Clodagh wins AAI U17 All Ireland XC Championships

Dec 9th 2012

Clodagh 2012 u17 All Ireland XC Champion!!

Clodagh hits the headlines in the Anglo Celt and on AAI. 

The very talented Clodagh O'Reilly wins another All Ireland Cross Country Championship in Wexford today. Well done Clodagh! Clodagh O’Reilly won the U17 All Ireland Cross Country Championships. Other Annalee runners who qualified for the All Irelands and who competed well on the day were Ciaran O'Reilly who finishes 26th in the U13 Boys. The Girls U11 Team also travelled all the way to Wexford and had a great run with Mary Kate Gannon first home, followed closely by Emily Sheridan, Blathnaid O’Reilly and Bevan McCaffrey who lost a shoe early in the race but bravely finished the course for the team. Well done to all. It was a great achievement to qualify

The following is an article from the AngloCelt published the week after her success.

Golden girl O'Reilly making waves in cross country -Courtesy of Anglo Celt

Updated: Wednesday, 12th December, 2012 12:52pm

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Clodagh O'Reilly, from Annalee Athletic Club, Ballyhaise, Co Cavan, on her way to winning the under-17 girls 4000m.

Paul Fitzpatrick

It's a few years now since Catherina McKiernan captured the imagination of the Cavan sporting public but the county could have another cross country sensation to follow if Butlersbridge girl Clodagh O'Reilly continues her remarkable rise.The 16-year-old added to her growing reputation in athletics circles last weekend when she took gold in the All Ireland U17 Cross Country Championship, a grade for which she is still eligible next season."This year I was young for that age group. I'm U16 but I qualified for the U17 as well, so that was U17 this weekend," Clodagh, who has been running for "seven or eight years" told The Anglo-Celt. Leading out from the front over the grueling 4,00-metre course in Co Wexford, the Loreto College student was never in trouble and ran out a comfortable winner. Coached by her father Sean and Kildare-based Denis Noonan, another recent win secured Clodagh's place on the Ulster team for the Celtic Games in Scotland in January, where she will be expected to be among the main contenders. At 16, the Butlersbridge girl has reached the age where international competition will become the norm rather than the exception. Earlier this season, Clodagh was selected for the Irish team for a meet in Perth, Scotland, an achievement she rates as the highlight of her career to date."It was good to get the Irish tracksuit and go on the trip," she said. "I think the standard is considerably higher in Britain. They just have better facilities and a higher population, so more people to pick from. I thought the standard was better there, definitely. "There were about 35 or so in the race and I came tenth so I felt I did well enough anyway. It was a good learning experience and to see what the standards. That was my first time competing outside of Ireland." An admirer of Catherina McKiernan, two-time European champion Fionnuala Britton and Paralympian Michael McKillop, Clodagh feels that she is better suited to cross country running than any other discipline. Not for her, then, a cross-over to the more glamorous world of long distance track running later in her career? "I'd say I'll always be a cross country runner rather than track. I do the longer races on the track during the summer but I'm more suited to the fields and the mud and the hills. I find it better. It [the track] looks like an easy life from my perspective. "At the very beginning my dad trained me and all the older ones were cross country runners and my dad was a cross country runner, so the type of training we were doing was for cross country. So I just naturally was better at it than the shorter races." For now, the plan is a straight forward one. "Keep improving, keep getting better, see where it takes me."

2012 Co Cavan League Day 2/3 Dec 2nd 2012

2012 Co Cavan League Day 2/3 Dec 2nd 2012

The second leg of the Winter league was held in Breifne Park, courtesy of the GAA County Board and was hosted by Annalee AC. There was a large turnout, particularly in the younger age groups with representatives from all of the county clubs participating and the Annalee athletes enjoyed their runs on the day

Winners of their races on the day included Daire O’Reilly in the U12 Boys 1000m race. Daire continued his great season with a comfortable win running away from the rest of the field on the third lap. Clodagh O’Reilly was also an easy winner of her 1200m race and Brenda Wilson had a very strong race to win the V3 Ladies.

The U10 Girls of Emily Sheridan, Lucy Jayne Grant and Vanessa Frimpong finished in 5th, 6th and 12th position. This was a very good finish for the U10 Girls. Unfortunately, there was no fourth runner and so no team placing for these girls in the overall league placings. Odhran O’Reilly who improved three positions from the first day to finish in second place led the U10 Boys home. Alex Prior 7th, Donnacha McNamara 8th, Cormac Hegarty, Ethan Coyle 12th, Martin Donohoe, Mark Sexton, James Fahy, Dylan McKenna, Sean McGovern and Gerard Doherty all ran in the U10s. Some of the boys were guests on the day but the Annalee Boys U10 had 4 in the top 12 and team finished in second place. The U12 Girls didn’t have a team but there were battling performances from Blathnaid O’Reilly, Kate Wilson, Bevan McCaffrey and guest runner Doireann McNamara. Daire O’Reilly was first home in the U12 Boys and the team finished second with Conor Galligan in 5Th, Conall Ruddy 6th, Daire Donohoe, Daniel Madigan, Shane McGovern and Jack Lee Flood.

The U14 Girls team placed third on Day 2 with Claire Young in 10th the first Annalee runner in, followed by Abbey Sexton, Leah Smith, Alex Burke and Orla O’Brien. Ciaran O’Reilly and Sean T. Murphy were second and third in the U14 Boys and the team of Mark Minihane, Oisin McBreen and Oisin McCorry took second team place on the day, an excellent result considering all but one of the boys are a year out of age.

The Annalee U16 Girls were clear team winners for the second day in a row with Caoimhe O’Reilly in second, Mathilde Thomas in 4th, Hannah McHugh and Jamie Gannon all filling the team positions behind the winner, Clodagh O’Reilly. Aodhagan Watters was second in the U16 Boys with Diarmuid McCorry in 5th and Paul Sexton and Mark Wilson in 6th and 8th place. The U16 Boys placed second on the day.

Both U18 Boys and Girls teams took first place on Day 2 with Laura Young in individual second and Ciara Murray in third place along with Lauren Sexton and Aoife Murphy. Louis Courtney faded after the first few laps of the U18 Boys 4k race but held on to keep second place. Breifne O’Brien ran very well in third place and Cian Connolly and Conor Bates were in 4th and 5th place.


The Senior and Masters competition took place over 3 days. Eadaoin O’Reilly was top placed in the Senior Ladies 2k race with Lyla Dolan in third, Gayle Anderson 7th and Mairead Tierney in 8th. The Senior Ladies team finished in second spot. Fiona Connolly improved a number of positions from Day 1 and Day 2 and Lorraine O’Reilly finished in 3rd place. Unfortunately, there was no third runner in this category so there was no team placing. Brenda Wilson won the V3 Ladies followed by Evelyn O’Reilly in second and Miriam Griffin in 6th. This was enough to win the team event on the day. The Senior Men’s team finished in 3rd place with Cian O’Reilly in individual third, Donal McGoldrick finishing in 6th and Peter Walsh Andrew O’Brien and Darren Watters all running. Mark McNamara and Paul Fahy finished in 7th and 9th but the club did not have the third member needed for a team placing. Finally, Colm McBreen was the only V3 Competitor.

Overall Individual and Team Standings were calculated on performances over each leg of the league with the proviso that each team and individual had to compete on each day. Full results are available on the club website

The Annalee AC results were as follows;

Senior Ladies Team Gold

Senior Ladies Eadaoin O’Reilly Silver

Senior Ladies Lyla Dolan Bronze

V1 Fiona Connolly Silver

V3 Ladies Team Gold

V3 Brenda Wilson Gold

V3 Evelyn O’Reilly Silver

Senior Men Team Silver

Senior Men Cian O’Reilly Bronze

U10 Girls Emily Sheridan Bronze

U10 Boys Team Gold

U10 Boys Odhran O’Reilly Silver

U12 Boys Team Gold

U12 Boys Daire O’Reilly Silver

U14 Girls Team Bronze

U14 Boys Team Silver

U14 Boys Ciaran O’Reilly Silver

U16 Girls Team Gold

U16 Girls Clodagh O’Reilly Gold

U16 Girls Caoimhe O’Reilly Silver

U16 Boys Team Silver

U16 Boys Aodhagan Watters Gold

U18 Boys Team Gold

U18 Boys Louis Courtney Gold

U18 Boys Conor Bates Bronze

U18 Girls Laura Young Silver

Full results-click here

 © Miriam Griffin 2012