DSD – Easter Break Juvenile training updates

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The following is the up dated juvenile training schedule for the coming week.  Please note Liz’s group has changed from BCS to Marlay Park.  Kindly note ALL BCS Juvenile groups will move to Marlay Park from Tuesday 30th April.   


BCS – Tuesday (23rd April)

·         Little Athletics (Damien’s group).  No training.

·         Billy & Carol’s group.  Training as usual.

·         Liz’s group training at Marlay Park (College Rd entrance) at 6pm

·         Fit4Youth (Gerry McGrath’s group).  No Training.

·         Dave Bradshaw & Donal Hennigan’s respective groups are training at Marlay Park, please confirm time with the coaches.



Irishtown – Wednesday (24th April)

·         Training as usual 7pm to 8pm.

·         Liz’s group training from 6pm.



BCS – Thursday (25th April)

·         Training as usual for all Thursday training groups from 6pm.

·         Liz’s group training at Marlay Park (College Rd entrance) at 6pm

·         Dave Bradshaw & Donal Hennigan’s respective groups are training at Marlay Park, please confirm time with the coaches.



Irishtown – Saturday (27th April)

·         No juvenile training in Irishtown, please attend the T&F League in Santry.

Please note the second T&F League is on in Santry that day, all members from U9 to U16 (Born 2011 to 2004) should attend these League.  No need to pre-register, just turn up and register at the DSD Flag. 


Irishtown – Squad Sunday (28th April)

·         Liz’s group 11am

·         Squad Sunday 12pm to 2pm.

Open training session for ALL club members (including those born in 2012).  Get some valuable time on a track, experience the field events, try new events, learn new skills and best of all meet your fellow club mates from Irishtown\BCS\Marlay.  These training sessions are preparation for the T&F season, we encourage all juvenile members to attend.

Kia Race Series – Streets of Kilkenny 5k

Record numbers took to the streets of Kilkenny for the second round of the Kia Race on Thursday night.   It was a perfect night for running, as 1,000 participants took off, with Hiko Tonosa (DSD); Eric Keogh (Donore) and local runner Tom Hayes, breaking away from the rest of the field.   Hiko made his move with around 500 metres to go  finishing very strongly and smashing the race record with a time of 14.15.  Wushu Gebreselassie (DSD) finished 19th 16.31 and Linda Byrne 4th (F) 16.59.

 Well done to all!


The St Thomas Multisport Campus takes two huge steps forward

Declan Ryan, Chairman of DSDAC, is delighted to inform members that on Wednesday 17th April two significant steps have been taken on the club’s journey to have its Campus in St Thomas become a reality.  


Application for planning permission for the Campus has now been submitted


This morning, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council have lodged a Part 8 planning application for an extensive multisport campus on the St Thomas Estate.  This has followed an intense period of work between the Club and officials in the Council.  DSD’s plan to have a multisport campus catering for athletics, gymnastics, fencing, archery, cycling, Special Olympics and triathlon was received favourably by the Council who have since partnered with the Club to prepare all the material for an application for planning permission that will see this plan become a reality. The new design incorporates a international standard 8 lane 400 metre running track and a sports hall with ancillary rooms.


It will take a couple of months for the process to take place, and we are optimistic that we will see planning permission granted.


You may wish to view the full impressive plans for the development here on Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council’s website (https://dlrcoco.citizenspace.com/parks/pc-pks-01-19-proposed-development-of-a-running-tra/).



Application for Funding for the Campus has also been submitted


Then this afternoon, an application to seek funds from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport’s “Large Scale Sports Infrastructure Fund” (LSSIF), was submitted, again by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and DSD.  The submission has required a gargantuan amount of work by DSD and Council officials over the last few months, and indeed the active and engaging role of the minority sporting clubs that started out in this journey with us: Fencing Ireland, Dundrum Archers, Trojan Gymnastics, Orwell Wheelers, Belpark Tri and Special Olympics.


This LSSIF process is new, and we therefore assume it will take months before we know our fate.  We believe our submission is very strong and are hopeful we will be successful in securing funds for the project. 

DSD Juvenile Easter Training

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·         Saturday 13/04/19:  No training please attend the League in Santry. (Details here)

·         Sunday 14/04/19:  Relays Sunday, ALL welcome from U9 (born 2011) up wards (12.30pm to 2pm)

·         Wednesday 17/04/19:  Training as usual 7pm to 8pm.

·         Saturday 20/04/19:  No training (Irishtown Stadium is closed)

·         Sunday 21/04/19:  No training (Irishtown Stadium is closed)



·         Tuesday 16/04/19:  All groups training as usual 6pm.

·         Thursday 18/04/19:  All groups training as usual 6pm.

·         Tuesday 23/04/19:  No training for Fit4Youth Group.  All other groups to be confirmed.

·         Thursday 25/04/19:  To be confirmed.



·         Donal/Eddie’s group – no change unless otherwise advised by coaches.

·         Dave/Brendan’s group – no change unless otherwise advised by coaches.

Masters Activity Report.

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In the BHAA 10k in the K Club 2 weeks ago, Megan Ryan was 1st lady home followed by other excellent DSD performances in 3rd (Cathryn Brady F50 with a massive PB of 39:30), 4th (Amy Moran), 5th (Rachel Riordan - PB 40:00) and 6th (Sonya McConnon)!

In the Ras UCD 5k on Saturday 6th April Linda Byrne was 1st Lady in 17:03, Niamh Devlin 3rd (17:59), Harriette Robinson 5th (18:25), Maria McCambridge 6th (18:56), Cathryn Brady 7th (another big PB of 19:00 which won her category) and Denise O’Mahony also got a PB (25:22).

If a team had been entered DSD would have won!

The National Road Relays are on 28th April in Raheny. DSD are seeking Masters athletes to run in order to enter a number of teams - there is 0-35 and 0-50.

Report: Ronan Gately

Kate 1st at IUAA Track & Field Championships

At the Irish University Outdoor Track & Field Championships last weekend ,in Athlone, Kate Doherty (guest) finished an impressive 1st in the 100m hurdles in 14.10.  Paul O’Donnell (UCD) came 2nd in the 3,000m Steeplechase with a time of 9.23.57. Also impressing after his return from illness, Aengus Meldon (NUIG) finished 5th in the final of the 800m in 1.55.55 and was a member of the Galway 4x400m team that finished 3rd.     Emer Fitzpatrick (UU) ran a great race in the 3,000m Steeplechase finishing 2nd 11.48.43.   David Dagg (UCD) was the winner of the combined events with a points total of 2904.  Rachel Dunne (Trinity) 5th Triple Jump 10.02.

 Well done to all!



Gold, Silver and Bronze for D.S.D in Athlone

Real team spirit prevailed on Saturday in AIT, at the Irish Life National Juvenile Relays, when D.S.D., athletes won gold, silver and bronze medals, and showed how much these team races meant to them by giving 100% effort.

Our U.18 boys team of Tobi Edward, Gavin Doran, Cian Dunne and Adam Whitten won their heat in great style before putting in a great performance in the final to snatch gold. Next up our U.18 girls, Charlotte Bourke; Beth Sweeney; Laura Gallagher and Erica Doyle, also gave everything in the heat and final and were just pipped for first, taking the silver medals to great applause. D.S.D. U.17 girls team; Laura Gallagher; Erica Doyle; Cara Murphy and Hannah Murray, also won silver after a great heat and final of their 4 x 200m. Bronze medals were won by our U.19 girls, Molly Hourihan; Amelia Rodgers; Charlotte Bourke and Beth Sweeney.

Also making these national finals were U.16 girl; U.12 boys and U.15 boys, all putting in good performances.

Molly Mullally won bronze in the U15 girls Long Jump with a leap of 4.82; and Emma Roche made the final of the U.18 girls Shot Putt, finishing 7th 9.19.

Well done to all!

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Any more photos will be included - thanks to those who sent them on!

Parking in AIT - Saturday 6th April

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Please see note issued by Athletics Ireland regarding the parking arrangements in AIT. (See AIT Car Park Map)

Hi all, 

Forwarding an email below I received for your attention.  Attached map.

 Car Parking: There are a number of events taking place in AIT on Saturday which will have an effect on usual car parking arrangements. Please see note from AIT below and use the map attached as reference

****Change of plan for Saturday 6th April******


Please note following a meeting with the estates office today, the Gary castle entrance gate will now be closed from 8am-09.30am , All entry will be through the main gate during these times. Can you please pass on this information to anyone who may need it.


Thank you for your co-operation.


DSD Masters Athletes fly the flag in Torun (Poland)

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4 DSD Masters Athletes represented Ireland at the recent World Indoors Masters Championships held in Torun, Poland from 24th-30th March 2019.

It was a fantastically well organised event, with an electric atmosphere in the outstanding stadium and first-class live-streaming available throughout the week.

Ireland finished an outstanding 11th overall on the medal table out of the 101 countries competing – ahead of many countries multiples of our population. The Irish team won 41 medals in total: 10 Gold (including double gold for Joe Gough from West Waterford in the 800m and 1,500m), 18 Silver and 13 Bronze.

The DSD athletes performed strongly during the week with results as follows:

Avril Dillon W35 – 6th in 60m Hurdles Final in a new Irish Record of 9.63; 8th in 60m Final in 8.22 (having comfortably progressed from both her semi-finals).

Kevin Byrne M45 – 12th in High Jump in SB of 1.65m; 8th in Pole Vault with 3.15m; 11th in 60m Hurdles.

Ronan Gately M50 – 52nd out of 57! in 60m in 8.33 (after a blistering start!); 18th (of 32) in Pentathlon with 2,744 (a new Irish Record).

Shane Sheridan M60 – 6th in 60m Final (comfortably getting through heats and semi-final) in 8.16 (and ran 4th fastest overall time in competition, recording 8.11 – a new Irish record); 9th overall in 200m – just edged out in semi-final having comfortably come through his heat.

It is also worth noting there were over 30 World Records set during the week including a new M95 60m record of 14.09 seconds for Pekka Penttila of Finland.

Looking forward to the return to International competition of other very strong Masters Athletes including Lucy Moore Fox (fresh from her recent success on Weight-lifting stage), Peadar McGing (after his victory in this year’s British Masters Pentathlon M60 category and 4 golds in National Indoors); Cathryn Brady and potentially others. Also great to see strong performances in National Masters from Sheelagh Jones (W60), David Connolly (M35) and Vigetta Moran (W45).

Report: Ronan Gately.

Juvenile Competition & Training Fixtures (Dates for your Diary).

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Well done to all who competed in the Juvenile Indoor All Ireland Championships held last weekend in AIT, Athlone.  Report can be viewed on our website here.  Best of Luck to all competing in the Relays and Field events this Saturday. 

DSD Additional Juvenile Training Sessions (Dates for your Diary)

Relay Sunday:
Venue:  Irishtown Stadium.
Date:  Sunday 14th April.
Time:  12.30pm to 2pm.

Relay Sunday is an open training session specfically for relays.  All welcome from U9 (born 2011) and up.  Sorry this training session is not suitable for those born in 2012.  They're too young to compete in this years' Championships/Leagues.  Please note coaches will be using this relay session to select relay teams.  It's important that you attend if you wish to be part of a relay sqaud.


  • It should be noted a Relay Squad (Team) is made up of 4 runners plus up to 2 subs.  Preferably Coaches would like to field as many relay teams (min. number is 4 runners) where possible. This is a team event, once committed you're expected to be available. Unexpected last minute drop outs can force the team out of the competition.

Squad Sundays part 3 & 4:
Venue:  Irishtown Stadium.
Dates:  28th April and 19th May.
Time:  12pm to 2pm.

Open training session for ALL Club members (including those born in 2012).  Get some valuable time on a track, experience the field events, try new events, learn new skills and best of all meet your fellow club mates from Irishtown\BCS\Marlay.  These training sessions are preparation for the T&F season, we encourage all to attend.


Competition Fixtures (More dates for your diary):

Click here for up dated schedule of competition fixtures.  Kindly note change of dates for T&F League 2 is now 27th April (moved from 20/04/19) and the U9-U11 Team/Relay Championships has changed to 11th May (moved from 25/05/19).  


Track & Field (T&F) Leagues 1 to 4. 

The next competition fixtures are:

How does the League work?
With the Leagues you do not pre-register for the competition.  You simply turn up at least 1 hour before your first event, register with our club official (at the DSD flag) to receive your 'Age Label'.  Athletes can compete in all events scheduled for their respective age group.

Points are awarded to the top 6 athletes in each event over the 4 Leagues.  7pts for 1st place, 5pts for 2nd, 4pts for 3rd, 3pts for 4th, 2pts for 5th and 1pt for 6th.  The top 6 athletes with the most accumulated points over the 4 Leagues are awarded a medal/trophy.  Obviously, the more events you enter the more chances of accumulating points.  The Leagues are an opportunity to try new events and to get some competition practice before the Dublin Championships.


  • At all competitions Club Singlets must be worn.  (see below how to order a singlet).

  • Registered athletes from U10 (born 2010) to U16 (born 2004) are eligible to compete.  U9 (born 2011) are permitted to compete in the U10 category. 

  • Athletes can only compete in their respective age group, stepping up/down an age category is not permitted.  (Except for U9 (born 2011) athletes can step up to U10) 

  • Kindly note DSD is a competitive Athletic Club and expect athletes to compete in upcoming League and Championship competitions from U9 (born in 2011) upwards.  We don't expect athletes to attend all competitions, but an effort to compete in some competitions should be demonstrated.  We do not expect or put any pressure on athletes to win medals, our only expectation is an athlete to participate and compete to the best of their ability.  Athletes who continually do not participate in competitions will have their membership reviewed.


Club Singlets:

 In advance of upcoming competitions - should anyone wish to purchase a Club Singlet - these can now be ordered and collected from the Club / Women's Minimarathon (WMM) Office in Sandyford Business Park or mailed out for a small additional charge of €5.  Email dsdacinfo@gmail.com for full details on how to order. 

  • Singlets cost €20 for collection (€25 including postage).

  • Crop Tops cost €25 for collection (€30 including postage).  Limited stock available.

Please note singlets will no longer be available at competition venues.  Purchases of singlets must be done through the WMM office.

Any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours in Sport.
Damien Moran
Lead Juvenile Coach.

Dublin U10-U16 T&F Leagues - Saturday April 13th and Saturday April 27th 2019

The Dublin Athletic Board is hosting the U10-U16 track and field league 1 and league 2 events on Saturday 13th April and Saturday 27th April 2019 respectively.

The events will take place in Santry.

As is normal for these events, the club must provide officials on each day.

Please see below for the schedule of events for each day:

Schedule of events for League 1 on Saturday 13th April (Santry)

Schedule of events for League 2 on Saturday 27th April (Santry)

Training Update BCS.

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Moving from BCS to Marlay Park.

The following groups are moving to Marlay Park from today Tuesday 2nd April 2019.  They will meet at 6pm at the changing rooms beside the tennis courts (Park entrance via College Road):

·         Junior & Development Endurance Groups

o   David Bradshaw & Brendan Craig

o   Donal Hennigan & Eddie McDonagh


Groups staying in BCS till 25th April 2019. 

The following groups will continue to train in BCS till Thursday 25th April.  These groups will move to Marlay Park for the summer months from Tuesday 30th April.


·         Little Athletics (Born 2012/2011/2010)

·         Academy Groups (U11 to U13:  Born 2009 to 2007)

·         Liz McDonagh’s Group.

·         Gerry McGrath’s F4Y.


Laura Hurdles to Gold!

Laura Gallagher continued on her winning ways, whilst taking the U.17 Girls 60m hurdles title, at the National Juvenile Championships in Athlone yesterday.  Cian Dunne, U.17 Boys, was just pipped for first, taking the silver medal, with David Bosch, just back from illness, finishing a gallant 4th in the U.16 Boys hurdles final.   Liam Jenkins jumped 1.80 in the U.18 Boys High Jump, finishing 3rd. 

Charlotte Bourke took bronze in the U.18 Girls 400m, with Jack Moraghan 4th U.19 Boys.  Ciaran Carthy was very impressive in the U.19 Boys 400m heat finishing first, but did not contest the final due to muscle tightness.

Matthew McCarthy finished 4th in the U.12 60m showing great determination.  Erika Doyle continues to improve but just missed out making the final of the U.17 Girls 200m finishing 3rd.

 Well done to all!



U.17 Girls 60m H:   Laura Gallagher 1st 8.96

U.17 Boys 60m H:  Cian Dunne 2nd 8.68

U.16 Boys 60m H:  David Bosch 4th 8.82

U.18 Girls 400m: Charlotte Bourke 3rd 59.84

U.19 Boys 400m: Jack Moraghan 4th 52.55

U.19 Boys 1500m:  Canaan St.Lewis 5th 4.12

U.18 Girls  800m:   Faye Dervan 5th 2.24.21

U.15 Girls 800m:    Isabella Tompkin-Beddy 6th 2.28.49

U.12 Boys 600m:    Adam Mulqueen 14th 1.52

U.15 Girls H.Jump:  Ellie Dunphy 7th 1.50

U.19 Boys 400m: Ciaran Carthy 1st 51.39 (Ht)

U.14 Girls 60mH: Georgia O’Keefe 4th Ht. 9.81

U.17 Girls 60mH:  Hannah Murray 6h Ht.

U.15 Girls 60m Moly Mullally 6th (Ht) 8.39

U.12 Girls High Jump 10th Alice Sinclair 1.15

u16 1500m Walk: Anna Neary 8th 8.49

U.15 1000m Walk: Ciara Wilson Bowen 11th 5.50.5

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Hiko enjoys win at MSB St. Patrick's Festival 5k

Hiko Tonosa was the winner yesterday of the MSB St. Patrick’s Festival 5k race,   in Dublin.    Hiko enjoyed the festive mood of the race through the streets of Dublin, sprinting in to finish in 14.52. 

Fergus Collis 36th and Eoin Carroll 57th Senior Men.

Sheelagh Jones finished 1st F60 and Joan Coyle 1st F70.

Eileen Gillick 6th F40 and Joyce Tracey 16th F.40.

 Well done to all!




Linda 1st in Portlaoise

The old adage “form is temporary, class is permanent” was proven once again at the opening of the Kia Series of road races in Portlaoise yesterday, as D.S.D’s Olympians Linda Byrne and Maria McCambridge came home with top honours in their categories over 5k.  Linda, Olympian and gold medal team winner with Ireland at the European Cross Country Championships, stormed to an impressive win in the Women’s race in a time of 17.10.   Maria, also an Olympian and 2013 Dublin City Marathon winner, topped the W40 category in 18.49.  Both have been competing for D.S.D.AC for almost 25 years, and have made an indelible mark in Irish distance running.

The closest race of the day was the men’s 5k race as John Travers (Donore) and Hiko Tonosa , interchanged the lead from the gun and both smashed the course record with their respective times of 14.25 and 14.34.  John, who recently returned from the European Indoor Championships, showed superior speed over the last 300m for a fine win.  Eoin Everard (KCH) was a further 10 seconds back in 3rd place.  Hiko expressed satisfaction with his race, after injury setback, which disrupted his training for three months.

Well done to all!