October 20, 2016 in Cross Country Results by Gwynne Ryan

Bilboa AC held off the bad weather again as they hosted the County Championships uneven ages in Cappamore Sunday 16th.With 30 of our young athletes willing to take on X Country challenge .

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Girls under 9’s:

Rosie Hickey – 2nd.Orla Grimes – 3rd.Abby Yelverton -4th. Aoife Murphy – 5th.Aisling Mc Hugo – 7th.

1st in Team Medals.

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Boys under 9’s:

Cormac Devitt – 5th. Evan Boland – 8th. Johnny Lynch – 9th.Ben O’ Connell – 10th.

2nd in Team Medals.

Well done to our U9’s boys and girls who only started competing this year and some new to competition for the very first time .It can be a very nerve wrecking experience for such young athletes and all of these 7/8 year olds handled this challenge superbly and should be very proud of their individual runs.

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Girls under 11’s:

Rachel Shannon – 5th.Aoife Grimes – 7th.Ciara Flaherty – 8th.Abby Robertson – 12th.

Grainne Devitt -23rd. Róise Gavan was eager to run but sadly had to pull out(due to illness)just as they were lining up.

2nd in Team Medals.

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Boys under 11’s:

Sean Mc Hugo – 1st.

Matthew Burke – 5th.

Diarmuid Hurley – 13th.

Ollie Tierney – 15th.

Fionnán Hession -17th.

Mark Shine – 20th.

Paudi Spratt – 21st.                                        2nd in Team Medals.

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Girls under 13’s :

Meadhbh Hurley – 4th.

Aisling Cannon – 6th.

Aoife Ryan – 7th.

Sadhbh Bullock – 11th.

2nd in Team Medals.


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Luke Hession – 3rd.

Matthew Carroll – 4th.

Conor Treacy – 5th.





Boys under 17’s :

Andrew Joyce – 2nd.

This is Andrew’s first time competing and hopefully many more to follow!

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A special Thank You goes to Cathy,John and Vinnie for capturing  the great day out and Margaret for supplying the lolly pops!!


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.

LAC’s Hosey and deBarra perform brilliantly at Munster School’s Cross Country

February 15, 2015 in Cross Country Results, Results by admin

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LIMERICK ATHLETIC CLUB’S Rachel Hosey and Sadhbh deBarra each put in a fabulous effort at the GloHealth Munster Schools Cross Country held on Thursday February 12, 2015 at Cork Institute of Technology.

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LAC’s Rachel Hosey represented her school – Castletroy College – in the Minor Girls category. The race, run over 2,000metres, was anticipated to be one of the most challenging for these young athletes to emerge with medals from.

It emerged to be just that and a mere eighteen seconds separated the top ten finishers. In one of the closest races to ever have been staged in Munster which included an almost photo finish ending between the podium spots, Rachel finished in seventh position despite posting a most impressive time of 6mins 55secs.

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In the Intermediate Girls Category over 3,000metres and representing Laurel Hill Coláiste– LAC’s Sadhbh deBarra lined up among Munster’s strongest athletes for their age. Sadhbh posted a healthy time of 13mins 40secs and was unlucky not to be placed higher up the ranks.

These two young LAC athletes are gaining immense experience of competing at the uppermost level of their age-groups and from the field of participants at this particular event many commentators are optimistic that Limerick and Irish athletics clubs will produce many champions over the coming decade.

Congratulations to Rachel and Sadhbh from the entire LAC community, we are proud of you.