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Kenmare brothers Seamus and Kieran O’Donoghue who competed in the Juvenile Even Age Cross-Country Championships last Sunday

Kenmare brothers Seamus and Kieran O’Donoghue who competed in the Juvenile Even Age Cross-Country Championships last Sunday

Ryan Vickers from Farranfore Maine Valley who finished in fourth place in the U-12 boys at the National Cross-country Championships in Santry

Ryan Vickers from Farranfore Maine Valley who finished in fourth place in the U-12 boys at the National Cross-country Championships in Santry

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Kenmare brothers Seamus and Kieran O’Donoghue who competed in the Juvenile Even Age Cross-Country Championships last Sunday

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Kenmare brothers Seamus and Kieran O’Donoghue were outstanding at the Irish Life Health Juvenile Even Age Cross-Country Championships in Santry, Dublin last Sunday.

Running, it would appear, is in their genes with their father and aunts having competed in cross-country through the years. Seamus was running in the U-14 boys where he finished in an impressive second place overall – with the Munster team sadly just missing out on bronze provincial team medals with 94 points to Ulster’s 93.

Although Kieran finished in 13th place in the U16 boys race, he was the third Munster athlete to complete the course, earning him a provincial silver medal with the team.

Also showing his class was Ryan Vickers from Farranfore Maine Valley who earned an individual fourth place medal in the U12 race and also led the Munster U-12 boy’s team to silver provincial medals.

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Niamh O’Mahony (An Riocht) was sixth in the Junior Women’s race and Oisin Spillane from Tralee Harriers finished in a very creditable 13th place in the Men’s U-23 event, placing him 36th in the Senior category.


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