Limerick stars excel as Nenagh hosts Munster indoors

Verena Tarpey


Verena Tarpey


Limerick stars excel as Nenagh hosts Munster indoors

Willie O'Donoghue of Mooreabbey Milers, pictured at the Munster masters indoors last Saturday with Dundrum boys Dermot, Michael and John

Nenagh was once again the venue for the Munster Indoor track and field finals. They were held over two days on February 9 and 10 and featured all age categories from juveniles to seniors, masters, U23 and junior.


In the sprint events, Tim Ryan of Dooneen AC won two gold medals and two bronze medals in the 60m, 200m and 400m M55 category. James O’Hare of Limerick AC won gold in the 60m M65 category. Ger O’Shea of Dooneen AC secured gold in the 200m M55 category. Jerry O’Connell of Country Club AC won bronze in the 400m M70 category.

Aaron Gallagher of Limerick AC won gold in the 400m M35 category. Tony Fitzgerald of Dooneen AC won silver in the 400m M40 category. Also competing was Pat McNamara Limerick AC

The middle distance events were equally competitive. In the 800m, Shane O’Sullivan and Tony Fitzgerald of Dooneen AC won gold and silver in their respective age categories.

Dympna Lawlor of West Limerick won bronze in the M45 category as did Ger Guina and Mark Whelan of West Limerick AC. In the 1,500m races, Aogan MacDomhnaill of West Limerick won the M35 race with Aaron Gallagher of Limerick AC taking silver. Carmel MacDomhnaill of West Limerick AC won the W60 category, Mark Whelan won silver in the M35 category and Dympna Lawlor won bronze. Derek Casey of An Brú won the M40 3,000 race

John McCallion of Limerick AC secured bronze in the senior 800m final and Niall Harris of Dooneen was fifth in the 3,000m M35 category.

U-9 boys and girls

The U-9 event included 60m sprints, long jump and 300m. Kate Cantwell, Aimee Sweeney, Gyte Andrijauskaite, Robert Purtill, Sean Moriarty, Dillon Ryle Bourke and Robert Lynch competed for Dooneen AC, Darragh Whelan for Limerick AC, Taylor O’Toole and Melanie Gorski represented Sunhill Harriers. An Brú had 3 athletes competing, Kate Hennessey, Mia O’Riordan and Naoise Horgan. Darragh Whelan won silver in the 300m race.

U-10 boys and girls

U-10 events included 60m sprints, long jump and 500m. Dooneen was represented by Sally O’Dwyer, Eilis O’Neill, Grace Kenneally, Ellen Goggin, Ruby Hughes, Beibhinn Collins, Ava Williams O’Dowd, Robert McCutcheon, Sean McMahon, Ruan Kelliher and Conor Toomey. An Brú AC was represented by Gemma Brick, Alanna Purcell, Daire O’Dwyer, Lucy Higgins and Alex Smiechowski. Daniel O’Sullivan represented Emerald AC. Scott Shanahan, Faye Sheehan, John Farrell, Oisín Jennings and Jamie Flannery all competed for Limerick AC whilst Sarah Creedon and Aoife Donnelly represented St Mary’s AC

Ellen Goggin of Dooneen AC won a silver medal in the 500m race.

U-11 boys and girls

Over 40 athletes from Limerick clubs competed in 60m sprints, shot put, long jump and 600m and many of them won medals on the day. Emer Purtill, Aisling O’Sullivan, Orla Mellett, Destiny Lawel, Amy Cunneen, Catherine McCutcheon, Emma Pethos, Niamh Hynes, Samantha Tenzer, Megan O’Shea, Roisin O’Neill, Lily McMahon, Sophia Meaney, Sarah Williams, Eoin O’Shaughnessy, Evan Ekoua, Ian O’Brien and Cathal Sweeeney represented Dooneen AC. Hugh D’Arcy, Aidan Dillon, Anna Greensdale, Mark Kiely, Emma Robertson, Harry Ferte, Luke Cahalane and Sophie McNamara competed for Limerick AC. Isabelle O’Kelly and Sean O’Dwyer represented An Brú AC. Emerald AC had James Bourke and Diarmuid Crowe taking part. Kilmallock AC was represented by Fionn Freyne, Lewis Hennesy and Ronan Collins. Liam Boyle, Sienna Gorski and Kate Egan competed for Sun Hill Harriers AC. Aine Frawley competed for St Mary’s AC.

Destiny Lawel won the 60m and 600m races. Lily McMahon won silver in the 60m sprint final. Emer Purtill won silver in the shot put, Emma Pethos won bronze in the 600m race, Ian O’Brien won bronze in the sprint final and Aine Frawley won silver in the long jump.