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Munster gold for Looney

There were gold and silver medals for Clare athletes last weekend at the Munster Masters and juvenile B U-9 to U-19 Cross Country Championships that took place at Moyglass, Fethard in Tipperary.
With the underfoot conditions particularly difficult for the runners due to the wet and windy weather, the juvenile representatives produced fine individual performances including Kilmihil’s Róisín Looney taking gold in the girls’ U-17 and Jack Devitt, Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare, winning silver in the boys’ U-13.
Rachel Clancy, St John’s, running in the girls’ U-13, came away with a bronze medal, and St Cronan’s Liam Clancy captured the silver in the boys’ U-19.
In the inter-club awards, Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare won gold in the boys’ U-13 and girls’ U-15, as well as silver in the girls U-9. St Cronan’s took gold in the girls U-9 and silver in the boys U-15. Ennis Track won bronze in the girls U-13.
In the inter-county section, Clare won gold in the girls’ U-9 and boys’ U-15, and silver medals in the boys’ U-11 and U-13 as well as the girls’ U-13 and U-15.
The masters men and ladies were also to the fore with Clare athletes taking home gold medals. James Kenny, Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare, won the masters men O-50s race. Michael Feeney, Ennis Track, won bronze in the O-40, with Frank Garrihy, Ennis Track, also taking bronze in the O-55.
In the inter-club O-35 race, Ennis Track won the bronze medals while in the O-50 inter-club, Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare won the silver medals. Clare took the silver medal in the inter-county section.
Marian Burke, St Mary’s, captured the silver medal in the masters ladies’ O-35 with Michelle O’Mahoney, Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare, taking the bronze medal in the O-45, Cushla Murphy Hehir, Marian, the silver medal in the masters ladies’ O-50 while Carmel McDomhnaill won the gold in the O-55s.
In the inter-club O-35, Ennis Track took the bronze medals and in the inter-county section Clare also captured the bronze medals. Clare came away with the silver medals in the over 45s inter-county section.
In the girls’ U-9, Meg Brennan from Lahinch, running with Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare, got away to a very lively start and went on to finish fifth with Emily Cahill, St Cronan’s, running a great race to finish seventh followed home by Ellie Rochford, St Cronan’s, in eighth.
The Clare athletes packed well with Meg White, St Cronan’s (14th), Ciara Malone, Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare (16th), and Aishling Hannon, St Cronan’s (23rd), with St Cronan’s taking the inter-club title on 52 points ahead of Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare with Anna Lineen (25th) and Lucy Haren (31st) for a total of 77 points. Clare won the gold medals on 73 points just five points ahead of Cork.
The second race was the boys’ U-9 with Killian O’Malley, Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare, the top performer with Clare finishing in fourth place. In the girls’ U-11, Emily Barry, Marian, was unlucky to finish out of the medals in 13th position.
In the boys U-11s, Clare had three athletes in the top 10. Diarmuid King, Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare, finished fifth with Eoin Grace, St Cronan’s 8th, with Billy Clancy St Mary’s storming home in 10th position followed in 15th by Killian McDermott, Marian 17th; Gearóid McMahon, Shannon, 18th and Cathal O’Gorman, Kilmihil. Clare won the silver medals on 73 points.
The girls U-13 attracted a big field of athletes with Rachel Clancy, St John’s, working hard over 1,000m to claim the bronze medal. Two more Clare athletes made it into the top 10, Áine Looney, Kilmihil (8th), and Shannon O’Grady, Shannon (10th). The Clare team packed well with Aoibhia King, Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare (17th), Doireann Murphy, Marian (18th), and Leanna Kelsey, St Cronan’s (19th), for the silver medals on 75 points with Ennis Track capturing the bronze medals with Grainne Crimmins (22nd), Ailbhe Hogan (27th), Mia Hanrahan (30th), and Aimee Hayes (40th) for a total of 119 points.
In the boys’ U-13, three Clare athletes finishing inside the top 12. Jack Devitt Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare captured the silver medal with Wayne Linnane, St Mary’s, running a fine race to finish ninth followed by Pádraig Malone, Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare, in 11th place with Ronan Grace, St Cronan’s (14th), Seán Malone, Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare (17th), and Cian Donnelly, Marian (19th).
Clare won the silver medals on 72 points, just pipped by Cork on 70 points with Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare taking the inter-club title with 72 points with St Cronan’s (4th) and St Mary’s (5th).
In the girls’ U-15s 1,500metres Eimear Hillery, Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare, held on to finish 4th with a great race from Róisin Considine, Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare, to finish seventh followed by Anna Moloney, St Cronan’s, with Sineád Rouine and Orlagh Kenneally both Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare finishing 19th and 20th for Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare to take the Munster award on 50 points with Clare taking the silver medals.
In the boys’ U-15, Todd Kelsey, St Cronan’s, came home in seventh position with Ryan Taylor, St Cronan’s, finishing strong for ninth place. Running his first race of the season in tenth place was Tadgh Lillis, Kilmihil. They were followed by Caoimhin Donnellan, Kilmihil (17th), Anthony King, St Mary’s (19th) and Carol Fitzmaurice, Shannon (22nd). St Cronan’s finished second in the inter-clubs with Niall Keane (27th) and Luke Harrison (28th), Clare won the silver medals on 84 points.
In the girls’ U-17 2,000m Róisín Looney, Kilmihil, went out at a good lively pace and pulled away over the final 200metres to take this Munster title in good style
In the boys’ U-17 Conor Cleary, St Cronan’s, was the best of the Clare athletes in sixth place. In the boys U-19, Liam Clancy, St Cronan’s worked well to claim the silver medal with Adrian Cleary, St Cronan’s, in seventh.
The Clare athletes worked well together in the masters ladies over 3,000m with Marian Burke, St Mary’s, finishing sixth to take the silver medal in the O-35s. She was followed home in tenth place by Deirdre Daly, Ennis Track, Siobhan Lennon (11th) and Ita Hanrahan, Clare and Ennis Track (18th), for Ennis Track to win the bronze medals.
In the O-45s Michelle O’Mahoney, Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare, finished 15th overall. She was followed home in 21st position by Sue Garrahy, Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare, Cushla Murphy Hehir, Marian (25th), a silver medal winner in the O-50s. These three Clare athletes captured the team silver medals.
In the masters ladies’ O-55s, Carmel Mc Domhnaill, West Limerick, running in the Clare colours, captured the Munster gold.
In the masters men’s race, Donnacha O’Mahoney, East Cork, a member of the teaching staff at Coláiste Muire in Ennis had a great contest with Trevor Woods, St Finbarr’s, who just got over the line first to claim the O-35s’ title. O’Mahoney went on to win the O-40s’ title. Michael Feeney, Ennis Track, finished sixth in the O-40s with eighth place going to Martin Glynn, Ennis Track, 37th to Frank Garrihy, Ennis Track, and 45th to Pat Hogan, Ennis Track, who captured the bronze medals in the inter-club award.
In the over 50s event, James Kenny, Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare, came through the big field to finish 27th overall and capture the gold medal with Tom Mackey, Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare, finishing 33rd and he was followed home in 37th by Frank Garrihy, Ennis Track, who took a bronze medal in the O-55 section. Michael Harvey, Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare, was 64th with Kilmurry Ibrickane/North Clare having to settle for the silver medals in the inter-club section on 124 points, St Finbarr’s of Cork taking the gold on 118 points.
The O-50s’ inter-county title went to Cork on 133 points ahead of Clare on 161 points and Tipperary on 269 points.

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