Graded Mile Charity Event 2022

On Wednesday evening 21 December 2022 we held a series of graded miles at the Mardyke Track.

On the night we raised €420 which was contributed by those present. The Club added to this donation and in January 2023 presented a total of €600 to Cork Penny Dinners, a critical and vitally needed, local charity.

Thank you to everyone who was involved in arranging the event in any way and to those who managed clocks, rang bells etc.

We also presented the individual and team medals for the National Marathon Championship from the Dublin Marathon. A huge congratulations to Niamh, Katie, Irene, Cathal and Jeremy.

Our good friend Joe Murphy of Joe Anne photos kindly joined us for the evening and took some great photos. You can flick through the photos here:

Photo Album 1

Photo Album 2

Presentation of Dublin Marathon (National Marathon) Medals

The final team results for the Dublin City Marathon held on 30th October 2022 were published on 6th December.

Congratulations to our Women’s Team of Niamh, Katie and Irene who won the National o35 Team Gold. They were the 1st team o35 out of 82 teams!

Well done to our Men, who narrowly missed a National Bronze Medal by 2 minutes over 78 Miles when finishing 4th overall.

These medals are in addition to the age category medals won by Jeremy, Niamh and Cathal.

Well done everyone. See the Athletics Ireland website for further details.

Presentation of the medals was held on 21 December 2022 during our Graded Mile Charity event.

Our good friend Joe Murphy of Joe Anne photos kindly joined us for the evening and took some great photos.

Photo Album 1

Photo Album 2

Cork City 10 Miler Donation to Cork Simon Community

Members of St. Finbarr’s AC who presented the Cork Simon Community with a cheque for €3,000, the proceeds of the Cork City 10-Mile Road Race which took place in August 2022.

Accepting the cheque on behalf of the Cork Simon Community is Margaret O’Sullivan, Fundraising (on left) and Rebecca McEvoy, chair of St. Finbarr’s AC.

Pictures courtesy of Brian Lougheed.

Don’t Forget to Sign Up for Cork County Novice

Cross Country Season Continues…

9th October: Cork County Novice

Location: Conna, Cork

Please complete the form here if interested

This is a great way for new members to get a feel for a team athletics event.

It’s honestly so much fun, come on sign up and get your Barr’s A.C. singlet ready!

Some of the best runners in the club and all clubs countywide are eligible for Novice Cross Country so it promises to be a great competition.

We are looking to put teams together for both the men and the women’s race. The more the better. Sign Up at this link!

Cross Country Club Event Sunday 25th September

A club event for members, who are interested in running Cross Country this Autumn/ Winter will take place Sunday September 25th 2022.

Meet Time: Warm up 10.30 (stretches and strides with Dan).

Event Start Time: 11am

Meeting Point: Tramore Valley Park (top of the grass dome to the East of the car park)

The main purpose of the event is to get people back running on grass while putting teams together for the upcoming cross country season.

There will be cross country events happening throughout October, November, December and into February 2023.

The more members to take part in the cross country events the better. There is a place for everyone on a team.

With Novice, Novice B, Senior, Intermediate and Masters races for Cork, Munster and Nationals there is a race for everyone.

Let’s wash out the fields of Cork and Munster with a sea of Barr’s jerseys!

This club event on Sunday 25th September at 11am will be held at Tramore Valley Park.

For those experimenting with cross country for the first time, there will be no need for spikes for the trial, unless there is heavy rain in the intervening period.

Feel free to wear regular runners or spikes for this one!

Any queries on this event can go to Coach Dan Kennedy 0872136827.

Anyone not available to run, but available to help out on the day, please also contact Dan as some stewards are required.

(Details subject to change in line with Athletics Ireland)

Photos from Last Year’s Cross Country Fun:

St Finbarr’s Novice Ladies 2021
Shane Cooney and Rowing Olympian Paul O’Donovan
Club XC Trial/Training Session Tramore Valley Park

Monday Hill Session with Dan and Liam

Monday Hill Session with Dan and Liam continues.

Monday night hills and xc training session with Dan and Liam – meet at the Farm at 6pm and jog down to the back of MTU for 6.15pm start.

Anyone under time pressure either park in the Rossbrook Housing Estate or in MTU and jog down to the Curraheen footpath at the rear of the stadium.

Great Cross Country Training!

Monday Road and Hill Sessions

Monday night Road and Hill sessions continue with Coach Dan Kennedy.

Meet at the top of the Mardyke Lane at 6.15pm, 2 miles warm up, hills in a new location, 2 mile warm down.

Please see ensure you have a proper hi viz bib or vest with proper reflective strips.

Assemble at the top (West) end of Mardyke Walk as per the map below. For location information, paste coordinates 51.893954N, 8.502560W into your Google Maps search box and hit enter.

Come along to the barrier at the top of Mardyke Walk and ask for the person in charge. Members assemble at the barrier just before 18:15 to conduct warm-up exercises.

COVID Safety Update from Athletics Ireland

Summary: Restrictions have been lifted but please maintain good hygiene practices and do not participate in or attend training/races if symptomatic.

On Friday January 21st 2022 the Government made an announcement in relation to Public Health Measures. 
The full announcement can be accessed here: – Government announces that most of the public health measures currently in place can be removed (
As set out in the announcement a large number of the public health measures currently in place can be removed. Key items in relation to sport & physical activity are as follows:
1.       Formal requirements for physical distancing (2m) removed
2.       8pm closing time for sporting events removed
3.       Capacity restrictions for outdoor sporting events removed
4.       Capacity restrictions for indoor sporting events removed
5.       Seated only spectators at indoor sporting events removed
6.       Use of pods for indoor sporting activities removed
7.       Use of a COVID pass to access indoor events removed
The Government have reiterated the need for ongoing close monitoring of the virus. Sporting bodies should continue to risk assess individual activities and events.

This includes the continued implementation of good hygiene practices along with recommending symptomatic individuals do not participate in or attend sporting activities.

Thank you everybody!

Cross Country Training

The All Ireland Masters and Intermediate XC Championships are today 6 weeks in Castlelyons. Let’s get ready!

January 3rd

Dan is holding a tempo hills session tomorrow Monday, at the rear of MTU in Curraheen.

Meet at the Farm at 11am and jog away down easy as a warm up.

January 9th

Also, The BHAA today week, January 9th are holding an xc race in Beaumont Quarry ( across from the Cork Constitution Grounds or near Pairc Ui Rinn).

This would be a good practice session too for Castlelyons.