Silver Lining To Track & League Final

The Raheny Shamrock men’s teams took silver in the National Track and field league final in Tullamore on Saturday.

Five wins and five second places helped the men to 114 points just 10 points behind Clonliffe in an all mighty battle for gold.

Victories for Kieran Kelly (1500m), Conor Bermingham (Pole Vault), Eric Favors (Shot Put) and the 4x400m relay team of Brandon, Jamie Sheridan, Cillian Kirwan and Kieran Kelly all secured nine points.

Second places securing seven points came from Brandon Arrey (400m), Mark Smyth (200m), Cillian Kirwan (800m), Cillian O’Leary (5000m) and Sean O’Driscoll (100m).

Very well done to captain Mick Hynes in his debut season as men’s track and field captain the club captured silver in the outdoor league for the first time since 2009 and also collected bronze in the indoor league.

Full results available here.

Editor’s comment: Shame on Athletics Ireland and their promotion and coverage of the National Track and Field league final and in fact all their promotion of events they manage.

One tweet posted on Saturday morning to say the meet is taking pace is simply not good enough.

Added to this only five news articles have been posted on their website since July 14th (this website has had seven articles) and in the same window just one media briefing has been issued this to highlight that Darragh McElhinney had secured a European under-20 medal.

Taking this into context as three Irish athlete’s landed medals at the European Under-20 championships. Whereas Dublin marathon issued a full media briefing of the South Dublin 10k.

It should also be noted that Athletics Ireland delegated freelance journalist Cathal Dennehy to manage their social media accounts during the European Junior championships.

Questions now need to be answered if Athletics Ireland are meeting the objections outlined in their 2017-2020 strategic plan.