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Limerick Powerlifting Club athletes have won a total of eight gold medals at the World Powerlifting Championships in Trofa, Portugal. Limerick Powerlifting Club athletes have won a total of eight gold medals at the World Powerlifting Championships in Trofa, Portugal.

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Limerick Powerlifting Club athletes have won a total of eight gold medals at the World Powerlifting Championships in Trofa, Portugal. 

Limerick Powerlifting Club win eight gold medals at World Championships

By I Love Limerick correspondent Rachel Petticrew

Limerick Powerlifting Club Training out of Southside Barbell Gym on the Kilmallock Road, Limerick Powerlifting Club has taken the powerlifting world by storm in recent years.

Training out of Southside Barbell Gym on the Kilmallock Road, Limerick Powerlifting Club has taken the powerlifting world by storm in recent years.

Six members of Limerick Powerlifting Club have won gold medals at the World Powerlifting Championships in Trofa, Portugal. 

Training out of Southside Barbell Gym on the Kilmallock Road, the club has taken the powerlifting world by storm in recent years. 

Limerick Powerlifting Club continued this success at the World Championships, where the strength athletes bagged eight gold medals and broke four world records.

Limerick man Ray Foley claimed two world championship titles at the competition in Portugal.

The strongman first took gold in the Classic Raw Masters under-125kg category before taking part in the single-lift benchpress Raw Masters competition, where he swept up another easy win. 

At 41, Foley has garnered significant attention and success since taking up powerlifting just last year, even earning a spot on the Irish Powerlifting Association (IPO) team.

Shane Brodie, IPO’s most decorated powerlifter and chairperson of Limerick’s Southside Barbell Gym, took two golds in the World Powerlifting Championships’ under-90kg Multiply Open category and Masters category. He also broke several world records and earned the prestigious title of Absolute Overall Best Lifter. 

Shane is a household name in the powerlifting world, with 22 world championship titles to his name. 

A first-time international competitor, 18-year-old Darragh O Keeffe dominated the Teenage under-90kg Multiply category, breaking two world records and winning his first gold medal.

At just 16-years-old, Oisin Smith, Ireland’s youngest entrant, broke three world records and won gold in the Teenage under-82.5kg Classic Raw division. 

Despite partaking in his first international contest, Martin O’Mahony managed to win the Classic under-90kg competition. He also took home the Best Overall Master Lifter title in his division. 

Lastly, Raw Classic lifter Mark Cosgrove also won gold in the under-90kg Open category. 

Speaking to I Love Limerick, Irish champion powerlifter Shane Brodie said, “As Chairperson and head coach of Southside Barbell Gym, I’m very proud of how well members of the Limerick Powerlifting Club lifted and represented not only Southside Barbell but also Limerick and Ireland”.

Founded in 2012, Limerick Powerlifting Club is one of Ireland’s best powerlifting and bodybuilding organisations. The club’s home gym, Southside Barbell, is used by strength athletes from across Ireland. 

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