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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gerard Davenport, President (086) 8233222: email@example.com
Attention County PRO
It’s that time again just when you thought all your hard work was over. IT’S MEDIA AWARDS TIME! The Awards will be held this year in the Salthill Hotel on Saturday 26th November.
There is a slightly different format this year, hopefully you will have picked up your new scrapbook over the Festival Weekends, this gives everyone the same starting block. If you have not received your scrapbook, please email us by clicking here.
Can you please put your paper cutting/photos from your local paper into the scrapbook using whatever format you wish. The closing date will be FRIDAY 11th NOVEMBER for receipt of the books. Please post them to Bernie Brennan, Community Games, 20 Inish Carraig House, Golden Island, Athlone, Co. Westmeath.
THERE ARE 2 NEW AWARDS THIS YEAR
1/ The Best Written Article that you have had published this year (this needs to be submitted in a sealed envelope)
2/ The Best Photo that you have had published this year (you can submit up to 6 photos if you can’t decide on one)
BREAKDOWN OF AWARDS
Runners up Regional Paper x2 (based on submission of Media Books)
Runners up PRO X2 (based on submission of Media Books)
Overall Regional Paper (based on submission of Media Books)
Overall PRO (based on submission of Media Books)
Social media winner (judged externally - based on Area, County and Provincial facebook pages - no submission needed)
Facebook photo winner (competition to be launched 19th October)
Best Website (judged externally - based on Area, County and Provincial facebook websites - no submission needed)
Radio (based on submission of Radio Coverage - apx 30 mins of audio)
Best Written Article published (please submit this - judged externally)
Best photo Published (please submit this - judged externally)
As part of our Jubilee Celebrations, we would like to recognise the vital contribution of our volunteers over the past 50 years.
This will be in the form of:
Each County is asked to select a nominee recognising a volunteer who has given outstanding service to the Organisation since its foundation. The Award is aimed primarily at volunteers at Grass Root/Area Level and the Awardee does not have to have served in any formal capacity at County Committee or other level. The only restriction on nominees is that the person may not have served on the Board of Directors over the past 5 years (since 2012).
Each County is asked to submit their nomination with a photograph which must be at least 1mb in size and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org accompanied by a brief biography, 400 words max, by 10th February 2017.
On receipt of the nominations the biographies of all Nominees will be published in the Irish Independent over a two-three week period with voting taking place online by email but restricted to one vote per email address.
All Nominees will be invited to a lunch where they will receive an Award to recognise their contribution,on Saturday March 18th 2017 where the overall winner will be announced.
Our ‘Golden Jubilee Raffle’ was launched at this year’s National Festival, hopefully you will have seen our top prize, the Kia Cee’d GT Line on display.
Could you be the new driver?.
This is the perfect opportunity for you and your committee to raise funds while giving your community the chance to win some super prizes!
Time is running out so act now!
If you haven’t received your allocation of tickets from your County Secretary please contact them today to start selling and raising funds for your area. Tickets need to be returned to Community Games before November 18th 2016!
The Community Games National Area, Volunteer & Media Awards Event will take place in The Salthill Hotel, Galway on Saturday 26th of November 2016. We are continuing on the theme from last year’s extremely successful event, held in Mullingar, to move the location of this prestigious Awards Night around the Country to new locations every year.
The Awards are a very prominent and enjoyable event, a celebration of achievements and the opportunity to relax and enjoy an occasion with other Volunteers, Special Guests and our Sponsors.
There will be a minimum of four Awards in total for each County; Youth Volunteer Recognition Award, Adult Volunteer Recognition Award, Area Award and Small Area Award (where applicable).
Special accommodation rates for The Salthill Hotel are listed below. Accommodation can be booked directly on their website www.salthillhotel.com or by calling 091-522711, please mention Community Games on your booking.
Parents in Sport week aims to highlight the important role that parents play in preparing and supporting young people and children throughout their development as young athletes.
There are a number of things that Areas, volunteers and even participants can do to promote Parents in Sport Week:
See this link for more information: https://thecpsu.org.uk/news/2016/april/play-your-part-in-parents-week/
In association with Athlone Towncentre we have €50 to give away for you to spend in any of their stores: Zara, Easons, H & M, Marks and Spencer to name but a few.
Athlone Towncentre Shopping Centre is the largest shopping destination in the Midland’s, only 60mins from Dublin and just 40mins from Galway.
60 top brands including Zara, River Island, H&M and Next, plenty of great eateries and over 1200 parking spaces, all under one roof!
Visit athlonetowncentre.com or Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for up to date offers and giveaways from Athlone Towncentre.
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Badminton Boys Kerry (Annascaul/Camp/Inch)
Badminton Girls Clare (An Droichead)
Basketball Boys U13 Cork (Gurranabraher)
Basketball Boys U16 Limerick (Regional)
Basketball Girls U13 Kerry (Castleisland)
Basketball Girls U16 Cork (Gurranabraher)
Basketball U11 Cork (Gurranabraher)
Camogie Girls U14 Cork (Enniskeane)
Chess U13 Clare (Ennis St Johns)
Chess U16 Limerick (Kilfinane)
Draughts U10 Kerry (Ardfert/Kilmoyley)
Draughts U12 Kerry (Ballyheigue)
Draughts U14 Kerry (Milltown/Listry)
Draughts U16 Limerick (Ballingarry - Granagh)
Futsal Boys U13 Kerry (Ballyheigue)
Futsal Boys U15 Limerick (Caherdavin)
Futsal Girls U13 Tipperary (Newport)
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Gaelic Football Girls U12 Tipperary (Fethard - Killusty)
Gaelic Football Girls U14 Kerry (Listowel)
Hurling Boys U11 Tipperary (Toomevara)
Indoor Soccer Boys U10 Limerick (Caherdavin)
Indoor Soccer Boys U12 Tipperary
Indoor Soccer Boys U13 Kerry (Ballyduff)
Indoor Soccer Girls U10 Tipperary (Moycarkey - Borris)
Indoor Soccer Girls U13 Kerry (Moyvane/Knockanure)
Mini Rugby U11 Limerick (Regional)
One wall Handball Boys U13 Clare (Derg)
One wall Handball Boys U16 Clare (Derg)
One wall Handball Girls U13 Clare (Kilkishen - O'Callaghan Mills)
Rounders Boys U13 Limerick (Caherdavin)
Rounders Girls U13 Limerick (Ballybrown.Clarina)
Skittles U12 Clare (Quin - Clooney)
Skittles U14 Tipperary (St Peter and Pauls)
Skittles U16 Clare (Quin - Clooney)
Soccer Boys U12 Kerry (Fossa)
Soccer Girls U12 Tipperary
Soccer Girls U15 Clare (Ennis St Johns)
Spike Ball Boys U14 Limerick (Bruff - Grange - Meanus)
Spike Ball Girls U14 Limerick (Bruff - Grange - Meanus)
Table Tennis Boys U13 Tipperary (Cloughjordan)
Table Tennis Boys U16 Limerick (Kilfinane)
Table Tennis Girls U13 Tipperary (Cloughjordan)
Table Tennis Girls U16 Limerick (Kilfinane)
Tag Rugby U11 Clare (Quin - Clooney)
Tag Rugby U14 Clare (Killaloe)
BADMINTON U/15 BOYS FBD ROADS ROSCOMMON
BADMINTON U/15 GIRLS FBD ROADS ROSCOMMON
BASKETBALL U/11 MIXED ORANMORE/MAREE GALWAY
BASKETBALL U/13 BOYS ORANMORE.MAREE GALWAY
BASKETBALL U/13 GIRLS MOYCULLEN GALWAY
BASKETBALL U/16 BOYS MOYCULLEN GALWAY
BASKETBALL U/16 GIRLS ORANMORE/MAREE GALWAY
CAMOGIE U/14 GIRLS ARDRAHAN GALWAY
CHESS U/13 MIXED MANORHAMILITON LEITRIM
CHESS U/16 MIXED CASTLEBAR MAYO
DRAUGHTS U/10 MIXED DROMORE WEST TEMPL SLIGO
DRAUGHTS U/12 MIXED COOLANEY SLIGO
DRAUGHTS U/14 MIXED ELPHIN ROSCOMMON
DRAUGHTS U/16 MIXED COOLERA SLIGO
FUTSAL U/13 BOYS ST MARYS SLIGO
FUTSAL U/13 GIRLS BURRISHOOLE MAYO
FUTSAL U/15 BOYS GEEVA SLIGO
FUTSAL U/15 GIRLS BURRISHOOLE MAYO
GAELIC FOOTBALL U/10 CLAREGALWAY/L GALWAY
GAELIC U/12 GIRLS MANORHAMILITON LEITRIM
GAELIC U/14 GIRLS MANORHAMILITON LEITRIM
HANDBALL U/13 BOYS INIS MOR GALWAY
HANDBALL U/13 GIRLS MOYLOUHJ/MOUNTB GALWAY
HANDBALL U/16 BOYS MOYLOUGH/MOUNTB GALWAY
HANDBALL U/16 GIRLS MOYLOUGH/MOUNTB GALWAY
HURLING (A) U/11 BOYS ATHENRY GALWAY
HURLING (B) U/11 BOYS FBD ROADS ROSCOMMON
INDOOR SOCCER U/10 BOYS TAUGHMACONNEL ROSC
INDOOR SOCCER U/10 GIRLS KILMAIN MAYO
INDOOR SOCCER U/13 BOYS BALLYMOTE SLIGO
INDOOR SOCCER U/13 GIRLS KILMAINE MAYO
ROUNDERS U/13 GIRLS ATHENRY GALWAY
ROUNDERS U/13 BOYS BREAFFY MAYO
RUGBY MINI U/11 MIXED DRUM CLONOWN ROSCOMMON
RUGBY TAG U/11 MIXED MAUGHREOW SLIGO
RUGBY TAG U/14 MIXED BALLYMOTE SLIGO
SKITTLES U/12 MIXED BALLAGHADREEN ROS
SKITTLES U/14 MIXED ST MICHAELS SLIGO
SKITTLES U/16 MIXED CLIFFONY GRANGE SLIGO
SOCCER U/12 BOYS CLAREGALWAY GALWAY
SOCCER U/12 GIRLS TUBBERCURRY SLIGO
SOCCER U/15 GIRLS CLAREGALWAY GALWAY
SPIKEBALL U/14 BOYS AUGHAGOWER MAYO
SPIKEBALL U/14 GIRLS FBD ROADS ROSCOMMON
TABLE TENNIS U/13 GIRLS CASTLEREA ROSCOMMON
TABLE TENNIS U/13 BOYS ST MARY’S SLIGO
TABLE TENNIS U/16 BOYS BUNNINADDEN SLIGO
TABLE TENNIS U/16 GIRLS BUNNINADDEN SLIGO
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