HE ran in the Montreal Olympics and at one stage he held the European record for the indoor mile. And now Adare man Niall O’Shaugnessy has a running trail in his home village named after him.
Limerick City of Sport in conjunction with the Irish Olympic Council, the Limerick County Council and Athletics Ireland have begun the process of naming popular city and county running routes after Limerick’s Olympic track and field athletes. The first was officially opened in Adare last week and it honours Niall O’Shaughnessy. O’Shuaghnessy lives and works in Atlanta in the US now but members of his family, including his mother Angie, were on hand for the official ceremony.
The Niall O’Shaughnessy Trail is 3km and starts at St Nicholas Abbey in Adare and follows the banks of the Maigue before looping back into the village along a footpath from the old railway station.
There will also be trails opened in the next couple of months to honour Limerick’s other Olympic athletes including Neil Cusack, Denis Cussen, Jim Hogan, Mick O’Shea, Frank O’Mara, Barbara Johnson, Rosemary Ryan and Tom Comyns.