Raheny Shamrock Athletic Club

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Raheny Shamrock Athletic Club, founded in 1958, is an athletic club in Raheny, Dublin, Ireland, one of Ireland's oldest athletics clubs still operating, and one of the most active, with many athletes competing in a wide range of running events, and running a very large number of events.[1]


The club was founded by Paddy Boland, partly based on local traditional annual sports activities..[2]

Key figures[edit]

The club has provided 3 Olympic athletes, with five appearances: Dick Hooper (1980, 1984, 1988), Pat Hooper (1980) and Paddy McGrath (2000)..[3]


The club makes extensive use of quiet local roads but especially of Dublin city's second-largest municipal park, St. Anne's Park. It has a modest clubhouse in the centre of Raheny, in a former schoolhouse on the banks of the Santry River.


The club's colours are white and green, with running gear a white singlet with a green chest-band and green shorts.


The Shamrocks promote 25 races a year, including:

  • Raheny 5 Mile Road Race - Last Sunday of January each year, a mjor national event, run in and around St. Anne's Park
  • Mid-Summers 5K
  • Winter Road Series - Held Between November and March, including Three 3 Mile Races, Three 2 Mile Races and Two 1 Mile Races
  • Raheny 1 Mile - incorporates the final Round of the Winter League
  • The Holland Cup - 3 Mile Sealed Handicap Road Race
  • Lord Mayor Two Mile Series - Six two mile (3 km) races held between May and July.
  • The Peter Doody Memorial Two Mile - Incorporates the Last round of the Lord Mayor Series
  • The Jim Wall Cup - Three Mile Open Handicap Road Race
  • Joe Noonan Cup - Six Mile Road Race
  • Christmas Day Mile - Held in association with GOAL
  • St.Stephens Day Parlaufs
  • St. Annes 4x400m race through the woods.
  • Fit4Life Series - Six Two Mile Races in association with Athletics Ireland
  • National Road Relays - Hosted in association with Athletics Ireland