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

St. Joseph’s students from 1st Year to 5th Year took part in the Clare Secondary Schools’ Cross Country Championships last Thursday November 14th.  The event was held in the Lee’s Road Complex in Ennis on a day with perfect running conditions.

Our minor girls were first to run – Amy Stack, Aine Daly, Fia Purcell, Maria Moloney, Taylor O’Sullivan and Olivia Meaney all put in fine performances.  This girls team came in fifth place overall in a strong field of competitors.         

Next to compete were our minor boys – Owen Wallace, Finn Bliss and Kailum Cahir who performed very well.

Our junior girls Sophie Conway, Pollymay Donnellan, Aine Lenihan, Saoirse Donnellan and Helena Downes were up next – fantastic running from these girls gained them second place silver medals in the team event.

Great performances from our junior boys led to Tulla’s next team medal – Issac O’Sullivan and Dannan Fox were very impressive in their steely determination, followed closely by Cathal Culloo and Denis Whelan.   The other junior boys running were Ryan Fitzgerald, Jake Slattery, Simon Kilker and Cormac Hale.

Next up were our Intermediate girls – Claire Murphy, Chelsea Canny and Saoirse Keogh, followed closely by Isabel O’Connell and Anna Doyle.   These girls determined running led to a third place bronze team medal for this team.

Equally strong performances displayed by our intermediate boys of Diarmuid Molloy, Donal Sheedy, Darragh Moroney and Eoghan Daly ensured another silver team medal for St. Joseph’s. The other intermediate boys running were Eanna Culloo, Cillian O’Gara, Dara Fitzgerald, Conor O’Donnell, Lorcan O’Connor, Eoin McNamara, Rory O’Sullivan, Cormac O’Brien, Michael Ryan, Neil Callaghan, Ronan O’Connor, Jayden Scullion, Colin Hogan, Odhran O’Connell and Hugh Cronin.

The last event of the day was the senior boys race – powerful running from Fintan Caulfield (4th), Adam O’Neill (7th), followed closely by Oisin Clune and Adam Hogan, delivered St. Joseph’s final team medal of the day.

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” 2020, for the fourth year in a row – a very impressive feat!  Well done to all our runners!

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


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