Co. Longford Primary Schools Cross Country 2022

** Please note change of date to Sunday 25th Sept **

Longford Athletics Club host the Co. Longford Primary Schools Cross Country on Sunday, 25 September at Moyne Community School starting at 5.00 pm.

There will be four Primary Schools races on the evening:

13rd / 4th Girls 1000 metres
23rd / 4th Boys1000 metres
35th / 6th Girls 1200 metres
45th / 6th Boys1200 metres

There is no limit on the number of athletes entered from a school in each race. Children can run as individuals and, if there are enough from the same school, they can also form a team with the first 4 finishers counting towards the team score.

Medals will be presented after each race to the first finishers. Once the full results are finalised, team medals will be awarded.

The races also serve as qualifiers to the Connacht Primary Schools Cross Country which takes place at Moyne CS on 22 October.

Following the Primary Schools races in Moyne on 25 September, there will be races for Post-Primary Schools which are open to all schools in or outside Co. Longford.

Junior race: 2000m / Senior race: 3000m.

Registration begins at 4.00 pm with an entry fee of €3 per child.

Primary Schools are requested to complete their registration sheets and have money collected for one representative (teacher or parent) to hand in at the registration desk.

Download the registration sheet.

Post-Primary School students can enter individually on the day.

Over 400 children from across the county took part in last year’s event and we look forward to another fun evening of races on 25 September.

Please send any queries to: pro.longfordac@gmail.com

Longford Indoor Athletics Centre – Opening September

Club activity will resume in September at the new indoor centre located on the grounds of St Mel’s College. The centre’s opening follows many years of hard work towards providing an athletics facility for Longford. Club coaches and committee are busy putting the final touches to the interior of the building ahead of September.

With moving indoors, the scheduling of athletics will change to it being held for smaller group sizes over different times of the week. Further information on the centre and the timetable will be communicated to parents in late August when parents can select their child’s training slot.

In preparation for this new scheduled approach to weekly athletics, membership for children born in or after 2010 has now been capped at its current number for the remainder of the year. We are unable to accept new registrations of children born after 2009 until next January.

Please note that club membership is by calendar year with all existing memberships in effect until 31 December.

We would very much welcome new coaches/assistant coaches and volunteers to join our team for the move indoors. An Athletics Leader coaching course for all interested will take place prior to the return of Juvenile and Little Athletics and will be advertised closer to the time.

Wishing all our club members and their family a great summer.

Longford Athletics Club Coaches and Committee

End of Term Athletics – 24th June

Juvenile and Little Athletics finishes up for the summer break on this Friday, 24 June.

In a change of venue, it will take place on the grass soccer pitch at St. Mel’s College from 6.30pm – 7.30pm. That being the pitch on the College grounds which is closest to the Mall.

Access is by the main College entrance with parking available close to the pitch.

A fun evening ahead of running, jumping and throwing to wrap up this term’s athletics for our young members.

Connacht U14-19 Track & Field Championships 2022 – Report

Superb performances from our athletes at the Connacht U14-19 Track and Field Championships in Sligo on Saturday last. There was a brilliant double middle-distance gold success for Emma Brennan. A strong run by Emma in the morning under-15 1500m secured the win before returning to the track later in the day for the 800m. Moving to the front with 300m to go, Emma pushed on and took the win ahead of a fast-finishing Rachel Keenan for a fantastic Longford ‘one-two’. Rachel showed good strength and pacing to move into second in the last 50m. Both girls can look forward to lining up in the All-Irelands in two weeks’ time.

Rachel and Emma

Silver medalist Rachel Keenan and gold medal winner Emma Brennan following Saturday’s under-15 girls 800m

Daria Lavorko only took up the high jump in her native Ukraine late last year and on Saturday won gold at the Connacht under-16 girls event. A first-time clearance at the 1.50m height ensured victory with her proud family watching on. Living in Dromod the past few months, this was Daria’s debut competition in the Longford singlet and what a superb achievement to win provincial honours. We were delighted to welcome Daria to the club and she has been a part of our high jump group travelling to Athlone recently for training. That preparation paid off on the day with gold and qualification for the All-Irelands.

Ukraine’s Daria Lavorko with her gold medal in the under-16 girls high jump

Well done also to medalists Mia Kiernan who won bronze in the U15 250m hurdles and Kevin Óg Murphy who claimed bronze in the U14 shot put. Mia also competed in the high jump and shot put whilst Kevin Óg took part in the javelin as well. Kevin Óg’s sister Robin Óg had a busy day taking in the 1500m, long jump and 2000m walk and showed good strength in placing fifth in a high-quality U15 walk. Kelly Davis also took on three events in the U14 80m, 75m hurdles and shot put and performed well in all. Kelly later teamed up with Rachel, Emma and Mia for fifth place in the 4 x 100m relay. The sprints events had further Longford representation with Abbie Mulligan (U14, 200m) and Bea Casey (U16, 100m) running well.

Co. Longford Primary School Relays 2022

Hosted by Longford Athletics Club
Clonguish GAA, Newtownforbes – 29 April 2022

The 8th annual Co. Longford Primary School Relays took place in Newtownforbes on Friday with the event making its return having been last held in 2019. On a perfect evening for running, a record 612 children from across the county took part which was great to see.

17 national schools were represented: St. Patrick’s, Killeen; Stonepark; St. Matthew’s, Ballymahon; Melview; Scoil Samhthann, Ballinalee; Scoil Mhuire, Newtownforbes; St. Guasacht’s, Bunlahy; St. Teresa’s, Killoe; Fermoyle; St. Columba’s, Mullinalaghta; St. Mel’s, Ardagh; St. Mary’s, Edgeworthstown; St. Mary’s, Drumlish; St. Patrick’s, Ballinamuck; St. Patrick’s, Dromard; Scoil Mhuire, Clondra and Tashinny.

This was the highest ever number of schools to take part in the event. Well done to the girls and boys who ran at what was a great evening of races and many thanks to the schools and parents.

St. Mary’s NS, Edgeworthstown with the Ray Flynn trophy for the best performing school overall

St. Mary’s NS, Edgeworthstown with the Ray Flynn trophy for the best performing school overall

Congratulations to St. Mary’s NS, Edgeworthstown on winning the Ray Flynn trophy for the best performing school overall. A points tally of 27 ensured that they took home the trophy for the fifth successive time. Scoil Mhuire NS, Newtownforbes finished runner-up with 23 points with Melview NS in third place on 14 points.

Scoil Mhuire NS, Newtownforbes finished runner-up

Melview NS in third place

Relay Races Results – 4 x 200 metres

 1st Place2nd Place3rd Place
2nd Class GirlsNewtownforbesEdgeworthstownKilloe
2nd Class BoysMelviewEdgeworthstownEdgeworthstown
3rd Class GirlsNewtownforbesMelviewEdgeworthstown
3rd Class BoysNewtownforbesBallymahonDromard
4th Class GirlsArdaghEdgeworthstownBallymahon
4th Class BoysMelviewEdgeworthstownNewtownforbes
5th Class GirlsNewtownforbesEdgeworthstownMelview
5th Class BoysKilloeEdgeworthstownBallymahon
6th Class GirlsEdgeworthstownArdaghBallinalee
6th Class BoysFermoyleEdgeworthstownNewtownforbes
3rd / 4th Class Mixed *    FermoyleKilleenMullinalaghta
5th / 6th Class Girls *    TashinnyKilleen 
5th / 6th Class Boys *    TashinnyKilleen 

* race for smaller schools (3 or less teachers).


Subs Races Results – 200 metres

2nd Class Girls 

1. Katie Smyth, Drumlish; 2. Falén Delaney, Melview; 3. Lauren Walsh, Melview.

2nd Class Boys

1. Aidan McDermott, Killeen; 2. Mark Reilly, Ballinalee; 3. Stephen McDonagh, Newtownforbes.

3rd Class Girls

1. Lena Sadowska, Melview; 2. Scarlett Crozier, Dromard; 3. Suzanna Dzarnik, Edgeworthstown.

A special mention to Shauna Mahon of Newtownforbes who deservedly received a warm reception from all in attendance as she finished. Well done Shauna.

3rd Class Boys

1. Ethan Donnellan, Fermoyle; 2. Stephen Cox, Clondra; 3. Cormac McGloughan, Ballymahon.

4th Class Girls 

1. Ava Browne, Killoe; 2. Margarita Auztlizes, Clondra; 3. Rebecca Jacob, Killoe.

4th Class Boys

1. Eoghan Mulligan, Ardagh; 2. Darragh Clarke, Newtownforbes; 3. Luke Donohoe, Dromard.

5th Class Girls

1. Grace Hourican, Melview; 2. Shanaibh Flood, Killoe; 3. Layla Blessington, Bunlahy.

5th Class Boys

1. Timothy Sheridan, Ballinalee; 2. Toms Jekabsons, Melview; 3. Cian Caughey, Killoe.

6th Class Girls 

1. Skye Donnelly, Killoe; 2. Amy Reynolds, Ballinalee; 3. Layla Al Fuwers, Melview.

6th Class Boys

1. Michael Sorohan, Fermoyle & Szymon Dzarnik, Edgeworthstown (joint first); 3. Thomas Reilly, Edgeworthstown.


Many thanks to all that helped with the staging of the event, to the Civil Defence and event PA. We are very grateful to Clonguish GAA for the use of their excellent grounds. 

A big thank you to Paddy McPhillips as Event Co-Ordinator and to Leslie Finnan as MC for the evening. 

Please send any results queries or clarifications to pro.longfordac@gmail.com

Primary Schools Relay

Following the Easter break, Longford AC will hold the county Primary Schools Relays on Friday, 29th April at Clonguish GAA, Allen Park, Newtownforbes.

The relay event on 29 April will take place on the GAA pitch in Newtownforbes. Races are for all Primary Schools in County Longford for 2nd – 6th classes only. Four races will be solely for schools with smaller teacher numbers (i.e., schools with 3 teachers or less) in which two classes can combine to comprise a team.

schools relay

  • Each team must consist of 4 runners and can have up to 3 subs
  • A school can enter a maximum of two teams for each relay race
  • A child may move up one class to complete a team
  • Entrants are only permitted on one team and can only run one leg of a relay
  • Subs races allow all entrants the opportunity to take part on the evening
  • Participants do not need to be members of Longford AC

– Registration opens: 5.45pm
– First race: 6.30pm
– Race entry: €2 per child

** One representative (teacher or parent) from each school is requested to bring the completed registration sheet(s) and have money collected in advance to hand in at the registration desk.


Medals will be presented to the first three teams in each relay and the three finishers in each subs race. The Ray Flynn Trophy will be presented to the best performing school.

It promises to be a fun evening of races on 29 April. Please send any queries to pro.longfordac@gmail.com

Success at the Irish Life Health National Juvenile Indoor Championships

A very successful weekend for Longford athletes at the Irish Life Health National Juvenile Indoor Championships in Athlone with four medals achieved. The fantastic double gold medal winning performance by John Fitzpatrick was the highlight as he secured top spot on the podium in both the Under-12 High Jump and Shot Put.

John’s successes began with a best leap of 1.38m which saw him the clear winner in the High Jump. Such was the quality of his jumping, he almost even set a Championship Best height for the age group. Talented John followed that victory with a win in the Shot Put (2kg). An excellent 9.18m, the longest of his six attempts, secured the gold medal and another convincing win.

Also on Sunday, Oisín Dillon secured bronze with a very well-paced run in the U13 600m. A strong final lap led him to win his heat in 1:42 which was the third-fastest time overall to achieve a bronze medal and a place on the podium.

John & Oisín celebrating their success

The boys’ achievements followed that of Sinéad Masterson who on Saturday finished in an excellent joint-third place in the U12 High Jump following a best effort of 1.30m. A brilliant jump by Sinéad who only took up the event a matter of weeks ago!

Sinéad receiving her bronze medal

Many impressive performances were recorded by Longford athletes over the weekend with Ella Duignan, Leah Waters and Rian McCaffrey in the High Jump, sprinters Izzy Masterson and Funmi Talabi and also race walker Robin Óg Murphy all representing Longford Athletics Club with distinction.

The club will be able to return to indoor competition in future even more prepared when club members will have had the benefit of training in the soon to open, fully-equipped, indoor athletics centre at St Mel’s College.

Training Session for All-Ireland Qualifiers

Longford AC are holding a dedicated training session at the AIT International Arena on Wednesday 2nd March, from 5:30pm to 7:00pm, for all our juveniles who were medalists at the recent Connacht Juvenile Indoor Championships. The session will help in preparing the athletes for their event at the upcoming All-Ireland Indoor Championships. Please try your best to attend.

Athlone Training Session – Time Change

Due to circumstances outside our control, this evening’s juvenile training session in Athlone will now start later than planned. Please arrive for 7:20pm to get ready for the warm-up. The session will end at 9:15pm. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Connacht Juvenile Indoors Championships 2022

The Connacht Juvenile Indoor Championships are scheduled to take place on the 19th and 20th February at TUS Athlone IT. This is an important event in the club’s calendar, and it is always a great experience for first-time competitors.

Club coaches want to get an idea of the number of children who would like to compete in Athlone. This will help us plan upcoming training sessions, including two training sessions in Athlone.

Events and age categories

Saturday, 19 February

  • Under 12 (born 2011): 60m, 600m, 60m Hurdles, 4 x 200m Relay, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot Put, Walk
  • Under 13 (2010): 60m, 600m, 60m Hurdles, 4 x 200m Relay, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot Put, Walk

Sunday, 20 February

  • Under 14 (2009): 60m, 800m, 60m Hurdles, 4 x 200m Relay, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot Put, 1k Walk.
  • Under 15 (2008): 60m, 800m, 60m Hurdles, 4 x 200m Relay, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot Put, 1k Walk.
  • Under 16 (2007): 60m, 200m, 800m, 1500m, 60m Hurdles, 4 x 200m Relay, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot Put, Walk.
  • Under 17 (2006): 60m, 200m, 800m, 1500m, 60m Hurdles, 4 x 200m Relay, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot Put, Walk.
  • Under 18 (2005): 60m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 60m Hurdles, 4 x 200m Relay, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot Put, Walk.
  • Under 19 (2004): 60m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 60m Hurdles, 4 x 200m Relay, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot Put, Walk.

Points to Note

  • Dates subject to confirmation.
  • Please complete the short expression of interest form below if your child would like to take part. Please submit your expression of interest before 26 January.
  • Excluding relay, a child can enter at most three events
  • Two club training sessions will take place at the venue in Athlone on Friday 28th January and Friday 4th February at 7:30pm. The training fee is €5 per child per evening.
  • All children attending the Athlone training sessions and at the Championship must be registered members for 2022.
  • Under 12 is the youngest age group for indoor athletic competition.
  • Entries for the Championship will be finalised at training in Athlone on 4th February with a fee of €5 per child per event to be paid to ensure entry. No entries will be taken after this date.
  • Under 12 is the youngest age group for indoor athletic competition.
  • The club training session and the Championship are subject to change depending on Government restrictions in place at that time.

Expression of Interest Form

This form is now removed as we are no longer taking entries.