Website last updated: Monday 25th 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.

Sub 20 for Carol in 5K Griffeen Park Run!

Saturday 16th August
Belated congrats to Carol Cullinane, who has been flying it since she came back from honeymoon! Carol finally reached her goal and broke 20 minutes in the 5K Griffeen Park Run. Thanks to Dave for pacing Carol all the way. Keep it going Carol. You're on a roll !!!

Community Games National Finals

Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th August

The second weekend of the Community Games National Finals were on in Athlone on Saturday the 23rd and Sunday the 24th of August 2014 with Dunboyne AC athletes heading back to the AIT Complex in Athlone to try and mirror the success of the Cross Country runners from the previous weekend.

The boys under 12 relay team made up of Conor Leane, Mark Leane, Jack Brown, Jack Hayes and Ross Lyons were first up on the track on the Saturday and they did not disappoint, qualifying from the first round heats and the semi final heats to line out for the 4 x 100m relay final after lunch on the Sunday. On a cold blustery Sunday, the Dunboyne AC quartet ran their hearts out in the final to be pipped for a spot on the podium when they finished 5th in a very talented field.

Jack Nyham was competing in the final event of the Saturday Track and Field schedule. Jack who is underage for this u16 event again next year was in great form, and took silver with some impressive throwing which were in line with his performances at provincial and national shot putt competitions this year. There were two Dunboyne natives in action in the opening field events on Sunday morning where Sinead Reynolds was in action in the triple jump while Niall Bermingham was competing in the High Jump, both athletes who are underage in this u16 category next year finished a respectful 7th and look good for next years festival.

Later on Sunday morning Nicola Duffy was in action in the u16 Marathon race as part of the Meath team, where the trio all finished in the top ten in a very testing 7km course to take silver in this inter county competition. Again Nicola is another of our talented athletes underage for the same competition next year. Well done to all.

Fit4Life at Jog for Jockeys 5K and 10K

Sunday 24th August
Noreen Geoghegan headed for the Curragh racecourse on Sunday with both her partners in tow; husband Martin and training partner Nicola McKernan. The Jog for Jockeys event is a fundraiser for injured jockeys with a 5K and 10K option billed as “ideal for pre-season cross country training.” Our two fillies (aka Cagney and Lacey) opted for the 5K which was one loop of the racecourse. Our stallion Martin went for the 10K which took in both the racecourse and surrounding Curragh. Nicola was a little shell-shocked by the tough grass course with LOTS of uphill drags. Being married to S3A, she’s not easily shocked as you can imagine! Thankfully Eleanor Geoghegan was on hand to offer moral support, assisting Martin to a 50.00 finish and the ladies to a time of 36.56 in the 5K.

Nevertheless they had an enjoyable day out and steadied their nerves with a picnic and shopping trip in nearby Kildare Village, which we now suspect may have been a motivating factor for two-thirds of the participants in selecting this event. Sadly S3A was unable to attend, otherwise he would have given us a detailed account of what was bought in Kildare Village and what was eaten at the picnic. Well done Martin, Nicola and Noreen on great performances for a worthy cause and thanks for the feedback Nicola.

Dunboyne AC at Celbridge 5K

Sunday 24th August

Two Seniors and seven Fit4Lifers made their way to the annual Celbridge AC 5K that starts and finishes in the stunning grounds of Castletown House with super performances all round on this relatively flat course.

Representing the seniors were John O’Malley and Sarah Berry, both making an impressive return to racing after a break, clocking great times of 20.40 and 21.50 respectively with plenty of energy left over to support the Fit4Lifers following behind.

Billy Brannigan led the charge for Fit4life finishing in 24.58 achieving a super PB of 1 minute, 2 seconds. Congratulations! Billy invited wife Jackie along to support following her 10 miler the previous day, but Jackie doesn’t do spectator-sports so she togged out instead and finished in 25.13. Impressive! Pauline Singleton and Jennifer Clancy finished together in 28.37 in their first competitive outing for Dunboyne AC. Their only previous 5K experience was our track challenge on 1st March and they improved those times by close to 2 minutes. Well done ladies, fantastic progress! Just behind Caroline Mahon ran 28.57, also returning after a period of absence which doesn’t seem to have done her any harm. Seconds later Lyndon Thomas clocked a super PB of 29.10 emphatically winning the Athboy rematch against Ger Fagan who finished in 30.40, but she’ll be back.

Well done everyone; great running. Well done to our friends in Celbridge AC on another great race. Thanks to our enthusiastic support crew near the finish line. Check out our photos of runners and supporters.

Seniors at Frank Duffy 10 Mile

Saturday 23rd August

Our seniors weighed in with good performances in the Frank Duffy 10 Mile this year, on a course and conditions that were more conducive to good running this year than last.

First home for the 7pm'ers was Kanturk Flyer Donal Cashin with a 60:09, Donal will be ruing that its not sub 60, but the National Half is surely in the legs still. Donal is targeting a good time in Tullamore Half this Sunday coming. Next over the line in 68:16 were the duo of Alan McKernan and Greg McLoughlin. Greg and Anto ' The Harrier' O'Brien, had been cajoled by Alan into running sub 70 and had the pleasure of having to run with (away) from Alan in the Park on Sunday. If that's not incentive enough to speed up we don't know what is! All broke the 70 mark easily and will be targeting sub 90 in the half, with Alan perhaps targeting an 80. Kevin Clancy was just metres behind the lads in a time of 68:13 and looked comfortable out there.

With Emilia on stewarding duty it was left to Carol Cullinane to be our leading lady bringing it home in 70:39, just outside of the envelope zone! Great to see Stephen Doyle back up at the Club in recent times, he completed the 10 miles with Antoinette, with both running 71:40. Clodagh Dunphy returned to racing and ran an 82:14 along with sister Norma. Both are targeting PB's in the Athlone Half next month. Siobhan Carey and Daire Greaney were just behind the two ladies running an 82:31 and 83:57 respectively. Sean Manning and Mairtin Thorton were next in with times of 84:23 and 86:44, and Anne Gorman completed the course in 87:48, a new PB!! Well done guys! The trio of Jon Sibley, Noel Duffy and Paul Lord got around in 97:14, 102:03 and 103:35 respectively, again, well done!

Next up for a lot of our crew will be a Half, either Tullamore, The Half in the Park, Athlone or Charleville, with a view to completing an Autumn marathon further into the season. Best of luck to everyone with their training over the next few weeks, this is the hard slog - it will all come together come September / October! Again, if we've missed anyone here, please comment below, we're a big Club, its hard to keep track of everyone!!

Fit4Youth & Fit4Life excel at Frank Duffy 10 Mile

Saturday 23rd August

It was ladies’ day for Fit4Life at this year’s Frank Duffy 10 miler in the Park as a record turnout of 19 lined up for a distance challenge along with 4,000 others. The new course proved popular as it lost a few hills since last year and our lot didn’t fail to capitalise with PB’s being achieved by the vast majority. It’s hard to single out anybody in particular as all our women excelled themselves in various ways, so we’ll just give you a brief flavour. All names and times are listed below.

Joint Fit4Youth and Fit4Life member Emily Ryan won the ladies’ Junior race in a time of 1.21.23, a full 6 minutes faster than last year when she was placed 3rd. Emily was 5 minutes clear of her nearest rival. Super running yet again Emily, congratulations! We are delighted for you (and ourselves, if we’re honest, as this is Fit4Life’s 6th podium finish in August, trumping July’s 5; not that we’re vulgar enough to be counting!)

Congratulations to Ciara Devitt who was first home for Fit4Life in an incredible time of 1.20.51. Amazingly, this is not even a PB for Ciara who earned her stripes at the Ballycotton 10, but it’s her best time this year. Special congratulations to our members who made their debuts over the 10 mile distance. All ran hugely impressive times; just desserts for their dedication and determination. Great achievements and PB’s all round! Well done Ana Quigley, Aoife Hyland, Ellen Holian, Evelyn Merriman, Louise Taylor, Patricia Larkin and Shirley O’Hara for rising to the challenge you set yourselves and doing it rather stylishly too.

Well done to our Race Series regulars who, having trained consistently and maintained a high level of fitness over the past few years, are unfazed by the distance. Congratulations Deirdre Mangan, Eileen Soraghan, Jackie Brannigan, Joan Hodgins, Lauren Flood, Margaret Leddy, Norma Farrell, Roisin Whitty, Siobhan Campbell and Vivienne Lennon. Most achieved PB’s with some taking huge chunks off their previous bests. For example, Viv improved her time by 12 minutes while Siobhan and Jackie each shaved 9. Congratulations to Lauren Flood who placed a very impressive 6th in her age category in this strong field. Hard luck to Pat Ryan who trained hard for the race but missed out due to injury.

Massive thanks to all the supporters who popped up along the way. A few friendly faces really do help and the gang were very grateful to you. Thanks Annette Finlay, Billy Brannigan, Dunboyne Scouts (at the water stations), Emilia Dan, Jennifer Clancy, Julieann Finlay, Nicola McKernan, Paul Gannon and the many others we’ve missed here. Good luck to those targeting the half and if you’re still undecided talk to Paul or Gary for further advice. Talk to Viv if you would like company when training. Thanks to both coaches for the Q&A and training programmes. Great advice being put to good use with super results!

Ana Quigley 01:40:18
Aoife Hyland 01:39:53
Ciara Devitt 01:20:51
Deirdre Mangan 01:43:19
Eileen Soraghan 01:33:49
Ellen Holian 02:12:30
Emily Ryan 01:21:23
Evelyn Merriman 02:12:30
Jackie Brannigan 01:26:53
Joan Hodgins 01:21:25
Lauren Flood 01:23:57
Louise Taylor 01:42:46
Margaret Leddy 01:42:04
Norma Farrell 01:22:18
Patricia Larkin 01:54:09
Roisin Whitty 01:35:57
Shirley O'Hara 01:45:52
Siobhan Campbell 01:26:12
Vivienne Lennon 01:34:22

Clonmel Half Marathon

Sunday 17th August

Congratulations to Paul Gannon who ran his first Half Marathon this year in Clonmel placing 8th with a PB time of 1:17:43. Well done Paul! Full results here. Thanks to for the photo.

Bandana man heads to Monaghan

Sunday 17th August

Well done to Mick 'The Hammer' Foy who continued his great development which commenced with a 10k in Monaghan a couple of months back and continued with a super 10 mile race there on Sunday. Mick completed the race in a great time of 73 minutes showing his great improvement which puts him on course for a great marathon in October. Mick joined the Bandana brigade hence looking the part at the same time. Well done Mick!!

Indaver Duleek 10k Road Race

Sunday 17th August

Duleek's fast expanding Club held their second 10k road race on Sunday 17th August under sunshine and blue skies and the event was really well supported with 500 runners tackling the fast course.

First home was our own (well nearly) Gary O'Hanlon in a time of 32:18. Gary and (definitely) our very own Luke Forde led the charge for two miles before the racing commenced and it was Gary who won out, with Luke finishing an excellent 2nd in 32:37, almost a minute ahead of third. Also racing on the day from our seniors was Ray Mitchell who finished in a time of 45:24, and Lucy Kavanagh with a fantastic 10k time of 47:57. Fit4Life’s Jim Lineen went sub-50 for the second time, completing the course in an excellent 49.30. The Finlays were also in action once again and would appear to have clinched PB’s. Annette finished 4th in her age category in 57.46 and daughter Julieann followed close behind in 1.00.34.

Super running everyone, well done. Yet again we are indebted to Peter and Rory Mooney for the super action shots available on our Facebook page. Full album available at here.

Community Games Finals National, Athlone IT

Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th August

Dunboyne AC had a total of five athletes competing at the AIT venue in Athlone on Saturday the 16th and Sunday the 17th of August 2014 where the finals of the National Community games were taking place. All five athletes were representing Meath in the Cross Country Competitions with all five safely through the heats stages on the Saturday before returning for the finals on the Sunday. First up on the Sunday morning were Lauren McConnell, Victoria Knox and Aoibhin Ni Fhlatharta who were on the Meath under 13 mixed relay team where the boys and girls competed together as a team, finishing a respectful 6th place overall in what was a often physical and cramped race. The under 12 Meath girls competed in the mixed distance Cross Country Relay Competition, and despite four of the five athletes on this team being underage again next year, the youngsters who included Dunboyne's Doireann Ni Fhlatharta and Abigail Knox, all ran fantastic individual legs to clinch a hard earned spot on the podium. There was great support for the young athletes from the clubs and many photographs are in circulation already showing off their medals in a bid to motivate the nine athletes heading to Athlone next week for the Community Games Track and Field National Final. Well done girls.

Club Notices

Lost keys
One of our members, Warren McIntyre (senior runner) lost a set of keys at the track Thursday night. They were in his Navy blue O'Neills track suit bottoms which went missing from the men's changing room after 7pm. Someone may have thought they were theirs and may have subsequently dropped the car keys around the area. So please check your gear bags... Many thanks!

Juvenile Cross Country Training
The next Juvenile Cross Country Training will be taking place at the Hill of Tara on Saturday the 30th of August 2014. Meeting at track at 9.20am.

Juvenile training will be back to normal from Monday the 1st September 2014. Training for Juveniles on 7pm to 8pm on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Also there will be a sprinters group starting up for under 14 athletes upwards during the Fit for Youth sessions from 8pm to 9pm on Mondays and Wednesday. Spread the word.

Car Boot Sale
Saturday 13th September, 11am

We are pleased to announce, in conjunction with our Annual Family fun day in September, a Car Boot sale being held the day before. Please start gathering up any items you wish to sell off (sorry but selling of husbands will not be allowed!) The Car Boot Sale will take place at Dunboyne AC Track and all members of the public are welcome. Just show up on the day. Further information from Noel Leonard on 087 2345186. If you could share/like our post on Facebook, this would be a way of getting the word out in the area.

  • €15 per car
  • €20 per van
  • €25 per stall

Family Fun Day
Sunday 14th September

Date for Diary for you all. The Family Fun Day is a big fundraiser for the club. We hope you will be able to help out for a couple of hours on the day, or alternatively come along with your family and support. Details to follow soon.

Dave & Micks Marathon Challenge!
Two of our senior runners, Dave Galbraith and Mick Foy are going to complete a 26.2 miles at the Family Fun Day to raise funds for the club. The lads will have sponsorship forms on the go over the next couple of weeks. Please sponsor them or you can also donate on the day. Good luck lads!

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.