Shannon Athletic Club was founded in 1969, by a small group, involving Sean Cleary, Eddie Ryan, Joe Austin, Maurice O'Connell, Pat Scally, Ger O'Mahony and Tadgh Toomey.
Then the club consisted of one hundred members, ages ranging from 6 years to 17 years, and were considered one of the strongest clubs in Clare. Shannon's main competitors at the time were Marion AC from Ennis. Shannon were the fist club to hold a Munster Community Games meeting which was held in the GAA Club in Shannon.
In 1973 Shannon had 120 children competing in the Munster Championships. This was the largest group at that time to have ever competed in the Munster Championships. Shannon won fourteen championship medals, eleven gold medals, at that Munster's.
Shannon AC at that time was the only club in Shannon for the children to attend. Training was held three evenings a week at their grounds behind St Patrick's Comprehensive School. In 1974 Tommy Lynch, father of current athlete Molly Lynch, won the under 12 800 meters at the Munster Championships held in Pallas Green, Limerick.
Today, in 2010, the club is again rejuvinated and has over 70 children registered with Athletics Ireland, including the Grandson of one of the founding members, Sean Cleary, and ranging in age from 7 years to 17 years. Training is now held at the old All Weather Pitch in Shannon between the Rugby and Camogie Clubs Grounds, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6.00pm to 7.00pm. We have 7 qualified coaches, led by Head Coach Josephine McMahon, endeavouring to bring out each individuals ability whether on the track or in field events.
The Club has secured grounds for the future, circa 8 acres, and we are currently formulating plans to develop this into an all weather pitch complex and a full 400m synthetic running track. With help from Clare County Council, we have recently erected fencing around the site. The Club would like to thank Shannon Town Council, Cllr Patricia McCarthy & Tony Mulcahy for their support, and in particular Cllr Gerry Flynn, who's passion for Athletics has helped strengthen our club! Over the next few years we are hoping to develop these facilities on the property to help improve the facilities available to the people of Shannon and the surrounding areas.
Shannon AC would like to acknowledge Mr Pat O'Dea who kindly offers us use of his land for our Cross Country training sessions.
This is very much appreciated!
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