Like any sport athletics is about inspiration and sometimes a gold medal win can inspire others to do their best. So it was at the Community Games County Finals in Mungret. Feenagh Kilmeedy won four gold medals, our best ever result and starting it all off was Patrick (Pa) O’Doherty. His event was the under 12 two kilometre cycle race and Pa cycled brilliantly for first place and booked his All-Ireland spot. His buddy Conor Healy also got on the podium getting a fourth place medal.
In the girls under 14 bike race Mairide Bennis took a great gold medal and her sister Orla cycled to a bronze at the under 12 event. The Bennis family were also in the medals at the triple jump when Aine claimed third place. The Feenagh-Kilmeedy gold value rose further as Colm Galvin won a very hard fought boys under 14 javelin competition. Colm had a great tussle with Karl Buckley of Ballybrown – Clarina. The Ballybrown boy was in the lead when up stepped Colm to take his last throw. What an effort it was as young Galvin launched the javelin for a new personal best throw of 23 metres winning by just 6 centimetres.
Feenagh – Kilmeedy had no luck in the relay events on Saturday as both teams finished in fifth place. Our under 10 mixed relay squad were Shauna O’Connor, Tomas Galvin, Eimear Galvin and Ruairi O’ Connor. Our under twelve boys team were Eoin Galvin, Cian O’ Connor, David Galvin and Ronan O’Connor. Ronan and David both had a busy weekend. Ronan got to the semi final of the boys 100 metres and David got all the way to the final but finished just outside the medals. Niamh Galvin finished sixth in her under 12 sprint. Iain Gaffney ran a great 80 metres race to qualify for his final where he finished in eight place.
One of the stars on Sunday in Mungret was Eimear Galvin. She is one of our most dedicated and hard working athletes. Her display in winning the 200 metres was one of her best ever in the colours of Feenagh Kilmeedy. Eimear made a great start to the race and just edged Sarah Butler of Regional on the line. The reward for our four gold medallists is qualification for the All- Irelands in August and there the athletes will join our swimmers, cyclists and dancers. I must congratulate all the St. Mary athletes who also make the trip to Athlone.
Finally we would like to thank all our managers, helpers and competitors for their hard work and dedication in bringing county medals home to Feenagh Kilmeedy.