In Lucan in the 1960s running on the roads was a rare sight. This was apart from the lone figure of Tom Byrne who would be seen on the roads around Lucan, Newcastle and Coolmine. Tom at the time competed for Dublin City Harriers and in 1966 and 67 won the Dublin senior Cross Country Champs. A feat only equalled by Eamonn Coughlan years later. When the new estates were built in Hillcrest and Arthur Griffith a number of people with an interest in Athletics moved to the area and came together and a conversation was started on the possibility of starting a Lucan Club.
Tom with his running history and George McIntyre who had moved to Arthur Griffith was running with Clonliffe Harriers. Brian Carty in Hillcrest got his athletic appetite from his brother Gerry who was involved with Metropolitan Harriers and Seamus Costello in Hillcrest who had run for Tipperary. A discussion on whether to join the NACA which was affiliated to the GAA or BLE the international body led to enquiries to both bodies. It was during these discussions that a secret meeting between these two bodies was organised in the Spa Hotel a meeting which eventually led to these two bodies coming together to form AAI.
A meeting was held in Lucan on 24th Oct 1978 at which it was decided to set up an Athletic club affiliated to Board Luathcleas na hEireann, the Internationally recognised Athletics Board in Ireland at the time now AAI. The club would cater for the Juvenile and Senior athletes, male and females living in the Lucan area. A meeting to select a committee was called by Brian Carty and Seamus Costello for Tuesday 14th Nov, in the hall beside Esker church and so the seed had been sown.
Lucan Harriers AC Newcastle Road, Lucan Co. Dublin