What a fantastic day was had at the Clare County Athletic finals on Sunday 11th June in the newly renamed John O'Sullivan Park on a showery, blustery day. Thanks to our sponsors the St. Francis Credit Union and to Raymond O'Mahoney and to Councillor Ann Norton (Mayor of Ennis). The wind and rain didn't dampen the spirit of the competitors or the supporters. Well done to all and a huge thank you to all the officials/volunteers who helped out in any way. We couldn't have done it without you. A very special word of thanks to our celebrities who created wonderful memories. John Burke (the first Clare man to climb Mount Everest) Aoibhin Garrihy (Fair City actress and Dancing with the Stars), Rosie Foley (Ireland Rugby International, swam the length of Lough Derg 38km, and the English Channel), Jason McCarthy (Clare Senior Hurler and Irelands Fittest Family) All we can say is, thanks, thanks and thanks again! #getinthegames.
The St Francis Credit Union Clare Community Games County Athletic Finals were held on Sunday 24th June in glorious sunshine in John O'Sullivan Park, Lees Rd. At the opening ceremony the Chairman John Wall welcomed Bishop Fintan Monahan, Mayor of Clare Michael Begley, Mayor of Ennis Claire Colleran Molloy, Ollie O'Regan St Francis Credit Union sponsors, He welcomed all the participants and hoped they would enjoy the experience of participating in the finals. The Mayor of Clare said he was delighted to be present and wished the children good luck in the finals and those who progressed to National finals best of luck there, this was reiterated by the Mayor of Ennis. .Bishop Fintan Monaghan said he was delighted to be here in such a festive atmosphere. He congratulated all the children and wished them well. He praised the work done by volunteers at area and county who give so much to community games. The Ulster Bank Cup for the Best Athletic Area was awarded to Ennis St John's at the end of the day.
Prior to the opening ceremony there was a very colourful parade of athletes from nineteen areas led by a piper from Loughrea. The torch bearers were Gabriel Kehinde of Ennis St Johns and Aine Garry of Ballynacally/Lissycasey. The pledge was read as gaeilge by Caoimhe Cahill of Inch/ Kilmaley/Connolly and in english by Darragh Walsh of Feakle.
THE WINNERS OF THE PARADE
- Best Presented area – Shannon Development Cup – Clarecastle/Ballyea
- Runner up Best Presented area – Dan Donoghue Trophy – Inagh/Kilnamons/Cloonanaha
- 3rd Best Present area – Meakins Family Shield – Cooraclare/Cree
- Best Presented Small Area – O'Sullivan Family Shield – Ballynacally/Lissycasey
- Mascot – Clare Community Games Shield – Moylussa (Oisin Minogue).
The St Francis Credit Union Clare Community Games County Athletic Finals were staged on Sunday 9th June in O’Sullivan Pk, Lees Rd. The weather was very unfavourable for most of the day but it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the children. The standard was very high with some very close finishes. The first in each event now go forward to represent Clare in the National Finals in U.L. 16th – 18th August.
Prior to the official opening there was a very colourful parade of all athletes in their area colours led by a lone piper. Chairperson Paula Byrne O’Connell welcomed all to the finals. She thanked everyone involved in the athletics the best of luck. She thanked all involved with the games Sponsors, Supporters, Parents, Area Committees without whom Community Games would not survive.
Cathal Crowe newly elected Mayor of Clare on his first official function said what a better event to start with. He said it was lovely to see all areas in their colour in the parade. He said Clare County Council have long been funding partners to Clare Community Games and he is sure it will continue into the future. He congratulated all the competitors, Committee and Officials and wished them well.
Vincent Guilfoyle representing St Francis Credit Union said they are delighted to be main sponsors of Clare Community Games for the past three years and will continue at least for another year. He wished all the participants, their parents, committee and officials a great finals. Also in attendance during the day to lend support and present medals Mayor of Ennis Claire Colleran Molloy, Mr Billy Saunderson International Police Association, Councillor Mary Howard.
The Pledge was read in Irish by Amelie Malice and in English by Caoimhe Byrne O’Connell. The Torch Bearer was Ella Dillon. Many thanks to Mary Phelan, County PRO, for providing comprehensive results.
Results of the Parade
- Best Presented Area – Shannon Development Cup – Inagh/Kilnamona/Cloonanaha
- Runner Up Best Presented Area – Dan O’Donoghue Trophy – Clarecastle/Ballyea
- Third Best Presented Area – The Meakins Family Shield – Cooraclare/Cree
- Best Presented Small Area – The O;Sullivan Family Shield - Killanena/Flagmount
- Best Mascot – Clare Community Games Shield – Killanena/Flagmount