Come along to our online training session on including EVERYBODY in Community Games - facilitated by the Irish Centre for Diversity
This training session is on January 11th at 6:30pm and is FREE for our volunteers and parents but places are limited!
Register by clicking here: https://www.communitygames.ie/edi.html
County Draw 2023
Semi Final 1
Connaught v Ulster
Semi Final 2
Leinster V Munster
In the event of only 3 teams being entered from provinces, Ulster will be asked to provide their runner up to ensure full participation.
We were delighted to host an online panel event together with our friends in Move2B, the brilliant Niamh and Orna and the exceptionally talented Sarah Quinn and Maeve Gallagher to talk about expanding the horizon for girls/women in sport!
Have a watch and hear directly from the girls about what it is like to take part at an elite level in sport and listen to them talk about how Community Games played such a big part in their journey!
One thing we learned for sure - be undeniable! There are no limits just endless possibilities!
What a super day out in Limerick on 24th September at our National Outdoor Teams, Swimming, Marathon and Cycling on Grass Finals in University of Limerick! Well done to everyone for taking part!
Dan Morrissey (Limerick Hurler) and Maria Cooney (Galway Camogie Player) were our special guests on the day and they were truly awestruck by the talent and enthusiasm of the children!
Sincere thanks to all our Volunteers!
Our Outdoor Team, Marathon and Cycling on Grass Results are available for download by clicking HERE and our Swimming Results are available HERE.
Tickets for our Finals this Saturday in UL are now on sale.
To find out more about each event and purchase tickets please visit the links below. Best of luck!
In April Move2B took to the road, covering 772km and hosted their first ever Move2B Roadshow event in association with Aldi Community Games.
"Community Games is a brilliant organisation that really champion participation at grass-roots level and have amazing volunteers that keep the show on the road!" Move2B
Some feedback from participants at the workshops:
'I thought the workshops were brilliant and I wish every coach in the country were aware of the findings.'
'Really enjoyed it, sometimes really good to have the obvious pointed out and know we can make small changes!'
'I think that some people underestimate the effect period have on girls; this series of workshops actually brought me back to that time and how awkward it makes young girls feel. Judging by some of the comments in the break out discussions it gave many people that awareness and food for thought.'
To find out more about Move2B and all that they do - have a read of their latest Newsletter!
Best of luck to all the children taking part on 24th September in UL for our Outdoor Teams and Swimming Events!
More information on the Events will be available on the tickets page which will be released shortly.
Click here to download and print the OUTDOOR TEAMS timetable
Click here to download and print the SWIMMING timetable
Over 1,000 talented children along with their families and supporters from all over Ireland travelled to VISUAL Art Theatre and St Patrick’s College Carlow this weekend to take part in the second of the Aldi Community Games National Finals Events.
Children aged between six and sixteen took part in the National Arts and Culture Finals in a host of different events including Art, Handwriting, Singing, Dancing, Chess, Model Making and more. Over 600 medals were awarded to the exceptionally talented children.
Ivan Suprunenko wowed the judges with his piano skills – clinching a gold medal in U16 Solo Music. All the more poignant – Ivan has only been in the country 5 months, having left Ukraine for the very welcoming county of Roscommon. He has been keeping up his lessons via Zoom with his teacher back home. After winning, Ivan brought his talent to the outdoor public stage to an enthralled audience with his parents beaming proudly on!
The colourful and lively celebrations were open to the public with many outdoor events available for free to entertain the crowds - including Giant Chess, Magic Shows, Parades, Music, Face-painting, Stilt Walkers, Penalty Shoot-outs, Skittles and much more. It was a very special event for all the family and magical for the children.
The event was officially opened by Darragh O’Connell, Creative Director of Brown Bag Films. Darragh co-founded Brown Bag Films in 1994 with Cathal Gaffney. He produced the short films Give Up Yer Aul Sins which was nominated for an Oscar® at the 2002 Academy Awards®, and Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty which received an Oscar® nomination at the Academy Awards® in 2010. Darragh is a proud silver medallist in Art for Kildare Community Games and was presented with his first Community Games Gold Medal on stage by Community Games President Gerry McGuinness.
Speaking to the children, Darragh commented:
“I am very inspired to see the level of talent and commitment from the children here today I can see future animators and maybe even Oscar nominees in the making.”
Brown Bag Films held four very engaging digital animation workshops free of charge for Community Games children and screened episodes of Karma's World and Ada Twist, Scientist in a special Cinema Room for the younger audience.
Brown Bag Films chats with us about their Community Games' connections
Bus Éireann, National Travel Partner of Community Games had a team on site to meet and greet participants, family and friends this weekend as well as having treats and prizes in for some lucky children!
President of Aldi Community Games Gerry McGuinness said:
“This event exceeded all our expectations! It was a true celebration of the Arts and Culture and the talent from the children was simply phenomenal! It was inspiring to see so many children get up on stage and perform to the general public to cheers and applause. After a hiatus of 2 years due to the pandemic, it’s wonderful that these children have an audience to entertain once again.”
David Hoysted, Chief Executive of Aldi Community Games added:
“As always, the focal point of this Event was the children – we started the weekend off with a parade with Community Games children and the Cloughjordan Community Circus who brought their own life-size puppet elephant along! We had Stilt walkers, magic shows, animation workshops, face-painting, skittles, giant chess – you name it - to entertain the audience and the music and colour really added to the celebrations. I was simply awestruck by the level of talent this weekend – singers, dancers, artists, writers, musicians, chess players – one thing is sure – the future is bright with these children leading the way!”
The next National Finals Event for Community Games takes place on 24th September in the University of Limerick for the Swimming and Outdoor Teams Event.
All the results are available here!
Our National Swimming Finals take place on 24th Limerick in University of Limerick Sports Arena.
More details to follow but in the meantime, here is the Swimming Timetable for the day
A colourful and lively celebration awaits our Aldi Community Games family in Carlow from 27th to 28th August!
We couldn't be more excited about this weekend in VISUAL Carlow and St Patrick's College Carlow!
This weekend is a celebration of Arts and Culture and will showcase so much talent from every corner of Ireland.
Over 1,000 talented children along with their families and supporters from all over Ireland will travel to VISUAL Art Theatre Carlow this weekend to take part in the second of the National Aldi Community Games finals.
Children aged between six and sixteen from all over Ireland will be taking part in the National Arts and Culture Finals in a host of different events including Art, Handwriting, Singing, Dancing, Chess, Model Making and more.
The colourful and lively celebration that we have planned for you is open to the public with many outdoor events to entertain the crowds - including Giant Chess, Magic Shows, Parades, Music, Face-painting, Stilt Walkers, Penalty Shoot-outs, Skittles and much more. This weekend promises to be a very special event for all the family and we just can't wait!
Bus Éireann, National Travel Partner of Community Games and will have employees on site to meet and greet participants, family and friends this weekend as well as having treats and prizes in for some lucky children!
We are excited to announce that Brown Bag Films will be our very special guests on Saturday 27th August at the VISUAL Theatre in Carlow where they will be holding 4 workshops - Free of Charge - for our Community Games children and they will have spot-prizes and merchandise for those who take part on the day! Each workshop will last approximately 45 minutes. All these workshop places have been filled up but if you come along on the day and there are any cancellations there may just be a place for your child! The workshops are at 12 noon, 1pm, 4pm and 5pm in the VISUAL Art Gallery.
But not only that - Brown Bag Films will be screening episodes of Karma's World and Ada Twist Scientist in a special Cinema Room for our younger audience! This Cinema will be upstairs in the Visual Art Gallery and will be running from 10:30 am on Saturday! Aldi are supplying the popcorn :-)
Brown Bag Films is among the most technically-advanced studios in the world, with full animation, picture and audio post-production facilities in-house. Their motto is simple: “We love animation.” In fact, they love it so much they've trademarked it! 'We Love Animation®'.
The studio’s much-loved TV shows are viewed by millions of children worldwide and include Doc McStuffins, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Karma’s World, Bing, Ridley Jones, Peter Rabbit, Wild Kratts, Olivia, Ada Twist Scientist, Vampirina, and Octonauts.
The Group Creative Director of Brown Bag Films, Darragh O'Connell, is a proud silver medallist in Art for Kildare Community Games :-)
Darragh O’Connell co-founded Brown Bag Films in 1994 with Cathal Gaffney. He produced the short films ‘Give Up Yer Aul Sins’ which was nominated for an Oscar® at the 2002 Academy Awards®, and Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty which received an Oscar® nomination at the Academy Awards® in 2010.
For more information, you can check them out on Facebook, Twitter Instagram or at their website www.brownbagfilms.com.
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