Emerald Highlights 2012 – 2013

2012/13 Emerald AC News


Our teams do well at Nationals
ATHLONE, Saturday 6th April 2013
Very well done to the Emerald relay teams who competed in Athlone today and in particular to the U15 Girls – Ciara Neville, Chloe Tobin, Bronagh Kelly, Zara Bolger and Annie Russell and U19 Boys – Billy Cosgrave, Thomas Blake, Alan Cummins, Evan Crotty and Cian Malone, who both came 2nd in their respective races and claimed the silver medals. Very hard luck to the U16 Girls who were pipped at the post into 4th place in their relay and hard luck also to the U14 Girls who unfortunately didn’t make it into their final.
Emerald medals at Munster Indoors
NENAGH, Saturday 9th March 2013
Congratulations to our teams who competed today at the Munster Indoor relay championships. Emerald have built a great tradition in this event, and today was no exception. Well done to all teams including our triple silver medallists: U15 Girls (Ciara Neville, Zara Bolger, Bronagh Kelly, Annie Russell & Chloe Tobin), our U16 Girls (Kate Cosgrave, Grace Donovan, Chloe Tobin, Ciara Neville) and our U19 Boys (Billy Cosgrave, Thomas Blake, Alan Cummins and Cian Malone).
Sarah Lavin breaks Junior record
ATHLONE, Sunday 17th February 2013
Another spectacular and exciting performance from Sarah Lavin today saw her break the Irish Junior record in the 60m Hurdles, exactly one week after breaking the previous record set by Derval O’Rourke. Sarah won the Senior event today in a time of 8.36, well inside the 8.44 record of last week. She was fast out of the blocks and close to perfect over each of the hurdles. Congratulations! It was a great day also for Jenna Bromell who took a brilliant silver medal in the Senior Womens 400m final, and Marie Heelan who finished 6th in the final of the Womens 60m in a time of 7.77.
Noelle Morrissey in the Independent!
Sunday 17th February 2013
Well deserved coverage at last! Well, our super coach Noelle Morrissey was featured in the Sunday Independent feature “Where Are They Now?” (as if we needed reminding)!Noelle usually shuns the limelight and takes her pleasure from the success of her athletes. But we couldn’t ignore this: you can read the article in full.
Marie and Sarah pick up Star awards
RATHKEALE, Saturday 26th January 2013
Emerald had two winners at the Munster Star Awards in Rathkeale tonight. Marie Heelan deservedly took the Limerick Female award for 2012 following her outstanding performances last year. Sarah Lavin picked up an Achievement award following her record-breaking year in Schools events and reaching the semi-final of the World Junior Championships. A great year and a great celebration too!
Emerald take home XC medals
LIMERICK, Sunday 13th January 2013
The Munster Juvenile Inter Co Relays and Junior and Senior Cross Country Championships were on in Limerick Racecourse today and ALL competing Emerald athletes came away with medals! First up for Emerald, as part of the U12 Co Limerick girls relay team, was Molly Looney and her team who claimed the silver. Next up was Zara Bolger who ran the last leg of the U14 race in great style bringing the Limerick team home for silver too.
Big turnout at annual event
NENAGH, Sunday 6th January 2013
Well done to our first competitors of the New Year who took part in the Munster Junior Championships today at Nenagh. We had a great day with gold for Billy Cosgrave (Mens 400m), Marie Heelan (Womens 60m) and Jenna Bromell (Womens 400m). Other medals went to Evan Crotty who took silver behind Billy in the 400m, Marie Heelan with silver in the Long Jump and Cathal Finucane with a bronze in Mens 800m. Well done to all!
Big turnout at annual event
WATERFORD IT, Sunday 11th November 2012
Many congratulations to Finn Looney (U12) and Kyle Larkin (U18) who won All-Ireland silver and All-Ireland bronze respectively at the even age cross country championships in Tattersalls, Ratoath, Co Meath. After all of the rain the previous few days, underfoot was very wet and the going was tough but with the training the boys have received from their coaches, Ann O’Mara and Henry Kiely, they were well able for the conditions. Well done boys!
Big turnout at annual event
WATERFORD IT, Sunday 11th November 2012
Congratulations to medallist Andrew Kennedy, who came 12th in the Munster Uneven Cross Country Championships in Waterford today and thereby qualifies for the National Uneven Cross Country on Sunday 9th Dec in Adamstown, Co Wexford. This is fine result for one of our more dedicated competitors. Well done too to the other Emerald athletes who competed in Waterford. Some photos
Big turnout at annual event
NENAGH, Sunday 4th November 2012
Once more, the first competitive track event of the season took place at Nenagh Olympic’s indoor track – the Limerick Indoor Track Championships. Emerald had a fine turnout today and there was lots of success for many athletes. We’ve got the photos from today. Well done everybody who went to Nenagh!
Kyle & Finn are Munster Champions!
BEAUFORT, CO KERRY – Sunday 21st October 2012
Today, on a course that was challenging but exceptionally dry, considering the weather over the last few months, Finn Looney (U12) and Kyle Larkin (U18) showed their mettle in the Munster Even Age Cross Country Championships by winning their races very convincingly. Other runners who kept the flag flying for Emerald in Beaufort were Jenna Bromell, Patrick Hayes, Ruaidhrí O Conaill, Scott Brophy and Matt Mitchell. Well done all.
Cross country Unevens at UL
UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK, Sunday 7th October 2012
Weather in UL today was lovely for the uneven age cross country where Emerald had a large turnout with some great successes in both individual and team events. The first medallist was Óisín Brady Halmschlag who came 3rd in the U9 750m. Congratulations Óisín you ran a great race. Next up was the U13 Girls 2.5km where Zara Bolger claimed 2nd place and Emma Doyle 3rd – well done girls.
Olympic torch visits Emerald
UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK, Sunday 7th October 2012
A special occasion at training this morning! A genuine London 2012 Olympic torch, which was carried during the summer as part of the build-up to the Games, was shown to Emerald athletes today. Noelle Morrissey’s sister, Evana, was a torch bearer and brought her torch to training this morning. All athletes ran a lap carrying the torch. Each hole in the torch represents the bearers. It is decomissioned after use so can only be lit once for Olympics Games.
Cross country season kicks off at NCW
NEWCASTLE WEST, Sunday 30th September 2012
In Newcastle West today, the rain stopped just as the Co Limerick Cross Country Even Age competition got underway. The ground was very wet and heavy but that didn’t deter the boys and girls from Emerald from giving it their best and doing themselves and the Club proud!
Marie, Roisin & Billy star at Celtic Games
ABERDEEN, Sunday 12th August 2012
Another weekend meant another great outing for Emerald athletes…. this time at the 36th Annual Celtic Games International held at the newly opened Sports Village in Aberdeen. Roisin Harrison had a great double, winning the U18 Womens 100m and 200m event, and she won a third gold as part of the 4x100m relay. Marie Heelan also took gold in her U18 4×100, and Billy Cosgrave won a gold in the U18 4×400. Thanks to our athletes for representing club and country so well!
Emerald Boys relay teams win at Nationals
TULLAMORE, Sunday 29th July 2012
Congratulations to the two victorious Emerald Boys teams that took gold at the National Relay Championships today in Tullamore. In the U18 4x100m, our lads had a thrilling 1/100ths sec victory over St Laurence O’Toole (Carlow) – well done to Evan Crotty, Thomas Blake, Alan Cummins and Billy Cosgrave. These guys have been together as a team for several years, and their National title is so well deserved. We also took gold in the U18 4x400m. Our U15 Girls took a great bronze in their 4x100m final. Well done to all.
Roisin completes sprint gold double
TULLAMORE, Saturday 28th July 2012
Roisin Harrison was an impressive winner of the U17 Girls 200m when she had over half a second to spare over the runner-up. This completed a marvellous double for Roisin as she had taken the 100m title a fortnight earlier. Marie Heelan took yet another National silver medal when she jumped 5.43 metres to claim a fine second place in the U18 Girls Long Jump. Kyle Larkin ran a tremendous U18 Boys 1500m and just missed out on gold by 3/10ths of a second, with Colin O’Mara third. And congratulations to Evan Crotty claimed a National bronze in the U18 Boys 200m. Well done to all our finalists today!
Billy Cosgrave gets International honours
ASHFORD, KENT, Saturday 21st July 2012
Congratulations to Billy Cosgrave who made his International debut at the the Aviva Schools’ International match held in Ashford, Kent. Always a competitive runner, in the last couple of years Billy has developed into a fine 200m & 400m runner and was selected to run for the Irish Schools at the Aviva International, which was run in unusually warm weather. He had good peformance in the 400m but was happy to be going home with a bronze from 4 x 400m Relay.  

Kyle Larkin ran a superb PB by 3 seconds in the 1500m Steeplechase. Roisin Harrison went home with two well deserved medals, one from 4×100 & silver for 200m and just missed out in the 100m due to a poor start.

Gold for Jenna in 250m Hurdles
TULLAMORE, Sunday 14th July 2012
Following yesterday’s great gold medal by Roisin Harrison, Jenna Bromell matched the achievement by winning the U16 Girls 250m Hurdles today at Day 2 of the National Championships. It was a fantastic return to the winners rostrum for Jenna, who had a great battle over the hurdles and finished just ahead of an excellent couple of Carrick-On-Suir girls.   Emerald had some other excellent placings. Billy Cosgrave (4th) and Evan Crotty (5th) both ran well but were just outside the medals in the U18 Boys 400m, and Cathal Finucane was also 4th in the U19 Boys 800m.
Disappointment for Sarah in World Juniors
BARCELONA, Saturday 14th July 2012
A brilliant start and a great run for 80 meters ended in huge disappointment for Sarah Lavin in today’s semi-final of the World Junior Championships. Sarah clipped the second last hurdle while challenging for third place, and the resulting fall ended her brilliant championship. It was a shattering blow for Sarah who would possibly have qualified for tomorrow’s final based on her progress until the fall. She was well up in the race and was running really well.   Nevertheless, Sarah has once more demonstrated her true class on the highest possible stage, and there will be other days. Congratulations to her for this fantastic achievement.
Roisin Harrison wins National 100m title
TULLAMORE, Saturday 14th July 2012
A great performance by Roisin Harrison today saw her win gold in the U17 Girls 100m at the Woodies DIY AAT National Juvenile Track & Field Championships. This was a competitive race which saw Roisin just hold off Kelly McGrory of Tir Chonaill to win in 12.42 seconds. In other events, Marie Heelan kept up her great record at these championships by taking bronze in the U18 Girls 100m. Thomas Blake was outside the medals but finished a fine 5th in his U18 Boys 100m final.
Sarah Lavin qualifies for World semis
BARCELONA, Friday 13th July 2012
At the IAAF World Junior Championships in the famous Montjuïc Olympic Stadium, Sarah Lavin came a comfortable third in her 100m Hurdles heat today to qualify for the semi-finals to be held on Saturday evening. Sarah made a positive start to the race and moved over the barriers with great fluency. She recorded a time of 13.90 which is just above her personal best of 13.73. Getting through to the semi-final of an IAAF World championship is an outstanding achievement.
Winners, medallists & finalists at CIT
CORK INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, Sat & Sun 30th Jun & 1st Jul 2012
Congratulations to our great competitors who had fantastic wins at the U14-U19 Munster T&F Championships in Cork this weekend. The medallists include Sarah Lavin (U19 100m & 100m Hurdles double gold), Marie Heelan (U18 100m, 200m & Long Jump triple gold), Roisin Harrison (U17 100m gold) and Cathal Finucane (U19 800m gold) as well as Colin O’Mara (U18 Boys 800m & 1500m double gold). We also had a relay win for the U18 Boys team.
Emerald star for Munster at Tailteanns
SANTRY, DUBLIN, Saturday 23rd June
Emerald had several representatives in the Munster athletics team today at the Tailteann Games in Santry today. Roisin Harrison won the Intermediate Girls 200m, and Jenna Bromell took a great bronze in the 300m Hurdles. Nicole Lavin was 4th in the Girls 80m Hurdles.Billy Cosgrave, making his Tailteann debut, took a fantastic silver in the Intermediate Boys 200m, while Kyle Larkin (left) won the Boys 3000m Steeplechase.
Emerald girls take Munster Relay bronze
CORK INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th June 2012
Many congratulations to Zara Bolger, Bronagh Kelly and Finn Looney who qualified for their highly competitive finals at 600m at this weekend’s Munster Juvenile Athletics Championships. Also well done to the Emerald U13 Girls 4 x 100m relay team who came 3rd in their final. Well done to the girls: Emma Doyle, Zara Bolger, Katie Heelan and Bronagh Kelly and the best of luck in the forthcoming All-Irelands.
Sarah takes Noelle’s record at Schools
TULLAMORE, Saturday 2nd June 2012
In a day of outstanding performances by Emerald athletes at the All-Ireland Schools Championships, Sarah Lavin (Castletroy College) broke coach Noelle Morrissey’s 1983 record for the Senior Girls 100m hurdles. Sarah’s time of 13.73 was also an A standard for the World Junior Championships. An outstanding result for Sarah, and well done to Noelle for holding on to the record for so long!
Hot weekend at Athlone Cross Country
ATHLONE, Sunday 27th May 2012
Eight Emerald athletes represented their areas in the National Community Games Finals this weekend in Cross Country and Mixed Distance Relays. In beautiful weather, which isn’t normally associated with cross country, the athletes’ teams all qualified out of their heats for the finals which were held today.
Emerald athletes at Munster Schools
CIT, CORK, Saturday 19th May 2012
There were plenty of Emerald athletes in action at Cork today in the finals of the Munster Scholl T&T Championships. Well done to the many who won medals and who performed really well for their schools. Roisin Harrison had a double gold for Villiers in the 100m & 200m Intermediate sprints. Jenna Bromell took a great gold for Castletroy College in the 300m Intermediate.
Limerick Track & Field Championships photos
UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK, Sunday 13th May 2012
The traditional first competitive outing of the season is the Limerick Track & Championships, which took place at UL today in bright, cool and windy conditions. As usual, Emerald had a fine turnout and great to see some of our newer athletest get some taste of local competition.
Emerald juvenile athletes travel to Leevale Open
CIT, CORK, Sunday 15th April 2012
Well done to all our athletes who travelled to CIT in Cork today and competed at the Leevale 2012 Open Day. As usual, we had some great competition, and plenty of finalists and medallists. Congrats in particular to Eimear Galvin, Molly Looney, Finn Looney, Zara Bolger, Chloe Tobin, Jamie Mitchell and Jenna Bromell who all took home prizes, and to all Emerald athletes who helped us show a strong presence once more for this event.
Sarah wins Senior 100m Hurdles at Leevale Open
CIT, CORK, Saturday 14th April 2012
Sarah Lavin took the gold in the Senior Womens 100m Hurdles event at Leevale today in a time of 14.01s. Lily-Ann O’Hora of Dooneen took silver. Sarah also took a bronze in the 100m and 200m sprints. Marie Heelan won a great bronze in the Senior Womens Long Jump, recording 5.42m, and Marie qualified for the Senior 100m fina, taking a fine 6th place. Evan Crotty and Art O’Connor also competed at Senior level 400m, and each took second place in their finals.
More National Indoor medals for Marie Heelan
NENAGH, Saturday 31st March 2012
Many congratulations to Marie Heelan who won a great silver in the U18 Long Jump and a bronze in the 200m today weekend in Nenagh. Marie adds these medals to her National silver in the U18 60m, which she won last weekend! In the 200m, Marie was third behind Cliodhna Manning (KCH) in a time of 26.14, and she jumped 5.16m to take her Long Jump silver. Very well done Marie.
Kyle runs for Irish Schools in Scotland
PERTH, SCOTLAND, Saturday 31st March 2012
In the picturesque surroundings of Strathallan School, south of Perth in Scotland, Kyle Larkin was one of 32 Irish athletes who competed in the AVIVA SIAB Schools International Cross Country International. The sun shone throughout the competition on a magnificent course which, although hilly, had firm underfoot conditions. In the Intermediate Boys race over 6000m, Kyle was the second Irish finisher in a respectable 11th place, just over 20 seconds behind the winner.
National silver and PB for Marie Heelan
NENAGH, Saturday 24th March 2012
Marie Heelan took a great silver today in the National Juvenile Indoor Championships U18 Girls 60m final, finishing just 6/100ths of a second behind the winner, Cliodhna Manning, Kilkenny City Harriers. Marie also picked a new personal best of 7.77 seconds. Caroline Hickey was placed 5th in the final of the U19 Girls 400m.
Plenty of Emerald medals at Limerick Community Games finals
RATHKEALE, Monday 19th March 2012
Limerick 2012 Community Games Cross Country was held in a blustery but thankfully dry Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale at 4 pm today. Emerald AC had a sizeable representation at the meet with many medallists and a number of Emerald athletes going forward to represent County Limerick in Athlone over the weekend of May 25th to 27th.
Kyle Larkin wins All-Ireland Schools Cross-Country intemediate title
GALWAY, Saturday 10th March 2012
Kyle Larkin representing Ardscoil Rís, Limerick has won the Intermediate Schools Cross Country at Galway today. Kyle Larkin impressively won the Intermediate Boys race from Ryan Sharkey (Methodist College, Belfast) and Conall Kirk (Sullivan’s Upper). This is fantastic news for Kyle who now has a cross country double following his fantastic win in the Club event at the Curragh in December.
Marie Heelan leads Emerald Indoor wins
NENAGH, Saturday & Sunday 3rd & 4th March 2012
Emerald AC had great results at the 2012 Munster Indoor Championships held over two days at Nenagh. Marie Heelan had a great double gold, winning both the U18 Girls 60m sprint and the Long Jump. Ciaran Daly, in only his second season in athletics, won the U17 Boys 1500m event.   And Gearoid Mitchell and Niall Mulcahy won their Walk events.
Sports service award for Conor Dooley
LIMERICK, Friday 2nd March 2012
Congratulations is due to long-time Emerald coach/photographer/webmaster and general organiser Conor Dooley who was recognised at the annual Service to Sport award tonight in Limerick. Conor was nominated for several years volunteering with, not just Emerald AC, but also with Monaleen Tennis Club and Castleconnell Boat Club. The award is well-deserved.
Sarah Lavin takes double AAAs bronze
BIRMINGHAM, Sunday 27th February 2012
Continuing her run of outstanding form, Sarah Lavin produced a series of great races to take a double bronze at the England Athletics (AAAs) U20 Indoor Championships in Birmingham over the weekend. In the 60m, Sarah got a new personal best of 7.64 seconds in finishing 3rd behind Commonwealth champion Jodie Williams. In the 60m Hurdles final, Sarah was just 5/100ths of a second behind the winner (left) in taking another superb bronze.
Molly and Finn take gold at Nenagh
NENAGH, Saturday 26th February 2012
There was a great double for Emerald and the Looney family at the Munster Indoor Championships for U9-U13 ages as Molly Looney took gold in the U10 Girls 300m and brother Finn Looney won the U12 Boys 600m. Molly achieved an excellent time of 54.01 seconds. Colm Galvin took 4th place in the U12 Boys Shot Putt, and Niall Mitchell achieved the same place in the U13 Boys Shot Putt.
Sarah Lavin equals Derval’s Junior record
BELFAST, Sunday 12th February 2012
Sarah Lavin, winner of a European Youth Olympic medal last summer, achieved another massive milestone today when she equalled Derval O’Rourke’s 13-year old Junior 60m Hurdles indoor record at the National Senior Indoor Championships today. Derval won the final in 8.21 seconds and Sarah, 17, took a great second place, matching Derval’s 1999 Junior record time of 8.46.
Kyle Larkin wins in style at Munster Schools Cross Country
CIT, CORK, Thursday 9th February 2012
Emerald had three athletes in the Intermediate boys over 5000m – Kyle Larkin, Ciaran Daly and Matt Mitchell. Kyle dominated this race from start to finish winning in style with a very comfortable lead over the next athlete. He has been training hard over the last few months and today he looked in a league of his own. A very big congratulations to him. Ciaran and Matt finishing well in a big field of athletes.
Alice Sparks and Kyle Larkin win at North Munster Schools Cross Country
PALLASKENRY, Thursday 26th January 2012
Great success at the North Munster Schools Cross Country held in Pallaskenry today. We had two individual winners and several qualifiers for the Munster Schools Cross Country to be held in Galway on the 9th of February. Alice Sparks won the Junior girls and Ciara Nash was 7th in the Intermediate girls. Kyle Larkin maintained his great form by winning the intermediate boys, followed home by Kieran Daly 5th, Scott Brophy 9th, Matt Mitchell 12th.
Marie Heelan and Sarah Lavin shine at Munster Junior Indoors
NENAGH, Sunday 22nd January 2012
Emerald’s growing numbers in the Junior ranks was evident today at the Woodie’s AAI National Junior Indoor Championships. Sarah Lavin took the National title in the Womens 60m Hurdles, running 8.74s. Marie Heelan took a great bronze in the 60m in a time of 8.04s, just edging out Lily Ann O’Hora in a photo. Marie also took 4th place in the Long Jump. We have even more juveniles on the way to the Junior ranks. Expect more great results ….
Emerald compete at Killarney Cross Country
BEAUFORT, KILLARNEY, Sunday 15th January 2012
Congratulations to Zara Bolger who took a fine silver in the U12 Girls. Also in action today for the Limerick team were Kate Cosgrave and Grace Donovan who were running U14 and took fourth place in the team event. Well done to all Limerick girls who went to Kerry on a cool January day and kept the Limerick flag flying!