DCU Invitational Cross Country 2015 Report

On a crisp January afternoon, the DCU Schools Invitational kicked off the secondary school’s 2015 cross country season at the DCU sports grounds. Despite the cold frosty weather conditions – schools travelled from far and wide to compete; with St. Kieran’s College from Kilkenny dethroned the St. Aidan’s CBS boys to win the Best Overall boy’s school. In the Best Overall girls school competition, Mount Temple and Holy Child Killiney shared the honours with Colaiste Iosagain a close 3rd. Entries increased again this year from 1028 competing athletes to 1142, this annual event showcasing some of the Ireland’s best future talents in cross country running.

Minor / Junior

Both Minor races produced impressive individual winners with Ella May Cromie (Mount Temple) and Con Doherty (St. Colman’s College, Newry) both powering home to take the Minor titles. The Minor team titles were won convincingly by St Marys College from Naas and St. Kieran’s College from Kilkenny.

At Junior level, Sarah Healy (Holy Child Killiney) who won the minor girls race in 2014, stepped up to take this year’s Junior title, while Cian May (Salesian’s Celbridge) who came 4th last year in the Minor event, made the leap to win the Junior boy’s individual title. Scoil Mhuire from Trim (last year’s Minor girls’ team winners) won the girls’ junior team title from Holy Child Killiney. St. Kieran’s College Kilkenny also secured the boys junior team title from St. Malachy’s of Belfast. (more…)

Leinster Schools Combined Events

A very large entry made for a long day at yesterday’s Leinster School Combined Events.


The Senior age group were well contested in both the boys and girls, Matthew Behan C.U.S. was a class apart in the boys winning by a big margin from Rolous Olosa of King’s Hospital. The highlight of Matthew’s day was his excellent 8.13 in the 60m hurdles.

Annabelle Morris from St. Vincent’s Dundalk ran a strong 800m to take the Senior title from Amy McTaggart of Greenhills Drogheda. The Intermediate Girls was dominated by Elizabeth Morland from Dunshaughlin C.C. who had five strong performances giving her over 3,600 points, well ahead of Niamh Kelly from Sacred Heart Drogheda in second place. The Intermediate boys was a much closer affair with only a handful of points separating the top three. In the end Tim Bowler from CBS Enniscorthy held off his school mate Ryan Murray and Keith Marks from Ashbourne C.S. (more…)