Senior News,January 9 2022





Were back with a bang for 2022 as on this coming Sunday the 16th January with the 33rd Annual Kiely Monumental Colligan Cup. The Juvenile race starts at 11 am. The senior race has a 12 noon start and is over the usual 5 miles Colligan wood circuit and Juveniles will have a single 1-mile circuit to run. The Colligan cup is a unique event in that it is run on a handicap basis where you simply predict your finishing time over a 5 mile run, with the winner being the person who is nearest to that predicted time. This makes the race open to all no matter what your standard is, everyone has the same chance of taking the title. Now in its 32nd year we would like to thank sincerely our sponsor for all of those 33 years David and Margaret Kiely of Kiely Monumental for their on-going support for the local running club West Waterford AC. So for a great fun event on the yearly running calendar Colligan is where you need to be come next Sunday 16th January.








We will again this year be determining the outright winner of the Colligan cup by way of our Club chip timing system. The chip timing device is attached to each runner’s race number and this system will decide who the winner will be for 2022, but as we said the race timing system itself will remain the same as the one Victor Mullins devised 33 years ago. The following is how the handicap timing system works, the run begins when the clock starts with the time of the slowest predicted runner’s time, say 60 minutes. As the clock counts backwards down to zero every runner begins when his or her predicted time shows up on the clock. The runner with the fastest predicted time will be the last runner to start the race. The winner of the Colligan Cup is the runner who is the first person to cross the finish line after the clock reaches zero-it is that simple. All you have to do is get your prediction right. Remember, no watches allowed or music head phones. So if you would like to become part of local athletics history and have your name inscribed on the now famous Colligan plaque which was erected in the wood some years ago by the race sponsor David Kiely of Kiely Monumental come along next Sunday. We must also mention and thank Coillte for their permission and help in letting us hold the race. We urge all going to Colligan on Sunday to please allow plenty of time as parking will be restricted on the road to one side. Please do not park where your car might obstruct the flow of traffic or interfere with the runners. This is a great family event with something for everyone. The Colligan Cup itself will be awarded to the winner of the senior race, while the Shield will be awarded to the first lady finisher. The Victor Mullins cup will be awarded to the 1st runner on the right side of the clock who is running the event for the very first time. The Juvenile Shield will be presented to the Juvenile winner. The junior race is organized by the club’s juvenile section over one lap of the Colligan circuit and it gets under way at 11AM sharp and this too is a guess your time handicap event. The senior race will start at 12 noon. All are welcome to participate.





1989 Willie Henry

1990 Nicky Sheehan

1991 Richie Moore

1992 Martin Geoghegan

1993 Liam Rossiter

1994 Gerry Cantwell

1995 John Lyons

1996 Tom Meehan

1997 Colin Lyons

1998 Kathleen O’Connell

1999 Tom Fitzgerald

2000 John Whelan

2001 Ray Dwyer

2002 Ann Cronin

2003 Tony Shalloe

2004 Michael Dwyer

2005 Mark Langford

2006 Brian Collins

2007 Maurice Boland

2008 Michael Tutty

2009 Ger Wyley

2010 Kelly Cantwell

2011 Liam Sandford

2012 Conor Blackwell

2013 Michael Dwyer

2014 Ray Hahesy

2015 Dermot Dwyer

2016 J.P Curtin

2017 Patrycja Daly

2018 Brigid Coffey

2019 Martin Hayes

2020 Paula Collins

2021 ( postponed)







1994-Monica Power

1995 Paula Keohan

1996 Paula Keohan

1997 Frankie Devlin

1998 Kathleen O’ Connell

1999 June Twomey

2000 Ann Cronin

2001 Martina Budds

2002 Ann Cronin

2003 Kathleen O Connell

2004 Helene Hayes

2005 Annette Long

2006 Josie Uí Chuirrin

2007 Catriona Mulcahy

2008 Diane Behan

2009 Brigid Coffey

2010 Kelly Cantwell

2011 Aine Lombard

2012 Anne Whelan

2013 Karen Ryan

2014 Diane Behan

2015 Mary Harney

2016 Mary Harney

2017 Patrycja Daly

2018 Brigid Coffey

2019 Nicola Cunniffe

2020 Paula Collins

2021 (posponed)




1993 Alan Moore

1994 Darren Harty

1995 Ronan Dennehy

1996 Rosemarie Curran

1997 Dervla O’ Connor

1998 Rosemarie Curran

1999 Brian Kelleher

2000 David Buckley

2001 Natasha Behan

2002 Mary Ryan

2003 Lorraine McCarthy

2004 Sarah Flavin

2005 Michelle Norris

2006 Lughaidh 0’Mahony

2007 Rachel French

2008 Aaron Whelan

2009 Bobby Landers

2010 Sean Patmore

2011 Eoin Dwyer

2012 Gillian Whelan

2013 Tony Dwyer

2014 Mary Kate Prendergast

2015 Ronan Mansfield

2016 David Butler

2017 Aimee Ryan

2018 Kevin Butler

2019 Natalie Barry

2020 Kyla Flavin

2021 (posponed)




2009 Michael Moloney

2010 Mark Cliffe

2011 Aine Lombard

2012 Tony Ferncombe

2013 Brendan Foran

2014 Keith O’Driscoll

2015 Claire Fitzpatrick

2016 Paddy Gilhooley

2017 Colm Ryan

2018 David Traynor

2019 Alan Hogan

2020 Tom Nyhan

2021 (posponed)







Were on full steam ahead now for the upcoming race of the year, the 30th annual John Treacy Dungarvan 10. With registration completely full with over 3.000 places filled we are now nicely assembling a really top class field of elite athletes which will make for the biggest and best race to date. The race is on Sunday February 6th at the new starting time of 11.00 a.m. All finishers of The John Treacy Dungarvan 10 will receive the now famous West Waterford AC goody bag, plus a Nike dry fit running top will be awarded to all finishers. As with the current covid situation this year there will be no post-race refreshments or changing facilities on race day.All race Goodie bags and Shirts will be awarded when runners cross the finishing line. The top ladies and men’s finishers will be awarded their prizes at the finish line all other prizes will be sent out by post following the race.  This year’s race once again will see substantial cash prizes for the top runners and bonus cash to the first athlete to break either course record. Substantial cash prizes will follow down throughout the categories. The club committee have been working hard to ensure that the day will go off without a hitch and our hope now is the man above will do his bit by giving us a good day weather wise for the race of the year.





It’s that time of year again when we take on the mammoth task of organising the John Treacy Dungarvan 10 mile. We have been fortunate in the past to have had help from club members and also from many outside of the club circle who come along each year to give a few hours of their time. This year we are in need of that same help again, with a large field assembled this year we will be trying to make sure these visitors to our town leave with a good experience of what Dungarvan has to offer and we hope such will be the impression we will make on them that they will want to come back again to visit the town for maybe a longer stay. We will need stewards on the course so if you have a few hours on Sunday February 6th please contact stewarding coordinator Karen Ryan on 086-8245683.Support your local athletics club-Many hands make light work!!!!






We assembled for the second half of the Fordes daybreak winter league last Wednesday evening at Dungarvan sports centre with great enthusiasm after the Christmas break and despite the uncertain times with relation to Covid it was great to see such a good turnout for round 7.Conditions were Ideal if not a little frosty as the runners headed off on the 2.5 mile run and the 5.2 mile run simultaneously.  There was a great number out again last Wednesday when 62 runners completed the course. It was great to see and welcome the newbies that were trying out the league for the very first time. This section of the league specifically has first timers and beginners in mind and is a manageable distance for most as it covers 2.5 miles in total. After registering online make sure to check your off time on facebook or on the sheets posted. First on the night was Catriona Shanley in 24.35 followed by 22.15 that’s a solid one two for the Ladies on the first night back, well done, Paul Veale is improving week on week and he finished 3rd last week recording a time of 20.22 that 20 minute barrier beckons here .Marie O’Ahearne was 4th home last week in 21.14.To all runners of the league we would love to see you al in Colligan for the annual Kiely Monumental Colligan cup next Sunday morning ,it’s a run that is do able for all as you run it at your own pace so why not come along and give it a try you just might take the spoils. A specially printed running bib will be awarded to all participants at the end of the league who complete 8 out of the 11 possible rounds, so make sure to get your quote in.






The tables are now taking shape on the short course and the current leader is Colm Barry on 594 with former league winner Brigid Coffey second on 583 and Christine Fogarty 3rd just one point behind on 582.David Morrissey is 4th currently on 5Stephanie Curran 5th on 560.The divisional winners like the overall winners are very much still in the balance with plenty to play for yet.Seamus Tobin currently is leading division 2 507 but only by a point from Jack Mc Grath 506.Division 3 see’s athletes stacked at the top with nothing between the top participants Freida Mc Grath and Tara Ni Reachtagain are tied on 450 but its anyone’s guess who can pull off the win here.In division 3 it’s a similar story with two sharing the lead Emma Queally and Fabien Scossa Baggi on 410 but again they only hole slender leads from the chasers in hot persuit. Barbara Duff heads up division 5 on 366 points a 5 point lead over Helen Keating 361 and in division 6 Ann O’Donovan 314  holds a 1 point lead over Niamh Collins 313.Division 7 see’s Olivia Curran on 259 points with Micheál  Gee chasing on 253 Points. Irene Dee 173 and Nikita Whelan 171 are battling away for division 8 honours. All in all as you can see much running to come yet before any on the above are home and hosed.


The current top 5 is:


 1 Colm Barry 594

2 Brigid Coffey 583

3 Christine Fogarty 582

4 David Morrissey 578

5 Stephanie Curran 560


Division 2 Seamus Tobin 507

Division 3 Freida Mc Grath and Tara Ni Reachtagain 450

Division 4 Emma Queally and Fabien Scossa Baggi 410

Division 5 Barbara Duff 366

Division 6 Ann O’Donovan 314

Division 7  Olivia Curran 259

Division 8 Irene Dee 173







It was like we never took a break as we returned to run our 1st night back and 7th in all of the Fordes Daybreak winter league last Wednesday after our Christmas break.123 completed the long course on a cold but ideal night all considered. The night it has to be said belonged to Raivis Zakis who absolutely smashed the course record with a brilliant solo effort clocking a time of 28.17 this was the fastest time ever recorded for the league a massive effort to be honest. The old record was also held by Raivis when he set it in 2018 recording a time of 28.40 Raivis now at 41 years of age is in some shape to put in a run like this all on his own clipping a whopping 23 seconds off the best time ever recorded, credit where credit is due it was a top notch performance by the Ballinroad man.Sean Curran back from his stint in the USA lead the troops home last week Sean was running the league for the first time and recorded a very good 28.44, Shane Flavin 40.39 was 2nd home last week a good run by Shane also. Keeping the flag flying for the Ladies was Judith Cambell who was 3rd finisher with a time of 42.35.Michael O’Neill was next in 43.58 and 2nd lady finisher on the night was Kelly Fitzgerald running her first night of the league after a little rest from her successful cross country season Kelly clocked 42.34 for 6th finisher.




The league tables are really starting to take shape now with 7 rounds completed and 4 rounds left,


Richie Fitzgerald on 987 points is our current leader but hot on his tail is Niall Collins on 936 points. Geraldine Lacey is flying the flag for the ladies of the league and is currently in 3rd place with 920 points.Joe Grant is on 902 in 4th while 5th place is currently filled by Ray Hahesy with 894 points and Kevin Casey is also on 894 points. The divisional honours are still in the balance also like division 2 with just 6 points separating 1st and 2nd Stephan Hogan 812 and Geraldine Barry 806.In division 3 there only between the Moore’s Anne and David 739 and 738.In division 6 the ladies are battling away Andrea Gaffney and Aileen Gallagher both locked together on 625 points as are Ronald Ilsley and Chloe Walsh in division 9 with both on 430 Points. So with 11 divisions in total there’s plenty of battling to go on yet around the streets of our town for the next 4 Wednesday evenings, best of luck to all. Don’t forget to make your way to Colligan next Sunday for the Kiely Monumental Colligan cup , it could be you this year you’d never know.


1  Richie Fitzgerald 987

2  Niall Collins 936

3  Geraldine Lacey 920

4  Joe Grant 902

5  Ray Hahesy 894

div 2. Stephen Hogan 812

div 3. Anne Moore 739

div 4.Shay Young 697

div 5. Norma Wall 660

div 6. Andrea Gaffney and Aileen Gallagher 625

div 7. Madeleine Hearn 565

div 8. Katherine O Connor 489

div 9. Ronald Ilsley and Chloe Walsh 430

div 10. Eamonn Curran 390

div 11. Regina Wilkinson Davis 257






The winners of Zuzana’s Costin vouchers in week 7 of the Fordes Daybreak winter league were long course Patrick Power and short course winner was Angelica Chizhikova .Well done to both,we hope you both enjoy your treatment from Zuzana, another two vouches will be up for grabs next Wednesday evening.Zuzana provides treatment and intervention for acute and chronic soft tissue and muscular pain, injury and dysfunction. She practises from The GreenWay Health Clinic in Tournore, Abbeyside and can be contacted on 0871218721.

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The Indoor track season is about to kick off and the following competitions are listed todate.

Munster Juvenile Combined Events + Masters 3k and Walks 29th January Nenagh

National masters indoors 30th January Athlone

Munster Junior, U23, Senior and Masters Championships February 6th Nenagh

AAI Indoor games on February 12th Abbottstown Dublin

Munster cross country Day 1 – Intermediate, Masters, Juv B 13th February Fermoy Co.Cork

Munster road championships 6th March TBA

National Seniors Indoors February 26th and 27th Abbottstown Dublin  

Please contact James Veale 086 8184762 Note no entries will be accepted on day of competition and you have to be a paid up member of the club before being entered for any of the above competitions.




West Waterford athletic club extend sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Phyllis Desmond St. Thomas’ Terrace, Dungarvan, who passed to her eternal reward, may she rest in peace.