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St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Longford, March 2019

The Club would like to organise a group entry of children for this year’s Longford St. Patrick’s Day Parade. If your child would like to be involved and march with the Longford AC group please give your child’s name and a contact number to Paul Grealy\John Fitzpatrick at Little Athletics so we can send you more details.

If any parent is interested to help co-ordinate or has any ideas for a theme we’d love to hear your input!

Ganly’s Longford Sports Star Awards 2018

The Annual Longford Sports Star Awards for 2018 take place this Friday evening, November 16th at The Rustic Inn, Abbeyshrule. This is the 2nd year Ganley’s have sponsored the Awards which are organised by the Longford Sports Partnership and the Longford Leader to recognise the achievements of Longford athletes in a wide variety of sports from local level progressing to provincial, national and international platforms.

It was fantastic to see several Longford Athletics Club members, Adrianna Melia, Issy Masterson, Yemi and Funmi Talabi, all selected in the monthly categories. Congratulations to both Nelvin Appiah and Cian McPhillips who will be presented with a memento on the night for being voted as one of the monthly winners. Several of the juvenile coaches will be in attendance on the night and are all looking forward to hear Guest of Honour John Treacy, the CEO of Sport Ireland, Irish Olympian and cross country World Champion.

There will be great anticipation on the night to hear who has been selected Junior Sportsperson of the Year, Community/Club Volunteer of the Year, Hall of Fame inductee and Sports Ability Award.

ganleys 2018 awards

ganleys 2018 awards

Secondary School Athletes – Indoor Strength & Conditioning

For 6 weeks, starting on Monday November 12th, 6:55-8pm in the gymnasium at The Mall.

Pilates Instruction- new training initiative for competing teenage athletes


Pilates instruction was recently introduced as a new training initiative for competing teenage athletes. Pilates is a series of supervised exercises built on each week with emphasis on alignment, breathing, and developing a strong core (muscles of the abdomen, low back, and hips), leading to the benefit of improving coordination and balance.

15 of the Club’s top performing teenage athletes were offered a 6 week block of Pilates instruction in May-June this year. This pilot project was aimed at the secondary school athletes that had the most potential to do well in the upcoming Outdoor Track & Field season at both Club and school competitions. Although not all were available to attend a group of 10 took the opportunity to try it and learned new skills. Lisa Burns from Longford Fitness put them through their paces each week. The small group ensured individual attention to getting the controlled movements right.

A booklet on Nutrition prepared by Coaching Ireland with emphasis on healthy choices for competition days and what to eat after exercise for recovery was given to each participant. Every week healthy snacks were provided, giving the teenagers examples that they can easily do for themselves. The importance of hydration before and after exercise as well demonstrations of the correct techniques for using a foam roller were also part of the classes.

The Club is undertaking a project through the Healthy Ireland Fund to promote athletics across the county and to introduce new skills and events to underage athletes. Financial support is gratefully acknowledged from Longford LCDC, Pobal, Healthy Ireland and the Department of Health.

Come and Try Athletics

Longford Athletics Club ‘Come & Try’ demonstration
September 29, 4-6pm
At Moyne Community School

come and try athletics


Little Athletics and Juvenile Training Restarting

Little Athletics and Juvenile training are restarting this Friday Sept 7th at the Mall, 7-8pm.

For Little Athletics parents are requested to stay in the gym with their child for the hour.

2 important things to note for juvenile training this year:

  1. Children will not be allowed to walk thru the carpark alone so all parents will have to come over in person to collect their child when training finishes.
  2. No bathroom breaks will be allowed during the 1 hour session as we do not have enough adults to supervise bringing children inside the building. Parents please make sure all children take care of this before the training session starts.

Both Little Athletics and Juvenile groups need new adult volunteers to help every week. No experience necessary, you can learn on the job. It would be great if several parents took turns on a rotating basis as the large numbers of children requires more adult supervision.

Athletics Ireland Juvenile 2017 Star Awards

17 February 2018 at the Tullamore Court Hotel

Cian McPhillips was named Juvenile 2017 Star for Longford for the second year in a row at the Athletics Ireland Juvenile Awards Banquet at the Tullamore Court Hotel on February 17th. The Annual Juvenile Awards ceremony has become one of the highlights of each year, acknowledging excellence in individual performance at National and International level.

Juvenile athletics in Ireland had a stellar year in 2017 as 68 new records were set across a wide variety of events. Guest speaker Patsy McGonagle, former Irish Athletics Team Manager at World and Olympic level, stressed the huge importance of support and leadership that parents, volunteers and coaches give to young athletes from their foundation at Club level upwards that enables them to develop their natural talent. In his inspirational talk he emphasised the range of opportunities available to the young athletes, encouraging them that dedication to training, good decision making with parents involved and utilising their talents would see further success in the coming year.

Longford Athletic Club has gone from strength to strength over the last five years and the Club is delighted to see its juvenile members performing at Provincial, National and International level. At U16 Cian’s top performances included National 800m Champion in both indoor and outdoor track, National U16 5000m Cross Country Champion and All-Ireland Silver in 1500m He earned two caps for Ireland competing in both the Celtic Games and Antrim International Cross Country where his individual Gold at each added to success for Ireland winning team Gold as well at both outings. Cian, son of Paddy and Laura McPhillips, is currently a Junior Cert student at Moyne Community School and will be competing in next weekend’s Connacht Indoor Championships at Athlone IT.

Previous Juvenile Star Awards winners for Longford were Paul Brady (1999), Elizabeth Brady (2000, 2001, 2002) and Claire Collins (2004).

Connacht Development Squad Dec 2017-April 2018

16 Juvenile Athletes selected from Longford AC:
U19: Aaron Kelly, Dylan Horkan
U18: Gospel Idahor, Nelvin Appiah, Cian Nolan
U17: Adeyemi Talabi, Sarah Murphy, Barbara Frias Glagovsky, Killian Rawle, Keelin McGann
U16: Brendan Finnan, Christopher Conaty, Joe Reilly, Davidson Olusanya
U15: Aideen Mulligan, Jack Gallagher

November 2017, Athletics Ireland has announced the 2017/18 Connacht T&F Squads for selected athletes in the U14 to U19 age groups. Athletes are selected based on their performances in the Connacht Indoors, Outdoors and Secondary Schools Track and Field. The top 4 athletes in the Sprints, Hurdles, Long Jump, High Jump and Triple Jump, and the top 4

Longford AC Juvenile Awards Night 2013

Longford AC Juvenile Awards Night 2013: The night began with a review of the year’s events in photographs and medals. A HUGE thank you was extended to Juvenile Coaches Ray Doyle, Tracey O’Connor, Breda Corcoran & Sinead Killian, and Little Athletics Coaches Sinead Phelan & Caitriona Hayden, for the time and enthusiasm they have given to training and encouraging the young athletes who went on to achieve so much during the year. 2013 was an outstanding year for LAC Juveniles! Achievement Awards were presented to juvenile athletes who competed at both Connacht and National levels in Cross Country, Indoor & Outdoor Relay and Track & Field. Girls Achievement Award Winners: Sarah Murphy,  Aideen Mulligan, Sarah McPhillips, Funmi Talabi, Claragh Shannon & Avril Cosgrove. Boys Achievement Award Winners: Niall Nerney, Thomas McGann, Cian McPhillips, Daire McManus, Brendan Finnan & Cathal Farrell. Club Girls of the Year: Dearbhaile Rooney, Niamh Brady, Hanna Downey. Club Boys of the Year: Adam Shields, James Galligan. We are already anticipating all the excitement and accomplishments that our Juvenile athletes will achieve in 2014!

Juvenile Achievement Awards 2013 Boys Winners

Juvenile Achievement Awards 2013 Boys Winners

Longford AC Juvenile Achievement Awards 2013- Boys Winners

Cian McPhillips, Daire McManus, Brendan Finnan & Cathal Farrell, all recognised for their performances at both Connacht & National level in 60m, 600m, U12 Relay, Turbo Javelin & Cross Country, Niall Nearney – for his achievements in Connacht & National Cross Country, & Adam Shields & James Galligan- Club Boys of the Year.

Juvenile Achievement Awards 2013 Girls Winners

Juvenile Achievement Awards 2013 Girls Winners

Longford AC Juvenile Achievement Awards 2013- Girls Winners Sarah McPhillips, Aideen Mulligan & Fumni Talabi. All members of the U10 Girls Relay team that placed 5th in AAI National Juvenile Games, Finn Valley AC, Donegal (Missing from photo Claragh Shannon & Avril Cosgrove)

Sarah Murphy & Derbhaile Rooney

Sarah Murphy & Derbhaile Rooney

Sarah Murphy  (Dromard) – recognised for her achievements in Cross Country in 2013 season:

1st place County Longford Schools Cross Country, 7th place Connacht Schools Cross Country both held in Moyne, Co. Longford.

2nd place U12 Girls Connacht Cross Country in Calry, Sligo and 5th place U13 Girls Connacht, Roscommon with a fantastic National result of 13th place as individual U12 girl & 3rd place as part of Connacht team in AAI National Cross Country Championships in Santry November 2013.

Dearbhaile Rooney (Longford) – recognised for her enthusiasm & dedication in training and competition throughout the last year.