St. Catherine’s Juvenile athletes receive East Cork Achievement Awards

Last Thursday evening four of our Juvenile athletes were awarded for their achievements in the past year. The honour was bestowed by the East Cork Athletics Board at the Vienna Woods Hotel and presentations were made by none other than World Champion Heffernan, much to the delight of our young athletes. Those awarded were Hope, Meghan, Laura and Ciarán.


Hope Leahy Dingivan

Hope is one of our most dedicated athletes. She has competed in East Cork and Cork Co.Track and Field and Cross Country events. She has also represented Cork at the National Community Games. In 2013 she competed in the national Para-Olympic games from where she brought home 3 medals; Silver in Long Jump, Silver in 80m Sprint and Bronze in Discus.


Meghan Carr

Meghan returned to form in the cross country season of 2013. She started the season off with a 2nd in the East Corks in Youghal and continued this form right through the season coming 2nd in the Co. U11 and U12 cross country, 2nd in Munster U11 and 3rd in Munster U12, Winning Gold with Cork in the two races. In Santry in the U12 race she showed just why you should never give up passing a few girls in the finishing straight to finish 3rd gold with Cork and Munster. In the U11 race in Waterford she finished 4th again winning gold medals with Cork and Munster.


Ciaran o Brien

Ciaran started the cross country season off in style winning the East Cork U12 race and leading his club team to 2nd. In the Co. U12 he finished 5th. But it was in the Munster U12 that he really showed his guts falling before the line, picking himself up and falling over the line in 11th position and winning a gold medal with Cork. In the national U12 race he ran a great race to finish 40th winning silver with Munster and Bronze with Cork.


laura Hayes (1)

Laura continued her good form this year in Cross Country starting off with a 2nd in the East Corks U14. In the Co.s she was 3rd in U14 and then 2nd in U15. In the Munster U14 she finished 3rd with Cork silver and u15 10th with Cork gold. The weekend of the nationals in Santry is one Laura will remember for a long time. On the Saturday she played a big part in helping the U16 Camogie team win the county championship, that night she performed in a local play and the following morning heading for Santry where she finished 5th also winning gold with Munster and silver with Cork. In the National U15 she finished 33rd winning gold with Cork.


St. Catherine’s have had very good representation at interschool level with several girls taking part. Sarah Barry competed at minor level and qualified for the Munsters. Sarah ran a great race and finished 18th competed in the Juniors and finished 4th


As the evenings are getting brighter and track and field events are fast approaching coaching for Juveniles has moved outdoors.

Adult News

The Cork AAI Novice & Masters road championships were held in Midleton, on Sunday the 2nd of March with both men and women competing over a 4 mile course. The race was very well organised and it’s a credit to the host club Midleton AC for doing such a fine job. For a developing adult club we had six competitors on the day which is great, however we were one short to make a team in the ladies and men’s section. Well done to Ann-Marie Hayes who finished 2nd


Fit4Life continues every Wednesday evening, and new members are always welcome. This health promotion initiative has continued to go from strength to strength. The success of our Fit4Life is our approach. Firstly Wednesdays are very sociable and cater for all levels of fitness. So for anyone reading this, if you want to improve your fitness and need motivation with the company of others, Conna Pitch is the place to be on a Wednesday night. Fit4Life is for all. Most nights include a warm up period followed by a structured cardio phase and then a warm down. However if you would like to walk in the company of others and increase your stride and stamina, this is for you also. For those of you who may be thinking about learning to run, this is also the place to be as programmes can be tailored for your needs! Imagine you could be running 5km in just a few weeks. Everyone has to start somewhere and it is always easier in the company of others. Remember increased fitness can add years to your life and life to your years!

Adult training:

Tuesday : Interval Training @ 7pm *The winter training session has come to an end for the summer although the senior athletes will still be training every Tuesday at 7pm during the summer. All welcome to join.

Wednesday: Fit 4 life @7pm

:Road run @ 7pm

Saturday: Trail run @ Knockakeo Woods 10am SHARP.

East Cork ‘Track and Field’ Workshops

The athletics clubs in East Cork have started an initiative in 2014 to improve local Track and Field coaching skills, and to provide our older athletes with the opportunity to take part in focused workshops. St. Catherine’s AC have participated by attending a Javelin workshop hosted by Carraig na bhFear AC, and by hosting a High Jump workshop in Conna, both in the month of February.

The javelin workshop was led by national javelin coach Louis Wildenboer. Due to the poor weather conditions the session took place indoors where Louis went through the fundamentals of javelin throwing, specific drills and exercises, and worked on technique with all the throwers and their coaches. The workshop was attended by athletes from Carraig na bhFear AC, St. Catherine’s AC and Youghal AC.


The High Jump workshop was led by Collette Kelly of Belgooly AC. Collette started by explaining some of the fundamental rules of HJ competition and then took us through a series of drills and exercises before introducing the HJ bar and mat. Assisted by Grace McKenzie, an accomplished junior high jumper, Collette carefully broke down into stages the run-up and the jump itself, explaining each to the athletes and coaches alike. This workshop was attended by coaches and athletes from St. Catherine’s AC, Carraig na bhFear AC, Youghal AC and Midleton AC. Thank you Collette for a very instructive afternoon.


Coaching/Development Calendar

Please find the the provisional coaching/development calendar for the South West for Jan-May 2014. Also some courses in the South East here that may suit All coaching courses will be available for online entry in the next 2 weeks and for all workshops you just come along on the night and bring €5.

This calendar may change at times due to venue changes and clashes etc so please keep an eye out here for the most up to date calendar.


Great support for 3k fundraiser

On Tuesday the 17th of December the club held their annual charity 3k fundraiser. This year the club had great support from local runners and neighbouring clubs with 42 athletes taking part. The 6 lap course had a cross country setup and was in good condition with the recent dry weather.

The run started shortly after 7pm with a near 50-50 split of Men and Women crossing the start line. The Hayes duo of Laura and Anne-Marie followed by Joan Hough took first, second and third in the Women’s race. Positions were frequently exchanged in the men’s race from the off with local athlete Stephen Carr coming though strongly in the final lap to take first followed by Michael Byrne in second and John Beecher in third.

Nearly €500 euro was raised for St Vincent de Paul on the night. The club would like to thank everybody who helped out with the event from the people who set up the course and lighting, helped with parking, race registration, the start and finish lines, race results and provided a hot cuppa and biscuits to the runners on the night. We would also like to thank all the supporters and everyone who took part and made the event a success.

The 3k marks the end of the year for the club and we would like to wish all of our athletes, coaches, and friends a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


Men   Ladies 
111:16Stephen Carr112:52Laura Hayes
211:20Mike Byrne213:11Anne-Marie Hayes
311:24John Beecher314:16Joan Hough
411:26Noel Curtin414:22Sara Barry
512:03Denis McCarthy514:40Lucy Barry
612:29Mossy Cahill614:47Annette Fitzgerald
712:32Alan Carr714:49Georgina Cunningham
812:49Ed Galvin814:50Betty Walsh
913:01Dermot Leddingham915:08Deirdre O'brien
1013:03Eddie O'Regan1015:48Maire O'Regan
1113:14John Mulcahy1116:01Patricia barry
1213:22Ciaran O'Brien1216:11Catherine Clancy
1313:56James Roche1316:23Trierna Cahill
1413:59Tom Hartnett1416:24Clotide Fitzgibbon
1514:20Adam Blaiklock1516:26Laetita Fitzgibbon
1614:23James Hayes1617:02Karina hartnett
1714:38Gearoid O'Brien1717:24Mary Feeney
1815:04Aidan Barry1819:57Sandra Dillon
1915:09Kevin Barry1919:57Sharon Murphy
2015:49Adam Heeney2020:08Marie Mellerick
2116:18Mike Walsh
2219:18Jack O'Donovan

East Cork Even age & Senior XC Championships, Carraig na bhFear, 24th of November 2013

Well done to all of our Juvenile and Senior teams who took part in yesterdays East Cork Cross Country championships which were hosted by Carrag na bhFear AC. Some picture from the day…

Woodie’s DIY All Ireland Cross Country Championships 2013

Over the last few months our juvenile athletes have trained relentlessly. They have competed in local cross country events at East Cork, County Events, and at Munster Level, with great success. As a club we were delighted to have three of our Juvenile athletes competing at National Level last Sunday.

The big attendance at today’s Woodie’s DIY cross country championships at Santry Demesne in Dublin added very much to the atmosphere. The weather remained mild and the rain never materialized, much to the delight of everyone. Laura Hayes, Ciaran O Brien and Meghan Carr Reilly not only competed in the Even-age All Ireland  these three little musketeers brought home the silverware too!

Meghan was first up on the day and represented both county and province in the u12 Girls. This little pocket rocket was in the lead group from the start and maintained her position throughout to finish 3rd and was rewarded with an individual Bronze All Ireland Medal, and All Ireland Inter- provincial and County Team gold medals.

Minutes Later, Ciarán, representing both Munster and Cork took up position to start in the U12 Boys. As always with this young athlete, he put everything he had into the race and as a result was well rewarded with an All Ireland Inter-provincial Team Silver Medal and a Bronze All Ireland Inter County Team Medal. Whilst out of individual placing he finished 8th in Munster and 5th in Cork.

Laura Hayes had an exciting start in the U14 Girls. This unwavering young lady was determined to get ahead. Representing both County and Province Laura ran an excellent race and was hot on the heels of the winner throughout. Finishing 5th Laura received an individual All Ireland Medal as well as an Inter-Provincial Gold and a Silver Inter-County Team medal.

It was also very heartening to see so many of the juvenile athletes stay for the junior and senior races, and they were surely delighted to witness some marvelous races. The performance of Fionnuala Britton (Kilcoole AC) was one of the most enthralling sights to be witnessed by our Juvenille athletes. Some of whom may even have broken their own personal bests flying around the course in pursuit of her!

Well done to you all. Your achievements are not only a testament of your own skill and determination but also a sign of a club that is going from strength to strength. Special thanks to our coaches and trainers who have worked so hard with our athletes all season. Thanks also to the loyal supporters who took to the road in the early hours of Sunday morning to support all who ran.

Adult training:

  • Interval Training: Tuesday @ 7pm
  • Fit 4 life continues on Wednesdays @7pm  +/- 8km road run.
  • Woodland run every Saturday Morning- Knockakeo Woods 10am SHARP.

Juvenile Training:

  • AGE 7+ Mondays and Thursdays, Conna Pitch @ 7pm.
  • AGE 5-7 Little Athletics- Mondays @7pm Conna Hall.

Uneven age Munster Championships 2013 – Castlelyons

Another successful week for St. Catherine’s Club. On Sunday, 10th Nov we had 12 Juvenile athletes competing at the Uneven championships in neighbouring Castlelyons. As a neighbouring club we would like to thank St. Nicholas for hosting the Championships. It was a pleasure to arrive at such a well organised event, with a true cross country course, demanding but fair.

U9 girls were very well represented by Lelia O’Reilly, Lucy Aherne, Karina Hartnett and Lucy Barry who achieved overall 11th team placing. Lelia O’ Reilly gave a sign of things to come, winning her first Munster Medal. Placed 7th individually, Lelia also received a Munster, County Medal. In a blistering race, Meghan Carr O’ Reilly (U11 girls) won her second Munster Medal in as many weeks. Meghan and Sarah Morrison (Castlelyons AC) battled for position throughout. Sarah was triumphant and won Gold, with Meghan close on her heels to receive second place individually as well as another County team medal. Tom Hartnett and Gearoid O’ Brien (U11 Boys) ran a very strong race and are both continuing to improve throughout the season. Sarah Barry (U13 Girls), showed great determination and strength in what was a very competitive race. Kevin Barry, James Hayes and Ciaran O Brien lined up for the U13 Boys, all boys showed a great performance throughout. Laura Hayes also received a Munster Medal in the U15 girls, another club member receiving a second Munster Medal in as many weeks. Well done to all who competed last Sunday.

Intermediate Championships

Well done to Ann-Marie and Kevin Hayes who ran in the intermediate section. In what was a very fast paced race Annie ran a fantastic race and was unfortunate to finish just outside medal placing.

National Championships

Best of Luck to Laura Hayes, Meghan Carr O’ Reilly and Ciarán O’ Brien who are travelling to Santry Demesne, Dublin, next weekend to represent our Club, County and Province in the Woodie’s DIY AAI Inter-County & Juvenile Even Age Cross Country Championships.

Adult training:

Interval Training: Tuesday @ 7pm

Fit 4 life continues on Wednesdays @7pm  +/- 8km road run.

Woodland run every Saturday Morning- Knockakeo Woods 10am SHARP.

Juvenile Training:

AGE 7+ Mondays and Thursdays, Conna Pitch @ 7pm.

AGE 5-7 Little Athletics- Mondays @7pm Conna Hall.



It was with great sadness that members of our club assembled outside the church in Conna to form a Guard of Honour for the late Catherine Leahy Dingivan, last Friday evening. Following a brief illness borne with incredible strength and dignity this beautiful person who touched all of our hearts was heartbreakingly on her journey to being laid to rest.

Catherine was a true treasure of our club and a key committee member both at Juvenile and Senior Level. St. Catherine’s AC began to develop about five years ago, since then Catherine played a central with our junior members, her bright positive spirit was always to the fore namely in the form of her fabulous smile and her sharp wit not to mention all the unassuming work she carried out which some of us know little about. At senior level Catherine always and unselfishly made herself available to record results, clock time trials as well as attending county board meetings once a month. The loss to us and our community is palpable however at this time our deepest sympathy and thoughts are with Catherine’s family.

“Catherine may you rest in peace our thoughts will always be with you”.


On Sunday (27th Oct) some of our club members travelled to Limerick Race Course for the Munster Juvenille Even age Cross Country Championships. Leila Carr was first to the start line for the club (U10 Girls). In what was a very demanding course Leila showed great potential and finished well. Next out was Leyla’s sister Meghan (U12 girls) who powered home with the club’s first medal of the day winning an individual Munster silver as well as Gold for team placing. James Hayes and  Ciarán O Brien (U12 boys) both showed true strength and determination. James ran a very strong race and has continued to improve all season. Ciarán gave everything he had finished 11th , received an individual Munster medal as well as gold for team placing. Caoimhe and Laura Hayes (U14 girls) both ran a wonderful race. Caoimhe showed consistency and strength throughout. Laura blistered into the chute winning and individual bronze as well as a silver medal for team placing. Laura, Ciarán and Meghan will now represent Munster at the All Ireland’s on Nov 17th in Dublin. To all our competitors on the day well done! Well done also to two of our club members who competed in the Dublin City Marathon, Mike and John- hope the lactic acid is subsiding!

Adult training:

Interval Training: Tuesday @ 7pm

Fit 4 life continues on Wednesdays @7pm  +/- 8km road run.

Woodland run every Saturday Morning- Knockakeo Woods 10am SHARP.

Juvenile Training:

AGE 7+ Mondays and Thursdays, Conna Pitch @ 7pm.

AGE 5-7 Little Athletics- Mondays @7pm Conna Hall.