KERRY COMMUNITY GAMES
Kerry Community Games was founded in 1972 by the late Bob Casey and Christy Murray. Christy never severed his ties with the organisation and is currently president of the St. Brendans/Oakpark area. The continued success of the Kerry Games has been due to such determination and hard work by our volunteers as well as the commitment and good nature of participants and their parents. We are also proud to see so many former participants returning as volunteers at both area and county level.
Our first county athletic finals were held in the Austin Stack Park with ten areas present and the winners went on to compete in the National Finals in Santry. After these finals, plans were made to spread the gospel of Community Games. A Community Games week was held in July 1973 to introduce basketball, Gaelic football, and soccer. In the intervening years, Kerry has sought to counter the common misconception that the Games are all about sport by also fostering participation in cultural and creative activities.
By 2006 there were forty-nine registered Community Games areas which covered every urban enclave and rural back road in Kerry so there is no reason for any family to be excluded from the action. Indeed over the years all Kerry areas have had the honour of representing their county at the National Finals and our records show a national medal has a home in all Kerry areas.
From the beginning, the committee insisted on small areas. Although some have since amalgamated, the levels of participation in sporting and cultural activities encouraged by the Games plays a vital role in promoting community spirit and helping to ensure that our children lead healthy and balanced lives. At all competitions, we encourage the view that there is no such thing as a loser who has tried.
County Secretary: Margaret Culloty, 086 1038012
Kerry CG Website: www.kerrycommunitygames.ie
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