West Limerick AC Open Cross Country

September 4, 2017 in Cross Country Results by Mark Guerin

Yesterday West Limerick AC held their annual open cross country event. After a heavy night of rain on Saturday we had a beautiful clear day for running on Sunday. The Demense in Newcastle West was in perfect condition. We had athletes from all over arrive on the day. Thomastown AC, North Cork, Mallow, An Riocht, Gneeveguilla, Dooneen, West Limerick, Limerick AC, An Bru, Leevale and many other clubs were represented on the day in the Juvenile and Adult races. Under the guidance of Chairman Liam Healy the team of volunteers set to work on Saturday to lay out the course and on Sunday to steward, take registrations, hand out medals and make sure everyone had a good day. There were some excellent races on the day with the mens race being particularly strong.

Well done to Evan Boland for coming 2nd and Danny Shine following in 5th place in the boys U10’s. Well done also to Rachel Shannon for coming 2nd in U12 Girls. Well done to Mark Shine who ran well out of age in the boys U12’s & Sam Logan for coming 2nd in U14 boys.

Well done to Hilkka Kontro for winning the women’s senior race (5k) and a huge congratulations to Colm Turner, Mark Guerin, Keith Daily & Dave Hanlon for winning the senior men’s race team event (8k)


December 12, 2016 in Cross Country Results by Gwynne Ryan

Dundalk I.T. kindly hosted the ‘Irish Life Health’ uneven age X Country Championships on Sunday 11th.

Well done Rachel Shannon,Ciara Flaherty and Roise Gavan who got their first taste of X Country at a National level in the girls U11’s . They did themselves and Limerick AC proud.

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October 6, 2015 in Cross Country Results by Gwynne Ryan

The sunshine was looking down on the Juveniles who took on the first Cross of the season in Cappamore(27th September).

Representing LAC was girl’s under 10’s

Meadhbh Hurley (4th)

Rachel Shannon (6th)


Boys under 10’s:

Sean Mc Hugo who improved on last year’s bronze to win Silver this time round with a great run.

Jack O Neill (9th)


Girls under 12’s:

Aoife Ryan


Boys under 12’s

Jack Doyle

Cillian Lynch

Aaron O Connor


Girls under 14’s:

Makayla Ryan-Wade (4th)


Boys under 14’s:

Rory Prendeville (3rd)


UL was our next location (4th October) were the sun followed. We had a bigger contingency representing LAC this time adding a few more medals to Rory and Sean’s the previous Sunday.

Girls under 9’s:

Aoife Grimes who ran a great race finishing 2nd. IMG_20100101_183840

Ciara Flaherty (6th)

Roise Gavin (7th)

Aoife Feerick (10th)

Emma Gillen (12th)

Mae Farrell (13th)


The team above took home the Silver medal in the team event making 5 already happy girls even happier!


Boys under 9’s:

Jack O Neill

Paddy O Driscoll

Diarmud Hurley


Girls under 11’s:

Meadhb Hurley (8th)

Rachel Shannon (9th)

Aoife Ryan (11th)

Abby Robertson (17th)


The team above also took home the Silver in the teams.


Boys under 11’s:

Matthew Carroll who went out strong and finished even stronger  to take Silver.


With a strong field of LAC athletes coming through the finish line soon after

Conor Gavin (4th)

Tommy O Driscoll (5th)

Sean Mc Hugo (6th)

Aaron O Connor (11th)

Jim Madden (16th)

Jack Doyle

Paudi Spratt

Daniel Walker

The team above took home Gold in the teams.




Under 13’s:

Cillian Lynch

Kyle Mullane

Ryan Mullane


Girls under 15’s:

Makayla Ryan-Wade




Cross Country is still alive and kicking in the hearts of all the young athletes that competed over the 2 weekends.

Long may it continue!!





September 1, 2015 in Cross Country Results by Gwynne Ryan

Limerick AC men’s team opened  their cross country season with a strong display of running taking both the team and individual title at the 8km open cross country race held within the leafy confines of Newcastle West Demesne.

Post Race photoLimerick AC athlete Colm Turner led from the start to finish but never got far from the chasing duo of teammate and training partner Paul Fitzgerald and last years winner of the event Aogan Mac Domhnaill running for Donore Harriers. 

Fitzgerald put in a great burst of speed down the home straight to hold off Mac Domhnaill for 2nd in a scintillating sprint finish. It could have been a different story for Fitzgerald, had team coach Will Logan not roared across the field warning him of fast finishing Mac Domhnaill.

Next to cross the line for LAC was the ever improving Keith Daly for a fine 6th place. A performance that he was happy with and confirms that his training is bringing him in the right direction. 

The ever consistent Keith Ryan put in another solid performance with 13th place, while the remaining team members Mark O’ Dwyer (aka Mary O Dwyer) and Cathal O’ Hara finished 15th and 22nd respectively. 

Cathal‘s performance was particularly welcome considering he is fresh off recovering from a stress fracture in his right foot, a particularly nasty injury to endure.

The team and coach Will Logan can come away from Sunday very pleased with their performance and will continue to build upon this for the season ahead.

The only regret of the day came from former GAA and fan Fitzgerald who expressed his regret at missing the Semi final between Dublin and Mayo. Much to his relief he can watch the replay next week!! 

Reporter:Colm Turner

Hosey breaches nation’s top five at schools finals

March 7, 2015 in Cross Country Results, Results by admin


LIMERICK ATHLETIC CLUB’S Rachel Hosey finished fifth at the Minor Girls GloHealth All-Ireland Schools’ Cross Country Championships held at Clongowes Wood College, Clane, Co Kildare on Saturday March 7, 2015 while representing Castletroy College.

Rachel lined out at the starting line among almost 100 of her peers who had qualified for this prestigious event from their efforts across local and provincial cross country races.

The young athletes were called to the start and were told that they would be running “One Big Lap” of approximately 2km in length. At 12 noon the race was off and drama ensued with position jostling and when that settled down the psychological battle commenced.

Rachel confidently avoided trouble at the start and had claimed a nice position from the outset and if held would ensure her a top twenty finish. With another tacit display of her strategic maturity and natural athletic ability, Rachel whittled through the athletes ahead.

As the race leaders headed for the finish line over the final quarter of the race, Rachel had kept some reserves in the tank and with the final push took the fifth position.


Back in October at Two Mile Borris, Rachel finished second in the Munster girls U-14 3k cross country, which claimed an elusive top three finish at this event for LAC.

In November, Rachel ran for LAC at the Glo Health Even Age Inter County Cross Country Championships held at Dundalk IT, where her performance cemented her position Limerick’s number one and one of Munster’s Top Ten U-14 cross country runners.

In January this year, Rachel claimed the gold medal at the North Munster School’s cross country.

And in February, Rachel finished seventh with a time of 6mins 55secs following a 2km course where just 18 seconds separated the first ten runners home at the Munster School’s.

On the indoor track this year Rachel also has a Munster U-15 800m silver medal for her cabinet and the rest of the year might see Rachel take home another one or two adornments for her achievements.

The LAC community along with her immensely proud coaches would like to congratulate Rachel on her cross country season be it for club or school. Well done Rachel.