DSD Games open for entries

by Aaron Dunne
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Entry for the first ever DSD Games at the club’s new track near Marlay Park in south Dublin  will open on Thursday May 18 – exactly one calendar month before the Games take place on Sunday June 18.

‘We’ve  already had numerous enquiries on when entry opens for the DSD Games, and since there will be a limit on the numbers we can take, we are urging people to enter early,’ says Declan Ryan, chairman of Dundrum South Dublin Athletics Club.

After living an itinerant existence for almost three decades,  this will be the club’s first meet at its own home grounds, although it did organise a number of highly successful international meets In Dublin, with head coach Eddie McDonagh the chief organiser.

Although the club was founded in the early 1970s, it was only in 2013 that it found a home when it purchased an 18th century protected property called St Thomas, along with surrounding land. Work on the site, with the support of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, began almost immediately and Phase 1 – a Mondo track, with  2km of hill trails on its outskirts, along with parking and other ancillary facilities – is now operational.

The track got its first official outing as a competition venue for the Irish University Championships in late April when Irish international sprinters Israel Olatunde and Mark Smyth were among those testing it out.

A packed programme of both track and in the field events is planned for Sunday June 18. Full details and updates can be found on the club website at https://www.dsdac.com/games  and on the official @dundrumsouthdublinac Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

The DSD Games are supported by  Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.

For further information, contact Ronan Gately at 086 8289296

Caption: Ireland’s fastest man Israel Olatunde of UCD AC at the Irish University  Championships held on the DSD Sports Campus track.

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