BANDON DEVELOPMENT

In March 2024 the news broke that Cork County was offically without the 400m all weather track with the sudden closure of the Mardyke. It was now more important than ever that Bandon complete the development as soon as possible. On March 28th we welcomed M.E.P Sean Kelly, Sen Tim Lombard and Ger Seaman to the development site to show our progress and the need to get the project completed this year!

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WEST CORK ROAD RACES MARCH 24th

West Cork Athletics Board are hosting there annual West Cork Road Races Championships in Dunmanway on March 24th.

Starting at 11am at the Droumleena Lawn (Show Grounds)

Races for the following

U9 – 500m

U11 – 1000m

U13 G – 1200m U13B – 1500m

U15 G- 1500m U15B – 2000m

U17 G – 2000m U17B – 3000m

JNR / U20 – 3000m

1st race of the day will be the BOYS U9 following GIRLS U9 then U11 etc

All athletes need to be registered with a West Cork Club.

Singlets or Club tshirts with the club name are to be worn!

COST OF 2€ WHICH IS TO BE PAID ON THE DAY! you will receive a ticket which must be brought to the start line of the race. NO TICKET NO RACE!

MUNSTER JUV INDOORS 2/3 March 2024

Ruby Cummins U17 and Aoife Callan U18 competed at day 3 of the Munster JUV Indoor Championships coming away with club records. Aoife finished 2nd in the triple jump with a jump of 10.62m breaking both the U18 and SNR club record. Ruby finished 1st in the U17 high jump equalling the SNR club record and breaking the U17 record. Both athletes will compete alongside Eoin O’Callaghan, Dylan French & Lilly Anna Clover at the National JUV Indoor Championships in a few weeks time!!!

RESULTS WEEKEND 9TH – 12TH FEB

There was plenty of action over the weekend.
Results of the Munster Schools Cross Country – 9/2/24
Minor Girls
30th, Kara Casey, Colaiste Na Toirbhirte
Minor Boys
33rd, Olan Shannon, Hamilton HS
36th, John Feheney, Hamilton HS
64th, Sean Nyhan, HHS
Junior Girls
11th, Caoimhe O’Regan, St Brogans
34th, Emma Trunwit, St Brogans
68th, Olivia Varian, St Brogans
Intermediate Girls
2nd Olive O’Flynn, Scared Heart Clonakilty 🥈
Intermediate Boys
10th, Daniel Dollard, Hamilton HS
23rd, Cathal Murphy, Hamilton HS
56th, Eoin Sexton, HHS
Senior girls
2nd Ella Collins, Colaiste Na Toirbhirte 🥈
***Irish University Indoor Championships***\
Lauren McCourt, UCC finished 2nd in the 400m setting a new university record for UCC in a time of 55.45secs. It was tight on the line which required it to go to the millisecond 👏🏻 Lauren was part of the 4x 200m UCC relay team which finished 3rd. 🥉 🥈 . Gavin Kenny, UCC finished 5th in the final of the 1500m setting a new UCC record.
State side, Laura Nicholson set herself a new PB for the indoor mile in 4:34.35 at a recent invitational meet in Boston. Laura is currently 5th on the Irish all time list.
Fiona Everard finished 16th at the Armagh Invitational International 3k in a time of 9:35
***All Ireland B & Master Cross Country***
The Girls U13 team of Isla Wilson, Ellen Dollard, Clara Cullinane, Saoirse Walshe, Kara Casey & Ava Bamford were the sole team from Bandon to compete. They placed 7th overall. Carmel Crowley finished 22nd in the Master ladies race.

60th YEAR

Today marks 60 years since ‘Bandon Athletic Club’ was formed in the boys club on North Main St were 30 men gathered to form what was then called St Patrick’s Athletics Club, it wasn’t until 1967 that the club officially changed names to ‘Bandon Athletic Club’.
The first committee members were:
President: George Bennett
Vice President: Liam Ahern & William Good SNR
Chairman: John Desmond
Vice Chairman: Jim Kearney
Secretary: John Byrne & Denis Galvin
Treasurer: Eddie Culloty & John Lynch
PRO: Richard McSweeney
 Other 1st members as founding members include
Donough Coughlan, Billy Good, Sean Pierce, Sean Hyde, JJ Kearney, Tim Quill, Dommie O’Brien, Diarmuid O’Donoghue, Michael Kearney, John Dromey, Willie Creedon, Peter Harrington, Liam Deasy, Sean O’Reilly, Eric Good, Michael Lawton, Anthony McCarthy.
Many of these first members have passed but as a club we are indebted to there vision of an athletic Club in Bandon which has succeeded and grown in the last 60 years with just over 600 registered members in 2023, being the third largest club in Ireland, and currently 520 registered so far in 2024.
2014 in the clubs 50th year saw some members including Billy Good & Catherine Duggan having a vision for a place where Bandon AC could call home, that place which we will call home 🏡 is in the middle of development with the hopes of it being at a standard to train on by the end of this year. Unfortunately Billy & Catherine won’t be here to celebrate that day with us, but as a club we are grateful for their vision. Having this home will give generations of young people a chance to achieve their dreams in the athletic world 🌍 and what a day for the lights on the track to be switched on 💡
Here’s to another 60 years!!
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NATIONAL COMBINED & AAI GAMES

There was plenty of action of the weekend. Lauren McCourt competed at the AI Games at the NIA, running 24.86secs in the 200m for a new indoor PB ⭐️ Gavin Kenny finished an overall 18th in the senior men’s 3000m in a large field of 32 athletes.
Eoin O’Callaghan contested over two days for the U18 Heptathlon with events of 60m, high jump, shot put, 60mh, pole vault & 1000m finishing 1st in 6 out of 7 events to give him an overall score of 4602 to take home the gold 🥇 and a new NATIONAL record previous held by Diarmuid O’Connor and Michael Kent DMP AC and 4 new PBs!
Lily Anna Clover competed well in the U14 pentathlon to finish 5th overall with a total score of 2317. Lily had a pb in the shot put of 10.87m. Ruby Cummins & Aoife Callan are also in action in the U18 heptathlon, Ruby finished 2nd 🥈 with an overall score of 3256 and Aoife finished finished close behind in 4th with a total score of 3020.
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CORK ATHLETICS AWARDS

There will be 9 members of Bandon AC receive awards in the upcoming Cork Athletics Awards, based on their achievements in 2023.

ASPIRIING YOUNG ATHLETE

Eoin O’Callaghan – Multi events

Aoife Tuthill – walks

Aoife Callan – throws

Lucy O’Flynn – distance

Olive O’Flynn – distance

Daniel Dollard – Cross Country

 

INTERNATIONAL 

Phil Healy  – Sprints

Fiona Everard – Distance

Simon Nolan – Marathon