RIP Jamie McCarthy

RIP Jamie McCarthy


It was with great sadness that Riverstick /Kinsale AC heard of the passing of one of life’s loveliest of people Jamie McCarthy who died tragically in a car crash in Myrtle Beach in America on Valentines night .As well as being such lovely happy person he was a superb athlete. He always represented himself, his family, his club Riverstick/Kinsale AC, School (Kinsale community school and North Mon) and University (Caroline Costal University) and Country at the highest possible level in sport. He excelled at cross country and on track with many great victories. A great athlete and a wonderful young lad we all in the club came to admire and respect as he claimed success after success but always remained Jamie with the ready smile. 


Liz O Callaghan, James O’ Mahony, Kathleen Maher nurtured and looked after him as he went through the ranks and especially when athletic scholarship opportunities arose. He loved the idea of going to America on Scholarship and this group of people researched and looked after him so he got the best opportunity. Brother Dooley of North Mon also directed him really well for the year he spent up in North Mon prior to going to the states. He represented his club and country in 2004 at the European cross country where he finished a magnificent 31st and also won a silver European cross country medal.


Jamie was a very thoughtful person .Every Christmas and throughout the year he rang committee members and coaches of the club to let them know how he was getting on and to check in with them.  He was a regular onlooker at Belgooly 4 at Christmas just meeting up with his former competitors and old club friends.  He continued to live in the states after University and it was great to see he still loved athletics as he continued to volunteer as a coach after his elite running career finished


Our thoughts and prayers are with his parents, family, friends and his partner who is quite unwell at this sad time.


May God and the angles keep him safe.

04 February 1985 to 14 February 2018

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Juvenile County B Cross Country, Clarecastle, Co Clare 4th December 2016

Congratulations to our athletes who competed in the Juvenile County  B Cross Country in Clarecastle.

Boys U 11

Joey O’Callaghan (5th Cork athlete)

A long season of training paid off for Joey O’Callaghan who came in 16th place and secured a well earned first cross country medal as the 5th Cork runner in and a place on the Cork team that finished 2nd overall.  Delighted for you Joey!


Girls U13

Rachel O’Brien

Ailis Murphy

Strong performances were also on display from the U13 girls with Rachel O’Brien placing 15th and the 8th Cork athlete in and Ailis Murphy came in 63rd.


Irish Life National Cross Country Championships, National Sports Campus, Abbottstown, 27th November 2016

Congratulations to Nicole Buckley who represented Cork and Munster in the U12 girls Cross Country  at the  newly opened cross country track at the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown. Well done Nicole!

Munster Masters & Juvenile Relay Cross Country, St Augustine’s College, Dungarvan 21st November

It was a bitterly cold but bright day for the Munster Masters & Juvenile Relay Cross Country, St Augustine’s College, Dungarvan on the 20th November.  Both teams had very strong runs on a very flat & fast course.  The  U12 girls were unlucky on the  narrowly missing out on a medal coming in 4th place.


Girls U12 

Nicole Buckley

Caoimhe O’Donoghue

Grace Coyle

Lauren Green

Boys U12

Joey O’Callaghan

Ryan McCarthy

Jonathan Walsh

Michael O’Driscoll


The Masters team  of Elaine O’Donoghue, Debbie McCarthy, Geraldine Walsh & Diane Duffy continued their winning streak securing 1st Team place in the Masters 035.

Individually Elaine O’Donoghue cam 4th in O35 and Debbie McCarthy cam 6th in O45.

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Munster Juvenile Uneven Age, Junior, Senior Cross Country, Limerick Racecourse 13th November

Although dry overhead the previous nights rain made for extremely heavy and muddy terrain for our 17   athletes in the Munster Uneven Age Championships in Limerick Racecourse.

U9 Boys

Great running from this steadily growing team of boys, with Cathal Walsh securing a medal in 9th place, while the team secured 7th place.

Ollie Buckley

Cathal Walsh

Harry Walsh

Donal Barry

Barry McGinn


U11 Girls

Amy Buckley had a great run to secure a medal in 11th position and a place on the Munster team for the National Finals in Abbotstown.

Amy Buckley

Aine Murphy


U11 Boys – secured a 7th team position

Ryan McCarthy

Conor O’Donoghue

Joey O’Callaghan

Michael O’Driscoll



U12 – Girls -

It was always going to a tough run for these girls with 4 of them running up an age however they secured 10th Team position

Lauren Green

Nicole Buckley

Caoimhe O’Donoghue

Grace Coyle

Ailish Murphy

Rachel O’Brien




Novice B & Masters Cross Country Championships, 6th November Slievroe, Riverstick

Congratulations to our Novice Women who took 1st place at the Novice B Championships in our local training ground  Slievroe, Riverstick on the 6th November.

Leading from the front all the way Helen O’Callaghan set the pace coming home in 1st place followed by team mate Diane Duffy in 2nd. Remaining team mates Catriona Courtney and Sinead O’Regan came in 12th & 14th positions to secure 1st team place. Great running ladies!



Elaine O’Dononghue placed 3rd in Masters Women 035.

Debbie McCarthy placed 4th in Masters Women O45.

Vincent O’Brien ran his first cross country on home ground and cam 24th in the Mens Novice B.

Munster Juvenile – Even Age, Novice & Under 23 Cross-Country Championships, 23rd October 2016 Carriag na bhFear

Athletes were lucky to have yet another dry, but cold day, for the Munster Juvenile Even Age, Novice & U23 Championships on Sunday 23rd Oct in Carriag na bhFear.

In the U10 Boys, 1000m Conor O’Donoghue had a strong race securing 14th place out of 157 athletes on the day. True grit & determination was displayed by the remainder of the team who also ran well especially as Ollie Buckley (34th), Harry (67th) & Cathal (21st) Walsh were all running up an age! The U10 Boys were rewarded with 4th place team spot.

Next up was the U12 Girls 2000m Lauren Green , Caoimhe O’Donoghue, Grace Coyle and Nicole & Amy Buckley. In a pack of 143 strong athletes on a fast flat course the girls had a great run and finished strong. Nicole Buckley came in 15th and subsequently secured her spot in the Cork Team for the Nationals in November. Congratulations Nicole! Well done to the other girls Lauren Green (39th) Amy Buckley (44th) Grace Coyle (61st) & Caoimhe O’Donoghue (82nd) as they secured 7th team spot.

Ryan McCarthy (51st), Michael O’Driscoll (59th) & Joey O’Callaghan (60th) represented the Boys U12 2000m in a pack 147 athletes. Consistent strong running from these athletes. Great to see Joey O’Callaghan holding strong in middle of the pack. Onwards & upwards guys.

A team of five represented the club in the Novice Womens 4000m, Elaine O’Donoghue (14th), Debbie McCarthy (30th), Helen O’Callaghan (36th), Geraldine Walsh (41st) & Sinease O’Regan securing 5th place team spot. Super running ladies!

County B Cross-Country Championships, Carriag na bhFear, 16th Oct 2016

Great to see so many first time athletes competing at the County B Cross Country Championships in Carraig na bhFear yesterday.  Overnight downpours made for heavy running ground but that didn’t deter our 13 athletes who ploughed on!


There were individual medals yesterday with Michael O’Driscoll taking 3rd and Ryan McCarthy 5th in the U 11 Boys 1000m while the U13 girls, Rachel O’Brien, Ailis Murphy, Caoimhe O’Donoghue, Alannah Donohoe & Aoife Donohoe took Team Bronze in the 1500m.  

 Helen O’Callaghan placed 6th in the Intermediate Women.

U9 Girls – 750m  Olivia Nyhan 

U11 Girls – 1000m  Catherine Murphy, Aine Donohoe, Maisie O’Callaghan, Aine Murphy

U11 Boys - 1000m Michael O’Driscoll, Ryan McCarthy, Joey O’Callaghan

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Munster Schools Combined Events, CIT 5th October 2016

Well done to our Club athletes Ava Coyle, Sarah Murphy, RoseMarie Buckley, Conor Green & David McCarthy, who took part recently in the Munster Schools Event in CIT representing Kinsale Community School.

Congratulati ons in particular to Ava Coyle who qualified for the Shools All Ireland in AIT.IMG_3977IMG_3978

Gold for U9 Boys XCountry Uneven Age, 9th October Macroom 2016

A large number of club athletes took part in the uneven age xcountry on Sunday in Macroom.  On a unseasonally warm day with no wind conditions were tough but our athletes rose to the challenge and great running was put in all round.

The U9 Boys 750m took  1st (Ollie Buckley)& 2nd  (Cathal Walsh) along with team Gold on the day! A super result for their first season running xcountry.

U9 Boys – 750m

Ollie Buckely (1st)

Cathal Walsh (2nd)

Harry Walsh

Cillian Fitzgerald

Barry McGinn

Donal Barry

Robert Long


U11 Girls 1500m  Huge Congrats to Amy Buckley on winning a medal on Sunday placing 5th in the U11 girls and well done her clubmate Aine Donohoe who participated in her first xcountry with the club.

U11 Girls – 1500m

Amy Buckley (5th)

Aine Donohoe


U11 Boys 1500m Ryan McCarthy , Michael O’Driscoll & Joey O’Callaghan represented U11 Boys and put in great runs in very warm conditions on the day.

U11 Boys – 1500m

Ryan McCarthy

Joey O’Callaghan

M ichael O’Driscoll


It was great to see a team run in the U13 girls 2500m.  Nicole Buckley, Lauren Green, & Grace Coyle all running up an age while Alana & Aoife Donohoe made their debut xcountry run for the club.  Great running girls!

U13 Girls-2500m

Nicole Buckley

Lauren Green

Grace Coyle

Alana Donohoe

Aoife Donohoe