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Clare Secondary Schools’ Cross Country Championships Success for St. Joseph’s

St. Joseph’s students from 1st Year to 6th Year took part in the Clare Secondary Schools’ Cross Country Championships last Thursday November 15th.  The event was held in the Lee’s Road Complex in Ennis on a very wet, challenging day for our competing athletes.

Our minor girls were first to represent St. Joseph’s – Sophie Conway, Polly Donnellan, Saoirse Donnellan, Áine Lenihan and Helena Downes put in fantastic performances to come third in the team event.  Next to compete were our minor boys – with a very successful second place victory, winning silver medals for the team.  Dannan Fox and Issac O’Sullivan finished very strongly, followed closely by Jake Slattery, Denis Whelan and Michael Moran.  Our junior girls Claire Murphy, Saoirse Keogh, Chelsea Canny, Sarah Manley, Áine Browne and Anna Doyle were up next – again, great performances from these girls gained second place in the team event.

Fantastic performances from our junior boys led to Tulla’s next team medal – Dara Fitzgerald, Darragh Moroney finished strongly, followed by Eoghan Daly and Eoghan McMahon. The other junior boys running were Davy Hassett, Sean Walsh, Conor O’Donnell, Colin Hogan and Eoin McNamara.

Éabha McInerney and Isabel O’Connell competed in the Intermediate girls race and performed very well.  Our intermediate boys of Darragh Keogh, Donal Sheedy, Fionn Hickey, Fiachra Hale, Eanna Culloo, David McInerney,Neil Callaghan, Marc Norte, Dylan Moone, Michael Ryan, Aaron Shanahan, Diarmuid Molloy and Lucas Donlon just missed out on a team medal.

The last event of the day was the senior boys race – tremendous running from Padraig Cahill, Fintan Caulfield, Stephen Donnellan and Jonah Bartelink ensured a team gold medal for St. Joseph’s.  We are so proud of all of our athletes as their great performances led to St. Joseph’s taking first place in the Best Overall School for the “Tully Cup” 2019, for the third year in a row.  Well done to all!  Special thanks also to Shane and Stephen for organising all of our teams on the day.

We are now looking forward to the North Munster Schools’ Competition to be held in Pallaskenry in January.


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