Claire Fitzgerald claims senior ladies Munster Star award

Team Ireland's Claire Fitzgerald competing in the Women's Discus. European Athletics U23 Championships, Tampere, Finland. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Team Ireland's Claire Fitzgerald competing in the Women's Discus. European Athletics U23 Championships, Tampere, Finland. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

The Munster Star Awards night will be held this Saturday at the Tower Hotel, Waterford. Kerry winners are Aoife Doyle (Star of the Laune) and Eoin O'Carroll (Tralee Harriers) for track and field and Conor O'Mahony (Tralee Harriers) for juvenile cross-country. Eoin O'Carroll is also the recipient of the Junior Mens Award. Master Women winner is Annette O'Brien (Gneeveguilla).

The Senior Women Munster award winner is Clare Fitzgerald (Tralee Harriers) whose performance over the past year saw her move to second place in the all time Irish Rankings in the discus and third place in the shot.

All in all 2013 was a very successful year for Clare. It started in February when she won the shot at the All-Ireland senior indoor championships and this was followed by gold in the shot at the Intervarsity Championships.

In April she competed in the Intervarsity Outdoor Championships representing U-CC and won the discus, shot, javelin and weight for distance. This was followed by wins in the discus and shot at both the Munster U-23 Championships in April and the Munster Senior Championships held at CIT in June.

In June Clare represented Ireland in shot and discus as a member of the Irish European Cup Team, which was held in Dublin. This was the fifth consecutive year that Clare had been selected for the team.

In the English AAAs U-23 competition Clare won both the shot and discus titles. She followed this with gold at the All-Ireland U-23 Championships where she won the discus in great style with her longest throw ever of 53.01m - qualifying for the European U-23 Championships in Tampere, Finland in the process.

At the All-Ireland Senior Championships in July 2013 Clare won the discus and shot, making this her fourth consecutive senior discus title and third consecutive shot title.

Otherwise it was a busy weekend of athletics at Nenagh Indoor Stadium with the Munster Juvenile inter county relays taking place on Saturday, January 18 and the Junior, U-23, Senior and Master Indoor Championships being held the following day.

In the relays the Lios Tuathail U-9 boys team of Jack Ryan, Ben Corridan, Mick Galvin and Bobby O'Riordan won gold medals. Bronze went to the U-11 girls team of Muireann McElligott, Katie Gill, Megan Lycnh and Eabha Maloney and the U-16 girls team of Maria O'Neill, Aisling O'Mahoney, Rachel Moriarty, Aoife Mahoney and Niamh Cullen also won bronze medals.

Individual medal winners on Sunday were Jason Foley (Lios Tuathail) who won silver in the Junior Mens 60m. A great result for this promising young athlete in his first year competing at junior hurdle heights.

There were three medals for PJ Galvin (St Brendans) who won gold in the M23 60mH, bronze in the 200m and silver in the high jump. In the 60m sprint Elaine Cronin (Gneeveguilla) took gold for F35 and it was gold and silver for the club when Annette O'Brien won gold in F40 and Brid Stack came in close behind for silver.

O'Brien also won gold in the 200m (F35) and Brid took first place in the 200m (F40). In M40 Jeremiah McCarthy (Kenmare AC) won silver in the sprint, and then went on later in the day to take gold in the 200m.

Sean O'Shea (Farranfore Maine Valley) won bronze in M45 60m and club mate Jim O'Shea gold in 60m, 200m and high jump in the M70 category. In the 400m, William O'Connor (An Riocht) took silver in M23.

Kevin Lynch (Lios Tuathail) was second in M35 800m and Mike Browne (Gneeveguilla) won the same event for M70. In the 3,000m M23 silver was won by Darragh Browne (Lios Tuathail) - an excellent run for this 17-year old athlete. The M45 3,000m bronze was won by club mate Michael Foley. Mike Browne (Gneeveguilla) won the M70 3,000m.

Success in field events include Eileen O'Riordan and Annettle O'Brien from Gneeveguilla who took gold and silver respectively in F40 shot, Artur Nowak (St Brendans) won bronze in M40 shot and gold in M40 high jump and Sean O'Shea (Farranfore Maine Valley) silver in M45 shot.

Patsy O'Connor from Tralee Harriers won gold in M55 shot and weight for distance. Eddie Mulchay (Farranfore Maine Valley) won gold in shot and weight for distance M80. Annette O'Brien added another gold medal when she won the M40 high jump.

Aoibheann O'Brien (Tralee Harriers) won bronze in Junior ladies long jump and silver in the triple jump. This was her first year as a junior and bodes well for the future. Michael Godley from Tralee Harriers won bronze in M23 long jump. Gold went to Elaine Cronin (Gneeveguilla) in F35 long jump.


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