2014 Aviva Schools Tailteann Games

Gold and silver for Isabel and Rhona at todays Tailteann Games in Santry. Congratulations to Isabel Carron on winning the girls 3000m in a new pb 10.13 and a super silver medal win for Rhona Pierce in the 1500m, also doing a pb 4.41!! Super running girls!!

2014 Dublin Community Games athletics finals

Last weekend a group of circa 40 young athletes together with their parents made their way to Morton Stadium in Santry for the 2014 Dublin Community Games athletics finals. These young boys and girls had already been successful at the Skerries trials in May and for many it was their first time to represent their town at Community Games and I have no doubt it certainly won’t be their last. The Gold medal winners will go forward to represent Skerries and Dublin at the National Community Games finals in Athlone in August. Saturday, saw the heats and semifinals in each event with many Skerries athletes qualifying for the finals on Sunday. Congratulations to every one who competed, the future of Skerries athletic talent is very bright indeed! Skerries was also awarded 2nd place for the Lord Mayors award for best overall area only a few points behind the winners Navan Road. This is the best performance by Skerries athletes in recent years.
Results from Sundays finals as follows:

Keva Ndjatang (u8 60mtrs)
Daphne Ndjatang (u10 200mtrs)
Michael Smith (u8 80mtrs)
James Grimes (u10 200mtrs)
Sarah Whelan (u14 800mtrs, also Sarahs 4th consecutive DCG title)
Kyana McGuinness (u14 shot putt)

Cressida Amanianpong (u12 100mtrs)
Jane Maguire (u12 ball throw)
Girls Under 14 Relay (Sarah Whelan, Anna Calvez, Rapha Diamond Ebbs, Ruby Pereira)
Mixed Under 10 Relay (James Grimes, Ronan Winters, Ronan Geoghegan, Evelyn Apara, Leah Beggs, Natasha Byrne)

Josh Ericson (u12 600mtrs)
Rapha Diamond Ebbs (u14 100mtrs)
Hannah Coleman (u14 ball throw)
Luke Whelan (u12 long puck)
Under 12 Girls Relay (Cressida Amaniampong, Holy Diamond Ebbs, Ella Kingsnorth, Vita O’Brien, Georgina Byrne)
Vita O’Brien (u12 600mtrs)
Nathan Burns (u8 60mtrs)
Ruby Pereira (u14 800mtrs)

Chloe Ericson – 5th (u8 80 mtrs)
Holy Diamond Ebbs – 5th (u12 100mtrs)
Ronan Geoghegan – 6th (u10 200mtrs)
Moses O’Brien – 7th (u10 hurdles)
Greg McEneaney – 8th (u12 600mtrs)
John Fanning – 8th (u14 800mtrs)
Alvin Amaniampong – 5th (u12 ball throw)
Joe Rogers – 6th (u12 ball throw)
Pierce Woodcock – 6th (u12 long puck)
Mixed Under 15 Relay – (Ciara Downey, Louisa Byrne, Jodi McIvor, Callum McDonnell) – 5th

Congratulations to all the Skerries kids who took part in the Dublin Community Games Athletics finals over the weekend in Morton Stadium Santry. A super haul for Skerries who came 2nd in the overall medal table (6 Gold, 4 Silver, 5 Bronze and 3 4th place positions). Wonderful achievement to everyone that took part. You are all fantastic and we are all very proud of each and every one that competed! Many thanks to all the volunteer staff at Dublin Community Games who ran yet another very successful weekend. A special thanks to Keith, Berni, Marie, Ciara K, Ciara D and Aoimhe who were the best coaching/mentor team all weekend!!

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Dublin Juvenile Track and Field Championships

Success at Dublin Juvenile Track and Field Championships for Skerries AC athletes!!Proceedings kicked off in Santry on Friday evening with the 500mtrs/600mtrs and 800mtr races. u10 and u11 races were on times and our younger athletes all had great runs. Heats were required in the u12 to u14 races with a number of athletes qualifying for the final on Sunday morning in Tallaght. The first medal of the evening came courtesy of Sarah Whelan who won bronze in the u15 800mtrs. Bronze medals were also won by Eibhlin McCarthy and Eryn Devine in their respective 800mtr races.Day 2 of the Championships moved to Tallaght AC track and once again our athletes did not disappoint. Laura Costello took the bronze medal in the u18 400mtrs, Eibhlin McC bronze in the u16 1500mtrs, Eryn Devine bronze in the u17 1500mtrs and Orla Bollard silver in the u19 girls 1500mtrs. There were also good runs from Aoimhe Downey 5th u17 400, 6th u17 200m, Sarah Whelan 6th u15 1500m, Mairead Ni Chleirigh 10th u15 1500m, Aine McCarthy 4th u18 1500m, Stephen O’Connor 12th u15 1500m, Anna Calvez 6th in heats of u14 200m and Rapha Diamond Ebs who won her heat of the u14 200m and placed 7th in the final later in the day.Day 3 once again taking place in Tallaght saw our finalists from Friday evenings 600mtr heats take to the track. In the u12 girls 600 Vita O’Brien placed 6th, Holy Diamond Ebs 10th and Ella Kingsnorth 12th. Joshua Ericson bagged the clubs eighth medal of the Championships placing 3rd in the u12 600m. In the u13 600 Ruby Pereira and Lily Heaney 11th. John Fanning placed 12th in the u13 600m. The final race of the day saw Orla Bollard take the Gold medal in the u19 girls 3000m final.Congratulations and well done to everyone who competed over the 3 days and to the coaches and parents for all their help. Our medalists have now qualified for the AAI Juvenile Track and Field Championships of Ireland which take place in Tullamore on the 26th/27th July.

Skerries Athletic Club


Frank Greally

June 08 2014 08:09 PM

Skerries athletic Club is producing outstanding talent and continues to grow with a number of new recruits, writes Frank Greally

SKERRIES Athletic Club in north county Dublin was founded in the early 1970s by Hugh Boyle and Matt Boylan and other driving forces behind the club in those early days included Paschal O’Shea and Paddy Power.

The club had a strong presence in juvenile athletics in the early and mid- 1980s, but in the later part of the 1990s Skerries AC went through something of a lean period and a decline in membership.

However, since 2002, there has been a great revival of fortunes at the club and the present membership is around 140 – mainly juveniles. A little over a week ago, one of the club’s top stars, Isabelle Carron, won the Intermediate Girls 3000 metres at the Aviva All-Ireland Schools’ Track & Field Championships in Tullamore, and another top talent, Rhona Pierce, placed fourth in the Intermediate Girls 1500 metres at the same venue.

Both Isabelle and Rhona have represented Ireland in international schools competition and the club’s top senior runner, Ciara Durkan, was a member of the Irish women’s team that competed in last year’s European Cross Country Championships.

The performances of Carron, Pierce and Durkan have proved to be inspirational for some of the younger athletes at Skerries AC and several of the club’s juvenile athletes have been making their mark at the recent Dublin Athletic Board Track & Field League at the Morton Stadium in Santry.

Young Skerries AC athletes who won events in the league were: Daphney Hope Ndjatang, Joshua Ericson and Rapha Diamond Ebs. There were podium finishestoo for some other club athletes – ShaunaPrior, King Diamond Ebs, Cian Ensor and Stephen Byrne.

Isabelle Carron and Shona Pierce also combined with two other club members, Sarah Byrne and Laura Costello, to win the Intermediate Team Title for Skerries Community College at the Aviva All-

Ireland Schools’ Cross Country Championships. Shona Pierce also won the individual intermediate title at these championships.

There is a strong coaching structure in place at Skerries AC, led by Head Coach Kevin Thompson, an international athlete and former member of Emerald AC in Limerick, as well as London Irish Athletic Club in whose colours he also competed.

Joanne Carron, who also coaches at the club, attended Clemson University, South Carolina, in the USA, on an athletic scholarship from 1985–89 and she is delighted to be giving something back to the sport she loves. Joanne placed third in the 1991 Women’s Mini-Marathon in Dublin. Joanne’s husband, Gerry Carron, is also a marathoner, so the talented Isabelle Carron has grown up in a fitness-focused environment.

Skerries Athletic Club members use the local Community Centre as a HQ and they have received co-operation, welcome and encouragement from Skerries Harps GAA Club, as well as Skerries Rugby Club.

There is an abundance of young talent at this progressive club and it looks like the revival of club fortunes that started twelve years ago continues to gain momentum. This is a club with a very bright future and a dedicated committee at the helm.


Chairperson: (Outgoing) Brian Tuck

Secretary: Berni Downey

Treasurer: Betty Price

Competition Secretary: Joanne Carron

Child Welfare Officer: Brian Tuck

Head Coach: Kevin Thompson