Limerick CC had a strong entry at the 2013 Rás Clár run by Dolmen CC. In A4 Emmet Ryan lined out and was away in a break during the race. A large A3/Junior contingent was part of that 90 strong race over 110 km and included Stephen Shanahan who placed 3rd from a break away group of 7, Eoin O’Donoghue, Colm Dillon, Jack Cagney, Mark O’Callaghan, Henry Cooke and Dave Bourke. In the A2 race Joe Donworth was the sole representative in what was a blistering race.
In the A3/Junior race, Limerick riders were to the fore all race long, with our Junior contingent very active and causing other clubs to chase hard. The 6.5 km climb proved a launch pad for some searing attacks. Mark O’Callaghan was in a promising 2-man break at the start of the second lap and was away for a time with some good blocking and disruption by the other team mates behind at the head of the bunch. The second climb proved to be the decisive moment as Stephan Shanahan slipped into the break of the day with 2 other riders, these would later be joined by 4 more who escaped the glue put of the marauding bunch. The 7 managed to stay clear despite the intense pace in the last 2 kilometres. Stephen was very close to the win and most deserving of his podium place. Eoin was close in the bunch gallop, placing 12th overall. A big well done to the race organisers. There were plenty of scones and cakes to refuel with later, and the sun brought out 200 competitors.