Track & Field

The Limerick Leader: University of Limerick

First in a multi-part series giving you the lowdown and the down-low on all things Varsity in Irish Athletics. The aim of this series is to provide athletes with a general idea of what is on offer in each of the main third level institutions as well as what you need to do to get yourself a scholarship to one of these hallowed halls of education.

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Thanks to Roisin Howard for her help in compiling this resource.

List of Facilities:
Indoor 60m sprint track
Outdoor 400m Track
Gym (public & elite gym) & pool facilities in the sports arena
GAA pitches for cross country training.

UL Outdoor 400m Track

UL Outdoor 400m Track

Trophies won by University of Limerick in recent history:

Championship
Indoors Female Team Competition 11 x 11 gold medals 7 x 7 silver medals 3 x 3 bronze medals
Indoors Male Team Competition 10 x 10 gold medals 11 x 11 silver medals 1 x 1 bronze medals

IUAA XC Overall Team Competition 1 x 1 gold medals 1 x 1 silver medals 6 x 6 bronze medals
IUAA XC Female Team Competition 1 x 1 gold medals 4 x 4 silver medals 3 x 3 bronze medals
IUAA XC Male Team Competition 1 x 1 gold medals 1 x 1 silver medals

T&F Overall Team Competition10 x 10 gold medals 10 x 10 silver medals 2 x 2 bronze medals
T&F Female Team Competition 11 x 11 gold medals 9 x 9 silver medals 1 x 1 bronze medals
T&F Male Team Competition 9 x 9 gold medals 11 x 11 silver medals 4 x 4 bronze medals
T&F Jumps Trophy 1 x 1 bronze medals
T&F Throws Trophy 2 x 2 gold medals 1 x 1 silver medals
T&F Sprints Trophy 1 x 1 gold medals 3 x 3 silver medals 2 x 2 bronze medals
T&F Middle Distance Trophy 3 x 3 silver medals 2 x 2 bronze medals

UL's Male XC squad- Photo Credit IUAA.org

UL’s Male XC squad- Photo Credit IUAA.org

UL have IUAA records for the following events:
Men Outdoor: 100m, 3000mW
Women Outdoor: 400mH, 5000m
Men Indoor: 60m, 400m, 2000mW, 3000m, 4x200m, TJ
Women Indoor: 1500m, 3000m

What a Full Scholarship entails?

The full athletic scholarship provides the following benefits:
• Full waiver of Accommodation fees for Campus based accommodation (Kilmurry Village)
• Full membership of UL Arena and access to facilities at no cost
• Provision of expert coaching for your event at no cost to you
• Provision of Sports Science support and nutritional advice
• Provision of a training expense grant valued at approximately €500 per year
• On qualification to World University Games, the University may provide additional financial support
to allow the athlete to travel and compete.

Thomas Barr with the clock showing his IUAA indoor 400m record

Thomas Barr with the clock showing his IUAA indoor 400m record


Likely Criteria to get a full scholarship
To be eligible for the Scholarship candidates must meet at least one of the following criteria:
1. Competed at World U20 or U23, European U20 or U23 championships during the year prior to application
2. Represent Ireland in Athletics at Senior Level during the year prior to application
3. Have won a medal in your event at AAI National Senior Championships
4. Won the AAI National U20 or U23 championships.

The most likely criterion of the above to get a full scholarship is criterion 1 above.
Since the number of scholarships available in any one year may be limited, achievement of any or all of the above criteria does not guarantee acceptance. Eligible candidates will be considered and the most suitable candidate will be awarded the scholarship, subject to achieving the criteria.

UL Strength and Conditioning Facilities

UL Strength and Conditioning Facilities


Training Schedule i.e. how often the athletes train together as a team

Training for scholarship athletes is individually set but will involve a combination of squad based sessions and individual training sessions, with expert coaching provided. Generally scholarship athletes will train 5-6 days/week with coaching provided for track and non-track sessions. There are generally 3 group track sessions for sprinters/jumpers/hurdlers including one technical track session. Distance runners have 2 formal group sessions and additional group sessions for long runs. Both groups have a team session for S&C, additional sessions are set to align with individual timetables so smaller groups train together in these sessions.

Massage/ Physio Benefits?
Priority access provided but not funded

Is there a Strength and Conditioning Coach available for Athletes?

Yes, and programs are tailored to individual athletes.

Is there an on-site nutritionist?
Yes
Are there many areas nearby to run/ do hill work?

UL Indoor 225m Track

UL Indoor 225m Track

Yes. Some facilities on campus and others nearby. There is a loop around the campus for a 20- 30 minute run depending on pace. There is also a route along the river bank which can take you the whole way into the city.

Are there any specialist coaches in the area?
Yes – the coaching support is one of the main strengths in UL provision. Coaches have a sustained record of developing major championship level performers. Our main coaches are in sprints, jumps, hurdles, shot putt and distance running.

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Ronan Duggan

Ronan Duggan

Ronan Duggan is an athlete, coach, athletics fan and, most importantly, was once named Bandon AFC's under-12 Player of the Year. He was once a promising athlete but is now a promising coach, teacher and part-time athletics writer/broadcaster. While an 800m runner himself, Ronan has coached everything from pole vault to 10km with varying levels of bluffing. He has regularly been threatening to do something for years but is yet to deliver. He is regarded as our expert on the American running scene, though has yet, to prove his knowledge in this realm.

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