Athletics has been a way of life in Bree parish for a long number of years. From the 1930’s many stories are told of men like Jimmy Carton, Gerald Clancy and Paddy Broaders performing notable feats in 100 and 220 yard events throughout the county. In the mid 1950s the then curate of Bree, Fr. Ml. O’Regan C.C. formed a club which took part in a number of Cross Country Championships. The only notable success was John Curtis winning the Co Novice title in 1955. The duration of the club was short however, perhaps the reason being that all athletes involved, were also leading members of the Ballyhogue Football Team -Co. Junior Champions of that year.
The present Bree Athletic Club was founded by Tony Green and Dan Walsh in May 1970. From a humble beginning, nursed along by Tony as Chairman, Dan as Secretary and Treasurer Frank Dunne, the club grew in strength and were soon a formidable force in Wexford athletics. The first success of a registered Bree athlete came in August 1970 when Bridie Dempsey won the 100 yards event at the Oylegate Open Sports. The club’s highlight was it’s representation in the 1992 Winter Olympics where club member Malachy Sheriday competed in Ireland in the two man Bobsleigh.
In recent years, the club had another notable athlete in Aoife Cloke Rochford who won gold, silver and bronze medals at the 2017 CSIT International Games in Latvia. The development of a 2 lane 100m tartan track and floodlights mean that they can train all year round. So whether you are a first time athlete or are coming back to the sport, Bree Athletic Club with the help of their experienced coaches and their dedication should be able to cater for your needs.
Their training takes place at Ballyhogue GAA Grounds in Bree. They also have indoor training in Bree Community Centre during the winter season.