The History Makers

THE HISTORY MAKERS

A list of the first Donegal athletes to achieve historic milestones

FIRST SENIOR TITLE WINNER John J Mc Gettigan Donegal Town Javelin 1937

FIRST IRISH INTERNATIONAL Paddy Haughey, Teelin International Cross-Country Championships 1946

FIRST INTERNATIONAL MEDAL Paddy Haughey, Teelin Bronze International Cross-Country Championship 1949 

FIRST OLYMPIAN Paul Dolan, Ballyshannon London 1948

FIRST OLYMPIC MANAGER Paddy Marley Milford Barcelona 1992

FIRST OLYMPIC COACH Eamon Harvey, Donegal Town Atlanta 1996

FIRST ELECTED BLE PRESIDENT Fr John O’ Donnell, Kilmacrennan 1981

FIRST APPOINTED NATIONAL EVENT COACH Bernie O’ Callaghan, Killybegs Race Walking 1977

FIRST NATIONAL SENIOR RECORD Bernie O’ Callaghan Killybegs 3,000m walk 1979

FIRST TO WIN INTER CLUB/INTER-COUNTRY CROSS-COUNTRY DOUBLE Cyril O’ Boyle, Glenswilly 1952

FIRST TO WIN THREE INDIVIDUAL NATIONAL TITLES IN ONE YEAR Paul Dolan, Ballyshannon 100m, 200m, 400m in 1952.

FIRST NATIONAL SENIOR CLUB CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONS Finn Valley AC Women’s team 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005.

FIRST DONEGAL TEAM INTER-COUNTY CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONS 1991 Belinda Mc Ardle, Helena Crossan, Kay Byrne, Margaret Synott 

FIRST PREMIER LEAGUE TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONS Tír Chonaill AC Women’s team 2003, 2008, 2009

FIRST ATHLETIC CLUB Cranford AC 1962

FIRST COUNTY BOARD 1969 Chairman, PJ O’ Carlin, Vice Chairman Eamon Giles, Secretary Patsy Mc Gonagle, Treasurer Ben O’ Donnell, PRO Bernie O’ Callaghan  

MOST OLYMPIC MANAGERIAL APPOINTMENTS Patsy Mc Gonagle, Ballybofey 2,000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016

FIRST FATHER AND SON TO WIN NATIONAL SENIOR TITLES Bernie O’ Callaghan, Pierce O’ Callaghan 10,000m Walk, 20Km Walk

INTER CLUB SHORT CROSS Letterkenny AC 2004

 

      FIRST INDIVIDUAL NATIONAL EVENT WINNERS

MEN

100m Paul Dolan Ballyshannon 1946, 1952

200m Paul Dolan, Ballyshannon 1947, 1952

400m Paul Dolan, Ballyshannon 1949, 1950, 1952

800m Mark English, Letterkenny 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

1,500m Gary Murray, Stranorlar 2005

I Mile Cyril O’ Boyle, Glenswilly 1951

2 Mile Danny Mc Daid, Glenswilly 1970

10 Mile Paddy Haughey, Teelin 1946

15 Mile Danny Mc Daid, Glenswilly 1972 

Marathon Danny Mc Daid, Glenswilly 1970, 1974, 1976, 1983  

Half Marathon Gary Crossan Letterkenny 2002 

Long Jump Hugo Duggan, Milford 1967, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1980, 1984.

Shot John Gallagher, Cruit Island 1949

Javelin J.J Mc Gettigan Donegal Town 1937

3,000m Walk Bernie O’ Callaghan, Killybegs 1979, 1980, 1981 

10,000m Walk Bernie O’ Callaghan, Killybegs 1980, 1981

20 Km Walk Bernie O’ Callaghan, Killybegs 1980, 1981

50Km Walk Brendan Boyce, Milford

Pole Vault Ken Morris, Finn Valley 2000

Decathlon Sean Carlin, Crossroads 1981

Inter-Club Cross-Country Cyril O’ Boyle, Glenswilly

Inter County Cross-Country Cyril O’ Boyle, Glenswilly

 

WOMEN

400m Hurdles Kelly Mc Groary, Donegal Town 2016

5,000m Maria Mc Cambridge, Letterkenny 2008, 2010, 2012

Long Jump Shauna Colhoun, Lifford 2000

High Jump Sharon Foley, Lifford 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2001

Triple Jump Mary Mc Loone, Doochary 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015 

Pole Vault Tori Pena Finn Valley 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016

Shot Geraldine Stewart Donegal Town 2002

10Km Walk Sinead Mc Granaghan, Castlefinn 1987

Marathon Maria Mc Cambridge, Letterkenny 20128

Half Marathon Jill Bruce, Finn Valley 1998

100 Mile Helena Crossan, Carndonagh 

Pentathlon/Heptathlon Danea Herron, Donegal Town 1984

Inter-Club Cross-Country Maria Mc Cambridge, Letterkenny 2009

 

 



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