History of Regional United
Regional United was founded in 1974 by Lorcan Harney and Seamus Ryan of
Dooradoyle Road. It evolved from an inter-estate soccer competition between
Raheen, Gouldavoher, Dooradoyle and Ballykeefe estates.
Lorcan Harney continued his involvement in the club up to the mid-eighties
when he moved out of the Limerick area for business reasons. Lorcan Harney was
also the chairman of the Limerick schoolboy league for a number of years and was
also a delegate to the schoolboy Football Association of Ireland. he
participated in a number of International Schoolboy teams.
Regional United F. C. in the early days, like a lot of clubs at the time, was
mainly a family affair. The club boasted 16 schoolboy teams and vied with
Caherdavin for the title of biggest clubs in Limerick. These teams were managed
by Lorcan Harney's father John and by the Harney brothers Aidan, Gerard and
Many clubs were guided by strong community minded individuals: Liam Dillion
of Caherdavin, Jerome Henry of Ballynanty Rovers, Brother Nicolas of Vereker
Clements, the Grehan family of Granville Rangers, Mike Ryan of Geraldines,
Charlie Elliot of Summerville Rovers, Kevin O' Dwyer of Weston Villas, the
Colbert family of Prospect United and the McCarthy brothers of Ardhu Highfield.
These individuals presided over many years during which great football was
played in the right spirit.
"Harney field" originated from our pitch upon which Russell Court now stands.
The field was purchased by John Harney around 1978 but unfortunately due to
financial pressure it had to be sold in 1985. The then chairman and secretary,
Aidan Harney and Pat Ricard respectively, negotiated with Garryowen Rugby Club
and the late Pat O'Connor, Secretary of the Limerick County Council, to secure a
hold on the pitch where the club now plays.
The original rental agreement for this field was in John Harney's name and
thus this pitch became commonly known as "Harney's field".
The Harney family and members of the Junior team did a lot of work on the
pitch to make it playable. Impressively this team went from the fourth division
to the premier division in as many years. Over this time, they took a number of
premier scalps and reached two Lawson cup semi finals and more recently won
their first premier trophy in the form of the Tuohy Cup.
In 1987 the club was approached by Mungret Regional with a view to
amalgamation. Because of the heavy financial burden our sizable club had to
shoulder, and due to economic climate and pressure of the day, Regional United
F.C. came to the conclusion that it would be the best course of action.
After a number of years the club realised that the amalgamation may not have
been the wisest decision. Brian Harney was one of the people who initially
agreed with the amalgamation. Brian, Con Buckley and Seamus O Connell (Manager
Premier side to-day), led the breakaway or split from Mungret Regional.
Brian Harney managed teams and recalls many memories of great days as he led
teams to success in his native pitch where his father had first secured for the
Regional United Soccer F.C.
It is based on this proud tradition that Regional United F.C. was founded and
went on to become a major club in the City of Limerick to-day.
List of Recent Club Achievements
Junior A last 16 of FAI Cup 2008-2009
Munster Junior Semi-final 2008-2009
|Premier Team: Touhy Cup Winners
Lee Jay Lynch signs for West Bromwich Albion
Mark Sheehan Junior Irish International cap
U18 Promotion to Premier League
U16 League & Cup Double
U15 Top of Division 1A
U14 Promotion to Premier League
U13 Promotion to Premier League
||U 14 Winning 2A securing promotion
3rd Position in Premier League
||Premier Team: Reached mid table in first
season and were beaten on penalties in Munster Junior Quarter Finals
Premier Team: Beaten finalists in the Lawson Cup Final
U15 Unbeaten season long run resulting in a League and Cup double in
||Premier team: Promotion to Premier League
Junior B Team Win's Divisional Cup Final