Our coaches

Every coach and volunteer at our Club dedicates their time on a voluntary basis. Our involvement stems from a desire to spread our enthusiasm for sports throughout the community. Athletics have the power to break down walls, forge friendships, and transform lives.

Shannon AC is the perfect place for young athletes who want to train and improve their skills! Our coaches are not only well-known and respected in the community, but also accomplished athletes themselves. They will always motivate you and support you to do your best!  


List of Coaches of Shannon AC 

Eamonn Cleary

Position: Chairperson, coach and Athlete

Specialist Events: Shot Putt, Discus and Long Jump

Achievements in Athletics: Numerous County, Munster and National titles at underage. Senior County and Munster Titles.
Senior national medals in National League. Former international.

Eamonn hopes to add to his medal count as a Shannon AC athlete. Eamonn’s goal for the club is to ensure that every athlete who joins Shannon AC are provided with a fun, safe and successful environment.

Christopher Sloan

Qualification: Assistant Coach and Rugby Level 1 coaching. 

Favourite Discipline: 400m

What I do in Shannon AC: (Glorified helping dad!) Assistant coach or general exercise and preparation for training.  Warm up etc.

Achievements: In my day…. Numerous of County, Provincial and All Ireland medals in various disciplines including 400m, 800m & 1500m.

Greatest athletic achievement: Gold and Silver medals in the International Tailteann Games in 400m and 4x400m relay.

My overall goal is to try and introduce all my 4 sons to athletics over the next few years. Two of my sons are autistic so once the club has fully settled, I feel my experience will be of benefit other children with or without personal challenges.

Keith McNamara

Committee Member and Coach with Shannon A.C.

Favourite event: 60m&100m Hurdles

Keith is Recreation & Leisure Graduate with numerous coaching qualifications, and  over 20 years of experience in various  track, field and aquatic sports within Clubs, Schools, Third Level Institutions, Leisure Facilities, Local Government and National Governing Bodies at all levels both national and international.

For many years Keith has specialised in working on Fundamentals movement skills and long term participation in sports while been an I  Coach Kids pledge holder.



Karl Fitzmaurice




Lives in 

Sinead Lenihan

Initial motivation: deeply personal, driven by a desire to support her sons' athletic pursuits and overall physical development. 

Now, in her dual role as a coach and Children's Officer: 

 Sinead is responsible for safeguarding children at Shannon Athletic Club. Sinead ensures that all Club procedures and policies are compliant with  safeguarding policies designed to protect children and vulnerable adults. These policies include ensuring a safe environment, actively preventing abuse, harassment, or exploitation, and having clear procedures for reporting and responding to safeguarding concerns. 

Sinead's role as SNA at St. Tolas National School in Shannon further showcases her commitment to youth development, both in sports and education.  

Josephine McMahon

Richard McMahon

Michelle Hayes

Wojciech Wisniewski

Frank Shortt

Rob Bryan

Rob Stephen

Evan Dempsey

Jennifer Cleary

Anne O'Brien