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

D.S.D at Youth Nations Cup

Well done to our three athletes, who represented Ireland at the Youth Nations Cup in Santry at the weekend.  

 Gavin Doran finished off his season with a new PB, finishing 3rd in the 200m, in a time of 22.27.  Also achieving a PB and a year underage, was Laura Gallagher, who finished 4th in the 100m hurdles in 15.08.  Charlotte Bourke won bronze in the 400m hurdles, just outside her PB, in 65.41.

Congratulations to all!




DSD Masters Shine at Home and Abroad


Ronan Gately - our Masters Track & Field Captain has summarised below some of the recent fabulous performances by the Club’s Masters Athletes at Home and Abroad.

June 29th & 30th – NI Masters at Mary Peters Track Belfast

Lucy Moore-Fox W60: Gold in Hammer with 23.07m and Silver in Shot-put with 7.44m.

Peadar McGing M60: Incredibly managed to compete and medal in all 9 events entered (Six Gold, 2 Silver and 1 Bronze) as follows: Golds in High-Jump 1.40m; 300m Hurdles 49.36 secs; 100m Hurdles 18.29 secs; 400m 66.72 secs; Long-Jump 4.02m; Triple Jump 8.87m; Silvers in Hammer 24.23m and Weight for Distance 6.08m and Bronze in Discus 26.83m

Shane Sheridan M60: 2 Golds in 100m (12.89) and 200m (26.50).

June 29th & 30th – British Masters Decathlon 

Kevin Byrne M45 – Silver with 4798 points including an excellent 1.61m in High Jump.

Ronan Gately M50 – Gold with 4795 points despite a fall at 1st hurdle in 100m Hurdles.

July 13th – Scottish Masters in Grangemouth

Shane Sheridan M60 – 2 Golds in 100m (12.66 setting a new Irish Record, beating the existing record of 12.74 which had stood for 32 years!) and 200m (26.62m – he has the 26.20 record in his sights!).

22nd June - Dunshaughlin 10k Road Race

DSD Ladies team won with 2 Masters on it (Maria McCambridge and Cathryn Brady; Niamh Devlin Senior was first on team).

Maria McCambridge W40 – Gold in 37:06

Cathryn Brady W50 – Silver in 40:12 (both the winner and Cathryn broke the course record for W50 category which had been set in 1990).

10th July - BHAA 5k 

Eileen Gillick (W40) – 2nd lady and 1st in W40 category with a pb of 20:13 .

13th July - Day of 5k PBs in Le Cheile. 

Eoin Fogarty won his race and got a new PB of 15:54:49

Cathryn Brady new track PB of 19.25 .



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Dundrum South Dublin Athletic Club (“DSDAC”) is currently looking to recruit a General Manager to manage and promote the annual VHI Women’s Mini Marathon and other Club Events and oversee the Club’s administration.

 This exciting role is filled with the most rewarding outcomes for the right candidate in delivering one of the most loved events in the country.

Further details are described below - interested candidates should submit their details to the Club Secretary at dsdathletics@gmail.com no later than 24th August 2019.


We are a voluntary organisation based in Sandyford, South Dublin. The role is a Contract / Part-time role and will be for an initial period of 3 years. The role will be report to the voluntary board of DSDAC.

The responsibilities of the role include:

• Managing the day-to-day operations of the business including finance, sales, business development, operations, logistics and customer service.
• Taking an active approach to managing operations, administration and events.
• Managing and analysing accounting and financial data
• Evaluating and improving operations and financial performance, including pro-active management of the monthly P&L.
• Building relationships with key customers and suppliers.
• Leading the team to deliver KPIs.
• Managing all staff within the business, ensuing that they execute their duties to the highest possible standard.
• Reporting to parent company and company boards and working to deadlines of events deliveries.


• Have a strong knowledge of different business functions.
• Well developed management expertise in either Sales & Marketing, Operations, Finance or Administration.
• Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills.
• Strong commercial acumen.
• Excellent communication and organisational skills.


• A background in organised athletics/sports and volunteering expertise at club level.
• A proven track record in delivering safe outdoor events.
• Be excited by the challenge of working with one of the most ambitious sports clubs in the country.

Hiko takes 5,000m title at National Seniors

One of the most astonishing displays of tenacity and courage ever witnessed on an Irish running track was enacted in Santry on Sunday at the National Senior Track & Field Championships 5000m.  A large field of 17 athletes qualified from the previous day, for the 5000m final and Hiko Tonosa was drawn on the inside of the line-up.   With the first bend coming up in the first 50m, Hiko got away quite well, but as the charge for the inside lane started, tragedy almost struck.  Hiko was spiked quite badly, with his shoe slipping off his foot.   He had to give away almost 50 metres as he hopped on one foot while replacing the shoe.  Hiko did not panic and gradually made his way back to the leading bunch after four laps and he settled back into the rhythm of the race.  The question was how much the incident would affect his sprint finish against last year’s champion Ryan Forsyth, who made a big move at the bell for the final lap.  Hiko followed and produced an explosive final thrust as they entered the last 100m.  Such was his reaction that he forged almost 20m clear from a top class field.  Even more astonishing, at the finish line, was the discovery that his shoe had been shredded, and blood flowed from the injury.  This would have stopped most athletes but his courageous and competitive spirit ensured victory for the D.S.D. man. 

 Tribute must also go to Paul O’Donnell, his club mate, who took the lead going into the last three laps, and was rewarded with a silver medal in the U.23 category.

 Having now won the National 10,000m on the road and achieving his Refugee Status, Hiko cannot wait to wear the Irish vest in International competition, and this display puts him in one of the top spots for European and Olympic representation.

Siofra Cleirigh Buttner fought a gallant fight in the 1500m, where she was overtaken by Sarah Healy (Blackrock AC) in the last lap, as the 18 year old Healy surged to her first national senior title. Siofra was 2nd in 4.32.26.

Former Chairman of D.S.D., John Eves, finished 6th in a tough 10,000m, 31.02.78, followed home in 14th place by Emmet Jennings 32.28.60. 

Meghan Ryan ran her best 5,000m race to date, finishing in 4th place in 17.17.69.

Other finalist were Fiona Clinton 1500m 10th, after a great qualifying place in heat 4.35.15.   Sinead Denny took a break from the 400m and finished 8th in the 800m in 2.12.63.   Kate Doherty was unfortunate to fall  heavily at the second hurdle, in the 100m hurdles and was unable to finish.   James Holden was 8th in the “B” 100 in 11.45 (11.29 heat);  he placed 5th in the 200m heats 22.70. 

Aengus Meldon just missed qualification by one place in the 800m with a time of 1.54.38 in the first heat of four.  Ciarán Carthy ran a good 400m heat in 48.92, just missing out on qualification.

 Well done to all!

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National League Final

Congratulations to our men’s team on qualifying for the League Final.    Well done to all those who performed so well in the final, despite being under strength.  A great effort was made by all, who stepped up to the mark, with the team finishing in 7th place.   Special mention must go to Emmet Jennings who finished 2nd in the Steeplechase, and to Brian McDermott, who is our, always reliable, man in the Field Events.


Thanks to Steven Dagg for photos below:



National Juvenile Relay Championships and "B" Championships.

A smaller number of relay teams than usual travelled to Tullamore for National Juvenile Relay Championships on Sunday.  

We are delighted for our athletes who were representing Ireland in Swansea at Schools International, U.20 European Championships  in Sweden and European Youth Olympics in Baku.  

Their success meant several of our relay teams had to be withdrawn, however the athletes who did compete put in very good performances, despite the dreadful weather conditions.

 Our U.19 Girls finished 1st 4 x 400m and 2nd 4 x 100m;  U.19 Boys 1st 4 x 400m.

Three of our teams were just pipped at the post in the finals for 3rd place.  Finishing 4th were U.18 Girls; U.14 Boys ; U.15 Boys and in 5th place U.16 Boys.

D.S.D., had one competitor in the B Championships, U.12 Daniel Conway, who finished 1st in the Long Jump and also 1st in the High Jump.

 Well done to all!

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D.S.D. Women take National League Title!

There was a stage in Irish Women’s Track & Field, when D.S.D. women’s team set up one of the phenomenal performances in Irish sport, with a seven year dominance of the National Club Championships.  There was a slight dip over the next two years, as the club regrouped, but blasted back to the top at the weekend,  winning the National League Final, and will, once again, represent Ireland at the European Club Championships.

Things did not go to plan for Kate Doherty at the U.23 European Championships in Sweden, as she hit the first two hurdles in the semi-finals of the 100m hurdles.  She came to Tullamore on Saturday to set the record straight, contributing 18 points  to the club’s total, winning the 100m flat and 100m hurdles and anchoring the 4x100 relay team to another 9 points, with a blistering finish.  Others in sparkling form were:  Sinéad Denny  1st 400m 54.90; Meghan Ryan 1st 3,000m 10.00.1; Fiona Clinton 2nd 1500m 4.41.02; Charlotte Bourke 2nd 400mH 66.20; Sonya McConnan 2nd 1500m Walk 7.59.85.   In 3rd place we had Emma Ryan 800m; Harriette Robinson Steeplechase; Emma Ryan Discus and Emmy Coffey Javelin.

This competition tests the strength in all athletic disciplines and the following also contributed well to the overall points total:- Molly Hourihan 4x1;  Rachel Dunne Triple Jump; Roisin Healy Long Jump and 4x1; Erika Doyle 200m; 4x1 & 4x4; Tai Daly High Jump.

 Congratulations to Lucy Moore, coach extraordinaire and now our club president, who stepped up to the mark in the Hammer, to play her part in this great result.

(DSD 106 points - 2nd Galway County 102 points)

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Thanks to Steven Dagg for photos below:


Shane in Flying Form!


Congratulations to Shane Sheridan, who set a new Irish M60 100m record of 12.66s (0.9) at the Scottish Masters Championships in Grangemouth on Saturday 13th July. The old record was 12.74s which was set 32 years ago in 1987 by Sean Cowler. Shane ran in a race with the M55 which gave him good competition, as he fought hard to win the race just pipping the the guy in second who ran 12.70s on the line. Shane also won the 200m in 26.61s. 

His next races will be at the European Masters Games in Turin on the 28th July to 4th August where he will run the 100m and 400m.



Medals Galore for D.S.D., at National Juvenile Championships

It was another very successful weekend for D.S.D. A.C., in Tullamore, at the Irish Life National Juvenile Championships on Saturday and Sunday.

 Following upon gold medals for Oisín Kelly 3,000m Steeplechase, and Laura Gallagher 100m Hurdles last weekend, the standard was set at a high mark and others were inspired by these classy performances.  The hurdles races were almost an exhibition by D.S.D., athletes, with representation in many of the age groups.  Laura led the way again with a second gold medal in the 300m hurdles, in a time of 44.93 (PB), and she was followed home in 3rd place by Cara Murphy who also achieved a new PB of 45.35.  Laura also competed on Saturday in the flat 400m running a fast heat and finishing 2nd in the final in 59.06 (PB).  This was a great boost for Laura as she heads off to Swansea for Schools International.

Cian Dunne, who will represent Ireland, at the European Youth Olympics in Baku, was in top form in the shorter hurdles with a silver in the 300m hurdles 39.29; Bronze  100m hurdles 14.36; and 4th 400m flat 52.08. 

In the U.18 Girls 400m hurdles, Charlotte Bourke battled all the way to the finish line, to take silver in new PB of 65.07., having finished 4th in the flat 400m on Saturday in 58.95. 

 It was great to see Molly Hourihan return to form after a break for Leaving Cert., leading all the way in the U.19 200m and just pipped at the finish line to take silver in 25.81 (PB).  On Saturday Molly finished 4th in the 100m in 12.88.

Gavin Doran, who also looks forward to the Schools International, had to settle for silver in the U.18 boys 200m 22.73, with Adam Whitten 5th in 23.58.  Also finishing 5th in the U.17 girls 200m was Erika Doyle in 26.55, and Roisin Healy U.18 girls Long Jump 5.00.

 Cal Traynor Russell U.14, had a very impressive first All-Ireland Championship, finishing 3rd in the 80m 9.97 and also taking the bronze in the 200m 24.93.

Jamie Byrne finished 6th in the U.15 boys 1500m in 4.24.78.

 Oisín Kelly took a bronze medal, to add to his gold of last week, in the U.19 boys 3,000m 8.58.25.

 In the U.15 girls  2,000m walk, Ciara Wilson finished a very good 5th in 11.47.58.

In the field events, Sean Cleary was 7th in the U.15 Shot Putt 10.13; and Emma Roche 6th U.18 Discus 24.60, and 8th Shot Putt 9.00.

 Congratulations to all!

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IMC at Lourdes Stadium, Drogheda

Hiko Tonasa had his first track race of the season in Drogheda on Saturday at the Irish Milers Club promotion.   Having won 25 races on the road in the past year and a half, it was good to see he retains a lot of speed with a flying finish over 3,000m to win in 8.09.62.  He will now concentrate on his track season, chasing an Olympic qualifying time, and at the moment is six seconds short of the standard.


The feature event was the Senior 800m, which became a rehearsal for the National Senior, as most of the top runners were in action.  Aengus Meldon was right in the mix all the way around, running out of steam as he challenged for the title, finishing 7th overall in 1.53.68.   Jack Moraghan (U.19) had a win in the 800m “D” with a time of 2.01.78.

 Others in action were Michael McCarthy 8th 1500m “B” 4.13.51 and Kevin Power Kelly 8th 3,000m “B” 9.52.86.

At the Irish Runner 10 mile race in the Phoenix Park, Emmet Jennings finished 11th in 53.35.

Well done to all!





Oisín and Laura take Gold!

Day One of the National Juvenile Championships on Sunday, saw D.S.D. A.C., get off to a great start, with a terrific win for Laura Gallagher in the U.17 100m hurdles, winning her heat in 15.47 and the final in 15.28.  Cara Murphy ran a very good heat also, qualifying for the final with a time of 16.02, and finishing 7th in the final.  Cian Dunne U.17, moved down to the 100m hurdles, finishing 3rd  in 14.36.  Eoghan Fitzmaurice, in his first All-Ireland competition, qualified for the final of the U.14 boys  75m hurdles, and finished 5th in 12.30.  David Bosch was 8th in the U.16 Boys final in 15.03.

 Oisín Kelly took gold in the U.19 3000m Steeplechase in 10.15.22.

 Jamie Byrne ran a P.B. in the heat of the U.15 Boys 800m with a time of 2.12.41, but found the speed in the final a bit much, finishing 9th.   He will now look forward to the 1500m next weekend.   Killian O’Brien was 13th in the U.14 800m.

 Well done to all!