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Jim McNamara – the Irish Masters had to say „Good-bye“ to him

    It was with great sadness that we learnt of the death of Jim McNamara, after a short illness. This unassuming gentleman and athlete, who represented his beloved Donore Harriers for over 50 years was a true legend of Irish Athletics. From wearing the Donore singlet as far back as 1963, to representing Ireland in many major events, including 1966 European Champs, plus the ultimate pinnacle of the Montreal Olympics in 1976.7375_r

    On moving into the Masters, he rewrote many of the distance records, both on the track and the road, as he moved through the various age categories, many of which still currently stand. He also won his first European title way back in 1982 followed by his first World title in 1983. He was a regular mainstay on the Irish Teams that competed in the British and Irish Masters CC Champs, most recently competing in Santry last November on the M75 Team, which he led home, to Team Bronze.

    Donore Harriers hosted a function in 2013 to acknowledge Jim’s contribution to both Club & Country, which was attended by a large gathering of family, friends and most notably, many Athletes from throughout the decades, who kept the huge attendance regaled with many anecdotes from Jim’s legendary career. The IMAA were also delighted to name Jim as winner of the Tadgh Lynch Perpetual Trophy, for his contribution to Masters Athletics. He was also further recognised by the IAAF, when they awarded him IAAF Jubilee Gold Medal for his services to the sport.

    He will be sadly missed by all his running colleagues.
    To his family & friends, we extend our sincere sympathy.

    Ar dheis de go raibh a anam.