Dundrum South Dublin AC



Dundrum South Dublin is pleased to announce the details for its second annual athletics seminar, to be held on Saturday 21st October at 2.30pm, Taylors Three Rock, Rathfarnham. With David Gillick in the chair we have assembled an impressive line-up of DSD athletes who have achieved success in their chosen sport:

  • Olympian Linda Byrne who represented Ireland in the 2012 Olympic Marathon and who was part of the Irish team that won the European XC title in 2012.
  • Joe Sweeney, 4th at the European XC Championships in 2011, 2nd National Marathon Championships 2013.
  • Anita White who represented Ireland in the Javelin at the 2016 European Throws Championships and is current Javelin National record holder throwing 54.92M.

David Gillick will host an interactive Q&A session with the athletes who will share their experiences on converting potential into success; it is an event not to be missed. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions from the floor and learn from athletes who having started out as youngster running and throwing in Marlay park, reached the upper echelons of their sport.

Supported by FulFilNutrition we will also have some practical tips on nutrition for athletes young and old including useful post training recovery strategies.

Who is it for?

This event is for the for ALL Club members, there is something here for everyone. It will be especially relevant for Parents of the clubs Juvenile members who are looking to understand more about the road ahead and about what athletics can offer their children.

It promises to be a wonderful afternoon of learning and entertainment; we hope you can join us.


DATE: Saturday 21st October             VENUE: Three Rock Pub                 TIME: from 2:30pm

DSD Couch to 5K starting Jan 10th

Step 1: Join the Meet and Train Group by registering online here on our website. Select the V2 (€70) option (we will only ask you to give 1 day of volunteering to avail of this great rate!)

This cost covers both the Couch to 5K programme and gives you membership of our very friendly Meet & Train Group until September. We are always delighted when people progress on to the main group after completing the Couch to 5K programme.  

Step 2: email to let Edel (coach) know you are coming and to ask any other questions you might have

Step 3: Come along on Tuesday 10th at 7:30pm to start your fun fitness challenge!

DSD Christmas Party

The Juvenile Christmas Party will be on Sunday 18th December 3pm to 5pm ages 7 to 12 - Taylors 3 Rock, Rathfarnham.

Older Juvenile, Seniors & Adults party ages 13 up - Saturday December 17th 7.30pm- Cathal Brugha Street Barracks. For those aged under 18, the night will end at 11pm.

Finger Food will be provided at both events. Please note there is no ATM or laser card facilities at Cathal Brugha Street, cash only.




DSD Open Day with David Gillick - Sat October 22nd

Dundrum South Dublin AC Open Day with David Gillick

Date: Saturday 22nd October 2016

Venue: Taylors Three Rock Pub

Time: from 2.30pm



Who is it for?

This event is for the Parents of the clubs Juvenile members and for all club members. It is particularly beneficial for parents looking to understand more about what athletics can offer their children and how to manage their child’s sporting load.

What’s planned?

You will hear from David Gillick about his career as an athlete, the life skills learnt and how that helped him win Master chef.

You will have time to chat with David and taste some of his cooking!

We will also have Peter Mathews, Strength Coach and former National Cross Country Champion to chat to you about managing your child’s conditioning & training load.

We will have a nutritionist available to talk to you about appropriate post exercise recovery foods.


What’s the Format for the afternoon?

The event will start at 2.30pm with an “Open Room” format.

You will have the opportunity to walk the room and chat to the experts.

 The formal part of the day will commence at 3pm.

David Gillick will give a keynote address on “Athletics as your Sport”. The formal part of the day will conclude by 4pm, after which the room will be open for further chat with the experts until 4.30pm


It promises to be a wonderful afternoon of learning and entertainment; we hope you and your child can join us.


 Yours in Sport


Declan Ryan                                         Lucy Moore Fox

DSD AC Chairman                                DSD Head Coach





Message from Club Chairman to Members

Dear member,

Sometimes it seems we will never repay the debt we owe so many DSD legends and volunteers who built such a great club. They are truly the giants on whose shoulders we stand on looking to build a bigger and better club for the future.

I know, I and my family have gotten so much from our involvement with DSD over the years in terms of friendships, fun and all the benefits that come from training and competing in the various track and field disciplines.

As the largest athletics club in Dublin, we have great plans for the future, as you know. The club has purchased a site at Saint Thomas where we hope to have running trails, sprint tracks, top class facilities for throwers and jumpers. Our ambitious plans are for safe and fun facilities for our juvenile members, training facilities for everyone from social runners to elite competitors, from juveniles to masters and covering all the track and field disciplines. We want to offer top class facilities for all our members regardless of age or ability.


We rely on raising our own funds in the main and that is why events like the Twilight 5k are so important in raising funds for the club in helping us realise our dreams.  We really need your help and I am asking that all members and parents would try to organise to enter a team of walkers, runners or joggers. Individual entries are also welcome. 

As you know the Twilight 5k run takes place on Thursday, September 29th starting at 7.30pm around Sandyford.

You have just ten days left to register so please act now to ensure you receive a wonderful technical tee shirt, commemorative medal and goody bag. To enter simply visit our website at - its really easy to enter but if you have any queries please drop us a line.

We guarantee you a great night's fun including a great post-race reception for all in the Spirit Skoda showroom.

Every entry will help us with our plans for all our members and future generations so please take a few minutes to organise your team entry.

I look forward to seeing a great turnout of DSD members on the night and wish to thank all those club members who have already volunteered a huge amount of time in organising this great new 5k.

Can I also ask you to share this email or have a word with former members or friends whom you know have an interest or affection for the club.

Declan Ryan
DSD AC Chairman

New Teenage Group for DSD - Team DSD

Starting Tuesday September 6th

DSD will now offer an option for secondary school pupils who are not going in to the sprints/hurdles (Liz) or the endurance development groups (Donal/Eddie).

Gerry and Fiona will lead a group for those who want to develop their athletic skills and fitness but may or may not want to enter competition.

Training will aim to enhance fitness, strength, flexibility and speed with an introduction to all the track and field events.

Students will have the opportunity to try orienteering, javelin, discus and hammer, high, triple and long jump, pole vault, hurdles, mountain and trail running, triathlon, walking and all the other athletic disciplines in a fun atmosphere.

There will be a range of weekend activities and an option to go warm weather training at Easter.

Training will be Tuesdays and Thursdays in Ballinteer Community School 6.15pm to 7:15pm and Sundays at various venues depending on the activity, at 11 am

Join the Facebook page Team DSD


For more information please contact


Less than 6 Weeks To Go!



The weeks are creeping by and September is looming large. That means we are getting ever-closer to our second annual Spirit Motor Group Twilight Team Challenge 5k in the Sandyford Business District!

Our race takes place on Thursday September 29th at 7:30pm, and we welcome everyone to take part whether you wish to participate as a team, individual or if you want to walk or jog too. It promises to be a fun-filled evening for all, so why not sign up a team today and join us in Sandyford on September 29th?

In addition, each participant will receive a technical running t-shirt (see below) and finisher's medal. What's not to love?


Registration now open for Twilight Team Challenge 2016 - Save the Date!

Registration is now open for this year's Twilight Team Challenge. Our 5k run around Sandyford will take place on Thursday, September 29th.

Register online today at

Last year saw a great turnout for the inaugural Twilight run, for which medals were awarded to all who finished as runners, walkers or joggers.  A great time was had by all and this year promises to be bigger and better so be sure to tell your friends and enter a team straight away.

We're delighted also to announce that technical tee shirts will also be provided to all who enter and to welcome on board the Live Work Grow team who are joining us in promoting the run.

The run is hosted by Dundrum South Dublin Athletic Club and sponsored by Spirit Motor Group, supported by SBDA. The run will be of particular interest to the 25,000 employed or resident in the Sandyford Business District but entries are welcome from all across Dublin and beyond.

Spirit Motor Group is delighted to sponsor this event, which will bring together the people working in the Sandyford Business District for what promises to be a fun challenge. We are supporting the Ross Nugent Foundation for this event although entrants can also fundraise for their own chosen charity.

Both teams of four people and individuals can enter. Registration is online at   Register your team today and add in names of your team members later if you don't have a team of four already arranged.

Each entrant will be given an electronic chip device to track their progress. All team runners will start together and the team score will be determined by the total time of the team’s four runners, so remember it’s a group effort! Each finisher will be rewarded with a beautiful, one-of-a-kind race medal as well as a technical tee shirt, as well as prizes for the best time for a group and individual.

Details of the route will be available to view on our website shortly. The nominated charity is the Ross Nugent Foundation but entrants can fundraise for a charity of their choice. The entry fee is €25 per person, including registration charges, and entitles entrants to both a tee shirt and a finisher's medal.

The Spirit Motor Group Twilight Team Challenge is a wonderful opportunity to build camaraderie with your work colleagues and also to challenge yourself over the 5k distance. Whether you choose to walk, jog or run, there’s something for everyone to enjoy with a dash of friendly competition! .

Flyer attached here for printing ->Twilight Challenge Flyer

Superb performance by D.S.D in Portugal

D.S.D., women's team put up a great performance today in Leiria, Portugal, finishing in third place to win the bronze medals. 

Our ever reliable Maria McCambridge won the 1500m in 4.31.86, comfortably clear of Amanda Virtanan of Finland.  

Grace O'Rourke gave D.S.D the perfect start of the day when she won the high jump with a leap of 1.70. 

More great results were to follow with Anita White winning the javelin with a throw of 49.79; Laura Shaughnessy won the steeple chase with a time of 11.13.02. 

Also in first place was Fiona Clinton in the 5,000m in 17.12.2.  One of the classiest performances for D.S.D was by Sinead Denny who finihed 2nd in a PB of 53.63 and she also ran a great leg on the 4x400 relay team for a 2nd place finish in 3.42.17. 

Meghan Ryan was in top form also finishing 2nd in the 3,000m 10.07.66. 

A feature of D.S.D.'s performance were the results of our juniors who contributed enormously to the overall score. 

Mollie O'Reilly was 3rd in the 200m in 24.98;

Tara Jenkin 4th Long Jump 5.42 PB;

Sophie Murphy finished 4th in the 800m;

Katie Berney 4th 100m;

Kate Doherty 5th 100mH;

Rachel Dunne 5th 400mH. 

Mollie; Rachel and Katie Magee ran superb legs in the 4x400m to combine with Sinead for a great 2nd place.  

More results to follow

Congratulations to all!

St Thomas's 1st Official Training Day

Some photos from St Thomas First Official Training Day which took place Tuesday April 26th

DSD Club Gear Now On Sale

DSD Gear is on sale until  Monday April 18th - Gear is sold 4 times a year and advertised through club webpage and social media.

Spike Bag - €15

Link to T-Shirts, Long Sleeves, Back Packs, Spike Bags, Bottoms and Beanies


Contact with any queries


For purchase of club singlets, please contact

Spirit Motor Group Twilight Team Challenge - 29th September 2016

Dear Member/Parent,

DSD is delighted to announce the renewal of the Spirit Motor Group Twilight Team Challenge on 29th September 2016 in the Sandyford Business District (SBD).

The inaugural Twilight Team Challenge last October 2015 was a great success with nearly 700 participants.  Feedback from the competitors was excellent as was the feedback from the sponsors, the Gardai, DLR CoCo, and the Sandyford Business Community, we are delighted to be working with them all again this year. We received particularly positive feedback for the volunteer stewards who roared encouragement on the course and provided assistance wherever needed.

We are delighted to welcome back our main sponsor Spirit Motor Group who are based in the Sandyford Business District where the race is being held.


SPONSORS - we need Silver & Bronze sponsors.
* INFLUENCE - all workmates/workplaces to enter teams in the event.
* FIND - suitable sponsor friendly goodie bag contents.

We need companies local to Sandyford or those with a national/global reach who would like to sponsor a local business event like this as part of their marketing/branding for 2016. Contact

We are hoping to double the number of entries to around 1,500 in 2016 and we need all club members/parents to help us get 250 plus Teams entered in the event. To do this it will be important for members/parents to take an active role in this regard. I therefore ask every family to at least enter 1 team from their workplace or group of friends/workmates.

As we all know a well stocked goodie bag is welcome at these events, so we therefore ask our members to identify local & national companies who'd be interested in having their products in our goodie bag for the event. All goodie bag contents must be friendly to our sponsors. Contact

Club stalwart & parent Fintan Hourihan has again agreed to chair the Organising Committee who are working extremely hard in the background to make this event bigger and better. I would encourage you all to support their efforts in the sport we love by bringing it to the business community in this exciting format.

The Spirit Motor Group Twilight Team Challenge is one of the main DSD fundraisers during the year and all profits generated will be invested in club development.

If you have contact with a potential sponsor please contact who will provide all the information needed or forward your details to the race committee.

I look forward to your support.

Yours in athletics,

Declan Ryan
Chairman & Parent DSDAC

European Cross-Country Championships

Well done to our D.S.D. athletes who competed in France at the weekend in the European Cross Country Championships.  Brandon Hargreaves finished first of the Irish in the U.23 race (31st), leading the team home to 7th position, with Sophie Murphy first of the Irish Junior Girls (54th) team 11th; and Joe Sweeney, just returning to International competition after a long lay-off, 5th of the Irish in 58th position.