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Athlete Of The Month – October

Published On: 27 Nov 2015

At an award ceremony in the River Lee Hotel, Noelle Lenihan (North Cork AC) from Charleville, received the Cork City Sports Athlete of the month award for October. Noelle competed in discus the Work Paralympic Games in Doha and threw a F38 world record 31.64m and a silver medal in the F37 category.

Noelle is a very promising young athlete and is now looking forward to representing Ireland at the Paralympics in Rio Next Year.

The Cork City Sports Athlete of the month award is co-sponsored by, C013/96FM, The Evening Echo and The River Lee Hotel.

At the River Lee Hotel Noelle Lenihan ( North Cork AC ) and Silver Medalist at the World Paralympic Games in Doha receives the Cork City Sports Athletics Person of the Month Award. Included in picture L to R., Terry O'Rourke CCS, Noel Spillane, Evening Echo, Elaine Fitzgerald, Cork 96FM C103, Tony O'Connell CCS, Mary O'Brien, River Lee Hotel, Liam O'Brien, CCS and Donal Murnane CCS. Picture. M. Collins.

L to R., Terry O’Rourke CCS, Noel Spillane, Evening Echo, Elaine Fitzgerald, Cork 96FM C103, Tony O’Connell CCS, Mary O’Brien, River Lee Hotel, Liam O’Brien, CCS and Donal Murnane CCS.

Life Time Achievement Award For Dick Hodgins

Published On: 25 Nov 2015

The 2015 GloHealth National Athletics Awards were held at the Plaza Hotel in Santry today. Among the award recipient was Cork City Sports Meet Director Dick Hodgins who received the Lifetime service to Athletics Award.

Milers of the calibre of John Walker, Steve Scott, Eamonn Coughlan and local hero Marcus O’Sullivan and Sonia O’Sullivan have graced the track at the Mardyke, the hammer competition of 1984 when Yuriy Sedykh set a world record of 86.34m to edge out Sergey Litvinov’s 85.20m. Indeed there were over 10 throws over 80m during the extraordinary competition. 

Of course non of that would have been possible only for the dedicated work of a special group of people on the committee who have brought international athletics to the Irish public regardless of cost and one member of the committee in particular has made an immense contribution to athletics in Cork, both as an athlete and administrator. 

As a runner he won fourteen Irish titles over a wide range of distances over twelve years. Twice winning the national 1500m, twice winning the mile, three times champion over 2 miles, once over 10 miles, three times 15 mile champion and a marathon title in 1975 to round it off. 

After that came the administrative side of things with a long spell as Leevale AC  treasurer, before joining the Cork City Sports Committee. It was not long before he found himself in the position of chairman, a role he undertook with great passion and expertise for 19 years. 

For the past few years he has been meet director and continues to devote a huge amount of time to ensuring Cork City Sports remains the prime fixture (that it is) on the Irish & European calendar. For so many years it has not just brought World Class Performers to the country but it also provided opportunity for Irish athletes to compete internationally on home soil. Many qualifying standards for major championships have been achieved at the sports. The sports continues to thrive at it’s new venue at the Cork IT Arena. 

And so Athletics Ireland was delighted to honour the Cork City Sports Committee and in particular one of it’s longest serving members who is the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient for 2015, Dick Hodgins.

Unfortunately Dick is recovering from an illness and was unable to attend in person, his daughters Jill & Carol and his son Rickey accepted the award on his behalf.

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Date Announced For 65th Cork City Sports

Published On: 24 Nov 2015

Dick Hodgins, meet director has announced that the 2016 Cork City Sports will be held at the CIT arena on Tuesday 28th June.  He states that the sports is earlier than the traditional July date next year due to the European Athletics T&F Championships.  The June date slots the sports nicely between the National Championships and the Europeans.

Athletic Persons Of The Month – September

Published On: 24 Nov 2015

Brother Colm O’Connell, Coach to Olympic and World 800m Champion David Radish is the Cork City Sports Athletics Person’s of the Month for September.

Brother Colm O’Connell is an Irish missionary in Kenya,  originally from Caherduggan, Mallow, County Cork.  Shortly after moving to  Iten Kenya, despite having no coaching background, he began helping aspiring young athletes and he took over training athletes from Peter Foster, brother of British runner Brendan Foster. Today, he has 120 training camps and is known as “the Godfather of Kenyan running”. His work with the youth has included track and field training. Twenty five of his students have gone on to become world champions, and four have won Olympic gold medals.

His students include Edna Kiplagat, Florence Kiplagat, Lornah Kiplagat, Linet Masai, Mary Keitany, Ibrahim Kipkemboi Hussein, Peter Rono, Matthew Birir, Sammy Tirop, Haron Lagat, Janeth Jepkosgei, Viola Kibiwott, Brimin Kipruto, Joseph Tengelei, Isaac Songok, Wilson Boit, Vivian Cheruiyot, Michael Kipyego, Augustine Kiprono Choge, Wilson Kipketer and David Lekuta Rudisha. Brother Colm is credited in starting the influx of female athletes to Iten in the early 1990s when he trained and hosted World Champion Sally Barsosio, Rose Cheruiyot and world junior champion Lydia Cheromei.

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Athlete Of The Month July

Published On: 16 Oct 2015

Leevale athlete Michelle Finn receives the Cork City Sports athlete of the month award for July.

Competing at the Letterkenny AC International Track & Field meet in July, Michelle ran the 3K steeplechase in a time of 9:43.03 which gave her well qualification standard for the World Championships in Beijing (9:44) and 2016 Olympic Games in Rio (9:45)

Since competing in Beijing, Michelle has won the Evening Echo Women’s Mini-Marathon, leading from the start, she opened up a commanding lead to win in a time of 21:26

Just last Sunday Michelle won the County Senior Cross Country Championship, leading the Leevale women’s team to victory.

The Cork City Sports Athlete Of The Month award is co-sponsored by, The Evening Echo, 96/103FM and The River Lee Hotel.


Athletic Persons Of The Month – August

Published On: 6 Oct 2015

Robert Heffernan, World Champion 2013 and 5th in the World in Beijing is the Cork City Sports Athletics Person’s of the month for August

In August Robert travelled to Beijing to compete in the 50K walk at the World Athletics Championships. Even though he had a tough year with injuries Robert put in a fantastic performance to finish 5th in the World. Now fully recovered and injury free Robert is focused on the 2016 Olympics in Rio. This is a great opportunity for the Cork athlete to add to his impressive collection of international titles.


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Athlete Of The Month June

Published On: 27 Aug 2015

At a ceremony in the River Lee Hotel, Leevale athlete Sam Healy was presented with the Cork City Sports Athlete of the month Award for June.

Healy finished 5th in the long jump at the European Juniors which were held in Eskilstuna, Sweden. In doing so he achieved three outdoor PBs in the process. It is always a sign of a great athlete to produce PBs on the big occasions. Sam produced a fine last 7.44m leap to ensure his 5th place finish.

Present for the ceremony were event sponsors Evening Echo, 96 & C103FM & The River Lee Hotel.

L to R., Tony O'Connell, Chairman CCS, Kieran Mc Geary CEO, Cork 96FM C103, Bill Allen, Chairman, Cork County Board AAI, Ruairi O'Connor, General Manager, The River Lee Hotel and Frank Walley, President CCS.

L to R., Tony O’Connell, Chairman CCS, Kieran Mc Geary CEO, Cork 96FM C103, Bill Allen, Chairman, Cork County Board AAI, Ruairi O’Connor, General Manager, The River Lee Hotel and Frank Walley, President CCS.

Cork City Sports Airs Sunday July 12, Irish TV Sky channel 191

Published On: 9 Jul 2015

Irish TV will broadcast highlights of Cork City Sports International Athletics.

The prestigious Cork City Sports athletics meeting returns to television this year with an hour-long highlights of the July 7 event which will be broadcast on Irish TV on Sunday July 12 at 12 noon.

Irish TV is available on Sky Channel 191

Irish TV has been viewed in over 140 countries across the world. We are Ireland’s first international TV channel and our motto is to broadcast local stories to a global audience. As long as there are stories to tell from Irish communities, there will be people at home and abroad who want to hear them in a new and engaging way – on Irish TV. Irish TV can be viewed across Ireland, the UK and Europe on the Sky platform channel 191, Freesat 400, eircom’s eVision channel 191, free to air boxes and online at and



64th Cork City Sports A Resounding Success

Published On: 8 Jul 2015

The windy conditions were not ideal for fast times but the standard of athletes and the competition in each event was superb. The crowds really engaged and were entertained by top-class athletics for the evening.

The only damper on the evening were the two disqualification in both men’s and women’s 100m events.

Star attraction Michael Frater false-started in the men’s race, with Ramon Gittens of Barbados (10.22) benefiting from the disqualification of the Jamaican double Olympic gold medallist.

Cleo Van Buren took the women’s race in 11.71, while favourite Barbara Pierre of USA was another to suffer disqualification.

The mile was taken by Will Geoghegan in a time of 3:59.09, Eoin Everard the best of the Irish in sixth (4.04.68). Heather Kampf claimed victory in the 800m in 2:03.13, An Riocht’s Laura Crowe third in 2.04.70.

Australia’s Brett Robinson rounded off the evening’s action when claiming the spoils in the 3,000m, his time 7:51.01.

Full Results


MEN 100m ‘A’ (-0.5):

1 R Gittens (BAR) 10.22; 2 M Mitchell (USA) 10.31; 3 S Bockarie (SLE) 10.41.

100m ‘B’ (-2.4):

1 R McKenzie (JAM) 10.80; 2 L Sesele (RSA) 10.83; 3 Z Irwin (IRL) 10.94.

200m ‘A’ (1.2):

M Mitchell (USA) 21.06; 2 S Bockarie (SLE) 21.11; 3 R Gittens (BAR) 21.23.

200m ‘B’ (-0.3):

1 K Masztak (POL) 21.41; 2 P Feeney (USA) 21.55; 3 L Sesele (RSA) 21.62.


1 M Rutt (USA) 1:47.57; 2 A Bube (DEN) 1:47.73; 3 M English (IRL) 1:47.89… 4 D Murray (IRL) 1:48.02… 5 N Tuohy (IRL) 1:48.09.

One Mile:

1 W Geoghegan (USA) 3:59.09; 2 R Masters (USA) 4:01.33; 3 K Merber (USA) 4:01.43… 6 E Everard (IRL) 4:04.68.


1 B Robinson (AUS) 7:51.01; 2 J See (USA) 7:51.76; 3 J Stilin (USA) 7:54.78… 10 R Chesser (IRL) 8:17.62… 11 K Mulcaire (IRL) 8:20.79.

400m Hurdles ‘A’:

1 J Gibson (BAH) 49.65; 2 M Ukaoma (NGR) 49.99; 3 Q Downing (USA) 50.34.

400m Hurdles ‘B’:

1 C Morton (NGR) 51.34; 2 T Crowe (IRL) 52.70; 3 A Van Zyl (RSA) 54.31.

High Jump:

1 M Donisan (ROM) 2.18; 2 E Takashi (JAP) 2.15; 3 N Donte (USA) 2.15.

Long Jump:

1 N Frederick (USA) 7.36 (1.4); 2 R Haitengi (NAM) 7.31 ((0.1); 3 S Shiroyama (JAP) 7.26 (-0.8)… 6 C Bourke (IRL) 6.79 (-0.6).


1 1 A Frost (ENG) 69.49; 2 M Bomba (ENG) 65.07; 3 R Moffett (NIR) 55.89.

5000m Walk:

1 S Lebogang (RSA) 18:56.84; 2 A Alberto (ESP) 18:58.63; 3 A Wright (IRL) 19:00.15… 4 R Heffernan (IRL) 19:14.00.

3000m Open:

1 M Harty (East Cork) 8:43.53; 2 K Chesser (Ennis TC) 8:48.91; 3 S Moloney (Mooreabbey) 8:51.95.

1500m Junior:

1 C Kirwan (Raheny) 3:54.09; 2 G Campbell (Dunleer) 3:55.04; 3 L Horgan (Leevale) 3:59.15,

WOMEN 100m (0.6):

1 C Van Buren (USA) 11.71; 2 C McManus (IRL) 12.01; 3 C Brady (IRL) 12.09.

200m (0.7):

1 A Spenser (USA) 24.16; 2 K Proper (IRL) 24.38; 3 T Meadows (USA) 24.41.



1 H Kampf (USA) 2:03.13; 2 L Wallace (USA) 2:04.02; 3 L Crowe (IRL) 2:04.70.


1 A D’Agostino (USA) 8:58.39; 2 R Schneider (USA) 9:05.08; 3 M Cain (USA) 9:05.68… 4 M Cullen (IRL) 9:08.49… 11 M Finn (IRL) 9:19.34.

100m Hurdles (0.4):

1 T Jones (USA) 13.33; 2 S Alise (USA) 13.46; 3 C McManus (IRL) 14.09.

Pole Vault:

1 L Cussen (IRL) 3.05; 2 L Houlihan (IRL) 2.05; 3 M O’Connor (IRL) 2.95.

1500m Junior:

1 C Sweeney (Rathfranham-WSAF) 4:49.74; 2 A Neff (Leevale) 5:10.97.

Cork City Sport Sponsors

Published On: 6 Jul 2015

Without  support and sponsorship the  International Athletics meet held in Cork every year for the past 65 years could not take place. The Cork City Sports Committee are very grateful for the support received from The Irish Sports Council, Athletics Ireland, Cork City Council & Cork County Council. Their continued involvement displays the importance of this international athletics meet to the sporting community and the local authorities.

Sponsorship from local business is also crucial to the hosting of the Cork City Sports and we are delighted to have the continued support of; Centra, SuperValue, Cork Airport, TQS Engineering, Henry Ford & Sons, John Buckley Sports, DPS Engineering, CETB, Barrys Tea, LeisureWorld, FMC International, AON Hewitt, Johnson & Perrott Motor Group & The River Lee Hotel.

Cork City Sports are delighted to announce new sponsors for this years meet; Tyco, Mater Private, Evros ,  O’Leary Insurance Group & AIB and look forward to their involvement for years to come.

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