The age of the club's oldest member, Sean Cooney
One interpretation of the name Tara says that it means a "place of great prospect" and with the growth of Tara AC over the last 10 years, this could be particularly appropriate to athletics in the area.
Tara Sports Ground at Ross Cross has been home to Tara AC since the club's formation in the early 1970s. Club members count themselves lucky to have access to this prime location which caters for a wide range of community activities, and they are fortunate to have Seamus O'Kane on board who ensures all of the facilities are kept in top condition.
Club membership is now at an all-time high of 165. The youngest member is five and the club's oldest member, Sean Cooney, is 73 and still running and competing in road races and marathons.
The club's youngest athletes train once a week. This special group divides their time between the local school, Scoil Cholmcille, in the winter months, before joining the older juveniles at Tara Sports Ground in the summer.
The youngest members are coached in all the fundamentals of athletics. With Judith Giles and Kenny Pentony leading the way, there is always great emphasis on games and enjoyment.
Club juvenile athletes have three coaching sessions available to them each week. The track sessions concentrate on technical events such as hurdles, jumps, throws, middle/sprint distance, and with the expert eye of Caroline Giles, who joined the club last year, the results are coming in fast.
The club's coaching team is also made up of Lisa O'Dowd and Andy Murphy, who on Sundays take full advantage of the local amenity – the Hill of Tara – where a group meet for long-distance and hill training followed by well-deserved hot chocolates.
Tara AC juveniles participate in all indoor/outdoor track and field and cross-country events. There has been an ever-increasing number of children entering competitions each year. This is largely due to the club's assistant coaches Noreen Swan and Schira Conway, as well as increased interest being shown from parents willing to help out.
The adult section of Tara AC is also growing rapidly thanks to a very successful meet and train initiative started in recent years.
Dave McCarthy leads the beginners out twice a week, with most competing in the Meath Race League events.
The club's more advanced group are training for 10ks and marathons with Adrienne Togher and Fiona Monaghan, who herself is participating in this year's Airtricity Dublin Marathon.
For the iron men and women in Tara AC, the club has local fitness guru James Gibbons organising early morning meetings for intense training sessions.
The Tara AC 5k Road Race and Family Fun Run has attracted upwards of 1,500 participants of all abilities and ages since the inaugural event in 2010.
Lisa O'Dowd and Sean O'Regan, along with the race committee, put tremendous effort into ensuring it takes place each year.
It looks like Tara AC has a lot to look forward to in the years ahead.
Chairman: Sean O'Regan
Secretary: Caroline Giles
Registrar: Lisa O'Dowd
PRO: Lisa O'Dowd and Schina Conway
Treasurer: Seamus O'Kane