Golden Summer Days PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 23:48

THE romance of sport is when something gloriously unexpected  happens before your eyes. We were already well sated on the Hill last weekend in Santry when Jamie Davis got down into his blocks the  sixth time of asking for yet another National sprint final. Zoe Brown and Mick Clohisey had already given us so much.

Having breathed a sigh of relief on each of the previous false dawns that the referee had not called our man ashore somebody remarked that with each starter’s recall Jamie appeared to become more animated and focussed. We should have listened more closely . The delays served to heighten the tension and our attention.

 Then in 10.90 seconds Jamie Davis lived the dream. His almost premature celebration was a thing of beauty. It spoke of final coronation, of frustration abated, of joy previously unknown. It was all of that and more. An athlete who believes, who  strives to go to new levels always walks a tenuous line between satisfaction and devastation.

There is rarely middle ground. When Jamie spoke afterwards about how the previous day he had given up the sport, wanted no more to do it his honesty related to that particular day. But only those who truly strive can dare to understand it.

In truth he did not mean it. If not the next day then very soon he would have raced again. Its in his DNA. He loves the sport too much to walk away. The story of how close Jamie came to not racing last Sunday immortalises the famous quote…”When you get into a tight corner and everything  goes against you until you think you cannot hold a minute longer, hold on then. For that is just the time and moment that the tide will turn”.

 What Jamie Davis has done now in terms of the club and himself is monumental. He becomes the first Raheny man to win the National 100m title, the blue riband of Irish sprint racing. In the 56th year of its existence he has created club legendary status for himself.  The first rarely gets forgotten and always comes up for mention.

Older members of the club when first they joined were regaled with stories of Tom Phillips ( the first club man to win a National title) and the 1970 4 x 400m team of Brennan, Corcoran, Kingston and Fay. Every young sprinter from now to eternity will hear about Jamie Davis.

Kieran Kelly breaks 1.50 for 800m PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 21:02

Kieran Kelly achieved a significant landmark in his career tonight when in his first outdoor race over 800m he broke the 1:50 barrier. Kieran ran 1:49.97 to win the event at the British Milers Club meeting in Manchester.

It is the fastest run over the distance by a Raheny athlete since the 1990s.The club record for the 800m is 1:49.26 which was set by Brian Peppard in 1991. Adam Foley ran 2.05 over the distance at the same event in Manchester tonight.

Meanwhile, Simon Devenney scored a comfortable win in the 6th round of The Lord Mayor Summer Series tonight clocking 10.13. Dermot Gorman was second in 10.25 while Sean Doran was third in 10.48.

Shauna Moore won the women's race and was 8th overall in 12.03. Orla Manley was second  12.26   while  Ann Marie Gittens was third in 13.06.

The age category winners were:  0 40 Dave Leach; 0 45 Brian Quigley; 0 50 Martin Kelly; 0 55 Andrew O'Rourke; 0 60 Joe Cooper; 0 65 Paddy O'Reilly; 0 75 Tadgh Twomey Snr 

Women 0 40 Liz Keary; 0 45 Linda Spratt 0 55 Mary Butler; 0 65 Anne Reade.

Full results in RESULTS tab

The League continues next Tuesday night at 8pm. Next week's race doubles as the  Peter Doody Memorial race.

Round Up of Weekend Road Race Results PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 21 July 2014 21:55

SIMON Ryan and Fiona Stack were the club's leading performers in Sunday's Fingal 10k road race which is part of the Dublin Marathon road racing series. Simon finished third overall in 32.88 while Fiona was third female in 36.39. The club had other prize winners in different categories.

David Sheehy was in top form finishing 6th overall and first 0 35 in 33.26. Brian Kelly was second 0 50 in 35.51; Vinny Clohisey (srn) was third 0 60 in 43.24 and Mary Purdue Smyth was third in the women's 0 50 section in 47.49.

Other club finishers included Bernard Roe 33.35; Dermot Gorman 34.27; Daragh Bell 34.49; Barry Lennon 35.54; Dave Grange 36.27; Vinny Clohisey (jrn) 36.57; John Clohisey 38.18; John Freir 38.49; Dave Gargan 39.12; Ultan McGuckin 39.49; Eoin Fegan 40.58; Niall Power 41.08; John Fennell 41.37; Keith Myers 41.38; Robbie Beggs 43.50; Des Lyons 44.16; Ann Marie Gargan 46.33; Conor Kelly 47.25; Denise Kelleher 47.46; Connor Jennings 49.06; Sandra McDonagh 54.13; Emer Nolan 50.23; Dave Brady 52.01; Paula Maguire 56.23; Maeve Devlin 60.50, Claire Savage 61.43.

Brian Quigley was the club's top finisher in the Malahide Castle 5km Park run on Saturday in 19.28. Other club finishers were Seamus Rooney 19.46; Aine Crimin 21.31; Connor Jennings 23.40, Steve Rowe 23.42.

Dave Brady had his customary busy weekend, On Friday he ran a marathon in West Cork; on Saturday, again in West Cork, he completed a 36 mile ultra marathon in 7:12.50 but still was back in Dublin in time to run in the Fingal 10km on Sunday!

Zoe Brown selected for European Championships PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 21 July 2014 13:57

AS expected newly crowned National Pole vault champion, Zoe Brown (right) has been selected to represent Ireland at the European outdoor athletic championships in Zurich, Switzerland next month.

Zoe won her first National outdoor Pole Vault title at the weekend but she had already achieved the pre-qualifying standard in the European.

She has set a series of personal bests and club records this season reaching 4.45m in Cardiff last week. Currently she is ranked 22nd in the European ratings for the event.

Zoe will be representing Northern Ireland at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later this month.

She becomes only the fifth athlete in the history of the club to be selected for the European outdoor championship and the first female.

The others were Dick Hooper (marathon) 1978 (Prague), 1982 (Athens), 1986 (Stuggart), 1990 (Split); Pat Hooper (marathon) 1978 (Prague); Paddy McGrath (hammer) 1986 (Stuggart); David Rooney (10,000m) 2012, Helsinki.

Unique Triple for club in National Championships PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 20 July 2014 20:39

THE club achieved a historic treble at the Glo Health AAI National athletic championships in Santry this weekend.

For the first time in the history of the club, Raheny Shamrock athletes captured three titles; the men's 100m, the men's 10,000m and the women's pole vault.

This was an outstanding achievement in the blue riband event on the Irish athletic calender.

After Saturday's gold medal performances by Zoe Brown (right) in the Pole Vault and Mick Clohisey in the 10,000m, today's hero was Jamie Davis who surprised the big attendance on the Morton Stadium to win one of the prestigious titles at the championships - the 100m.

James took full advantage of the disqualification of the defending title holder, David Hynes for a false start to storm home in 10.90. Clubmate Sean O'Driscoll, who is still a junior, was 4th in 11.04 having ran a magnificent personal best of 10.88 to qualify.

But the gold medal exploits of Zoe, Mick and Jamie were not the only medal winner performances from club athletes at the championship.

On Saturday the men's 100m relay team - all consisting of junior athletes - took the bronze medal in 42.99, a new junior club record. The four team members were Dylan Archbold, Sean O’Driscoll, Sean Dowling, Luc Bellintani

This afternoon Conor Dooney finished third in the 5,000m in 14:18.88 to take the bronze medal. In the 3,000m steeplechase Freddy Kerron Situk also took the bronze medal in 9:04.06 while the senior women's 4 x 400m replay team won the silver medal in 3:56.41. The team members were Aisling Drumgoole, Lucy Barrett, Iseult O’Donnell, Siobhan Eviston

There were other notable performances; in one of the highest quality 1500m finals in the recent history of the championships Daire Bermigham  was 8th in 3:52.32; James Davis was 7th in the 200m in 22.46 and Iseult O'Donnell was 5th in the 400m in 55.79 while junior Mieke Kiernan was 7th in the senior women's hammer in 41.86m and ninth in the discus, 29.30m while Stuart Greene was fourth in the Pole Vault in 4.20m.

The men's squad of Mick Clohisey, Mark Kirwan and Brian Leahy also won the team event in the 10,000 on Saturday.

The full results were:


Jamie Davis: 100m 10.90 (Pictured right)

Zoe Brown: Pole Vault 4.30m

Mick Clohisey: 10,000m, 29:58.31

10,000m Team: Mick Clohisey, Mark Kirwan, Brian Leahy


4 X 400m Women: Aisling Drumgoole, Lucy Barrett, Iseult O’Donnell, Siobhan Eviston. 3:56.41 (Pictured below right)



4 X 100m Men: Dylan Archbold, Sean O’Driscoll, Sean Dowling, Luc Bellintani 42.99 (Junior Club Record)

Conor Dooney: 5,000M 14:18.88

Feddy Kerron Situk: Steeplechase 9:04.06


Other club competitors

Mieke Kiernan, 7th Hammer, 41.86. 9th Discus, 29.30

Sean O’Driscoll, 4th Final 100M, 11.04; 2nd heat, 10.88 PB

Jamie Davis, 7th Final 200m, 22.46; 3rd heat, 22.19

Brendan Doyle, 6th 100m heat, 11.68

Daire Bermingham, 8th Final 1500, 3:52.32. 2nd heat, 3:54.03

Iseult O’Donnell, 5th 400m Final; 55.79; 2nd heat, 57.27

Aisling Drumgoole, 4th heat 400m, 58.40; PB

Kieran Kelly, 3rd heat 400m; 49.18

Stuart Greene, 4th Pole Vault, 4.20

4 x 4 Men; 5th in 3:25.18: Feidhlim Kelly, Sean Dowling, Cathal O’Clerigh, Kieran Kelly

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