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Cranford Ac Presentation Night – Beach Hotel, Downings

 

Myles Gallagher was MC for the night.

 

Certificates of achievement were presented to all athletes by Rose Gavigan, Ernie McElhinney, Anne O’Brien, Joe Boyce, Shauna Giles and Claire Neely.

 

Special presentations were then made by Ian Mcgarvey to Orla Neely for best attender at training.

Most improved athlete Caolan Mcfadden.

Bronagh Gallagher, Grace Trearty and Niamh Kelly were presented with achievement awards for being part of the u18 Donegal team who won Bronze medals at the National Cross Country Championships in Dundalk.

 

Noel McGinley presented an Achievement Award for being part of the Donegal winning relay team to Dylan Dorrian.  Achievement Awards were also presented to Kevin Logue for being part of U17 National XC Ulster team who won a Silver Medal at Santry, Molly Trearty who was part of the u13 Ulster team that won Silver in Santry and Johnny Trearty who was part of the U11 Cranford team that won Silver at the National Cross Country Championships in Santry.

 

Noel McBride presented an Achievement Award to Oran McMenamin for being a member of the

U11 Cranford club team that won a Silver medal at the National Cross Country Championsips in Santry.

Achievement Awards were also presented to Cian McMenamin and Max Roarty who won U11 bronze Ulster medals, silver Donegal medals and was part of the Cranford team that won silver at the National Cross Country Championships in Santry.

Liam Donnelly also won an Achievement Award for winning a Bronze medal for long jump at the AAI championships in Tullamore and Liam was also part of the Cranford U11 team that won Silver, the Ulster team that won Bronze and the Donegal Team that won Silver at the National Cross Country Championships in Santry.

 

Former Member of Cranford AC and Manager of the Irish athletics team at 3 Olympics,  Patsy McGonagle presented a Special Achievement Award to reigning u11 National Champion and juvenile athlete of the year Oisin Kelly. Oisin is an all round athlete winning a National bronze medal in June at the AAI competition in Tullamore for long jump, Individual Gold at U11 National Cross Country championship in Santry, Silver Cranford Team medal, a bronze Ulster medal and a Silver Donegal medal. Oisin deservedly was given a standing ovation for his brilliant achievements this year.

 

Patsy McGonagle also presented Johnny McGroddy the Best Juvenile U13 Boy award for winning an Ulster silver medal, silver Donegal medal and a brilliant 5th place individual medal at the National Cross Country Championships in Santry.

Eoghan Moore received the Juvenile Track and Field Athlete of the Year Award for being Best Schoolboy in County Donegal, a bronze medal at the AAI Track and Field Championships for javelin, and a silver National Cross Country Ulster team medal in Santry.

PJ Boyce was awarded best Male Masters athlete of the year for coming 3rd in Grand Prix series and competing at various races all over Donegal throughout the year.

John McFadden led the Cranford Senior men’s team to bronze at the Donegal Cross Country in Castlefin and was awarded best senior athlete.

From Juvenile to Junior and and now competing at Senior level and winning a Silver at the Donegals and Silver at the Ulsters Cross Country events the best senior female award was presented to Lucy Backus.

Volunteer Club Person of the Year was presented to Shauna Giles for all her hard work and Dedication throughout the year.

 

Patsy McGonagle then spoke for a few minutes. He said he was delighted to be involved with Cranford AC.  He offered his Congratulations to all the athletes who he said had a long, strong tradition of winning since 1961.  He said he was delighted for team leaders who put in such hard work and for all the teams.  He said we’re lucky we’re getting such great support from schools and long may it continue.

Patsy was a member of Cranford AC and said you have to be determined, be loyal and proud of your club. He said it was great to see the support from parents at the races and that we won’t  always achieve and there will be long journeys home but to keep at it.  In sport we can be met with other challenges. The athletes can only do so much, they have to make the right decisions.  If you push children into too much they’ll never succeed at everything. We need to be sensible.

He wished Cranford continued success and energy. He said we’ll meet again at same places throughout the year and he looks forward to that.  He said Eamon Giles has some key people close to him. We should all be proud and stand up for our club.

 

Molly Trearty and Rionach Giles then asked Patsy a few questions:

 

Who was the better runner you or Eamon?

 

Eamon was 100 metres champion.

He had pure determination. When he went to blocks he only had one thing on his mind. He said Patsy Doherty was also a great runner.

 

Who was the Best Cranford athlete?

 

Danny McDaid and Hugo Duggan. He said they both owe their athletic existence to Cranford.

 

What extra things do you have to do to make it to Olympics?

 

Start off with your club, then to region and then you’ll come to the notice of others.  Be inspired.

He remembers in 1964 watching a black and white TV when an Irish hammer thrower in Tokyo came 4th in the Olympics.  He said he was fortunate that athletics was introduced in his school and he went with it. You have to be determined and committed.

 

Did you do any other sports?

 

Gaelic in London and golf when I was younger.  He coached the Donegal team for 5 years. Everything brings experience.

 

Did any other family members do running?

 

Yes all of them.  They won all Ireland medals.  They also played Gaelic. All 5 children benefitted from it.

 

What events did you do?

 

Middle distance. Cross Country, 1500 metres and local sports.  Did anything of an athletics nature but was not a sprinter.  Was good at being part of a team.

 

Best memory of athletic career?

 

Club memories and national memories. Was in Sydney when Sonia O’Sullivan won silver. Was at Europeans with Mark English.  Was there when Katrina McKiernan and Sonia O’Sullivan were part of a team. Think time spent with Sonia is best memory.

 

Usain bolt was invited to come to Donegal. When will he come?

 

Was due to come this year.  He does want to come and would be brilliant for Donegal. Said we’d be first to know when he does.

 

Well done to Molly and Rionach for making such a good job of asking the questions.

 

 

Myles Gallagher then asked Patsy about the London Olympics

Myles asked was it emotional as Patsy’s father had played soccer for Ireland in 1948 at the London Olympics.  He said it was emotional and very busy. He said he knows his Dad would’ve been very proud. It was a lovely occasion.

 

Patsy then spoke briefly about being in Ballinamore and was covering an event for Highland radio. He said at that time you had to get to phone box to get story back and there was a woman outside the phone box pulling the door and he had foot to door. Conversation went on for about 13 minutes but he knew if he stopped talking she’d be in the phone box with him.  It was commented to him afterwards that he didn’t take one breathe!

 

 

Eamon Giles then made a presentations to:

Patsy McGonagle

Darragh Mcclafferty from Beach Hotel

Ian Mcgarvey

Noel McGinley

Noel Mcbride

Rose Gavigan

Anne O’Brien

Ernie Mcelhinney

Joe Boyce

Claire Neely

Shauna Giles

Myles Gallagher

Francis diver

 

Eamon thanked Myles Gallagher for acting as MC, Geraldine Boyce for sorting out the awards and to everyone who came and presented awards.  Special thanks to Patsy McGonagle for coming and to Francis Diver from the Tirconnel Tribune for taking the photos.

 

He offered his congratulations to everyone who received an award. It has been a very good year.  Because of where we are and the distance people have to come to training Eamon thanked everyone for their dedication.

Thanks to the Beach Hotel for hosting the presentations and to Shauna Giles for the certificates,

Eamon thanked the Coaching staff, Ernie Mcelhinney, Joe Boyce, Bridie Trearty and Rose Gavigan for their hard work throughout the year. He said it reflects well with all the medals that came back to club and that all the hard work is very necessary.

 

Eamon said he was delighted with the turnout and wished everyone a happy new year and great success in 2015.

 

Myles Gallagher thanked everyone for their attendance and finished by saying Cranford have been winning national titles for over 40 years so must be doing something right.  Keep it up and see you all next year.

Rose Gavaghan with Michael Moore, Ryan Mc Menamin,Cora Fox,Karen Neely Diarmuid Gallagher and Aiden Logue.

Rose Gavaghan with Michael Moore, Ryan Mc Menamin,Cora Fox,Karen Neely Diarmuid Gallagher and Aiden Logue.

Ernie Mc Elhiney with Johnny Mc Groddy, Nazara Mc Fadden,Ciara Donnelly,Caoimhe Neely, Cian Mc Menamin,Max Roarty,Blathnaid Gallagher,Conor Neely,Ben Fox, Clodagh and Orla Neely and Caoimhe Brown.

Ernie Mc Elhiney with Johnny Mc Groddy, Nazara Mc Fadden,Ciara Donnelly,Caoimhe Neely, Cian Mc

Menamin,Max Roarty,Blathnaid Gallagher,Conor Neely,Ben Fox, Clodagh and Orla Neely and Caoimhe Brown.

Ann O Brian With Oran,Killian,Oisin,Liam,Johnny,Marcella,Caitlin and Aoife.

Ann O Brian With Oran,Killian,Oisin,Liam,Johnny,Marcella,Caitlin and Aoife.

Joe Boyce with Barry,Rionach,Hannah,Molly,Johnny,Allan,Owen Dylan and Eoghan.

Joe Boyce with Barry,Rionach,Hannah,Molly,Johnny,Allan,Owen Dylan and Eoghan.

Shauna Giles with Kevin Logue, Eoin Kelly,Ciara Murray and Eleanor Trearty.

Shauna Giles with Kevin Logue, Eoin Kelly,Ciara Murray and Eleanor Trearty.

Claire Neely with Niamh Kelly,Lucy Backus,Christpher Murray Grace Trearty and Bronagh Gallagher.

Claire Neely with Niamh Kelly,Lucy Backus,Christpher Murray Grace Trearty and Bronagh Gallagher.

Ian Mc Garvey with Niamh Kelly,Terrie Mc Fadden,Grace Trearty,Bronagh Gallagher and Orla Neely.

Ian Mc Garvey with Niamh Kelly,Terrie Mc Fadden,Grace Trearty,Bronagh Gallagher and Orla Neely.

Noel Mc Ginley with Molly,Kevin,Dylan and Johnny.

Noel Mc Ginley with Molly,Kevin,Dylan and Johnny.

 Noel Mc Bride with Cian and Oran Mc Menamin,Max Roarty and Liam Donnelly.

Noel Mc Bride with Cian and Oran Mc Menamin,Max Roarty and Liam Donnelly.

Patsy and Eamon with the U/11 Team Cian Oran Oisin Max Liam and Johnny.

Patsy and Eamon with the U/11 Team Cian Oran Oisin Max Liam and Johnny.

Patsy,Shauna,John Mc Fadden Pj Boyce Eoghan,Johnny,Oisin and Lucy.

Patsy,Shauna,John Mc Fadden Pj Boyce Eoghan,Johnny,Oisin and Lucy.

Myles Patsy and Eamon.

Myles Patsy and Eamon.

Eamon,Claire,Joe,Ernie,Francis,Noel mc Ginley, Noel Mc Bride,Daragh Mc Clafferty,Gearldine Boyce,Patsy,Ian, Ann,Rose and Shauna.

Eamon,Claire,Joe,Ernie,Francis,Noel mc Ginley, Noel Mc Bride,Daragh Mc Clafferty,Myles,Gearldine Boyce,Patsy,Ian, Ann,Rose and Shauna.

Grace and Niamh.

Grace and Niamh.