Galway Community Games was founded in 1971, Community Games founder Joe Connolly approached Mickie Walsh who then approached Junior Chamber Galway they in turn contacted Willie Walsh & Catherine Cunningham who were both involved with the Combined Residents Association, after a number of meetings a Committee was set up. Activities commenced in 1972, in that year the Athletics finals took place in Glenina with the winners qualifying for the National Finals in Santry, in that first year 13 areas were represented in Glenina.
The first AGM of Community Games to take place outside of Dublin took place in 1978 at The Great Southern Hotel Galway, since it was founded Galway Community Games has played a major roll in the development of Community Games Nationally, many of Galway former committee members have gone on to the National Committee including Willie Walsh, Conal Duffy, Carmel Grealy, Michael O’Grady & Tony Lee, other members have gone on to roles with the Connaught Committee including Breda Power, Pat Hansberry & Kevin Larkin.
Over the last 45 years many Sports Stars have started their sporting careers with Galway Community Games, Athletes Paul Donovan, Paul Hession & Olive Loughnane, in Rugby Noel Mannion, Gaelic Footballers Kevin Walsh, Ja Fallon & Declan Meehan, Hurlers Joe Rabbitte & Sean Treacy, Comagie Therese Maher & Niamh McGrath, Hockey Geraldine McGrath.
In 2001 the Mayor of Galway Donal Lyons honoured the returning team from the National Finals with a Civic Reception at City Hall, for many years the tradition for Galway participants returning from Mosney was the Mayor of Galway to meet them on their return at Galway train station, since the move to Athlone that tradition has gone.
Currently Galway has 37 areas affiliated.
County Secretary: Breda Power, 087 2475586
Galway CG Website
Galway CG Facebook Page
Galway Youth CG Facebook
Areas in Galway
Corofin - Belclare - Sylane
Cortoon - Lavally
Dunmore - Garrafrauns - Kiltevna
Galway City East
Miltown - Kilcanly - Kilbann
Aldi Community Games
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Aldi Community Games is an all Ireland independent voluntary organisation and National Governing Body providing opportunities for children and young people to grow and develop in a positive and healthy way while experiencing a wide range of sporting and cultural activities. The National Festival is usually held over 2 weekends each year where on each weekend between 3 and 4,000 children compete for their area, town, county and province.
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