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May Festival 2019

The St Francis Credit Union Clare Community Games will be well represented at the Community Games National Finals next weekend 24th -26th May. The finals will be held in the wonderful facilities in U.L. again this year. One hundred and ninety five children from twenty eight areas across the county will participate in a wide variety of sporting and cultural events - Swimming, Duathlon, Chess, Mixed Distance Relay, Cross Country, Marathon, Gymnastics, Handball, Choir, Handwriting. Art, Model Making, Projects, Music, Singing, Dancing, Drama, Quiz, Debating. Clare have a very good record at the National Finals over many years. In the chess Clare has featured very high winning gold u16 last year. Clare holds the record for the county the has won the u13 Cross Country the most. Last year they won Individual and team gold. All competitors are hoping to keep up Clare’s good record doing themselves, their area and county proud and are lucky enough to be amongst the winners.

Event Information

  • Please note Tracksuit collection information
  • Please follow the this link for the May Festival timetable, map and general information.
  • Full list of team draws here.
  • The Duathlon Map and route can be found here.
  • General Information for volunteers can be found here
  • The Swimming schedule can be found here.
  • Please give yourselves plenty of time to get to events as traffic will be very busy in the University of Limerick area.
  • Clare athletes in the U13 Cross Country and both the U12 and U14 Mixed Distance Relays are meeting on Saturday morning at the 10 acres at 8.45am
  • Clare Marathon athletes will meet outside the main building at 12.30pm.
  • Mixed Distance Relay - The subs race will take place at the end of the morning session (after the MDR heats).
  • Handball - The handball competitions are played on a knock out basis. All participants must be present at the start time of their competition. The draw for the competition will then take place
    • Handball Boys U.13 & U.16 - 9am.
    • Handball Girls U.13 & U.16 - 2pm.
  • Projects - The room for projects in the Kemmy building will be open Friday evening from 7pm to 9pm and from 8am on Saturday morning to allow projects to be set up.
  • Drama Comedy Sketch - A participant in the U.12 Drama Comedy Sketch has a nut allergy. Could you please notify your areas competing in this event and request that they don't bring nut products into the venue.
  • Gymnastics - If the participant wishes a manager/coach can stand at the vault as the child is doing their routine.
  • Swim Managers will be issued with an Access Badge to the deck side, please register at the registration desk in the spectators area for this, only Managers that were registered on the ORS system will be issued these supplementary badges.


Please note presentations will be made in the following locations after each event.

  • Swimming Pool: for the swimming events.
  • Main  Building (Beside Jean Monnet Theatre)   - for all the  Events from the Kemmy and Main Building (EGO 10, John Monnet and Johathon Swift).
  • PESS Building -  for all Indoor Arena, PESS Building and Field Events.
Best of luck to all the girls and boys taking part over the weekend of the National Festival. See full list below.

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National Awards 2018

Clare were well represented at the recent National Awards held at the Cavan Crystal Hotel. Congratulations to Mark Nestor (Ennis, St. Johns) Youth Volunteer, Brendan Cusack (LKDD) Adult Volunteer, Feakle (Small Area Award) and Doora/Barefield (Large Area Award and also Munster Winner).

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National Festival May 2018

The Community Games May National Festival took place in the University of Limerick on the weekend of 26th/27th May.  St Francis Credit Union Clare Community Games participants had great success in the Aldi National Finals 207 children from Clare participated in a wide variety of Sporting & Cultural events. They came first in 15 events, second in 12, third in 13 & fourth in 6 - a total of 61 Gold, 32 Silver, 42 Bronze & 18 4th place medals and a grand total of 153 which were spread across 25 areas a brilliant achievement. All other participants competed with distinction. There was great excitement, outstanding performances, super talent, skill, personal bests and great fun. It was a fantastic weekend for Clare. Well done to all the participants, coaches and especially the parents. A big thank you also to our Clare sponsors the St. Francis Credit Union.  Full results are available on the Community Games website and full Clare results are available below, thanks to PRO Mary Phelan.

Listen to John Wall and Sean Lenihan speaking to Derrick Lynch on Clare FM's Sideline View on Friday evening.

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National Festival August 2018

The St Francis Credit Union Community Games children did extremely well having great success at the National Community Games finals which were held in the beautiful facilites in U.L. In ideal weather conditions over the weekend of 17-19 August. The standard in all events were extremely high and some Clare children were unlucky not to be in the medals. Of the 187 children from Clare who participated 114 brought home medals. Clare got Gold in 1 Individual and two teams, Silver three Individual and two teams, Bronze in three Individual and four teams, 4th place Pewter medal in four Individual and three teams. The individual gold went to Clodagh O'Hagan from Kilkishen/O'Callaghans Mills/Oatfield when she put in a fantastic sprint in the U8 80m event to beat off the opposition. Gold went to the two Quin/Clooney teams in both Skittles and Tag Rugby.The first Clare medal of the weekend came on Saturday morning when Ella Dillon from Meelick/Coonagh put in a fantastic jump to win Silver in the High Jump.

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National Vetting Bureau (NVB)

Any adult volunteers name on the ORS who have not been vetted by March, will be removed. Please review Managers names in your area that are on the system and contact the Helpdesk to have them removed if they are no longer a volunteer with Community Games. Niamh Doyle has the complete list of people who have been vetted.

If a Children's Officer or secretary needs to check a person's status, please get in touch with County Children's Officer Niamh Doyle.

Areas must ensure ALL volunteers are garda vetted. For safeguarding courses see Clare Sports Partnership.

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Official Sponsor

Please support our sponsors, your local credit union: St Francis Credit Union. Head Office: Friars Walk, Ennis, Co. Clare. Tel: 065-6828305

Opening Hours: Mon, Tue & Thu: 10-5 Wed: 10:30-5 Fri: 10-7:30 Sat: 9:30-2 

Clare Community Games is affiliated with Aldi Community Games.

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Community Games is an independent voluntary organisation which operates through the local community to provide an opportunity for young people (6 to 16 years) to experience a wide range of sporting and cultural activities before concentrating and specialising in those most suitable and attractive to them. To get involved, contact your local area representative or contact the County Secretary to find out more.

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