• Posted on: 2 December 2019
  • By: Una

We celebrated our 2019 Awards Night on Sunday, 1st December in the Menlo Park Hotel who put on a fabulous meal and event.  The venue and service were excellent on the night.

The evening was hosted once again by Club President, Pat O’Dwyer, and over one hundred awards were presented to our  club athletes, coaches and volunteers.  It was a fabulous evening and many thanks to all who attended.

Special mention to Niamh Hennelly, Brian Bruton, Mags Sheridan, Noeleen Healy, Ger Nally and Una Murphy and who worked hard behind the scenes to make the event happen.

It was a great year for our Juveniles.  Well done to all our athletes that have trained and competed through the year.  Our Juvenile numbers are expanding each year.  A Big Thank You to all our coaches, volunteers, helpers, and parents who have helped in any way during the year. 

2019 was a year of great performances from many of our athletes across many distances, terrains and across many various events – from road to grass to track and field, both Indoors and Outdoors, home and abroad.  Awards were presented to our National Medalists, Individuals and Relay Teams and to our International Athletes.

International Athletes

Seren O'Toole
Eimear Rowe
Laura Nally
Conor Hoade
Alex Lee
Nicole Walsh
Thomas Mc Stay
Cillín Greene
Thomas Mc Stay
John Moroney

We had a difficult task to choose the Athlete of the Year Awards as there were so many deserving athletes in many categories. 

The recipients were

Junior Female – Laura Nally
Junior Male – Thomas Mc Stay
Master Female – Regina Casey
Master Male – Jim Phelan
Senior Female – Nicole Walsh
Senior Male – Cillin Greene

Juvenile Special Achievement Award – Robert Mc Donnell

It was also an opportunity to acknowledge the volunteer contribution of the Senior Coaches and Fit4Life Leaders and the role they have played in assisting our athletes in reaching their potential.

Some members of the Marathon Training Group were given recognition for their achievements this year: Jan Van de Berg. Neasa De Burca. Martin Kearney and Elaine Walsh.

GCH Women’s Team of the Year – Connacht Senior League Cross Country Team

GCH Men’s Team of the Year – National Track & Field National League Team

The Spirit of GCH for Inspiration and Determination was award to Alex Lee, Ireland’s first ever blade runner and for his performance at the Word Para Athletics Championships in Dubai 2019. A truly inspirational athlete.

A second Spirit of GCH award for Dedication and Perserverance was awarded to Martin Kearney for his dedication in pursuing his sub three Doubly imressive as Martin turned 65 this week!

Eamon O’Donnell was awarded “Club Person of the Year” for the hundreds of hours of work he has put in throughout the year (and previous years) for the Club and Athletics at County and National Level.  Always on stand by and helps at many local competitions – assisting in setting up cross country courses as well as a starter role. Eamon plays a ‘hands on’ role with the Streets of Galway road race and involved in the 5k series of races. Eamon is always on hand if any advice is needed and we really appreciate all his work and efforts throughout the year.  Thank you Eamon for all that you do.

We would like to thank all our volunteers who have helped in any way during the year most sincerely on behalf of all GCH members. Your time, efforts and contribution is very much appreciated.

Full list of Awards presented here.

Thank you to Leo Brule, our Official Photographer on the night and so David Niland for the additional photos.

Photographs have been posted on the Galway City Harriers Facebook Page.


Again, thank you all for coming along to a most enjoyable event and we hope there will be plenty more to celebrate at the Awards Night 2020!


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