08 Dec 2021

Limerick Athletics - Weekly News Update

Limerick Athletics - Weekly News Update

Bilboa ACs John Kinsella was an impressive winner of the recent Royal Down Marathon


Training has resumed for both Juvenile and Senior athletes in pods of 15 in line with government Covid related guidelines.


The Dooneen Michal Rejmer 10 Mile Virtual Run in aid of Limerick Suicide Watch continues over the month of May. Register at

The scenic Curragh Chase 10K has gone virtual this year. Register at
It is hoped to stage County Juvenile and Senior Track and Field Championships on the last weekend of June.

However this is dependent on Covid 19 related regulations at the time.
The annual Milford Hospice walk in memory of loved one’s passed takes this week. Please support this important cause.


Big congratulations to Bilboa’s John Kinsella who lead from the start and won in a time 2:34:26. It was a 4 mile looped course on Down Royal Racecourse and Maze. Joe Lillis of United Striders in Wexford was second in 2:35:00. It was John’s second marathon in just 3 weeks.


Athletics Ireland Micro Meet, Munster Technological University, Cork.
This meet was designed to facilitate qualification for the European 10,000m Cup and European U23 Track and Field Championships.

There was good results for a number of Limerick athletes. In the Senior Men’s 800m Rory Prenderville (Emerald) was 5th in 1:55.96. Sophie Meredith (St.Mary’s) was second Senior women’s Long Jump with a distance of 5:70m. In the (1Kg) Discus Emerald’s Ciara Sheehy threw 35:54m to finish in first place.


Colum McCarthy (West Limerick) ran 5000m in a time of 17:58 in a time trial in Leixlip, Co. Kildare.
Well done to all who took part in the Michael ‘Curley’ Cunningham 4 Mile Virtual run in memory of this popular runner on his fourth anniversary, including 10 athletes from Kilmallock A.C.

The chosen charity this year was Milford Hospice.

The Milford Hospice walk takes place this coming weekend, please support a most worthy cause. Visit
Past Results and Clubs


1949 County Junior Cross-Country Championships at Kildimo
1st. W. O’Mahony 12th Battalion, 2nd J. O’Carroll Cruises Hotel, Team 1st Army, 2nd Cruises Hotel.

The Army competed in County competitions from the 1920’s enjoying considerable success. However by 1949, as they won both Senior and Junior XC titles, their presence was becoming controversial as some athletes were merely stationed in Limeriick and not from the County.


1961 County Road Championships at Mungret
1st John Downes (Kilmallock) , 2nd Malachy Maxwell (Regional) 3rd P.J. Cronin Kilmallock, Team 1st Granagh 56, 2nd Kilmallock 80.

John Downes won the Limerick, Munster and All Ireland Cross Country Championships in 1961. Regional were a prominent club in this era and Malachy Maxwell contended for many titles.


1964 Limerick County Novice Cross country championships, Knochlasheen
1st Michael Walsh (Granagh), 2nd Pat Coughlan (Granagh), 3rd Billy Ryan (Redgate) Team 1st Murroe 74, 2nd Granagh 78, 3rd Redgate 83.

Granagh were the dominant team of this era winning 6 Senior Cross Country Championships in a row from 1963 to 1968 as well as road titles.

Redgate based near the Clare- Limerick border competed in the Limerick Championships from the 1950’s until 1965 when they were asked by the Clare County Board to switch affiliation.

They featured prominently in the Clare Championships in the 1980’s before disbanding in the late 1990’s with members moving to Limerick Country Club AC and Tulla AC.


Barbara Doody of Feoghanagh-Castlemahon won the second women’s Senior XC title in Croom with Joan Cregan second for Granagh. Feoghnagh-Castlemahon won the first contested women’s team title on 16 pts from Limerick AC on 32. The first championship in 1967 featured only Limerick AC athletes.


13 year old Rose Shanahan representing St Patrick's Ballyneety won the third ladies Senior XC title at Liskennett with Granagh taking the team title.

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