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.
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.
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.
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.
Limerick Athletic Club will be looking back through its history as it prepares for its one hundred and fortieth – yes, that is correct, 140 – anniversary in 2017. If you have any old photos, stories or anything related to the club please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org