Laois GAA Digest (January 39)

This week’s Laois GAA Digest. Read it first every Tuesday in the Leinster Express

This week’s Laois GAA Digest. Read it first every Tuesday in the Leinster Express


Ballyfin AC Road Race

A public meeting will be held in the Deadmans Inn on Friday February 1st to discuss the organising of a local Road Race. All members of the public are welcome as are all Club members and parents of children involved in the club. Everyone’s ideas are welcome so we are looking forward to seeing a good turnout for what is a good healthy cause.

Leinster Senior and Juvenile Relay Cross Country Championships

Ballyroan Abbeyleix & District AC were the proud hosts of this years Leinster Senior and Juvenile Relay Cross Country Championships on Sunday 20th January last in the beautiful setting of Blandsfort House and Estate Lands in Ballyroan.

Ballyfin’s Riobard Miller ran a terrific race in the 10,000m Senior Mens in a time of 39:35 coming home in 34th position and just missing out by a few places in the County Team. Well done Riobard!

Despite being very young and only their first year of competitive running, the U-12 boys and girls team did us proud at Leinster level in what were very cold conditions. It was a great honour to represent the County at the Leinsters and a big thank you has to be extended to our brave athletes who made up the teams on the day as follows - U-12 Girls: Dearbhail Cuddy, Roisin Bland, Maeve Carroll and Katie Conroy. U-12 Boys: James Wheeler, Adam Connolly, Conall Rowney and Sean O’Rourke. Its onwards and upwards for these girls and boys and hopefully such an event will be good experience and help them in future county and inter-club events. Well done Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District AC for hosting and organising this successful event.

Great Heath 10k

There was a fantastic turnout for the Great Heath 10k on Sunday 20th last in what was a well organised event. Five runners from Ballyfin made the trip, aquitting themselves well on the 10k circuit. Damien Cullinan ran well coming home in 51:03 with Sean Connolly also taking part coming home in just under the hour. The Ladies were well represented with Helen Coughlan first home in 52:31, Geraldine Goode in 53:33 and Michelle Dalton in 55:58. Congratulations to all the Ballyfin runners who took part and well done to everyone on great times.

Monday Nights - Indoor Training

Indoor Training takes place at the Ballyfin Community Hall every Monday from 6.30 to 7.30. There will be a cool ‘Little Athletics’ training programme for children aged 5-9. This age group has been identified as the FUNdamental stage in the long term physical development of the child, and the development of fundamental skills such as agility, co-ordination and balance will contribute greatly to future sporting achievements. Why not get along and give it a go! Contact Ger Goode on 083-1077421. Children from the age of 5 welcome, €2 per child and max €5 per family.

Friday nights – Indoor/Outdoor Training

Friday night training, for children over eight years of age, takes place at the Treo Nua Community Centre in Portlaoise on Harpurs Lane (across from entrance to the Portlaoise Running Track) from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. It consists of a mixture of indoor/outdoor training (weather dependent).

Adult Training

Adult Training for all levels takes place every Sunday in Emo Court at 10.30am with runners meeting up in the car park, and with the days closing in its every Tuesday and Thursday evening in Portlaoise meeting in St Fintans car park across from the prison at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome so why not dust off those trainers, come along and get active!

Get fit with the Ballyfin AC Ladies

Following on from our first Womens Team taking part in the Laois Cross Country Championship in Emo – we want to keep the momentum going! With the short evenings it can be difficult but why not contact Ger Goode on 083-1077421 and she can give out details on where the girls meet up. So why not get out and get up and running.

For more details and updates check us out on the Ballyfin AC Facebook page. All you gotta do is search for Ballyfin AC on Facebook and that will get us.


Laois Senior Cross Country

On Sunday Blandsfort House, Ballyroan was the setting for the Leinster Senior and Junior Cross Country Championships. Performance of the day went to David Mulhare who ran in the Junior 6K. David went into the lead after about 1K and continued to open the gap on the rest of the field to come home a clear winner and in the process won his

first provincial title. In the Senior ladies 5K Portlaoise had four competitors. Paula Grant and Ruth Hodgins finished in 14th and 19th respectively. These places were enough to help Laois to silver team medals. They were followed home by Sharon Grant and Pam Power which put Portlaoise into the 5th club place. In the Senior mens 10K Harry

Lupton had a fine run to finish in 10th place. Laois also took silver in this race with Harry the second placed Laois runner on the team. The other Portlaoise athletes to compete were Cyril Cuddy, Jimmy McCormack and Brian Madden.

Laois Secondary Schools Cross Country

The Laois Secondary Schools Cross Country was held on 16th January. A number of club athletes were representing their schools on the day. In the Minor girls race Amy and Charlie Walsh finished in fifth and ninth respectively to help their school win silver team medals. Thomas Martin and Ronan Corr represented their school in the Minor boys race.

Louise Stack, Niamh Quinn and Anna Healy were first, second and third in the Intermediate girls race. This was followed with a victory for Oisín Fitzpatrick in the Intermediate boys 3K. David Mulhare was the winner of the final race of the day, the Senior boys 3K.

Couch to 5K

The couch to 5K programme which ran so successfully last year resumed on Tuesday night. It was great to see people turn up in such numbers. We look forward to working with everyone over the coming weeks to help them achieve their fitness goals. All those who attended should have received an email by now. If you have not been contacted please make one of the coaches aware of this so we can keep you updated. Information will also be posted on Portlaoise A.C. Facebook page. A big thank you to all the coaches and helpers who give their time voluntarily.


Seniors - Tuesday and Thursday 7pm at track. Saturday in Oakvale, meet at 10.45, run at 11.00. Sunday in Emo, Meet at 10.15, run at 10.30 sharp.

Juveniles - Tuesday and Thursday 7pm at track for sprints, long jump, hurdles, distance. Sunday 10.15am at Emo for 11yrs+

Note: Training for six, seven and eight year olds will be on Tuesdays only until the bright evenings return.

St Abban’s

Stephen Leads Laois Home

An excellent course in Ballyroan was the venue for the Leinster cross country championships on Sunday last. Hosted by the newly formed Ballyroan/Abbeyleix and District athletic club a good turnout on a rather cold day saw several good battles in both the juvenile relays and the junior and senior events.

Thanks to all the parents who turned out. We fielded teams in most of the relays, they included:- Shane Buggy, Sean Dollard, Brian O’Sullivan, Colin Dragoi, T.J. Burke, Cara Maher, Ruby Millet, Daena Kealy, Ciara McDonald, Killian Mulhall, Cian Kelly, Niall Brennan, Mikey Dempsey, Tom Buggy, Gerard Kelly, Conor Mulhall, Oisin Ryan, Eanna Ryan, Niamh Moore, Alannah O’Rourke, Lucy O’Neill, Maeve Maher, Elizabeth Brophy, Lauryn Kealy and Laura Graham with the boys U-14 taking the silver medals.

Our junior men’s team saw James Moore reverse the result of the county junior cross country championships to beat James Delaney when finishing 8th and leading the club team to bronze medal position, just a few points short of gold. James Delaney 12th, Joseph Barry 14th and Dylan Byrne despite carrying a leg injury a game 18th, with the bonus of taking the silver in the inter county section.

Our sole representation in the ladies was Breda Mulcahy who had a fine run to score on the silver medal Laois team in 22nd place - it was a mighty performance from the former Kilkenny footballer. The senior men had five laps over a 2K course and with a strong Dublin participation a fine race was in prospect. Settling in over the first lap Stephen Lawlor was in 15th spot and moving nicely. As the race progressed he continued his forward momentum taking a place at a time. Going out on the last lap he had moved into sixth place which he nailed down and was the first Laois man home to take the silver medals and complete a good day for the county. The medal table showed Laois with three sets of silver from the four races, a nice achievement on home ground.

Leinster Indoor

Athlone IT will be the centre of activity with its new indoor arena with six lanes on a 200 metre banked bends over the next couple of months. The AAI games and the combined events are scheduled to get things moving this weekend, while the Universities and the Leinster juvenile relays along with junior, senior and masters are on the following weekend. This will be followed by the National masters on the 9th February and the juniors and U.23 on the 10th February. The National seniors are on the 16th and 17th February so plenty of indoor action to look forward to.

St Michael’s

Leinster Success at Secondary schools

Congratulations to Colaiste Iosagain students who won gold in the Leinster Minor girls team event at Clongowes College Clane Co Kildare. The minor girls team of Eva Galvin, Naomi Luttrell, Leah Cooney, Shauna Fenlon and Jessica Higgins all put is an excellent performance on the Clongowes course among some stiff opposition from a large number of schools across South Leinster to secure Leinster Gold for Colaiste Iosagain Portarlington. The Junior girls team of Oral Mullally, Katie Piggott, Aisling Whooley, Allanna Keogh all performed exceptionally well in good cross country conditions. Junior boy Cormac Curtis had a fantastic run to finish with an individual medal coming home 5th in the Junior boys event among a large field.

Eva Galvin won individual silver in the minor girls event supported by school mates Naomi Luttrell and Leah Cooney who finished in the top twelve with further support coming from Shauna Fenlon and Jessica Higgins finishing 15th and 18th. In the junior girls well done to Oral Mullally for taking a individual medal also finishing in the top twelve and strong runs by Katie Piggott Aisling Hooley and Allanna Keogh. Well done to all who took part.

Laois Secondary Schools Cross Country

Well done to Colaiste Iosagain students and St Michaels AC members who performed very well at the Laois Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships recently at O’Dempseys GAA grounds Killenard.

Heath 10K

Well done to St Michaels AC group who competed in the recent Heath 10k. A large field of competitors in the well organised event along a great course. St Michaels AC’s Olivia Sheerin was third woman home in a time of 42:24. Other club members racing on the day were Bernard Weldon, Michael Cullen, Mark Hackett, John McCusker, Pippa Hackett, Paul Sheerin and Sean Fleming well done to all.

Circuit Training

Adult Circuit training takes place indoors every Friday evening at 7pm. Venue GAA Centre Portarlington. There is a great response to this training only 3 euro for the circuit training session. All welcome.

Training Schedule

Senior Training takes place every Tuesday and Friday in McCann park Portarlington at 7pm. Tuesday evening session is €2. The Firday night is now a circuit training based session it targets strength building and endurance. John Fenlon leads the circuit training. The Circuit training will take place indoors beginners are welcome. Circuit training is the most time efficient way to enhance cardiovascular fitness and muscle endurance.

New Members welcome

New members are always welcome to St Michaels AC senior club, for details of Senior Training contact Aidan Mullally 087-6968844. Beginners catered for if you know anyone who enjoys running, wants to get fit and would like to join St Michaels AC club please invite them along.

Club Newsletter

The senior club newsletter is currently out, the newsletter contains a list of fixtures, achievements and news about what events and development are taking place within the senior club.

Sunday Morning Run

The long run on Sunday morning continues at the winter scheduled time of 10am. Contact Wes - 085-1252352.

St Michaels AC Club Contact Details

Website: - e-mail: Facebook: Search for ‘Michaels AC’ send friend request. Contacts: Aidan Mullally Tel 087-6968844, Noel Coss Tel:087-9900840. Wes Reilly Tel: 085-1252352.