Munster Indoors 2015: 2 Medals from day 1

March 1, 2015 in Indoor Results, Results by Brian O'Connor

Rapid Rachel rallies another reward


RAPID RACHEL has added another medal to her already bulging trophy cabinet following a lifetime best performance in the U-15 Girls 800m of 2min 29secs at the Munster Indoor Championships held at Nenagh Olympic Stadium over the weekend of February 28 and March 1.

In her heats, young Hosey, had flown home in first position by executing an acutely tactical race while displaying a strategic maturity far beyond her years. The LAC camp was gathered in unison for the 800m final for the U-15 girls and following the starters order the race pace was considered to be quick.

Rachel demonstrated her ability to instinctively read a race and managed to get herself into a great position over the first three laps and at the final kick for home was narrowly pipped for gold, yet she achieved her quickest time over 800m along with a Munster Indoor silver medal.


Harris’s bronze bound to the dias

Sean Harris

At the U-17 long Jump, LAC’s Sean Harris bounded into the bronze position with a leap of 5.43m. The young man is focused on the outdoor season ahead and between the jump off and the medal ceremony; Sean was already discussing his outdoor training regime with his coach.

A full round-up of results and LAC positions will be posted when the competition concludes this evening.

Adare10k: Fothergill’s silver, Turner and Doody in top ten and Team Gold.

February 24, 2015 in Results, Road Results by Brian O'Connor

Colm TurnerMartin Doody

LIMERICK ATHLETIC CLUB members hit the streets of Adare, Co Limerick for the annual West Limerick AC hosted event the Adare 10k, Sunday February 22.

Seven LAC athletes joined over 600 runners and walkers who braved the wild weather and headed for the picturesque town to take on both the tricky 10k stretch and the elements.

Hannah Fothergill for LAC in the female category took silver for the event with her time of 38mins 55secs just behind West Limerick AC’s Carolyn Maria Hayes who secured gold by getting home in 37mins 46secs.

mlynchKeith Ryan

Limerick Athletic Club took the trophy for the Senior Men’s Team event based on the points awarded as the first four members crossed the finish line.

LAC’s Colm Turner was first home for LAC males and his time of 34mins 23secs captured for him a top five finish, behind Bantry AC’s Alan O’Shea’s course record of 31mins 16secs.

Limerick AC’s Martin Doody was home six seconds after Colm in 34mins 29secs granting him the sixth spot.

Mike Lynch was next home for LAC with his time of 36mins 55secs which secured him a top twenty finish while Keith Ryan followed up in 37mins 15secs, and the final Male LAC athlete to cross the line was Neville Shine’s 40mins 35secs.

From the times posted by LAC members it appears that Limerick Athletic Club have won the team event, which was awarded to Dooneen AC, yet the organisers – West Limerick AC – have since posted a comment to their Facebook page at 9pm on Monday February 23 stating: “There may be a mistake in the team event. will be clarified soon.”

UPDATE: Tuesday February 24.

West Limerick AC have issued the following statement: “Unfortunately due to an error out of our control there was a mix up with the men’s team result. 1st men’s team home was Limerick AC, 2nd was West Limerick AC and 3rd was Dooneen AC. Apologies for the confusion. Congrats and well done to all teams.”

Limerick Athletic Club would like to extend its gratitude to West Limerick AC for their hospitality and wishes to congratulate them on another successful Adare 10k. Well done to all.

Round-up of LAC at the National Indoor Championships

February 23, 2015 in Indoor Results, Results by Brian O'Connor

Alana Podiumgold medal

LIMERICK ATHLETIC CLUB had four representatives at this year’s Senior National Indoor Championships held at Athlone International Arena over the weekend of February 21 and 22, 2015.

Ireland’s Senior Shot Put champion Alana Frattaroli was joined by Roland Pika, Glodi Swana and Munster Star Award 2015 recipient Stanley Ikeh to make up the LAC team.

Over the course of two days the LAC athletes smashed through personal best barriers and LAC’s Alana Frattaroli took home the gold medal and was crowned National Champion with an astonishing 12.72m shot that catapulted the 23-year-old into the record books. Alana’s shot is now the tenth best ever thrown indoors in Ireland.

Alana throw

Following the medal ceremony Alana tweeted: “Actually still can’t believe I’ve won my first seniors title and to top it off also got a PB 12.72!”

Her coach and proud father Dave Frattaroli said: “She is absolutely delighted and even if she came last in the event throwing a personal best would have been enough whereas now she has the bonus of a new PB and a national title. We’re absolutely thrilled.”

Stanley Nat. Indoors 2014Stanley

Munster Star Award 2015 recipient Stanly Ikeh had a memorable two days at the event as his time of 7.37secs over 60m initially appeared to have him not qualify for the semi-finals – it was reported that he was 16 hundredths of a second outside of qualifying – yet later it emerged that the 15-year-old had secured a semi-final run.

Stanley performed excellently in his semi-final heat and was pipped at the post by the eventual 2015 national champion Keith Pike from Clonliffe Harriers AC, also running was Jamaica’s Winston Barnes.

The LAC juvenile tweeted before the event: “First year running senior’s all I can hope is for good times and new PB’s but with God’s grace it may happen.” And happen it did as Stanley jumped 11.56m in the Triple Jump – his new PB – and the tenth best in the country this year.

It happened again for the 200m sprints where Stanley smashed through his previous best and posted a time of 23.81seconds over a lap of the AIT track.

Stanley commented that he had an incredible day running at the national seniors posting two new personal best and he would like to thank all at LAC for supporting him since he joined the club as a young boy. He is also looking forward to competing at the Munster’s and is confident of more accolades.


LAC’s Glodi Swana entered two sprinting events, the 60m and 200m. Glodi blasted out of the blocks in lane 7 of his heat in the 60m and posted an impressive time of 7.88seconds. Not his personal best but a time that was far faster than he expected to achieve on the day. In the 200m, young Swana was in the fifth heat of seven and posted an exceptional time of 24.87seconds.


Roland Pika represented LAC at the 60m and in the long jump. The young medical worker ran in lane 6 and posted 7.5seconds across the sprint distance. In the long jump Roland leaped into the championship’s top ten, finishing ninth overall with a 6.03metre jump.

The LAC community are extremely proud of all the achievements of its four representatives at the championships. Well done guys.

Other Limerick athletes at the event were Dooneen AC’s Niall Counihan who took the National title in the triple jump and 15-year-old Ciara Neville from Emerald AC who won silver in both the 60m and 60m Hurdles and setting a new national youth record while at it.

Highlights of the two day event are on RTÉ Player and can be viewed here:



LAC’s Alana Frattaroli is Champion of Ireland

February 21, 2015 in Indoor Results, Results by Brian O'Connor

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LIMERICK ATHLETIC CLUB’S Alana Frattaroli has taken the National Champion title at the GloHealth National Senior Indoor championships at Athlone International Arena, Saturday February 21, 2015.

Alana threw 6 Shots and with just one of them under 12 metres, and she smashed through her personal indoor best of 12.05m for the other five throws.

With an immense display of technique and proving she is a master in her class Alana demolished the other competitors with throws of 12.25m, 11.86m, 12.72m, 12.69m, 12.12m and 12.63m.

Second place went to Sophie Parkinson of Gowran FC with third to Laura McSweeney of Bandon AC, Congratulations from LAC to Alana’s podium partners.

Her coach and proud father Dave Frattaroli said: “She is absolutely delighted and even if she came last in the event throwing a personal best would have been enough whereas now she has the bonus of a new PB and a national title. We’re absolutely thrilled.”

The entire LAC community are delighted with Alana’s results today and we are all so proud to have a National Champion among our members.


Canon Carroll Cup regained in historic uninterrupted triple run

February 15, 2015 in Results, Road Results by Brian O'Connor

At home again

LIMERICK ATHLETIC CLUB have brought home the Canon Carroll Cup for the third year in a row following their impressive 1,2 and 3 victory at the County Four Mile Championship held at Bruff, Sunday February 15, 2015.

Paul Fitzgerald (21mins 19secs), Martin Doody (21mins 23secs) and Colm Turner (21mins 28secs) raced the four miles to the finish line with just nine seconds separating them to give LAC a most memorable 1,2 and 3 podium.

Paul askins Paul fitzg Image courtesy Paul Askins, Chairman, Dooneen AC

The medal winners helped compose a team of nine LAC athletes to line out on the day which included Mark Guerin, Mike Lynch, Keith Ryan, Joe Coffey, Brian O’Sullivan and Dave Ryan.

This thrilling finish enthralled the amassed spectators and the broadest beam of a smile exploded from LAC Vice-Chair Tom Foley while LAC Coach Willie Logan was proudly poised and transfixed through this historic achievement from the LAC Senior Men’s team.

Willie Logan

The Cup was purchased by the Very Reverend William J Canon Carroll in 1961 – parish priest of Rathkeale from 1949 until his death in 1964 – to be awarded to the victorious Senior Men’s team at the annual County Four Mile Championships. The first team to drink from the cup was Granagh AC.

Canon Carrol cup

The Cup quickly became synonymous within athletics in Limerick City and County as being one of the toughest awards to achieve and in its history Limerick Athletic Club have won the trophy a total of twelve times.

The 2015 victory was made possible by the efforts of the above mentioned team and lays on the foundations of the 2014 team of Michael Carmody, Paul Fitzgerald, Martin Doody and Denis Finn and the 2013 team of Michael Carmody, Colm Turner, Vincent O’Brien and Keith Ryan.

The late Noughties produced two Canon Carroll cup winning teams in 2007 and 2008 where Tom Carey, Martin Doody and Keith Ryan were joined by D Dennehy in 2007 and Rúairí O’Donnell in 2008.

In 2005 the LAC team of N Cusack, Keith Ryan, L Adigun and Colm Turner took the cup back after a five year hiatus.

LAC athletes Tom Carey, G Mullane, John Grimes and B O’Callaghan patched up a six-year drought in 1998 and began LAC’s first triple run with the cup. G Mullane and B O’Callaghan lined out again in 1999 and were joined with Liam Reale and Anthony Scanlon. The year 2000 saw G Mullane race to grab the cup once more along with Liam Reale, Keith Ryan and Henry Kiely.

1992 was the first win of the modern era when Richie Clifford, G Mullane, Mick Lawton and Adrian Tracey danced on the podium as they had the Canon Carroll Cup in their hands for the first time in twenty-four-years.

The cup was being paraded around Limerick city and county by such clubs as Granagh AC and Feohanagh-Castlemahon AC for six years before the 1877 founded LAC could finally get their hands on it. The legendary teams of 1967 and 1968 including Paddy Moloney, Noel Enright, Pat Regan, Freddie McInerney and Richard ‘Dick’ Power togged out on two cold spring mornings with a view to snatching victory and sipping a drop of the cratur from Canon Carroll’s legacy to athletics in Limerick. J Grimes was with those men in 1967 and in 1968 they were joined by Anthony Mc Namara.

LAC athlete Keith Ryan has raised the cup on five separate occasions placing him in an historic position not only within LAC but throughout Limerick city and county. He is followed by LAC’s G Mullane who raised the cup on four podiums.

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