13th Nov 2016



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Listowel Crusaders Half-Marathon

This past Saturday there was an excellent race held in Listowel, Co.Kerry. The birthplace of the great writer John B Keane turned into a festival of colour with the singlets and t shirts from all the different participants. Among those were our own green and white of West Limerick AC. Derek Mackessy ran it in 1:45:31, Paul Crotty 1:46:38, Tara Carr 1:54:56, Ide Curtin 2:04:06 and David Wrenne 2:05:14.

Munster Uneven Age Cross Country

Patrickswell was the venue on Sunday. The conditions were real cross country with the ground challenging for all those involved. Our girls U17 team of Sophie Moroney, Kate Downes, Grace O Donnell and Sinead Woulfe competed and gave everything on the day. Well done girls on competing with the best in Munster.

Munster Senior Cross Country

These races were also held in Patrickswell. Our ladies who competed on the day were Edel Henriques and Ailbhe Dempsey.
The men on our team were Declan Guina, Ger Guina, Mike Sheehy and Declan McCarthy. It was great to see Mike and Declan back in action in the club colours again. Well done to all juvenile and senior members on turning out this weekend. The races through the mud will stand to each one of one in the races ahead.
Results not available at time of going to press. We will update once they are published.

Athens Marathon
Congratulations to club member Nandor Abel on completing the historic Athens marathon in a time 3:55:25.


The Fit4Life group have returned to training, meeting at 18:45 on Tuesday evenings . Everyone is to meet at the Courtney Boys National School in Newcastle West and start from there. Please wear reflective clothing as the evenings are dark and you need to be safe and be seen.
Fit4Life Trainer Denis Fitzgerald has started a couch to 5k also. For people starting out or returning to some running, anyone looking to improve their health or meet some new people this session is ideal. You can train together in groups suited to whatever level of ability you have and enjoy yourself while doing it.

Tuesday Night Training:

Please note that all club training takes place on the Newcastle West GAA all weather pitch on Tuesday nights.

Juveniles are from 6pm to 7pm. Parents are asked to accompany their children into the all weather pitch and collect from the same spot after.

Adults are training on the all weather pitch from 7pm to 8pm. Please have your warm up done beforehand. The session begins at 7pm sharp.

It is €2 per person for the adult session. There is no charge for the Juvenile session. This charge I for the lights and not connected to membership.

New and returning members are always welcome in both Juvenile and Adult training. The interval sessions are a good way to stay fit and increase your speed during the winter months in a safe well light  area.

We are now taking membership for 2017. Adult membership is €30. Juvenile Membership is €20 for the first family member and €15 for any additional members.
Membership covers you by insurance while club training and in all aai permit races. It also covers your cost in selected championship races.
Forms available at training or can be emailed to you also. A copy of birth certificate for Juvenile members is necessary.
If you are not a member of the club you are not covered by insurance.

Club AGM:

The AGM will be held on November 25th. There are a number of roles to fill and at this time we welcome your interest should you wish to help in the running of our club. The more people we have the better organised we will be for 2017 and beyond.

Christmas Party:

The annual Christmas party has been fixed for DP Lyons bar Abbeyfeale on Saturday November 26th. Club member JP Aherne is the proprieter and will be looking after us on the night. There will be nibbles and presentations followed by a DJ. Book your babysitters.

Church Gate Collection

The annual church gate collection will take place in Newcastle West on the weekend of December Saturday 3rd at 6.30pm and Sunday 4th at 9.15am, 12pm and 7.15pm. We are looking for volunteers to help cover each of the masses. The funds raised go into the club for the running of the club. Please set aside 30 minutes of your time that weekend. We welcome all members and parents of the juveniles to help us that weekend.

Club Gear

Liam Healy has just received a new delivery of West Limerick AC gear bags. They are €35. Should you want one please let Liam or a committee member know.


The club interviews with current and former members are starting to be uploaded to the website along with the latest news from the club. Check out www.westlimerickac.com

Club Notes

If you have results or news for the club notes please email kevinodonoghue@gmail.com or text Kevin 0857462413 or Declan 0876332808. If you compete in a race but do not send in results they will not be in the notes. Pictures from races are always welcome.

Attachment one: Listowel Half Marathon: Derek Mackessy, Tara Carr, Ide Curtin and Paul Crotty.

Attachment two: Ailbhe Dempsey and Edel Henriques at the Munster Senior Cross Country

Attachment three: Grace O Donnell, Sinead Woulfe, Kate Downes and Sophie Moroney at Munster U17 Cross Country

Attachment four: Declan Guina, Ger Guina, Mike Sheehy and Declan McCarthy at Munster Senior Cross Country

Attachment five: Nandor Abel after completing the Athens Marathon


Want to Join The Club?

Adult Membership is currently open. If you have been a member of a different Athletics Club in the past 3 years a Transfer Form is required. Please contact us and we will assist with the transfer.