Never mind the Nationals….the most competitive race in the Skerries AC calendar is always the Xmas cake run (for those athletes who train up in Ardgillan). Always hotly contested, with competitors handicapped the idea being all finishing at roughly the same time (Mmmm…)! It was a beautiful day for the run, with everyone in good spirits. Great to see our Chairperson Donna out for her maiden Xmas Cake Run. Conor led the senior athletes home, with Nicole winning the junior race. Mince pies and hot chocolate followed, to round off a great years training. Thanks to Joanne for organising. Enjoy your well deserved break!!!
A great night was had on 16th December when the whole club came together to celebrate the achievements of all Skerries AC athletes over the past 12 months. We recognised the achievements of athletes, some whom competed for the first time this year, and those who have trained with us for years and represented the club on many occasions. We also thanked our coaches for the time and commitment they give to the club in supporting our young athletes. We were delighted to welcome Ailis MacSweeney (our Sprint Coach and Irish 100m record holder) and Ciara Durkin (long time club member and European Cross Country Team Bronze Medalist) to present medals and awards to athletes. As well as presenting Dublin League awards, Dublin Cross Country Awards, and National Medals the following Club Annual Awards for 2016 were presented.
Best Girl Track Athlete – Ruby Pereira
Best Girl XC Athlete – Lottie Simons
Best Boy Track Athlete – Conor Tuck
Best Boy XC Athlete – Stephen O’Connor
Most Improved Athlete – Mairead NiChleirigh
Jim Quigley Award – Kerrie Costello
At the end of the evening we held our Christmas Raffle. Thanks to the following who donated prizes;
Stoop Your Head
Shankey for Men
Skerries Sports Shop
Aidan O’Briens Butcher
KL Cakes/Aonghus Lynch
WISHING YOU ALL A PEACEFUL BREAK OVER XMAS, AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO A SUCCESSFUL YEAR OF ATHLETICS DURING 2017
A great day of athletics to be had on Sunday at the National Uneven XC and Novice Championships in Dundalk IT. The weather was mild, and fairly dry underfoot. Our U15 girls kicked off for the club. Lottie had her best run of the season to lead the team home (14th overall) followed by strong performances from Ruby (26th), Lily (58th), Ella (112th) and Kerrie (114th). As a team they came 7th, but Lottie and Ruby also qualified as part of the Bronze winning Dublin County team.
Next up were the U17 girls. Again strong performances from Anna (59th) and Mairead (77th). Anna also qualified as part of the Silver winning Dublin County team.
Stephen followed in the U17 boys. He had the misfortune of losing a shoe early in the race, so under the circumstances finished a very credible 104th (I believe racing with one shoe is a specialty of his).
After a tough year due to injury it was great to see Isabel racing again, finishing 7th in the U19 girls. An incredible achievement for first race back.
Sad to see Orla B pull out of the Novice race due to injury. Fingers crossed nothing too serious.
It is an incredible achievement to qualify for the Nationals so well done to all, Skerries AC is so proud of you all. Also to Eibhlin who qualified, but couldn’t compete due to illness.
Thanks as always to the coaches, for their hardwork on the day, but also in preparing the athletes to reach the Nationals, and for the parents and their ongoing support.
Friday 16th December 7 to 8pm Community Centre Hall
Athletes, Coaches & Parents, you are cordially invited to join us to celebrate the athletic achievements of our members over 2016. It’s been a great year with more athletes competing than ever before, across all the training groups. It was exciting to see our new Sprint Group compete for the first time, under the guidance of Irish Sprint Record holder, Ailis McSweeney, who we are delighted to welcome to the club. It will be an exciting evening with the achievements of all recognised. We will announce female and male track and XC athletes of the year, most improved athlete of the year and of course the all important Jim Quigley award.
As well as the awards, there is our annual raffle, tickets still available from Liz, Donna or Ruth. There are a number of exciting prizes including a selection of wines, gift vouchers and an amazing Children’s Xmas Eve Hamper. Don’t forget if you’re not in, you can’t win…
Get your Party gear ready. Santa hats and Christmas Jumpers are the order of the day. We look forward to you joining us on the night.
Each year Skerries Athletic Club present an award called the Jim
Quigley Award. It is given to an athlete who has shown commitment & perserverance over many years, who respects their coaches and is supportive to their fellow athletes. Basically someone who exemplifies the attitude we promote as a club, rather than based on athletic ahievement. But who was Jim Quigley?
The award is presented in honour of Jim Quigley, a champion of community
development; a larger than life personality who was a dreamer and a doer;
an idealist and an activist. Jim was born in 1942 and grew up in
Toomevara, County Tipperary. He attended school firstly in Nenagh and then
Mungret College, Limerick. He spent two years in the SMA Seminary, Cork
before moving to Dublin where he worked initially in the bar trade and
subsequently in sales, with Telecom Eireann. In 1970, Jim married Brigid
Carolan and shortly afterwards the couple came to live in Skerries,
purchasing their home in the newly built Hillside Estate.
An Irish Times obituary in honour of Jim, published shortly after his death
in August 2001, refers to the ‘missionary zeal’ with which he approached
his involvement in community development. In this, Jim was inspired and
influenced by the movement, Muintir na Tire, founded by Canon John Hayes in
Thurles, County Tipperary, in 1937. Self-help, neighbourliness, service
for the common good are the core principles of Muintir na Tire and Skerries
provided ample opportunity for Jim’s energy and commitment to these goals.
Jim firstly volunteered in his local Residents Group and from there was
drawn to the Skerries Development and Community Association where his
involvement lasted 22 years. Jim was Chairperson of the SDCA for ten of
those years and worked on many, many projects. Perhaps the most visible
legacy of his work in Skerries is the Community Centre. In 1977, the
Skerries Development and Community Association set up a sub-committee to
look at the needs of their fast-growing town. Jim was a leading member of
this sub-committee which lobbied central government; the local authority,
then Dublin County Council and the residents of Skerries to raise the
necessary funds to build a Community Centre. The Centre opened in December
1982 and Jim was determined that it would succeed and flourish. He kept a
keen eye on income streams including the Saturday evening bingo event where
he was a regular presence. In the course of encouraging his own children
Orla and Edel, Jim became involved in community games at local and national
level and served as chairman of our own Skerries Athletic Club. In the early
1990s, the SDCA was asked to collaborate with the County Council in the
development of Ardgillan Castle as a visitor attraction. Jim became
Chairman of the Board of Management and attended meeting after meeting as
this project got off the ground. The same can be said of his involvement
with Fingal Tourism, formed in 1994 to coincide with the new Fingal County
The opportunity to take early retirement from Telecom Eireann allowed Jim
to pursue his ideals for community development and to commit his energies
to this area which was so important to him. He had rekindled his links to
Muintir na Tire in their Golden Jubilee year of 1987 and in 1994 was
elected the organisation’s first full-time President. As with every other
project, Jim threw himself into the work; travelling up and down the
country; establishing Community Alert units; lobbying and advocating on
behalf of vulnerable people and communities. He became a member of the
Rural Development Strategy Group; was a member of a steering committee for
a White Paper on ‘Voluntary Activity and its relationship to the State’; in
1999, he was nominated to the National Crime Forum by John O’Donoghue TD
Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform. Jim was named Tipperary Man
of the Year in 1999, an accolade he treasured as he dealt with the onset
and diagnosis of a brain tumour. Jim died on the 29 August 2001. We
remember him and celebrate his life’s work with this award.