Inis "Iron" Meáin 2013
We trust that you have all recovered from your trip to Inis Meáin and hope that you enjoyed the event as much as we all did here. Inis Iron Meáin was a huge success again this year with the weather on our side and more people taking part than ever before! We, the pupils and teachers of Coláiste Naomh Eoin would like to extend our sincere thanks to you all for coming to the island to support our event. In particular, we were privileged to receive Seosamh Mac Donncha, Chief Executive Officer of County Galway VEC and Róisín Ní Thomáin, an ambassador of Seachtain na Gaeilge 2013 who opened the race and presented the prizes. For those of you that stayed, full marks to all of you who went all out for the ‘All things Irish fancy dress’. As usual, it was a ball with more than a few sore heads the following day! Though it was a difficult task in hand for the adjudicators, the prize for best fancy dress went to Gráinne Conneely who was Miss Tayto, wearing an outfit completely made from Tayto crisp packets!
Now to the serious stuff. A big congratulations to all the winners of the 10K and indeed to everybody who took part. The winners of the Senior/Cúrsa Fíor Chrua Course were Alan Curran (43:52) who was the fastest runner on the day and Eithne Lennon (55:04) the fastest woman. The fastest islander of the Senior Course was Máirtín Ó Goill (50:04) and Liam de Blacam took the Senior prize for fastest Coláiste Naomh Eoin pupil (59:54). Michael Ó Coincheanainn took the senior race prize for the local primary school on the day (01:10:38).
The winners of the Novice/Cúrsa Crua Course were Ivan Clancy (37:59) and Emma Cloherty (49:58). The fastest novice islander was Kara Conneely (53:11). Coláiste Naomh Eoin’s fastest novice pupil was Máirín Ní Choinceanainn (1:10:37) and Eoghan Ó Domhnaill won the novice prize for the primary school (53:38).
(Please refer to the results page for a full listing of results.)
A very special thanks to the people who helped make the event a great success. To all the sponsors on the mainland and island, in particular, ‘Cniotáil Inis Meáin Teo.’ who once again very generously donated the running prizes and knitwear. To the parents & Bean an Tí’s of Coláiste Naomh Eoin who helped all day in the hall and made some delicious desserts & cakes. To Pádraig from Teach Ósta Inis Meáin who quenched our thirst and put up with the madness! To Noel & Mairtín who marked the course again this year and to all the water station attendants. To Aer Arann and Island Ferries who managed to get everybody on and off the island and to Tarlach from Spailpín Fánach for his inventive t-shirt design again this year. To the hotel, restaurants and B&Bs who opened especially for the event. To Seán Lydon the photographer who did a fantastic job. To all of you who contributed your time and enthusiasm (too many of you to mention), we thank you for making Coláiste Naomh Eoin’s special annual event a great boost for the school and indeed for the island
Go mbeirimid beo ar an am seo arís!