THE achievements of some of Limerick’s top sporting stars have been honoured at a series of receptions hosted by the Cathaoirleach of Limerick City and County Council.
A clay pigeon shooting star, world champion paracyclist, an endurance swimmer, a Kung Fu champion and Limerick’s Minor hurlers received a joint reception at Council Offices in Dooradoyle last week.
Cathaoirleach of Limerick City and County Council, Kevin Sheahan, said Limerick’s sporting profile has been further raised by these athletes.
“As Cathaoirleach, it was my great honour to gather to celebrate and acknowledge the achievements of those who have put limerick on the sporting map in 2014,” he explained.
“On behalf of the council and the people of Limerick, I want to congratulate each and every one of you one again on your achievements and continued representation of Limerick at national and international level,” said Cllr Sheahan.
Adrian Kearns from Norwood Park, who claimed four gold medals and a silver at the Kung Fu world championships in Hong Kong, was honoured. His haul was the highest ever by an Irishman at such an event which is the top level at which Kung Fu artists can compete.
The tournament featured over 11,000 competitors from more than 55 countries.
Mr Kearns runs Hong Ying Limerick, a school for choy lui fut kung fu and Chinese martial arts and culture, on St Patrick’s Road.
Paracyclist Eoghan Clifford captured two world titles at the UCI paracycling Road Race World Championships and UCI Timetrial World Championships in Greenville, South Carolina, USA, this August. The NUI Galway lecturer in civil engineering was competing in his first major championships.
Rathkeale native, Ian O’Sullivan, was named world champion in October, at the age of 18, 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.
Newcastle West’s Thomas Goulding, was honoured after, he swam himself into the record books on July 3, when he completed an arduous solo swim across the English Channel.
Mr Goulding achieved his long-held dream of swimming one of the world’s ‘Seven Big Swims’ on his first attempt.
The Limerick Minor hurlers were honoured in recognition of their achievement in retaining the Munster Minor Championship title.