We are a successful senior and juvenile athletic club with athletes competing at all levels from domestic to international. Our exceptional health club facilities are used by everyone from beginners to exercise to high performance athletes with top class coaches to guide you on your fitness journey. Be part of the energising atmosphere by exercising with us here at An Riocht.
The Riocht grounds are located at Crageens Castleisland and boasts an international standard 400 Meter Tartan Athletics Track with in field Soccer Pitch and a new State of the Art Gym with Spa Facilities.
Riocht Health & Leisure club members enjoy a welcoming environment where everyone at every level of fitness can feel comfortable. Our main fitness suite offers top of the range exercise machines, free weight and cardiovascular equipment.
Riocht Athletic Club was formed in 1975 to promote athletics as a means of recreation for the people of Castleisland and its hinterland.
The plan was to construct a 13,000 square foot two storey building, which would incorporate a small sports hall, a 1,400 square foot fully, equipped gymnasium, relaxation suite comprising of sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. The building would cost in the region of € 1.5million and would have to be supported through the government in some form of a grant. The committee then made an application to the government’s sports capital grant.
The application was a substantial one, which contained letters of support from local clubs that were using the facility and from many athletics coaches and officials from grassroots to national level. All these people argued that a clubhouse containing indoor changing facilities and toilets would be of enormous benefit to the athletics track. The club itself outlined in the application how these clubrooms incorporating the different facilities would be excellent for the whole region and how it would, with indoor facilities, be a lure for all sorts of people from those who want simply to lose weight to the elite eventually bringing about a healthier lifestyle for the people of the town and of surrounding areas. In August 2004 the club received € 750,000 from the Department of Arts, Sports and Tourism.
This was more than anyone on the committee had expected and, would, with help of a fundraising drive of their own allow the club to go ahead with their ambitious plans. The fundraising plan was to hold a major draw at the end of 2005 with a top prize of € 50,000 and 6 prizes of € 1,000 with the tickets being € 100 each. The draw would need everyone involved in the club to step in so that groups of 2 or 3 could go door to door selling tickets in different areas.
The draw was very successful with 1,800 tickets being sold leaving the club with a profit of 124,000. In early 2004 work began in the clubhouse, which was located at the south western side of the existing track. After several open days and different types of advertising the clubhouse was open to the public in February 2005.