Club debut at Mayo Cross Country Championships (Even ages)

To foster a love of running (and indeed jumping and throwing), preparation is crucial so that when it comes to competition, the athlete is ready and can feel they can compete without being disheartened. Since the inception of our fledgling club, all athletes have been prepared very well and this was borne out at the Mayo cross country championships held on the rolling Ballinrobe Race Course on the 9th of October. It was clear to see that all athletes could compete with the best in Mayo -...

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More All-Ireland Community Games medals for Moy Valley AC athletes

For the second weekend in a row, Moy Valley AC athletes occupied places on the podium at the National Community Games finals in Athlone. They had prepared very well over the summer months and that was evident in all performances.

One of the more high profile races at the National Finals is the 7K "marathon" event for under 17 girls and boys. It is usually a chance for Ireland's best middle distance runners in that age group to showcase their talents. Taking that into consideration, there...

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Moy Valley athletes at National Community Games finals

Moy Valley AC juvenile members will be competing this Saturday and Sunday, the 20th and 21st of August, in the National Community Games finals in Athlone. Those competing are Emily Duffy, Avadh Gaughan, Billy Ruane, Michael Caden, Richie Shelley, Ashling Gaughan, Bridget Mills, Conor McLoughlin, Cormac McDermott and Keelan Kilrehill. All will be representing their local communities and counties with pride having qualified to represent them on the national stage. Communities in North Mayo...

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All-Ireland cross country medals for four MVAC athletes

Four members of our club won All-Ireland cross country medals with Mayo Community Games teams at the national finals in Athlone. It is also important to point out that the county teams were prepared very well by Moy Valley AC coach Philip Finnerty who gave selflessly of his time and expertise to the teams and comprehensive county training sessions were hosted on the beautiful parkland in Belleek - one of the finest cross country courses in Connaught!


Three Moy Valley AC athletes,...

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All-Ireland Community Games semi-finals

Best of luck to all members of the Mayo Cross Country team who will compete in the All Ireland Community Games semi-finals this Saturday the 13th August. The group have travelled from all parts of Mayo to train on the magnificent Belleek cross country course over the past few weeks supported by dedicated Moy Valley AC coach, Philip Finnerty. The team have trained very well and we wish them all the very best of luck.

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Making the most of our town amenities

Training for Moy Valley AC takes place in a variety of locations in the Moy Valley region. Our usual training sessions take place in the rolling parkland of Belleek town park in one of the most beautiful settings in Ballina. This parkland is firmly established as one of the finest cross country courses in Connaught and has hosted a myriad of North Mayo, Mayo and Connaught championships over the years. We are so lucky that our athletes can work on running technique, speed and stamina over a...

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Rock ‘n Roll Half marathon

Moy Valley AC was delighted to make a contribution to the Anthony Golden Trust Fund through participation in the Rock 'n Roll Half Marathon in the Phoenix Park on the 7th of August. Six of our dedicated adult athletes (Ailbe, Elaine, Orla, Eamonn, Ray, Stuart) set their sights on this race and completed this demanding course and as the photos below demonstrate, it does not appear to have troubled them unduly. Well done to all and a great cause!

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Keelan, Cormac and Conor on Connaught development squad

Moy Valley athletes Cormac McDermott and Conor McLoughlin will join fellow clubmate Kellan Kilrehill on the Connaught endurance development squad in recognition of progress they are making in their middle distance events. Cormac is the Connaught champion over 800m on the track and will represent Mayo in the national Community Games finals over 1500m. Conor McLoughlin was placed third over 3000m on the track in the Connaught championships and participated in the recent All-Ireland...

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Moy Valley AC coach – 20 Years ago this week

Moy Valley AC coach, Deirdre Gallagher (Clarke), competed in the 10,000 m race walking final in the Olympic Games in Atlanta on the 29th of July, 1996 - 20 years ago this week. As the Rio Olympics draws near, we can appreciate the athletic experience in our club and further appreciate the fact that this experience is being used to develop the athletes in our new club.

Olympic Programme


The Atlanta Olympics took place between the 19th of July and 4th of August 1996 in hot humid conditions. Week 1,...

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