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Armagh Athletic Club now represents athletics in Armagh but it’s important to realise that athletics have been organised in Armagh since 1933 when the Armagh City Harriers & Athletic Club was established by James & John Vallely.
James better known as Jim Vallely went on to claim multiple Ulster titles as well as All Ireland titles in pole vaulting – his older brother John was a renowned long and triple jumper.
Their respective sons James and Brian Vallely have carried on the family tradition of athletics now 84 consecutive years on.
Armagh AC today is a vibrant athletic Club dedicated to promoting athletics across the broad range of athletic disciplines from track & field to cross country to road running to mountain running.
Armagh AC has produced many great athletes over the years and can count among our star historic runners athletes of the calibre of Peter Finn multiple 100M, 200M & 400M champion across the board in NACAI, Schools, University and International championships.
Dermot Kerr who ran a world class 3000M Steeple chase time of 8.55.8 more than 30 years ago still remains among the elite of Ireland’s best ever Steeplechase runners. Dermot now coaches the AAC seniors on a Monday & Thursday evening.
Fintan McCabe who still holds many club records and went on to represent Ireland in decathlon and made a name for himself in Italian athletic circles is another iconic figure to look up to.
Armagh AC today is a developing club with a strong base of young athletes and an equally strong base of senior athletes, under the supervision of a qualified and experienced coaching squad led by Dermot Kerr and Mark Haynes.