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Cranford AC Presentation night at the Beach Hotel, Downings on Friday 22nd January 2016

Myles Gallagher was the MC for the Cranford presentation night for 2015 held at the Beach Hotel on Friday.
Certificates were awarded to all the athletes by Rose Gavaghan, Geraldine Boyce, Christopher Murray, Gilbert Neely, Terri McFadden, Shauna Giles and Claire Neely.
Ian McGarvey made the first presentation of the night to Orla Neely for her dedication and her great attendance at training.
Most improved athlete went to Caolan McFadden for his success throughout the year and an award presented to Dylan Dorrian for his track and field and cross country achievements and for winning an individual 7th place medal in the All Ireland B’s in Tuam.
Noel McGinley presented achievement awards to Eoin Kelly for his hard work and dedication at training and his 4th place individual medal at the All Ireland B’s and to Molly Trearty for her great purpose and distinction throughout the year, for winning a Donegal Athletics Achievement Award and for being part of the Donegal u14 girls relay team that won a bronze National medal in Co Down.
Liam Blaney presented achievement awards to Kevin Logue for his continued and consistent hard work in training, his road race, track and cross country achievements, for winning a Donegal Athletics Achievement Award and for being the overall winner of the Bill Hunter Memorial Cup and to Liam Donnelly for being an all round competitor in track and field and cross country and for being part of the u12 boys Donegal relay team that won silver at the National cross country relay championships in Rostrevor.
Noel McBride presented an award to Max Roarty for being an all round competitor in track and field, part of the duo that won an u11 national bronze medal in the 600m in Tullamore, and a member of the u11 boys Donegal team that won a bronze National medal for cross country in Waterford and to Cian McMenamim for being a gritty competitor in track and field and cross country and for being part of the duo that won an u11 bronze National medal in the 600m in Tullamore.
Paddy Marley presented the Juvenile Girl athlete of the year award to Aoife Giles, one of Cranford’s top attenders at training and for winning medals at county, provisional and national events throughout 2015. Aoife won a gold national medal at the u12 shot put indoors in Athlone and at the track and field championships in Tullamore another gold national u12 shot put medal.
He also presented the Juvenile boy athlete of the year to Oisin Kelly. Oisin is a determined and enthusiastic young athlete in track and field and cross country. In 2015 he won a Donegal Athletics Achievement Award, the John Carlin Award for best performance at the 2015 schools championship, an Ulster all star, was part of the u12 boys county relay team that won a silver National medal, a National indoor 600m gold medal, at the track and field championships he came 4th in the long jump then went on to win the u12 600m race earning another National medal, at the National Cross country championships in Santry an u12 Ulster team gold medal, at the National Cross country championships in Waterford he was part of the u13 gold County and Ulster medal winning team and so is a well deserved recipient of the juvenile boy athlete of the year.
The next award went to an unassuming individual who has won numerous County, Ulster and National medals throughout her running career, she was part of the County team that won a medal at the cross country championships held in Carndonagh recently and the winner of the masters race and 2nd lady overall at the Winifred Gallagher Memorial race so best female masters athlete went to Bridie Trearty.
Club volunteers give their time freely and are always present at training and competitions, they help advance the aims of the club and keep everyone fully up to date with exploits of our athletes by maintaining the Cranford website and Facebook page so this years Joint Club Person of the Year went to PROs Claire Neely and Sally Trearty.
Joe Boyce presented an award to Myles Gallagher, Master of ceremony supreme, who was a former member of the Cranford Senior team for many years. Cranford AC are honoured that he still associates himself with the club and still offers his support every year.
Eamon Giles presented awards to our two special guests, former Cranford athletes, Hugo Duggan and Paddy Marley.
Fifty years ago Hugo Duggan, a native of Milford, was the first Donegal athlete to win a National title. He was a dominant force in athletics for over 20 years. In 1967 Hugo recorded the second longest jump by an Irish man and still holds the Ulster and Donegal record for long jump. He was a regular international competitor, won a gold National medal in the 200m, was the senior long jump indoors champion, and has won World, Australian, British and European medals.
Our other special guest Paddy Marley, a native of Woodquarter, Cranford, has been heavily involved with athletics as a skilled and professional administrator at club and national level for over 20 years. He is a former team manager for Ireland and Olympic teams, has won numerous county, provisional and national titles and a senior Irish medal and is a former record holder for the 1500 metres, a record he held for over 20 years.
Hugo Duggan spoke briefly. He said at the very beginning he did all his running in Milford and the Summer sports was the only running available to them. Eamon Giles and Jim Hunter took the bold move to start a club in Donegal. At that time there were no other athletic clubs and so no county board in Donegal and only for Cranford AC there wouldn’t be.  He said we should all be so proud of Eamon and his coaches for keeping the club running so well. Paddy Marley then spoke. He said all the young athletes are a credit to Eamon. He went on to say he feels so proud whenever he sees the Cranford singlet throughout the country. Cranford club started in 1962. Not everyone wanted to or can play football. He said he enjoyed every minute of his time with Cranford and that they were all determined to be good and their major ambition was to run for Ireland which he thankfully achieved. Another former Cranford athlete Danny McDaid made it to the Olympics. As Team manager of Irish teams he’s used to working with elite athletes. With hard work he said more of us could be elite athletes. He thanked Eamon for inviting them to the presentation night.  He finished by saying all athletes were dedicated athletes under Eamon. From former Cranford athletes 7 or 8 have started clubs and became coaches and given back what they’d learnt in Cranford. He wished the best of luck to everyone in future competitions.
Ernie McElhinney and Joe Boyce presented gifts to Noel McGinley, Liam Blaney, Noel McBride, Ian McGarvey, Darragh McClafferty, Rose Gavaghan, Geraldine Boyce, Shauna Giles, Terri McFadden, Gilbert Neely, Claire Neely, Francis Diver and Myles Gallagher.
Eamon Giles thanked Myles Gallagher for a great job tonight, Geraldine Boyce for all her hard work, Paddy Marley and Hugo Duggan for coming. He thanked Francis Diver for taking the photos and thanked all the councillors, the Beach Hotel for their continued support and to Frank Casey for the use of the track in Downings for which we are all so grateful.
He concluded by saying he is very proud to have two double national medal winners from such a small area. He commended the parents for taking the young athletes to training 3 times a week, thanked his Coaches and said how lucky he was to have such dedicated and loyal helpers. Wishing everyone good luck for National B’s and Masters on Sunday and thanked everyone for coming he brought the evening to a close.
The athletes then made a presentation to the coaches Rose Gavaghan, Joe Boyce, Ernie McElhinney, Bridie Trearty and Eamon Giles to thank them for all their hard work and dedication to the Club throughout the year.

Dearmuid, Killian,James and Karen with Rose Gavaghan.

Dearmuid, Killian,James and Karen with Rose Gavaghan.

 

Clodagh,Blathnaidh,Orla, Michael and Aidan with Gearldine Boyce.

Clodagh,Blathnaidh,Orla, Michael and Aidan with Gearldine Boyce.

 

Aoife,Max,Connor, Leagh, Ciara and Leagh with Christopher Murray.

Aoife,Max,Connor, Leagh, Ciara and Leagh with Christopher Murray.

 

Ciara, Nazara, Caolan, Ryan with Gilbert Neely.

Ciara, Nazara, Caolan, Ryan with Gilbert Neely.

 

Oran, Cian, Annie, Caoimhe, Eoghan, Eoin, Johnny, Allan with Terrie MC Fadden.

Oran, Cian, Annie, Caoimhe, Eoghan, Eoin, Johnny, Allan with Terrie MC Fadden.

Hannah, Molly, Dylan, Johnny, Liam, Oisin with Mary Murry and Shauna Giles.

Hannah, Molly, Dylan, Johnny, Liam, Oisin with Mary Murry and Shauna Giles.

 

Barry,Kevin Eoghan, Christopher with Claire Neely.

Barry,Kevin Eoghan, Christopher with Claire Neely.

 

Dylan, Orla and Caolan with Ian MC Garvey.

Dylan, Orla and Caolan with Ian MC Garvey.

 

Eoghan and Molly with Noel McGinley.

Eoghan and Molly with Noel McGinley.

 

Kevin and Liam with Liam Blaney.

Kevin and Liam with Liam Blaney.

 

Cian and Max with Noel McBride.

Cian and Max with Noel McBride.

 

Molly,Sally, Claire, Oisin Aoife with guest of honour paddy Marley.

Molly,Sally, Claire, Oisin Aoife with guest of honour paddy Marley.

 

Myles Gallagher and Joe Boyce.

Myles Gallagher and Joe Boyce.

 

Paddy Marley, Eamon Giles and Hugo Duggan.

Paddy Marley, Eamon Giles and Hugo Duggan.

 

Cranford AC athletes with coaches and guests of honour at presentation night.

Cranford AC athletes with coaches and guests of honour at presentation night.