where he finished seventh in a new Donegal record time of I hr 49 minutes, he was a scoring member of the Irish team that finished second to England. He was also selected for a 35 Km race in France in October but had to withdraw from the team due to injury. Sheila Mc Menamin, Geraldine Gillespie, Sharon Reid and Kathleen Merritt were all selected for Northern Ireland for the track and field International in Cwmbran. Brian Keeney won the prestigious Wexford Festival Road race equalling the record held jointly by Neil Cusack and Gerry Deegan 

On the home front Letterkenny A.C. won their first county title at adult level, when they became Men’s County Novice champions. The history making team was Keith Mc Clean, James Finnegan, Kevin Toner and Jimmy Gildea.   

Frank Duffy, a native of Buncrana and a colossus in Irish Athletics, died in March. Frank was born in Buncrana and emigrated to London in 1920 and joined the British Civil Service. He became involved in athletics in London. While in London and was coached for a time by Sam Mussabini of Chariots of Fire fame. He returned to Ireland in 1925, joined the fledging Civil Service and established the Civil Service Harriers Athletic Club based in the Phoenix Park. He was known up and down the country as an able administrator and coach. Noel Carroll, who he coached for more than twenty years, described him as a man of unshakable honesty, integrity and scrupulous fairness, a man whose positive ideas on training and racing were no more than an extension of his own uncompromising ways. Frank believed that the human body could be developed by determination and systematic training to hitherto unimagined achievement. Frank was well known in Race Walking circles and organised the Bray to Dublin 20km walk annually for many years. He continued his own participation in the sport for as long as possible and famously ran 60 miles on his sixtieth birthday in the Phoenix Park. My own coach Con Hearty once said that all athletes coached by Frank Duffy could trace a direct line back to Sam Mussabini.

UNITY AGREEMENT DOCUMENTS

The long awaited agreement between the Northern Ireland Amateur Athletic Association and the Ulster Sports Council was finally signed on 6th July 1978. This followed the agreement between the Northern Ireland Women’s Amateur Athletic Association and the Ulster Sports Council signed on the 6th July 1977 and the letter from BLE to Jim Vallely and Gerry Mc Donald dated 16th March 1978.

The terms of the agreement between the USC and the NIWAAA dated 6th July 1977 were as follows

1. The Ulster Sports Council agrees to become an associate member of the Northern Ireland Women’s A.A.A.

2. The Northern Ireland Women’s A.A.A. agrees to become an associate member of the Ulster Sports Council.

3. Affiliation and registration with only one body is required as a proof of amateur status.

4. Each Association will remain as it is and control its own affairs.

5. Athletes of the Ulster Sports Council and the Northern Ireland Women’s A.A.A. shall be eligible to compete for Ireland or Great Britain in accordance with I. A. A. F. rule No. 12 (8).

6. All competitions will be open to both Associations including championships.

 

Signed on Behalf of the U.S.C 

G.J. Bergin, President and G Mc Donnell, Hon. Secretary.

 

Signed on behalf of the N.I.W.A.A.A. 

M. Cowdry Chairman and Maeve Kyle, Hon Secretary.   

The letter from BLE dated 16th March 1978 signed by all the officers of the Association brought the process one step further. I reproduce this letter in full.

To J.E. Vallely, President U.S.C. and G. Mc Donell Hon Secretary U.S.C.

Re proposed agreement between USC and NIAAA

While the proposed Agreement between USC and NIAAA remains in full force and effect, athletes who are members of USC will be free to enter and compete in open competition under the rules of BLE (subject to the rules and restrictions of the particular competition). 

Any query thought necessary with regard to an athlete’s bona fides would be addressed to the USC.

It is understood that the status quo will be maintained with regard to Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan.

 

Signed W. Coghlan, President                    Rev J. O’ Donnell, Vice-President

 

B. Foreman, National Secretary               A. Guy, International Secretary

 

                                         D. Mc Dermott, Hon. Treasurer    

This letter in effect allowed clubs in the six counties to compete in BLE competition in their own right and did away with the need to set up ghost clubs in Donegal, Cavan or Monaghan in order to compete in BLE Championships.

The formal agreement between the NIAAA and the USC was signed exactly one year after the one with the N.I.W.A.A.A. on 6th July 1978, it is reproduced below.

 

               NORTHERN IRELAND AMATEUR ASSOCIATION 

                                                     and

 

                             ULSTER SPORTS COUNCIL

 

                               TERMS OF AGREEMENT

The Northern Ireland Amateur Athletic Association and Ulster Sports Council agree that there shall be a corporate relationship between the two bodies. The effect of this shall be:

1. Competitors will be eligible for I.A.A.F. competition under I.A.A.F. rules and eligibility for International competition shall be strictly in accordance with I.A.A.F. rules.

2. Each Association shall have control of its own domestic activities.

3. All Competitions shall be open to both Associations in so far as the championship rules permit.

Signed on behalf of the N.I. A. A. A.

C. G. Walker, Chairman and T. J. L. Jones, Secretary.

 

Signed on behalf of the U.S.C

J. Vallely, Chairman and G. Mc Donell, Secretary.

This is where the situation rested for almost twenty years until the Good Friday Agreement, which was signed by the British and Irish Governments and the Northern Ireland political parties on 10th April 1998, and subsequently passed by an overwhelming majority of voters North and South. In the Northern Ireland referendum 71% voted in favour while 94% voted in favour in the rest of the country. Two provisions of this agreement in particular will have a far reaching affect on the athletes of the province, the first gives “Recognition of the birthright of all people of Northern Ireland to identify themselves and be accepted as Irish or British, or both, as they may choose.” The second provision gives “Confirmation that the right to hold both British and Irish citizenship is accepted by both Governments and would not be affected by any future change in the status of Northern Ireland.” 

This means that any athlete in Northern Ireland has the right enshrined in law to hold either an Irish or British passport and may therefore choose freely to represent either country in international competition.

Falcarragh College student John Cronin was the subject of an article in the Derry People on May 27th as follows “ As well as being a fast rising athletics star the young Falcarragh man is the principal organiser of athletic events in the school. The success of the Falcarragh Community School in this area of sporting activity is in no small measure down to him. “ I am glad to be able to report that John is still actively in involved in organising athletics at Leinster and National level. John was elected President of AAI two weekends ago.

It would be wrong not to mention the event that galvanised us all in 1978, all of us who were lucky enough to have witnessed the event will always remember where we were at the time, I refer of course to John Treacy’s great victory in the World Cross-Country Championships in Bellahouston Park, Glasgow on Saturday March 25th 1978. 

The 1978 County Board AGM was held in Letterkenny and the following committee was elected. Chairman: Ben O’ Donnell, Lifford, Vice Chairman Sean Keenaghan, Ballyshannon, Secretary Kathleen O’ Toole, St John Bosco, PRO/Asst Secretary   Eamon Harvey, St John Bosco, Treasurer Charlie Kelly, Letterkenny, Records Officer: Patsy Mc Gonagle, Finn Valley, Registrar Sue Mc Cormack, Letterkenny Ulster Delegate:  Charlie Kelly, Letterkenny

 ULSTER INTERMEDIATE CROSS-COUNTRY, KILLYBEGS 1/1/1978.

Athletes from seven clubs took part in the Ulster Intermediate Cross-Country Championship which was held in Killybegs on New Year’s Day Paddy O’ Donnell, Killybegs was the individual winner from Michael Crampsie, Letterkenny and Marty Copeland, Belfast Olympic. Killybegs retained their team title with Belfast Olympic in second and Letterkenny in third. The Killybegs scorers were Paddy O’ Donnell, Willy Melly, John Burke and Michael Gallagher and the Letterkenny scorers were Michael Crampsie, Neily Mc Daid, Philip Connolly and Charlie Doherty.

 

Men 1. Paddy O’ Donnell, Killybegs, 2. Michael Crampsie, Letterkenny, 3. Martin Copeland, Belfast Olympic, 4. Martin Deane, Belfast Olympic, 5. Owen Kelly, Glaslough Harriers, 6. Willy Melly, Killybegs, 7. John Burke, Killybegs, 8. Terry Harkin, Sparta, 9. Michael Gallagher, Killybegs, 10. Joe Langan, Cranford, 11. George Williamson, Sparta, 12. Paddy Mc Grath, Belfast Olympic. Teams 1. Killybegs (Paddy O’ Donnell, Willy Melly, John Burke, Michael Gallagher) 23 pts, 2. Belfast Olympic 36 pts, 3. Letterkenny 45 pts, 4. Sparta 68 pts, 5. Glaslough Harriers 80 pts, 6. Cranford 105 pts.

COUNTY SENIOR CROSS-COUNTRY, FINTRA 22/1/1978

Killybegs hosted the County Senior Cross-Country Championship once again in 1978 and it proved a great day for the club with Paddy O’ Donnell taking the individual honours with Philip Connolly, Letterkenny and Willy Melly Killybegs in second and third. Killybegs were victorious in the team race with Paddy O’ Donnell, Willy Melly, John Burke, Brian Keeney, Sean O’ Donnell and Michael Gallagher scoring for them. Finn Valley were second team and Letterkenny third.  

Geraldine Gillespie, Finn Valley won the ladies title with team mates Margaret Gallen and Kay Mc Gowan in second and third places Finn Valley A were first team with Finn Valley Bin second and Killybegs in third.

Men 1. Paddy O’ Donnell, Killybegs, 2. Philip Connolly, Letterkenny, 3. Willy Melly, Killybegs, 4. John Burke, Killybegs, 5. Michael Crampsie, Letterkenny, 6. Brian Keeney, Killybegs, 7. Patsy Doherty, Finn Valley, 8. Neil Martin, Finn Valley, 9. Sean O’ Donnell, Killybegs, 10. Fr Kieran Mc Ateer, Letterkenny, 11. Mark Connolly, Finn Valley, 12. Eddie Mc Carron, Letterkenny, 13 Michael Gallagher, Killybegs. Teams 1. Killybegs (Paddy O’ Donnell, Willy Melly, John Burke, Brian Keeney, Sean O’Donnell, Michael Gallagher) 36 pts, 2. Finn Valley   57 pts, 3. Letterkenny 64 pts

Women 1. Geraldine Gillespie, Finn Valley, 2. Margaret Gallen, Finn Valley, 3. Kay Mc Gowan, Finn Valley, 4. Rosemary Harron, Finn Valley, 5. Pauline Hegarty, Finn Valley, 6. Sally Diver, Finn Valley, 7. Noleen Merritt, Finn Valley, 8. Bernie Mc Loone, Finn Valley, 9. Bridget Mc Guinness, Killybegs, 10. Noretta Mc Guinness, Killybegs, 11. Noreen Mc Guire, 12. Claire Mc Guire, Killybegs. Teams 1. Finn Valley A (Geraldine Gillespie, Margaret Gallen, Kay Mc Gowan, Bernie Mc Loone) 14 pts, 2. Finn Valley B (Rosemary Harron, Pauline Hegarty, Sally Diver, Noleen Merritt) 22 pts, 3. Killybegs (Bridget Mc Guinness, Noretta Mc Guinness, Noreen Mc Guire, Claire Mc Guire) 42 pts.

  

ULSTER EVEN AGES CROSS-COUNTRY, STRABANE 29/1/1978

U/10 Boys 1. Dermot Mc Granaghan, Finn Valley, 2. L. Murray, St John Bosco, 3. G. Mc Allister, Finn Valley. Teams 1. Finn Valley 24 pts, 2. Baileboro 66 pts, 3. St John Bosco 76 pts.  U/10 Girls 1. M. Barnes, Finn Valley, 2. Claire Giles, Cranford, 3. D. Mc Shane, Armagh City Harriers. Teams 1. Finn Valley, 2. Cranford, 3. Kingscourt

U/12 Boys 1. Peadar Mc Granaghan, Finn Valley, 2. J. Mc Keown, Armagh City Harriers, 3. D. Rooney, St Malachy’s. Teams 1. Finn Valley, 2. St Malachy’s, 3. St Peter’s.  U/12 Girls 1. C. Griffin, Finn Valley, 2. K. Mc Dermott, Finn Valley, 3. Camilla Harron, Finn Valley. Teams 1. Finn Valley, 2. Olympic Y.C, 3. Kingscourt

U/14 Boys 1. S. O’ Reilly, Cavan, 2. P. Mc Caffrey, St Peters, 3. Paul Mc Nulty, Finn Valley. Teams 1. Finn Valley, 2. St Malachy’s, 3. Scotstown. U/14 Girls 1. Noreen Merritt, Finn Valley, 2. A. O’ Neill, North Down, 3. P. Brady, Clones. Teams 1. Finn Valley, 2. Olympic Y.C, 3. Clones. U/16 Boys 1. Manus O’ Donnell, Finn Valley, 2. J. Pearse, Finn Valley, 3. G. Robinson, St Malachy’s. Teams 1. St Malachy’s, 2. St Peter’s, 3. Finn Valley   

U/16 Girls 1. Joyce Mehaffy, Strabane, 2. Mairead Gallen, Finn Valley, 3. Kay Mc Gowan, Finn Valley, 4. Rose Gavaghan, Cranford. Teams 1. Finn Valley (Mairead Gallen, Kay Mc Gowan, Pauline Hegarty, Collette Quinn) 23 pts, 2. Belfast Olympic 58 pts.  

ULSTER SENIOR AND INTERCOUNTY CROSS-COUNTRY, KILLYGORDON, 5/2/1978

The Ulster Senior Inter-club and Intercounty races were held together in Killygordon and Danny Mc Daid added yet another Ulster title to his list. Anthony Rushe, Finn Valley was second and Brian Keeney, Killybegs third. Finn Valley won the team title with Killybegs in second and Cranford in third. Donegal won the intercounty title with Cavan in second and Monaghan in third. The scorers for Donegal were Danny Mc Daid, Anthony Rushe, Brian Keeney, Philip Connolly, Patsy Doherty and Neil Martin.

In the women’s race Vera Sherry won her tenth senior cross country title with Finn Valley duo  Geraldine Gillespie and Noleen Merritt in second and third. Finn Valley A were the winning team with Finn Valley B in second and Killybegs in third. The Donegal women were also victorious in the Intercounty race with Antrim in second and Monaghan in third. The Donegal scorers were Geraldine Gillespie, Noleen Merritt, Margaret Gallen, Rose Gavaghan, Rosemary Harron and Bernie Mc Loone.

In the U/14 boys Intercounty race Donegal were again victorious with George Gallen, P. Mc Nulty, J. Mc Allister, Rickie Rushe, P. Doherty and Anthony Ward the members of the scoring team.

In the youths race Donegal had a runaway victory filling the first six places in the race giving them an unassailable 21 pts. The race was won by Pat Hegarty, with John Penrose in second Ralph Wilson in third, Sean Mc Guinness in fourth, Eamon Griffin in fifth and Manus O’ Donnell in sixth

Men 1. Danny Mc Daid, Letterkenny, 2. Anthony Rushe, Finn Valley, 3. Brian Keeney, Killybegs, 4. Philip Connolly, Letterkenny, 5. Pat Cassidy, Laragh, 6. Liam Cassidy, Laragh, 7. Patsy Doherty, Finn Valley, 8. K. Caffrey, Laragh, 9. Neil Martin, Finn Valley, 10. George Williamson, Oak Leaf, 11. Paddy O’ Donnell, Killybegs, 12. Sean O’ Donnell, Killybegs, 13. Willy Melly, Killybegs. Teams 1. Finn Valley (Anthony Rushe, Patsy Doherty, Neil Martin, Francie Dorrian, John Gallagher, Mark Connolly) 72 pts, 2. Killybegs (Brian Keeney, Paddy O’ Donnell, Sean O’ Donnell, Willy Melly, Michael Gallagher, John Burke) 84 pts, 3. Cranford 89 pts 4. Laragh 104 pts. Inter-County Teams 1, Donegal (Danny Mc Daid, Anthony Rushe, Brian Keeney, Philip Connolly, Patsy Doherty, Neil Martin) 26 pts, 2. Cavan 83 pts, 3. Monaghan 131 pts  

 

Women 1. Vera Sherry, Glaslough Harriers, 2. Geraldine Gillespie, Finn Valley, 3. Noleen Merritt, Finn Valley. 4. Mary Mc Kenna, Truagh, 5. Avril Mc Clung, Ballymena, 6. Margaret Gallen, Finn Valley. Teams 1. Finn Valley ‘A’ (Geraldine Gillespie, Margaret Gallen, Bernie Mc Loone, L. Gallen) 32 pts, 2. Finn Valley ‘B’ (Noleen Merritt, Rosemary Harron, Sally Diver, L. Quinn) 40pts, 3. Killybegs (Bríd Mc Guinness, Noretta Mc Guinness, Noreen Mc Guire, Claire Mc Guire). Inter-County Teams 1. Donegal (Geraldine Gillespie, Noleen Merritt, Margaret Gallen, Rose Gavaghan, Rosemary Harron, Bernie Mc Loone) 39 pts. 2. Antrim 74 pts, 3. Monaghan 112 pts.

U/14 Boys Inter-County 1. S. O’ Reilly, Cavan, 2. George Gallen, Donegal, 3. M. Gartlan, Cavan, 4. P. Mc Nulty, Donegal, 5. S. Carroll, Cavan, 6. J. Mc Allister, Donegal, 7. Rickie Rushe, Donegal, 8. P. Doherty, Donegal, 9. A. Ward, Donegal. Teams 1. Donegal (G. Gallen, P. Mc Nulty, J. Mc Allister, Rickie Rushe, P. Doherty, A. Ward) 36 pts, 2. Cavan 48 pts, 3. Armagh 109 pts.

Youths 1. Pat Hegarty, Finn Valley, 2. John Penrose, Finn Valley, 3. Ralph Wilson, St John Bosco, 4. Sean Mc Guinness, St John Bosco, 5. Eamon Griffin, St John Bosco, 6. Manus O’ Donnell, Finn Valley. Teams 1. Finn Valley (Pat Hegarty, J. Penrose, Manus O’ Donnell, G. Penrose, A. Rushe, M. Gallagher) 46 pts, 2. St John Bosco (Ralph Wilson, Sean Mc Guinness, Eamon Griffin, P. Murray, M. Gorman, V. Mc Grory) 62 pts, 3. Glenree 94 pts.  Intercounty 1. Donegal, 2. Cavan       

ULSTER WAR MEMORIAL AND J C MAY CROSS-COUNTRY, MONAGHAN 19/2/78

The Men’s race was won by P J Coyle form Monaghan Phoenix from Hugo Caffrey, Laragh and Ralph Wilson, St john Bosco in Third. Finn Valley won the trophy from Belfast Olympic with St John Bosco in third. The Finn Valley scorers were Mark Connolly, Patrick Hegarty, John Penrose, Gerard Penrose, Francie Dorrian and Michael Kelly.

Rose Gavaghan won the J C May Race from Geraldine Mc Creesh, Belfast Olympic with Rosemary Harron, Finn Valley in third. Belfast Olympic won the team race with Finn Valley in secondand Sparta in third.

Men 1. P.J. Coyle, Monaghan Phoenix, 2. Hugo Cafferty, Laragh, 3. Ralph Wilson, St John Bosco. Teams 1. Finn Valley (Mark Connolly, Patrick Hegarty, John Penrose, Gerard Penrose, Francie Dorrian, Michael Kelly) 94 pts, 2. Belfast Olympic 14 pts, 3. St John Bosco (Ralph Wilson, Eamon Griffin, Sean Mc Guinness, Pat Murphy, Malachy Gorman, John Haughey) 144 pts.

Women 1. Rose Gavaghan, Cranford, 2. Geraldine Mc Creesh, Belfast Olympic, 3. Rosemary Harron, Finn Valley. Teams 1. Belfast Olympic 26 pts, 2. Finn Valley (Rosemary Harron, Sally Diver, Collette Quinn, Josie Mc Cusker) 29 pts, 3. Sparta 53 pts.          

VETS O/40 Teams 2. Finn Valley (Hugh Ward, Jackie Rushe, Pat Mc Ginley) 17 pts.

ROSCOMMON ROAD RACES, 19/2/1978. Teams 2. Mullingar 43 pts, 3. Killybegs (Paddy O’ Donnell, Sean O’ Donnell, Willy Melly, Michael Gallagher) 43 pts. Youths 7th Cathal O’ Boyle, Killybegs

COUNTY INTERMEDIATE CROSS-COUNTRY 5/3/78

Paddy O’ Donnell, Killybegs added The County Intermediate title to the Ulster Intermediate and county senior titles that he won in January Ralph Wilson, St John Bosco was second and Cathal O’ Boyle, Killybegs was third. Killybegs won the team title with Paddy O’ Donnell, Cathal O’ Boyle Donal Haughey and Eugene O’ Boyle the scorers. St John Bosco were second team.

Men 1. Paddy O’Donnell, Killybegs, 2. Ralph Wilson, St John Bosco, 3. Cathal O’ Boyle, Killybegs. Teams 1. Killybegs (Paddy O’ Donnell, Cathal O’ Boyle, Donal Haughey, Eugene O’ Boyle) 2. St John Bosco 3.Glenree

Women 1. Rosemary Harron, Finn Valley, 2. Noleen Merritt, Finn Valley, 3. Sinead Crossan, Letterkenny. Teams 1. Finn Valley, 2. North Inishowen, 3. Letterkenny

J. B. LOGUE 10 MILE ROAD RACE, STRABANE 19/3/1978

Danny Mc Daid, Letterkenny won yet another J B Logue 10 mile title in Strabane, Philip Connolly Letterkenny was second and Martin Mc Geady, Sparta was third with Fr Kieran Mc Ateer in sixth place Letterkenny easily won the team title from Sparta in second and Killybegs in third.

Men 1. Danny Mc Daid, Letterkenny, 2. Philip Connolly, Letterkenny, 3. Martin Mc Geady, Sparta, 4. Michael Crampsie, Letterkenny, 5. Fr Kieran Mc Ateer, Letterkenny, 6. Eddie Mc Carron, Letterkenny, 7. George Williamson, Sparta, 8. Neily Mc Daid, Letterkenny, 9. Paddy O’ Donnell, Killybegs, 10. Anthony Rushe, Finn Valley. Teams 1. Letterkenny (Danny Mc Daid, Philip Connolly, Michael Crampsie)7 pts, 2. Sparta 26 pts, 3. Killybegs 32 pts, 4. Finn Valley 38 pts.

LISBURN CUP ROAD RACES, (UNITY RACE) NEWRY, 1/4/1978.

The Lisburn Cup was designated a Unity Race in 1978 and brought together teams from Ulster Sports Council the Northern Ireland AAA and BLE. Teams were graded and Killybegs was graded as one of the Grade A teams along with Dundalk Harriers, Willowfield Harriers, North Belfast Harriers East Antrim Finn Valley and Letterkenny. There were also   medals for the first three Ulster Council teams. Danny Mc Daid was the individual winner from Tommy Davis, East Antrim with David Seaton, North Belfast Harriers in third. Dundalk Harriers won the Grade A Team title from Willowfield Harriers and Killybegs the Killybegs scorers were Brian Keeney, Paddy O’ Donnell, Sean O’ Donnell, Willy Melly, Michael Gallagher and John Burke.

Grade B Teams 1. North Down, 2. Olympic Youth Club, 3. Templemore.

Ulster Council Teams 1. Killybegs, 2. Olympic Youth Club, 3. Templemore.

The women’s race was won by Susan Beattie, St peters Lurgan from Geraldine Gillespie Finn Valley and Claire Nugent St Peters Lurgan. Finn Valley won the women’s team title from Belfast Olympic and Dundalk Harriers. The Finn Valley scorers were Geraldine Gillespie, Noleen Merritt, Bernie Mc Loone and, Margaret Gallen  

COUNTY TRACK AND FIELD LEAGUE DONEGAL TOWN 26/4/78

U/9 Girls 100m 1. Claire Giles, Cranford, B. Harkin, Cranford, 3. F. Gallagher, Annagry. Long Jump 1. F. Gallagher, Annagry, 2. M. Lynch, Lifford, 3. N. Mc Glynn, St John Bosco.

U/9 Boys 100m 1.S. Keyes. Lifford, 2. J. Rodgers Annagry, 3. P. Catterson, Finn Valley. Long Jump 1. B. Ward, Finn Valley, 2. H. Duffy Annagry, 3. M. Gorman, St John Bosco.

U/11 Girls 100m 1. N. Barr, Strabane, 2. S. Mc Loughlin, Letterkenny, 3. C. Mc Ginley, Letterkenny. 600m 1. C. Mc Ginley, Letterkenny, 2. N. Harron, Finn Valley, 3. N. Mc Loughlin, Finn Valley. Long Jump 1. K. Breslin, St John Bosco, 2. F. Crumlish, Letterkenny, 3. D. Timoney, St John Bosco 

U/11 Boys 100m 1. Ronan O’ Toole, St John Bosco, 2. Barry Mc Gowan, Killybegs, 3. P. Martin, St John Bosco. 600m 1. Ronan O’ Toole, St John Bosco, 2. L. Murray, St John Bosco, 3. J. Walsh, Letterkenny. Long Jump 1. Ronan O’ Toole, St John Bosco, 2. J. Wilson, Letterkenny, 3.Malachy Murchan, Killybegs.

U/13 Girls 100m 1. L. Mc Ginley, Letterkenny, 2. T. Murphy, Letterkenny, 3. K. Mc Ginty, Finn Valley. 800m 1. L. Mc Ginley, Letterkenny, 2. C. Harron, Finn Valley, 3. L. Mc Cormack, Letterkenny. High Jump 1. T. Murphy, Letterkenny, 2. C. Rowan, Lifford, 3. J. Mc Daid, Letterkenny. 

U/13 Boys 100m 1. P. Mc Nulty, Finn Valley, 2. K. Mc Brearty, St John Bosco, 3. L. Quinn, Lifford. 800m 1. P. Mc Nulty, Finn Valley, 2. P.J. Doherty, Finn Valley, 3. K. Mc Brearty, St John Bosco. High Jump 1.P. Mc Nulty, Finn Valley, 2. R. Mc Bride, Finn Valley, 3. P. White, Lifford.

U/15 Girls 100m 1. T. Mc Cormack, Letterkenny, 2. T. Cullen, Letterkenny, 3. Rosemary Herron, Finn Valley. 800m 1.Rosemary Harron, Finn Valley, 2. S. Crossan, Lifford, 3. N. Merritt, Finn Valley. High Jump 1. T. Mc Cormack, Letterkenny, 2. K. Timoney, St John Bosco, 3.D. Harvey, St John Bosco  

U/15 Boys 100m 1. Stephen Maguire Strabane, 2. D. Quinn, Lifford, 3. M. Gallagher, Finn Valley. 800m 1.M. O’ Donnell, Finn Valley, 2. E. Rouse, Strabane, 3. M. Gallagher, Finn Valley. Long Jump 1. Stephen Maguire, Strabane, 2.Keith Jones, Killybegs, 3. D. Quinn, Lifford.

U/17 Boys 400m 1. Brendan Mc Daid, Letterkenny, 2. E. O’Donnell, Annagry, 3. G. Penrose, Finn Valley.

Senior Ladies 100m 1. S. Mc Menamin, Finn Valley, 2. C. Gallen, Finn Valley, 3. D. Harvey, St John Bosco. 800m 1. Jackie Mc Daid, St John Bosco, 2. C. Gallen, Finn Valley, 3. J. Mc Cusker, Finn Valley. High Jump 1. M. O’ Reilly, Letterkenny 2.S. Diver, Finn Valley, 3. K. Mc Ginley, Letterkenny. Shot 1. Kay Merritt, Finn Valley, 2. Anne Marie Whelan, Killybegs, 3. D. Quinn, Lifford.

Senior Men 200m 1. Raymond Guthrie, Finn Valley, 2. Sean Carlin, Finn Valley, 3. J. Mc Geehan, Strabane. 800m 1. Anthony Rushe, Finn Valley, 2. Neil Martin, Finn Valley, 3. Sean O’ Donnell, Killybegs. 5,000m 1. Sean O’ Donnell, Killybegs, 2. Paddy O’ Donnell, Killybegs, 3. Keith Mc Lean, Letterkenny. Shot 1.N. Tinney, Finn Valley, 2. G. Lally, Ballyshannon, 3. J. Kelly, Letterkenny    

ULSTER 15 MILE ROAD CHAMPIONSHIP LETTERKENNY 30/4/78

Letterkenny had an easy victory in the Ulster 15 mile with Danny Mc Daid taking the title withteam mates Philip Connolly in second and Fr Kieran Mc Ateer in third giving them an unassailable total of 6 points, Killybegs were second team and Spartan were third. The novice award went to Kevin Toner, Letterkenny.   

Men 1. Danny Mc Daid, Letterkenny, 2. Philip Connolly, Letterkenny, 3. Fr Kieran Mc Ateer, Letterkenny, 4. John Doherty, Letterkenny, 5. Michael Crampsie, Letterkenny, 6. Sean O’ Donnell, Killybegs, 7. Neily Mc Daid, Letterkenny, 8. Paddy Marley, Cranford, 9. George Williamson, Sparta, 10. Willy Mc Cracken, Newry Shamrocks, 11. Paddy O’ Donnell, Killybegs, 12. Eddy Mc Carron, Letterkenny, 13. Michael Gallagher, Killybegs Teams 1. Letterkenny (Danny Mc Daid, Philip Connolly, Fr Kieran Mc Ateer) 6 pts, 2. Killybegs (Sean O’ Donnell, Paddy O’ Donnell, Michael Gallagher) 30 pts 3. Sparta 49 pts. 

Novice Award 1. Kevin Toner, Letterkenny, 2. I. Maguire, Enniskillen, 3. Gerry Mc Anuff, Newry Shamrocks. Veteran Awards 1. J. Kennedy, Olympic, 2. P. Mc Grath, Enniskillen, 3. P. Morrison, Templemore.   

ULSTER NOVICE TRACK AND FIELD, DONEGAL TOWN 28/5/78.

The Ulster Novice Track and Field Championships were held in Donegal Town and produced a number of Donegal winners. Patrick Gallagher, Killybegs and Danea Harvey, St John Bosco both scored trebles Tony had   victories in the Long Jump, Triple Jump and Discus events while Danea had wins in the 100m, Long Jump and High Jump. Eamon Griffin, St John Bosco won both the 400m and 800m, Gerry Lally, Ballyshannon won the Shot and Pat Mc Callion, Letterkenny won the Javelin and Glenree won the sprint relay. Kay Timoney, St John Bosco won the 200m, Bernie Mc Neely, St John Bosco won the women’s 800m and St John Bosco won both the 4 x 100m and 4 x 400m relays.

Men 100m 1. Tony Martin, Monaghan Phoenix, 2. Johnny Martin, Glenree, 3. C. Mc Laughlin, Glenree. 200m 1. Johnny Martin, Glenree, 2. Patrick Gallagher, Killybegs, 3. Gerry Lally, Ballyshannon. 400m 1. Eamon Griffin, St John Bosco, 2. C. Mc Laughlin, Glenree, 3. C. Kelleher, Olympic Youth Club.  800m 1. Eamon Griffin, St John Bosco, 2. Ralph Wilson, St John Bosco, 3. Marty Copeland, Olympic Y.C. 1,500m 1. Marty Deane, Olympic, 2. Paddy Mc Grath, Belfast Olympic, 3. M. Rooney, Belfast Olympic Y.C. 5,000m 1. Marty Copeland, Belfast Olympic, 2. Ralph Wilson, St John Bosco, 3. Mark Connolly, Finn Valley. Long Jump 1. Patrick Gallagher, Killybegs, 2. Tony Mc Entee, Monaghan Phoenix, 3. Sean Mc Ginley, Cranford. High Jump 1. Tony Mc Entee, Monaghan Phoenix. Triple Jump 1. Patrick Gallagher, Killybegs, 2. Tony Mc Entee, Monaghan Phoenix, 3. E. Rousse, Strabane. Shot 1. Gerry Lally, Ballyshannon, 2. Tony Mc Entee, Monaghan Phoenix, 3. Seamus Byrne, Killybegs. Discus 1. Patrick Gallagher, Killybegs, 2. Keith Mc Clean, Letterkenny, 3. Gerry Lally, Ballyshannon. Javelin 1. P. Mc Callion, Letterkenny, Patrick Gallagher, Killybegs, 3. Sean Mc Ginley, Cranford. 4 x 100m 1. Glenree, 2. Bosco, 3. Ballyshannon.  4 x 400m 1. Belfast Olympic, 2. St John Bosco, 3. Glenree.

Women 100m 1. Danea Harvey, St John Bosco, 2. Bernie Mc Neely, St John Bosco, 3. J. Mc Cafferty, Strabane. 200m 1. Kay Timoney, St John Bosco, 2. J. Mc Cafferty, Strabane, 3. H. Mc Gee, Strabane. 400m 1. H. Mc Gee, Strabane, 2. S. Rousse, Strabane, 3. S. Mc Gee, Strabane. 800m 1. B. Mc Neely, St John Bosco, 2. Danea Harvey, St John Bosco, 3. P. Mc Brearty, St John Bosco. 1,500m 1. Maeve Mc Elroy, Strabane, 2. S. Rousse, Strabane, 3. A. Mc Kay. Long Jump 1. Danea Harvey, St John Bosco, 2. Kay Timoney, St John Bosco. High Jump 1. Danea Harvey, St John Bosco, 2. Kay Timoney, St John Bosco, 3. P. Mc Brearty, St John Bosco, Shot 1. M. Nugent, Strabane, 2. J. Gallagher, Strabane, 3. B. Mc Neely, St John Bosco. Discus 1. J. Gallagher, Strabane, 2. Danea Harvey, St John Bosco, 3. M. Nugent, Strabane. 4 x 100m 1. St John Bosco, 2. Strabane, 4 x 400m 1. St John Bosco, 2. Strabane.

COUNTY SENIOR TRACK AND FIELD, LIFFORD 9/7/78

Sean Carlin, Finn Valley was the most successful athlete at these championships with victories in the Long Jump, High Jump, Triple Jump and Javelin, Liam Doherty, Lifford, P J Sweeney, Finn Valley, Anthony Rushe, Finn Valley, Mary Mc Ginley, Ballyshannon and Christine Gallen each had two victories Liam in the 110m Hurdles and 400m and Mary in the 100m and 200m, P J I the 100m and 200m and Anthony in the 800m and 1,500m. and Christine won the 800m and High Jump. Michael Crampsie, Letterkenny won the 5,000m and Willy Ward, Cranford won the shot, Jackie Mc Daid, St John Bosco won the 1,500m, Sheila Mc Menamin, Finn Valley won the Long Jump, and Kathleen Merritt, Finn Valley won the Shot. Finn Valley won all four relays.

Men 100m 1. P.J. Sweeney, Finn Valley, 2. Tom Morrison, Lifford, 3. Johnny Martin, Glenree. 110m Hurdles 1. Liam Doherty, Lifford, 2. Sean O’ Donnell, Killybegs, 200m 1. P.J. Sweeney, Finn Valley, 2. Tom Morrison, Lifford, 3. Sean O’ Donnell, Killybegs. 400m 1. Liam Doherty, Lifford, 2. Eamon Griffin, St John Bosco, 3. Leonard O’ Rourke, Killybegs. 800m 1. Anthony Rushe, Finn Valley, 2. John Cronin, Glenree, 3. Sean O’ Donnell, Killybegs. 1,500m 1. Anthony Rushe, Finn Valley, 2.Liam Marley, Cranford, 3. Ralph Wilson, St John Bosco. 5,000m 1. Michael Crampsie, Letterkenny, 2. Fr Kieran Mc Ateer, Letterkenny, 3. John Wilkinson, Glenree. Long Jump 1. Sean Carlin, Finn Valley, 2. Anthony Dunne, Finn Valley, 3. P.J. Sweeney, Finn Valley. High Jump 1. Sean Carlin, Finn Valley, 2. Anthony Dunne, Finn Valley. Triple Jump 1. Sean Carlin, Finn Valley, 2. Anthony Dunne, Finn Valley, 3. Pat Gallagher, Cranford. Shot 1. Willy Ward, Cranford, 2. John Crawford, Lifford, 3. Gerry Lally, Ballyshannon. Javelin 1. Sean Carlin, Finn Valley, 2. Pat Quinlan, Army, 3. A. French. 4 x 100m Relay 1. Finn Valley, 2. Glenree, 3. Lifford.   4 x 400m Relay 1. Finn Valley.

Women 100m 1. Mary Mc Ginley, Ballyshannon, 2. Sheila Mc Menamin, Finn Valley, 3. Sally Diver, Finn Valley. 200m 1. Mary Mc Ginley, Ballyshannon, 2. Sally Diver, Finn Valley, 3. J. Mc Cusker, Lifford. 800m 1. Christine Gallen, Finn Valley, 2. Geraldine Gillespie, Finn Valley, 3. Jackie Mc Daid, St John Bosco. 1,500m 1. Jackie Mc Daid, St John Bosco, 2. Michelle Morrow. Long Jump 1. Sheila Mc Menamin Finn Valley, 2. C. Crossan, Lifford, 3. Sally Diver, Finn Valley. High Jump 1. Christine Gallen, Finn Valley, 2. Sheila Mc Menamin, Finn Valley, 3. Sally Diver, Finn Valley. Shot 1. Kathleen Merritt, Finn Valley, 2. Sheila Mc Menamin, Finn Valley, 3. Sally Diver, Finn Valley. 4 x 100m 1. Finn Valley. 4 x 400m Finn Valley.  

ULSTER SENIOR TRACK AND FIELD, MARY PETER’S TRACK, 30/7/78

Donegal athletes were not as prominent in these championships as they had been in the past but Sean Carlin, Finn Valley was once again the most successful Donegal athlete with victories in the High Jump, Discus and Javelin, John Cronin, Glenree won the 800m, P.J. Sweeney, Finn Valley won the Long Jump. Finn Valley won the sprint relay and Glenree won the 4 x 400m relay Unfortunately the women’s results are not available.

Men 100m 1. Aidan Quinn, Dungannon, 2. Joe Mc Grath, Faughs, 3. G. Mc Ginley, Strabane. 200m 1. Aidan Quinn, Dungannon, 2. Jim Mc Kee, Corrigan, 3. A. Hanratty, Faughs. 400m 1. Jim Mc Kee, Corrigan, 2. Brian Mc Bride, Glenree, 3. J. Mc Geehan, Strabane. 800m 1. John Cronin, Glenree, 2. Paddy Mc Grath, Belfast Olympic, 3. Noel Kennedy, Glaslough Harriers. 1,500m 1. Anthony Rushe, Finn Valley, 2. P.J. Coyle, Monaghan Phoenix, 3. Paddy Mc Grath, Belfast Olympic. 5,000m 1. P.J. Coyle, Monaghan Phoenix, 2. Willy Mc Cracken, Newry Shamrocks, 3. Des Connolly, Armagh City Harriers. 110m Hurdles 1. Jim Mc Kee, Corrigan, 2. Joe Mc Grath, Faughs, 3. Joe Mc Colgan, Strabane. Long Jump 1. P.J. Sweeney, Finn Valley, 2. Joe Mc Colgan, Strabane. 3. Gerard Dunne, Finn Valley. High Jump 1. Sean Carlin, Finn Valley, 2. Joe Mc Colgan, Strabane, 3. B. Mc Gurk, Belfast Olympic. Triple Jump 1. Joe Mc Colgan, Strabane, 2. B. Mc Gurk, Belfast Olympic, 3. Anthony Dunne, Finn Valley. Shot 1. M.J. Doherty, Strabane, 2. P. Mc Kerr, Glaslough Harriers, 3. Joe Mc Grath, Faughs. Discus 1. Sean Carlin, Finn Valley, 2. Jim Mc Kee, Corrigan, 3. P. Mc Kerr, Glaslough Harriers. Javelin 1. Sean Carlin, Finn Valley, 2. Dermot Nugent, Dungannon, 3. A. Skeffington, Dungannon. Pole Vault 1. M.J. Doherty, Strabane, 2. B. Bergin, Sparta, 3. Macartan Kieran, Monaghan Phoenix. 4 x 100m 1. Finn Valley, 2. Glenree, 3. Strabane. 4 x 400m 1. Glenree, 2. Finn Valley, 3. Faughs.

COUNTY 10 MILE ROAD RACE, CHAMPIONSHIP KILLYBEGS 13/8/78.

The County 10 mile championship returned to Killybegs and took place on the evening of the opening of the International Sea Angling Festival, and scheduled to arrive in Killybegs a few minutes official opening when the crowd of spectators would be at its biggest. Local favourite Brian Keeney won the race from Michael Crampsie, Letterkenny with FR Kieran Mc Ateer, Letterkenny in third. Letterkenny won the team title and unusually there were two priests in their scoring quartet the Letterkenny team were Michael Crampsie, Fr Kieran Mc Ateer, High Gallagher and Fr Mc Brearty. Killybegs were second team with Brian Keeney, Michael Gallagher, Sean O’ Donnell and Cathal O Boyle scoring for them.     

Men 1. Brian Keeney, Killybegs, 2. Michael Crampsie, Letterkenny, 3. Fr Kieran Mc Ateer, Letterkenny, 4. Hugh Gallagher, Letterkenny, 5. Fr Mc Brearty, Letterkenny, 7. Michael Gallagher, Killybegs. Teams 1. Letterkenny, 2. Killybegs.

ULSTER CHAMPIONSHIP AND OPEN MARATHON, LETTERKENNY 27/8/78

Brian Keeney, Killybegs won the Ulster Championship Marathon title with Letterkenny duo Philip Connolly and Fr Kieran Mc Ateer in second and third places respectively. Belfast Olympic won the team race with Letterkenny in second and Killybegs in third. Belfast Olympic won the team title  from Letterkenny with Newry Shamrocks in third. The open race was won by Phil Dolan from Clydesdale Harriers in Scotland with Frank Hogan Leevale AC in Cork in second and Brian Keeney was third overall. Brian had a great season in road races in 1978 as well as the County ten mile title and Ulster marathon title he also he also won the prestigious Wexford 10 mile road race equalling the record jointly held by Gerry Deegan and Niall O Shaughnessy. In Wexford he left seasoned athletes of the calibre of Gerry Finnegan, Clonliffe, Tony Brien Donore and Donie Walsh, Leevale far behind. In 1979 Tony Brien and Donie Walsh were both members of the Irish cross-country team that won silver medals in the World Cross-Country Championship in Limerick, but more of that next week.

Men 1. Brian Keeney, Killybegs, 2. Philip Connolly, Letterkenny, 3. Fr Kieran Mc Ateer, Letterkenny, 4. Des Mc Henry, Ballydrain, 5. Jim Kennedy Belfast Olympic, 6. Willy Mc Cracken, Newry Shamrocks, 7. Michael Crampsie, Letterkenny, 8. Gerry Mc Cabe, Belfast Olympic, 9. Neily Mc Daid, Letterkenny, 10. Noel Crumley, Derry, 11. Gerry Mc Anuff, Newry Shamrocks, 12. Patrick Crossan Belfast Olympic.

Teams 1. Belfast Olympic 25 pts, 2. Letterkenny (Philip Connolly, Fr Kieran Mc Ateer, Michael Crampsie) 33 pts, 3. Newry Shamrocks 38 pts

ULSTER UNEVEN AGES CROSS-COUNTRY, LURGAN 4/11/1978. 

U/11 Girls 1. Claire Giles, Cranford, 2. Sinead Mc Granaghan, Finn Valley, 3. C. Woods, Clones. Teams 1. Finn Valley 36 pts, 2. Cranford 47 pts, 3. Belfast Olympic 49 pts.

U/11 Boys 1. Dermot Mc Granaghan, Finn Valley, 2. M. Roarty, Strabane, 3. P. Catterson, Finn Valley. Teams 1. Finn Valley 23 pts, 2. Baileboro 74 pts, 3. St Mary’s 91 pts.  

U/13 Girls 1. Camilla Harron, Finn Valley, 2. V. Mc Kee, Belfast Olympic, 3. T. Walsh, Belfast Olympic. Teams 1. Belfast Olympic 30 pts, 2. Finn Valley 37 pts, 3. Kingscourt 60 pts.

U/13 Boys 1. Peadar Mc Granaghan, Finn Valley, 2. P. Kiernan, Cavan, 3. P. Mc Carron, Lurgan. Teams 1. St Malachy’s A 37 pts, 2. Finn Valley 52 pts, 3. St Malachy’s B.

U/15 Girls 1. A. O’ Neill, North Down, 2. A. Mc Clung, Ballymena, 3. M. Mc Fee, Ballymena. Teams 1. Ballymena 40 pts, 2. Belfast Olympic 59 pts, 3. Finn Valley 66 pts.

U/15 Boys 1. B. Mc Namee, Lurgan, 2. S. O’ Reilly, Cavan, 3. Gerard Mc Ginley, Letterkenny. Teams 1. St Malachy’s 47 pts, 2. Finn Valley 54 pts, 3. Belfast Olympic 91 pts. 

U/17 Girls 1. Joyce Mahaffy, Strabane, 2. S. Doyle, Lurgan, 3. S. Beattie, Lurgan. Teams 1. Lurgan 15 pts, 2. Finn Valley 43 pts, 3. Belfast Olympic 68 pts.      

U/17 Boys 1. L. Keenan, T.C. Track Club, 2. G. Robinson, St Malachy’s, 3. E. Cullen, St Malachy’s. Teams 1. St Malachy’s, 2. Belfast Olympic, 3. T. C. Track Club.       

COUNTY CROSS-COUNTRY LEAGUE FINAL RESULT

U/10 Boys 1. P. Catterson, Finn Valley, 2. J. Sharkey, Annagry, 3. J. Mc Cormack, Letterkenny. Teams 1. Finn Valley, 2. Annagry, 3. Cranford

U/10 Girls 1. Claire Giles, Cranford, 2. M. Lynch, Lifford, 3. J. Gallagher, Finn Valley. Teams 1. Finn Valley, 2. Cranford, 3. Lifford 

U/12 Boys 1. Gerry Carson, Annagry, Ronan O’Toole, St John Bosco, 3. L. Murray, St John Bosco. Teams 1. Finn Valley, 2. Annagry, 3. St John Bosco

U/12 Girls 1. Carmel Mc Ginley, Finn Valley, 2. Sinead Mc Granaghan, Finn Valley.

Teams 1. Finn Valley, 2. Letterkenny, 3. Lifford

U/14 Boys 1. P. Mc Nulty, Finn Valley, 2. J. Devlin, North Inishowen, 3. Rickie Rushe, Finn Valley. Teams 1. Finn Valley, 2. Letterkenny, 3. North Inishowen

U/14 Girls 1. C. Griffin, Finn Valley, 2. J. Mc Daid, Letterkenny, 3. L. Mc Cormack, Letterkenny. Teams 1. Letterkenny, 2. North Inishowen, 3. Cranford

U/16 Boys 1. Manus O’ Donnell, Finn Valley, 2. Gerard Mc Ginley, Letterkenny, 3. D. Boyce, Cranford. Teams 1. Finn Valley

U/16 Girls 1. Rosemary Harron, Finn Valley, 2. Noleen Merritt, Finn Valley, 3. Sinead Crossan, Letterkenny. Teams 1. Finn Valley, 2. North Inishowen, 3. Letterkenny

U/18 Boys 1. Cathal O’ Boyle, Killybegs, 2. Gerry Melly, Killybegs, 3. Brendan O’ Boyle, Killybegs. Teams 1. Killybegs

Senior Men 1. Anthony Rushe, Finn Valley, 2. Philip Connolly, Letterkenny, 3. Michael Crampsie, Letterkenny. Teams 1. Letterkenny, 2. Finn Valley, 3. Killybegs

Senior Women 1. Michelle Morrow, Ballyshannon, 2. Jackie Mc Daid, St John Bosco, 3. Rose Gavaghan, Cranford. Teams 1. Finn Valley

COUNTY NOVICE CROSS-COUNTRY, LETTERKENNY 12/11/78

 Keith Mc Clean, Letterkenny won the county novice title from John Fealty, Cranford and Des Mc Gettigan, Lifford. Letterkenny won the team title with Keith Mvc Clean, James Finnegan, Kevin Toner and Jimmy Gildea scoring. Glenree were second with Noel Mc Gettigan, Lawrence Sweeney, Sean T. Gllagher and John Boyce scoring for them and Cranford were third team with John Fealty, Paul Gallagher, Liam Marley and James Gibbons scoring.

Siobhan Mc Aveeney, Ballyshannon won the title from Pauline Crossan and Anne Dunleavy, both Letterkenny in second and third. Ballyshannon won the team title with Siobhan Mc Aveeney A. O’ Reilly, M. Lucey and Una O’ Reilly their scoring quartet Letterkenny were second team and Finn Valley were third.  

Men 1. Keith Mc Clean, Letterkenny, 2. John Fealty, Cranford, 3. Des Mc Gettigan, Lifford, 4. James Finnegan, Letterkenny, 5. Noel Mc Gettigan, Glenree, 6. Paul Gallagher, Cranford, 7. Lawrence Sweeney, Glenree, 8. Liam Marley, Cranford, 9. Kevin Toner, Letterkenny, 10. Sean T. Gallagher, Glenree, 11. John Boyce, Glenree, 12. Ciaran Mc Loughlin, Glenree. Teams 1. Letterkenny (Keith Mc Clean, James Finnegan, Kevin Toner, Jimmy Gildea) 27 pts 2. Glenree (Noel Mc Gettigan, Laurence Sweeney, Sean T. Gallagher, John Boyce) 33 pts 3. Cranford (John Fealty, Paul Gallagher, Liam Marley, James Gibbons) 51 pts.  

Women 1. Siobhan Mc Avenney, Ballyshannon, 2. Pauline Crossan Letterkenny, 3. A. Dunleavy, Letterkenny, 4. M. Mc Geehan, Letterkenny, 5. A. O’ Reilly, Ballyshannon. Teams 1. Ballyshannon (Siobhan Mc Avenney, A. O’ Reilly, M. Lucey, Una O’ Reilly), 2. Letterkenny, 3. Finn Valley.

ULSTER NOVICE CROSS-COUNTRY, MONAGHAN 26/11/1978.

Liam Marley, Cranford was the best placed Donegal athlete in the Ulster novice which was held in Monaghan on St Stephens Day.  Belfast Olympic won the team title with Cranford in second place the Cranford scorers were the same quartet that had finished third in the County Novice Championship a month earlier.

Michelle Morrow , Ballyshannon ws the winner of the Women’s race, Belfast Olympic were winners of the team race with Kingscourt in second and Ballyshannon in third. The Ballyshannon scorers were Michelle Morrow, Siobhan Mc Aveeney, A. Morrow and A. O’ Reiilly 

Men 1. John Haughey, Lurgan, 2. Frank Sharkey, Belfast Olympic, 3. Liam Marley, Cranford. Teams 1. Belfast Olympic 32 pts, 2. Cranford (Liam Marley, John Fealty, Paul Gallagher, James Gibbons) 46 pts, 3. Baileboro 52 pts.

Women 1. Michelle Morrow, Ballyshannon. Teams 1. Belfast Olympic 32 pts, 2. Kingscourt, 39 pts, 3. Ballyshannon (Michelle Morrow, Siobhan Mc Avenney, A. Morrow, A. O’ Reilly) 45 pts.

 

 

 



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