Raheny Shamrock Win AAI Club Of The Year

Raheny Shamrock have won the Athletics Ireland Club of the Year for 2018/19.

A year which saw the senior men’s team win both the national cross country and road relay championships and take silver in the national track and field leagues outdoors and bronze indoor.

Points are awarded for gold, silver and bronze medals in all national senior, under-23 and junior championships with Raheny well clear of second placed Clonliffe Harriers and third placed Donore Harriers.

Raheny Shamrock were the most successful club at the National Track and field championships in July with gold medals for Niamh Fogarty in the discus and Eric Favors in the Shot put.

While there was total domination in the road and cross country which included winning the men’s senior cross country and road relays.

There was also team victories in the men’s five mile, 10 mile and half-marathon. The women’s team won the five mile landed silver in the 5K and bronze in the 10 mile.

There was also individual senior championships for Kevin Dooney (cross country), Kieran Kelly (5K) and Mick Clohisey (5 mile).

At under-23 level Mark Smyth (100m), Niamh Fogarty (discus) and Brian Fay (cross country) took gold.

This is the first time that Raheny Shamrock have won the performance club of the year award, having missed out by just 10 points last year.

“This is an amazing achievement and makes me feel very proud” declared Raheny Shamrock Athletic Club President Paddy Noonan.

“To be named the best club in Ireland is a brilliant achievement and I would like to congratulate all the athletes, coaches and officials who have helped us to this moment.”

“I would like to thank everyone involved in the club from our juvenile members and coaches all the way through to our senior team members and masters.”

“To win this competition was an effort throughout the club and is just reward for the efforts of all our members.”

“I would like to congratulate all our members, athletes, coaches and officials on wining the AAI Club of the year” explained Raheny Shamrock Athletic Club chairperson Mick Martin.

“As a local club we are proud to represent Raheny at Dublin, Leinster and All-Ireland championships and competing in the European Club Cross Country Cup, along with our athlete’s competing for Ireland in European and World Championships.”

“I wholeheartedly congratulate our athlete’s on winning this award and dedicate the victory to our coaches and volunteers who have worked so hard for this achievement.”