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Club Newsletter June 2019.

We had another busy months in the club and loads of successful results and events to acknowledge. This edition will take us from the end of May and our European  Clubs Championship  campaign in Finland, through the 4 Days of Leinster Track & Field events.

European Club Championships 
Tampere, Finland - 25th May
The big news story of the year was of the St Abban’s Ladies team return to Tampere for the second year to compete at the highest level of club competition. The ladies, representing Ireland, faced off against the best clubs in Europe in a highly competitive event. The St Abban’s ladies battled for every point with the resilience and determination, which is the hallmark of any athlete who dawns the Abban’s colours, finishing 6th on the day. To see the Abban’s colours on the international stage was a moment of great pride for everyone who has being involved with the club in any capacity. Well done to the ladies team, coaches, volunteers and family members who worked throughout the years to allow St Abban’s to reach these new heights.
Read more of their fantastic achievements on Laois Today 

***Important notice to all STA track users.***

The location of our defibrillator has moved. It is no longer in the clubhouse but mounted on the wall at the back of the clubhouse, on track side . Please take a look the next time you are using the facilities and make sure you know its location!!

Thank you to Mayo Doonane Community Defibrillator Group for sponsoring the special cover necessary for us to maintain it outside.

Leinster Combined Events + Junior Championships 2019
Greystones, Co. Wicklow

TJ Burke was 2nd in the Junior 3000m with a time of 10.03(New PB). Competing throughout the day was Katie Baldwin who finished 10th in U14 Girls Pentathlon with 1526 points. Finishing off the day’s action from a St Abban’s perspective was Ger Kelly who was 2nd in the Hammer with a throw of 44m. Well done to all our athletes who competed.

All Ireland Schools
Tullamore, Offaly 01/06/19

Today saw the blue ribbon event of the school's athletics calendar take place, with the All Ireland schools. St Abban's was well represented on the day by four young athletes who at every turn demonstrate determination, dedication and diligence. Congrationlions to Ruby, Matthew, Aidee, Ger and Sarah who are the pride of St Abban's and their schools.

✅ Matthew Rossiter, Castlecomer C.S, 2nd Senior Pole Vault with a PB of 4.00 

T&F Day 1 Leinster Pairs 8th June
Our young guns were out in force today in Tullamore as the juvenile pairs took centre stage. 

Competing for St Abbans were: Johnny McGrath & James O Mara,Lily Brophy & Elanna Kelly, Rachel Ayres, Katie McGrath, Evan Brophy, Jess Murray,Faye Dunican, Kaylah O Mara. 
Medals were very hard to come by with the stiff competition but Johnny and James battled hard to win a silver medal in the u9 300m.
Well done to all athletes and thank you to the parents who travelled to Tullamore.

We had a number of athletes competing on Sunday the 4th of June in Tullamore as the Leinster Senior and Masters Track and Field took place.

✅ Collete English won the 800m and finished in 2nd place in the 1500m.
✅ Deirdre Jones was 2nd in the walk.
✅ Collette Brennan was 1st in her category.
✅ Liam Byrne was 3rd in the 1500m.
✅ John Territ was 1st in his category of the Javelin with a throw of 32.14m.
✅ Paddy Harding finished in 3rd in the 3000m, M65 category.
✅ Sean Delaney was 2nd in the m65 category of the 200m .

Congratulations to all athletes who competed on the day. It’s great to see so many medals coming from these events.

Leinster T+F Juvenile Day 2 & 3

Leinster T+F Juvenile Day 1, 15/06/2019 Tullamore Harriers Leinster

We had great results from the Leinster Track and Field! St Abban's athletes were to fore throughout the two days, with 14 podium finishes over the two days and two championship records. Congratulations to Katie Baldwin and Maya Brennan on their championship records.

  •  Katie Baldwin Girls U14 Triple Jump 1st & Championship Record of 8:79m , 
  • Maya Brennan Girls U14 High Jump 1st & Championship Record of 1:58m , 
  • Cara Maher Girls U19 800m 1st , 
  • Josh McDonald Boys U17 Triple Jump 2nd  & U17 100mts Final, 6th ,
  • Will Fox Boys U17 800m 3rd , 
  • Jack Fenlon Boys U15 1500m 3rd , 
  • Noise Kettle Boys U19 3rd , 
  • Aoibhín McDonald Girls U15 80m Hurdles  3rd , 4th in 300m & 4th in Triple Jump.
  • Niamh Graham Girls U15 Discus 3rd ,
  • TJ Burke Boys U18 3000m ,
  • Niall Carpenter, Boys U14 Shot, 7.96m, 5th ,


Leinster T+F Juvenile Day 2, 16/06/2019 Tullamore Harriers Leinster

  • Sarah Graham, Girls U18, Triple Jump, 10.08mts, 1st  & Discus, 34.38 PB, 1st ,
  • Eadaoin Coady, Girls U17, Hammer 3kg, 42.13, 1st
  • Naoise kettle, Boys U19, 1500m, 4:22:22, 3rd ,
  • Will Fox, Boys U17, 1500m, 4:20:14, 3rd ,
  • Jack Fenlon, Boys U15, 800m, 2:17:39 PB, 5th ,
  • Katie Baldwin, Girls U14, Long Jump, 4.13mts, 8th ,
  • Josh McDonald, Boys U17, 200m, 24.33s, 10th  & Long Jump 7th.


Congratulations to Paul Byrne was selected as part of the Irish team to compete at the 2nd European Games in Minsk, Belarus from June 21st-30th.

This was a multi sport championship organised by the the IOC (international Olympic Committee). This was Paul's 4th Major Championship having previously competed in the European U23 Championship , European Senior Championship and the World Student Games.

Paul's pictured above with his brother Colin who traveled in his first role as volunteer support staff.
Nivelles Meet
Nessa Millet ran a new PB of 54:20 for the 400m at the Nivelles meet on Saturday evening. Well done Nessa on a fantastic time and PB.
Belfast Irish Milers Club
Our athletes were in great form in Belfast over the weekend at the Milers Club meet with both Cian and Maisy running PBs. Cian Kelly managed ran 3:54 for 1500m while Maisy O’Sullivan ran a PB of 2:07 in the 800m.


Seoighe English representing Leinster Schools in Tailteann games at Morton Stadium Santry. No individual medal, but part of the Leinster winning girls Team 2019.

Both Boys and Girls teams from Leinster Schools came out on top to win the overall Tailteann province Teams.

The Big Griff 5K
27/06/19 Bro. Leo Park, Tullow

We had a fantastic turnout from the club as we gathered to remember and celebrate our late friend James Griffen. James would be honoured by the event, more than anything James would have loved the banter, chat and general camaraderie that was on display.

Prizes winner's. U/18 Audrey Byrne. 
Other categorie winners: Liam Byrne, Francis Fleming. Margaret Davis, Marie Fleming.

Categories winners are pictured with James' parents and other family members.


Stage 1: Luggacurren, Wednesday 8th May 
Stage2: Rossmore, Wednesday 22rd May 
Stage3: Newtown, Wednesday 5th June 
Stage4: Wolfhill, Wednesday 19th June 
Stage5: Moneenroe, Wednesday 3rd July
Stage 6: Ballylinan, Wednesday 18th July 
Stage 7: Graiguecullen, Wednesday 31stJuly
Stage 8: Monavea, Wednesday 14thAugust.

Well done to everyone taking part in our 4k Fit4Life League runs. Our numbers are well up this year and it's a credit to the Fit4life team that so many of their athletes are taking part. These stages are an integral social event for all our members and it is great to see our juveniles, walkers, runners and competitive athletes all chatting over a cup of tea at the end of the night. The refreshments have been amazing in all locations and thank you to all our hosts and volunteers for putting in a great effort year after year.

All results are available on our website -

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