Website last updated: Tuesday 12th August

Dunboyne Veterinary Clinic Sponsorship Deal

Dunboyne Athletic Club team, who have qualified for the Athletics Ireland National League Final, received a generous sponsorship deal under a community support programme entered into by Dunboyne Veterinary Hospital. Presentation from Charles Cosgrave, Dunboyne Vet Clinic to club captain Tommy McDonnell and Chairman Micheal Cornyn with Dunboyne Veterinary Hospital staff and Dunboyne AC National League squad members. Dunboyne Veterinary Hospital are running a loyalty programme for any members of the Club. They will launch their loyalty scheme in September. Please see update on our website and facebook page at this stage. The scheme is worth up to approximately €15,000 in total so the more Dunboyne AC members mention our Club, the more of the loyalty fund goes back into Dunboyne AC. More details of the scheme here.

National Masters T&F Champs Tullamore

Sunday 10th August

The best age category athletes the country has to offer headed to a wet Tullamore on Sunday in search of All Ireland medals in both Track and Field. In the field Denis Delany picked up where he left off in the National League in Tullamore. Denis throwing the Javelin just shy of 50m all season and he won Gold in his category on Sunday with a 4th round throw of 48.22m. Michelle Pilkington-Street had numerous performances that won her podiums in her category on the day. Michelle placed 2nd in the Shot with a throw of 6.77m, 2nd again in her category in the Discus with a 18.10m throw and managed a win in the Hammer with a 26.21m throw. Our final competitor in the field was Chris Street who had some excellent performance the pick of which being a bronze in the Shot with a throw of 8.29m.

Emilia was back on track in more ways than one on Sunday. Only a week after her National Half she picked up two bronze medals in her category with 2 PB in the 1500m and 3000m with times of 5:18 and 10:59 respectively. The margin between winning a medal and not was painfully narrow for Chairman Michael Cornyn, in both the 200m and 400m, who ran excellently but was 4th in both by the narrowest of margins. The 1st three in the latter running sub 60 seconds. Full results now available on the Athletics Ireland website. Well done to all who competed.

Outstanding performance from Sara in Belgium

Saturday 9th August

Sara Treacy travelled to Lueven in Belgium to compete in the 3000m Steeplechase last Saturday night, 9th August. She won the race in an emphatic time of 9:47.92, which is inside the B standard that was set for last years Moscow World Championships and for 2012's London Olympics. With the IAAF World Championships taking place in Beijing in 2015 and the Olympics in Rio in 2016, and her time only 4.9 seconds outside of the A standard, this performance sets Sara up excellently for qualification for these two major Championships. Sara only turned to the Steeplechase recently, competing in the Flanders Cup, again in Lueven, in horrific conditions in northern Spain, and most recently at the GloHealth National Championships which she won with relative ease. Whilst Sarah's times in these three outings were just outside qualification for the Euro's in Zurich this result will act as a fantastic base heading into the next two seasons.

25 year old Sara is now Birmingham based, where she works as a Doctor. Her job, and the long hours associated with it, as expected, can lead to time for training being at a premium. Her PB performance in Lueven is all the more noteworthy given that she's devoting so much of her time to her profession. She will now reassess her plans for the forthcoming two seasons and see how best to progress. Sara's competing in the blue and white of Dunboyne AC since the start of 2014 following the disbandment of her old Club Moynalvey Kilcloon. As most will know Sara was part of the famous 2012 Gold medal winning Euro Cross Country team, having won the National Cross Country herself in the green & gold of Meath on Sligo Racecourse in 2011.

Lueven Results here.

Joan at Annagassan Viking 10K Coastal Run

Saturday 9th August

Congratulations to Joan Hodgins who took part in the Annagassan 10K on Saturday. Joan has been steadily edging back to her best for the past 6 months, and we are happy to report that she is now officially better than ever! She finished in 47.39, knocking 10 seconds off her previous best at the 2010 Mini-marathon. Joan was placed 13th out of 120 women overall. There were no age categories. Joan tells us it was a superbly organised event. The course was downhill at the start with a few uphills thrown in later and a nice coastal breeze. As Joan grew up right on the Louth coast, she needed no time to acclimatise and made the most of her natural habitat. Well done Joan, terrific running! With thanks to Georgia Dillon for the photo.

Streets of Athboy 5k

Friday 8th August

Fr. Murphy's put a new race on the Meath running calendar this year and a dozen of our finest from across the Club headed down to Athboy to see what the night might offer them. Turns out it was quite a fruitful evening for our contingent.

From the senior group Luke had the feet up for a bit after the Nationals but came back to racing in Athboy to pick up 2nd place overall, behind Mark Kenneally, in 15:48. Loughlin got back into race mode and with no real training behind him ran a solid16:23 to place 5th, taking time to pass returning Rory in the final kilometre! Rory McDonnell chipped more time off his SB running 16:27 to finish 6th, in his 3rd race back this summer. 3 seconds behind Rory was Paul Gannon in a PB to place 8th overall. Ray 'The Bronze Adonis' Mitchell was back from his holiers and threw himself into the deep end with a race to see where he was at and it ended well for him, finishing in a time of 21:27. The men's team was first team home on the night.

Follow that Fit4Life! And we did, setting to work on the age categories. Angela Egan clinched her third podium position in a month, winning her age category in a PB time of 31.46. Marian O’Leary climbed one place up the podium since Oldcastle, shaving a minute and a half off her time, taking 2nd place in the same age category in 35.01. Next race Marian, don’t tell Angela you’re going and you might have a shot at the top spot. Ger Ryan and Kay Gilmartin ran a friendly duel. Ger won out in 27.43 placing 6th in her age category. Kay followed close behind in 27.54 claiming 3rd place in her category, thanks to Ger’s steady lead. Kay, a typically modest Fit4Lifer, didn't realise she had won until her fellow prize winners Angela and Marian collected her prize and sounded the trumpets. We'd hate to miss a trick at Fit4Life. Well done Kay on your first podium finish. Great achievement! Lyndon Thomas and Ger Fagan ran a slightly erratic game of tag; no trash-talk (talking was out of the question), just a few encouraging thumbs up (yeah, almost sure) before they eventually crossed the line together in 29.30. Lyndon placed an impressive 8th in his category and Ger was 22nd in hers. Decider on 24th August in Celbridge Lyndon? Special congratulations to Ruth O’Dwyer who was first home for Fit4Life in a terrific PB time of 26.18 in spite of some foot pain before the race; possibly just tactics or a PB twitch. Ruth was 4th in her age category, a mere 20 seconds outside the prizes. Well done Ruth, super running. The women’s team placed 7th overall. So that’s 4 Fit4Life podium finishes so far in August; not that we’re counting! Did we mention we had 5 in July? We really do hate to boast but these results leave us no option.

Thanks to Ken McDonagh for his support and thanks from Fit4Life to our Senior clubmates for their encouragement near the finish. Special thanks to Peter Mooney for the kind use of his super action shots once again. More of Peter’s fab photos here. Lots more photos on our Facebook page. Well done to our dirty dozen on a very successful night’s racing in Athboy.

IWAS World Junior Games

3rd to 8th August

A big cheer and congratulations to club member Sean Hughes who was selected to represent Ireland in the IWAS World Junior Games in Stoke Mandeville this week. Once again Sean produced an outstanding performance showing superb results against top competition. Sean picked up a silver in the Shot, setting a new Irish Senior Men's record!!!!! He was also an excellent 4th in the Javelin and 5th in the Discus! Sean arrives home at Dublin airport today (Friday). Obviously Sean and his coach Declan are putting huge efforts in training. He is no doubt one of Dunboyne AC's & Ireland's top stars and we are confident that he will be a Paralympian in the coming years. Well done yet again from Dunboyne AC.

Dublin Graded Meet No. 8

Wednesday 6th August
Michael and Niall Cornyn travelled to Tallaght on Wednesday night for Round 8 of the Dublin Graded Meets. Michael continued his preparations for the National T&F Masters taking place this weekend and place 4th in Grade C with a time of 28.14. Niall competed in the Grade B 1500m race placing 6th in a time of 4:24.

Athletics Ireland National League Final

Sunday 3rd August

Dunboyne AC qualified in 8th place to reach the National Athletics League Final for the first time in nearly 30 years this year. Heading to Tullamore it would be fair to say that the squad didn't know what to expect. We'd competed in Rounds 1 & 2 against teams like our own but only real quality made the final, and most of those teams were amalgamations of Clubs, Clubs with guest runners or County amalgamations. We were there on our own merit, 20 or so of Dunboyne AC's home-grown finest. Were we trepidatious? Possibly. Fearful? Definitely not. Whilst we weren't what we'd call at 100% full strength at the National League all year we were 100% committed to the task. Our athletes gave their all and finished in 5th place overall out of 8 teams in the final, and 18 overall in Division 1. A remarkable achievement and sets us up for a real go at a podium spot next year. As mentioned in the report on Round 2 of the League, the National League is a team event, across 21 events with points being scored 9 for a win, 7 for 2nd, 6 for 3rd and so on down to 1 for 8th. The meet is atmospheric and there's a real team feel to it. Its the only time of the year the constituent parts of the Athletic Club get to compete together and the three days of the National League have fused the Track and Field elements of the Club.

The order of events is the same on most days and Loughlin Campion got us off the mark in the first two events as he did in Santry. Sunshine was replaced with torrential showers and Loughlin skidded when jumping off his weaker leg at the penultimate hurdle to a fall but still completed the 110H. Barely having time to dust himself off Loughlin was on duty again in the 3000m walk, which he won, beating opposition in the Premier and Div. 1 races which were combined. He PB'd too, a time of 14:24 - 7:40min miles! The High Jump, Pole Vault, Long Jump, Triple Jump and Hammer were the next Field events on the schedule in Tullamore, events that we'd won or come second in earlier in the season and be confident of winning with all our athletes in the fold but unfortunately in the Final we were unable to field a participant. The Club can make up some valuable points here in 2015. With 9 points for a win and 40 points between us and the eventual winners Donore there is no reason why, with adequate planning and focus, Dunboyne cannot be competing for top honours next August Bank Holiday. Back on track it was the turn of Paul Gannon in the 400H. Paul began the race in 7th and closed to finish 5th in a time of 68.1. It was the turn of the 4 x 100m relay next where Luke Mooney, Ahmed Abdi, Niall and Michael Cornyn ran a 51.29. Out in the field Declan Nyhan was competing and earning valuable points for the Club, throwing the Shot over 10m in four trials, the best which was 10.51 placing him 4th. He was third in the Discus with a 1st round throw of 28.40. Rory Kavanagh was next up in a strong 1500m. He stuck with the lead four, two of whom are sub 4 milers to finish an excellent 4th in 4:06, a time that was ran off a slow tactical first kilometre. The race was won by Donore's John Travers who will be competing for Ireland in next week's Euro's. Niall had barely time to catch his breath after the relay before having to compete in the 400m. He showed no signs of fatigue and ran an impressive PB of 55.75. Rory followed up his 1500m with the Steeple running an excellent sub 10min race to finish 2nd overall. Michael Cornyn and Morgan McDonagh were the next two athletes in action, in the 200m and 800m respectively. Michael ran well, possibly a seasons best, whilst Morgan was unlucky to have to duck out with an injury, but nevertheless competed the race to earn us points. Luke Forde was selected in the 5000m and finished 3rd overall in 15:20, despite having picked up a dose earlier in the week. Rising star Luke Mooney was next up in the 100m, running an impressive 12.19. Luke is only in the Club a couple of months and has years of speed to find just yet. He has developed greatly under the watchful eye of coach Fergal O'Flaherty. We're sure that time'll be 11.19 come next years National League 100m. The final two field events of the day saw Denis Delany in action, finishing in 2nd place in the Javelin, less than a metre behind the winner and 3rd in the 56lb WFD, throwing over 5m. The wrap up on the day was the 4 x 400m as always. The young quartet of Cornyn, Gannon, Abdulle and Abdi took to the track and ran an excellent 3.51 (time tbc). Plenty there to work on too and get down to 3:40.

Everyone left with a smile on their face, heading home, with a detour via Burger King in Tullamore. Many thanks to the coaches and those who travelled and helped out on the day. Also, many thanks to our generous National League Sponsors Dunboyne Veterinary Clinic, more on their sponsorship to follow later in the week. Finally, to 2015. We're more than hopefully that next year we'll go far in this competition. Our athletes have an extremely young age profile and there is a wealth of talent coming through. Structures are being put in place within the Club to foster this development which will coincide with our capital development plans. In 4 to 5 years time we would like to think we'll be more than holding our own with Clubs in the Premier Division.

Volunteers at the Rock‘n’Roll Half

Bank Holiday Monday 4th August

Club Notices

Juvenile Cross Country Training
The next Juvenile Cross Country Training will take place at the Cowpark on Wednesday the 20th of August 2014 at 7pm. There will be also under 12 boys relay training on beforehand at 6.20pm (all athletes to attend as ID Cards and Tracksuit will be given out for Community Games Finals this coming Weekend).

Volunteers at the Rock‘n’Roll Half
Bank Holiday Monday 4th August

Whilst we'd 20 or so runners competing in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon we'd a massive commitment from 55 Club members on the sidelines at the race and some woke up on Tuesday more sore and tired than the runners! The requests went out 2 weeks prior to the Half and Club members replied in their droves. It was fantastic to see, especially on a Bank Holiday Monday. The Club are massively proud of the contribution everyone made. It was an early start and a long morning. Our crew were up at 6am'ish to get into the O2 for the baggage gig or to the Water Station in the Park to quench the thirst of the needy at Mile 11. The Rock'n Roll admin folk showed us what we needed to do in both locations and everyone got stuck in. It was a real team effort. The Fit4Youth group did a great job at the water station, worked hard, needed little direction and were very supportive of all the athletes. Our own Club athletes were particularly grateful for the shout-outs they got at a difficult stage in the race. The combined efforts of the Seniors and F4L as well as others at the O2 and in the Park were remarked upon by all who dealt with us as well as the Rock'Roll crew. We took ownership of the important role we were assigned to and every last detail went to plan. The smiling faces everywhere were a testament to the contribution we made to a very successful event. I think we left smiling too, if a little sore and possibly a bit sunburnt as well! We hope you saw some of those happy heads that we've already posted to Facebook. We'd like to thank the 7 or 8 people that helped recruit and coordinate, but most of all the volunteers themselves.

  • Paul Gannon
  • Paul O’Donnell
  • Joan Hodgins
  • Ger Fagan
  • Tommy McDonnell
  • Chris McDonnell
  • Rory Kavanagh
  • Luke Forde
  • Abdullahi Abdulle
  • Ahmed Abdi
  • Annette Finlay
  • Julieann Finlay
  • Seamus Dunne
  • Denis Delany
  • Tom Scanlon
  • Pat Ryan
  • Eoghan Ryan
  • Annemarie Sheehan
  • Orlaith Leane
  • Lyndon Thomas
  • Angela Egan
  • Christi Dan
  • Janet Dan
  • John O’Malley
  • Ken McDonagh
  • Damian McDonagh
  • Tom Fallon
  • Mirella Herghelegiu
  • Marian O’Leary
  • Marie Tobin
  • Fiona Tobin
  • Ciara Devitt
  • Ellen Holian
  • Tom Muldoon
  • Breda Grehan
  • Evelyn Merriman
  • Ella O'Malley
  • Emilia Dan
  • Emily Ryan
  • Niall Cornyn
  • Michael Cornyn
  • Paul Gorey
  • Kay Gilmartin
  • Aoife Glynn
  • Alannah Eager
  • Mick Foy
  • Sarah Foy
  • Kirsten Foy
  • Susan Culhane
  • Blathnaid Peacock
  • Kevin Culhane
  • Lee Byrne
  • Cleighton Byrne
  • Laura Byrne
  • Maeve Dunne
Thanks folks!!!

Sean Hughes selected to represent Ireland in the IWAS World Junior Games
Sean Hughes was selected to represent Ireland in the IWAS World Junior Games in Stoke Mandeville, this week. Once again Sean produced an outstanding performance showing superb results against top competition. In Shot Sean came 2nd setting a new Irish Senior Mens record, seeing Sean come 4th in the javelin and 5th in Discuss. There is no doubt about Seans ability in becoming one of Ireland finest throwers in the coming years. Obviously Sean and his coach Declan are putting huge efforts in training. Sean is no Doubt one of Dunboyne AC's & Irelands top stars and we are confident that he will be a Para Olympician in the coming years. Well done yet again from Dunboyne AC.

Fun Athletics Camp
Last week seen the first ever Fun athletics camp in the beatuiful sunshine at Dunboyne AC. The camp was a great success with nothing but positive feedback from it. The camp catered for 7-13 year olds and offered a wide range of activities throughtout the week. The children got to try out all disciplines under the guidance of our 3 coaches, Luke, Rory and Laura and helpers, Patricia, Heather, Siobhan, Teresa, Rachel, Matthew, Pauric and Paul. After four days of perfecting their skills they all went on to compete in a Mini Olympic style competition on Friday. The athletes turned up in thier nations colours ready to do battle. This was a fun filled day with all members of the six teams competing in all events to maximise their score for their team. As the day progressed it was evident how much talent these groups of athletes had. Well done to all the athletes who showed true team spirit and cheered on their team members. After the final score was totted up, Spain were in 3rd place, France in 2nd and Germany were yet again the victorious team. The day would not be complete without the typical Dunboyne AC tradition of post event refreshments and Marion was on hand to provide hot dogs and goodies for all the children. We would like to thank Aoiffe for once again producing a very eye catching flier which got the camp off the ground. To all the coaches, helpers and children a very big thank you for making the camp a very enjoyable week. Please see lots of photos on Facebook

Due to popular demand, we are continuing Fit4Youth through the Summer months (except Bank Holiday Monday 4th August) We always welcome new members, and past members who have lapsed due to other commitments. Fit4Youth is a fun way of keeping fit and healthy while meeting new friends. Don’t feel that you have to be fit to join – you will feel fitter in a short time. For those of you who would like to run competitively for the club, please let the coaches or volunteers know and we will guide you in the right direction. So come and join us on Monday & Wednesday 8pm – 9pm at Dunboyne Athletic Club track, Rooske Road. Any queries, please call Kay on 087-2313167

We are looking for Senior/Fit4Life athletes or parents who would be interested in getting involved with Juvenile training. We have a large number of juveniles and it would enhance the training sessions if there was more adult help available. Training takes place Mon & Wed 7-8pm. Are you free? Only one hour per week!!!

If you have a skill, trade or expertise in a particular area e.g. painting, carpentry, catering, first aid etc. that you would be prepared to offer the club on accosions, we would be happy to add your name to our database. We are all volunteers and the more help we have the better the club will be. Please email Theresa at

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Online Registration
Members, we now have the facility to register online. If you click on this link, you'll see that prices have been reduced for the remainer of 2014. You must renew your membership again in January 2015.