Douglas Community School Athletics Report


The All-Ireland Schools Cross-Country championships were held recentley in
DCU, with Irelands best distance runners seeking team medals and places on
the Irish team for the schools international cross-country. The school had
three teams competing Junior, Inter and Senior. The course proved a testing
one with large sections of mud, a hilly loop and strong winds.

The Junior
team were led home by the superb Peter Hanrahan and others to impress were
Cullen Lynch, Ian Tobin and Shaun Healy. The Inter boys team had been
unlucky in the run up to the championships with illnesses taking its toll on
the team. Richard Quirke had a great run in 36th position after losing a
spike after 300m. Mark Tobin, Adam Kelleher and David O’ Keeffe also had
great runs.

The senior race tunred out to be a cracker with a head to head
battle between Craig Murphy and John Coghlan (son of the legendary Eamonn
Coghlan). Craig battled hard throughout but unfortunately he couldn’t match
Coghlans final sprint. He finished in a fantastic 2nd place and has the
added bonus of being able to compete in this age group again next year. He
can now look forward to a well-earned break.

Douglas CS and St Malachys
Belfast were the only two schools in the country to have three teams
qualified to compete at the championships, a great achievement by all