Great crowds expected for Lough Key Sprint Triathlon

It’s September, the kids are back to school and the sun is trying to make its way out from underneath the clouds, that means that it must be Lough Key Triathlon time again!

It’s September, the kids are back to school and the sun is trying to make its way out from underneath the clouds, that means that it must be Lough Key Triathlon time again!

This is Lough Key’s seventh year of holding this race and even with numerous other races and the current economic environment, the entries have surpassed all previous years.

This is a true reflection of the hard-work and excellent planning put in by the race committee of Lough Key Tri Club over the previous number of years, with special thanks going to Finbarr Feeley, Linda Shevlin and Alice Reynolds.

This Sunday, September 9, at 10.30am, over 300 triathletes will take to the waters and roads around Lough Key to compete with triathletes from as far away as New Zealand and South Africa to see who can win the coveted 1st prize kindly sponsored by Waterways Ireland.

People will compete as individuals or as a relay team, some will be competing in the ‘Best local category’ which will be hotly contested by numerous members of Lough Key Tri Club, then there are people who are out to beat their times form last year, and those whose goal it is to complete the course.

The event is a 750 metre open water swim, followed by a 23km cycle around the lake passing thru Knockvicar and back over the ‘Rock of Doon’ climb, and then a 5km run through the forest of Lough Key, there are few locations that could rival the scenery and beauty of this course, but it’s not all about the environs, this course has parts throughout that will test even the best prepared triathletes.

So come out and cheer on these triathletes as they pit themselves against: the weather, the course, the other competitors and most of all themselves! I think they will all be deserving of your applause.

The race starts at 10.30 with the first finishers expected to finish in about an hour and the organisers have asked road users in the area to note that the triathletes will be using the roads around Lough Key, Knockvicar, Corrigeenroe, the N4 and back to the Forst Park on Sunday.

Lough Key Triathlon Club

Galway Half-Ironman: Well done to our members that competed in Galway Half-Ironman, some great times and excellent results you’re all a credit to your Club.

Lough Key Sprint Triathlon: Everything is coming along nicely for the Lough Key Triathlon next Sunday, September 9. We welcome everybody to come out and see what Triathlon is all about and shout on the athletes. Race starts at 10.30 on Sunday with prize-giving on Sunday night in Murtagh’s Carrick-on-Shannon at 9 pm.
Saturday Cycle: There will be no cycle this Saturday, September 8. All members are asked to be in Lough Key for 11am Saturday to help set up the course.

Open Water Swims: Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning in Lough Key at 07.00 and evenings at 6.15. Remember never to swim alone in Lough Key and check that someone else is going to be there.

Race: Can all members please complete any jobs that you have been given, and any member that wants a job can contact Finbarr or Donal at

Carrick Rugby Club

Mini Rugby: For boys & girls (7-11 years) & Under 13 years Rugby, for boys & girls, season restarts on Saturday, September 15, at 10:30 am in Leitrim Village Community Pitch. So, if you were born between 2001 and 2006 this is the Section you play with.

Youths Rugby: For boys & girls, 13 and over, restarts on September 8, at 10:45 am at Attifinlay, Castlecarra Road. If you were born on or before 2000 then this is the section you will play with. Club Registration forms for the coming season are available on our Youths/Minis page under ‘Important Forms’. Existing registered players will only need to fill out the Club Registration form.

New players will need to complete the Club Registration form and also complete the IRFU Registration form. Photographs aren’t necessary but a ‘copy’ of the players’ Birth Certificate is also required. If you have any queries, please text or email your query to 086 3867960 or We will be delighted to help you and reply as soon as we can! Looking forward to seeing all our existing players back again and meeting plenty of new ones too!

Mens & Ladies training: Ladies training takes place on Tuesday and Thursdays at 7.30 at our grounds at Castlecara, please see directions on our website. Details on 086 0888978. Mens Training takes place on Monday and Friday evenings at 8pm at the same venue. Details on 087 9808947.
Both teams kicked off their campaigns this weekend, the ladies were defeated 32-0 by a strong Ballyshannon side and at home the men kept a strong Midland Warriors side from Moate at bay with a nil-nil finish. Both our ladies and mens teams are welcoming new players, if you are interested please come along to training or contact the above mentioned people.

Please Support: Please try and come out for the FUN 5K Charity Run/Walk/Cylce in memory of one of our mini-voaches, Shane Matthews at 12.00 on Sunday, September 9. Registration is at Aura Carrick-on-Shannon. The race starts at 1pm. Entry fee is €10 for adults & €5 for children. All proceeds go to North West Hospice & Shout. Music & BBQ afterwards for all in Dunnes Bar. Goody bags for kids and raffle with fantastic prizes. See you there!

Congratulations: We extend congratulations to former player and coach Michael McWeeney on his marriage to Ciara Spellman last weekend, may you enjoy a long, happy life together!

Carrick Tennis Club

Carrick Tennis Club Open Day and Autumn/Winter League Launch will be held on Sunday, September 9, from 10am to noon. All are welcome as always and why not bring a friend too!

Back to School time: Coaching lessons are back this Saturday from 11-12 for juniors and 12-1pm for teens/seniors, call own for further details 0863514123.

Leitrim Taekwondo Classes

Leitrim Taekwondo Club classes continue on Mondays at St. Joseph’s Centre Leitrim Village. Children’s classes will be held at 6.30 with adult classes at 7.30. Call 086-8454429 for more information.