Noel Carroll honoured

A bench in honour of one of the finest athletes this country has ever produced has been unveiled in Annagassan. The Noel Carroll Memorial Seat was unveiled last week in memory of the Irish Middle Distance runner who set European and World records in the 1960’s.
Noel was born in Annagassan in 1941 and later went to college in Villanova University in the USA. He joined the Villanova Wildcats athletics team and he would go on to win 14 national championships and two European indoor championships for the 800 metres.
He also competed in the Olympics in Tokyo in 1964 and 1968 in Mexico.
In later years he became spokesperson for Dublin City Council and was a founder member of the Dublin City Marathon. Every year the winner of the marathon receives the ‘Noel Carroll Memorial Trophy’.
After a lap of the track at UCD in 1998 aged 57 years he had a heart attack and died.
To mark the 20th anniversary of his death a bench has been unveiled in his memory in the heart of Annagassan, his hometown.
The bench holds the Olympic symbols either side to represent the Mexico and Tokyo Olympics in which he competed.
A local running group, Togher Runners, organised this memorial seat and the unveiling on Sunday October 21.
A large number of family and friends were present on the day as well as his wife Deirdre and his children. Ronnie Delany a former Olympic champion and close friend of Noel was also present on the day and paid tribute to him.
The local running group, Togher Runners, have also organised a 10K run to mark his anniversary on November 17 next.
This run takes in the beautiful views along the coastline of Annagassan and each runner will pass Noel’s Bench along the route.
The run sold out weeks ahead of the date which the organisers are very pleased with.

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