Tipperary Town native Liam Hennessy was accorded a mayoral reception by Mayor Anna Tuohy-Halligan in recognition of over forty years of service to the sport of athletics on a local, national and international level.
“Liam’s passion for athletics began in the Tipperary Town Athletics Club that saw him graduate to the very highest level serving two successive terms as President of Athletics Ireland before being appointed in 2011 to the Council of European Athletics. Liam is only the second person from Ireland to be elected to the Council,” added Mayor Tuohy-Halligan.
Born in St. Michael’s Avenue in 1948, Liam discovered a talent for endurance athletics and enjoyed a successful running career winning many county and Munster titles before taking the silver medal in the Irish senior 2 miles championship in 1973. In 1975 Liam was elected Chairman of the Tipperary County Board and in 1978, he was elected to the Athletics Ireland Management Committee.
Twelve months later he was appointed the Communication Director for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships held in Limerick Race course when John Treacy won the title and 12 months on, he was appointed Team Manager of the Irish Olympic Team for the Moscow Games at the tender age of 31, which is still a record.
Liam was honoured to receive recognition in his hometown. “It is always more special to receive recognition in your own locality,” Liam’s wife Theresa, his sisters Joan and Eileen and his brother John were at the reception as well as many colleagues and friends from Tipperary Town. Liam has two children Tim and Claire.
On the international scene Liam was the leader of the European Cross Country Championships in Santry 2009 and the European Athletics Team Championships in 2013. Since then he has gone on to serve in all the key roles in Irish athletics including Hon. General Secretary, International Secretary, Chair of the High Performance Committee and finally the biggest office in the sport in Ireland when he was twice elected president from 2008-2012 covering the Beijing Olympics.