Flash Junior Making a Name for Himself in US Athletics

Shane Brosnan is certainly the odd man out here in this race in New York.
Morris RFC team captain and Castleisland native Séamus Brosnan (left) pictured with Matthew Horgan and his dad, Castleisland captain, Bill Horgan during an ‘Old Boys’ friendly between the local and US teams at The Crageens. ©Photograph:John Reidy

Shane Brosnan (13), son of Castleisland native Séamus Brosnan and grandson of Denis ‘Flash’ Brosnan recently ran in the USA-TF Indoor Track and Field National Championship in New York.

After a hard season he qualified for the finals in both the U-14 800M and 1500M.

Accidentally Spiked

Despite having a bloody leg from being accidentally spiked at the start of the 800M race, Flash Junior ran the race of his young life and finished in fourth place with a personal best time of 2:09.

It was a fantastic achievement to finish in the top four of the USA. To put his time in  perspective, he was two seconds faster than the current Irish National Record of 2:11.

Tour Driving Force

Shane’s dad, Séamus is very much part of the driving force behind the now annual Irish/Castleisland tour by the New Jersey based Morris Rugby Corporation.

The late winter / early spring tour by the avid Munster supporters from the USA always takes in one of the major games involving their heroes at Thomond Park.

Aided and Abetted

They set up their base camp at Sheila Prendiville’s Bar and Grocery until its closure in the summer of 2014. Then they crossed the road to the music and rugby appreciating Browne’s Bar.

The tour is heavily aided and abetted by Catherine and Denis – the original ‘Flash’ and by Castleisland RFC where they play a friendly for the John Browne Memorial Cup.

Good wishes to young Shane Brosnan with his athletics career in the USA. Shane’s grand-dad, Denis is a founder member of An Ríocht Athletic Club. Isn’t breeding a fright.


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