Melbourne

  • Mayo AC’s Melbourne based member Sinéad Diver ran the race of her life yesterday.

    She was first woman finisher in the Melbourne Marathon in a new personal best time of 2:25.19, knocking a massive six minutes off her Nagoya, Japan finish time from March 2017, 2:31.37.

    Not only that, Sinéad becomes the second fastest Irish woman ever in the marathon.

    The current record is held by the great Catherina McKiernan who ran 2:22.23 in Amsterdam on November 1, 1998.

    Sinéad originally from Belmullet, came into this race having run a world masters W40 record time and PB of 69.20 in the Half Marathon on the Gold Coast last August.

    She won $20,000 and also pocketed the $20,000 bonus for breaking the Melbourne Marathon race record held by Lisa Weightman of 2:26.05.

    This has been a remarkable season for her on the road, winning four times, producing four personal bests and four course records as well as claiming the national half-marathon title.

    Her run on Sunday was the seventh marathon of her career after her debut in 2014. It is her first marathon for 11 months and her third outing in the Melbourne Marathon having finished second on her debut in 2014 and was runner-up again in 2016.

    Sinéad runs with South Melbourne AC in Victoria and is a two-time Australian world championships marathon representative (2015 & 2017).

    On this performance Sinéad looks set to qualify to run in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

  • Funeral arrangements have been confirmed for a young woman killed in a road collision in Australia.

    23-year-old Amy Gill from Coolaught, Claremorris died in a two car collision in Melbourne earlier this month.

    The Mayo native had moved to Melbourne in January and had just started working on a farm

    Amy’s remains will repose at Donnellan’s Funeral Home, Lower James Street Claremorris on Sunday evening from 4pm until 8pm.

    She will be laid to rest in Barnacarroll Cemetery on Monday afternoon following 12 noon Funeral Mass in St Colman’s Church Claremorris.

     

  •  A young Mayo woman who was killed in a car crash in Australia on Thursday has been named as Amy Gill from kiltimagh.

    Amy who was 23 was fatally injured in a two car collision in Melbourne.

    The Kiltimagh native had moved to Melbourne in January and had just started working on a farm last week.

    Tributes have flooded in from friends and family on social media, who said Amy will be “dearly missed”.

    The Department of Foreign Affairs is providing consular assistance to the family.