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Cork Athletics County Intermediate and Juvenile Cross-Country Championship Results - November 1974

Collins Still in Devastating Finishing Form

Cork BLE County Intermediate and Juvenile Cross-Country Championships 1974


Sunday November 30th 1974

cork athletics county intermediate xc chps 1974Cork Examiner Report Monday December 1st 1974


[Notes 2020] Midleton won both team titles at the county intermediate. The men beat St Finbarr’s, by just one point (six to score), meaning that the fifth and sixth scorers had to apply for re-grading a few years later!

Third in the boys U12 (behind T Gilbert) was Kieran Stack, who would later go on athletics scholarship to the ‘States, while second in the boys U13, was one Martin Drake, who went on to win the All-Ireland in that age-group, in Donegal, a few weeks later.  

Winner of the girls U9 was Valerie Vaughan (Blarney), who would earn a Bronze medal, on the Irish team, at the 2002 World Cross-Country Championships.

Unusual for nowadays, all the juvenile age-group championships were on the one day. 


Cork Examiner Report

Collins still in devastating finishing form

JAMES COLLINS, the Ballymore-Cobh AC athlete who has been in devastating form since the current cross-country season got under way, maintained his unbeaten record in county competition, at Castlemartyr yesterday, where he put in a storming finish, to take the Cork County B.L.E. Intermediate cross-country championship title, in convincing style.

In his first season in cross-country running, he has already laid claim to possible national honours, with a string of impressive runs in Munster, novice and intermediate championships. Yesterday’s race saw him up with the leading group from the start, and a break, more than 800 metres from the finish, saw him establish a commanding lead, which left him 50 metres ahead of his nearest challenger, Liam O’Brien of Midleton, at the line.

An intriguing battle for team honours, saw Midleton, the holders, retain their title by a solitary point, led by O’Brien and Albert de Cogan, who was to withstand the challenge of St. Finbarr’s, led home by Donie Ryan, in third place, and Donal Domeney, who was 6th.

Midleton completed the double, when their Ladies team emerged from a large field, with a score of 19 points, to leave them four points better than U.C.C. Their team, comprised of three 14 year old girls and a twelve year old, was always in contention, and were amply compensated for last year’s disappointment, when they were beaten bv two points.

Elizabeth O’Brien (14) of Midleton, won the individual title by a convincing margin from Catherine Hourigan of U.C.C., adding to her list of successes, which include county, Munster and All-Ireland titles under-12 and 15.

Linda Barrett (12) of Midleton, who filled third position, includes under-11 and 12 All- Ireland titles among her successes. Both are pupils of St. Mary’s High School, Midleton



Intermediate Men:    1, J. Collins (Ballymore-Cobh); 2. L. O’Brien (Midieton); 3, D. Ryan (St. Finbarr’s), 4 A. de Cogan (Midleton); 5 P. Duggan (Leevale);    6, D. Domeney (St. Finbarr’s).

Teams:  1 Midleton (L. O’Brien, A. deCogan, F. Mulhoiland, J. Martin, B. Griffin, J. Walsh, 48 pts.; 2, St Finbarrs 49 pts; 3, Carrigtwohill-Carrignavar, 73 pts.

Intermediate Women: 1, E. O’Brien (Midleton); 2, C. Hourihan (U.C.C); 3, L. Barrett (Midleton); 4, D. Mellerick (U.C.C); 5. R. O’Brien (St. Finbarr’s); 6, M. Fleming (Midleton)

Teams: 1, Midleton (E. O’Brien, L. Barrett, M. Fleming, H. Casey) 19 Pts.; 2, U.C.C. 23 pts.; 3. St. Finbarr’s 51 pts.

Boys under 9: 1, J. O’Connell (Togher); 2, L. McCarthy (Midleton) 3, G. O’Leary (Midleton)

Boys under 10: 1, K. Cooney (Ballincollig); 2, B. Stack (Doneraile); 3, J. Farrell (Midleton)

Boy under 11: 3, M. Neson (Togher); 2, N. O’Donovan (Ballincollig); 3, C. Desmond (Blarney)

Boys under 12: 1, D. Leamy (Grange-Fermoy); 2, T. Gilbert (Blarney); 3, K. Stack (Doneraile)

Boys under 13: 1, A. Cullman (Togher); 2. M. Drake (Youghal); 3, W. O'Rourke (Togher)

Girls under 9: 1, V. Vaughan (Blarney); 2, M. Barrett (Leevale); 3, C Dempsey (Youghal)

Girls under 10: 1, B. Goggin (Youghal); 2, E. Kirby (Youghal) 3, E. Barry (Midleton)

Girls under-11: 1, E. Vaughan (Blarney); 2, I. Depuis (Togher); 3, A. Murphy (Togher)

Girls under-12:  1, B. Vaughan (Blarney); 2, B. Murphy (Youghal); 3, A. Barrett (Midleton)

Girls under-13: 1, M. O’Sullivan (Midleton): 2, C. Vaughan (Blarney); 3, N. Cotter (Togher)


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