28th November 2016



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Club AGM:

This was held on Friday night. The attendance could have been better as we try to improve membership involvement for 2017. Thank you to those that did attend and volunteered for committee duty for 2017. The elected officers for the coming year as as follows: Club President- John Scanlan, Chairman – Liam Healy, Secretary – Edel Henriques, Asst Secretary – Sean McAuliffe, Treasurer – Willie Costello, Asst Treasurer – Seamus Cawley, PRO – Kevin O Donoghue, Asst PRO – Declan O Keeffe, Website Development Officer – Brendan O Carroll, Child Welfare Officers – Martina Ahern and Norma Brosnahan, Liason Officer – Dan Cahill, Mens Captain – Declan Guina, Ladies Captain – Carmel MacDomhnaill, Juvenile Head Coach – Finbarr Murphy, Senior Head Coach – Declan Guina, Club Gear Officer – Liam Healy, Fit4Life Coach – Denis Fitzgerald.
Coaches will be looking for help in creating a rota for training sessions. Please contact either Finbarr or Declan if you are available to help.
Christmas Party:
On Saturday night we headed to DP.Lyons bar in Abbeyfeale. Everyone that attended had a great night. We would like to thank  club member JP Aherne on hosting such an enjoyable night and for sponsoring the food and the entertainment. We had our end of season awards presented on the night. Liam Healy was on hand to present the Fit4Life award to Denis Fitzgerald. Denis is instrumental in helping people in leading a fitter and more active life. Denis has started a couch to 5k group this year and also organised the Parkrun 5k races in the Demense on Saturday mornings. Denis has had a very positive impact in peoples lives and is always available to help. The awards for most improved athletes went to Martina Ahern and Declan Guina. Their results for 2016 were excellent and improved throughout the year. Both were very deserving and worthy winners and are a credit to their coach John Scanlan. Finally the Athlete of the Year for 2016 went to Thomas Roche. Thomas has excelled in track and field this past year, competiting in county, munster and in nationals. Tom regularly wins medals in shot putt, long jump and sprints. He has been training with Dave Frattaroli of Limerick AC and has continued to improve his skills. He is relatively new to the events and we hope that Thomas can improve further in 2017 and beyond. While not everyone can win an award there were some excellent individual results in 2017. It was a rare week that there was not a member setting a  new pb in some race around Ireland. We hope that 2017 will see more improvement and setting of more pbs for all members.


The Fit4Life group meet 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.

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 each individual member.
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.

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.ie/test

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 1 Liam Healy presenting Thomas Roche Athlete of the year

Attachment 2 Liam Healy presenting Declan Guina with the most improved mens athlete of the year award

Attachment 3 Liam Healy presenting Martina Ahern with the most improved ladies athlete of the year

Attachment 4 Liam Healy presenting Denis Fitzgerald with the Fit4Life award


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.