About Emerald Athletic Club

Emerald Athletic Club was founded in 1973. Its origins were in Limerick A.C. which was founded in 1877.

History_headerLimerick city originally had one athletic club catering for both senior and juvenile athletes. It was based in the L.P.Y.M.A. grounds (beside the St. Munchins Maternity Hospital) on the Ennis Road. The growth of the city and the explosion of juvenile athletics after the formation of B.L.E. in 1967 led to the establishment of juvenile clubs in the different suburbs of the city such as Roxboro, Corbally, Janesboro, Dooneen, etc

Limerick A.C. decided to separate the juvenile and senior sections.

The senior section was to retain the name Limerick A.C. and the juvenile section was to be named Limerick Juvenile Athletic Club. It was felt there was a clash of interest in the name and
consequently it was changed to Limerick-Emerald A.C. and eventually Emerald A.C.

Over the years we have coached many well known athletes such as Frank O Mara (World indoor 3000m champion, Olympic runner), Gerard Hartmann (triathlete), Olive Burke (one time record holder : 100m hurdles), Mary Corbett (one time record holder : javelin).


Emerald AC is a thriving club serving the Limerick City environs with athletes from a wide radius of the region. We are affiliated to the Athletics Association of Ireland (AAI) and we compete in track & field, cross country and relay events.

We cater for children aged 8 to 18 and have some of best coaches in the country with a dual emphasis on fun as well as success.

In recent years we had many successful seasons as the club grows from strength to strength. The Emerald running top is now a fixture once again at all Munster and National juvenile athletic meetings, and the club is currently ranked in the Top 5 of competing juvenile clubs at Munster AAI events.

We enjoy our athletics hugely, we train well and we try to make a big impression wherever we compete around the country. Come and join us!