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.

Report from All Ireland Cross Country Championships

Santry Demesne hosted the All Ireland Cross Country Championships on Sunday on a perfect day for running under clear blue skies in the capital. Qualifiers from the four provinces and also Dublin gathered for the Juvenile Even Ages races on a good firm course following the recent dry spell.

The U12 Girls 2000m started the day’s programme of races and produced the club’s standout performance as Sophia Carey ran superbly for an eight place finish out of 181. Sophia paced it well moving through into the top 10 on the second and final lap. As third finisher from the Connacht team of six, she helped secure a team bronze medal in the provincial competition. A big congratulations to Sophia. Alisha Manning, Keeva Manning and Blaithin Coffey also ran well in a very competitive race.

\It was great to see nine club members in the U12 boys 2000m with strong runs by Rian McCaffrey, Daniel Higgins, Timothy Sheridan, Oisin Dillon, Odhran Crossan, Evan Maher, John Fitzpatrick, Conor Brennan and Ronan Grealy.

Emma Brennan, Rachel Keenan, Robin Og Murphy, Lucy Maher and Ella Duignan gave it their all for good runs in the U14 girls 3000m with Emma the first Connacht finisher. Emma and Rachel have also qualified for the U15 All Irelands in Kilkenny in two weeks.

Well done to all our Juvenile members for performing so well today and for their dedication to training over the past few months. We now look forward to indoor competition in February.

A very strong field assembled for the Junior (U20) men’s race with both National glory and securing a spot on the Irish team for the upcoming Europeans on the line. Cian McPhillips, running in the UCD colours, ran strongly to finish in fifth place. He certainly showed his range, following his summer track exploits over 800 and 1500, in moving up in distance for 6000m of hard running on cross country. Well done to Cian. Athletics Ireland will confirm the Irish team in the coming days for the European Cross Country Championships, to be held in Dublin on 12 December, and hopefully Cian will be selected.

The final race at Santry was the Senior men’s 10,000m taking in six energy-sapping laps as Barry Sheil placed 72nd of 192 finishers.

Co. Longford Primary Schools Cross Country Results 2021

3rd/4th Class Girls 1000m Results

3rd/4th Class Boys 1000m Results

5th/6th Class Girls 1200m Results

5th/6th Class Boys 1200m Results

Primary Schools races – Top 3 Teams

Connacht Qualifiers

Post-Primary Results

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Connacht Primary Schools Cross Country 2019 Report

28th September 2019 at Moyne Community School


Race Report

There was a noticeable increase in participation at this year’s County Longford Primary Schools Cross Country Championships held on 28th September on the grounds of Moyne Community School. The course was in good condition despite the recent rain and families enjoyed the competitive atmosphere cheering on all the runners as they came to the finish line.

The Annual event hosted by Longford Athletics Club is a firm favourite on the autumn school calendar with over 250 children representing sixteen national schools taking part. Cross country fits in well with schools that are implementing The Daily Mile initiative promoted by Athletics Ireland to get all school children outside running for 15 minutes every day.

In early September Frank Greally, Athletics Ireland’s Ambassador for The Daily Mile, and Ray Flynn, two time Olympian and Irish mile record holder visited Longford and spoke to children about the benefits they will gain from taking part: feeling healthier and fitter, and more able to concentrate in the classroom.

The Harry Farrell Perpetual Shield for the school with the highest score for individual top 20 finishers across the four races as well as team points went to St. Mel’s National School Ardagh. Having last won the Shield in 2015 they put in a very strong showing winning 4 sets of team medals, Silver in both junior races and Gold in both senior races.

Scoil Mhuire, Newtownforbes was close behind taking 2nd place with numerous top twenty finishers in every race as well as winning one set of Gold, Silver and Bronze team medals. The 3rd and 4th class boys in Fermoyle earned top points in their race taking the set of Gold team medals to help their school secure the 3rd place trophy.

Sian Gallagher, Mercy Ballmahon, won the secondary schools race for 1st\2nd year girls, leading from the start and together with teammates Aisling Lane, Katie Duignan and Evie Grant secured the set of Gold medals as well. The Moyne Community School team took Silver.

All of the individual and team medallist qualify for the Connacht Primary Schools Championships that will be hosted by Longford AC at Moyne, and will be sent out to all schools. The 5th\6th class and secondary school medallists are invited to compete in the Inter Country race for Longford and Offaly on Friday, 4th October, at Tullamore Harriers Stadium at 7pm.


A selection of photos of medallists at this year’s Connacht Primary Schools Cross Country.

Co. Longford Primary Schools Cross Country Results 2019

3rd\4th Class Girls 800m race

3rd\4th Class Boys 800m race

5th\6th Class Girls 1000m race

5th\6th Class Boys 1000m race

Secondary Schools 1st\2nd Year

Team Results

Connacht Qualifiers

Irish Life Health National Outdoor Juvenile Championships – Day 2

13 July 2019 at Tullamore Harriers Stadium

Sprinting was the main event on Day 2 of the Irish Life Health National Outdoor Juvenile Championships and Edgeworthstown sisters Yemi and Funmi Talabi were in top form taking the National title in U15 and U18 Girls’ 100m.

Funmi is well known at Connacht level as she has consistently been ‘the fastest girl’ since she started competing at U9 level. In early June she won the All-Ireland Schools Minor Girls 100m with new pb of 12.35 seconds so she was in great form going into the Juvenile Championships.

Funmi clocked the fastest heat time, 12.67 seconds, of all 15 girls and advanced to the final to win in 12.43 seconds. Next up for Funmi will be the trip to Limerick to compete in the National Community Games in August.

The success for Longford AC continued as Yemi won her heat and had the fastest time of all 14 runners going into the final. She stormed out of the blocks and clearly owned the race as she powered across the finish line at 12.20 seconds to take the National Outdoor title for the second year in a row. It was definitely a proud day for the girls’ mother, Adetutu Talabi, to have both daughters stand tall on the podium receiving national gold medals.

Sisters Funmi and Yemi Talabi from Edgeworthstown celebrate winning Athletics Ireland National titles in sprint on Day 2 of the National Juvenile Championships in Tullamore.

It has been a very busy few weeks on the track for Yemi winning Bronze, 12.27 seconds, at the All-Ireland Schools Championships, Gold, 12.35 seconds, at the Tailteann Schools Inter-provincial Games, finishing 7th in the National Junior\U20 Championships and competing at the BAUHAUS Junior Gala in Mannheim, Germany achieving her season’s best performance of 11.89 seconds.

Not yet seventeen years old it is fantastic that all these achievements have culminated in Yemi being selected for both the SIAB (Schools International Athletic Board) in Swansea, Wales and the Ireland U20 Women’s 4X100m relay team competing at the European U20 Championships in Boras, Sweden from the 18th – 21st July 2019. She is part of the six member squad that includes top sprinters Patience Jumbo-Gula, Lauren Cadden and Alannah McGuinness.

Longford AC coaches and juvenile members are looking forward to following Yemi’s progress as she travels this week for European competition.

Irish Life Health National Junior and U23 Outdoor Championships

6th July 2019 at Tullamore Harriers’ Stadium

Longford Athletics Club had four athletes entered in the National Junior and U23 Outdoor Championships on 6th July 2019 at Tullamore Harriers’ Stadium. The Junior category comprises athletes aged 16-19 years with three age groups competed together in one category as U20.

All the best upcoming talent in athletics from across the country were in completion on the day, fine tuning their preparations ahead of the European U18 and U20 Championships later this month in Baku, Azerbajan and Boras, Sweden respectively.

As predicted High Jump Champion Nelvin Appiah lived up to the Athletics Ireland preview that was posted ahead of the event “Nelvin Appiah (Longford) is sure to grab the crowd’s attention in the men’s high jump”. He got the crowd behind him supporting him with a clapping beat as he took Gold at 2.00m in the Junior Men’s High Jump.
Nelvin adds this National title to his collection as he has already had a busy summer winning the All-Ireland Schools Senior Boys High Jump with new pb of 2.10m and competing with team Ireland at the European Games in Minsk with the highlight finishing third in his group and adding 7 team points.

Sixteen year old Adeyemi Talabi clocked 12.32 seconds as she won her 100m heat and advanced to the Junior Women’s final finishing seventh place in the extremely talented line-up that included Ireland’s top sprinters Rhasidat Adeleke and Patience Jumbo-Gula. Yemi recently clocked an extremely impressive new 100m personal best of 11.89 seconds competing at the BAUHAUS Junior Gala in Mannheim, Germany.

Aaron Kelly and Gospel Idahor both competed in the 100m and 200m heats but missed the qualification cutoff for finals. Gospel continues to improve in Triple Jump finishing in 8th place over with new pb of 9.96m which is a 12 inch improvement from her gold medal Connacht performance in early June (9.61m).

Further National completion continues for the next few weekends in July at Tullamore which will see several of Longford AC’s talented teenage athletes take to the track at the Irish Life Health Juvenile All-Ireland Championships in sprints and middle distance events.

Connacht Outdoor Track & Field Championships Day 2 for athletes U14+

15th June 2019 at Sligo IT

Longford AC 10 Gold, 4 Silver, 2 Bronze & 1 X 4th Place


U19 Girls 4X100m Relay 54.13 sec, Gospel Idahor, Adeyemi Talabi, Regina Rawle, Aoife Maher

U19 100m 12.88 sec, 200m 26.97 sec, Triple Jump 9.61m- Gospel Idahor

U19 400m 50.95 sec, High Jump, 100m 11.16 sec (guest)- Nelvin Appiah

U18 100m 11.52 sec- Killian Rawle

U15 100m 12.86 sec- Funmi Talabi

U16 800m 2:32.84 min- Kate Hagan


U18 100m 12.266 sec, Long Jump 5.49m- Adeyemi Talabi

U16 800m 2:11.07 min, 3000m 10:57.05 min- Jack Gallagher


U16 100m 13.48 sec- Sarah McPhillips

U16 3000m 11:38.98 min- Kate Hagan

4th place

U16 1500m 5:17.49 min- Kate Hagan

Gold was the colour of the day as Longford Athletics Club teenage athletes came home from Sligo with 10 Gold, 4 Silver and 2 Bronze medals after Day 2 of the Western Region Provincial Outdoor Championships on 15th June 2019.

The U19 Girls 4X100m Relay team of Gospel Idahor, Adeyemi Talabi, Regina Rawle and Aoife Maher got the day off to a great start winning their event outright. It is an achievement to see the girls staying together throughout the winter to make a team.

The very full timetable of events for over 450 athletes in the U14 to Masters age groups took eight hours to complete such was the variety of races on the track and eight separate field events: hammer, discus, long jump, javelin, high jump, pole vault, shot putt and triple jump.

Gospel Idahor and Nelvin Appiah made a clean sweep in U19 events and between them they are 2019 Connacht Champions in 100m, 200m, 400m, triple jump and high jump. This lines them up for a very busy summer of Athletics Ireland National competition in both juvenile and junior age groups. Nelvin who was selected for Team Ireland in Senior Men’s High Jump is preparing for departure to Minsk at the end of the week for the European Games.

Killian Rawle and Funmi Talabi were the other two sprinters to take the Connacht Outdoor title in the 100m. After a strong run in the U19 girls relay Adeyemi Talabi won a pair of Silver medals in U18 100m and Long Jump. In the very evenly matched U16 age group where every fraction of a hundredth of a second makes a difference Sarah McPhillips won Bronze in the U16 100m and 5th place in the 200m.

The focus then turned to the middle distance runners with Kate Hagan and Jack Gallagher both impressing on the day. They put themselves under pressure running multiple distances with very little recovery time. Kate was in great form finishing 4th in the 1500m in the morning and managed to win Gold in the 800m and Bronze in the 3000m in the afternoon. Jack Gallagher ran very well to take Silver in the 800m and even with very heavy legs he was back on the track with essentially no break to take his second Silver in the 3000m.

With all the Provincial Championships now finished it is straight into all the outdoor action this summer. Longford Athletics Club takes great pride in seeing our juvenile athletes continuing to exceed expectations as they go forward to compete on the National and International platform. 

All-Ireland Schools Track & Field Championships 2019

1st June 2019 at Tullamore Harriers Stadium

There were great results for the Longford AC teenage athletes at the All-Ireland Schools Championships. We now have 2 All-Ireland Schools Champions in high jump and sprint, plus Silver & Bronze medallists. Congratulations to all the competitors, what a great way to end the school year!

Moyne Community School

Nelvin Appiah- 2nd year in a row All-Ireland Schools High Jump Champion when he cleared 2.10m for a thrilling new pb to win Gold in Senior Boys High Jump and 6th place in the 100m 10.89 seconds.

Cian McPhillips- Silver in the Senior Boys 800m, time of 1:53.41 min

Yemi Talabi- Bronze in the Intermediate Girls 100m, in 12.27 sec and 4th place in Long Jump (5.65m)

Kate Hagan- 10th place in the Junior Girls 1500m in time of 5:11.56 minutes

Gospel Idahor- Senior Girls 400m 7th place, 1:00.14 min

Ardscoil Phadraig, Granard

Funmi Talabi- Gold in the Minor Girls 100m, and a new pb at 12.35 sec

Nelvin Appiah

Nelvin Appiah soaring over the bar at 2.10m for Gold, finishing his Moyne Community School athletics career with a thrilling new pb. For the 2nd year in a row Nelvin is All-Ireland Schools High Jump Champion. His progress in High Jump over the years: 2016 Silver 1.85m, 2017 Bronze 1.90m, 2018 Gold and new CBP 2.02m, 2019 Gold 2.10m. photo by Keith McClure Photography

Funmi Talabi

Ardscoil Phadraig, Granard 2nd year student Funmi Talabi winning Gold in the Minor Girls 100m sprint, with a new pb at 12.35 seconds, at the All-Ireland Schools Championships in Tullamore on 1st June 2019. Funmi has been fastest girl in her age group in Connacht since she was U9 and has excelled in Community Games so we are very proud to see her reaching the national schools podium. photo by Keith McClure Photography

Yemi Talabi

Yemi Talabi captured in action in the Inter Girls 100m final at the All-Ireland Schools Championships on June 1st in Tullamore. She worked hard to win Bronze at 12.27 seconds in a very talented line-up. Yemi finishing in 4th place in Long Jump at 5.65m.
This is Yemi’s third year to compete: In 2018 Yemi won Gold in the Intermediate Girls Long Jump 6.02m and set a new CBP. In 2017 she was the Bronze medallist in the Junior Girls 100m, 12.82 sec, and took 4th place in Junior Girls Long Jump, 5.10m. photo by Keith McClure Photography

Cian McPhillips

Without a doubt the race of the day! Both feeling the burn after 800m as they tried to out run each other to the finish line… photos by Keith McClure Photography
Cian 2016 10th place Junior Boys 800m,2:11.71 minutes
2017 Bronze U16 Boys 1 mile, 4:34.65 minutes
2018 Gold Inter Boys 1500m, 4:09.93 minutes

4 Counties Midlands Inter-County Match

17 May 2019 at Tullamore Harriers Stadium

This is Longford’s eighth year to take part in the Offaly invitational 4 Counties Track & Field competition at Tullamore Harriers Stadium. 26 juvenile athletes in the U9-U14 age group took part with many trying shot putt for the first time. Thanks to Coaches Donal Mulligan and John Fitzpatrick who were on duty as officials at the finish line and turbo javelin events.

15 Longford AC medallists (5 Gold, 6 Silver, 4 Bronze)

1st place U9 Boys Turbo Javelin Sean Og Browne 11.61m

2nd place U9 Boys 60M Sean Og Browne

2nd place U9 Boys 300M Sean Og Browne

2nd place U9 Boys Turbo Javelin John Fitzpatrick 8.81m

1st place U10 Girls 60M Izzy Masterson                

1st place U10 Girls Turbo Javelin Sinead Masterson 9.15m

3rd place U10 Girls Long Jump Sinead Masterson 2.55m  

2nd place U10 Boys Turbo Javelin James Burke 10.42m                

3rd place U10 Boys Turbo Javelin Thomas Reilly 10.33m

1st place U12 Girls 600M Rachel Keenan

3rd place U12 Girls 80M Rachel Keenan

1st place U12 Boys Long Jump Max Gallagher 3.28m

3rd place U12 Boys 80M Sean Grealy                                            

2nd place U13 Girls 80M Aoife Farrell   

2nd place U13 Girls Shot Putt Ella Reilly 6.64m