Raheny Shamrock Athletic Club
Raheny Shamrock Athletic Club, founded in 1958, is an athletic club in Raheny
Raheny is a northern suburb of Dublin, the capital city of Ireland. It is an old area, centred around an old village, and is referenced back to 570 AD but after years of light settlement, with a main village and a coastal hamlet, grew rapidly in the 20th century, and is now a mid-density...

, Dublin, Ireland
Republic of Ireland
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, 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.


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

Key figures

The club has provided 3 Olympic
Olympic Games
The Olympic Games is a major international event featuring summer and winter sports, in which thousands of athletes participate in a variety of competitions. The Olympic Games have come to be regarded as the world’s foremost sports competition where more than 200 nations participate...

 athletes, with five appearances: Dick Hooper
Dick Hooper
Richard Hooper is a former long-distance runner from Raheny, Dublin, Ireland.-Career:He represented Ireland in the Olympic marathon in Moscow 1980, Los Angeles 1984 and Seoul 1988...

 (1980, 1984, 1988), Pat Hooper
Pat Hooper
Patrick Hooper is a former long-distance runner from Ireland. He represented Ireland twice and his personal best is 2:17:46. He is the older brother of marathoner and three-time Olympian Dick Hooper.-Achievements:...

 (1980) and Paddy McGrath (2000)..


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
Santry River
Santry River is a fairly small river on the north side of Dublin city, one of the forty or so watercourses monitored by Dublin City Council.-Course:...



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
    Athletics Ireland
    Athletics Ireland, officially the Athletics Association of Ireland or AAI, is the governing body of Athletics in Ireland, where Athletics is defined as including Track and Field Athletics, Road Running, Race Walking, Cross Country Running, Mountain Running and Ultra Distance Running...

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