2020 Club Membership

January 13, 2020 in Important Notices, Membership Forms by Mike Lynch

Limerick AC Membership for 2020 is now available online by following the links below.

For those who have previously registered with Limerick AC, over the last number of years, then please use the “Existing Member Renewal” link below. Please note that you will need your AAI Life Reg Number, which is printed on you white AAI membership card, if you do not have this number then please contact a committee member.

Click here for Existing Member Renewal

For those wishing to join Limerick AC and has never registered with limerick AC and AAI ( no AAI Life Reg Number) then please use the “New Member Renewal” link below:

Click here for New Member Renewal

General Annual Meeting 2020

January 11, 2020 in Important Notices, Latest News by Mark Guerin

The Annual General meeting of Limerick AC will take place on Monday 10th February @ 7.30pm at the Castletroy Park hotel.

All members of the club are welcome.  The Agenda will be sent out before the meeting.

The Committee for 2020 will be elected on the night. We encourage all members to get involved in the running of our club and to serve on the committee. All roles will be elected for a 12-month term.  

We are accepting nominations for the following roles. If you are interested, please contact either PJ O’Rourke or me by Friday 31st Jan 2020.

PJ O’Rourke –  patrickjohnorourke@hotmail.com or

Susan Murnane –  Sosanna.Murnane@gmail.com

The following roles will be elected:

  • Chairperson
  • Vice Chairperson
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Registrar
  • Competition Secretary – Senior
  • Competition Secretary – Juvenile
  • Child Welfare Officers x 2
  • Women’s team captain
  • Men’s team captain
  • PRO (Public Relations Officer)

New Club Gear

June 18, 2019 in Important Notices, Latest News by Mark Guerin

Our new club gear of zip tops and T-Shirts are up for sale in Limerick Sports Store for those who wish to buy please get in contact with Siobhan.

Paddy O Connell R.I.P.

May 30, 2019 in Important Notices by Gwynne Ryan

Limerick AC regret to announce the passing of a long standing member of Limerick AC,Mr. Paddy O’Connell.

Paddy gave so much throughout the decades to club and County leaving plenty of great memories for alot of generations within athletics.

Paddy, a true gent will be greatly missed within Limerick AC and the Athletic Community as a whole.

Reposing at Cross’ Funeral Home, Gerald Griffin Street, Sunday (June 2nd) from 4.30pm followed by removal at 6.30pm to Christ The King Church, Caherdavin. Requiem Mass Monday (June 3rd) at 10am followed by Cremation Service in Shannon Crematorium at 11.30am (all are welcome to attend).

R.I.P. Paddy O Connell.


The Ultimate Marathon Man

May 9, 2019 in Important Notices, Latest News by Mark Guerin

Limerick AC would like to congratulate club member, Thomas Shanahan, on receiving a civic honour from the Mayor of the Metropolitan District of Limerick. Thomas received the award from Mayor, Daniel Butler, and President of Limerick AC, Ronnie Long. The event was held today, Thursday 9th May 2019, in Limerick City Hall on Merchants Quay.

Here is the background info for his recognition when he set a world record when he became the first person to run an amazing 20 marathons in 10 days.

On the 16th of August 2016 Thomas toed the start line of an epic challenge along with 12 others very high-profile endurance runners to see if some or any of them could set a world first and complete 20 full length 26.2-mile marathons in 10 consecutive days with very strict conditions.

The venue for the record was in Northern Italy around the beautiful lake Orta where the temperatures routinely hit 36 degrees.

Some of the conditions were that each of the 20 marathons had to be completed in a cut off time of 6 hours and there was no break between them. This meant that every marathon started at 8am and the second at 2 pm. strains started showing amongst the 12 competitors from an early stage and many dropped off at the start of day 2 and that trend continued until day 6 when only 2 were left. Thomas was attempting to raise funds for a charity very close to his heart ( Limerick Animal Welfare) and it was the continued donations which poured in that kept him going in some of the very difficult times towards the end. On the 15th of august Thomas and one other Italian competitor completed the mammoth task. 524miles had been ran in 10 days. The feat made the front pages of most of Irelands national newspapers and was covered in many European countries as well. £5000 was also raised for the dogs and cats in Law.

Thomas has since ran in another 31 marathons winning many of them, and his favourite marathon in his home city of limerick in 2019 will be his 102nd marathon. Together with his fellow Limerick Athletic Club teammates they have won the Munster marathon championships for the last 3 consecutive years. Thomas is a past pupil of Scoil Christ Ri and Ardscoil Ris

Thomas is a very humble and proud Limerick man and in 2018 as a way of supporting the limerick hurlers decided to run from the Gaelic grounds to Croke park 200km along busy roads all the time wrapped in the limerick flag. This took 3 day’s prior to the All Ireland final.

He is always quick to encourage people to run and is often seen rescuing swans, goats, stray dogs, cats up trees, and hedgehogs amongst others. At a recent marathon in Sixmilebridge he arrived with a stray dog he had picked up on the way out there, and only found minders for the dog with a minute to go to the start of the marathon which he won. Had he not found minders he would not have ran.

His partner Nicole and family, parents Mary and Tommy and older sister Michelle and brother William are always there to support and encourage his adventures. Michelle took time off work to be there for him in Italy and was there from his first marathon in 2012 in limerick as well as many others.

He has also completed other running feats such as the following

*Ran the entire length of the Camino in Spain 500 miles in 12 days 2015

*Ran the west highland way in Scotland 120 miles in 3 days 2014

*Ran 2 100km races

*In 2018 ran for 24hr nonstop covering 100miles

Thomas is currently preparing to become the first Irishman to run across the United States, from the west coast to the east coast, in less than 90 days. Well done Thomas, you are an true inspiration when it comes to the spirit of running.