WESTMEATH COMMUNITY GAMES
Westmeath Community Games History
Westmeath Community Games has the proud distinction of being one of the longest affiliated counties in the national organisation, having been established in 1971, following a specially convened meeting at which one of the finest public servants, the late Jack Coleman presided and a new concept in the development of a sporting culture in the county was born.
Representatives from all sporting organisations in the county were present to hear Rev. M. Tierney, National P.R.O. and Development Officer, Mr. Joe Connolly, National General Secretary, H. Smith, National Vice-Chairman and Mrs. P. Carey, Roscommon of the National Committee outline all details of Community Games and also answer a large number of questions.
First County Committee elected: President, Rev. Bro. McMahon; Chairman, Mr. Jack Coleman; Vice-Chairman, Mr. Michael Maher; Secretary, Miss Jo Glennon; Treasurer/P.R.O., Mr. Peter Kenny. Committee members: Rev. Fr. William Behan, Paddy Foley, Christy Gorman, Rob Cornally, Patricia Glennon, Paul Nea, Larry Poynton.
During the past forty two years, Westmeath have had only two County Chairpersons. The first was Jack Coleman, who was founder member and County Chairman from 1971 to 1987 and also National Chairman from ’79 to ‘87. The second was Johnny Crowley, from 1988 to the present day and he also served six terms as Leinster ViceChairman and three years as Leinster Chairman. Johnny was also the first recipient of the Westmeath County Council Cathaoirleach Awards for service to sport in 2009 and in Feb. 2013 was inducted into the Westmeath Sports ‘Hall of Fame’.
There were also only six County Secretaries in the past forty-two years, Jo Glennon, Secretary and founder member from 1971 to 1980 and she also was full time National Development Officer. Second was Mollie Cahill from 1981 to 2003 and a member of National Finance Committee. She was followed by Dolores Christie who served till 2009, Julia Sheridan ‘till March 2013 and Paula Curran in 2014.
In its inaugural year, Westmeath started out with sixteen areas and reached their peak of thirty-eight areas in the mid-eighties. For the past twenty years Westmeath have had an average of thirty areas and continues to maintain the principal and ideals on which the Community Games were founded.
In 1994 Westmeath Community Games created their own bit of history when they were the first and only county to build a County Headquarters and had it officially opened by the then President of Ireland, Mary Robinson.
Since Westmeath became involved in Community Games in ’71 and John Treacy narrowly defeated Westmeath’s Louis Kenny in the first National Marathon, we have been a nursery for hundreds of county competitors in athletics, football, soccer, handball and swimming who went on to wear the Irish jersey with pride and distinction all over the world
After forty two years of Community Games being held in Santry, Dublin and Mosney Holiday Centre, Meath, we are now firmly settled in a brand new venue, AIT, Athlone, County Westmeath.
As we celebrate the success of the last forty two years of Westmeath Community Games which was only made possible by the support and hard work of all our volunteers throughout the county to whom we genuinely appreciate. Long may they continue to provide healthy sport and cultural activities for the children of Westmeath.
County Secretary: Karen Walsh, Email
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Areas in Westmeath registered
Kinnegad - Coralstown
Beechpark - Coosan
Baylin - Mount Temple
Castlepollard - Finea - Whitehall - Cool
Milltown - Emper - Moyvore
Killucan - Raharney
Tubberclair - Glasson
Taughmon - Turin