Dublin Even Age Cross Country Championships

Congratulations to all our athletes who ran so well in Abbotstown on Sunday.

Eimear Maher was in great form as she led our U.18 girls to victory. She was followed home in 2nd place by Roisín Treacy with Faye Dervan 3rd. Also leading her team to victory and running a terrific race, was Aisling Power, who finished 1st in the U.10 girls race.

Impressing in the U.18 boys Alex van Buttingha Wichers finishing 4th, and also finishing 4th Isabella Tomkins Beddy U.16 Girls and Jamie Byrne U.16 boys.

Results as follows:

U.18 Girls:

1st Eimear Maher; 2nd Roisín Treacy; 3rd Faye Dervan;  14th Roisín McElligott ;

15th Anna Cali; 17th Sophie Burns; 19th Toto Daly

Team: 1st

 U.18 Boys:

4th Alex van Buttingha Wichers;  9th Morgan Clarkson; 17th Rhys Edwards

 U.16 Girls:

4th Isabella Tomkin Beddy; 10th Ella O’Donohoe; 11th Amelia Hauer

14th Ella McCoy; 25th Iseult McGrath.

Team: 2nd

 U.16 Boys:

4th Jamie Byrne; 9th Oscar Lubiner; 11th Javae St. Lewis; 13th Finn Boyle; 15th David Bosch; 18th Tristan McClafferty; Jim Finlay 21st Josua Hauer 36th; Callum O’Neill 37th; Andrew McGlinton 40th.

Team: 1st

 U.14 Girls:  Aisling Moran 19th; Ally Butler 27th; Grace Prenter 47th

 U.14 Boys: Killian O’Brien 3rd.

 U.12 Girls:  Sofya Cobett 16th; Emily Costello 27th; Anna Ryan 36th; Sadhbh Hassett 39th; Eabha Durbridge 60th; R.Gilna 61

 U.12 Boys:

16th Adam Mulqueen; John McHenry 31st; Daniel Conway 53; Tom Deally 56

 U.10 Girls:

1st Aisling Power; 6th Anna Kelleher; 7th Aoife Long;  Deirbhle Hassett 18th; Daisy Rowell 58th; Amy Gilna 59th; Cara Johnson 61st.

Team: 1st

 U.10 Boys:

Oran O’Sullivan 16th;  Conn McCluskey 21st; Luca Moran 25th Ewan McClafferty 33; Donal Clair 46; Harry Deally 48; Fiachra 53; Matthew Hickey 55; David McQuinn 62

Well done to all!





DSD Spike Mountain – A place to recycle your pre-loved spikes!


Do you have old running spikes lying in a corner neglected and unused?  Why not donate them to DSD Spike Mountain?


We are continually looking for stock for our Spike Mountain Recycle Center.  We would love to take your ‘pre-loved’ running spikes off your hands.  Especially small sizes, as we are currently out of stock.  All we ask is that they are in a wearable condition.  So, dig them out, bag them and drop them to either Irishtown/BCS on the training nights.


Members/Parents, DSD Spike Mountain is DSD’s recycling centre for ‘pre-loved’ running spikes.  Old worn spikes are removed from the shoe, and the shoes are brought back to life with a good scrub and clean – as good as new!  And all for €5!!!  If interested contact Brian O’Donohoe (brian@odonohoe.eu) with your size request.


Please note it can be ‘potluck’ the size you’re looking for is in stock.  But you could be lucky!

Dublin Even Age Cross Country Championships – Abbotstown Sunday 20th October, 2019


Click here for a list of all Even Age Entries.  On arrival athletes should check-in at the DSD Tent/Flag, it is also essential athletes remain at the DSD area for their coaches and not wander off.  Please note athletes should be on course as follows, this is to allow time to check-in, Walking the race route and warm-up: 

Click here for Race Map & time schedule:

·         U10 G&B: (Race starts 11am) On course at 9.50am (Walking Course/Warm-up at 10.15am)

·         U12 G&B: (Race starts 11:20am) on course at 10:05am (Walking Course/Warm-up at 10.35am)

·         U14 G&B: (Race starts 11.50am) On course at 10.40am (Walking Course/Warm-up at 11:05am)

·         U16 Girls: (Race starts 12:25pm) On course at 11:15am (Walking Course/Warm-up at 11:40am)

·         U16 Boys: (Race starts 12:45pm) On course at 11:30am (Walking Course/Warm-up at 12pm)

·         U18 Girls: (Race Starts 1:05pm) On course at 11:50am (Walking Course/Warm-up at 12:20pm)

·         U18 Boys: (Race starts 1.25pm) On course at 12.10pm (Walking Course/Warm-up at 12:40pm)

 Club singlets must be worn.  Bring food/water and prepare for all types of weather.


Access Route & Parking:

Click here for the access route and parking.

Dublin Juvenile Cross Country League 2

Well done to all our young athletes who turned up in the Phoenix Park on Sunday for Dublin Cross Country League 2.

 U9 girls - well done to Emily Gannon finishing 11th and followed home by Becky Isaac, Aoife McGettigan and Charlotte Costello.

 U9 boys had six runners and did very well with Luca Moran leading them home in 7th followed by strong runs from Ewan McClafferty, Fionn Hassett, Patrick Hosey, James Wilkins and Adam O'Mahony.

 U10 Girls - We had a great turnout in this race with Aoife Long, Derbhla Hassett, Daisy Coleman, Aisling Power, Ellie Watters, Alice O'Dwyer, Amy Gilna and Evie

 U10 Boys - Luke Gavin finished in an excellent 4th place closely followed by Oran O'Sullivan 11th and Conn McCloskey 14th, with Harry Deally and Dylan Costello both running very good races.

 U11 Girls -  Alex Prenter and Anna Sinclair both ran well in a very large field of runners.

 U12 Girls - We had 6 runners in the U12 girls with Sadhbh Hassett leading home Emily Costello, Maja Mcgettigan, Eabha Durbridge, Lauren Healy and Laura Cronin.

 U12 Boys - Tom Deally and Daniel Conway ran well in a very big field for top 20 positions.

 U13 Girls - Lucia Hosey led home Robin O'Dwyer and Fiona Watters.

 U13 Boys - Another solid run from Sean Healy saw him finish well  inside the top 20 , with Dara Lawerence just behind him and Jake Matthews, staying on all the way to the line, also in the top 30 followed home by Hugh Barry.

 U15 Girls - Isabella ran well for a 3rd place finish.

 U15 Boys - A hugely competitive race that started with the top half of the field going out very hard for the first 300m and maintaining a fast pace throughout. Jamie Byrne ran well for 4th place , and Tristan ran a cracker for 6th with Jim Finlay hot on his heels in 8th.

 U 16 Boys - Jevae St Lewis followed up his victory last day with a good 3rd placed finish,  and on his first run back David Bosch was very impressive in finishing in a fine 4th place place followed home by Dylan Ryan.

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Juvenile XC League 2 & Novice Championships – Phoenix Park Sunday 6th October.

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The second of the Cross Country Leagues takes place this Sunday, 6th October 2019 at the historic Magazine Fort in the Phoenix Park.  Please be there at least 1 hour before your event, see links below for event timetable and recommended times to be on course together with preparation tips on page 2.  It is import that you are on course to allow time to check in, walk the course and warm up. 


The Leagues are open to all members and is a great introduction to a competition event in a relaxed fun setting.  You don’t pre-register for the League just turn up, register at the DSD Tent/Flag to receive your race number.

 Weather Warning Reminder:

Please note with the expected arrival of Storm Lorenzo is the coming days, I’d like to remind you of DSD’s Weather Warning Policy for Training and Competition.  It should be noted training is ‘ALWAYS ON’ as scheduled.  However, in the event of an Orange or Red Weather Warning issued by Met Eireann for Dublin or the location of a competition, training is automatically cancelled and DSD athletes are advised not to attend the affected competition.


Race Map:

Race Timetable and Recommend times to be at the course. 


Google Maps location:

Magazine Fort, Phoenix Park:  https://goo.gl/maps/WC7pMESnPc6agLzH7

Look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

Yours in sport.

Damien Moran  

Rathfarnham 5k 2019

Well done to all our athletes who took part in the Rathfarnham 5k yesterday.

 Our Senior Men’s team finished 2nd and Senior Women’s team 4th.

 Killian Mooney 10th (SM) 14.52; Aaron Donnelly 14th (SM) 2nd (JM) 15.02;

Mark Molloy 18th (SM) 15.24;  Oisin Kelly 24th (SM) 6th (JM) 15.32.

 Amy Moran 136 (SW) 18.34; Pauline Robertson 227 (SW) 3rd (F50) 20.35;

Claire McGovern 273 (SW) 21.31; Mary Keane 284 (SW) 21.45

 Sheelagh Jones 1st (F60) 22.14;  Clodagh Moran 5th (FJ) 21.24;  Maria McCarthy 4th (F55) 26.00

Also having run and finishing 3rd in the kids race was Megan McConnon, so well done to her also!

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Cross-Country Season gets underway in Donabate

The first Cross Country League of the 2019 season was held in the beautiful setting of Newbridge House, Donabate, on Sunday.  DSD had 30 runners  on a very well laid out course, in dry conditions.

 We had some excellent results from our younger runners which were followed by very impressive wins by Isabella and Jamie, and Jevae, who battled with  a Tallaght athlete over the last 100m, leaving the rest of the field behind with Jevae winning at the line.

 Results as follows;

 Under 9 Girls 

Becky Isaac 3rd followed home by Charlotte, Aoife and Cara.

 Under 9 Boys

A great performance by Luca Moran (3rd) and Ewan McClafferty (6th).

 Under 10 Girls

Well done to Aoife Long in 7th and Anna Kelleher 9th in a very big field on the day.

 Under 10 Boys

Conn McCloskey and Oran O'Sullivan had great performances to finish 3rd and 5th, with Harry Deally and Dylan Costello close behind them they will have a good team for the season ahead.

 Under 11 Girls

Katherine, Megan and Alex all ran well in the biggest field of the day.

 Under 11 Boys

John McHenry was our only DSD runner in this race and he put in a really strong finish and got himself into the top 10.

 Under 12 Girls

Well done to Eabha and Lauren who both had encouraging runs to build on.

 Under 12 Boys

Tom Deally and Daniel Conway both gave it their all, right to the line and with Tom 12th and Daniel just behind him, these are two performance to build a team around.

 Under 13 Girls

Well done to Brooke Moran who finished well up the field showing great progress.

 Under 13th Boys

Sean Healy gave his usual strong run to finish in the top 10 and with Dara Lawerence just a couple of places behind him this was a good performance from the boys.

 Under 14 Girls

Grace Prenter , on her first run for sometime due to injury, had a lovely run and finished in great shape with a good cross county season to look forward to.

 Under 15 Girls

A great win for Isabella as she glided around the course and left the field in her wake and a great start to her season.

 Under 15 Boys

A race full of promise for DSD as Jamie Byrne won in fine style, Tristan (returning from injury) with a fine run finishing 4th and Jim Finlay working his way through the field in the last 600m to finish in an impressive 6th place.  A strong team here for the season.

 U16 Boys

This race was the finish of the day and Jevae dug deep to take the win with Dylan Ryan coming from mid division to finish in the top 10.

 Well done to all!


(Thanks to Brian O’Donohoe for comprehensive report)

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Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon shortlisted among the top 5 European Races of 2019!


Greetings from Prague!

This weekend DSD Events is attending the 2019 European Athletics Running Business Conference in Prague! Organisers and suppliers of running events from all over Europe and the world have come together to learn from each other in order to enhance the races they organise.

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Declan, David, Tadhg & Gerry in Prague

Representing DSD Events in Prague are Declan Ryan, David O’Leary, Tadhg Sullivan and Gerry McGrath. Not only are they making lots of useful contacts and learning a ton to further enhance our Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon and Sandyford 5K, they’ll be bringing back from Prague a fantastic accolade: out of 900 eligible European races our very own Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon, Dublin, was nominated to the top 5 shortlist for the European Race of the Year 2019. Unfortunately, we did not win, but it shows the impact our event is having both at home and internationally and that when the Club works together we can achieve great things. Go DSD!

More info about the Conference is here

Training Update & 2019 XC Fixtures


Dear Parents,

Just a reminder training will start back in BCS today (Tuesday 3 September 2019) for the following groups:


·         Tuesday’s Little Athletics Group – 6pm to 7pm.

·         Billy & Carol’s Group (2006/2007/2008) - 6pm to 7pm.

·         Liz’s Group – 6pm to 7.30pm.

·         Fit4Youth – 6.15pm to 7.15pm.

·         NOTE:  Donal’s & Eddie’s Groups will remain in Marlay Park until further notice.


Drop off & Collections:

We would like to remind parents, athletes of primary school age must be accompanied by a parent/guardian, once signed in the parent can leave (parents are welcome to stay and observe).  Athletes should not be dropped off in the car park or from Broadford Road.  Collection is in BCS Hall at 7pm sharp, athletes are not permitted to leave the hall without a parent/guardian.  Thank you for your co-operation.



Cross Country (XC) Competition Dates for your diary: 

·         Dublin XC League 1 (L1) – Sunday 15th September in Newbridge House Donabate.

·         Link to XC L1 schedule of events here.

·         2019 XC League & Championship fixtures list – Please take note of dates.


League competitions are open to all athletes from 2011 up wards.  With the League competitions there is no need to pre-register, simply turn up at the venue in time for your race and register with the DSD Official to receive your entry number.  Club singlets must be worn and can be purchase via the Women’s Mini Marathon Office.  Please see link for purchase instructions.



New Members (including siblings of existing members):

Please note new member queries will only be accepted through our online enquiries form (Link:  New Member Enquiries).  Places will be offered via the enquiries list in order received, however, priority will be given to sibling of current members. 


In addition, priority will be given to parents who volunteer to coach, no athletics experience necessary.  All we ask is a commitment of one training session per week, completion of an Athletics Leader and Child Safeguarding Courses (which will be funded by DSD) and completion of the Garda Vetting Process.  If interested in coaching, please email damiendsdac@gmail.com or note your interest on the new member enquiry form.  


Look forward to seeing you at training.  If you have any queries regarding the above or anything else, feel free to email or approach me at training.


Yours in sport.

Damien Moran


DSD Fit4Youth - FAQ's

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DSD Fit4youth

What is fit4youth?         

An athletics programme for teenagers who may not be interested in competitive athletics…


How do I qualify to join?             

Be a teenager interested in getting fit and meeting other teenagers.


How do I join? 

Come to observe a training session and if you like what you see, register with the club on line.


Do I need to be fit?                        

No.  But you will get fitter


Do I need to be any good?          

No.  But there are lots of good athletes in the group. Also not so good.


How does it work? 

Join the group for one hour training session twice a week



Tuesdays in Ballinteer Community School https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ballinteer+Community+School/@53.2809472,-6.2606587,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x4c1ba23b88f3c305?sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjx06352qzkAhXmShUIHeXXBDcQ_BIwCnoECAsQCA and


Saturdays in St Thomas’s estate. https://www.google.ie/maps/search/st+thomas+estate+tibradden+road/@53.2658835,-6.2852568,17z/data=!3m1!4b1



Tuesdays at 6.15 to 7.15 and Saturdays 11 – 12


Who are the coaches?  

Peter Mathews, Gerry McGrath and Annette Kehoe plus occasional guest coaches.

Are they any good?       

Too modest to say.


What does a training session look like?

500m slow jog, dynamic warm up, active game, athletic activity (some of throwing, jumping, sprinting, running for distance), circuits for plyometrics, strength, mobility, 500m slow job.  Chat.


What if I am interested in getting more?

Serious about athletics?   You can move to one of the club’s development groups (sprints/endurance/throws/ jumps).  You can always move back if that’s not for you.


How much does it cost?               

€80 per annum.


What equipment do I need?      

Runners and tracksuit.


What is expected of my parents?            

Communicate with the coaches, ensure you get to training on time and are picked up on time.   Help out from time to time with club events when possible and encourage you.             

Juvenile return to training.

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Please note the following groups return to training as follows:



·         Wednesday 29th August 7pm to 8pm.  (All groups)

·         Saturday 31st August 12pm to 1pm.  (All groups)


Marlay Park (Note: Marlay Park this week only!  Move to BCS from 3rd September)

·         Thursday 29th August 6pm to 7pm. for the following groups:

Little Athletics and older Academy Groups – Born 2012 to 2007.

Please note these groups will train in Marlay Park for this week only!  We return to BCS training location from Tuesday/Thursday 3rd/5th September.


·         Tuesday training for Little Athletics (Tuesday Group) and Billy/Carol’s group will recommence on Tuesday 3rd September in BCS at 6pm.


Donal/Eddies Group:

·         Have already returned to training in Marlay Park and will remain in Marlay until further notice.


Liz’s Group:

·         Return to training on Sunday 1st September in Irishtown from 11am.

·         BCS – Tuesday/Thursday 3rd/5th September from 6pm.


Fit4Youth – Gerry McGrath’s Group (each Tuesday & Saturday):

·         BCS - Return to training on Tuesday 3rd September at 6.15pm.

·         St. Thomas from Saturday 7th September at 11am – NOTE Change of day to Saturdays.

DSD Presents St Thomas Multisport Campus to John Treacy of Sport Ireland

Declan Ryan (Chairman DSDAC) and Gerry Mc Grath (Director DSD Events) met today with John Treacy, CEO of Sport Ireland, to bring him up to speed on the St Thomas Multisport Campus. The Campus project has made definite progress in recent months and, with planning permission granted earlier this summer, our focus is now on funding the development.

Declan and Gerry presented John Treacy with the St. Thomas Multisport project feasibility study and updated him on our plan to develop the Campus as a regional facility of excellence feeding into the National Campus in Abbottstown, Dublin. We are delighted to report that John was very supportive of our plans and wished us well, encouraging us to keep our shoulders to the wheel. He told us he has very fond memories of training with DSDAC back in the day on his way to two World Cross Country titles in 1978 and 1979, and also winning Olympic Silver Medal for Ireland in the Marathon in Los Angeles 1984, the same year Carey May from DSDAC ran the women’s Olympic Marathon for Ireland and came home in 21st place.




Dundrum South Dublin Athletic Club (“DSDAC”) is currently looking to recruit a Part-TIme Accountant on a 1 year contract to manage the Finances of the annual VHI Women’s Mini Marathon and Club.

Further details are described below - interested candidates should submit their details to the Club Secretary at dsdathletics@gmail.com no later than 15th August 2019.

Part-time Accountant - 1 year contract

Job Details : Based in the Sandyford office 

5 mornings (20-25 hours p/wk), 

Accounting responsibilities are across 3 companies and include:

  1. Daily operation of Sage50 to include accounts payable module and General ledger journals

  2. Reconciliations:

  • bank accounts, petty cash and credit card accounts

  • income receivable from entry monies/membership

  • Other income sources

  1. Invoicing and collection of sponsors/samplers monies

  2. Payroll – completing monthly. (1 company)

  3. Writing and processing all online payments (minimal cheques) and monitoring of the purchase order process

  4. Retaining copy of all supplier contracts/leases and paying out expenses based on same.

  5. Printing reports monthly and on request - Actual V Budget, Costs by dept

  6. Quarterly preparation of VAT returns (1 company) for submission

  7. Insurance review and payment annually

  8. Renewing all employee contracts annually (1 company)

  9. Collating budgets annually

  10. Ongoing statistical analysis of entry system once entries open (1 company)



Job requirements :

Minimum accounting technician qualification

Experience of Sage50 accounting package desirable

Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Word

Good Communication skills

Ability to work on own initiative and to deadlines