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





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 niamhdsd@gmail.com


Many Medals for Masters in Belfast

A small team of 4 DSD Masters travelled to the Mary Peters track in Belfast on Saturday 25th June to compete in the Northern Ireland Masters Track and Field Championships and picked up 19 medals in total between them 12 of which were Gold.
It was great to see Michael McGary back competing in M80 age group after a 2 year absence due to injury and what a comeback. He picked up right where he left off by cleaning up in the throwing events and... winning 4 Gold medals.
Padear McGing continued his record breaking year by setting a new Irish age group record for the 100m hurdles. This is the fourth Irish age group record Padear has set so far this year and no doubt more to come.
Shane Sheridan picked up the sprint treble of 100m, 200m and 400m despite only having a fifteen minute break after the 400m to recover for the 200m.
Kevin Byrne won 5 medals in total including Bronze in the discus despite not having competed in this event for nearly three years.
Full results below:
Michael McGarry M80
1st Shot Putt 7.68m
1st Discus 22.18m
1st Hammer 23.73m
1st Weight Throw 4.90m

Peadar McGing M60
1st 100m Hurdles 18.21s (New Irish age group record)
1st 300m Hurdles 50.64s
1st High Jump 1.45 PB
1st Long Jump 4.40m
2nd Shot Putt 9.24m
2nd 100m 14.17s
4th Discus 27.52m

Shane Sheridan M55
1st 100m 12.45s
1st 400m 59.06s
1st 200m 26.16s

Kevin Byrne M40
1st 110m Hurdles 19.70s
1st Triple Jump 10.35m
2nd Long Jump 5.06m
2nd High Jump 1.65m
3rd Discus 21.35m

Masters Shine in Athlone

I had the privilege of attending the National Masters Championships in the fantastic Athlone I.T. indoor facility yesterday.  Performances of the day came from Shane Sheridan, who came away with three gold medals for the M55 60m; 200m and 400m.  Justine O’Connell Urell won gold in the W35 800m with a remarkable 4 second improvement on her win in the Leinsters.  She put in a mind boggling 31 sec., for the first 200m and although slowing slightly she maintained a rhythm all the way to the finish line to register a time of 2.19.8.  Cathryn Brady was in top form also to take her first win in National Championships.  Annette Kehoe ran a gallant race in the 3,000m to pick up silver.  Head coach, Lucy, led by example as always, with a brace of silver medals for shot and high jump. Peadar McGing won the M60 60m; and High Jump and took 2nd in the Long Jump.  Kevin Byrne was 2nd in the M40 Hurdles; L.Jump and H.Jump.  John Manners was 3rd in the M40 400m. 

Overall a great day for D.S.D – well done to all!


MSB St. Patrick's Festival 5K Race

‘Dublin can be heaven
Mansion House at 11
And a stride round Stephen’s Green’

Perfect conditions for the MSB St Patrick’s 5k attracting over 1,350 runners, 24 from DSD AC, with 18 finishing in the first 250.

DSD Male Juniors placed first with 19 points – 26 ahead of Donore Harriers, with Paul O’Donnell coming in first (15.19), Ruadhan O’Grada third, Mark Molloy fourth and Roly Mossop 11th.

In the Male Seniors DSD were second with 63 points, 11 behind Donore Harriers. Leon O’Connor was 5th (15.12), Paul O’Donnell 7th, Ruadha O’Grada 24th and Mark Molloy 27th.

DSD Female Seniors came third with 73 points. Harriet Robinson (4th), Sarah Miles (10th), Sarah O'Carroll (16th) Eileen Gillick (43rd)

The Women’s Team came 3rd, with 57 points, just 6 points behind winners Crusaders AC. Points were notched up by Harriet Robinson, 5th (17.56), Sarah Miles 10th, Sarah O’Carroll 18th, and Pauline Robertson 24th .

In individual age groups Maxine Jones was first in the W60 with a time of 20.58; Pauline Robertson was 3rd (20.28) in the F45; Jim Quinn was 3rd (17.59) in the M45, with Paul Hogan 5th and Fintan Hourihan 11th. Ella Donohoe was 3rd in the FJ (21.55). Colm Murphy, Barry O’Grady and Alan Egan placed well in the competitive M40 group.

The winning time was 14.43 by Colm Sheahan from Leevale AC followed by Michael Hearty From Cork AC.

Deirdre Byrne of Sli Cualann of Wicklow won in the women’s category (16.09), with Catherina McKiernan just behind in 2nd place.


Report by Maxine Jones - DSD Meet & Train

Vhi Women's Mini Marathon Training Programme

The 2016 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon DSD training program commencing Tuesday 5th April promises to be a great way to train for the big day.

Our Yearly Vhi Women's Mini Marathon & Summer 10km training program will commence again. Many ladies and gents have found this a great entry point to the clubs M&T group and indeed some have even taken their running to a national level, all from starting in this training program.

It will involve access to 4 days a week training, with qualified coaches and like minded individuals wanting to get fit for summer. It will culminate in a 10km race in June, then continue running for the summer if you like.

For €55 (€30 if you give the club a volunteering day) you get access to over 8 weeks of training instruction and stretching & core work. http://www.dsdac.com/pdfs/Reg-Senior.pdf 
Learn dynamic stretching & warm-ups before you start running. Developing these good habits, reduces injuries and prepares the body correctly each time you run.

We suggest/insist that you are able to run 1 mile prior to joining.
If you'd like to participate you need to complete and submit the attached registration form to niamhdsd@gmail.com "before" commencing your training. http://www.dsdac.com/pdfs/Reg-Senior.pdf  Mark on the form Mini Marathon Training and the amount paid. 

This training is open to both men & women, and the club is keen to assist you learn the good habits that a healthy lifestyle & running brings.


D.S.D. reach New Heights!

As our headline indicates the High Jump took centre stage for D.S.D., in Athlone on Sunday as Grace soared over 1.75, for a new PB and the gold medal, with Grainne only a few centimetres behind in 3rd place.  Gold was the predominant colour for the club in a long day’s competition, as we won in all categories from sprints, hurdles, middle distance, jumps and throws.  Kate Doherty had a very fluent performance in the Junior Women’s hurdles as she raced to a Leinster Championship victory.  An amazing return to action in the shorter distance, saw David Gillick win silver in the Senior Men’s 200m.  Well done David – great to see you back in D.S.D. colours, and what a way to introduce Oscar to the world of athletics!  In the Masters, Justine was in imperious form as she was never headed in the 800m (2.23) and she returned to action a few hours later to a PB in the 1500m 4.50.76.  The 1500m was a top class race and Justine sat in until the bell to produce a winning burst of speed that sealed the double.  Cathryn Brady won silver in the 1500m W.50 with an incredible 15 sec PB.  Peadar McGing and Shane Sheridan (returning from a 3 month injury lay off) had top class victories in their respective age groups.  Some other results to hand:

Shane Sheridan M55:       1st 200m; 1st 60m; 1st 400m

Kevin Byrne M40:             1st L.Jump; 2nd 60m hurdles

Peadar McGing M60:       1st 60m; 1st Long Jump

Lucy Moore W55:             1st Shot

Tara Jenkins Junior:          2nd L.Jump