Training/Fixtures etc

Bandon Athletic Club has currently the largest membership of any athletic club in Munster. Affiliated to Athletics Ireland, members compete in events at all levels in Track& Field, Cross Country and road.
Training: Mon and Wed night. 7pm-8pm for younger ages and 7.30-9pm for older ages or as per coaches. No training on Bank Holidays. There is a charge of €2 per night for training. You need to be a fully paid up member to attend training. C.I.T Track is also used for training.
Membership Update:Any new members looking to join please fill in this online form.
Fit4Life:Please contact the FIT4LIFE Club Mobile Phone at 087-4340860
Next committee meeting:July 11th in Munster Arms

West Cork Summer League

The next West Cork Summer League will hosted by Bandon Athletics Club in Bandon Town Park on Wed 19th with a 7pm start.

Boys and Girls u9 : 60m, 300m, Long Jump & Relays

Boys and Girls u11 : 60m, 600m, TurboJavelin & Relays

Boys and Girls u13 : 80m, 600m, Shot Putt & Relays

Boys and Girls u15 : 80m, 800m, Long Jump & Relays

Boys and Girls u17 : 80m, 800m, Long Jump & Relays

No pre-entry required.

Spectators and athletes pay €3 entry at the gate or €10 for family (2+2)

Recent results

Well done to Frank Stam who was the only competitor from Bandon A.C. at the All-Ireland Masters Track and Field Championships in Tullamore on Sunday winning 3 national medals,
Frank won Gold in the Discus, Silver in the High Jump, Silver in the Weight for Distance and he also finished 4th in both the Shot Putt and in the Javelin.

Well done to all the athlete and coaches involved in the All-Ireland relays in Athlone yesterday, there was some impressive results.  Girls u12 won Bronze (Maia McCourt Amy McCarthy Laura Sheehy Victoria Good Caroline Wesol) Girls u16 were 6th in the final (Erin De Burca Stacey Komolafe Julie Sheehy Lauren McCourt Kate O’Neill)
Girls u18 were 5th in the final of the 4x100m (Niamh Callanan Alison Hathaway Moira Barrett Claire Roche Aoibhinn O’Connor) Girls u18 were 7th in the final of the 4x400m (Moira Barrett Niamh Callanan Alison Hathaway Claire Roche Aoibhinn O’Connor)
Boys u16 were 8th in the final (Liam Crowley Nicholas Greene Ben Mangan Dylan Chambers Tristan Chambers Mark Collins)
Boys u18 were 6th in the 4x100m and 4th in the 4×100 with the same team in both (Harry Hall Dave McInerney Gearld O’Donovan Thomas Beare)
Boys u19 were 5th (Cameron Blair Daniel Landzaad Dave McInerney Harry Hall)

At the National junior and u23 Championships in Tullamore on Sat 2nd.
In the u23 age group Laura McSweeney won the Shot Put and placed 3rd in both the hammer and the discus.
This was Laura’s 3rd u23 Shot Put title in a row and her 12th outdoor Shot Put underage title in a row, having won her first title at u12.
Thomas McCarthy was 12th in u23 800m
Scott Gibson contested the u23 400m and despite a good race just missed out on making the final. Joey Henchy finished 5th in his heat of the u23 100m and just missed out on fastest loser spot in the final.
Aisling Cassidy finished in 4th in the u20 Triple Jump and 5th in the High Jump
Plenty drama in the relays, u20 team of Cameron Blair, Dave McInerney, Harry Hall and Daniel Landzard competed in both the 4×100 and 4x400m and medalled in both! Silver in the 4x100m and Bronze in the 4x400m.
In the U23 4x100m the team of Joey Henchy, Scott Gibson, Niall Madden and Joe Gibson also finished in the medals winning Silver. Unfortunately Joey Henchy had a fall in the race and needed stitches as a result, so wishing Joey a fast recovery.

Recent results

Number of impressive results in the All-Ireland Pairs over the weekend.
Andrew Lane and Lewis Lenihan were 3rd in the u10 TurboJavelin
Christopher Woodland and Ronan Sheehy were 4th in the u9 Long Jump
Eoin O’Callaghan and James O’Driscoll were 9th in the u11 TurboJavelin
Emma O’Connell and Ruby Cummins were 2nd in the u10 Long Jump
Leah Crean and Natalia Dawidowicz were 6th in the u11 Long Jump
Emma O’Connell and Kate Collins were 5th in the u10 TurboJavelin
Aoife Callan and Natalia Dawidowicz were 9th in the u11 TurboJavelin.

A huge 1500m PB and win in a time of 4.36.11 at British Milers Club Grand Prix meet in Watford for Laura Nicholson

Phil Healy was in action as part of the Irish team at the European Club Championships.
On Friday she qualified for the final of the 200m where she finished 7th in a time of 24.32

She was also part of the 4x400m relay team which finished 2nd in a fast time of 3:32.65

Well done everyone.

National League Round 1 report

At the first round of the National League recently Bandon A.C had a women’s team competing in the Premier Division and in the First Division the men’s team combined with Abbey Striders.
The men’s team got off to a slow start on the day with points hard to get, but things started to change and win’s came in the 4x100m relay, the 400m (Scott Gibson), Shot Putt (Patrick McSweeney), , Discus (Colin Kingston) big points were also won in the 100m with a 2nd place for Joey Henchy, 200m with a 3rd place for Niall Madden. Ronan Duggan finished 4th in the 800m. Thomas McCarthy had 5th in both the 1500m and the 3k SteepleChase,  Naoise O’Flaitheartaigh finished in 5th in the 5km.  Tom Beare injured himself in the 110m Hurdles, but finished the race to earn points and then bravely took part in the Long Jump.
Abbey Striders provided good points also with a win in the Pole Vault (Ray Walsh), 2nd in the High Jump and 5th in the Triple Jump (Ben O’Donovan).
Final event of the day was 4x400m and it provided a dramatic finish, club was well positioned throughout the race and in the home straight Dave McInerney found an extra gear over the last 50m and powered home for another vital win.
In the Premier division there was impressive win in the 200m for Joan Healy who unfortunately pulled up injured later in the 100m. Joan had previously anchored the 4x100m relay team to a win. Ella Stack won both the High Jump and the Pole Vault, another win in the Shot Putt for Laura McSweeney who also finished 4th in the Hammer. Amy Crowley was 2nd in the Triple Jump and 6th in the 800m. Moira Barrett finished 3rd in the 400mHurdles and 5th in the 400m, Roisin Howard was 4th in the 100mH and Long Jump and 5th in the Discus. Rachel Roche was 3rd in the Javelin. Lily Carey was 4th in the walk and 6th in the 1500m.
Final event for the womens team was the 4x400m and some very tired legs took to the track for some vital points and a brave performance saw them finish in 5th place

The Men’s team are 4th overall and women’s 5th and well placed so a good 2nd round should see the two team qualify for the final.

Well done to everyone and wishing Tom and Joan a speedy recovery.



National League on Sunday

Bandon will have a men’s team and a women’s team in action in the first round of the National League in Athlone on Sunday. After a 3rd place for the Men and a 4th for the Women in the final, we are hoping for even better results this year.
Thanks to everyone who made themselves available for selection.

Timetable_for National League Round 1 2017

Teams for Sundays 1st Leg
Women’s Team
Roisin Howard,
Lily Carey
Moira Barrett,
Joan Healy,
Laura McSweeney,
Ella Stack,
Rachel Roche,
Amy Crowley, Alison Hathaway

Men’s team
Liam OReilly,
Dave McInerney,
Ronan Duggan,
Tom Beare
Thomas McCarthy,
Scott Gibson,
Niall Madden,
Naoise O’Flaitheartaigh,
Joey Henchy,
Patrick McSweeney,
Colin Kingston,
Bobby Smith, Daniel Hathaway
Plus Abbey Striders
Ben ODonovan, Ray Walsh


Catherine Duggan R.I.P

The club lost a dear friend this week and we will miss her knowledge, guidance, patience, wisdom, her boundless enthusiasm but above all her smile and her laugh.
Our thoughts and prayers are with her husband Vincent, her children Padraig, Niall, Ronan and Fiona and to the extended family.

Patrick McSweeney
Chair Bandon A.C

Below is an except from the eulogy given by our club President Billy Good at the funeral mass on Thursday.

Catherine Duggan first joined Bandon A.C 50 years ago and her love of the sport was nurtured at a very young age and she liked nothing more than the training and the competitive element of the sport covering both track and field and cross country. She got great enjoyment out of travelling to sports fixtures and cross country throughout the country and further afield at times to compete. It was known for her to take in 2 sports meetings in the one day, a fixture in the afternoon and another on elsewhere in the evening. Arriving home to her parents at a late hour but all was forgiven when she was able to pull from her bag a prize or two she had won on the day.
Competing for her club at West Cork, County and Munster winning many prizes, trophies and medals, always very competitive trait of all the Wilmot family in sport whether it be on the playing fields, running tracks, cross country courses or on the roads throughout the country. Her last competitive competition was the county masters track and field championships last year, when points where needed to secure the General Eoin O’Duffy trophy for the best all round club. Catherine was not found wanting and duly played her part with herself and fellow coaches showing the younger generation the spirit of competition. Also in addition she was no mean hockey player whilst playing with Bandon Hockey Club over the number of years, always playing it hard but fair.
Nothing gave Catherine more pleasure than seeing an athlete whom she was or had been coaching wearing the green of Ireland on the Home, European or World scene and there were many. Her encouragement to all no matter of what ability was always to the fore and her patience and tolerance knew no bounds.
When it came to writing a club constitution one of the officerships was that of Head Coach and who better for that position no one other than Catherine. She was instrumental in setting up a coaching structure within the club where we now have coaches qualified at all levels.
Catherine was more than a head coach, she could be best described in addition to being a mother figure, counselor, psychiatrist among other things. Whenever a young athlete and not so young had a bad run or did not perform up to their ability who was there to comfort them but Catherine.
One of her attributes was not bowing to officialdom, cutting through red tape, where on occasions she would fall foul of an official where she felt there had been an injustice done to an athlete. This I might add was all done in the spirit of fair play and in the interest of the sport and the athlete concerned. No matter what club that athlete was from.

So rest peacefully thou loyal and faithful servant to the sport of athletics and to your beloved Bandon A.C.
May the soil of Bandon lie lightly on you dear friend.
Slain abhaile

Sad News

It is with deep regret, that we have to inform you of the sad passing of our head coach and dear friend, Catherine Duggan.
As a mark of respect all club activities are cancelled this week, including the West Cork league scheduled for this Wednesday.
Our thoughts and condolences are with her family.
Ar dheis Dé, go raibh a hanam.
Bandon AC

*POSTPONED* Summer League Wed 14th in Town Park at 7pm

** Will be held later in summer ***

Summer League in Bandon Town Park at 7pm on Wed 14th

Don’t forget that the next West Cork Summer League event is on in Bandon at 7pm on Wed.
Events for u9,u11, u13, u15, u17.
Sprint, Distance race and 1 field event per age group.
Relays which are mixed club relays at the end of the night are always a very popular hit.

No pre-entry required, spectators and athletes pay €3 entry at the gate

u9 : Sprint, Distance, Long Jump & Relays
u11 : Sprint, Distance, TurboJav & Relays
u13 : Sprint, Distance, Shot Putt & Relays
u15 : Sprint, Distance, Long Jump & Relays
u17 : Sprint, Distance, Long Jump & Relays