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St. Killian’s athletes busy


Niall Sheil with his coach, Pavel Kolesnikov.

Niall Sheil with his coach, Pavel Kolesnikov.

Brian O’Shaughnessy taking third on Sunday.

Brian O’Shaughnessy taking third on Sunday.


Niall Sheil with his coach, Pavel Kolesnikov.


IT WAS a busy weekend for the senior athletes of the St. Killian’s club, with some great performances produced.

Niall Sheil travelled to Carlow on Saturday to compete in the Leinster track and field championships. It was picture perfect conditions in the immaculate IT Carlow grounds.

Niall was competing in the Masters 1,500m and had a great race to take the gold in his age category.

He has had a busy couple of weeks, having competed in the Carrick-on-Suir 3 County Challenge, in the 5km race in Ballyneale, and following that up with another 5k in the West Waterford AC summer race in Ballinroad, finishing third in both of the latter.

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The Tara Bishop 5k race took place on Sunday in Ballymurn.

It is a mainstay event for many local runners and it was great to see it coming back on the calendar.

It brings out the best of these local races with athletes, the local community and, most importantly, the charities benefiting.

It was great to see St. Killian’s athletes taking part with some great performances. Niall Sheil took the win in 17 minutes 25 seconds, with Brian O’Shaughnessy having a great race to take third in 18 minutes 22 seconds.

Gail Kavanagh also had a fine run to finish in 121st place in a time of 42 minutes 40 seconds.

It is good to see David Farrell back competing, and he has had some great races lately.

He recently competed in the second race of the 3 County Challenge in the Portlaw five-mile, coming home in 33rd place in a time of 32 minutes 43 seconds.

He competed on Friday at the start of the Slaney Olympic AC summer series over the one-mile course and had a great race, taking third place in a time of five minutes 28 seconds.

Hopefully this is the start of a really successful summer season for our athletes.