Senior News,January 28 2024




All roads lead to Dungarvan next Sunday for the 32nd Annual John Treacy Dungarvan 10 mile road race.Once again this year’s race sold out in jig time with 3.750 entries received from all parts of the country and beyond.The race day packs and numbers should be with all the participants at this stage  containing  your race day number along with all the information you need to know regarding the event.This means of course all you have to do on race day is to be at the start line well in advance of the starting time of 11 AM with your number pinned to the FRONT of your club running singlet. When you have finished the race and cross the finish you will receive you’re goodie bag with lots of treats for you to enjoy after the race and you will also receive a high quality dri-fit Nike running top. This is one race where the club really relies on the goodwill and the support of our loyal club members and friends. This race is the biggest undertaking by the club each year and as a result we rely heavily on your support, so if you might be in a position to help out in any way that would be most welcome. We need people to steward the course and we can never have enough.  The event see’s the largest number of participants for any type of sports event in the county and is the largest 10 mile road race in the country, of this we are very proud.The club needs as many members and friends to help us make this a great race and a great day for West Waterford AC and for our town.






The course this year will remain the same as last year’s course, starting on the Youghal Road as usual but it will now start near to the Amber Garage, the race will do a short loop around Mitchell St. down Collins Road, back out the Youghal road taking a right turn down to GlaxoSmithKline, taking another right turn here down through the finish line and onto the N25 going left  to the Spring roundabout, taking a left turn past the former Crystal factory out to Bushy Park, and left down to the canal Road coming out at Ring cross, back in the Youghal road all the way to Stafford turning left up side of Stafford taking a right at top to GSK roundabout turning right to finish line at Cappoquin Transport depo.So plenty of opportunity for spectators to view the race on a few occasions. We do ask that spectators park well away from the course as they will not have access around the course itself as there will be restrictions in place during the race. Everyone’s cooperation is needed here for the smooth running of the event and we thank you in anticipation of this. Please note also that all prizes for this year’s John Treacy Dungarvan 10 will be posted out to our winners the days following the race. Only the overall top individual race winners will be presented with their prize at the finish line.





 Previous overall winners of this race are as follows:


1992 Robert Costello (Limerick AC)

1993 Noel Richardson (Donore Hrs AC)

1994 Jimmy Mulligan (Waterford AC)

1995 James Sullivan (Waterford AC)

1996 Michael Hassett (St. Catherines AC )

1997 Cormac Finnerty (Mullingar Hrs AC)

1998 Peter Duggan (St.Josephs AC )

1999 John Kearney (East Cork AC)

2000 John Kearney (East Cork AC)

2001 Peter Duggan ( St.Josephs AC )

2002 Paul Deegan (DSD A.C.)

2003 Philip Harty (K.C.K. A.C.)

2004 George Murray (North Cork AC)

2005 Sandis Bralitis (Ballynonty AC)

2006 Sandis Bralitis ( West Waterford AC )

2007 Sandis Bralitis (West Waterford AC)

2008 Sergiu Turea  (Clonliffe Harriers AC)

2009 Sandis Bralitis (West Waterford AC)

2010 Sandis Bralitis (West Waterford AC )

2011 Mareks Floroseks (Latvia)

2012 Sean Hehir (Rathfarnham)

2013 Gary O’ Hanlon Clonliffe Harriers AC

2014 Thomas Fitzpatrick Tallaght AC

2015 Mick Clohisey Raheny Shamrocks AC

2016 Sean Hehir Rathfarnham AC

2017 Alan O’Shea Bantry AC

2018 Kevin Maunsell Clonmel AC

2019 Kevin Maunsell Clonmel AC

2020 Mick Clohessy Raheny Shamrocks AC 48:16 (course record)

2021 COVID.

2022 Hugh Armstrong Ballina AC

2023 William Maunsell Clonmel AC






1992  : Liz Bullen (Dungarvan A. C.)

 1993 : Catherine Hennessy (DSD)

 1994 : Teresa Tuohy (London)

 1995 : Catherine Hennessy (DSD)

 1996 : Catherine Hennessy (DSD)

 1997 : Christine McNamara (Cork)

 1998 : Eleanor Threadgold (Bray)

 1999 : Catherine Hennessy (New Ross )

 2000 : Angela McEvoy (St. Finbarrs)

 2001 : Geraldine Hendrick (St. Laurence’s O Toole)

2002 : Mary Sheehan (Grange- Fermoy)

2003  : Mary Sweeney (St. Finbarrs)

2004 Rose Mary Ryan Bilboa AC

2005 Mary Sweeney St.Finbarrs AC

2006 Jackie Carty Kilmore AC

2007 Lucy Brennan Sligo AC

2008 Mary Margaret Meade Belfast City Harriers AC

2009 Rosemary Ryan Bilboa AC

2010 Siobhan O’ Doherty Borrisokane AC

2011 Siobhan O’ Doherty Borrisokane AC

2012 Maria Mc Cambridge Letterkenny AC

2013 Lizzie Lee Leevale AC

2014 Siobhan O’ Doherty Borrisokane AC

2015 Siobhan O’ Doherty Borrisokane  AC

2016 Barbara Sanchaz clonliffe harriers AC 

2017 Siobhan O’ Doherty Borrisokane AC

2018 Laura O’Shaughnessy DSD AC

2019 Grace Lynch Iveragh AC

2020 Aoife Cooke Eagle AC (course record 54.23)

2021 Covid

2022 Aoife Cooke Eagle AC

2023 Mary Mulhare Portlaoise AC




A huge thank you to all who have supported this year’s John Treacy Dungarvan 10 chosen charity KBRT, many have donated monies when entering the race which we sincerely thank you all and the club WWAC will also be making a donation , a cheque will be presented to Colin Bell father of Kevin who we are delighted to have down in Dungarvan representing the charity.





Please note that category prizes for this year’s John Treacy Dungarvan 10 will be posted out to our winners the days following the race. Only the overall individual race winners will be presented with their prizes at the finish line.




The clubs social occasion of the  year will take place at the Park Hotel Dungarvan on Sunday next 4th February when the overall prize presentation will take place for our Fordes Daybreak winter league and we will also celebrate the John Tracy Dungarvan 10 mile road race on the night, we invite all to this celebration in the club as we honour our league winners and thank our stewards for all this work in the league and all our stewards who were uninvolved in the 10 mile road race alike. There is no charge on this event where good food- good music- good dancing and good crack will be the order of the night preceding’s get under way at 8 pm, see you at the Park.









Yet another good night for running, how lucky we have been this year for our winter league with only one wet night two weeks ago, hopefully now for this coming Wednesday’s mass start night as is tradition on the final evening and our final round of the league it will be as good as last week. This was our fourth night back since Christmas and we are now down to our final round before the conclusion of this year’s league. There was a great number out again last Wednesday when 107 runners took up the challenge, this number for the second last round is double what last year’s number was for the same round which is brilliant. Well done to all who took part. Next Wednesday night is our final round and a mass start be down early please as short course goes at 6.45 sharp .Also remember that there is a winter league running hat for anyone completing 8 of the 11 nights of the league, this hat will be distributed to those eligible to get on at the finish line, best of luck to all on the final night and mass start. The overall league table was shook up this week as Gráinne Moore has extended her lead at the top of division 1 with 817 points, could she become the overall winner for 2023/24 and the youngest runner to ever have won the short course league, she’s one round away from doing this, however closing in on her is Michele Durand who is now in 2nd place with 787 points and a hot contender for overall honours or could it be James Meagher on 764 and running very well. As you can see the divisional winners are so tight in nearly all the various divisions so remember all in contention this week is hell for leather gathering as many points on the final, please note the short course will start at 6.40 pm sharp followed by the long course start. Go for it !!!!



The top 10 is as follows:

1 Grainne Moore 817

2  Michele Durand 787

3 James Meagher 764

4 Gerry Cummins 758

5  Michael Coakley 740

6 Valerie Flynn 712

7 Gillian Collins 670

8  Colm Barry 661

9  Úna Lannon 657

10  Stephanie Curran 644


Divison 2


1 Eileen Campbell  2 Pat Frisby  664 3  Dearbhla Flynn 663              



Divison 3


1 Caoimhe Prendergast 638  Michelle Hynes 626 3 Deirdre Whelan Devine 613


Divison 4

 1 Tina Crotty 614 2 Ruth Flynn 613 3 Emma Queally 612


Divison 5


1 Julie Regan 569 2  Margaret Cleary 551 3  Joey Miller 521 4 Claire Meehan 521


Divison 6


1 Ita Byrne 528 2  Linda O Neill 469 3  Katrina Murphy 460


Divison 7


1 Kerrie Uí Mhurchadha 518 2 Claire O Leary 500 3 Emma Clery O Brien 485



Division 8


1 Emer Behan 468 Niamh O Mahony  442 Pauline Drohan 442


Division 9


1 Catriona Foley 481 2 Claire Cosgrave 372 3 Jennifer Kirwan 346


Division 10.


1 Sinead Hehir 336 2 Claire Fennel 33 3 Michelle Mullaney 301









With just one round remaining in the current Fordes Daybreak winter league we were blessed once again last week with a beautiful night as the191 runners made their way round the course, again just like the short course great numbers for our second last round. It was flat to the mat for all runners last week as with just one round remaining everyone is giving it there all scoring as many points as possible on the divisional tables. It’s very noticeable the improving times being recorded over the past number of rounds, it’s all down to this week’s mass start now so best of luck to all. The points system in use for this year’s league it has to be said is working out great. As you can see there is very little between athletes in most of the divisions and indeed in the overall as well. It’s really hard to predict at this stage who will even be crowned the champ, even with only one round to go. Next Wednesday night we will have a new name inscribed on the Fordes Daybreak winter league cup for the long course and who’s it to be, well at the moment after week 9.Cathal Dwane is now holding a slender lead at the top of division one with 1508 points from Carol Gaffney   who is second with 1464 points and Colm O Connell  with 1441 is in 3rd spot. .All we can say here is may the best runner win, but it going to be close. So it’s all down to the final mass start night this Wednesday.There’s a nice group stacked up in the top 10 placing’s all still in with a shout of becoming the new winter league champion in this year . The division battles are also so very very tight with some leaders leading with just one single point separating 1st and 2nd.Best of luck to all for Wednesday mass start.



Cathal Dwane                    1508

Carol Gaffney                    1464

Colm O Connell                 1441

Shane Flavin                       1411

Jody Hynes                         1347

Kevin Casey                        1343

Sean Lennon                      1340

John Coade                        1303

Yevgeniy Chizhikov         1297

Ronan Crotty                     1291



Div 2. Cathal E Gleeson  1245 Helen Keating 1243  John Hurney   1235 Mark Dunford 1235



Div 3. Caroline Russell    1208 Emmet Gaffney 1173 Emmet Prendergast 1155



Div 4.Paul Mc Grath 1244 David  Moore  1215 Helen Leahy 1214


Div 5. Michael Dunford  1152 Annabelle Hackett 1123 Michelle Finnegan 1109


Div 6.Ray Hahesy 1158 Renz Comendador 1137 Fiona Ormonde  1117


Div 7. Jack Nolan 1086 Angela Bree 1052 Natalie Sheehan 1036


Div 8. Grainne O Brien    996 Padraig Nolan 988 Deirdre Daly 951


Div 9.Pat  Morrissey 1019 Fionan O Cinneide 982E amonn Curran 938 Patrick Beausang 938



Div 10. Kelly Mc Grath 948 Rosie Mansfield 920 Martina Holmes 892



Div 11.Rebecca Hogan    881 Lorraine Dixon 850 Mark Shalloe 832




As is tradition at on the final night each year of the Fordes Daybreak winter league will be a mass start for both the short and long course events. The short course will start at 6.40 pm and the long course will get under way at 6.45 pm.Best of luck to all for the final night as we wait with bated breath to see who will lift the two cups this year.




A very nice long sleeved Running top awaits you this Wednesday night at the winter league ( final night) All runners who have competed 7  from the 10 rounds of the league will receive this really nice top on the night ,these tops will be given out before the off of both leagues, so please give yourself a few minutes extra next Wednesday to collect your top.




Our sincere thanks to Dungarvan Chamber of Commerce who have come on board to sponsor a spot prize( €25 each) at the Fordes Daybreak winter league. One voucher will be awarded for each of the distances, one for the short and one for the long each night for the remainder of the league. Dungarvan Chamber of Commerce do superb work in representing the businesses and retailers of our town. This week’s voucher winners were long course Mairead Murphy  and on the short course it was JJ Fitzgerald were the lucky winners.



The AI games were held at the national indoor arena Abbottstown Dublin last Saturday and in action from the club was race walker Kate Veale over the 3.000 meters.In a small mixed field of a male and female Kate won in a time of 12.42.75.This is ranked as number 1 in the World rankings to date in 2024.



The Newcastle 5 k was held in the Tipperary village this morning Sunday in windy conditions a field of 141 completed the course. Overall winner was Niall Shannahan An Bru AC in a time if 15.15 and the ladies winner was Laura Cooney Clonmel AC in 19.35.The club was well represented at the race and first home was James Whelan who finished a creditable 13th place in a time of 18.47, David Nixon had a top 20 finish also in 18th place in 19.34 with Joe Gough next and First over 60 in 19.48. Mick Concannon clocked a time of 23.27 while Onra Power was next in a time of 26.14 and Martina Beechinor ran the course in a time of 26.46,Patricia Daly was our third lady in 29.49,well done to all.

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