Member Profile: Damian Kenneally

Damian-KenneallyEagle AC Member Profile:

Name: Damian Kenneally

Member of Eagle AC since: 2013

How long have you been running what made you take it up: I took up running in 2012, I had called a day playing GAA and my brother Jonathan took me out for a run as I was getting lazy, I haven’t looked back since.

Favourite thing about running: I love the fact you can run anytime, anywhere and in any conditions.

Favourite race distance to run: 5k would be my favourite distance at the moment.

What is your main goal for this year: My main goal is to improve my times in all distances below half marathon.

Your best race/most memorable racing moment to date: I have 2, my 1st marathon in Barcelona, a great race and a great weekend away, but Dublin 2016 will always be my favourite, I ran it with my brother Jonathan with the goal of getting him under 4 hours. There were great memories throughout the whole 3.55hours, crossing the line with him will always make me smile.

Tell us something most people might not know about you: I didn’t want to do a marathon until I was 40, when I signed up for the Barcelona marathon I thought I was signing up for a half, had the flights paid for before I realised it actually the full. Oops.

Biggest heroes (sporting or non-sporting): Has to be my Dad, he is the reason I wanted to keep improving my times as I wanted to try and beat his times from his running days.

One bit of advice you would give to someone thinking of taking up running: Running is not all about running fast, it’s about meeting new friends and changeling yourself to be a better version of yourself

Other hobbies outside of running: Going to the gym and going to get back into cycling this year

3 things you would take with you onto a desert island: A team of Boeing engineers, an airport, a pilot. Not yet having the means to leave the island, I would use the materials on the island, and they would design and build my plane and then the pilot would fly us away, since it has an airport now, I’d sell the property to whoever will pay the highest price.

Coffee Run…Sat 27th May 2017


Despite the threatening rain, a total of 20 club members turned out for the 10 mile Coffee Run on Saturday the 27th of May. Starting in Turners Cross, the run covered the last 8 miles of the Cork City Marathon / Half-Marathon route and it was an ideal way to see what the course changes would be like.


Old route in pink dots

The general consensus was…

a) More twists and turns than the old route

b) The section around Tory Top Park in Ballyphehane (Mile 1 on the map) wasn’t too bad although it is an extra hill.

c) The section on Farranlea Park (Mile 3 on the map) is pretty hilly and is certainly harder than the old route.

Ballyandreen 5 mile results…25th May 2017

The 2017 Ballycotton Summer Road Race Series kicked off on Thursday the 25th of May with the Ballyandreen 5 mile road race. There were 29 Eagle AC members in the results which is by coincidence the exact same number as 2015 and 2016.


Vivian Foley…5th overall and 1st M45

We also had five members in the prizes…Vivian Foley 1st M45, John O’Callaghan 3rd M45, Tom Fox 2nd M50, Deirdre O’Callaghan 1st F45 and Geraldine Corcoran 3rd F40.

Place Time Name Team Race Age Category min/mile
5 0:27:20 FOLEY, Vivian Eagle AC M45 05:27.9
16 0:28:56 O’CALLAGHAN, John Eagle AC M45 05:47.1
19 0:29:20 O’CALLAGHAN, Ruairi Eagle AC M 05:51.9
24 0:29:34 O’CONNOR, Pat Eagle AC M45 05:54.7
35 0:30:32 FOLEY, Colin Eagle AC M 06:06.3
37 0:30:33 O’HERLIHY, Colin Eagle AC M45 06:06.5
41 0:30:54 FOX, Thomas Eagle AC M50 06:10.7
52 0:31:33 MCGUIRE, Brian Eagle AC M45 06:18.5
57 0:31:56 O’SULLIVAN, Vincent Eagle AC M 06:23.1
58 0:31:58 GEARY, Kevin Eagle AC M 06:23.5
82 0:33:09 CASEY, Darren Eagle AC M40 06:37.7
88 0:33:23 O’KEEFFE, David Eagle AC M 06:40.5
97 0:33:46 DALY, Martin Eagle AC M40 06:45.1
118 0:34:21 DESMOND, John Eagle AC M50 06:52.1
158 0:36:02 CORCORAN, Geraldine Eagle AC F40 07:12.2
160 0:36:06 SPEIGHT, David Eagle AC M45 07:13.0
195 0:37:10 O’CONNOR, Noel Eagle AC M55 07:25.8
209 0:37:35 FITZGERALD, Ed Eagle AC M45 07:30.8
230 0:38:10 ALLEN, Denis Eagle AC M50 07:37.8
238 0:38:17 GUINANE, Elaine Eagle AC F40 07:39.2
239 0:38:18 LONERGAN, Mairead Eagle AC F 07:39.4
251 0:38:40 O’FARRELL, Andrew Eagle AC M60 07:43.8
254 0:38:44 O’CALLAGHAN, Deirdre Eagle AC F45 07:44.6
272 0:39:04 COTTER, Mary Eagle AC F50 07:48.6
301 0:39:46 O’CONNOR, Frances Eagle AC F55 07:57.0
324 0:40:29 QUIGLEY, John Eagle AC M60 08:05.6
325 0:40:30 MCCARTHY, John Eagle AC M 08:05.8
361 0:41:24 MCKENZIE, Betty Eagle AC F50 08:16.6
392 0:42:36 MURPHY, Sean Eagle AC M 08:31.0



John O’Callaghan…3rd M45

Club Notes…24th May 2017

eagle_notes2Some recent results…

Tuesday 16th May
Glanmire Macra 5k
Great run by Michael O Connor in the 5k in Glanmire well done.
17. Michael O’Connor 137 M 19.39

Thursday 18th May
Cheetah Run 5k, Fota Wildlife Park
Well done to Club members running on the night.
81. Michael Noonan MS 21.33 21.25
151. John Quigley M60 23.24 23.21
174. Brian Barry MS 24.00 23.44

Friday 19th May
Ardmore 5 Mile Road Race
Congratulations to Monica our only representative in the Ardmore 5 mile race.
143. Monica Twohig F 050 48.32

Parkrun Results – Saturday 20th May
5. Pat O’Connor 19.38 VM 45-49 M 4
10. Conor O’Brien 20.17 VM 40-44 M 9 (New PB!)
18. Denis Carroll 21.05 VM 55-59 M 17
63. Andrew O’Farrell 24.04 VM 60-64 M 58

Castle Demense, Macroom
Well done to John Dunphy who won the Castle Demense Parkrun on Saturday!
1. John Dunphy 19.56 VM 45-49 M 1
47. Derry Casey 28.45 VM 40-44 M 36

Another Eagle victory in Castlehaven where Ciaran Bouse claimed top spot!
1. Ciaran Bouse 20.08 VM 35-39 M 1

Bere Island
13. Hugh McSweeney 26.03 VM 70-74 M 11

The inaugural Surf, Turf ‘n’ Tar Half-Marathon 10k in Rosscarbery was held on Saturday the 20th of May 2017 and it got a big turnout of 417 runners. The 2 courses took in beaches, dunes, fields, gardens, trails, cliff walks even some roads. In the Half-Marathon, there were 160 finishers while there were 257 in the 10k. Well done to all Eagles who took part, with special mention to Paul Cotter who was 1st M40 in the 10K and 4th overall.

Rosscarbery 10K Results
Position Name Gun Time Chip Time Division Bib
4 Paul Cotter 42:05 59:32 M40 274 (1st O40)
15 Jerome Mccarthy 47:30 47:19 SM 135
37 Elaine Guinane 51:04 50:58 W40 80

Rosscarbery Half Marathon Results
Position Athlete’s Name Gun Time Chip Time Division Bib
13 Colin Foley 1:37:50 1:37:47 SM 351
52 Richard Hawkins 1:50:06 1:50:02 M45 358
54 Ruairi Egan 1:50:44 1:50:39 M45 346
85 Ita Kirwan 2:00:36 2:00:27 W45 379
Results & Photos

Leiden Marathon Sunday 21st May 2017
Well done to club member Grace O Leary who was running among the windmills in the historic town Leiden, in Holland over the weekend. Fun fact of the day… Leiden is where Rembrandt was born!
Great running by Grace on what was a hot day.
Grace O Leary Finished 04:09:37 42 female home 15th for her age category

Blackwater 10 mile Sunday Sunday 21st May 2017
A total of 318 people took part in the 3rd annual Blackwater 10 mile road race in Clondulane near Fermoy. No clubs were listed but the following 3 Eagles were spotted in the results, well done to all and congratulations to Tom Fox on his win in the M50 category in a fine time of 01:05:26.
Pos No Name Gender Category Time
22 303 Tom Fox Male Over 50 01:05:26 (1st M50)
41 714 John Dunphy Male Over 40 01:09:17
78 227 Charlie Byrd Male Over 50 01:14:18
Results & Photos

Wednesday 10th May
Bhaa Pfizers 6 Mile Road Race
The Cork Bhaa Pfizers 6 Mile Road Race took place on last Wednesday 10th May, with 402 runners taking part. As you can see below, there were lots of Eagles in the category prizes! Well done to all members who ran on the night.
Tony Cambridge 00:36:41 – 3rd 050
Mike McGrath 00:40:09 – 1st 055
Denis Carroll 00:40:45 B – 3rd 055
Ken Higgs 00:49:26 – 3rd 065
Richard Piotrowski 00:43:16 – 1st 070
Elaine Guinane 00:43:15 – 3rd 040
Adelle O’Connor 00:43:43 – 2nd 045
Mary Cotter 00:46:01 – 3rd 050
Frances O’Connor 00:46:55 – 1st 055

Parkrun Results – Saturday 13th May

Well done to Ruairi O’Callaghan who won this weeks Ballincollig Parkrun on his first time in the race!
1. Ruairi O’Callaghan 18.24 VM 35-39 M 1
12. Conor O’Brien 20.25 VM 40-44 M 12 (New PB!)
17. Denis Carroll 21.11 VM 55-59 M 17
19. Niall McSweeney 21.23 VM 30-34 M 19
40. Pat Twomey 23.07 VM 65-69 M 39
64. Dolores Gibbons 24.16 VW 40-44 F 7
72. Hugh McSweeney 24.34 VM 70-74 M 63 (New PB!)
185. Gary Gibbons 30.26 VM 45-49 M 126

Castle Demense, Macroom
14. Richard Piotrowski 23.13 VM 70-74 M 13
39. Derry Casey 28.13 VM 40-44 M 33

The Bay Run Sunday 14th May 2017
The Bay run took place in Bantry last Sunday, May 14th. There was a half-marathon and 10k race. The results don’t list clubs or age categories but the following Eagles were spotted, in prize winning positions. Congratulations to Pat Anne Marie.
Half: Pat O’Connor (161) 1.25.53 3rd man home
10K: Anne Marie Power (1265) 41.51 2nd lady and 6th overall

The Lakes of Killarney Marathon 14.05.2017
Also on Sunday last was the Lakes of Killarney marathon with just again just 2 Eagles involved. Well done to Charlie Byrd 3rd M50, and a good run from Brian Barry as well:
27 Charlie BYRD (2) 03:42:08 03:42:04 Ages 50+ (3) Male (24)
56 Brian BARRY (26) 04:09:36 04:09:25 Ages 35-39 (13) Male (47)

Trail and Hill news – Gerard Down
Results Tracton Woods Munster League race Wed May 10th
Well done to Ger Down who took first place in his category in the race ! ( added by Karen 🙂
Place Name Time Bib Cat Cat Place Club
44 Gerard Down 41.30 2045 M60 1 Eagle AC
58 Con Donovan 45.35 2555 M 19 Eagle AC

Flickr Photos : Derek Costello
04 May 2017 Midleton AC 5 Mile
04 May 2017 Peac 5K Parkrun
09th Apr 2017 Rotterdam Marathon
07th May 2017 Bweeng 10k

Report on the 2017 Cork County Masters Track & Field Championships

Report on the 2017 Cork County Masters Track & Field Championships…By Keith Burke

The 2017 Cork County Masters Track & Field Championships were held in C.I.T. this past Sunday 21st May in parallel with the Senior Track & Field Championships. This made for a larger attendance overall although it also made for a packed timetable. Although conditions were dry, a gusting headwind in the home straight proved challenging for some events.

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Results of the 2017 Cheetah Run 5k in Fota Wildlife Park


The club’s annual Cheetah Run in Fota Wildlife Park was held on Thursday the 18th of May.

1 Kieran MCKEOWN Watergrasshill AC M40 16:54
2 Shane COONEY Brothers Pearse AC MS 17:03
3 Bryan CROWLEY Watergrasshill AC M40 17:05
33 Niamh CRONIN St Finbarrs AC F40 20:05 20:04
37 Ronnie BARRY Bandon AC F40 20:15 20:14
49 Sheila BUCKLEY Midleton AC F35 20:40 20:38

The full results can be seen HERE

Remember, all finishers can use their race bib to obtain a 20% discount in John Buckley Sports until the 1st of June 2017.


L-R…Chairman of Eagle AC…Colin O’Herlihy, 2017 Cheetah Run 5k winner Kieran McKeown & Ian Brennan of Laya Healthcare


L-R…Chairman of Eagle AC…Colin O’Herlihy, 2017 Cheetah Run 5k winner Niamh Cronin  & Ian Brennan of Laya Healthcare

Cheetah Run Thursday 18th May – Important information

Race_advert-200pixThe Eagle AC Cheetah Run in Fota Wildlife Park will take place on Thursday the 18th of May 2017. Please note that entries are now closed and there are no entries on the night.

Cheetah Run Thursday 18th May – Important information
Race times: Cheetah Mile 7.15pm (Juvenile Race), Cheetah Run 8.00pm (Adult Race)
Registration in the Education Centre opens at 6.30pm
Fota Wildlife Park is open to the following only for the duration of the event:
**Registered runners with bib number displayed
**Guest with wristbands – each runner will be allocated 4 wristbands on registration – runners will need to distribute these to their guests after registration and in advance of the races commencing.

After the race, light refreshments in the form of tea, coffee & biscuits will be available.

The results of the race will be on this website on Friday morning.

Go to the race page for more information…

Club Notes…10th May 2017

Eagle_Notes2Some more recent results…

Results – below 10k (Mairead Lonergan)

Wednesday 3rd May
Brendan Kinane 5K, Dundrum, Co. Tipperary
Well done to Ciaran on a great 5k in Co. Tipp
17. Ciaran Bouse Eagle AC 17.42 SM 328

Thursday 4th May
2017 Ewing 5K
Pat Twomey was back in action on the other side of the world, in a 5km run in New Jersey. Well done to Pat finishing 1st in his category thanks very much for keeping us in mind on your travels!
13 Pat Twomey Cork 480 66 M 1 60-98 20:59.1

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Eagle AC Shot Putt Tutorial…Tues 9th May 2017


Eagle AC held its first ever shot putt tutorial at the CIT track on Tuesday the 9th of May with 6 members taking part. Everyone was taken through the basic rules of the sport as well as some basic techniques. Even though it was the first experience of the shot putt for many, everyone passed with flying colours! 🙂

The primary purpose of the tutorial which was coached by John Desmond was to establish a pool of members who might considering representing the club in masters competitions at County and Munster level in the future.


Pat Twomey World Tour 2017


Pat Twomey is continuing his 2017 World Tour as he moves from Australia to the USA and he recently took in a 5k race in Ewing, New Jersey. Needless to say, Pat was ruthless in hoovering up the category prizes again ;o)

Men 60+
# Name City Bib No Age Overall Time
1 Pat Twomey Cork 480 66 13 20:59.1
2 Jorge Oviedo Ewing NJ 461 66 15 21:17.3
3 Richard Lauricela Ewing NJ 437 62 23 22:52.9
4 Michael Gilbert Lawrenceville NJ 423 60 62 27:33.9
5 Edward O’Rourke Pennington NJ 460 73 66 28:05.4
6 Walter Camuso Hillsborough NJ 410 65 67 28:06.4
7 John Dickinson West Trenton NJ 416 63 74 29:35.1

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