Annalee AC was formed in Cavan in 2003 after Aiden Watters and Colm McBreen decided to revive the long-standing local tradition of athletics in the area.
The club was formed in place of Castletara Ballyhaise AC with the help of Yvonne Leonard, Rose Marie O'Reilly and Francis Moore.
A new name was suggested to reflect the broader catchment area. The name Annalee comes from the river that flows through the county from west to east.
Annalee AC started out with just 20 members and two coaches. The club has now more than 200 members, ranging in age from juveniles of seven years to the masters over-70 age category, where the forever-young Mick Duggan is still winning national medals in middle-distance events.
The club's patrons are Catherina McKiernan and Dr Ann Leahy.
Training takes place on Mondays and Wednesdays in Kingspan Breffni Park in Cavan town. There is a satellite training session in Templeport on Tuesdays, led by Murphy with the help of Paul Fahy, Edel Kellegher and Paula McGovern.
The club's elite athletes travel to Claremont Stadium, Navan; Morton Stadium, Santry; and the AIT Indoor arena in Athlone for access to suitable facilities for technical events.
Watters has coached the highly successful hurdles group, who have achieved national recognition, despite the lack of local facilities. The club was ranked third in the country for hurdles events in 2012.
Andrew Creamer has been national juvenile and schools' champion at just about every age group since taking up sprint hurdles at the age of 12, and he holds the national championship best record in the U-18 indoor 60m hurdles.
Paul Sexton is another national medal winner in hurdles, and he has also been selected for Irish teams, winning gold in the U-16 100m hurdles at the Celtic Games in Scotland.
In cross-country, Clodagh O'Reilly has been winning championships at all levels for many years. She is currently the U-17 national champion.
Eadaoin O'Reilly has represented Ireland in mountain running championships. Annalee ACs main focus is to encourage participation and maximise enjoyment of athletics, while enabling talented athletes to achieve their full potential.
Annalee AC has recently organised the very successful forest run series of training runs in Cavan in association with the Cavan Sports Partnership. The series is a six-week programme for non-club athletes who are planning to participate in the Run with Catherina 5k Cavan Town Road Race on October 20.
This is the inaugural event and the purpose is to honour the brilliant athletic achievements of Cavan native Catherina. It should be a great day and deserves to be well supported.
Chairperson: Miriam Griffin
Treasurer: Evelyn O'Reilly
Secretary: Niamh Creamer
PRO: Martina Sexton and Miriam Griffin
Child Protection Officers: Mary O'Brien and Rob Murphy