Archives 2018 January to June

All Ireland Track and Field Championships Tullamore - 30th June 2018

News coming in from the National Championship in a very warm Tullamore, where Aine Burke has won a silver medal in the U20, 3k steeplechase. Aine will be eligible in the same event for another 2 years, making this achievement even more remarkable.
Congratulations Aine.

It’s more great news from Tullamore where Aoife O'Cuill has had another fantastic performance to win silver in the girls U20, 1500m. Congratulations Aoife.

St Coca's 5K Road Race - 30th June 2018

Well done to all competitors who competed in very humid conditions this evening at our annual 5K. Thank you all for your support, we really appreciate it. Congratulations all. Kevin Kelly was first man home for St. Coca's in 6th place.

National League at Templemore - 24th June 2018

Four St Cocas athletes represented Kildare Co. at the national league in Templemore today. The Kildare team was mostly a young team and the 4 Kilcock ladies contributed handsomely to the overall scores. Kirsten Monahan was first up in the high jump finishing 5th. Aoife O'Cuill then in the 1500m where she had a great run to finish 2nd for 7 points. Aine Burke had the honour of being Kildares first ever league steeplechaser and ran to a new PB in the race which was won by Irish Olympian Michelle Finn. Last up Maud O'Shea ran in the 400m relay who came 1st.
The women's team are leading the competition after today's events. Round 2 takes place in two weeks time.

Leinster at Tailteann Games Morton Stadium Santry - 23rd June 2018

On a very hot day in Morton stadium, Santry, Orla Reidy (3k) & Kirsten Monaghan (1,500 steeplechase) both had strong runs in the vests of Leinster schools in The Tailteann games. Both girls ran up an age and will be eligible again next year. Well done girls.

Leinster Outdoor Championships Tullamore - 9th, 16th & 17th June 2018

On another warm day in Tullamore today St Cocas athletes performed well to take four medals and a few close calls.
Feilim Dikcius showed that he could be competitive over the longer distance as well as the sprints and jumps. He won a bronze medal in the u12 600m and followed it with a bronze in the 60m. Aine Gabbett and Roisin Beggan also won a bronze in the u11 long jump pairs. Only 4cm from the gold medal.
Akin Akintayo and Hugh Dowling very unlucky in the u11 turbo javelin finishing 4th. Also finishing joint 4th in the u11 60m were Aine Gabbett and Lucy O'Rorke. This event had 9 heats, the largest entry of the day.
The two other pairs of Aoibin Beggan and Juliet Olivier u10 500m and Eirn Murray and Roisin Beggan u11 600m finished top 6 and Tayo Akintayo did well in the u13 high jump. Well done to everyone in such warm conditions.


Leinster silver medal for Maud O’Shea in the girls U17, 400m in a new PB of 62.9 seconds on day 1 in Tullamore . A strong showing from Kildare athletes taking 1,2&3. Congratulations Maud.

A good walk by Niamh Flynn finishing 4th in her Leinster u14, 2k walk, qualifying for the All Ireland.

Fine run by Orla Reidy to finish 3rd in the girls U16, 1500m Leinster final today in Tullamore.

More excellent performances today at the final day of Leinster track and field championships in Tullamore. Kirsten Monaghan winning her first Leinster gold medal after a great run in the u17 2000m s/c. The boys u12 long jump turned out to be an exciting competition with the lead changing 3 times in the last round. Feilim Dikcius bettered his pb on two occasions to lead the competition on 4.48 when out of nowhere the Mullingar athlete jumped 4.62 on his last jump. A terrific silver for Feilim.
Aine Burke was another athlete in who produced a top notch run to claim a silver medal in the u19 1500m. Thomas Richards u14 800m ran with great courage to lead the field with 150m to go but was passed on the run in to finish 4th. Orla Reidy also finished 4th in the u16 800m. Also running well was Oisin Farrell 800m, Eoin Richards 3000m and Conan Lennon 800m.


Above last, our 1500m contingency each holding their own in their respective races.
Cliona O’Toole, Aoife McNerney, Conan Lennon, Thomas Richards, Oisin Farrell, Orla Reidy (3rd place, U16) and Maud O’Shea who ran the 400, 800m double.
Well done everyone.

Leinster Club Team Event - Tullamore -  4th June 2018
Áine Burke wins 3000M Steeplechase at Leinster Junior Championships Tullamore - 3rd June 2018

News from the Leinster Juniors in Tullamore where Áine Burke has won the 3,000m steeplechase in a new PB of 12:03.
Congratulations Áine.

All Ireland Schools Track and Field - 2nd June 2018

Congratulations to Aoife O'Cuill 4th today in the All Ireland schools track and field in the senior 3k in new PB. Also to Orla Reidy 5th in the u16 mile and Kirsten Monaghan 9th in Intermediate 1500m s/c. Teriffic performances all round.
The All Ireland Schools has been the stepping stone for many top class Irish athletes over the years and great to have the girls there today mixing with the best in the country.
Congrats also to Sarah Clarke (Na Fianna A.C.) who was representing Scoil Dara in the senior 800m where she also posted a PB to finish 4th.

Larry Kelly's Golden Runner Award at Na Fianna AC Bob Heffernan 5K - 27th May 2018

Larry Kelly receiving the trophy from Emma McCluskey for his winning age group run in the Bob Heffernan 5k organised by Na Fianna AC.
For those eagle eyed, Larry is wearing his Drake University top, where his son Kevin is on a running scholarship.
Well done Larry.

Kildare 3K Intermediate and Masters Road Race Naas - 20th May 2018

St Coca’s ladies, ready for action in the Kildare 3k Inter/Masters road race, held in Naas.

Leinster Schools Championships - Morton Stadium Santry - 19th May 2018

Great news from the Leinster schools in Morton stadium where Aoife O'Cuill representing MPP has won her senior 3k race to become Leinster champion.
Well done also to Kirsten Monaghan who finished 4th in the Inter HJ, Orla Reidy who finished 5th in her Inter 3k, Maud O’Shea who finished 6th in her 800m & Eoin Richards who finished 7th in his Inter 3k.
Congratulations everyone.

Kildare Track & Field Championships - 29th April, 6th May, 13th May 2018

St Cocas athletes were out in force over the three days of competition for coveted Kildare championship medals.

Across the board the club performed strongly.


Big winners were Orla Reidy who won gold in the u16 200m, 800m and 1500m. Also winning multiple titles were Thomas Richards u15 800m and 1500m and Juliet Olivier u10 long Jump and turbo Javelin. Full results as follows:-


U9 Boys

300m 3rd. Adam Byrne

Turbo Jav 2nd. Adam Byrne

Relay team 2nd. Luke McKeon, Ryan McCreevy, Adam Byrne and Cillian Cunningham


U9 Girls

60m 3rd. Caoimhe Flood


U10 Girls

Long Jump 1st. Juliet Olivier. 3rd. Aoibhin Beggan

Turbo Jav 1st. Juliet Olivier


U11 Boys

Turbo Jav. 2nd. Akin Akintayo


U11 Girls

Long Jump 1st. Aine Gabbett

600m 2nd. Erin Murray

Relay team 1st. Aine Gabbett, Lucy O’Rorke, Roisin Beggan and Erin Murray


U12 Boys

80m 1st. Robert Lynch

600m 1st. Feilim Dikcius  3rd. Brian Caffrey

Long Jump 3rd. Finn Dowling

Turbo Jav 3rd. Daniel Geraghty


U13 Girls

80m 3rd. Claire Kelly

High Jump 2nd. Aoife Carroll

Relay 2nd. Claire Kelly, Aoife Carroll, Georgia Nolan and Tayo Akintayo

U14 Boys

1500m 1st. Conan Lennon

U14 Girls

80m 3rd Ava Geoghegan

Long jump 2nd. Orla Flynn

1500m 1st. Aoife McNerney

U15 Boys

800m and 1500m 1st. Thomas Richards


U15 Girls

800m 2nd. Cliona O’Toole

Walk 3rd. Niamh Flynn


U16 Boys

800m and 1500m 3rd. Oisin Farrell


U16 Girls

200m, 800m and 1500m 1st Orla Reidy


U17 Boys

800m 2nd Ben Doherty


U17 Girls

High Jump 1st. Kirsten Monaghan

800m 2nd. Kirsten Monaghan 3rd. Maud O’Shea

400m 2nd Maud O’Shea

1500m 2nd. Kirsten Monaghan

200m 3rd. Maud O’Shea

Relay 1st. Orla Reidy, Lauren McHale, Maud O’Shea and Kirsten Monaghan


Junior women

1500m 1st. Aine Burke



M45 100m 2nd Brian McHale

M45 Long Jump 1st Brian McHale

St Coca's wins Kildare Club League - 8th, 15th and 21st April 2018

Well we did it!! After promotion to Division 1 last year St Cocas have just gone on to top the league after 3 very strong performances by everyone. From the little u8's to the u16's everyone played their part. Congratulations to you all. Well done to the coaches too.
Next up is the county championships 🏆🥇🥈🥉

Donadea Castle Run 5K and 10K - 8th April 2018

Some of the excitement from the Donadea Castle Family Fun run on Saturday, thanks everyone for supporting the event.

John O'Boyle wins Roscommon Marathon - 31st March 2018

News coming in from the Roscommon marathon where John O’Boyle is first home in a time of 3:13:44. Congratulations John, great to see the Mayo men winning again!

All Ireland Juvenile Indoor Championships - Athlone - 18th and 25th March

Congratulations to Niamh Flynn who had a great race in the U14 1k walk this afternoon in AIT at the All Ireland indoor’s to finish 6th. Making fantastic progress in this her first year at the event.

Aoife O'Cuill having set a new pb in her 1500m semi final this morning finished a great 6th place in the final. Also making the final was Feilim Dickius in u12 60m. In a top class final Feilim finished 8th.

Congratulations to all three of our athletes today who performed so well.

On Day 2, Feilim Dikcius won a silver medal in the u12 long jump with a marvellous set of jumps. A best today of 4.35. Congrats Feilim.
Well done to Thomas Richards who came 6th in the u15 800m late this afternoon. He followed up his time of 2.17 in his heat with a 2.18 in the final. Great running.

Kevin Kelly places 2nd in Arkansas Spring International in Fayetteville NC - 25th March 2018

Kevin Kelly opened his outdoor season overnight with a 2nd place finish in the Arkansas Spring Invitational in Fayetteville in a time of 3.49.92.

Ireland takes Bronze with Orla Reidy in Home Nations International in Nottingham - 24th March 2018

A fantastic run by Orla Reidy in the Home nations International in Nottingham today saw Orla finish 2nd Irish girl home and the team winning bronze.
Congratulations Orla from everyone in the club.

St Coca's Juvenile Training at the National Indoor Arena - 16th March 2018
Bohermeen Half Marathon and 10K - 11th March 2018

St Cocas athletes made the short journey to Bohermeen for the annual half marathon and 10k. Ideal weather conditions for running and great performances all round. Fiona King, Anne Marie Furlong, Catherine Leonard and Leonie Foran all running well in the 10k. Aidan Kelly led the St Cocas runners home in the half. Shane Brilly was 2nd home and Bernard Phelan next. The women then Grainne Butler (PB), Niamh Dowling, Emma McCluskey, Gill Ryan (first timer), Michelle McDonald (first timer), Claire Lyons, Pauline McEnroe (PB), Carmel Kelly (PB), Brenda Kelly, Moira Carroll, Deirdre Phelan (first timer) and Sarah Griffin (PB). Great running all round.

Leinster Indoors Day 4 - Athlone - 11th March 2018

Feilim Dikcius followed his silver in the 60m two weeks ago with a gold medal in the u12 long Jump with a new PB.

Orla Reidy fresh after her cross country success on Saturday lined up in the u16 800m and came away with another silver medal. Kirsten Monaghan (u17)  and Thomas Richards (u15) both 4th in the 800m finals qualified for the All Irelands.

Oisin Farrell (u16), Eoin Richards (u16) and Maud O’Shea (u17) made the 800m finals

Others running well were Daniel Geraghty and Robert Lynch (both u12) and Joseph Richards (u13) just missing out on the 600m final. Aoife Carroll and Tayo Akintayo also competed in hurdles and high jump.

All Ireland Masters - Athlone - 10th March 2018

Bobby King was the sole representative in Athlone for the National masters at the weekend, winning a bronze medal in the o70 800m and silver in the 1500m

All Ireland Schools XC - Waterford - 10th March 2018

Orla Reidy representing Maynooth PP had the race of her life to finish 5th in the Intermediate girls race in Waterford on Saturday.  The conditions on the day were awful after the snow of the previous week. However Orla dug in deep to make up 7 places in the last lap to finish in the top 6 and guarantee her place on the Irish schools team in Nottingham in two weeks time. A first cap for Orla.

Aoife O’Cuill also running for Maynooth PP had a great run in the senior girls race to finish in the top 20 and Cliona O’Toole (St Peters Dunboyne) top 40 in the minor girls race.

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Missouri Valley Conference - Cedar Falls, Iowa - 24th February 2018

Kevin Kelly made his conference debut for Drake college in Cedar Falls, Iowa this weekend. On Saturday night he ran the anchor leg of the DMR to silver medals and on Sunday a third place finish in the mile.



3. Kevin Kelly. Drake university


DMR medley relay

2. Drake University (Kelly)

Leinster Junior, Masters and Senior - Abbotstown 24th - 25th February 2018

It turned out to be a busy and very successful day all round for St Cocas athletes at the Leinster Junior, Senior and Masters indoors in Abbotstown on 24th February. Niall Byrne started the day with a photo finish in the M1 60m coming out with a silver. He made no mistake in the 200m winning in a new PB. Eva McPartlan also crossing the line first in the senior 60m hurdles and followed up with 2nd in the high jump. Bobby King continues to show that age is no barrier winning both the M7 1500m and 3000m. Aoife O'Cuill set a new PB in the junior 3k to win a silver medal. Niall added to his medal count in the 400m with another silver medal and then went on to anchor the senior men to bronze medals in the 400m relay. The team was Gavin Scanlon, Colin O'Neill, Ryan Phelan and Niall. And not forgetting Martin Baten and Gavin Scanlon who ran well in a well contested 3k. Great performances all round.

It was the turn of the juveniles on the 25th February in Abbotstown as the Leinster relays took place. The girls u13 had an early start and with 32 teams entered Claire Kelly, Georgia Nolan, Tayp Akintayo and Aoife Carroll won their heat with ease to qualify for the final. In a closely fought race they narrowly missed on bronze medals.

Two St Cocas boys u12 teams amoung a starting list of 26. Feilim Dikcius, Robert Lynch, Finn Dowling and Liam McDonald also winning their heat. The younger team of Akin Akintayo, Hugh Dowling, Mark McDonald and Daniel Geraghty had a super run in the heats being 8th team overall. Great running by everyone.
Earlier on Kirsten Monaghan came 2nd in u17 high jump.


February 24th

Leinster junior/masters and senior, Abbotstown


Junior women 3k

3. Aoife O’Cuill


Senior 60m hurdles

1.Eva McPartlan


Senior high jump

2. Eva McPartlan


Senior men 4x400m

3. Niall Byrne, Ryan Phelan, Colin O’Neill, Gavin Scanlon


Masters m35 200m

1.Niall Byrne


Masters m35 60m and 400m

2. Niall Byrne


Master m70 1500m and 3k

1.Bobby King


Masters m45 3k

Martin Baten

February 25th


Leinster relays and juveniles day 3, Abbotstown


Boys u12

2. Feilim Dikcius, Robert Lynch, Finn Dowling, Liam McDonald

8. Akin Akintayo, Mark McDonald, Daniel Geraghty, Hugh Dowling


Girls u13

4. Claire Kelly, Georgia Nolan, Tayo Akintayo, Aoife Carroll


Girls u17 high jump

2. Kirsten Monaghan

Leinster Schools Cross Country Championships - Santry - 21st February 2018

Congratulations to all athletes who represented their schools today in the Leinster Cross Country Championships in Santry. Special congratulations to Orla Reidy who won gold in the Intermediate girls race and is now Leinster Champion. Well done also Aoife O’Cuill who ran a great race to qualify for the All Ireland finals next month.

All Ireland 'B' XC - Clarinbridge, Galway - 11th February 2018

All Ireland 'B' Cross country, Clarinbridge, Co. Galway.

Hardy, wintery conditions met the athletes today for the All Ireland 'B' cross country. Erin Murray was our sole representative in the girls u11 and she had good run in the 1k event. A full club team took to the line in the boys u11. Daniel Geraghty had a fantastic finish to win an individual silver medal. Robert Lynch, Finn Dowling, Gearoid McCauley and Cormac Murray all running great the team just missed out on a medal by 3 points.
Aoishe Gormley, Georgia Nolan and Tayo Akintayo all ran well in the girls u13 1500m race but unfortunately only 3 runners so no full team. The same in boys u13 where Conan Lennon won an individual medal. Joseph Richards and Cillian McCauley both ran well. Orla Reidy after her silver Leinster indoor 1500m yesterday had another strong run to take individual silver in u15. The boys u15 were strong all round. Eoin Richards ran a stormer from gun to finish to take the title. Oisin Farrell running strongly behind him took 3rd. Silver club medals here for the lads with Tadgh McCauley and Emilis Galinaitis the two other runners. In the final race for us the girls u17 Kirsten Monaghan ran well to claim a silver medal and Maud O'Shea also claiming a top 12 medal.
Well done to all.


Girls u11

Erin Murray


Boys u11

2. Daniel Geraghty

25. Robert Lynch

40. Finn Dowling

45. Gearoid McCauley

Cormac Murray


Team 4th


Girls u13

Aoishe Gormley

Georgia Nolan

Tayo Akintayo


Boys u13

7. Conan Lennon

Joseph Richards

Cillian McCauley


Girls u15

2. Orla Reidy


Boys u15

1.Eoin Richards

3.Oisin Farrell

25. Tadgh McCauley

32. Emilis Gailinaitis


Team 2nd

Girls u17

3. Kirsten Monaghan

11. Maud O’Shea

Kevin Kelly Debuts at De Moines, Iowa - 10th February 2018

Kevin Kelly made his debut for Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa over last weekend with a solid performance in the 3k running 8.32.65 for 8th place.

This weekend he competed in South Dakota where he anchored the distance medley relay to 1st place on Friday night. He followed it on Saturday with a 4th place finish in the mile in 4.12.64.

Leinster Indoors Championships - Athlone IT - 10th February 2018

At the start of a very busy day for St Cocas athletes, first event of the day in the Leinster indoors sees Niamh Flynn secure silver in the G U14 1000m race walk and continuing a very strong tradition set in the club.

More from Athlone where Orla Reidy has finished second in the girls U16 1500m

In the 60M sprints, Feilim Dikcius and Liam McDonald both gave consistent performances through the heats and semi finals with Feilim finally taking silver in the final in 8.73 seconds and Liam coming 4th in 8.78 seconds. Both giving their best times in the final.

Boys u12 60m

2. Feilim Dikcius

4. Liam McDonald


Girls u13 60m

Semi final

Claire Kelly

Aoife Carroll


Long Jump

Aoife Carroll


U14 60m

Ava Geoghegan

Kate Carroll


High Jump

Kate Carroll



2, Niamh Flynn


U16 1500m

2. Orla Reidy


U18 1500m

5. Aoife O’Cuill

National 50K at Donadea - 10th February 2018

While many club members are at the Leinster Indoor Championships today in Athlone, the National 50K is underway in Donadea Forest Park. Our team of three are competing for national glory. Martin Baten, Johnny Murray and Bernard Ó'Faoláin are currently flying around the laps with a very vocal support from the club members.