Our Community Games Golden Volunteers have been nominated by each county and they will all be celebrated on the 18th March 2017 at a lunch in the Shamrock Lodge Hotel, Athlone.
Get your copy of the Irish Independent on 22nd February to see how you can vote.
In the meantime, if you'd like to find out more about our very deserving Golden Volunteers click into each image below:
To kick off our Golden Jubilee celebrations, Community Games in conjunction with Kia Ireland, ran a National Jubilee Draw. The draw took place at the National Area, Volunteer and Media Awards on 28th November 2016 in Salthill Hotel, Galway. Tickets were sold throughout Ireland by local Community Games committees. There was also a special raffle held on the night for Areas who had sold the most tickets with Steelstown, Co. Derry scooping the top prize of €500.
For every €10 ticket sold, the Area selling them retained €7, allowing them to finance their own Jubilee celebrations and also to add to much needed funds for their Area. Here is a picture of our overall winner Jimmy O’Regan from Kilmeedy in County Limerick receiving the top prize - A brand new KIA cee’d GT Line worth over €20,000. Congratulations Jimmy! KIA Ireland are the Official Car Partner to Community Games. James Brooks, Managing Director of Kia Motors Ireland said: “We are delighted to be associated with Community Games. Kia is primarily a family brand and we see a great fit between the organisation and our customer base. We are proud to help promote the great work of Community Games in any way we can.
Aldi announces three-year title sponsorship of Community Games and confirms significant six-figure investment
Aldi Ireland today announced a new three year partnership with Community Games, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2017, that will see Aldi provide a significant six-figure investment to become its title sponsor.
The Aldi Community Games sponsorship was unveiled by Paul O’Connell at the University of Limerick, where he was reunited with John Dempsey, his former swimming coach.
Speaking at the announcement, Giles Hurley, Group Managing Director Aldi Ireland said, “Community Games is an integral part of Irish society that has touched the lives of millions of young people in towns and villages across Ireland. It is a great honour for Aldi to support Community Games, particularly in its Golden Jubilee year. We share the Games’ vision of promoting active, healthy lifestyles for children and young people and over the next three years we will provide the financial support to ensure more communities and children than ever can participate. Making a positive impact in the communities our 128 stores serve is a priority for Aldi.”
2017 marks the Golden Jubilee of Community Games in Ireland. Over the past 50 years more than 5 million children have participated and competed across a wide range of sporting and cultural activities. Recent research conducted by Onside found almost half the Irish population to be interested in Community Games*. Aldi’s funding will ensure the Games continue to be enjoyed by the next generation of Irish children, providing the support to reach more communities and giving more young people the opportunity to participate than ever before.
John Byrne, Community Games CEO commented, “2017 marks a hugely significant milestone for Community Games. It is our 50th birthday and it is the beginning of a much valued partnership with Aldi. Having Aldi come on board as our title sponsor is something we are all really excited about. The focus of Community Games has always been geared towards giving young people the tools to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. We know Aldi shares this vision with us and we are looking forward to involving more communities and young people this year than ever.”
This year in excess of 160,000 children across 575 communities are expected to compete in 200 scheduled regional events supported by 10,000 volunteers. There is a huge selection of sports and activities on offer including individual and team sports such as Art, Model Making, Javelin, Camogie, Football and Hurling. Regional champions will progress to the National Festivals, which take place 6th May and 18th to 20th August at the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown, Co. Dublin.
Over the past half century many of Ireland’s celebrities, sporting heroes and world-famous actors including Paul O’Connell, Saoirse Ronan, Olive Loughnane, Bressie, Niall Quinn and Sonia O’Sullivan have taken part in Community Games.
Speaking at the launch, Paul O’Connell, Aldi Play Rugby ambassador commented, “I remember my time participating in Community Games with great affection. The community spirit and camaraderie of the Games is truly unique. It’s not only about winning - the focus for me was on taking part and enjoying sports which led to a healthy lifestyle. Competing from a young age in swimming, I learnt the importance of preparation, determination and dedication - values I later applied on the rugby pitch. My relationship with Aldi began last September when I came on board as ambassador for Aldi Play Rugby. I have witnessed first-hand how effective and committed Aldi are to the community support initiatives they are involved in.”
*Research conducted by ONSIDE - “ONSIDE - Sport and Community Interest Study 2016”
On Saturday 26th November, over 350 Community Games volunteers from all over Ireland attended the National Area, Volunteer and Media Awards in the Salthill Hotel in Galway. MC for the night was Tony O'Donoghue and distinguished guests included former Olympian Olive Loughnane, Minister Sean Canney, Deputy Mayor of Galway Pearce Flannery, County Galway GAA Chairman Noel Treacy, Former DTTAS Secretary Donagh Morgan, Councillor Peter Keane, Philp Gillen of the HSE, Brighid Carson of INM Group and Aidan Doyle of Kia Ireland.
The Awards Ceremony is now in its 24th year and is one of Community Games most celebrated and prestigious events with over 100 prizes being awarded on the night. Adult and Youth Volunteers are the cornerstone on which Community Games is built and these Awards reflect the tremendous work being carried out at grassroots level across all four Provinces.
Media winners were nominated and judged in a variety of categories such as best ‘Social Media’, ‘Best Regional Newspaper’, ‘Best Area PRO’ and the Irish Independent sponsored ‘Best Published Article and Best Published Picture’. The marketing of Community Games at regional level is as important as the marketing at National level and something we encourage among all of our volunteers.
The night was particularly special for Jimmy O'Regan in Limerick who won a brand new Kia cee'd GT Line sponsored by the Official Car Partner Kia Ireland. The raffle was held ahead of the Golden Jubilee with tickets being sold Nationwide from last August. Each Area that sold tickets retained 70% of the proceeds to assist in their drive to raise development funds for their own areas. Runner up prizes for The Golden Jubilee Raffle were Hotel Vouchers from 12 Irish Hotels. The Golden Jubilee raffle proved to be so successful that a separate draw was held for the many areas who sold over 4 books of tickets with Steelstown in Derry winning €500.
Olive Loughnane, a former Community Games participant, Olympian and 2009 World Champion in athletics said: "When I was picked to go to Mosney in 1992 it felt like I had qualified for the Olympics! I was a late developer and being chosen to be on the team was an amazing confidence boost for me. I made some wonderful friends and great memories. I remember trying my best and not being too concerned whether I won or lost once I knew I had tried my best. That has been my philosophy ever since and I consistently always strive to do my best, win, lose or draw! I would like to thank all the volunteers in Community Games who promote sport, friendship and friendly competition on a daily basis and say well done to all the winners on their awards tonight."
Gerry Davenport, President of Community Games said:
"I would like to express a heartfelt thank you to all the volunteers in Community Games who give so much of themselves and expect so very little in return, and to our funders and the HSE may I take this opportunity to also say thank you for your continued support. "
Joe Fox, General Vice President said:
"The Area Awards reward all of those who work at grassroots level. It is a joy to see so many selfless people here tonight being presented with prizes!"
Bernie Brennan, PR and Communications Director said:
“Community Games has always moved with the times. There is a tremendous amount of exceptional work being done at a local level, especially in terms of Social Media engagement and we are delighted to see the trend of engaging facebook and website pages being developed and maintained by our busy and enterprising volunteers. Well done to all the winners."
There was much cheering as Ballymahon Forgney were crowned overall Area Winners on the night for the second year running! Ballymahon Forgney were also awarded the Steps to Health 2016 Gold quality standard - one of only three areas across the country to be honoured in this way.
One of the highlights of the night was when MC Tony O'Donoghue led the way as Community Games took part in the Mannequin Challenge. Take a look:
As Community Games gears up for its 2017 Jubilee celebrations one thing is for sure – the possibilities are endless.
Please see below for a full list of the winners on the night.
Noreen Hynes, Askea, Co. Carlow
Fionnuala McGahern, Co. Cavan
Anne Arthur O Brien, Co. Clare
Breda Norris O Sullivan, Co. Cork
Joanne Toland Doherty, Co. Derry
Mary O Donnell, Co. Donegal
Brian McManus, Co. Dublin
Tony Lee, Co. Galway
Sean Daly, Co. Kerry
Rita Timmons, Co. Kildare
Liz Gowing, Co.
Siobhan Whelan, Co.
Trish Aherne, Co.
Michelle Mulvey, Co.
Trudi McGuinness, Co. Louth
Hugh Lynn, Co.
Vinny Donnelly, Co.
Father Peader Corrigan, Co.
John Malone, Co.
Joe Henry, Co.
Margaret Cavanagh, Co. Sligo
Deirdre Ryan, Co. Tipperary
Geraldine Barry, Co. Waterford
Jason Moran, Co. Wexford
Fiona Kelly ShannonCo. Wicklow
Francis Whelan - Hacketstown, Co. Carlow
Cian Madden - Erne Valley, Co. Cavan
Lauren McConway - Quin/Clooney, Co. Clare
Jodie Cusack - Awbeg, Co. Cork
Aleesha Herron - Fanad, Co. Donegal
Patrick Sullivan - Gort, Co. Galway
Cassandra Myers - Keel/Kiltalagh, Co. Kerry
Cliodhna O Connor - Kilcullen, Co. Laois
Kyle McNabola - Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim
Noelle Curtin - Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick
Conor English - Lanesboro, Co. Longford
Tara McGuinness & Ardee & Reaghstown, Co. Louth
James Durkan - Boardsmill, Co. Meath
Darren Marrtin - Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan
Rebecca Healy - Ferbane, Co. Offaly
Craig Traynor - Elphin, Co. Roscommon
Eimear Harte - St. Michaels, Co. Sligo
Calumn Cooke - Roscrea, Co. Tipperary
Courtney Power - Clonea/Rathgormack, Co. Waterford
Dylan Kehoe - Glynn/Barntown, Co. Wexford
Small Area Winners
Kilkishen/O'Callaghans Mills Oatfield, Co. Clare
Awbeg, Co. Cork
Ramelton, Co. Donegal
Abbeydorney/Kilflynn, Co. Kerry
Maynooth East, Co. Kildare
Killeshin, Co. Laois
Lough Allen, Co. Leitrim
Broadford Dromcollogher, Co. Limerick
Newtowncashel, Co. Longford
Foxford, Co. Mayo
Clonard/Killyon, Co. Meath
Tyholland, Co. Monaghan
FBD, Co. Roscommon
Gurteen, Co. Sligo
Templederry, Co. Tipperary
Clonea/Rathgormack, Co. Waterford
Glynn/Barntown, Co. Wexford
Large Area Winners
Askea, Co. Carlow
Erne Valley, Co. Cavan
Quin Clooney, Co. Clare
Beara, Co. Cork
Long Tower, Co. Derry
Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
Iona, Co. Dublin
Athenry, Co. Galway
Kenmare, Co. Kerry
St Brigid's Newbridge, Co. Kildare
Emo Rath, Co. Laois
Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim
Ballybrown/Clarina, Co. Limerick
Ballymahon/Forgney, Co. Longford
Ardee and Reaghstown, Co. Louth
Breaffy, Co. Mayo
Slane, Co. Meath
Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan
Ferbane, Co. Offaly
Ballaghadereen, Co. Roscommon
St. Mary's, Co. Sligo
Cashel, Co. Tipperary
Tramore, Co. Waterford
Piercestown - Murrinstown, Co. Wexford
Aughrim/Annacurra, Co. Wicklow
Munster - Quin Clooney
Leinster - Ballymahon/Forgney
Connaught - St Mary's
Ulster - Letterkenny
Media Award Winners
Runner Up Regional Paper: Seamus Hayes, Clare Champion
Runner Up PRO: Mary Phelan
Runner Up Regional Paper: Peter Campbell, Donegal Democrat
Runner Up PRO: Michael Crossan
Overall Regional Paper: John Foley, Carlow Nationalist
Overall PRO:Noreen Hynes
Social Media: Ronan Gately, Dublin Community Games Facebook Page
Facebook Photo: Nicola Lalor, Offaly Community Games
Best Website:Rob Stephen, Clare Community Games
Radio:John Mulligan, Galway Bay FM
Irish Independent Sponsored Best Published Article: Michael Crossan, Donegal
Irish Independent Sponsored Best Published Photo: Alf Harvey, Laois
JUBILEE RAFFLE DRAW
Car: Jimmy O Regan. Co. Limerick.
Salthill Hotel: Veronica Walsh. Co. Limerick
Shamrock Lodge Hotel:.Loughglynn C.G. c/o Margaret Flanagan. Co. Roscommon
City Hotel Derry: Rebecca Lloyd. Co. Kerry
Mulligar Park Hotel: Karen Starr. Co. Tipperary
Strand Hotel Limerick: Shauna Ora Tierney. Co. Galway
Raheen Woods Hotel Galway: Killian Cullagh. Co. Tipperary
CastleTroy Park Hotel: Mary Moroney. Co. Tipperary
Corralea Court Hotel: Kilteely C.G. c/o Noreen O' Dea. Co. Limerick
Station House Donegal Hotel: Anne Taaffe. Co. Sligo
Kilmurry Lodge Hotel Limerick: Sean Doyle. Co. Leitrim
Woodlands Hotel Limerick: Athenry C.G. c/o John Kelly. Co. Galway
McGettigans Hotel Limerick: Danny Patton. Co. Donegal
A Participant may now compete in the following:
NB: the complete 2017 rules will be available from 1st week in December online – please review the rules of any events you are preparing children for:
There is a change for certain Team Panels of up to 6 participants. All Team Events listed below will incur a Team entry fee of €110. Previously the cost was €25 per person regardless of the number on the panel:
Please click on the link below to read the Notice of the 2017 AGM
Community Games is delighted to announce Kia Ireland as their Official Car Partner for the next three years. Sean O’Brien, Leinster and National Rugby Great, was on hand to celebrate the partnership. Community Games holds a very special place in the heart of O’Brien as it was here he first picked up a rugby ball. Rugby turned him into a household name, but as he reflects himself, it was the 100m that won him his Community Games medal!
With over 160,000 children and 10,000 Volunteers, Community Games is one of Ireland’s largest sporting organisations.
2017 will be a special year as they welcome the Golden Jubilee of the organisation and to kick off the celebrations, Community Games with Kia have launched a National Golden Jubilee Raffle. The first prize in the raffle is a Kia cee’d GT Line worth over €20,000. All 570 Community Games areas benefit by retaining a percentage from every ticket sold enabling them to invest in their local committee and children. This Kia cee’d is one of two prize cars supplied by Kia.
Community Games President Gerard Davenport commented ‘This new partnership with Kia Ireland is testament to the work of Community Games all over Ireland in promoting healthy and active lifestyles for children and communities as a whole. Kia is one of the top 5 car manufactures in the world and with a history spanning over 50 years, is a great fit for Community Games. We look forward to celebrating our Golden Jubilee with Kia Ireland in the driving seat.’
James Brooks Managing Director of Kia Motors Ireland said:
“We are delighted to be associated with Community Games. Kia is primarily a family brand and we see a great fit between the organisation and our customer base. We are proud to help promote the great work of Community Games in any way we can."
Kia Ireland now join INM as a Corporate Partner to Community Games
Job Vacancy – 24th October 2016
National Volunteer Development Co-Ordinator
Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer the successful candidate will be responsible for the development and co-ordination of all procedures and activities relating to the recruitment, screening, communication, training and motivation of Volunteers.
The successful candidate will have a minimum of three years’ previous management experience in the voluntary sector and the proven ability to develop and lead the volunteer programme.
Place of work: Athlone (however nationwide travel will be required) Car owner and full driving license essential.
Hours of work: 39 Hours a week (flexibility is required as weekend and evening work will be a feature of this employment)
Skills and Experience:
Applications with cover letter and CV for this position should be forwarded to John Byrne, Chief Executive Officer: firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday November 18th 2016.
by Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent, Limerick Leader
ON a bright spring Sunday in April 2014, the Monaleen U-10 Community Games Gaelic football team travelled to Killaloe to play an early season challenge game against the local side.
Monaleen had won the Munster title the previous year, qualifying to compete in the All-Ireland semi-finals in Athlone, but this was a new squad. There were plenty of early season rustiness on show from both sides through the opening half with little separating the sides on the scoreboard. Just before half-time Killaloe struck for two quick-fire goals, both of which were softish in nature. As a Monaleen assistant coach I was summoned to take a trip from my spot on the half way line down to the full-back line to try and sort the defensive frailties out.
Shortly after I arrived, Killaloe struck for a third goal and I quickly realised the root cause. The full-back and corner back had noticed the arrival of Anthony Foley on the sideline and were busily discussing same when a high ball dropped into the danger area and the Killaloe full-forward had little difficulty in dispatching the ball to the net.
They always said Anthony Foley had an innate ability to be in the right place at the right time on a rugby pitch. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the best place for the Monaleen Community Games side that April Sunday two years ago!
Neither Monaleen player would have been old enough to remember Foley as a player, they knew him as the Munster coach and were in awe that he would come to their match. Somehow it just didn’t seem right to tell the three excited youngsters chattering away in the back of the car on the way home that evening that the Munster coach was at the game to watch his son playing. As far as they were concerned, he had turned up to watch an U-10 football game.
Most of those same players are 12 now and struggling to come to terms with what has happened to Anthony Foley. Their dads are around the same age.
Sport is cruel at times, we all know that. But, not half as cruel as what life can throw at us on weeks like this.
This article is taken from an article published in the Limerick Leader by Colm Kinsella on 22nd October 2016
Community Games Press Advisory
The Board of Community Games met on Friday last October 21st 2016 to consider the location of the National Festival for August 2017 following recent correspondence from our current hosts Athlone Institute of Technology.
In light of this correspondence and a perceived change in relationship from a partnership to a strictly commercial arrangement the Board, after lengthy consideration, unanimously decided to relocate the 2017 National Festival. Details of the new venue will be announced in the near future.
Commenting on the decision the President, Gerard Davenport said, “The decision was taken after a detailed assessment by the Board of the current arrangements and a need for certainty as to the location and viability of future Festivals. I would like to thank AIT and the people of Athlone for their help over the past six years. Community Games looks forward to an exciting future for our National Festival albeit at a new venue”.
Bernie Brennan, PR and Communications Director (086) 8204488: email@example.com
Gerard Davenport, President (086) 8233222: firstname.lastname@example.org
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