The Tailteann Games in its original form is one of the oldest festivals of sport in the world, almost 2000 yrs old. After a lull it was revived by the Irish free state in the 1920s as a way of reconnecting with and re-establishing ancient Irish cultural heritage following independence from Britain. The Athletics is still going strong with some of the most talented young athletes from all four provinces competing for the team and individual honours in the interprovionsal schools competition
The teams are picked from both the provincial and national school championships representing not only themselves and their families but their schools and clubs also. In fact five athletes from one club is no small achievement for a small provincial town but Nenagh always punches above its weight in most sports and athletics is no different.
On the day Ted Collins, Glenstal Abbey put the disappointment of the Irish schools well behind him with a classy bit of 800m running. Starting conservatively and going through the Bell in 7th position in 59sec. Starting his run 300m out and looking majestic he got to 2nd with 100m to go. He tired a little with 50m to go but held on for 3rd and a podium position finishing in 2 mins and missing out on an international school boys Jersey by a 10th of a second.
Padraig Hassett, Glenstal was 6th in the 400m hurdles and all will benifit from the experience gained.
The Munster schools boys team was 2nd in the 4*400 relay, Ted ran the 3rd leg in 53 seconds. Padraig Hassett was a sub on this team.
Wining two Talteann medals is a great treasure for any athlete competing at the U-17 age group for its school and provienvce.