Highlights from the Nestle Tailteann Games

The Nestle Tailteann Games, held in Tullamore today provided an excellent afternoon of athletics.  The beautiful Tailteann medal, as well as places on the Irish team for the schools international were at stake.  The boys 1500m was one of the most thrilling races on the programme.  Tadgh O’Callaghan from Colaiste Chriost Ri settled into the pack for most of the race, hitting the front only in the last 120m.  From there to the line it was a thriller as the Dublin boy refused to give up, hitting the front again in the last 50m.  O’Callaghan fought back and the pair crossed the line together, with the judges giving it to the Dub.  James McCarthy from Midleton CBS repeated his winning performance from the All Ireland schools championships, taking the 400m hurdles in good style.  Over the years he has proved an excellent competitor over all distances including cross country.  This event could possibly be the one to concentrate on for the future.  Ronan foolkes from Ballincollig was fifth.  And James Leddingham from West Waterford is another who seems to have found his favourite event after winning the 800m with ease.  He is a former All Ireland cross country champion.  Tadgh O’Callaghan was fourth.  Nicole O’Regan from Christ King recorded a good second in the 300m hurdles.  John O’Sullivan (right) was third in the 100m and fifth in the 200m; Diarmuid Collins from Midleton was fourth in the steeple, with Shane Brennan from Dunmanway fifth; Ross O’Callaghan of Col an Phiarsaigh was 4th in the walk; Orla Coughlan was 4th in the 100m and 6th in the 200m.