A blast from the past

By Eddie McDonagh

Did you know?

DSD athletes have held ten National Senior Records, with countless numbers of Irish Schools and Clubs records.

At this moment in time DSD still holds four National Records:

1. David Gillick (400m in 44:77 seconds)
Olympian; Twice European Indoor Champion; 6th in the World Championship finals; many times the National Champion; and still competes with DSD.

2. Deirdre Ryan (High Jump: 1.95 metres)
Olympian.  Achieved this great jump in Daegu 2011.  Has competed with distinction for DSD nationally and internationally for 15 years, winning numerous national and overseas titles.

3. Anita Fitzgibbon (Javelin: 54.92 metres)
Current National Champion and has held this title for a number of years.

4. Nicky Sweeney (Discus: 67.89 metres)
Olympian; World Championships participant and World Lead for short time; Golden League winner in New York; 4th in the European Championships.

Previous National Record Holders:

Carey May (Marathon in 2:28:03)
Twice Winner in Osaka, Japan; National champion until Catherina McKiernan’s great London Marathon victory, World Lead for a brief period after Osaka; Member of first Irish team to beat England in Cross-Country, with another of our athletes Carol Meagan, winning the race.

Derek O’Connor
First Irish athlete to revolutionise Irish sprinting, lifting it to International class; held Irish Record for 100m (10:51), 200m (20:75), 300m (32:00), 400m (45:75); held records for many years.  First Irishman to win Cork City Sports 100m and 200m; Six Irish Senior Championship Wins 100m amp 200m, (age 19,20,21) before departing from USA; Won Silver Medal at American C.A.A.A 400m (46:00), indoors.

Patricia Walsh (400m) 53:23
First Irish athlete to win a heat in the European Junior Championships, on the same day that Derek O’Connor became the first Irish male athlete to also win his 200m heat.

And now, back to the present! ……Luke McCann (1500m) and Mollie O’Reilly (400m) both have recently recorded “B” standard European Junior Times – we wish the best of luck to them in their present endeavours!