Eagle athletes win 5 medals at 2018 National Masters Indoor T&F Chmpionships


Hugh McSweeney and Ken Higgs represented the club at the National Masters Indoor Championships on Saturday March 10th 2018. An action packed day at the magnificent AIT Indoor Arena began with Hugh winning the silver medal in the M70 long jump followed very quickly with a bronze medal in the 60m dash (which was won by another Cork athlete Brendan Dennehy of Rising Sun AC).

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Hugh McSweeney (L) getting a bronze medal for 60m in the M70 category ,with Brendan Dennehy (Rising Sun AC) getting gold.

My first race was the M65 800m, where I faced daunting opposition from the legendary Joe Gough (who recently broke the world record for the distance) and Martin McEvilly (the National Masters M65 cross country champion). Joe won the gold with ease but surprisingly I found a kick coming down the home straight to win the silver medal in a PB time of 2.43.

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Ken Higgs crossing the line to get the silver medal in the M65 800m with Martin McEvilly of Galway City Harriers AC finishing third to take the bronze.

The M65 400m race followed shortly after and I benefited from some pre-race tactical advice from Hugh, a former European Masters Indoor 400m medalist. So holding back on the first lap I finish strongly to get the silver medal on the dip (again in a PB time of 1.09.).

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Ken Higgs (R) with a silver medal alongside Joe Gough of West Waterford AC (gold) for the M65 400m.

Hugh completed the silver medal haul with a strong run in the M70 200m pushing the winner John McDermott of Sligo AC all the way to the line.

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Hugh McSweeney (L) with his silver medal for the 200m, along side John McDermott of Sligo AC (gold) and Earl Taylor of Mid Ulster AC (bronze)

At this point everything had gone really well, which brings me to the last race on the track the M65 1500m. It was late in the afternoon, the head and the legs were tired and no longer on the same page. The plan was to hang back and hope for a surge over the last lap, however the reality was quite different. Somehow I found myself leading lead the race for the first six laps only to blow up on the last lap to finish fourth.

Despite this setback, the Masters indoor track and field meeting had been a wonderful experience. It was really great to compete but it was also great to see the wide diversity of events and the high quality of performances across the Masters age categories. During the day I had the pleasure of meeting Michael Kiely, a former Eagle member from the early days of the club. A very fine runner who still competes on the track and wins medals in the M70 category. Overall it had been a very enjoyable and successful day at the races and I thoroughly recommend the indoor track to all our club members.

Big turnout for the club talk on Wed 8th Nov!


The club had a large turnout of about 30 members for our two part talk and workshop in Cork City on Wednesday the 8th of November.

The evening started off with a very informative talk by Jennifer O’Callaghan about nutrition specific to endurance running. With the high physical demands of training and racing, there was plenty of good advice from Jennifer for members to take on board.


After a short break for tea & coffee, the second part of the evening was a practical demonstration of Strength & Conditioning for endurance runners by Kieran McKeown and Aoife Cooke.


Strength and Conditioning is probably one aspect of training that a lot of runners neglect and our brief to Kieran was to come up with a simple programme that our members could do at home without any specialised equipment.


With due credit to Kieran and Aoife, they came up a well prepared graphical programme which was demonstrated on the night and which has been sent out to all those who took part.


Our thanks to Jennifer, Kieran and Aoife for a very informative evening. We hope to hold some more talks in the Spring of 2018.

Eagle AC trip to Eyeries 5mile race…Sat 11th Nov 2017

Eyeries-5-Mile-2017-advert-250pix-highThe Eyeries 5 mile road race takes place on Saturday 11th November 2017 at 2.30pm and Eagle AC are organising a coach to take us to the race.

Last year over 20 ‘Eagles’ travelled to Eyeries and a fantastic time was had by all (see report by Vivian Foley here). The coach will leave the Viscount Bar in Bishopstown at 10.15am.. and will arrive in Eyeries in plenty of time for the start of the race.

Following the race there will be ample time for something to eat and some light refreshments before we settle down to watch the Ireland vs Denmark soccer match and then we will depart Eyeries by coach at 10.00pm arriving back at the Viscount Bar for approximately 12.30am.

Travel arrangements are also available for those not interested in the match and wishing to return earlier.

One of the main organisers of the Eyeries 5 mile race is our own Mark Gallagher and he assures us that a great day will be had by all in this most beautiful, wild and picturesque village located on the Beara peninsula. The cost for Eagle AC members is just €10 and this will include the race entry, bus, match tickets and even some light refreshments after the race.

To book your seat please contact Pat Twomey at ptwomey152 AT gmail DOT com before October 31st.

As places will be limited please book your seat early!!

More info on the race HERE


Member Profile : Ber Lee


Name: Ber Lee

Member of Eagle AC since: 2015

How long have you been running what made you take it up: I started running in 2012 because I decided to go back to work full time and I needed an activity flexible enough to fit in with that plan.

Favourite thing about running: I love the fact that you can run anytime and anywhere. All you need is a good pair of runners.

Favourite race distance to run: 5K. Short & Sweet 😉

What is your main goal for this year: To get stronger and faster.

Your best race/most memorable racing moment to date: This year I took part in the relay event in the Cork City Marathon and I loved every second of it. The atmosphere was fantastic both on and off the course with support coming from everywhere. I didn’t want it to end. To anyone who hasn’t yet tried the relay, it’s a great way to be part of a fantastic event if you’re not quite ready for the half or full.

Tell us something most people might not know about you: I was once a competitive Irish dancer.

Biggest heroes (sporting or non-sporting): Mo Farah. I just love to watch him race.

One bit of advice you would give to someone thinking of taking up running: Run with a friend. You’ll keep showing up and before you know it kilometers will turn to miles. Also start building your core strength , the stronger your core the less likely you are to get injured.

Other hobbies outside of running: Going to the Gym .

3 things you would take with you onto a desert island: That’s easy. My Husband and 2 kids.

Race report on the 2017 Berlin Marathon…by Donal Dowling

Berlin 2017 – The graft, elation and leaving thoughts of where is the End Game! …by Donal Dowling


As I sat last Saturday morning in the hotel lobby waiting for fellow Eagle Ronan Boland to go for a jog, I opened a magazine which was lying on the table and as I flicked through it I came across a nice quote from a famous Surfer Maya Gabeira who set the world record in 2009 for surfing the biggest ever wave by a female athletic. It went “Not cracking under pressure is the most essential thing in Sport. When the time comes, pressure can’t stop you; instead it makes you rise above what you thought possible”.

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Alan O’Brien runs 2:28 marathon in Berlin



Well done to club member Alan O’Brien who broke 2h 30m for the first time in the Berlin Marathon last Sunday! His time of 2h 28m 46s was the 5th fastest Irish performance in the German capital on the day.

Alan’s previous best was 2h 33m 31s in Dublin in 2016 so his Berlin time is almost a 5-minute improvement!


Alan was just part of a strong Eagle AC team that traveled to Berlin for the race with no fewer than 5 going sub 2h 50m.

Place number Name ac club Finish
100 33296 O’Brien, Alan (IRL) M35 Eagle AC 02:28:46
299 19439 Foley, Vivien (IRL) M45 Eagle AC 02:39:03
426 13920 Boland, Ronan (IRL) M50 Eagle AC 02:42:47
511 33469 O’Keefe, Sean (IRL) M40 Eagle AC 02:45:12
683 23274 Hill, Frank (IRL) M50 Eagle AC 02:48:55
2449 17655 Dowling, Donal (IRL) M40 Eagle AC 03:07:57
3841 37233 Ryan, Michael (IRL) M50 Eagle AC 03:17:55

As can be seen from the photo below, quite a number of runners from Cork were in Berlin for this marathon.


The day before the big race. Photo credit : Lisa Boland

Niamh McCarthy selected for Irish team for IPC Athletics European Championships


It was announced earlier today that club member Niamh McCarthy will be part of an Irish team of nine selected to take part in the Para-Athletics European Championships which will take place in Grosseto, Italy from June 10th to June 17th.

Irish Team for 2016 IPC Athletics European Championships:

Noelle Lenihan (Charleville, Co. Cork), F38 class. Event: Discus F37/38
Orla Barry (Ladysbridge, Co. Cork), F57 class. Event: Discus F57/58
Niamh McCarthy (Carrigaline, Co. Cork), F41 class. Event: Discus F40/41
Greta Streimikyte (Swords, Co. Dublin), T13 class. Event: 1500m T12/13
Deirdre Mongan (originally from Milltown, Co. Galway now living in Newcastle, Co. Down), F53 class. Event: Shot put F53/54
Paul Keogan T37 class. Event: 400m T37
Lorraine Regan (Kilcormac, Co. Offaly), F56 class. Event: Javelin F55/56
Conor McIlveen (Derry, Co. Derry), F38 class. Events: 800m T37/38 and the 1,500m T37/38
Heather Jameson (Garristown, Co. Dublin), F37 class. Event: Long Jump F37

Niamh who is from Carrigaline in Cork competes in the F41 Discus category and won a bronze medal at the 2015 IPC World Championships in Doha.