Rás Naomh Finian results; promoted by Clonard Road Club

Posted on: March 9th, 2019

Ras Naomh Finian 2019 results by Clonard Road Club

Rás Naomh Finian was a very busy fixture with now fewer than five races run off this afternoon by Clonard Road Club. The main event was won by Sean Hahessy (Photo: John Hammer)


International road rider Sean Hahessy has taken a very strong win at Rás Naomh Finian in Co Meath.

The Dan Morrissey-MIG.ie-Pactimo man got the better of breakaway companion Charlie Prendergast (Castlebar CC) in the Clonard Road Club main event.

And that means Prendergast has two runner-up results already this season. He was 2nd to Sean Moore at the Mick Lally Memorial this day last week.

Today in the 74km out and back event by Clonard, a breakaway was long established by the time the field reached the turnaround at Kilbeggan having started at the Moyvalley Hotel on the old N4 between Enfield and Kinnegad.

Prendergast was in that move along with David Brody (Castlebar Cycling Club), Gareth O’Neill (Newry Wheelers) and Paul Forristal (Scott Orwell).

Also present was Conor Hennebry (Dan Morrissey-MIG-Pactimo) and Cian Keogh (Ciclotel Travel fueled by YPB).

Hahessy had missed the boat but he managed to get clear of the main field with Conor Murnane (UCD Cycling Club) and they bridged up to the leaders.


Ras Naomh Finian 2019 results by Clonard Road Club

The A2 event was a close run thing but Lucan’s May claimed it ahead of UCD’s Landers (Photo: JohnHammer)


In the last 20km numbers were whittled down up front and with about 10km to go just four remained; Prendergast, Hahessy, Forristal and O’Neill.

Underlining the tough conditions, on a cold and breezy day, and the intensity of the racing; that four-man group would then split further.

The eventual winner and runner-up pressed on with about 4km remaining. And at the finish just outside Clonard it was Hahessy who took the two-up sprint to win from Prendergast.

Then came the remains of the breakaway; O’Neill and Forristal surviving for 3rd and 4th and just lengths behind the two leaders on the line.

They were followed over the line by the winner’s team mate Hennebry then Keogh, Murnane and Brody in that order.

Best of the rest was Damien Shaw; the Strata 3-VeloRevolution man claiming 9th having gotten clear in a strong chasing group. Sean McKenna (Dan Morrissey-MIG.ie-Pactimo) completed the top 10.

In the women’s race, the turn out was a very impressive one with over 50 riders taking to the start line.


Autumn Collins storms in

Unlike the men’s race, aggressive riding failed to split the field, though it did thin out the numbers.

At the finish it came down to a bunch sprint; Autumn Collins demolishing it for a very strong and decisive victory.

The Limerick woman, riding for Torelli-Assure-Madison this year, is an Irish track international who is focusing on the road more this season.

And if today proves any guide for what’s ahead, Collins will give a very good account of herself any time she is sprinting for a win.

Today she got the verdict from Mary Daly (Westport Covey Wheelers) and Caoimhe O’Brien (Lakeside Wheelers Mullingar CC).

Next came Claire Ní Reachtagáin (Sundrive Track Team) in 4th followed by Emma Porter (UCD Cycling Club) and Yvonne Doran (Scott Orwell).


Sat, March 9th: Rás Naomh Finian

Promoted by Clonard Road Club

A1 Race

  1. Sean Hahessy Dan Morrissey-MIG-Pactimo
  2. Charles Prendergast Castlebar Cycling Club
  3. Gareth O’Neill Newry Wheelers
  4. Paul Forristal Scott Orwell Wheelers
  5. Conor Hennebry Dan Morrissey-MIG-Pactimo
  6. Cian Keogh Ciclotel Travel fueled by YPB
  7. Conor Murnane UCD Cycling Club
  8. David Brody Castlebar Cycling Club
  9. Damien Shaw Strata 3-VeloRevolution
  10. Sean McKenna Dan Morrissey-MIG-Pactimo
  11. Simon Jones UCD Cycling Club


Women’s Race

  1. Autumn Collins Torelli-Assure-Madison
  2. Mary Daly Westport Covey Wheelers Cycling Club
  3. Caoimhe O’Brien Lakeside Wheelers Mullingar CC
  4. Claire Ní Reachtagáin Sundrive Track Team
  5. Emma Porter UCD Cycling Club
  6. Yvonne Doran Scott Orwell Wheelers Cycling Club

Unplaced Jnr

  1. Faith Hilliard TC Racing


A2 Race

  1. Cian May Lucan Cycling Road Club
  2. Sean Landers UCD Cycling Club
  3. Tiit Talumaa St Tiernan’s Cycling Club
  4. Ciaran Murphy Team Gerry McVeigh Cars
  5. Kieran Merriman Waterford Racing Club
  6. Joseph Fenlon Murphy Surveys Kilcullen CC
  7. Neal Hudson Scott Orwell Wheelers Cycling Club
  8. Raymond Cullen Panduit Carrick Wheelers
  9. Niall Craven Drogheda Wheelers
  10. David  Sheridan Longford Cycling & Racing Club


A3-Junior Race

  1. Matthew Devins Yeats Country Cycling Club
  2. Aaron Rafferty Bohermeen CC
  3. Gordon Boland Tullamore CTC
  4. Henry O’Neill Newry Wheelers CC
  5. John Davison Velo Club Iveagh
  6. Donal Mahon Galway Bay CC
  7. Martin McNamara Lucan Cycling Road Club
  8. Unplaced Jnr
  9. Sean Nolan Navan Road Club


A4 Race

  1. Cian Noone Challenge Cycling Club
  2. Robert Stack Kildare Cycling Club
  3. Richard Wyman Tullamore CTC
  4. Paul Noble Slaney Cycling Club
  5. Shane Coll Drogheda Wheelers
  6. George Duffy Lucan Cycling Road Club
  7. Bryan O’Keeffe Athy Wheelers Cycling Club
  8. David Gordon Galway Bay CC