1990s

1990 brought hope of a revival when the Senior mens team won the County Senior Road Championship for the first time. The scorers that day were Joe Cusack, Dan Allen, Des McKiernan, Nick Devery, Brian Murphy and John Scully.

A new crop of very talented Juvenile athletes began to come through. Brendan Carrigan won a number of Leinsters both indoor and outdoor. His best achievement was winning the National Indoor 1500m in 1993. David O’Hara was a consistent performer winning Silver medals in both Lejnster and National events. Edel Kavanagh won a National Shot Putt title in 1993. Diarmuid Lalor finished in the top 3 on a number of occasions in both the Shot and Discus competitions at National level. Others to figure at National level were Joe O’Brien, John O’Hara, Robert Fennelly, Killian Fitzpatrick and Kieran Cuddy.

The Junior men won two County Cross-Country titles in the mid-90s and the Ladies regained the Senior title in 1994. The Senior mens team were strengthened by a number of athletes coming through from Junior ranks namely Brendan Carrigan, Gareth Behan and Brian Conway.

The Juveniles have a particularly good start in 1995 with Ronan McGrath winning the Boys U11, JJ McHugh Boys U13, Pauric Phelan Boys U15 and Killian Fitzpatrick Boys U17 Cros-Country titles.

90s_2Ballyfin Ladies team at the Leinster Novice and Veterans Road Races on the 14th March 1999. Una O’Neill came 1st on the day and the Club team came in 2nd place. Back row (from left) Frances Harney, Michelle Curtin, Paul Keenan, Patricia Keenan and Mary Flynn. Front Row (from left) Margo Dowling, Una O’Neill and Colette Brennan.

90s_1At the start of the Four County League in Gowran in 1999.