A PLETHORA of sports stars across the fields of swimming, hurling, camogie, clay pigeon shooting star and para-cycling are all to receive receptions hosted by Limerick City and County Council.
The sports stars will receive the joint reception this Friday at 6.30pm at the council offices in Dooradoyle.
Among those to be honoured will 18-year-old Rathkeale native, Ian O’Sullivan, who was named world champion last month after he beat competitors from 34 countries to win the Junior Men’s Trap event at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Championships in Granada.
Ian, who is currently studying business with sport in LIT, is the third generation of his family involved in competitive shooting.
Among those being honoured is Bruff’s Eoghan Clifford, who captured two world titles at the UCI paracycling Road Race World Championships and UCI Timetrial World Championships in Greenville, South Carolina, USA, in August.
Eoghan, 34, attended the primary and secondary school in Bruff and studied engineering in NUIG Galway where he qualified as an environmental engineer.
He completed a PhD in Galway in wastewater treatment. He worked in the college while he was doing his PhD and continues to work there as a lecturer in the civil engineering department. He is a member of the Galway Bay Cycling Club and has been Connacht champion on two occasions.
Newcastle West’s Thomas Goulding meanwhile, swam himself into the record books on July 3 when he completed an arduous solo swim across the English Channel. Tom achieved his long-held dream of swimming one of the world’s ‘Seven Big Swims’, which has a one in seven success rate, on his first attempt.
The players and management of the Limerick minor hurling team will also receive a reception this Friday, ahead of a Cathaoirleach’s reception for Limerick’s All-Ireland junior, minor and intermediate Championship camogie sides later in the month.
Councillor Kevin Sheahan, the Cathaoirleach of Limerick City and County Council, will also host a reception on November 27 at 6pm honouring the past and present staff of the Limerick Leader, which celebrates its 125th anniversary this year.
Councillor Sheahan said the purpose of the receptions is to “celebrate the achievements of numerous groups and individuals who in their own way have made a significant contribution to their local community or who have achieved considerable success in their respective field of expertise.”
“As Cathaoirleach, I always look forward to occasions such as this as they give the local authority and its elected members the opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge the contributions made to society by groups and individuals.”