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The ‘New’ West Waterford A.C.

Athletic Clubs Amalgamate – West Waterford Athletic Club formed in January 1994
Three athletic clubs joined forces to form West Waterford A.C. at a meeting in the Park Hotel, Dungarvan in January 1994. The new club was an amalgamation of Cappoquin / Ballinameela A.C., Dungarvan A.C. and Ring / Old Parish A.C. Being formed as much out of necessity as by choice the clubs realized that on their own they could not compete with the bigger clubs outside of the County and that they were losing athletes to the sport when they left juvenile ranks. The new club club afforded the Track and Field Athletes the opportunity to compete in the National Leagues. In the past such new groupings failed to achieve their long-term goals and a greater all round commitment was required if the ‘New’ West Waterford A.C. was to succeed. It was stated that the possibility of the Club being successful was a realistic aim and it could provide a continuation for the great work being done at juvenile level.

First Officers of West Waterford A.C. elected.
Chairman: Tom Power (Ring / Old Parish), Vice Chairman: John McGrath (Ring / Old Parish), Secretary: (do.) Treasurer John White (do.) P.R.O.: Tony Ryan (Dungarvan) Committee: Ned O’Brien, Michael Roche, Ailish O’Brien, James Veale, Michael O’Brien, Mary Ashe (Dungarvan) Paddy Joe Curran (Ring / Old Parish) Club Colours Blue and White.

First West Waterford Title Wins

Jamie Costin won the National Junior Indoor 5000m walking title in Nenagh in 22 minutes 20 seconds in March 1994.

Frank O’Brien won the Munster Senior discus title (44.24 metres) and the hammer title (45.22 metres) at the outdoor track and field championships in Limerick in May 1994.

Michael Roche won the over 45 Irish Half Marathon Championship in Killenaule in 74minutes and 15 seconds in August 1994.

Men’s team wins Division Two National League Final 1995
Sponsored by Waterford Foods, West Waterford’s Mens team, who had qualified fifth out of eight won Division Two of the Mazda National Senior Track and Field Leagues in Tullamore in August 1994. Final Score: West Waterford 114 Finn Valley 111

Individual wins were recorded by:
Frank O’Brien (Capt.) Shot Putt and Discus
Jamie Costin; 5000m Walk
Derek Hayes; 110m Hurdles
Mark Deevey; Pole Vault
Sean Foley; 5000m
Other point scoring team members were Leo Clancy (100m & 200m), Brian Swaby (400m and 1500m) Kevin Healy (800m) Tony Harty (3000m steeplechase), Austin Flavin (400m hurdles) Relay (Edward Flavin, Michael Morrissey, Alan Kirwan and Kevin Corcoran). Derek Hayes (Javelin), David Murphy (Triple Jump), Shane Scanlon (Hammer and 56lb for distance)
Those who took part in earlier rounds of the league included Morgan Hamm, Derek Kenneally, Michael Ahearne, Walter Balwin, Trevor Walsh, Philip Harty, Derek Hayes and Mark Radley.
Team Manager: John McGrath
Coach: Brother Patrick Lennon
Judges: Ned and Mary O’Brien

Juniors win National Cross-Country Bronze 1996
The West Waterford Junior (U19) Men’s Cross Country Team of Philip Harty (11th), Mark Radley (15th), Tony Harty (17th), and Derek Kenneally (22nd) finished 3rd on 65 points behind Leevale (33 points) and Metro A.C. Dublin (41 points) at the Irish Championships in Naas in February 1995.

West Waterford win Munster Novice Title 1996
Held at the local St. Augustine’s College, West Waterford’s youthful quartet of Mark Radley (3rd), Philip Harty (13th), Dermot Keyes (23rd) and Kevin Healy (36th) won the Munster Novice Cross-Country Title (75points) from Kilmurray / Brickane (97points) and U.C.C. (101 points). The ladies team of Deirdre Travers (11th), Rebecca Harty (14th), Paula Keohan (39th) and Michelle Healy (44th) were 3rd (108 points) behind West Cork (64 points) and Limerick (87 points).

Munster Novice Title Retained 1997
The West Waterford Club retained the Munster Novice Cross-Country Title at Tulla, Co. Clare (63points) from Nenagh Olympic (65 points) and West Limerick (75 points). The scoring quartet were Philip Harty (5th), Tom Bennett (12th), Michael Barrett (22nd) and Alan Ryan (24th).

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