Results Rás Luimní; Corkery and Shanahan motor to victory

Posted on: March 11th, 2018

We may be just a week into the season but some riders are already flying; Dillon Corkery has two wins in two days and Tom Shanahan, above, is also in mint condition (All photos with thanks to Sean Rowe)


Having taken the A2 race at Rás Naomh Finian with a near 30km breakaway yesterday, Dillon Corkery was at it again today.

This time the Gerard-DHL rider was storming home to win in Limerick. He claimed victory in the A1-A2 main event at Rás Luimní.

And the quality of that victory is underlined by the fact he beat Conor Hennebry and Paul Kennedy to the chequered flag.

Hennebry rode for An Post-Chainreaction last year and is this year back on the Irish scene. In the colours of Viner-Caremark-Pactimo he took the main event yesterday in Rás Naomh Finian.

Corkery, who rode junior Nations Cup for Ireland last year, arrived at the finish today with two potential winners in Hennebry and Kennedy (Newcastle West).

In the charge to the line Kennedy was forced to settle for 3rd. But the fight for the two top steps on the podium was intense.

Dillon Corkery and Hennebry went toe to toe all the way up the finishing straight in Caherconlish. And in the end it was the younger man who had too much for his rival.


Dillon Corkery, only out of the juniors, beats Conor Hennebry for his second win in as many days. He’s pressing for U23 Irish team selection already.


Corkery won it by a length and had time for a two-armed celebration. That result completed an excellent weekend for him.

And if he maintains this form he may work himself into the reckoning for U23 Irish selection at some stage this season.

Another early season form rider this year, Tom Shanahan enjoyed a very strong ride in the A3 race.

Like Corkery, he would win it in a sprint from a breakaway. Having finished 3rd in the Lacey Cup last weekend, veteran Shanahan was clearly going very well.

And though his sprint was far too good for his fellow escapees today, he tried as hard as he could to win it solo.

The Limerick CC man, riding his own club’s promotion, put in a series of stinging attacks in the final stages.

In the end they weren’t enough to break free. But it didn’t matter; the win coming in a four-up final dash to the line.

A delighted Shanahan claimed it from Irish junior squad member for 2018 Conor Gallagher (NRPT-Chill Insurance).

David Fitzgerald of Tralee Manor West was next. Finally, Tomas Walsh of Comeragh CC, who was also in the breakaway, rounded out the top five.


Sun, March 11th: Rás Luimní


Promoted by Limerick CC

A1-A2 Race (125km)

  1. Dillon Corkery Gerard-DHL
  2. Conor Hennebry Viner-Caremark-Pactimo
  3. Paul Kennedy Newcastle West
  4. Cormac Daly Tralee Manor West
  5. Keith Gator Waterford CC
  6. John Brosnan Killarney CC
  7. Simon Kelly Burren CC
  8. Richard Maes Killarney CC
  9. Jarlath Hassett West Clare CC
  10. Jamie Blanchfield Panduit Carrick Wheelers


A3 Race (90km)

  1. Tom Shanahan Limerick CC
  2. Conor Gallagher NRPT-Chill Insurance
  3. David Fitzgerald Tralee Manor West
  4. Tomas Walsh Comeragh CC
  5. James Green Cork County CC
  6. Stephen Gilman O’Leary Stone Kanturk CC
  7. Armines Meskauskas Collins Cycle Centre
  8. Jamie O’Donoghue Killarney CC
  9. Gerhard Hack RSG Frankfurt
  10. John O’Sullivan Sliabh Luachra


A4 Race, (60km)

  1. James Skeehan Nenagh CC
  2. Stephen Griffin Tralee Manor Wesrt
  3. Rene Steendam Club Rothaíochta na Sionainne
  4. David Barrocoso Carrigdhoun Cycling Club
  5. Billy Allen O’Leary Stone Kanturk
  6. Shane Fleming Tralee Manor West
  7. Will O’Reilly Waterford RC
  8. Teddy McCarthy Killorglin CC

First Woman, placing 11th in race

  1. Nessa Rochford De Ronde Van Cork