DSD – Juvenile Dates for your diary! (DSD Squad Sundays)

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We are holding four DSD Squad Sundays, which are open juvenile training sessions in preparation for the up coming Track & Field (T&F) Leagues and Championships.  These will be held on the following dates in Irishtown Stadium from 12pm to 2pm:


·         Sunday 24th February.

·         Sunday 24th March.

·         Sunday 28th April.

·         Sunday 19th May.



The Squad Sundays are open to ALL juvenile athletes from BCS and Irishtown.  We encourage you to attend as this is the opportunity for our coaches to get to know the athletes from the different training locations.  These sessions will be used to get valuable experience of the various track and field disciplines.  Our coaches will also be using these sessions for their relay squad selection.


February Mid-term training:

Juvenile Training will continue as usual in Irishtown and BCS over the February mid-term break.


Competition Dates for your diary.

Please note the dates of the T&F Leagues and Championship competitions (Click Here).  Further updates will be given closer to these competition dates, but for now please note the dates.  



Yours in sport.

Damien Moran


DSD Athletes hurdle to Success! (Photo links now added)

The stand out performances at the Dublin Juvenile Indoor Championships, on Saturday and Sunday in Abbotstown, came from our hurdlers.   In the U.17 girls 60m hurdles, we had defending National champion Laura Gallagher, finishing first with her club mates Cara Murphy 2nd and Hannah Murray 3rd, for a clean sweep of medals for D.S.D.   In the U.17 boys Cian Dunne, also the defending champion, finished 1st, with David Bosch winning the U.16 boys.  In the U.14 girls Georgia O’Keeffe was 2nd with Darcy Hutter 2nd U.13 girls.

 Ciarán Carthy was an impressive winner of the U.19 boys 200m, dropping down from his favourite 400m, confirming that his speedwork is on the right track!  Gavin Doran was 2nd in the U.18 boys 200m (3rd 60m), followed by Tobi Edward 4th and Adam Whitten 5th.  Cian Dunne took silver in the U.17 boys 200m, with Erica Doyle winning her first individual sprint medal finishing 2nd in the U.17 girls and Cara Murphy 3rd.

Faye Dervan had a double in the U.18 800m/1500m with strong performances, Canaan St. Lewis won the U.19 1500m, and bronze medals were won by Adam Harvey U.18 boys; Jack Moraghan (to add to his bronze in the 400m) and Aimee Kenna U.17 girls.  Harry Ellis U.9 was 1st 60m and 500m.

Charlotte Bourke was first in the U.18 girls 400m;  Roisin Healy 1st U.18 60m and Long Jump.  Gregor McCullagh Travers 3rd U.18 boys 400m.

 In the U.15 Girls, Ellie Dunphy 2nd High Jump; Jessie McConn Walsh 3rd, Molly Mullally 3rd 60m & 3rd Long Jump; Ciara Wilson-Bowen 3rd Walk.

Cian Dunphy 2nd H.Jump 3rd L.Jump; Johnny Ellis 3rd H.Jump. Alice Sinclair 1st H.Jump.

(Official results not yet to hand - any names omitted will be included a.s.a.p.)

Thanks to Eoin Dunphy for photos below:

Day2: https://photos.app.goo.gl/hdwt28Jbu6kuXcu6A

Day3: https://photos.app.goo.gl/2TGuSyTJAzvHfEZW9

Day4: https://photos.app.goo.gl/6ZTxyHR426gZZYBo6

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IMPORTANT NOTICE: Dublin Indoor Championships – Sunday 10th February.

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Please note there will be a check-in process at tomorrows (Sunday) Indoor Championships for 200m, 500m, 600m, 800m events.


·         Check-in for the 200m will close at 9:30am.

·         Check-in for the 500m, 600m and 800m will close at 10:45am.

·         Check-in for the hurdles will close at 2pm.


If you don’t check-in before the close time above, you will not be permitted to take part in the event.


If you are not competing, please email damiendsdac@gmail.com or text/WhatsApp 087 2615115.


Please also note if you were competing today you must keep your number for tomorrow.  The check-in times above are for the event with the Competition Officials.  If you do not already have your entry number you must check-in with DSD in the stand, just keep an eye out for the DSD Flag.



Dublin Juvenile Indoor Championships Days 2 & 3

It was a great weekend for D.S.D. athletes at the Abbotstown Indoor Arena, starting on Friday evening with wins in the U.17 and U.19 girls and U.19 boys 4 x 200m relays, and 3rd place U.15 boys.   We had a great turn out in the younger age groups, many running on a track for the first time, and a great time was had by all!.


Full report to follow:

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Dublin Indoor Championships Weekend – Fri. 8th, Sat. 9th & Sun. 10th Feb.

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This weekend’s Indoor Championships kicks off with the Uneven Age Relays, Shot Putt (Boys U15 to U19), Triple Jump (Girls & Boys U18/19) and Pole Vault (Girls & Boys U15 to U19).  Click here for Friday’s event order.  Kindly note the U19 Relays are the first event at 7pm.  Athletes should be at the stadium by 6pm, to allow check-in and warm up.


On arrival at the stadium each athlete must check-in with DSD to receive your entry number.  If you are competing more than one day this weekend, please hold on to your number for the other days.  Remember it’s one number for all events!  No number could mean you will not be allowed to enter an event!


Athletes are reminded to be in the stadium at least one hour before your first event.  Event times are approximate and can change without notice.  If the schedule is a head of time, your event could be called up to 45 minutes earlier than the scheduled time.  (Click here for Saturday & Sunday Event Schedule).  In case you have forgotten which events you entered, click here to view the individual entries. 


There is an Adult entry charge of €5 per day or €10 for a weekend pass.  I think they only accept cash.


A few tips and housekeeping rules for an enjoyable competition:

·         If wearing spikes, please ensure they are clean and fitted with 5mm spike inserts.

·         Club Singlets must be worn, a limited stock will be available over the weekend.  Please note this is the final time singlets will be on sale at a competition.  For future reference singlets will need to be ordered through the club office, email dsdacinfo@gmail.com for further information.

·         The stadium can get warm, ideally athletes should wear layers to ensure they don’t get too hot when competing.

·         Bring food and water, as delays can happen.

·         Support your club, please don’t rush off when your child’s event is finished.  Cheer on your club mates.

·         Please respect all coaches and officials, they are volunteers.

·         Any disputed results should be directed through me or one of our coaches.

·         Personal videos are not acceptable when challenging a disputed result.

·         No photo’s or video taking allowed in the competition area.



Thank you to everyone that has volunteered over the Championships, without your help these competitions would not happen.  Here is a list of the volunteers for Friday(Day 2), Saturday(Day 3) and Sunday(Day 4).  Please be there early and check in with the Dublin officials to be assigned your duties.  When signing in with the officials, please state that you’re with DSD.


Wishing all our athletes the best of luck.

Ciarán Sets the Pace!

Ciarán Carthy ran the first leg of the Irish U20 Men’s 400m team on Saturday in Abbotstown. Ciarán was timed at 49.80, and with three more excellent legs, the Irish U.20’s achieved the qualifying time for the European U.20 Championships in Sweden in July. Well done to all four on this fine result.

At the AAI Games Kate Doherty finished 2nd in the 60m hurdles (8.65) to Sarah Lavin, not quite as fast as her last weeks PB run of 8.47, but another fine run for her. Also in action at the AAI Games were; Joseph Hastings 1500m 3.53.52; Aengus Meldon 800 1.54.89; Abbie Taylor 3,000m; Mark Conway 3,000m; David Dagg 60mH; Paul O’Callaghan 400m; Emer Finley 200m; Orla Walsh 200m; Rachel Dunne 200m; Hugh Gowing 60m; James Sullivan 60m and 200m.

Photos by Steven Dagg:

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D.S.D. Rally at Relays!

Well done to all those on our Even Age Group relay teams, who did so well on Friday night in Abbotstown Indoor Arena, and also our field event athletes.  Special mention must go to Claudia Moran, just back from injury, who, as well as being on the U.16 relay squad, took gold in the U.16 Shot (8.34), and Emma Roche who registered a PB in the Shot winning gold (10.0) and then running the last leg in the U.18 4 x 200m relay, when one of the members of the team had to leave.    Emma was only caught by Tallaght’s international athlete Rhasidat Adeleke.  Ailbhe O’Reilly finished 2nd in the U.16 Shot (7.42), and Molly Mullaly 3rd Shot.

In the 4 x 200m relays our u18 Boys were very impressive finishing first with the U.18 girls 2nd.  Our U.16 Girls were just pipped for 1st taking silver, and it was great to see two D.S.D. teams in this final..

Under 12 boy were 2nd;  U.10 girls 3rd,  all running 4 x 200m for first time.

Congratulations to all! 

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Thanks to Eoin Dunphy for great photos!

Juvenile Dublin Indoor Championships – Day Friday 1st February 2019

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Day 1 of the Juvenile Dublin Indoor Championships will start tomorrow 1st February in Abbotstown Indoor Arena.  The Championships will start with the Even Age Relays (U10, U12, U14, U16 & U18), along with Shot Putt for the Girls U15 to U19.  The first relays will start at 7pm, please be there 1 hour before (6pm) to check in with the club and receive your number.  (See below Day 1 Schedule of events). 


Click here for a list of relay teams.  Where there is more than one team in an age group, we are required to label them ‘A’ or ‘B’ etc..  This is for the officials to identify the different teams.  It should not be assumed that the A team is stronger than the B team (visa versa), the teams could be equally be as strong as each other.  Please note the relay is made up of a team of 5, 4 runners and 1 sub.  The coaches will advise the team of their runner order.  If your son/daughter is unable to attend tomorrow for the Even Age Relays please contact me damiendsdac@gmail.com or 087 2615115.  


Over the 4 days of the Championships we have 155 athletes entered from DSD, see link below for list of DSD entries and remind yourself which events you entered.  Also, below are the event schedules for each day, please make sure you know which day your event takes place.  Be at the stadium at least 1 hour before your first event.  The times shown are approximate and can change without notice.  Bring food/water as delays can happen.


If wearing spikes please ensure they are inserted with 5mm spikes.  Club singlets must be worn, a limited stock will be available to purchase at the stadium (Price €20).        



·         Relay Teams List.

·         Individual Entries List.

·         Day 1 Friday 1st February.  (Even Age Relays)

·         Day 2 Friday 8th February.  (Uneven Age Relays)

·         Day 3 Saturday 9th February.

·         Day 4 Sunday 10th February. (Same document as Day 3)

U.23 Hurdles Win for Kate!

A small contingent of D.S.D athletes travelled to Athlone yesterday for the U.20 and U.23 Indoor Championships.

Kate Doherty was in sparkling form as she finished a clear winner, with a great new PB of 8.47, in the U.23 Women’s 60m Hurdles. Ciaran Carthy made a good return to competition, finishing in 4th place in the u.20 400m final, with a new Indoor P.B of 49.59. He makes this age group again next year. Gavin Doran also finished 4th in the u.20 200m final, in 22.91 (PB), and he has two more years in the U.20 age group. Jack Moraghan ran a good semi final in the U.20 800m in 2.02.27 to reach the final.

Well done to all!

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D.S.D., tops in Raheny!

D.S.D. swept to the top of the Irish Road Racing programme yesterday with comprehensive victories in the Men and Women’s team races at the AXA 5 mile.

There were over 4,000 competitors in this well managed event.

As they raced around the first time there were five D.S.D., athletes in the top ten, in a relentless pace that saw the first mile covered in 4.30 secs.  Matt Bergin and Mick Clohisey (Raheny) broke away shortly after half way with Clohisey showing his class over the last 400m of his home venue, racing to victory, with Matt Bergin a gallant 2nd.  Hiko Tonosa faded to 6th place as his recent ‘flu took its toll.  Robert Corbally played a captain’s part finishing in 10th place with Mark Molloy (18th) completing the D.S.D. winning team.   Raheny, who were favourites to retain their title, finished 2nd with Clonliffe 3rd.

Not to be outdone the D.S.D. Women’s team also carried home the winner’s trophy, with Linda Byrne leading the team home in 5th place,  Meghan Ryan 7th and Amy Moran 13th.   Apart from the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon, this was the biggest women’s field in the country.  Sheelagh Jones was also in top form winning silver in her age category.

Full DSD Results - Click here.

 Well done to all!


Indoor Entries – CHECK YOUR ENTRY. Entry Deadline extended to 6pm Friday 25/01/19.

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Thank you for submitting your entry form.  I have processed all forms received and attach a link to the Entries Document (Click Here) for you to check your entry.  There were over 140 entries received, almost all requesting multiple events.  I’ve no doubt there are mistakes, for which I apologise in advance.  But now I pass the responsibility to YOU.  Please check your entry is listed correctly and all your chosen events are shown.  Kindly advise by email of any errors or omissions (damiendsdac@gmail.com).  If your entry is not listed, please email it to me again.


Extended Deadline:

If you have not submitted an entry you have till 6pm today (Friday, 25th January) to email your form, please ensure the writing is clear, all information (including the volunteer section) is completed in full. Also, please remember entries can only be accepted if you’re fully registered with the club.

Yours in sport.

Damien Moran



2019 Dublin Juvenile Indoor Championships.

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Firstly, apologies for the delayed issue of this entry form (Entry Form Link).  There was confusion on my part regarding the date of submission for entries.  In this regard I would appreciate if you could complete and return the entry form to me by this Thursday (24th January 2019).  The club must submit the entries to the Dublin Athletics Board (DAB) on Friday (25/01/18), entries after this date will not be accepted by the DAB.  Forms can be returned to coaches at training (Irishtown on Wednesday or BCS on Thursday) or emailed to damiendsdac@gmail.com.


Please note the entry form is for individual events, relays will be selected and submitted by coaches.  You will be advised by your coaches if your child is selected for a relay squad.


The following are the schedule of events for each day of the Championships.  Please refer to these schedules to ensure the event corresponds with the day set out in the form.


·         Day 1.  Friday 1st February.  (Ignore page 2 of this document as it’s not relevant).

·         Day 2.  Friday 8th February.

·         Day 3.  Saturday 9th February and Day 4.  Sunday 10th February.


Schedule Correction:  Kindly note the relay distance for the U10 (Day 1) and U11 (Day 2) is 4 x 100m, NOT 4 x 200m as shown in the schedule of events.


Parent Volunteers

As with all Dublin competitions (Championships or Leagues), clubs are required to provide officials to help on the day.  Our coaches are tied up with the athletes, for this reason we look to the parents to help.  As you will see from the form it is a condition of your child’s entry for a parent of each athlete to officiate for at least one hour.  In this regard, I would appreciate if you complete the volunteer section of the form.


Abbotstown 19th Jan. (Lost Item).

Last Saturday (19th January) we had a training session in the Indoor Arena at Abbotstown.  Over 90 athletes turned out during the course of our 3 hour session.  It was noted by all our coaches how well the athletes behaved and their eagerness to learn.  We managed to cram a lot in those few hours.  Thank you to all the parents who helped out on the day, your help is invaluable and very much appreciated.


Finally, please note a hockey sweatshirt (picture below) was mislaid in Abbotstown that day.  I would appreciate if you could check your child’s gear bag in case they picked it up by mistake.  The name of the owner is on a tag in the sweatshirt.  It can be returned to any of the coaches for my attention.

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Lost Hockey Sweatshirt.


Yours in sport.

Damien Moran  


Kate Sprints to new P.B!

Kate Doherty started off her 2019 Indoor Season in Athlone yesterday, in winning style, with a new P.B for 60m, of 7.73, competing at the Co. Offaly Open Indoor Championships.  

On Saturday at the same venue, a small number of D.S.D. athletes competed at the National Indoor League, with Joseph Hasting finishing 2nd in the 1500m 3.57.30, and Fionn Buttner 5th in 4.03.  Abbie Taylor was 3rd in the women’s 1500m in 4.41.85, with Grace Dervan 7th 4.54.43 and Faye Dervan 8th 5.00.33.  David Dagg was 2nd Long Jump 6.20 and 3rd 60mH  9.80.

 Well done to all!


Abbotstown - Saturday 19th January.

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Please note due to the low number of entries, we are no longer holding the Pentathlon this Saturday.  However, we are going to use the track booking from 11am to 2pm for a training session in preparation for the Indoor Championships.  This is open to ALL athletes from Little Athletics (born 2011/2012) and up wards.  There is a nominal charge of €2 per athlete payable on the day, no need to pre-register.

The first hour will be dedicated to Senior/Master Athletes and Liz McDonagh's  sprint/hurdles group.  Liz's group will meet outside the Arena at 10.30am for warmup.  All other juvenile athletes (from Little Athletics to U18) will train from 12pm to 2pm (please be at the Arena at 11.45am to check-in).  All athletes will get a training session in each of the jumps, track and throws events appropriate for their age.  We will also have a relay session, which will give the coaches a chance to select teams.   


Irishtown training - CANCELLED

Please note this Saturday's training for Irishtown is relocating to Abbotstown.  All athletes are welcome and encouraged to attend Abbotstown.


Spikes and Runners.

Please ensure your runners and spikes are clean.  Also if you're are wearing spikes, please ensure the spike inserts are 5mm in size.  Coaches will check spikes and those with the incorrect size will have to wear runners.



Thank you to all the parents who agreed to volunteer for the Pentathlon.  Please note we will require some assistance with hurdles, long jump etc.., and would appreciate if you could still make yourself available to help on the day. 


See the National Sports Campus website for directions to the Indoor Arena. (Link)

Damien Moran (damiendsdac@gmail.com)

2019 DSD Pentathlon – Saturday 19th January 11am to 4pm.

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The club’s 2019 Pentathlon will be held in Abbotstown Indoor Arena on Saturday 19th January, 2019.  This is a DSD only event and entry is open to all club members from U12 (born 2008) up to U18 (born 2002).  There is an entry charge of €5 per athlete payable on the day. 


The format of the Club Pentathlon is as follows:


·         Choice of one running event:

o   60m sprint (U12’s only)

o   60m Hurdles (U13 – U18)

o   800m (U12 – U18)

·         Choice of one jumping event:

o   Long Jump (U12 – U18)

o   High Jump (U12 – U18)

·         All athletes do the Shot Putt.


The competition is a relaxed fun day for all.  It is a great opportunity to try a new event and our coaches are on hand to give advice.  Don’t be afraid to try something new, it’s all a bit of FUN!


Time allowing, we may have a relay race at the end.  This will be decided on the day.


Parents, our coaches and some senior/master athletes have agreed to help on the day, but we need your help too.  We would appreciate if you put your name forward to help on the day – don’t worry about any experience as you’ll be assisting a senior coach.  The only thing we expect is a smile, good sense of fun and perhaps a little muscle to move hurdles or rake the sand.


The entry form is now open on our website (Click Here), please submit your entry without delay – ENTRIES OPEN TILL TUESDAY 15th JANUARY.


Damien Moran