The Eagle AC Cheetah Run Returns To Fota Wildlife Park.

Eagle AC together with Fota Wildlife Park and with the co-operation of the OPW, are delighted to announce the return of the Eagle AC Cheetah Run 5km race for 2022.
We are very grateful to our sponsors John Buckley Sports & Brooks for helping to make this possible.

During the Covid pandemic, last year’s Cheetah run was held as a virtual event. This was hugely successful. So many of you took to the roads and raised much needed funds for Fota Wildlife Park, who had to close their doors to the public during that time. As 100% of the funds raised through the virtual event were donated directly to FOTA we were delighted to raise total of €4,540. Thank you for your unbelievable support.

However, nothing will make us happier than seeing you all back in Fota Wildlife Park to run the 2022 Eagle AC Cheetah Run on the evening of May 19th.

Race Details.

Online entries will open on the 8th of April 2022.

There will be NO entries available on the night, indeed entries usually sell out well in advance of the night.
Options will be available either for number postage or number collection on the night.

There will be 2 events running on the evening of May 19th.
The juvenile 1-mile race is open to 11-15 year olds. Prizes are not awarded in this race, but medals will be presented to all participants. Start time for this race is 7:15pm

The 5k race is open to everyone aged 16 years & older (as per Athletics Ireland permit recommendations). Start time for this race is 8pm. In this event there will be prizes for the first 5 men and women as well as the usual age categories prizes.

The entry fee for the 5k event will be €15 (+ processing fee), entry fee for the 1-mile junior race will be €8 (+ processing fee) places for the 1-mile race are limited to 100. Each runner can bring a maximum of four visitors along with them free of charge to watch the race. Access will be controlled on the night and gates open at 6:30pm

Both the 5K & 1 Mile course are accurately measured by John Quigley AIMS/IAAF Grade ‘A’ Measurer. This event is run under an Athletics Ireland permit.

Both events will be chip timed, and we are happy to once again be working with myrunresults.ie as our chip timing company.

This is always a hugely popular event that sells out quickly, save the date & be ready to click your entry into one of the most unique races in Cork!

Important reminders.

A few important reminders, for your safety & the safety of the animals in the park.

• No children’s bikes or scooters are permitted in the park
• Participants cannot run with buggies or strollers
• No pets are permitted
• No drones or balloons permitted in the park
• No race flyers to be circulated during the race or placed on cars in the carpark.
• No headphones/ air pods etc are permitted, please listen to the stewards.
• Number transfers are not permitted.

Save the date: Entry Link goes live on April 8th, 2022, at 10am!

Entry Link: https://www.myrunresults.com/events/fota_cheetah_run_2022/4368/details

In Partnership with:

Fota Wildlife Park has been listed as one of Ireland’s Top Ten visitor attractions (CSO 2010) and is the most popular tourist destination in Cork. Hundreds of thousands visit the park every year. Fota is a non-profit organisation and is also a registered charity. It is completely self-financing, relying entirely on gate receipts and membership fees for its income, and any financial surpluses generated are reinvested in order improve infrastructure and promote the company’s core objectives of conservation, education, and research. Their website is http://www.fotawildlife.ie/

The club would also like to acknowledge the continuing sponsorship of John Buckley Sports for this year’s race. John Buckley has been a great supporter of road races and athletics in the Cork region over the years and is one of the main shops in Cork for running gear.
Their website can be found at http://johnbuckleysports.com/

The club welcome the continued support of Brooks Running as a sponsor. Brooks Running are one of the major brands for running gear worldwide and have a wide selection of running shoes and apparel for men and women.
Their website for the UK and Ireland is http://brooksrunning.co.uk/

Braga Blast

European Masters Indoors Championships, Braga, Portugal 20th-27th February 2022.

Report by Ken Higgs.

Last week I spent several days competing in the European Masters Athletics Indoor Championships in Braga , northern Portugal. I went out there with a mix of excitement and trepidation, as this was my first time on the European stage and a huge step up (well out of my comfort zone). Thankfully, I was in the company of clubmate Hugh McSweeney who had been and done it before. All week, Hugh was great company, quietly composed but with a steely determination. His calmness and focus (not to mention his dry sense of humour) kept me on track.

National Record, Sliver & Gold Medals.

Despite a major disruption to his training (Hugh had Covid in January), he had an incredibly successful week. A silver medal in the M75 400m, 4th place in the 200m with a Irish national record and then the icing on the cake.. a gold medal in the M70+ 4 x 200m relay. It was great to see the very high regard the other Irish team athletes have for Hugh. There is no stopping him now and I suspect he has his eye on the World Masters indoor championships in Canada next year!

Pipped to the post by a Football Legend.

An interesting side story to Hugh’s 400m final is that he was pipped to the gold medal by a Romero, apparently a Spanish football legend who played for Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in the 60’s and 70’s.

A Wonderful Experience.

From a personal point of view I was truly delighted to make the M70 400m final, where I came 5th with a PB. I am so glad I went to Braga to test myself and to learn more about what is needed to compete at this level. It was a real blast. Finally, I believe there are many runners in the club who could have success at both national and International masters track events. So I say …just give it a go!


The Irish Masters Team Ireland returned from the European Masters Track & Field Championships in Braga 2022 with a massive total of 59 medals. Ireland finished 7th overall in the medals table out of the 43 participating countries
It is very hard to single out any Individual performances without acknowledging the triple Gold won by Anne Gilshinan over 800, 1500 and 300ms. Double Gold for Denise Toner, 3000m and 1500m plus Annette Quaid (Leevale AC) 400m & 800m. Double Gold also for Sean McMullin over 5km Road Race Walk and 3000m RW. Perennial winner, Joe Gough overturned the tables on 800m winner Paul Forbes when capturing the 1500m title. What made this all the more remarkable is that Joe is just a few months shy of his 70th birthday and Paul had broken Joes 1500m WR just a few weeks beforehand.
A special mention to the 2 oldest team members, Michael Kiely (Rising Sun AC) & Hugh Mc Sweeney (Eagle AC), both 77 returning to the European arena, having last competed in Budapest in the early 90s. Each medalled individually and then dropped down to the M70’s 4 x 200m relay to capture Gold in a very competitive race holding off the Portuguese team by 0.5 of a second. Indeed of the 7 relay Teams, 4 captured gold, 1 silver & 1 bronze, which was a testament to all those who put in the hard work and squad training prior to travelling out to Braga.

Finally in relation to Braga, we would like to acknowledge the generosity of all the athletes from Team Ireland who made a special collection and presented over €2000 plus additional gear & clothing to their Ukrainian compatriots who are still currently stuck out in Portugal, as they are unable to return home due to the Russian invasion. In a very emotional and poignant presentation, the athletes from Ukraine expressed their gratitude to those still present. We can only hope and pray that they can return safely to their families as quickly as possible.

The 33rd Annual Tommy Ryan Memorial 5 Mile Race, 20th February 2022

The return of races has certainly brought back a buzz that we have missed over the past two years, with the cancellation of so many events due to Covid-19. The atmosphere on the morning of Sunday 20th of February in Carrigaline was a true testament to this. This could be remembered as the year of the storms, but we managed to find a window and slotted into the alphabet between ‘Dudley’ ‘Eunice’ ‘Eagle Race’ and ‘Franklin’ to hold our 33rd Annual 5 Mile race, a tribute to a former club member Mr Tommy Ryan. This was Ruairi Egan’s 3rd year as race director but the first in-person event that the club has been able to host in those 3 years, & Karen Bevan slotting in as assistant to learn on the job. The race serves as both a club fundraiser and contributes traditionally to 2 charities, Carrigaline Meals on Wheels & Forόige Youth Development Organisation Carrigaline. This year we were delighted to be offered a lead motorbike from the Irish Blood bikes and in thanks added this charity to our race donations. Eagle AC is continually grateful for the ongoing sponsorship of this event by The Edge Sports, Kinsale road.

There was an overwhelming support from the running community with over 400 pre-entries to the race. As Covid still holds a presence over proceedings, the race held as a purely outdoors event. This hampered our ability to host the post-race teas, coffees & chats indoors, but did not take away from the atmosphere. Refreshments were provided at the finish line and the friendly rumble of post-race reviews & congratulations, was lovely to hear. The weather on the other hand served up strong winds and rain, making this year’s event a true test of strength & willpower, and starting numbers were reduced to 289.

Paul Moloney Mallow AC, Michael Harty East Cork AC
Photo Credit: Joe Anne Murphy Photos.

We were delighted to have Michael Ryan, Tommy’s brother in attendance and hear stories of some of the racing rivalry that Tommy, it seems, was very fond of. Michael did a fantastic job of giving the runners their starters orders and getting the race underway. Fittingly, the race was a head-to-head battle over the 5 miles by two of Corks talented runners Michael Harty East Cork AC & Paul Moloney Mallow AC. They fought the course, the elements, and the hills together but a powerful finishing kick gave Michael Harty the win at the finish line. The first lady home was St. Finbarr’s Emma Murphy, another talented athlete who led the race throughout. Michael Ryan kindly awarded the trophies on the day and supplied some spot prizes of his own too!

Michael Ryan, Emma Murphy St Finbarr’s AC 1st Lady,
Michael Harty East Cork AC 1st Male, Ruairi Egan Race Director
Photo Credit: Siobhan Russell.

Individual Prize Winners.

Prizes were awarded to the first 5 men and women to cross the finish line, and these were as follows
Top 5 Men:

  1. Michael Harty East Cork AC 25:30
  2. Paul Moloney Mallow AC 25:34
  3. John Meade St. Finbarr’s AC 26:46
  4. Damian Kenneally Eagle AC 27:19
  5. Donncha Kiely Tracton AC 27:52

Top 5 Ladies:

  1. Emma Murphy 31:11
  2. Linda O’ Sullivan Watergrasshill AC 31:36
  3. Aoife Mahony Eagle AC 32:42
  4. Linda O Connor 32:42
  5. Gwen Conroy Watergrasshill AC 34:02
    The top 5 cash prize structure is as follows: 1st €100, 2nd €80, 3rd €60, 4th €40, 5th €25.

Team Prize Winners.

Club Prizes were awarded as top 3 finishers as follows:
1st Men’s Team: Mallow AC (Paul Moloney 25:34, Daire O’ Sullivan 29:58, Michael Clancy 31:05)
1st Ladies Team: Watergrasshill AC (Linda O’ Sullivan 31:36, Gwen Conroy 34:02, Lisa Crowley 34:23)
2nd Men’s Team: Leevale AC (Matthew Lee 29:39, Jack Curran 30:18, Alan Harrington 30:24)
2nd Ladies Team: Tracton AC (Fiona O’ Mahony 36:22, Trish O’Sullivan 42:13, Elaine Rodrigues 42:34)
First place team prizes €15 Edge Sports voucher each, 2nd place teams €10 Edge sports voucher each.

There were a whole host of Category Prize winners, and they were awarded outside of the first 5 prize-winners as follows:

Female Category Prize Winners


  1. Loveness Hegarty 39:46
  2. Rose Fielding 42:41
  3. Kiara Tanner 42:41


  1. Fiona O Mahony 36:22
  2. Clodagh Creedon 36:50
  3. Grace Hunter 40:27


  1. Lisa Crowley 34:23
  2. Siobhan Holland 34:52
  3. Paula Mulcahy 39:26


  1. Ita Kirwan 38:57
  2. Fiona Downey 39:59
  3. Jane Power 42:25


  1. Kathleen Cronin 38:34
  2. Colette Ryan 42:30
  3. Angela Harrington 45:06


  1. Mary Sweeney 36:00
  2. Mary Lee 50:21
  3. Kay Birch 51:57


  1. Marion Lyons 44:26
  2. Fatima Boukerche 50:02
  3. Norma Harrington 51:22


  1. Maggie Dunne 1:00:51

Male Category Prize Winners


  1. Darren McCann 28:45
  2. Stephen Lynch 29:37
  3. Kevin Corbett 31:28


  1. Keith Kelly 27:58
  2. Daire O Sullivan 29:58
  3. John Lynch 30:15


  1. Garry Clerkin 30:21
  2. Wieslaw Sosnowski 30:27
  3. Michael Clancy 31:05


  1. Seamus McSweeney 29:52
  2. John Kelly 31:52
  3. Joe Coffey 32:29


  1. John Cashman 33:52
  2. Kieran Twomey 34:47
  3. Martin Lynch 35:26


  1. Neil Creedon 41:29
  2. Paul Cotter 42:01
  3. Timothy Leonard 42:49


  1. Jj Murphy 34:54
  2. Mossy Shanahan 39:45
  3. Ger O Connell 49:30


  1. Richard Piotrowski 37:14
  2. Donie O Connell 44:34
  3. Joe Harris 50:39


  1. Ian Kohler 47:49

Category prizes are awarded as vouchers for the Edge Sports 1st place €20, 2nd €15, 3rd €10.

Spot prizes

6 free entries to the Cheetah Run at Fota Wildlife Park on May 19th, were awarded on the day at random to the following people:

• Dermot O’ Sullivan Mallow AC
• Kevin Mansfield
• Marie Marshall
• Damian Manning Crosshaven Tri
• Eoin McGettigan
• Colin Jermy
We will be in touch with you to pass on your spot prize.

Lastly, but most importantly we must give thanks to the club members of Eagle AC, along with their families & friends, who can always be relied upon and turned out in force to make today possible. There are too many to mention but each of you played a part in making our 2022 race possible.

We would like to mention a few key members for a special word of thanks

• Elaine Guinane, Chief steward
• Pat Murphy, Start/Finish area management
• Denis Looney, Course Set Up
• Grellan McGrath, Club Chairman
• Derek Costello, Club Photos
• Joe Murphy, Club Photos
• Mick Dooley, Club Photos
• Maressa Mills, Instagram on the day
• Mairead Lonergan, numerous roles!
• Sandra Manning, Post race refreshments
• Daniel Luxton, Lead Car
• Diarmaid O’ Crowley, The Irish Blood Bikes Escort
• Lucy & Vinnie of My Run Results who were very helpful on the day

Thank you all for your support both on the day and in all the messages that have arrived since.

See you again next year!

Ruairi Egan & Karen Bevan
Eagle AC Race Directors 2022

Eagle Athletic Club – A History


This account is based on my own work and the contribution of several club members. Important contributors were Pat Murphy, Denis Looney, Pat Twomey, Colin O’Herlihy and Joe Murphy, but special credit must go to former club member and long-time chairman John Quigley, whose contribution went a long way towards recovering information on the club’s history which was lost in 2014 when the old website, created in 1999, was deleted in circumstances which are unclear. The old site had been full of news, photos, history, videos, and all was lost.

The Early Years

The club was originally known as the Eagle Track Club upon its foundation in the Autumn of 1982. The three founding members were Fred and Sheila Gilbert and Mick Clancy. As stated by Fred Gilbert in an article in ‘Marathon’ magazine in 1984, the sole function of the club was then about training under-age athletes for track and field and cross country. Fred had operated earlier as a well-known coach with the juvenile section of St. Finbarrs Athletic Club. While Eagle TC had adult members from the beginning, their main role lay in coaching the juniors and juveniles. The club was based in the CIT (now MTU) track every Tuesday and Thursday evenings just as we still do today (lockdown allowing).

The following account of the early years of the club is based on several sources, including interviews with Joe Murphy, Pat Murphy, an article written by club member Paddy Lenihan for a book published by club member Colm Murphy in 1993, as well as my own researches. Unfortunately, Paddy was not very explicit in giving exact dates in his article and it is clear that his account spans the period from circa 1985 to 1993, though several references are not dated. As we shall see, the three founders left the club in 1988 leaving it in the care of a number of adult members who had been there from the first few years. These would go on to give many years of service, at least of fifteen years or more duration, some of whom remain members to this very day, 35 years later. This core group, responsible for developing and growing the club over many years, consisted of Liam Doherty, Pat Murphy, Joe and Ann Murphy, Denis Hegarty, Paddy Hegarty, Noreen Lenihan and her father Paddy, Monica Twohig, Hugh McSweeney, Ted Twomey, and Fidelma Kirwan.

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Christmas Race Results Round Up!

Our members certainly kept themselves busy during the festive period as can be seen from the results below from various Christmas and New Years races. A great end to 2021 and a super start to 2022! Well done to all.

Parkrun Results

Christmas Day
25th December


  1. Siobhan Holland 21.55
  2. Niall McSweeney 22.16
  3. Richard Piotrowski 23.13
  4. Olga O’Sullivan 24.24
  5. Mike McGrath 24.44
  6. Andrew O’Farrell 25.16
  7. Denis Carroll 25.47
  8. Alan Wong 30.10
  9. Shane O’Rourke 30.40

New Years Day
1st January


  1. Damian Kenneally 17.25
  2. Shane O’Rourke 21.48
  3. Gary Gibbons 22.27
  4. Siobhan Holland 23.04
  5. Niall McSweeney 24.06
  6. Pat Twomey 24.46
  7. Elaine Guinane 26.59
  8. Olga O’Sullivan 27.01
  9. Tamara Lopez 27.02
  10. Dolores Gibbons 38.33

( Well done to our club members who acted as pacers for this run also.)

Glen River

1.Ken Ince 18.07

  1. Jack Murphy 25.01
  2. Alan Wong 30.29
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Eagle AC Tommy Ryan Memorial 5 Mile Road Race – 20th February 2022

Eagle AC is delighted to announce the return of the 33rd annual Tommy Ryan Memorial 5 Miler in Carrigaline on February 20th 2022 at 11am.

The race will take place over the usual course. It’s a great route – some ups & some downs but overall, an excellent race! For a course preview please visit https://munsterraceroutes.blogspot.com/2013/01/cork001.html

We have a wide range of category prizes:

Male &Female 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th

Male & Female Teams 1st & 2nd

1st Wheelchair Male & Female

O35 M&F – 1st, 2nd & 3rd
O40 M&F – 1st, 2nd & 3rd
O45 M&F – 1st, 2nd & 3rd
O50 M&F – 1st, 2nd & 3rd
O55 M&F – 1st, 2nd & 3rd
O60 M&F – 1st, 2nd & 3rd
O65 M&F – 1st, 2nd & 3rd
O70 M – 1st, 2nd & 3rd

We would like to thank the Edge Sports Shop for their ongoing sponsorship of this event.

Registration will be online only this year, there will be no entries available on the day.

Unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions we will also not be able to offer catering in the hall following the race.

€2 from every entry will be donated to Carrigaline Meals-on-Wheels, and Carrigaline Community Drugs Initiative. Please find all race & registration details on the link below.


We look forward to seeing you all in Carrigaline in February, and thank you for your ongoing support of our club event.

For any queries or questions about the race please contact eagleraces@gmail.com

Togher AC 5K – 27th December

Great to see the always popular, Togher AC 5k race take place last Monday in Cork City. 

The race had a field of nearly 500 runners and some excellent times were recorded by Eagle AC members, as can be seen from the results below. 

Ken Ince and Paul Cotter led the club home with 13th and 14th place finishes respectively. The guys have had some brilliant results recently and this race proved to be no different! 

Aoife Mahony was the first Eagle lady home with an excellent time of 18.46. Catherine Murphy finished not far behind with an equally impressive 19.08 run. 

No club names are listed in the results so please send us a message if we have missed any members. 

Well done to all! 

Togher AC 5K Results – 27th December

Ken Ince 16.38
Paul Cotter 16.46
Dave O’Keeffe 18.44
Aoife Mahony 18.46
Mark Murphy 18.53
Catherine Murphy 19.08
Pat O’Connor 19.08
Darren Casey 19.39
Finbarr Lehane 20.03
Jason O’Mahony 20.13
Niall McSweeney 20.35
Siobhan Holland 20.42
John Dunphy 21.01
Jack Murphy 21.10
Richard Piotrowski 21.42
Denis Carroll 21.48
Ken Higgs 22.51
Ian O’Brien 23.39
Paul Cotter 23.48
Denis Looney 23.56
Sean Lucey 23.59
Ber Looney 27.33
Alan Wong 30.04


Aoife Cooke @ European XC Championships 2021

Huge congratulations to Aoife Cooke who produced a very impressive performance last Sunday at the Spar European XC Championships 2021.

In a field full of Olympians and world class XC athletes, Aoife ran a very strong race, finishing in 38th spot overall, with a time of 29.15.

Her run also helped  to guarantee Ireland 4th spot in the team competition.

Aoife, as always, represented her club and her country with pride and we send huge congratulations from all at Eagle AC.

(Photos thanks to Derek Costello)

Eagle AC @ National Novice XC 2021, Gowran, Co. Kilkenny

Congratulations to John Goggin who represented both his club and county very impressively at Sunday’s National Novice XC Championships in Gowran Co. Clare. 

John’s time of 21.33 earned him 102nd spot overall in a field of well over 200 runners. The Cork team claimed 3rd spot at the event. Well done John!