Bronze for Women's Team in League Final

Well done to all our athletes and officials who travelled to Tullamore for the National League Final yesterday, and also to Steven and Brid Ann Dagg for the great photos.  It was a great result for our Women and Men finishing 3rd and 5th respectively, especially in view of some late withdrawals and other athletes who were not able to make the final for various reasons.   Thanks to Kate Doherty, who left the books for a few hours, to represent the club in the 100m hurdles and 4x100 relay, with gold medals achieved in both.


Star performance yesterday would have to be that of Sean Roth, who cleared 5m in the Pole Vault, and then dashed over to run 3rd leg in the 4 x 100m relay, where D.S.D. finished in 2nd place.   Sean broke the U.23 Irish Pole Vault record earlier in the year in Soest, Germany, with a vault of 5.10.


Others with 1st place results were:  Hiko Tonosa 5,000m; Joe Halwax (our great men’s captain)  400m hurdles (3rd 110m hurdles); Laura Shaughnessy  3,000m; Anita White  Javelin (4th Shot); Molly Hourihan  400m hurdles; 4x100m women’s relay team: Roisin Healy; Niamh Gowing; Katie Magee & Kate Doherty.  

Ciaran Carthy was 2nd in the Long Jump and ran a great 1st leg in the men’s 4x400 relay; Maria McCambridge put in a great effort in 1500m finishing 2nd.  Our men’s 4x100m relay team of Ciaran Carthy; Gavin Doran, Sean Roth and Mark Kavanagh also finished 2nd. 

In 3rd place we had Emmet Jennings Steeplechase; Paul O’Donnell 1500m; Niamh Gowing 100m; Mark Kavanagh 100m;   Grace O’Rourke High Jump;  Roisin Healy Long Jump;  Rose Alice Murphy Discus.    Brian McDermott also added to our field event points with a 4th place in the Javelin.   

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Silver for Kate, Jerome & Hiko at National Seniors

The silver lining stretched way into the distance for D.S.D., at the National Senior Track & Field Championships in Santry at the weekend, as we came away with three silver medals from Jerome Caprice 10,000m walk; Kate Doherty 100m hurdles and Hiko Tonosa 5,000m.   

D.S.D., vests were prominent in many other finals, having survived tough heats, on a glorious weekend for Irish athletics. It was particularly noticeable in the 5,000m when three other D.S.D. athletes joined Hiko in the final; Paul O’Donnell; Jack MacGabhann and John Eves. 

Sinead Denny chased the leader in the 400m final and was rewarded with a bronze medal, having won her heat on Saturday.   

In a day with many close finishes, Hiko was beaten on the line by 1/100th of a second by Ryqn Forsyth in a stirring duel over the last two laps, with debate, until the official photo was produced, as to who had prevailed.   The verdict went to Ryan, who has just secured his Irish Passport from an American base and will be a welcome addition to the strength of the Irish team.  Hiko can go away satisfied that he gave everything in his first championship race for D.S.D.

Probably the performance of the day by a D.S.D. athlete was that of Kate Doherty, who finished 2nd in the 100m hurdles.  Kate has made stunning progress this year, with another PB. (13.72), following her previous best time set when finishing 2nd (13.78) in the U.23 Nationals, achieving a European u.23 qualifying time.   She also ran a heat of 100m, before her hurdles final yesterday and qualified for the final, and a big effort here ended off a great day for her.

Jerome Caprice, who will represent Mauritius in the African Championships next week, was very happy to pick up 2nd  place, in a torrid battle in a gruelling event, which will give him a positive mental frame of mind for his first global competition.

Meghan Ryan was also in sparkling form in the 5,000m as she battled to a 4th place finish, knocking 4 seconds off her P.B., and will finish her season in the League Final on the 19th August, when D.S.D., will have a formidable squad in action. 

Siofra Cleirigh Buttner decided to forego her main event (800m) to have a crack at the 1500m.  This looked to have paid dividends as she took the lead coming into the straight, only to run out of legs in the last 50m, and had to be content with 4th place behind athlete of the meeting, Ciara Mageean, who secured a 2nd gold after her victory in the 800m.

Other notable performances came from 400m hurdles finalists Joe Halwax and David Dagg, who came up against the formidable Thomas Barr, one of the favourites for the upcoming European Championships in Berlin. 

Well done also to Patrick MacGabhann 7th in the 1500m final, Fiona Clinton who ran her usual gallant race in the 5,000m, returning from injury; James Holden 100/200m; Hugh Gowing; David Connolly; Emmet Jennings and Michael McCarthy.

One of the features for D.S.D., was the youth factor, with average age being around 22.

Congrats to all.

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DSD Mini Olympics – St. Thomas 2018

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LET THE FUN BEGIN!  Just one more day for the DSD Mini Olympics which will be held tomorrow, Thursday 26th July at the club’s grounds, St. Thomas House, Tribadden Road, Rathfarnham.  

Thank you to all who registered, don’t worry if you’re not registered turn up on the evening and we’ll assign you to a team.  Please arrive on time (6.30pm).  Check-in will be open from 6.30pm to 6.45pm, we hope to have Teams ready to start at 6.45pm.  Parents please note there is a chance the athletes will get wet during the games (then again, the athletes may not be the only target), so be prepared!  Bring a drink, especially if it’s a warm evening (fingers crossed), we’ll have a treat for athletes/helpers at the end.


Parking & Directions:

On College Road continue past the Marlay Park entrance to the ‘T’ junction at Whitechurch Road, turn left under the M50 bridge.  At the small round-about take the second exit (ie. turn right) on to Tribadden Road.  On your left is the grounds of St. Thomas House, please ignore the first entrance which is to the main house, follow the road for a further 200m, and park in the open field.  See picture. 

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Finally, please be encouraging and cheer on your teammates as well as your competitors.

Look forward to seeing you there.     

Other Weekend Results

Siofra Cleirigh Buttner ran a great race in the Morton Games international 800m and came close to her personal best in 2.02.63.  Ciara Mageean was top Irish finisher in 2.02.13 and both showed that they are peaking correctly for the upcoming Europeans in three weeks time.

Zak Curran ran a fine race to finish 4th in the Men's 800m in 1.47.07.

Well done also to Laura Gallagher, who was in action in Scotland, at the SIAB, finishing 4th the 300m hurdles 45.62.  Laura was one of the youngest athletes competing and will look forward to taking part again next year. 

Well done to all!


National Juvenile Track & Field


Hero for D.S.D at the National Juvenile Track & Field Championships yesterday was Cian Dunne, who came away with a second gold medal, in the 250m hurdles, to add to his gold of last weekend for the 100m hurdles, and his bronze in the 100m sprint, achieving personal bests in all events.  

Emma Ryan was also in top form, adding another silver medal for 1500m to her silver of last week in the 800m.  The battle for gold was only decided in the last 20m as Emma fought her way to the finish line. 

Gavin Doran was in top condition for his 200m final, winning bronze with new PB.   

Molly Hourihan also picked up a gallant bronze in the 400m hurdles.  

Aaron Donnelly took to the flat 1500m this week after winning gold last week in the steeplechase.  He was unable to add to his medal tally finishing 4th in a very competitive race.  

Jamie Byrne knocked a whopping 16 seconds off his PB in the U.14 1500m for a 6th place finish in a top class field.   Also reaching finals in their respective events were Morgan Clarkson  and Cian O’Sullivan U.16 1500m and Faye Dervan U.17 1500m, Saoirse O'Brien U.14 1500m, with Claudia Moran and Hannah Murray also putting in great efforts in the 250m hurdles and Tobi Edward 200m.

Cian Dunne 1st  U.16 250m hurdles 32.72 (PB)

Emma Ryan 2nd U.18 1500m 4.46.34

Gavin Doran 3rd U.17 200m  22.66 (PB)

Molly Hourihan 3rd U.18 400mH 66.40

Aaron Donnelly 4th U.19 1500m 4.04.67

Jamie Byrne 6th U.14 1500m 4.41.54 (PB)


Well done to all!






Mini Olympics – Note Change of Venue!

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Following the success of the recent Throws Day at St. Thomas’s grounds, we’ve decided to hold the end of year Mini Olympics in the club’s own grounds, St. Thomas (Tibradden Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16 -, 6.30pm to 8pm. 

Thank you to all who’ve registered so far.  However, we need more of you to register.  It is open to ALL groups from Little Athletics and up, especially looking for U14’s and up as Team Captains.  If you have a brother/sister/friend who would like to take part, just send me ( their name and year of birth.   

Pre-registration will help us select the World Teams in advance and allow us to get on with the Games without delay.


Days 1 & 2 National Juvenile Track & Field Championships

Stand out athletes for D.S.D., after Day 1 and Day 2 of the National Juvenile Track and Field Championships were;  Cian Dunne 1st U.16 100m hurdles 14.08 (PB) and 3rd 100m 11.60 (PB); Laura Gallagher 1st U.16 Girls 80m hurdles 11.79 (PB) and Aaron Donnelly 1st U.19 Steeplechase 9.43.21.  Others to impress were Emma Ryan 2nd U.18 800m 2.16.10 and Liam Jenkins 2nd U.17 High Jump 1.83.  Liam’s jump was even more impressive as he only returned to training after damaging his ankle when competing in Dublin Championships.  Other bronze medal winners; Roisin Healy U.17 Long Jump 5.28 (PB); Ben Jones U.18 400m 52.06 and Grace Dervan U.19 800m 2.18.02.

Other Placings:   Rebecca Carthy 4th U.14 2,000m walk; Morgan Clarkson 4th U.16 3,000m 9.35.35; Gavin Doran 5th U.17 100m 11.16 (PB); Darcy Hutter 5th U.12 60m; Cara Murphy 5th U.16 80m hurdles 12.24; Molly Hourihan 6th U.18 400m 59.54 (1st Heat 58.81);  Grace Dervan 6th U.19 400m 61.09; Hannah Murray 7th U.16 hurdles; Molly Mullally 7th U14 Long Jump & 7th Hammer; Emma Roche 7th U.17 Shot; Abi Kenneddy 8th 75m hurdles final and 8th Shot; Aimee Kenna 9th U.16 800 2.26.70; Faye Dervan 7th U.17 800m 2.26.87.


Well done to all!





REMINDER: Try the Throws Day in St. Thomas Saturday 21st July. REGISTER NOW! All members welcome!

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DSD 'Try the Throws' day in St Thomas's. 

Saturday 21st July 11 a.m. 

Free Entry


All Welcome - Any Age 

Already a thrower?  Come along and show off…..

 Never thrown before? – this is your chance!

Basic coaching provided to newbies….


Compete in Javelin, Discus, Shot and Hammer* for a combined score


No Prize Money Just Medals


Or just come along to watch…


How to enter?

 Send your name and date of birth to by Wednesday 18th


DSD – 2018 Mini Olympics – Thursday 26th July, 2018.

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We are holding our end of year Mini Olympics on Thursday 26th July from 6.30pm to 8pm.  It’s open to all age groups and like before it will be a fun based team competition.  Try your hand at Discus Rolling or maybe the water-balloon carrying steeple chase – just some of the fun games planned.  Calling on the parents to help on the night – there might be an ice cream in it for ye’.  Please email, with athletes name, age and volunteers name.


Irishtown Juvenile Summer Training.

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Please note Juvenile training in Irishtown has stopped for the summer for all with the exception of those who qualified for the All Ireland Championships.  Training in Marlay Park will continue through to the 26th July, athletes who train at Irishtown are welcome to attend training in Marlay Park on Thursdays 6pm. (Kindly note no training in Marlay on the 12/07/18 due to concert).



The Sandyford 5k takes place on the same course as last year on Thursday, September 27th starting from Three Rock Road in Sandyford. We have now opened for registration via our new website
Walkers, joggers and runners can be assured of the same warm welcome with a new technical t-shirt in the works as well as a medal and goodie bag there is plenty on offer for participants in this race. 

In order to make it a success we need all DSD members to spread the word, encourage your friends, family, colleagues, neighbors and acquaintances to enter and join in the fun!!! Hopefully this great Irish Summer will allow us some sunshine on September 27th too!

  • €100 for a team of four
  • €25 per individual entries.

This race is being organised and run by DSD in order to raise funds for the exciting new Sports Campus that the club have been working on the past few years,  You can check out the latest video on it HERE.  

Finally, we have some innovations with our social media too so keep your eyes peeled for plenty more information via Facebook and Twitter.

National Juvenile Relays

Many of our Juvenile athletes were unavailable for National Relays in Tullamore at the weekend. Well done to those athletes who did travel, to represent their team and the club, and showed great determination and fighting spirit.  Results as follows:

2nd U18  4x4

Emma Ryan

Amelia Rodgers,

Roisin Healy

Molly Hourihan


 2nd u18 4x1

Tobi Edward

Adam Whitten

Ben Jones

Sean McGrane



2nd U.16 4x1         

Laura Gallagher

Aimee Kenna

Cara Murphy

Hannah Murray


3rd  U.17 4x1

Tobi Edwards

Cian Dunne

Daniel Whelehan

Adam Whitten 


4th  U.18 4x1

Emma Ryan

Amelia Rodgers

Roisin Healy

Molly Hourihan

Our U.14 and U.15 girls also ran very well and just missed making the finals.

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Women & Men through to League Final!

With great performances on Sunday in Athlone by Hiko Tonoso, 1st 1500m and 5,000m, Jerome Caprice 1st Walk; club captain Joe Halwax  1st 110m hurdles and 400m hurdles; Emmet Jennings 1st 3,000m steeplechase and our 4x100m relay team of David Dagg, James Holden, Ciaran Haverty and Mark Kavanagh (1st) and 4x400m relay team of Joe Halwax; Paul O’Callaghan; Ciaran Haverty and David Dagg (1st),  our place in the League Final on the 19th August in Tullamore has been assured.  This follows upon an under par first round in Belfast, when many of our athletes were missing.

By comparison our women’s team had a very good first round in Belfast and relaxed a bit in this 2nd round, with several missing, but were still good enough to finish in second place in Athlone and will join our men’s team in the final.  Stepping up to the mark and finishing first in the women’s section were:  Avril Dillon 100m hurdles; Molly Hourihan 400m hurdles; Maria McCambridge 3,000m; Sinead Denny 200m and Anita White Javelin.  

Well done to all who travelled to Belfast and Athlone and best of luck to both teams, in Tullamore, in League Final.


Thanks to Steven Dagg for great photos

Try the Throws Day in St. Thomas Saturday 21st July. Register NOW! All members welcome!

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DSD 'Try the Throws' day in St Thomas's. 

Saturday 21st July 11 a.m. 

Free Entry


All Welcome - Any Age 

Already a thrower?  Come along and show off…..

 Never thrown before? – this is your chance!

Basic coaching provided to newbies….


Compete in Javelin, Discus, Shot and Hammer* for a combined score


No Prize Money Just Medals


Or just come along to watch…


How to enter?

 Send your name and date of birth to by Wednesday 18th


D.S.D athletes shine in Tullamore!

D.S.D., athletes were in dominant form on Saturday at the All Ireland U.20/U.23 Championships in Tullamore.  Leader of a host of medal winners was Kate Doherty, who continued her sparkling 2018 form with a gold medal in the 100m, in 12.06 (PB).  She returned later to achieve a European U.23 Q.T. in the 100m hurdles with great new PB of 13.78, winning silver and just pipped for gold by Elizabeth Moreland, Cushinstown A.C.

D.S.D. vests were prominent throughout the perfect sunny day, as Paul O’Donnell set a strong pace in the U.23 5,000m and looked imperious as he strode to an impressive victory.  Jack MacGabhann also showed his toughness in this race, as he came through the field to pick up silver.  Jo Halwax led by example in the u23 400mH, dipping  under 54 secs.,  (53.87), for a comprehensive victory with David Dagg closing strongly behind to grab bronze, in PB of 56.02.   The second of the MacGabhann twins, Patrick, finished 2nd in the U.23 1500m in 4.18.29.  Patrick was unlucky as he came off the final bend stumbling in a clash with another competitor, losing 5/6 metres, just as Cathal Doyle, Clonliffe Harriers, started his sprint to the finish.  Ruadhan O’Grada also finished powerfully for 4th place in 4.18.68 and Christian McKenna, returning to action after a year out with injury,  finished 7th, in a top class field.   Aaron Donnelly impressed in the U.20 3,000m S/Chase, finishing 2nd in 9.52.40, as he makes this Junior age group for two more years.    James Holden was 3rd U.20 200 22.43.  

Although it was a ‘golden day’ generally, the silver lining in terms of medals was just as satisfactory for D.S.D.

(Thanks to Steven Dagg for great photos)

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2018 All Ireland U9-U11 Team & Relay Championships and U12 & U13 Field Events – Sunday 01/07/18 at Tullamore.

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The 2018 National Finals for the U9 – U11 Team & Relay Championships will take place this Sunday, 1st July, in Tullamore.  Timetable is available here.  The following are the DSD Teams taking part in Sunday’s National Finals: 

  • Boys U9 – Long Jump:  Donal Clair & Oran O’Sullivan
  • Girls U10 – 60m:  Tess Archer & Alexandra Prenter 
  • Boys U11 – 60m:  Cian Dunphy & Matthew McCarthy
  • Boys U11 – Long Jump:  Cian Dunphy & Matthew McCarthy
  • Boys U11 – Long Jump:  Ryan Nunan & Johnny Ellis
  • Boys U11 – 4x100m Relay:  Adam Mulqueen, Cian Dunphy, Matthew McCarthy, Johnny Ellis & Ryan Nunan. 

In addition to the U9-U11 Team Champs, the U12’s & U13’s have Field events on this day. 

The competition will be held on the grounds of Tullamore Harriers AC (  Bring a food and plenty of water, there is a small shop on site, but best to be prepared.  Remember club singlets must be worn and shorts/leggings they should be plain in colour and not multi-coloured or patterned.  Athletics Ireland have charge on the gate of €10 per adult, kids/athletes are free. 

Please be there at least an hour before your scheduled event, on arrival it’s important each athlete checks in to receive their number.  The check-in area is to your right before you enter the track grounds and pay the entrance fee.

 Best of luck to everyone.