LONGFORD COMMUNITY GAMES
On the 17th of October 1972, a public meeting was held in The Temperance Hall, Longford to gauge the level of interest in bringing Community Games to Co. Longford. Information was provided on the various activities available, the running of events and means by which the games could be best promoted around the county.
Following a series of meetings, the first County Officer Board was elected on Tuesday the 7th of November 1972. This was a well attended meeting, with delegates from all over the county present.
20 Areas affiliated to the County Committee for 1973 events. These Areas were Colmcille, Edgeworthstown, Kenagh, Killoe, Longford South, Dromard, Clonguish, Granard, Ballymahon, Forgney, Drumlish/Ballinamuck, Carrickedmond, Newtowncashel, Killashee, Longford South, Ardagh, Legan, Lanesboro and Clonbroney. (It was 1975 before all Areas in the county were affiliated).
For that first year of Community Games in Co. Longford, events undertaken were swimming, athletics, basketball and table tennis.
The first County Athletics Finals were held on Sunday the 15th of July 1973, at the Greyhound Track on Park Road, Longford. The winning athletes progressed to the National Finals in Butlins, Co. Meath. Longford was represented by a total of 39 athletes and 18 swimmers that year. The Longford swimmers made a great National Final debut, taking home a total of seven silver medals.
In 1997, Co. Longford celebrated 25 years of Community Games, marking the occasion with a souvenir programme for the County Athletic Finals, packed with information on the organisation’s history in Longford.
County Secretary: Shirley Maloney, 086 8509245
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