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Tuesday 19 September 2017

Dooneys help Raheny to victory

Raheny Shamrock’s Kevin Dooney releases his brother Conor Dooney to set off on the last leg of the Men’s Senior relay race at the Irish Life Health National Road Relays in Raheny Village. Pic: Sportsfile
Raheny Shamrock’s Kevin Dooney releases his brother Conor Dooney to set off on the last leg of the Men’s Senior relay race at the Irish Life Health National Road Relays in Raheny Village. Pic: Sportsfile

Conor Dooney anchored Raheny Shamrock to a dramatic victory  over Donore Harriers at the Irish Life Health National Road Relays in Raheny.

On the opening leg, Raheny's Mark Kirwan tripped and dislocated his shoulder. He battled on, though clearly in pain. Kieran Kelly took over on the mile, picking up a number of places, and handed over to Kevin Dooney who was up against John Travers on the three-mile leg.

Travers put Donore into the lead and left it to Eric Keogh to bring the team home on the final two-mile leg.

For Raheny,  Conor Dooney took over from brother Kevin and chased down Keogh and then passed him to take the lead. Keogh wasn't prepared to give up and made a final surge with the line in sight. With his supporters roaring him on, Dooney held him off to ensure an eighth senior men's  title for the Shamrocks.

On a good day for Raheny, the club narrowly beat Finn Valley for the M35 title in a record time and also took the W50 title.

St Finbarr's from Cork won the M50 race, beating a strong Raheny side.

In their first appearance at the relays, Queen's AC from Belfast came home first in the women's senior race, but were subsequently disqualified for allegedly running an illegal athlete.

It handed the title to UCD, anchored on the final mile leg by Ciara Everard. Her blistering time of 5 mins 10 secs saw UCD finishing just four seconds behind Queen's.

Letterkenny finished second thanks largely to an impressive 10 mins 29 secs two-mile run from Anne Marie McGlynn in her second run of the day. Defending champions Leevale were third.

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