National Juvenile Indoors (Day 2)

D.S.D. athletes were in action on Day 2 of the National Juvenile Indoor Championships in Athlone yesterday.  Corinne Kenny set the ball rolling when she tried to lead all the way in the U.17 1500m, only to be caught on the finish line.  Corinne was recovering from shin splints and missed some training in the last few weeks, but was as brave as a lion, only losing the gold medal in the last stride.   Brian Maguire also won silver in the U.18 boys 1500m, with a very impressive run, finishing in 4.06.06, qualifying from the heats earlier in the day with a time of 4.32.85.  Ciaran Carthy was also returning from a hip injury, but showed no signs of this, when finishing 2nd in the U.18 400m in 50.42, with his sister Rebecca also winning silver in the U.14 girls Walk.   A good run for Ben Jones in the U.18 400m, saw him finish a close up 4th, in 52.29.  Molly Hourihan was 5th in the U.18 girls 400m final in 59.47, having won her heat earlier in the day.  Ellie Dunphy won her first All Ireland medal finishing 3rd in the High Jump with a jump of 1.45.

Cian Dunne was 7th in the U.16 60m 7.71 (PB in heat 7.67) and Claudia Moran 9th Shot 8.02 and 11th High Jump 1.35.

Well done to all!


Hiko and Linda in action in Portlaoise

Hiko Tonosa continued his upward trajectory in Irish distance running with a 5th straight victory since he arrived in Ireland.  This was the opening race of the new Kia series of road races, which aims to improve the standard of running at home.  There will be seven more races in different venues all over the country and this opening race was in Portaoise on St. Patrick’s Day.   D.S.D’s Hiko and Mick Clohissey of Raheny (national cross-country champion and Olympic marathon participant) set the pace from the start, with Eric Keogh of Donore close up in 3rd place.  As they approached the finish tunnel 600m long, Hiko veered off course down a parallel road for 100m before the shouts from the stewards made him stop and return to the finish area.  Amazingly he was not passed and his sprint finish was something to behold, as he achieved maximum points towards the ultimate goal, a Kia car, at the final of the series.  Mick Clohissey, who is training for the half-marathon, found his speed was compromised, as Eric Keogh produced a storming finish to take 2nd place.

Linda Byrne continues to improve, as she returns from a long break, and finished in  a great 4th position in a high class women’s race, producing a great sprint to the finish. 

Well done to both!


Juvenile Indoor All Ireland – Sunday 18th March


Please see athletes (LINK – DSD Athletes highlighted in green) competing this Sunday in Athlone at the Juvenile All Ireland Indoor Championships.  Click here for the Timetable of events.   

Parents/Athletes note the following:

  • Please note Check-in closes at various times for events.  It is important all athletes arrive in time for check-in.

  • Event start times are subject to change without notice and events can start up to 45 minutes earlier than scheduled times.  With this in mind, athletes should be at the track at least 1 hour 15 minutes before their scheduled event time.  Again, note the check-in closing time of your event.

  • Athletes must check-in on arrival to receive their number.

  • Club Singlet must be worn.

  • If wearing spikes, please ensure they are fitted with 5mm spikes.

  • Bring food/water.


    Best of luck to all our athletes.

Other Weekend Results

The evergreen Maria McCambridge was an easy winner at the Meath Half Marathon on Sunday in Bohermeen, in a time of 77.46.

Paul O'Donnell was in top form at the Irish Universities C.C. Championships (8,000m) at Trinity Playing Fields, Santry on Saturday, finishing in 3rd position.

Jack MacGabhann got his first international medal, at the Dutch Universities Indoor Championships 3,000m in a P.B of 8.32.2.

Well done to all!


All-Ireland Schools Cross-Country

Conditions at the Irish Schools Cross Country Championships at Waterford I.T., were the worst in living memory, as the incessant rain of the days before saw the cours turn into a quagmire.  Nevertheless, the D.S.D., athletes, who represented their schools, had some great performances, as most were out of their comfort zone from the gun.

First into action was Christine Moran (Coláiste Iosagáin) who showed grim determination in the ankle deep mud, forcing herself to a 3rd place finish in the Minor Girls.  In the Minor Boys race Jamie Byrne (Wesley College) also displayed great courage, finishing in 14th position.  In the Junior Boys Morgan Clarkson (Coláiste Eoin) did not find the conditions to his liking and struggled to finish in 16th place.    The big surprise in this race was Oscar Lubliner (Blackrock College) who qualified for the U.15 Irish team for Schools Home Countries International in Nottingham on the 24th March.  Oscar, who has been running for less than a year, looks to have a bright future in distance running.   Joining him on the U.15 Girls team for Nottingham will be Saoirse O’Brien (Coláist Iosagáin) who finished 7th in her category.   Eimear Maher finished in 15th place, finding the conditions difficult to negotiate.  The Senior Girls race was the class race of the day and as expected Sarah Healy (Blackrock A.C/Holy Child Killiney) was out on her own for a comprehensive win from Abbie Taylor (Wesley) 2nd; Niamh Carey (Coláiste Iosagáin) 3rd; Grace Dervan (Wesley) 25th and Faye Dervan (Wesley) 40th.   This gave Wesley College a 3rd place finish.  Blackrock College also achieved their goal to come home with a medal as they picked up bronze, with Harry Kearns leading the team and supported by Liam Blackburn, Conor Halpin, Fionn O’Connor and Edward McKenna.  Brian Maguire (Benildus) finished 22nd in this senior age group.

Well done to all!


Siofra sets new Irish Indoor Record!

Congratulation to Siofra Cleirigh Buttner who broke her own indoor school record in the 800 meters and notched a runner-up finish in the 800 meters at the NCAA Championships on Saturday evening.   Siofra posted a time of 2:02.46, the best indoor time of her career, and became the first Villanova athlete in 30 years to finish as high as second in the 800 meters at the indoor national championships.  It is also an Irish Indoor record.




Medals Galore for D.S.D. Masters


Congrats to all DSD Masters athletes who  competed in Athlone yesterday March 10th. There were 6 golds, 4 silvers and 1 bronze medals won between 5 athletes as follows:

1 Gold for Avril Dillion in 60mH in new Irish W35 record of 9.69 secs.

1 Silver for Sheelagh Jones in W55 1,500m in 6.05.46

5 Golds for Peadar McGing 60m 8.47; 200m 28.79; 400 1.06.48; hj 1.40m and long-jump?

3 Silver's for Kevin Byrne in M45 60mH 9.95 secs, lj 5.01m and hj 1.55m.

1 Bronze for Ronan Gately in M45 go in 1.50m

Also big congrats to Kevin Byrne who competed in British Masters today (after a hectic day in Athlone yesterday). Kevin set a new M45 Irish record in Pole Vault with 3.30m (which earned him 2nd place).  Overall a great weekends work by our Masters Athletes and full credit to our excellent coaches Avril Dillion, David Connolly and Lucy Moore

Masters Indoors.jpg

Vacancy Women’s Mini Marathon – part-time


Our Women's Mini Marathon Office has a vacancy for a Customer Service Assistant to work afternoons from now until Wednesday 12th June on a temporary contract basis..

Monday to Friday afternoons from 1pm - 5pm, 20 hours p.w. Full days required on race weekend

Main duties include:

·       Handling day to day calls

·       Answering and resolving queries from customers on their race entry

·       Looking up customer details on our entry systems

·       Verifying race qualifying times

·       Assisting with postal entries

·       Posting out race packs

·       Working on the helpdesk at race number collection

Key skills for this role:

·       Excellent computer skills; ability to navigate screens efficiently and easily

·       Proficient in the use of a range of email systems (Outlook, Hotmail, Gmail, etc)

·       Ability to work well under pressure in a very busy, small office

·       Flexible, and an enthusiastic attitude

The position is based in Sandyford Office Park, Dublin 18.

Please send your CV by email to by close of business, Friday  9th March


Leinster Indoor Athletics Championships

The golden trail continued for D.S.D in Abbotstown at the weekend, as we added three more golds to our impressive collection for 2018, at the Leinster Indoor Championships.

The new super star of Irish distance running, Hiko Tonosa, (Ethiopian born) gave an impressive display of front running in his first ever indoor race, as he romped away with the 3,000m in 8.16.61.  There were gasps of astonishment from spectators as he set off at sub 4 minute mile pace and lapped most of the field as the race progressed.  Hiko was followed home for silver and bronze by Robert Corbally 8.32.88 and Paul O’Donnell 8.33.50.  Jack MacGabhann was 4th 8.39.10; Riadhan O’Grada 8.52.69 and Mark Molloy 9.13.08.   Hiko wants to declare for Ireland as soon as asylum rules allow him to do so, and he already boasts the fastest times in the country for 3,000/5,000m of last year.   Mark Kavanagh clocked 6.90 in the Men's 60m finishing 2nd, and was also 2nd in the 200m 21.83.

The 3,000m women’s race was again a top class race with Abbie Taylor fortuitously taking gold from her D.S.D club mate, Fiona Clinton.  Abbie won her first senior title at 17 years of age, as confusion reigned,  entering the last lap, when the leader Kelly Neally sprinted to the line thinking she was finished, and with one lap still to go Fiona Clinton also stopped.  Abbie seized her chance and ran the last 200m lap in 36 seconds to take gold in 9.39.00,  and Fiona continued on to complete the race in 2nd place in 9.41.10. 

D.S.D’s 15 year old Corrine Kenny moved up to the U.20 age group and showed she is a name for the future winning readily in 2.17.56, with training companion, Emma Ryan, 2nd in 2.19.34.   Other good results:

Avril Dillon 1st 60mH Masters 9.91

Katie Magee 3rd 400m 58.94

Ciarán Carthy 3rd 200m 22.73

David Dagg Senior 400m 51.95 (PB)

Paul O’Callaghan Junior 400m 53.85

4x200 Women 3rd


Well done to all!

3k start.jpg

Thanks to Steven Dagg for Photographs, and Becca Carthy for additional photos





Leinster Schools Cross Country Championships

At the Leinster Schools Cross Country Championships, in Santry Demesne, on Wednesday, D.S.D. athletes were in top form for their schools.

Morgan Clarkson led the way for Coláiste Eoin, with a top class performance, as he led from the gun for a comprehensive victory in the U.15 boys.

Coláiste Iosagáin girls results had a silver lining, with Christine Moran finishing a gallant 2nd  in the U.14 girls and Niamh Carey (national U.19 champion) also 2nd to the new sensation of Irish athletics, Sarah Healy (H.C.Killiney), in the Senior Girls 2,500m.  Grace Dervan representing Wesley College was 5th Senior Girls.  Coláiste Iosagáin took the bronze team medals in the U.14 girls and qualified for the All-Ireland Schools in Cork on th 10th March.

All of the qualifying bronze medallists for Blackrock College are members of D.S.D., and were led home by Conor Halpin 6th, followed by Liam Blackburn 12th;Harry Kearns 13th, Patrick Fahy 14th; Edward McCann.   Brian Maguire (Benildus) was 6th Inter Boys.

Eimear Maher (Mt.Anville) was recovering from ‘flu, but still managed to qualify for nationals with 6th place U.15 girls.  Just in ahead of Eimear in 4th place was Saoirse O’Brien.

Jamie Byrne, running for Wesley College, ran his best race to date, coming with a great sprint to the finish, to take bronze.

Well done to all who competed!


Rás na hEireann Report

On Sunday last, members of DSD A.C headed up to the Battle of the Boyne site to compete in the annual Rás na hÉireann cross country event. It was a typical February day; drizzly and cold, which made for authentic cross-country race conditions. It was a good day out for DSD with a number of medals coming back to Dublin.

The ladies race was up first, 4000m and for some of the DSD ladies, it was a debut cross country event and the speed of the event came as something of a surprise, with everyone taking off quickly right from the start line. Claire McGovern slotted herself in nicely up towards the front of the pack, and was in 3rd place for some time. The first lap was 1k in length, and was a flat beginning to the race. Lap 2 came around quickly and the field started to stretch out quite a bit, with the first attack at the hill, followed by plenty of mud patches! Down the other end of the hill, trying not to fall, and starting Lap 3, with great shouts of encouragement from fellow DSD club mates and the local volunteers. Once more up the hill, then pushing to finish fast in the final stretch to have DSD Ladies place 3rd in the team event.

Final DSD positions:

Claire McGovern 9TH

Clare Flanagan 19th

Irene Gonzalez 20th

Joyce Tracey 24th (4th in age category)

Valerie Gorman 27th

Thanks to a really well-run event, the men didn’t have to wait long to start their 6000m race. The lucky lads had to do 4 ‘bigger’ laps (1.5km each) which meant hitting the dreaded hill 4 times.

As with the ladies’ event, they all shot off from the start line, full of enthusiasm. This race appeared to separate into a few groups very early on, with the field stretching out a lot before they even got to the downhill of the 1st lap. Colin Murphy and Garrett Banahan were running strong at the front end of the field. Lap 2 of the difficult track, and the men were all still running strong, as we cheered them up towards the hill for the second time. The lead runner and eventual winner started to lap several runners before getting to his 3rd lap, and tired legs on some of the competitors were now beginning to show. The reward for completing lap 3 was to head around one last time and give that hill one last push! Strong finishes from the DSD men meant that they also claimed a 3rd place team prize.

Final DSD positions:

Colin Murphy 10th (3rd in age category)

Garrett Banahan 12th

Stephen Judge 28th (1st in age category)

Simon Cotter 62nd

mastersRas N hE_o.jpg

National Senior Indoor Championships

Meghan Ryan has been one of the most consistent team performers for D.S.D over the past ten years, on track and cross-country, winning many team medals at national level.  The smile on her face as she sprinted to a bronze individual medal at the Senior National Indoor Championships, over 3,000m (9.43.35) in Abbotstown on Sunday, showed how much it meant to her to be on the medal podium.  Meghan is now focused on the outdoor season with renewed vigour, as she seeks that elusive gold.

A great walking performance at 5,000m by Jerome Caprice, saw him pick up bronze, in a time of 20.39.24.  Jerome will represent Mauritius in the upcoming Commonwealth Games.

Sinead Denny was also in fine form in the 400m as she finished 3rd in 54.31, to add to the large national collection over the past few years.

Other finalists were Abbie Taylor 3,000m 4th 9.47.20;  Jodie McCann 1500m 7th 4.30.41; Luke McCann 1500m 6th 4.12.26; Kate Doherty 5th 60m hurdles 8.88.

Well done to all!


Dublin Juvenile Relay Championships Stats.

Well done to all our athletes and parents, who travelled, during the busy Friday evening traffic, to represent the club, in the National Indoor Arena, Abbotstown, 2nd/9th February.    Once again D.S.D., emerged top club in Dublin, from these Dublin Juvenile Relay Championships. 

Thanks to Damien Moran for statistics, (Results & Statistics here) which make interesting reading.   It is great to see the good turn out for the various teams.  We also note the age groups, where we need to improve, and we hope to have a bigger turnout for trials in the younger age groups in the future.  

11 Boys.JPG