Annual Churchgate Collection

Our annual churchgate collection takes place the weekend of 23rd\24th November across the whole county. We need help to cover as many churches as possible. Please don’t shy away from this local fundraising opportunity – ALL hands are needed!

Please text Mick O’Hara 087-8214921 to let him know which church you can collect at.

Barry Sheil and Niamh Kiernan recognised at Longford People of the Year Awards

It was great achievement for the Club to see two of our Senior members recognised at the Longford People of the Year Awards gala dinner dance on October 11th. The annual event sponsored by Kiernan Structural Steel raises much needed funds for Midland’s Simon Community working with the homeless.

Barry Sheil and Niamh Kiernan pictured with Chairman of Longford County Council Micheal Carrigy

Barry Sheil and Niamh Kiernan pictured with Chairman of Longford County Council Micheal Carrigy as they receive their award at the Longford People of the Year Awards, October 2019

The 10 nominees from across the County reflect the sporting and community involvement over the past year and included Bishop Emeritus, Colm O’Reilly, photographer Lalin Swaris and the All-Ireland champions Longford ladies U16 and minor teams.

Barry Sheil and Niamh Kiernan were honoured on the night for ‘historic first ever success for Longford’ winning both the men’s and women’s race at the Longford Marathon last August. 2019 was the 18th year of the Longford Marathon which was first organised in 2002 to mark the completion of Longford’s own Liam Fenelon’s 100th Marathon.

Barry started running competitively in cross country and track as a teenager at St. Mel’s College in the late 1990s. He drifted away from the sport in his twenties but returned to it over a decade later and he has been trying to make up for lost time ever since!

Longford AC’s Barry Sheil finishes the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2017. Photo by Cody Glenn / Sportsfile no.1407653

To date Barry has run 8 marathons including the Dublin Marathon on 4 occasions. His best marathon performance was at the 2018 Berlin Marathon in a time of 2:33.29. He has been standing on the podium in Longford several times for excellent half-marathon performances, 2nd place in 2015 and 2017, 3rd place in 2016, with his best time of these 1:13:33 in August 2017.

In April Barry won the Club’s annual 10K race with a pb of 32:55 and he is a frequent runner in Longford Parkrun where he is listed with pb of 15:33 for 5K May 2019.

This year’s Longford Marathon was Barry’s target for 2019. He generally trains alone after work in Dublin and does his long run at weekends when he is in Longford. Barry realised after the first mile that he was in the lead and he kept his focus on his pace. The last 6 miles proved to be a real struggle, and although missing out on his time target, he was really delighted to be the winner of his hometown marathon this year.

Niamh has been running for ten years and joined Longford AC about 7 years ago. Joining the Club was one of the best things she has done as she has met great people and started to take her running more seriously by competing in races.

Niamh Kiernan, Longford AC,

Niamh Kiernan, Longford AC, runs through the tape to win the Longford Marathon 2019 Ladies race. Picture: Shelley Corcoran

She has run 4 marathons to date continuing to improve year on year. She finished her first marathon in 3:21:00 in Barcelona in March 2016 and two year later set her pb in October 2018 at the Dublin marathon, 3:09:52, and 18th in her age category.

In July Niamh ran a great new 10 mile pb of 68:49 in Edenderry, shaving off over 3 minutes from her previous best and finished very well placed as 5th female in her age group.

With work and home commitments Niamh does her training early morning along the canal in Ballymahon. She is a regular on the Sunday morning long run regularly meeting up with several other Senior members to encourage each other.

There was a group of family and friends waiting to cheer for Niamh at the Longford finish line, so crossing the line was her main focus on the day. Running through the tape and winning the ladies race in a time of 3:12.32 was a definitely a dream come true and all the more special on home ground.

Although neither Barry or Niamh were running in the Dublin marathon this year training continues as a group is heading to Spain in February 2020 for the Seville Marathon in February. As Barry told me, “with a new target they will keep miles ‘ticking over’ during the winter months”.


Cross Country Championships 2019 – Dates & venues for Club Races

To enter please send name, Date of birth and list the venue you want to enter to   Juvenile members can run in both events, one in your correct age and the other running a year ahead. Any questions contact Leslie (mobile 087-7960476)

You must have 4 runners in the same age group to form a team

Entry deadline Saturday October 26, 2019

Connacht Even Ages & Senior League Leg 2

Hosted by Leitrim County Board

Date: Sunday, 3rd November 2019

Time: Starts 12 noon Sharp

Venue: St. Josephs GAA Club, Hazelwood Road (R286), Calry, Sligo

Race Distances


U12 Born 2008 = 2000m

U14 Born 2006= 3000m

U16 Born 2004= 4000m

U18 Born 2002= 4000m Girls \ 6000m Boys

Junior= 4000m Girls \ 6000m Boys

Novice, Senior, Masters= 4000m Women \ 8000m Men

O65 Men= 4000m

Connacht Uneven Ages & Senior League Leg 3

Hosted by Moy Valley AC and the Mayo County Board

Date: Sunday, 10th November 2019

Time: Starts 12 noon Sharp

Venue: Belleek Woods, Ballina, Co. Mayo

**This race was originally scheduled to be held in Moyne but venue was switched as Longford hosted the Connacht Primary Schools races on Oct 13th instead

Donal Mulligan Representing Ireland at Home Nation’s International

Look what the coach does in his “spare time”! Congratulations to Donal Mulligan earning a place on the National M45 cross country team to compete at the Home Nation’s International in Liverpool next month. We are all proud to see him bring home the green singlet to Longford.

New Fit4Life Running Group

Reminder: Return Raffle Tickets This Week

Just a reminder to all members that we are asking for sold books of raffle tickets to be returned by this Friday October 18th. We are trying to finalise our funding application so it is vitally important that we have a clear picture of the level of ticket sales to date.  Please bring sold books along to training in the Mall this Friday, or you can contact Sean at 087 2639825 to arrange collection.

longford ac raffle

Some of our younger club members out-and-about selling tickets for the Longford AC raffle.

FREE Training on Offer for Coaches

4th Dec Athletics Leader Training 9:30am-3:30pm
Venue: St Mary’s Community Centre, Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford

For all our newest volunteers the Athletics Leader Training course is being delivered by our own Connacht Development Officer and he will give you a great intro to coaching. We realise that this is during the day time but the other options are much further away in Dublin, Limerick, Cork, Kildare, etc… and are very rarely in Longford.

It would be of real benefit to you if you want to get more involved and this is your first time coaching. 



Volunteers Needed for Connaught Primary Schools

The club is hosting the Connaught Primary Schools this Sunday  at 12 noon in Moyne Community School. We need volunteers to help ensure the day runs smoothly. If you can help in any way please email

Change of Venue: Connacht National Schools Cross Country / Leg 1 of the Senior League

Please note that the Connacht National Schools Cross Country competition and Leg 1 of the Senior League will take place on Sunday 13th October, 12 noon, at Moyne Community School in Longford.

Essential Info for upcoming Cross Country 2019

Primary Schools XC Races for national school children in 3rd-6th classes

Annual Co. Longford Primary Schools Cross Country Championships, Saturday 28th September 2019, at Moyne Community School, registration at 4pm, races at 5pm sharp

*All individual and team medallist are invited to Tullamore Harriers on Friday 4th October, evening time TBC

Connacht Primary Schools Championships, Sunday 13th October 2019 in Moyne Community School, Co Longford. First race starts at 12:00pm sharp.

Girls/Boys 3rd & 4th Classes (Junior race)

Longford race 800m, distance in Connacht race 1000m

Girls/Boys 5th & 6th Classes (Senior race)

Longford race 1000m, distance in Connacht race 1200m

Club Cross Country

1st Leg adult league, Sunday 13th October 2019 in Moyne Community School, Co Longford

Even Ages (including 2nd Leg of adult league) – Sunday 3rd November 2019 in Leitrim

Uneven Ages (including 3rd Leg of adult league) – Sunday 10th November 2019 at Belleek Woods, Ballina, Co. Mayo.


U11 (Born 2009 & 2010) =1500m     

U12 (Born 2008) =2000m      

U13 (Born 2007) =2500m      

U14 (Born 2006) =3000m      

U15 (Born 2005) =3500m      

Girls U16, U17, U18, U19 (Born 2004-2001)=4000m    

Boys U16 (Born 2004) =4000m, U17 (Born 2003) =5000m, U18 & U19 (Born 2002 & 2001) =6000m

‘B’ Cross Country Distances (same for Girls & Boys)

U11 =1000m  U13 =1500m                  U15 =2500m        U17 =3000m


Club: 6 athletes to run with 4 to score

County: 10 athletes to run with 6 to score

Province: 12 athletes to run with 6 to score

Medals: Championships First 12 individuals

First 3 Regional, County, Club teams