Pride for Glenmore AC as Niamh wins All Ireland gold

Glenmore AC’s Niamh Rice won gold in the All-Ireland U12 Ball Throw in Tullamore on Saturday July 14 with a throw of 40m 94 - less than 2m off the national record. This was a tremendous achievement for this fine young athlete.

Glenmore AC’s Niamh Rice won gold in the All-Ireland U12 Ball Throw in Tullamore on Saturday July 14 with a throw of 40m 94 - less than 2m off the national record. This was a tremendous achievement for this fine young athlete.

Niamh joined Glenmore AC at the age of seven and although very much an all round athlete, she has been Louth champion in the Ball Throw from the U9 competition and has grown in strength down through the years, culminating in this very high achievement in Tullamore. The club are very proud of her achievements.

Glenmore AC would also like to wish Linda Byrne good luck in the London Olympics where she is representing Ireland in the marathon.

Linda’s grandmother Caithlin Byrne, nee O’Hanlon is originally from Benagh, Riverstown in the Cooley Peninsula. She is a cousin of Briege Clifford whose daughter Rose is a member of Glenmore AC and an excellent athlete of her time with the club.

Linda’s time of 2:36:23 in the Dublin marathon last October, winning the Irish title in the process, made her the first woman to achieve the marathon A standard. She was also the winner of the Ladies Flora Mini Marathon in Dublin in June.

Linda is a member of Dundrum South Dublin AC. The Olympic marathon takes place on Sunday August 5 at 11am and all eyes in the peninsula will be on Linda.