Published in Club News on 6th December 2012
I let the 10th anniversary of the formation of the senior section of Athenry AC go, much to my chagrin due to work and other commitments, without making mention of it specifically here.
This little article may redress that balance a little bit!
Mick Rice, Peter Delmer and myself had been knocking around Athenry for at least 18/24 months, each doing a bit of running; the other two moreso than me, of course.
We eventually got together and formulated the idea of a small club, so that we could then go to races in our own singlets and properly represent the place we were all living in.
We knew of the existence of the juvenile club in the parish, made contact with Dermot McNamara and decided to bang out the idea of a club in Peter Delmer's house on the evening of Wednesday, 9 October 2002.
The full and unexpurgated minutes of the meeting are outlined below:
Present: James, Mick, Peter & Dermot McNamara
* James, Mick and Peter all registered as members of Athenry AC.
* Dermot agreed to support senior club, by giving memberships, registering members for AAI meets etc.
* Senior club members agreed to organise themselves, train, advertise, grow the club, race etc...
* Dermot supplied five Athenry AC signlets for senior use.
From such small acorns do...<complete the saying yourself>...
We organised our first race less than three months later and will celebrate the 11th running and 10th anniversary of the Fields 10KM this St. Stephen's Day!
One other thing that deserves some mention. The club has its over variation of "Google employee numbers", namely the early Athenry AC (Senior) Membership Register:
01 - Peter Delmer
02 - James Lundon
03 - Mick Rice
04 - James Corbett
05 - Ray O'Connor
06 - Johnny O'Connor
07 - Terry Redmond
08 - Paul Hehir
09 - Colm Rowe
10 - Liam Mycroft
11 - Philip Magnier
12 - Deirdre McGrath
13 - Mark Mitchell
14 - Bridget Anne Walsh
15 - Eileen Donoghue
16 - Sebastian Locteau
17 - Dave Dunne
18 - Jeff Noone
19 - Paul Keane
20 - Gary Doherty
21 - Tony Harrington
22 - Paul McNamara
23 - Gary Raftery
24 - Tony Daley
Other people mentioned in the minutes book at the time, who may or may not have become early members include: