Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: John Hartnett plaque unveiled in Ballyhooly, Co.Cork

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

John Hartnett plaque unveiled in Ballyhooly, Co.Cork

Approximately 30 people gathered in Ballyhooly, Co.Cork last Friday evening to attend the unveiling of the special plaque commemorating the athletic achievements of John Harnett.

Donie Walsh of Leevale AC did the honours of unveiling the plaque after a short speech recounting part of his time in the USA with John. Back in the 70's, both were running to such a high standard that they represented Ireland in the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Donie Walsh in the Marathon and John Hartnett in the 5,000 metres.

There are some photos of the plaque as well as a history of John Hartnett available HERE

Also shown on that page is a black & white photo taken of a cross-country race in the USA back in 1971. Pictured on the right is Donie Walsh, John Hartnett is in the centre and on the left in the Manhattan singlet is Mike Keogh who grew up in Midleton and then moved to the USA when he was still a child.

Mike Keogh qualified for the Irish Olympic team of 1972; he came back to Cork that summer and won the Irish 5000m championship at Banteer. He also broke the Irish three-mile record a couple of years later with a time of 13:14.7.

He is pictured (in a Midleton vest!) on page 17 of the Midleton AC book ‘Through the Ages’ published by Jim McMurtry earlier this year.


Anonymous said...

Thanks to John Hartnett. We had an occasion for old friends to meet,share stories and photographs, it was a lovely trip down memory lane.
Thank you to everbody who contributed in any way to making it a lovely night your support was much appreciated.

Pat Nash.

Anonymous said...

John just a small correction "Midleton AC Through The Ages" was published by Midleton AC and edited by Jim McMurtry .Copies cost 15Euro each and can be ordered from e mail
Danny Mc Carthy
Midleton AC

keogh said...

John- congratulations on recieving such a nice award commemorating your running accomplishments. I will always remember when you ran that 3:55 mile in Eugene Oregon- a great race for you in a great career! all the best! Mike Keogh