07 Oct 2022

Carrick-on-Shannon Athletic Club to host 40th anniversary celebration

A flashback to 1976 with Club Coach Michael O'Brien putting Carrick AC athletes on thier mark. (From left) Colette Smith, Pauric McCabe, Paul O'Brien, Liam Farrell, Joe Drumm, Michael Duignan, Eamon Glancy and Shane Gately.
Carrick-on-Shannon Athletic Club celebrates it’s fortieth anniversary this year with a special function in the Bush Hotel in November.

Carrick-on-Shannon Athletic Club celebrates it’s fortieth anniversary this year with a special function in the Bush Hotel in November.

The club, which currently boasts over 200 members of all ages, was founded at the end of October in 1973 and to mark the passing of forty years since that event, the club have decided to hold a special anniversary function.

The 40th anniversary function will be held on Saturday, November 9, at 8 pm in the Bush Hotel and organisers have issued a general invitation to all former athletes, officials and parents to come along and help celebrate on the night.

The night will be a great opportunity for so many people to meet and reminisce about times past. There is a €10 charge at the door with a raffle on the night to help defray expenses but the main aim of the night is to celebrate 40 years of great athletic achievements.

On the night, it is hoped to have a display of old Club vests down through the years, showing the development of athletics clothing as well as a display of the international vests won by our athletes down through the years.

Down through the years, Donal Smith, Orla McGuinness, Rachel Carr, Siobhan McWeeney, Linda Mostyn, Padraig Farrell, Gerard & Aidan O’Donnell, Daire Farrell and, most recently, Joanna Duignan have worn the green of Ireland

We also hope to have a display of photos of club members in action at various events down through the years and organisers are requesting any members, ex-members or family members with photos of club athletes in action down through the years, be it club, school or community games.

All you have to do is scan the photo and email it to us with a few details of where and when it was taken and who is in it. The photos can be sent via Facebook or to Club Secretary John Connolly at

Updates and further news will be posted on our Facebook page at Carrickonshannon AC or in the Observer in the next few weeks but anyone who wants to contribute photos or any other memorabilia are more than welcome to contact us as soon as possible.

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