Athlete Of The Month – December

Published On: 15 Jan 2019

Togher AC novice men’s cross country team are Cork City Sports Athletes of the Month for December 2018. The Togher team won a fiercely contested Athletics Ireland National Novice Cross-Country Inter-Club Title, in Navan, Co Meath, on Saturday 16th December 2018. The team members were Evan Byrne, Ruairi Casey, Gavin Sweeney, Ian Tivy and Craig Harrington. 

The award was presented to the Togher team at a function in The River Lee (sponsor). Also in attendance were Cork City Sports sponsors, The Evening Echo & Cork’s 96FM. 

The December award wraps up a great year of athletic performances by Cork Athletes, we now look forward to the Athlete Of The year award which will be held shortly. 

Seated are team members Gavin Sweeney, Ruairi Casey, Ian Tivy and Craig Harrington, L to R., (Standing)Ken Perrott, 96FM Michael O’Connell CCS, Terry O’Rourke , Secretary CCS, Nicola Cullinane, Marketing Executive Evening Echo, Tony O’Connell, Chairman CCS, Isabel Keane, Event & promotions Cork 96FM C103, Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr. Thomas Moloney, Claire Myler, Sales Manager, The River Lee Hotel, Deputy County Mayor Cllr Derry Canty, Frank Walley, President CCS and Liam O’Brien Technical Director CCS. Picture. M.Collins.

Athlete Of The Month – November

Published On: 15 Jan 2019

Darragh McElhinney, Bantry AC, is Cork City Sports Athlete of the Month award for November 2018. On the 25th November Darragh was a comprehensive winner of the National Junior (Under 20) cross country championship held at the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown. Darragh followed up on this run with a very creditable 16th place at the European championships in The Netherlands.

The award was presented to Darragh at a function in the River Lee Hotel, Cork, on Monday December 17th 2018

Athlete Of The Month – October

Published On: 29 Nov 2018

Leevale AC’s Lizzie Lee is the Cork City Sports Athlete Of The Month for October. Lizzie was presented the award at the ceremony at a hosted lunch today in The River Lee. 

At the SSE Airtricity Dublin marathon Lizzie Lee mixed it with the elite internationals, finishing an outright third, her time of 2:35:03 was one of the fastest times by an Irish woman on Irish soil, this also won her first Irish national title.

Lizzie also led Leevale women to the team title in a new Irish record of 8:25 for the national marathon, beating the previous record by two minutes.’

The is 4th time Lizzie has received an Athlete Of The Month award from Cork City Sports. 

The award is co-sponsored by The Evening Echo, The River Lee, Cork’s 96FM & LeisureWorld. 

L to R., Joe Hartmett, Meeting Director CCS, Tony O’Connell, Chairman CCS, Donie Walsh, Coach, Leevale A.C. Back Row L to R., Donal Murnane, Chairman Leevale AC and PRO, CCS, Frank Walley, President CCS, Kieran McGeary CEO, Cork 96FM C103, Ruairi O’Connor GM, The River Lee Hotel, Terry O’Rourke, Secretary CCS, Nicola Cullinane, Marketing Executive Evening Echo, Liam O’Brien, Technical Director CCS and John Callanan, Vice President Leevale A.C.. Picture, M. Collins.



Athlete Of The Month – September

Published On: 11 Nov 2018

The recipients of the Cork City Sports Athlete Of The Month Award for September are Leevale AC’s junior men’s 4x100m relay team.  For the 3rd year in succession, Leevale junior men travelled to Portugal to compete at the European Junior Clubs Cup. In the 4x100m relay the team of  Ryan O’Leary,  Wymin Sivakumar, Colin Doyle and Conor Morey, put in an exceptional performance to win the race  in a time of 42.31, setting a new national U18 4x100m record in the process. Earlier in the day Colin Doyle finished 2nd in the 200m, while Conor Morey finished 2nd in the 100m. The relay team is part of the Leevale sprint group, coached by Derek Coffee. 

The Cork City Sports Athlete Of The Month Award is sponsored by Cork’s 96FM, The Evening Echo and The River Lee. 

L to R front, Eoghan Dinan, Deputy Editor, Evening Echo, Mary O’Brien, Sales Manager The River Lee, Leevale Team Ryan O Leary, Colin Doyle, Derek Coffee (coach), Wymin Sivakumar, Conor Morey and Isobel Keane, Head of Sponsorship Promotions and Events, Cork 96FM c103, L to R Standing, Ken Perrott 96FM Shay Curtin CCS, Joe Hartnett CCS,Liam O’Brien CCS, Tony O’Connell Chairman CCS, Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr. Stephen Cunningham, frank Walley President CCS, Terry O’Rourke Secretary CCS, Finbarr O’Brien President, Leevale AC and John Calanan, Vice President Leevale AC and Eva Morris, C103. Picture, Martin Collins.

LeisureWorld Bishopstown Renew CCS Sponsorship

Published On: 31 Oct 2018

LeisureWorld Bishopstown renew their sponsorship for the 68th Cork City Sports International Athletics Meet. In 2019 the meet will be on WEDNESDAY the 14th AUGUST 2019 at 5.30pm.  Leisureworld will once again sponsor the very popular open mens 3000m  race and the always competitive 800m T54Wheelchair Men. 

LeisureWorld Bishopstown is situated right beside Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) in Bishopstown, Cork and is Cork’s largest health, fitness and leisure facilities. At LeisureWorld Bishopstown,  cater for people of all ages and from all walks of life

LeisureWorld Bishopstown  boasts 3 swimming pools (25m, 18m and toddler pool), 2 gyms, a main fully equipped gym & a speciality gym, class studios, outdoor astro turf pitches as well as a busy on site café, all located in Bishopstown, Cork.


L to R., Front; Mark McManus, Business Development Manager, Aoife Twohig Health and Fitness Instructor, Ian O’Leary, Marketing Manager, L to R., Rear, Claire Murphy, HR Manager, Terry O’Rourke, Secretary Cork City Sports International Athletics Committee, Christine Moloney CEO Leisureworld Bishopstown / LW Management, Tony O’Connell Chairman Cork City Sports International Athletics Committee and Joanna Pas, Health and Fitness Instructor. Picture, Martin Collins.

Athlete Of The Month – August

Published On: 2 Oct 2018

Brian Lynch, Old Abbey AC,  is the winner of the Cork City Sports Athlete of the Month for August. Brian won the silver medal in the 400m hurdles at the Celtic Games International competition held in Grangemouth Stadium Scotland on the 4th August. This was the culmination of a great season for Brian who excelled in decathlon competitions throughout the summer months.  He represented Ireland with distinction in this event at the European Under 18 Championship held in Hungary earlier in July.

The Cork City Sports Athlete Of The Month Award is sponsored by Cork’s 96FM, The Evening Echo and The River Lee.



L to R., Tony O’Connell Chairman CCS, Eoghan Dinan, Evening Echo, Claire Myler, Sales Manager,The River Lee Kieran McGaery CEO, Cork 96FM C103, Isobel Keane, Events and Marketing Promotions Cork 96FM C103, Brian Lynch (Old Abbey AC) Award Winner, Lord Mayor Cllr. Mick Finn, Nicola Cullinane, Marketing Executive, Evening ECho and Frank Walley president CCS. Picture, Martin Collins.

Athlete Of The Month- July

Published On: 21 Aug 2018

Michelle Finn (Leevale AC) is the Cork City Sports Athlete for the Month of July. At the national senior track and field championships in Santry Michelle won the 3000m steeplechase in a championship best time of 9:46.19. This time also secured Michelles’s place on the Irish team for the European championships in Berlin.

The ceremony was held at the newly refurbished facilities The River Lee Hotel.  The Award is jointly sponsored by The Evening Echo, Cork’s 96FM & C103 and The River Lee

L to R., Michael O’Connell CCS,Terry O’Rourke CCS, Kieran McGeary CEO Cork 96FM C103, Nicola Cullinane, Marketing Executive, Evening Echo, Michelle Finn, Leevale A.C. Athlete of the Month for July, Janice Casey, Events Manager, The River Lee ,John Calanan, Vice President Leevale AC, Frank Walley, President CCS and Tony O’Connell Chairman CCS. Shay Curtin CCS. Picture, Martin Collins.

Athlete Of The Month – June

Published On: 30 Jul 2018

The Cork City Sports Athlete for the Month of June goes to Dean Cronin (Blarney/Inniscarra AC). On the 2nd of June in Nashville Dean ran 1:46.67 in the 800m setting a personal best and also securing a European Championship A qualifying standard for that event. This time also puts him 11th on the Irish All-Time list and he heads the Irish 800m rankings this year. Dean had a stellar breakthrough season this year winning the silver medal in the 800m at both the Indoor and Outdoor NCAA Division 2 American championships.

The Cork City Sorts Athlete Of The Month  award is sponsored by River Hotel, Cork’s 96FM & C103FM and The Evening Echo. 


L to R., Liam O’Brien CCS, Shay Curtin CCS, Tony O’Connell CCS, Mary O’Brien, The River Lee Hotel, Elaine Fitzgerald, Cork 96FM, Joe Hartnett CCS and Terry O’Rourke CCS. Picture. M.Collins.

The 67th Cork City Sports, A Classic

Published On: 17 Jul 2018


And so the curtain falls on the 67th Cork City Sports, an event that many commentators are saying was one of the best since the 1980’s. The standard of international competition was exceptionally high with elements of local and national interest thrown in for good measure.

The biggest story of the night was when local athlete Phil Healy from Bandon went toe to toe with some of the best in the world and put on an amazing performance by setting a new Irish record and becoming the first Irish female athlete to break 23.00 secs in the womens 200M. Phil finished second in the 100M and third in the 200M in some of the finest international fields ever assembled on Irish soil. She can now look forward to the European Championships next month with a real chance of making a final and possibly a medal.
Crystal Emmanuel CAN dominated the womens sprints taking both the 100M and 200M in world class times of 11.25 and 22.75. Crystal has won the 200M two years running and is one of the best female sprinters in the world.
Another local interest story was the performance of Sophie O Sullivan in the junior 1500M. Sophie showed real guts in taking the title from a determined Stephanie Cotter in a time of 4.22.22.
In the mens sprints Marcus Lawler was superb in finishing second in the 200M with a new personal best of 20.40 taking him from fifth to second place on the Irish all time list, only one tenth of a second behind Paul Hession.
In the mens sprints Emile Erasmus RSA came tantalizingly close to the 10 second barrier winning the 100M in 10.14 so near to the meeting record of 10.12. Rasheed Dwyer took second place and Winston George third. Sydney Siame ZAM was supreme in the 200M setting a new meeting record of 20.18 from Irelands Marcus Lawler and a stellar field.
The womens 800M saw Laura Roesler defend the title she won last year from a large field. The mens 800M was a tremendous race and was one of the fastest 800M races ever run in this country. It was won  by Ryan Sanchez PUR in an incredibly fast time of 1.45.73. A time worthy of any Diamond League race. This was the performance of the meeting gaining Sanchez the John O Jagoe trophy for “Athlete of the Meeting”.
In the field events both Chuk Enekwechi  USA in the shot putt and Ida Storm SWE in the hammer retained their titles from last year. Enekwechi  won from Canadian champion Tim  Nedow and Storm won from fellow Swedish athlete Treacy Anderson.
The final event of the night was the mile and it was another record breaker with ten athletes breaking the magical 4 minute barrier. The race was won by defending champion Sam Prakel USA in 3.56.09 from Drew Piazza USA and Sam McEntee AUS. Several athletes broke the 4 minutes for the first time in the race including Corey Bellemore CAN and Jamie Williamson GER.
All involved with the event are proud of the performances put on by the athletes at this years meeting. The international reputation of the Cork City Sports has definitely been enhanced by this years performances.

Phil Healy Breaks Irish 200m Record At Cork City Sports

Published On: 17 Jul 2018

Phil Healy’s tremendous summer of record-breaking has continued by smashing the long-standing Irish women’s 200m record at her home Cork City Sports – and Marcus Lawler almost did the same in the men’s equivalent. Healy became the first Irishwoman to dip under 23 seconds over the half-lap distance by clocking 22.99 in finishing third at CIT.

Phil Healy of Ireland on her way to setting a new Irish record of 22.99sec in the Evros Women’s 200m race

After setting a new 100m record last month at the Morton Stadium, the Bandon AC athlete enthused the Leeside crowd by breaking the 17-year-old 200m mark of 23.02 set by Sarah Reilly at the 2001 World Championships in Edmonton. Canada’s Crystal Emmanuel defended her Cork crown by winning in 22.75 seconds, with Joanna Atkins of the USA second in 22.90.
“Absolutely amazing!” Healy declared after her race, adding: “That’s my second national record in a few weeks. “22.99 – dipping under 23 seconds even though there was a  headwind on the bend. I’m absolutely thrilled to finally get the time!  “To turn around and see everyone standing on home soil, Cork turf, is absolutely brilliant.”

Healy had earlier come two-hundredths of second away from her month-old 100m record by streaking to 11.30, finishing again behind Emmanuel in second in the shorter sprint.
Marcus Lawler took a whopping 0.31 seconds off his lifetime best to leap from fifth to second on the all-time Irish list in the men’s 200. The Carlow sprinter recorded an impressive time of 20.40 seconds – only Paul Hession is faster in Irish history, with a 20.30 set in Dublin eleven years ago at the National Championships.
Lawler’s previous best this season was 20.75, but tested Zambia’s young prospect Sidney Siame in Cork tonight, who needed a lifetime best of 20.18 to make sure of victory. 

Marcus Lawler of Ireland leads the field in the Cork Airport 200m Men’s 200m race

The St Laurence O’Toole athlete felt his new milestone was going to happen sometime: “It’s a long time coming to be honest. I’ve been knocking on the door of the 20.5s. “I ran a 20.4 illegally last year, so finally I got a legal 20.40, and I’m delighted. It’s brilliant. We fly around Europe trying to get races abroad with good conditions and good competition, but Cork – and everyone that organised Cork today – brought them to Ireland. That all helps.”
Elsewhere, American Sam Prekel successfully defended his men’s mile crown by winning in 3:58.59 ahead of compatriot Drew Piazza.

Emile Erasmus set a new Irish all-comers 100m record with a mark of 10.14, erasing the marks of Linford Christie, Dennis Mitchell and Olapade Adeniken, who had all clocked 10.17 at the Mary Peters Stadium in the late eighties.
European U18 silver-medalist Sophie O’Sullivan delighted her watching parents, former world champion Sonia O’Sullivan and top coach Nic Bideau, by holding off Stephanie Cotter of West Muskerry to win the junior women’s 1500m at the start of the night.


Sophie O’Sullivan of Ballymore Cobh AC, Cork, leads Stephanie Cotter of West Muskerry AC, Cork, on her way to winning the Glenilen Farm 1500m Junior Women’s race

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