About Us

West Limerick AC was founded in the Summer of 1979.

Two athletes John Barrett and Mike Mac Domhnaill were running as individuals in a cross-country race and were signed up by Father LIam Kelleher to run with Dromcollogher AC in 1978.

John & Mike had thought of forming a club in Newcastle West. They invited other local clubs to a meeting in the Central Bar, Newcastle West. Abbeyfeale was represented by Christy Cullinane, Rathkeale was represented by Mike Hanley, Dromcollogher was represented by Fr Kelleher and Tullylease was represented by Mike Callaghan. And so on that Summers Day 1979 West Limerick AC was formed.

The club went on to win the Munster Novice x/c that year. Scoring were Mike Mac Domhnaill, Pat Mc Carthy(Rathkeale), Donie Buckley(Tullylease) and Martin Stack(Dromcollogher).

Both John Barrett and Mike Mac Domhnaill also served on the County Board in those early years as treasurer/registrar.

Members Interviewed

Breeda Griffin Lynch – Members Interviewed

Name: Breeda Griffin Lynch Background: I really only took up 'serious' running about 5 years ago. I participated in basketball, tennis, and hockey. Probably my favourite was football - loved that sport and played with a great team 'Gerald Griffins'  where we won the...

Gary Wilmott – Members Interviewed

Name: Gary Wilmott Years Involved in Athletics: 20 years (took a 10 year break) Any other sports played:  Tag rugby and soccer. 1. What is your earliest running memory? At the age of 7, I was running in the Limerick Community Games Semi Final.  Coming towards the...

Tom Ruddle – Members Interviewed

Name: Tom Ruddle Years Involved in Athletics: 1976-1987 competively 1987 -1996 non competive. I suffered a lot of injuries in my career so was really only running competively for a short time. Any other sports played:  soccer and tennis. 1. What is your earliest...

Kevin O Donoghue – Members Interviewed

Name: Kevin O'Donoghue Years Involved in Athletics: It started properly with the Adare 10k in 2013, so 3 years. Any other sports played: I was never very skillful but I would say I was always determined. I played soccer, gaelic football and rugby. I was pretty much a...

Edel Henriques – Members Interviewed

1. What is your earliest running memory? I never ran before.I.dont have any early running memories so I feel like a blow in. My first proper race was the Adare 10k in 2013. I have started running a few months previous to that. I broke the hour.  I was thrilled.  I...

Patricia McNamara – Members Interviewed

Name: Patricia McNamara   Years involved in Athletics: 12   Other sports participated in: In my younger days camogie and badminton. Currently I swim a 2 or 3 times a week and cycle once or twice – just for cross training, nothing too strenuous.   1. What is your...

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