View this email in your browser

Latest News from St. Abban's AC

March was a sad month for the club as we learn't of the sudden death of one of our club members and friend James Griffin.
 James was a very popular and charismatic member of the club. He was a great athlete who won many individual and team accolades with his club mates through school, college and beyond. There was never a dull moment in James’ company and he will be well and truly missed.

Primary School Quiz - Ist place team from Ballyroan National School
34th Annual Primary School's Table Quiz
Some well fought battles at another hugely successful St Abban’s Quiz, which took place on Thursday 14th March.  A large crowd gathered in Killeen for the final which saw Ballyadam N.S take first prize. They were pushed hard by Ballylinan and Mayo NS in 2nd and 3rd position. The play off for 3rd was mighty! 43 teams from 12 schools competed in the semi-finals, with the top 17 teams representing 10 schools qualifying for the Final. 

A  big thank you to event organiser and club stalwart Pat Whelan. Thanks to Liam, Dick. Mairead, & Joe for correcting. Billy, James & Jimmy for manning the floor. Mary for Photo's, Hall caretaker Jeff and not forgetting Killeen hall committee for there excellent facilities. Thank you once again to  Dineen's for sponsorship.

Finally to all the schools who continue to support this event which is now in its 35th year.
Liam Byrne had a great run in the 1500m. He fought really hard in the last lap winning a few positions in the last sprint to finish in 2nd place. Congratulations Liam on a well won medal.
Congratulations to Ger Kelly competing in the Shot Putt in the Leinster Junior Championships. Ger was 3rd in the Shot Putt with a distance of 10.07m.
Leinster Indoors JSM Championships 2019
Day 3 of the Leinster indoors took place in Abbotstown on the 2nd of March and we had some great results from our Juniors, Seniors and Masters.
Matthew Rossiter 2nd Pole Vault 3.80m and Ger Kelly 3rd Shot Put 10.07m 
Saragh Buggy 1st Triple Jump 13.09m  and Nicole Kehoe Dowling 2nd a Shot Put 11.49m
Sharon Buggy 800m 2.55, Collette English 3rd 800m 2.40 and  1st 1500m 5.25, Liam Byrne 1500m 2nd 4.50, John Territ 2nd Long Jump 3.74m and 1st Shot Put 9.43m , Masters Women’s Relay 1st team, Mary Boylan. Deirdre Brennan, Sharon Buggy and Colette English.
Congratulations to our Masters Women's team for their 1st place finish in the  Leinster Relays  4x400m. Well done to Mary Boylan, Colette English, Sharon Buggy and Deirdre Brennan.
Leinster Indoor Relays 

On Sunday the 3rd of March, Day 4 of the Leinster Indoors, saw the team element come to the fore as St Abbans had 3 teams compete in the Leinster Relays. The competition is fierce at these events and all 4 teams battled to the line. Well done to all who competed. Also special thanks to bus driver and coach Patsy Baldwin for bringing the bus load of teams up to Abbotstown and negotiating the snow on the way home. It was a great day out for all our Juveniles competing.

U14 Girls Katie McGrath & Baldwin, Moya Brennan & Aisling Cawley.
U15 Girks Moya, Katie Baldwin, Audrey Byrne & Aoibhín McDonald.
U16 Boys Cathal Keegan, Shane Kavanagh, Shane Buggy & Darragh Carpenter.
U17 Boys Cathal Keegan, Shane Kavanagh, Shane Buggy & Josh McDonald.


National Masters Indoors
Well done to John Territt on winning the Weight for Distance with a throw of 6.36m. Following on from this, John’s throw of 9.67 secured him 2nd position in a tightly fought Shot Putt competition at the National Masters Indoors on March the 10th.
Congratulations to Katie Baldwin who really impressed in Day 4 of the Leinster Indoors, winning Gold in the U14 Triple Jump.
Congratulations  to Cara Maher who finished 3rd in Leinster Junior 800m Championships.

All Ireland Schools Cross County
Jack Fenlon had a fantastic run in the All Ireland Schools on Saturday 9th of March in Clongowes Wood. Jack was competing in the Minor Boys event where he finished in a brilliant 19th position in the colours of Colaiste Iosagáin, Portarlington. This was his first taste of All Ireland School’s athletics and no doubt there will be more to come over the next few years. Will Fox ran a strong race to finish 52nd in the Intermediate boys race. Will has been making steady improvements throughout the year.
National Junior Indoor Championship - 30th March
Well done to Maya Brennan National U14 High Jump Champion with a massive PB of 1.60m. What a super jump by Maya! High jump training takes place most weekends at the club. Anybody over 12 is more than welcome to join in and perfect the event under the watchful eye of Liam Kelly.

World Master's Championships 

On the 25th March Stephen Hunter represented Ireland in Poland in the World Master's Championships.

Stephen had a fantastic race, finishing 10th over the 8km, leading the Irish team home in 2nd place. 


Well done to both our men's and women's team who both took silver in the Laois Senior Road Race Championships. The racing  was highly competitive and all medals were hard won.
Congratulations to John Fenlon who took individual silver. Thank you to everyone that helped out on the day to help us host the event. Special thanks to Marie, Joe, Mary and Breda for refreshments and Ben Brennan for making out the course.
Another good month for the Fit4Life group with great numbers in attendance and people making steady progress while enjoying the atmosphere. This couch to 5K group hit another great milestone last night Monday 8th of April with participants completing 5k in traning. Well done to everyone that took part.

Best of luck to the group heading to Waterford this weekend, Saturday 13th, on a cycle tour day trip. A well deserved break from the running!

Fit4Life continues every Monday and Wednesday at 7.30pm as we continue to prepare for our own Fit4Life league starting on Wednesday May the  8th in Luggacurren.

Thanks to Adrienne, Michael and Noeleen for motivating everyone!
There was strong showing from St Abban’s at the SLOT 5km & 10km in Carlow on Sunday 10th March. New and old members were out enjoying athletics as part of the St Abban’s family. It's lovely to see couch to 5k members running their first 5km and earning first medal.  Well done to all who took part.
Upcoming Events
We have a busy few months for the club. We'll need volunteers for all our events.
**Check closing dates for all competitions, especially outdoor T&F below!
  • Student Games 14th April 
  • Table Quiz for Finland 27th April, Behan's Pub.
  • Laois T&F Championships 28th April
  • Open Sports 6th May
  • Leinster Novice and Masters Road Race 6th May.
  • Fit4Life League Luggacurren 8th May.
  • Laois Masters 12th May *provisional.
  • Anniversary Mass for Mick Byrne, 18th May at 5pm.
  • National League 1st Round 19th May.
  • Fit4Life League Rosmore 22nd May.
  • European Championships Finland 25th May

Check out and for more information on upcoming events.


Athletics Ireland is delighted to announce our BRAND NEW 2019 Athletics Ireland Race Series which will incorporate our National 5K, 5 Mile and 10 Mile Championships.

If you are an Athletics Ireland member, get all 3 races for a reduced rate of €45!

The series will include 3 chip-timed road races within the Phoenix Park
 Irish Runner 5K (National 5K Champs) Saturday May 4th
Irish Runner 5 Mile (National 5 Mile Champs) Saturday June 15th
Irish Runner 10 Mile (National 10 Mile Champs) Saturday July 13th


Finland Update
Our ladies team are busy fundraising for the European League Championships in Finland. Our next event is a table quiz in Behan's pub on Saturday night the 27th of April. **SAVE THE DATE** Please spread the word and come support our Ladies!
Best of luck to Lt. Brian Kelly from all at St Abban’s AC as he heads to the Golan Heights, Syria to take up his post as part of the United Nations supervision and peace keeping mission.
Upcoming Courses:
St. Abban's AC are  hosting the Level 1 AAI course starting this Wednesday the 10th of April. Thank you to Colin Byrne for organising and best of luck to all our members taking part.
Copyright © 2019  St. Abban's AC, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email as you are a member of St. Abban's AC.

Monavea, Crettyard, Co. Laois.
If you want information added to this newsletter contact us at

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.


This email was sent to *|EMAIL|*
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences