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July 25th 2001

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Samba Soccer Camp

Happy faces of the children who attended the recent Samba Soccer Camp at local Drumbar Football grounds. The Summer Camp was attended by over 115 youngsters from Sligo, Leitrim as well as Ballyshannon, Bundoran, Killybegs, Ardara, Kilcar, Carrick, Glenties. The Camp was coached by senior coaches Barry Thomas, Adrian McAlear with special Brazilian coach Alex. Also junior coaches Kieran Nixon, Sean Bushell, Enda Brogan, Shane Brown, Aaron Charles and Ann Marie O’Donnell with a very special thanks to Paddy Brogan and the Drumbar Club for the use of the football park facilities.

Local Athletes At All Irelands

The National Senior Track and Field C/ships at Santry over the weekend found local Tir Conaill athletes competing against the best in Ireland and performing exceptionally well.

The St. John Bosco girls U 9 team that finished 4th in the recent All Ireland championships in Tullamore.
Front: Mary O’Kennedy, Louise Harvey, Kitty O’Kennedy, Amy Brogan, Aoife O’Connor.
Back: Parents Angela O’Kenndy, Louise Brogan and Jackie Harvey.

Mary McLoone in her first year of Senior athletics –she recently graduated from the Junior [U19] ranks—won medals in the Long and Triple Jumps with Personnel Best performances in both. On Sat in the Long Jump she had a best of 5.62metres for silver while on Sunday she Triple Jumped 11.97m – another P.B. and silver again. This later distance would have been a new Irish U 23 record but for the fact that the ‘wind reading’ was above the plus 2 allowed. Geraldine Stewart and Michelle Harvey finished 5th and 6th in the Shot Putt and 1500m with performances of 11.05 m and 4mins 44.98secs.

Tir Conaill A.C. will contest the 2nd round of the National Mazda Senior Lge. at Santry Stadium on the 12th August. Following Rd.1 the women’s team are placed 5th in the Premier Div. while the Men lead Div 1. The aim after two rounds is to get a top overall eight position and qualify for the prestigious final at Tullamore in late August.

Juveniles do well

When part 1 of the National Juvenile C/ships was held at Tullamore recently St. John Bosco athletes did very well. Christina McBarron in the Under 12 Girls High Jump cleared 1.30m for a bronze medal. This was one of the few medals to come to the county. The clubs Under 9 Girls relay team of Kitty O Kennedy, Aoife O’Conner, Louise Harvey and Amy Brogan qualified for the final – in 3rd place – and later finished 4th in an exciting final—only 3/10 of a sec. outside the medals. Jason Duignan in the Boys Under 11 Long and High Jumps filled 9th and 6th positions. Well done to all and thanks to the parents and supporters that travelled to Tullamore.

Next weekend Part 2 of the National C/ships- ie. Under 13 – 18- takes place at Tullamore and once again St. John Bosco will have a large representation. Fourteen athletes in all have qualified and will travel with hopes of good performances.


When the Ulster Under 17 team for the Celtic International in Wrexham, Wales was announced recently four local athletes were included in the line up. Siobhan McGlynn from the St John Bosco club will compete in the 80 m Hurdles, Niall McGinley and Ciaran McBrearty both Sliabh Liagh A.C. will contest the Shot Putt and High Jump while Stranorlar and Blue Stack A.C. representative Lee McGarrigle will run in the 100m and 4 x 100m relay. Coaches Rose Gavigan, Cranford; Bernie Alcorn, Finn Valley; Michael Doherty, Bluestack. Congratulations and good luck to all!

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