Rathkeale Pride

Rathkeale likes to see people proud of the place in which they live and to see people live so that their place is proud of them.

Everyone is welcome to suggest both new and historical achievements for recognition here.

2020 showed that Rathkeale is a rising rural town. Rathkeale’s proud, skilled and active community is enthusiastically working to rejuvenate their town and is seeing some early signs of success.

Here is a video showcasing all that is positive about our town we are delighted to highlight just some of the sporting successes we have enjoyed of late. Whether its local domination or taking on the world at elite international level, Rathkeale natives fly the flag for their local town, county and country with great pride. This years Derby winning jockey at Epsom Emmet McNamara is the latest high profile winner from our town and it was the great pleasure of Team Rathkeale to meet the stars this week who were quick to tell us why the support of the team and town is so special. More Rathkeale related videos can be found on YouTube.


Athletic Excellence: 2020 Rathkeale jockey Emmet McNamara rides 25-1 shot to success at Epsom Downs Racecourse, the biggest win of his riding career. Rathkeale Boxing Club, Martin Keenan, Nell FoxAthletic Excellence: 2019 Martin Keenan and Nell Fox, both from Rathkeale, won Elite gold medals at the prestigious Celtic Box Cup in Dungarvan (the biggest annual event in Europe.)

Athletic Excellence: 2019 Rathkeale AFC players Maedbh, Rebecca and Aine represented the Desmond League Gaynor Team who won the Plate Final.

Athletic Excellence:

2019 Rathkeale’s Brian O’Sullivan helps Ireland’s soccer team claim bronze at the Special Olympics.


Niamh Brown, Ciara English and Megan O'Brien of the Munster U17 Camogie TeamAthletic Excellence:

2019 Ciara English (centre in photo) from Rathkeale was part of the Munster U17 Camogie Team that won the Interprovincial All-Ireland.


Limerick's motor road racer James Chawke from RathkealeAthletic Excellence:

2018 Limerick’s motor road racer James Chawke from Rathkeale won the Junior Manx Grand Prix at the Isle of Man TT course.

Rathkeale jockey Ray HoganAthletic Excellence:

1999 Rathkeale jockey Ray Hogan won on the Eric McNamara trained Rock Castle for Askeaton based owner Seamus Braddish on the final day of Greenpark Races.

Athletic Excellence:

1988 All Ireland Soccer championship won by the Rathkeale ladies under 16 team.


Moment of History: July 4th, 1982, the President of Ireland opens the new Rathkeale Community Centre.
Rathkeale hosted the first games outside Limerick CityMoment of History:  1982 The Limerick Community Games athletic county finals were held in Rathkeale. This was the first time that the games were held outside the city. Sean Finn Park (GAA grounds) was the venue for the two day event.

© June 2019 by the Rathkeale Community Council. Page content researched by Olga Makarova of the Rathkeale Community Employment Project.