Founded in 1886, Clonliffe Harriers is Ireland’s oldest Athletics Club, with a long history of success – see our ‘Hall of Fame‘ and our ‘Club Records’ and our ‘Current Track Performances’ pages. The club caters for Juveniles, Juniors, Seniors, Veterans, Joggers; men and women in Track & Field, Road and Cross-Country. The club has a long list of successful national & international stars as well as a wealth of new and up-coming talent. The Club is affiliated to the Athletics Association of Ireland and the Dublin Athletics Board.
We have top-class international coaches in all disciplines and a lively training programme for all levels. The club competes during the winter in cross country and road events. This involves all ages from under 10 to senior, veterans and all standards. The indoor season begins in January and we have excellent competitors in sprinting and jumping with the outdoor Track & Field season from April to September and Cross-Country throughout the winter.
We have active groups in pretty much every level. In a nutshell, we have a very lively Junior section from under-10 to under-13 who are looked after by excellent coaches Pamela Cooper and Mick Fogarty and are captained by Gladys Cooper. Our 13-16 age group is also very busy. They also have an excellent coach in Ronan Mulvaney. Our Junior Women (Under-21) section is expanding. Our Senior Women and Lady Veterans (over-35 for women) section is Captained and coached by Mags Greenan. Our Junior Men and Women group is coached by Joe Cooper with our Senior Men coached by Peter McDermot and Killian Lonergan. We also have a very active sprint/track group, again over a range of ages and abilities. They meet separately and have their own coaches etc. – including the Coaching Director of the Irish Schools’ Athletic Association and a Level 3 coach specialising in Sprints, Hurdles and Jumps, John Shields. Our very successful Masters Mens group meet at the same times as below but often train at Malahide Castle.
The Club is involved in Cross-country, road and track events (indoor included) at every level both domestic and international. We have a busy schedule of fixtures year-round both though inter-club competition and our own events. We have our own road race (the oldest race in Ireland), The Clonliffe 2-mile in April. At club level we have our Grand-Prix series, which is aimed at providing a competition for every level of senior/master competitor, through a handicap system over a range of fourteen events with varying distances including road, cross-country and track.
Meet & Train Times
Sunday 11:00 – 12:30
Tuesday 19:00 – 20:30
Thursday 19:00 – 20:30
Saturday 11:00 – 12:30
Clonliffe Harriers AC
00353 1 837 0278
For the evening training sessions we meet at the clubhouse which is in the grounds of Santry Stadium just inside the gates nearest Swords, while on Saturday and Sunday Mornings, we meet at the Stadium Dressing rooms, under the main stand, which is at the end of the drive from the main gate (the gate nearest town). Anyone interested in joining can contact us by email or phone or by post to the address below. The training is arranged by the coaches suitable for each group’s ability, consists of various track sessions, running on grass or easy jogs in the nearby park.
There’s no obligation – if you’d like to come along to see what we do, feel free. Why not take part? If you want to come up to one of the training sessions, be there a few minutes before the start and you can talk to one of the coaches. If you want to take part in the session, bring along some basic running gear with long-sleeved & legged gear if it is cold, a change of gear and whatever for a shower etc. The coaches can advise you in the clothing/shoes department if you don’t have it already. There is a map & directions to the stadium on the website.
The club also has an active social life. At the junior end we have discos and even the training is very mixed with football, rounders and chasing games being part of the ‘craic’. Club members and associate members of the club have the use of the ‘Harry Cooney’ room – our lounge – which is open at the evenings and weekends. Apart from a quiet drink and a chat, there are Music Nights and other events. There is parking available at the clubhouse.
If you decide to join the fees for the year are:
Juniors/ Students €90
This covers the members for AAI affiliation and the club looks after competitors entry fees to events and some other expenses. There is a reduced rate if paid before the end of February each year. We welcome new members of all ages and abilities – so feel free to come along.