Entires are now open for Leinster National Qualifiers here: Entry

Comp: "489: National - Leinster Entries to the Juvenile Unevens (485)  (5th Dec 2021) "


Entries only for Clubs and Counties that qualified from Avondale, top 12 individual finishers in all age groups will be enteredon Leinster Teams (advise ASAP if unavailable to run so place can be offered to the next best finisher), open entry applies to u17 and u19 on condition they competed in Avondale; if entered for Avondale but did not compete, approval for open entry must be sought from the Athletics Leinster XC Secretary.


See pages 9 and 10 of the attached 2021 Cross Country Booklet for details. Note only Club or County Compeition Secretaries can do the entry. If you're having diffcultity please get in contact with Andrew on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PLEASE NOTE - entries will close on Wednesday 24th November to allow time for National to check all the entries, so please log in without delay to ensure you have access to the system and to resolve any issues you might have well in advance of the closing date.
The Programme for the Leinster Senior & Juvenile Uneven Ages XC 2021, which this year is available only electronically in keeping with the principles of reducing our carbon footprint and preventing waste. Please consider the environment before printing out a hard copy.
Hosted by Athletics Wicklow, final preparations are done and Avondale Forest Park, Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow is ready to host the event. Entries are done, the medals sorted and packed, in readiness for the more than 1,300 athletes registered to compete to make their way to the Garden County on Sunday for what promises to be another very exciting day of cross country competition.
Looking forward to seeing everyone there!
Thanks to Athletics Wicklow, the venue for the Leinster Senior & Juvenile Uneven Ages XC on Sunday 7th November is Avondale Forest Park, Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow. This is a well known venue to many in Leinster, though the course this year is a little different to previous.
  • The car parks in Avondale are closed during construction works, so we'll be using alternative car parks, which are located a 15 to 20 minute walk from the course, so factor that into your time to arrive at the venue;
  • To avoid congestion please try to arrive no sooner than 1 hour before your event, which will be plenty of time to collect your number and warm up;
  • There will be races for boys and girls under 9 years of age - no fee, simply go to the start line when called (11.10am for girls, 11.20am for boys), and there will be medals for the top 12 finishers in each race;
  • The Championships will commence at 11.30am with the 1,500m for girls u/11.
Any Queries Please get in contact with Greg XC Secretary @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
It's been a long 2 year wait but Leinster Cross Country finally returns this Saturday and all roads will lead to Mountain View in Ballyhale, Co. Kilkenny R95 NH31, where St. Senan's AC will host the Leinster Novice, Junior & Juvenile Even Ages Cross Country Championships.
To correct any errors or omissions, please email athleticsleinsterxcsec@gmail.com.
There is a Gate Fee of 5€ please have it ready, cash or credit card accepted.
Please note that the first race - the non-Championship u/10 event - starts at 11.10am, with the Championship u/12 girls starting at 11.30am.
There will be catering facilities at the venue and ample parking (please follow the directions of the stewards).
In order to avoid crowds congregating at the number collection desks, please do not arrive too early; an hour ahead of the time for your event is ample time.
Wishing a very warm welcome to in excess of 1,200 athletes registered to compete on the day. Thanks again to St. Senans for hosting us!
Attached is the Programme for the Leinster Novice, Junior & Juvenile Even Ages XC 2021, which this year is available only electronically in keeping with the principles of reducing our carbon footprint and preventing waste. Please consider the environment if printing out a hard copy.
We've waited 2 years, but the  final preparations are made and the venue is ready (thanks to St. Senan's AC), entries are complete, medals are sorted and packed, all we need now is the in excess of 1,200 athletes registered to compete to make their way to Mountain View in Co. Kilkenny on Saturday for what promises to be an exciting day of cross country competition.
Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Yours in sport
Cross Country Secretary

Athletics Leinster is pleased to confirm that St. Senan’s AC has agreed to host the Novice, Junior and Juvenile Even Ages Cross Country Championships on Saturday 23rd October, starting at 11.30am, and entries are now open at Entry Portal. St. Senan's AC will hold open races for girls and boys under 10 years of age before the Championship races.

The Championships will be held at a new venue – Mountain View, Kiltorcan, Ballyhale, Co. Kilkenny R95 NH31.

Thanks to the Wicklow County Board, the Leinster Senior and Uneven Ages Cross Country Championships will be held at Avondale House & Forest Park, Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow A67 P303, starting at 11.30am, on Sunday 7th November.

More info along with the 2021 XC Booklet is available on the Athletics Leinster website. Any queries please contact Greg Duggan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Leinster XC Booklet 2021

Leinster Academy Dates Announced for 21/22


30th October 2021, 13th Nov 2021, 4th December 2021, 15th January 2022


All dates will follow the same format:

Development Academy – 10:30 to 12:30

Performance Academy – 13:00 to 15:00


Location: Morton Stadium, Santry, Dublin 9.


Please register through the following link, cost of the four squad day is 35€.


Performance Academy - https://eventmaster.ie/event/lbDWtV8HPO

This is for people in this list, based on the top 3 performaces in their age cateogry (U16-U19) at Leinster (including Dublin)


Development Academy - https://eventmaster.ie/event/3m9nCx4tZW

For U12 to U15 Athletes


If you registered for the Performance or Development Academy for 2020/2021 your booking will roll over into the current academy. Please email one of the contacts below to confirm your attendance.

Contact: Shane Aston (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Colette Quinn (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Paul McKee (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


Walks are being managed by Michael Lane he will be in Santry on the day, but running the Walks National Squad. Athletes to be contacted directly.

The 2020 Federation of Irish Sport Volunteer in Sport awards begin tonight with a live stream available here
Pat Hooper our former chair is getting a special reconigtion awards.
Our current Indoor Compeition Secretary David Denieffe is getting the award for Kilkenny!
Along with Denis Shannon of Tinryland A.C. for Carlow, Graham Hyland of Cilles A.C. for Meath and Colm Walsh of Mullingar Harriers for Westmeath!
Congrats to all the winners it is well deserved!
The Leinster Awards will be streamed tonight, and Pat Hooper special award tomorrow evening.

Pat Hooper (RIP) will also be honoured with a Special Recognition Award at this week’s ceremonies. Pat was a stalwart of athletics and his club Raheny Shamrocks. He was a decorated athlete himself before becoming a dedicated and exceptional coach. He was appreciated, respected and loved by his many, many clubmates, friends and family. His untimely passing last year was felt by the entire athletics community.

Carlow’s Denis Shannon, has been involved in athletics in Tinryland AC, a small running club on the outskirts of Carlow town, for many years. During his time as principal of the local school, he gave great encouragement to his students to take part in both in-school and outside-school events. Denis has also been involved in Tinryland Community Games and in the County and National Games as well. He trains the local children for games and at the County event, he could be seen at the start, at the finish line, in the medals tent, or supporting - helping out wherever and whenever he is needed and always encouraging the children and young adults, regardless of their finishing position. Participation is as important to Denis as a gold, silver or bronze.  

Westmeath’s Colm Walsh coaches a large group of athletes at Mullingar Harriers, and, is responsible for overseeing their development from all ages from 16 to 60. He also organizes events for the club and the athletes, and recently elevated his coaching qualifications to Level 2. He is committed to his own high standards and continued development and is always improving and supporting the running community at his club. You'll regularly see Colm with his stopwatch, face mask and hi viz jacket, timing or channeling athletes from the sidelines. He is an unassuming but organised volunteer and is thorough in his methods to get a job well done with his team of efficient volunteers in Mullingar. 

Meath’s Graham Hyland started up Cilles Athletic club back in 2014 after he realised there was huge demand for the sport from children in the area. He has driven the club forward over the last six years and has coached children of all ages. He has inspired and surrounded himself with like-minded and dedicated volunteers who support his forward thinking, inclusive and hard-working approach. Graham is dedicated to helping youths enjoy their running - whether they want to be competitive or not. His love for athletics is unparalleled, and he has traveled the length and breadth of the country to attend athletics events with the youths of the club and coached them to be the best they can be. Graham is constantly coming up with innovative ideas to improve the club. He has represented Cilles AC at the Meath Athletics Board for many years and has also volunteered on the Meath Board. He is a role model for everyone in the club and through his dedication and hard work, he has put Cilles AC on the map and has given so much to the community around East Meath through the work he has done.  

Kilkenny’s David Denieffe has only been involved in athletics for a relatively short time, but he has made a huge impact on the sport both locally and nationally. His home club, Gowran A.C., has seen a rejuvenation over the past five years, with David as one of the members at the forefront of the surge. His skills in governance and policy writing have helped to put structure on Gowran A.C. and his work in the club has helped them to induct new coaches, increase membership across all age groups, and allow the club to act more strategically. David also has a very active role in the Kilkenny Athletics County Board, firstly acting as the Kilkenny Competitions Secretary and more recently, as the County Secretary. David has a passion for helping all clubs in the region and has been involved in Leinster Athletics for several years, starting off as a volunteer on competition days, and eventually moving into the role of Indoor Competition Secretary which he still holds. Most recently, David has created a workshop for Athletics Ireland in which he discusses the key areas that clubs need to focus on to develop. He has delivered this workshop to over 30 clubs so far and has worked closely with clubs after the workshop to help them create their own plans.