St Francis Credit Union Clare Community Games held their Annual County Athletic Finals on Saturday 16th July in glorious sunshine in John O’Sullivan Park, Lees Road. Over six hundred children from twenty four areas across the county participated in Relays, Track and Field events. There was an opening ceremony at 11am where all the competitors and their mentors assembled on the track. The Chairperson Paula Byrne O’Connell welcomed everyone to our first proper County Athletic Finals in three years. She welcomed all those present, the Mayor of Clare Mr Tony O’Brien, President of Clare Community Games Mrs Cecilia O’Sullivan, the County executive committee, all the volunteers at area and county level who give so much time and energy for the children of Clare. Without these volunteers there would be no community games. She thanked Clare County Council and the caretaker at John O’Sullivan Park for the wonderful facility to host the finals. She thanked the parents and children for turning up on such a warm day. She wished all the competitors the very best and hope they have a very enjoyable experience. She paid a tribute to all our friends in Community Games who we have lost and all those who have lost a loved one over the past few years. May their gentle souls rest in peace.
St Francis Credit Union Clare Community Games were saddened during the week at the news that one of their longest serving volunteers Vice President Mary Lynch, Clarecastle/Ballyea had passed away after a long illness. Mary was a very dedicated volunteer with Community Games she encouraged every child at area and county to try every event. Mary served as Assistant Secretary 1983 – 1989. Assistant Treasurer 1990 and 1991. Mary was Munster Delegate from 1983 to 2013. During those thirty years she brought back very detailed reports on all happenings on meetings and events in Munster. Mary was a Clare Manger and Official at National Finals in Mosney for over thirty years. Mary Being a nurse was a great benefit to the Clare children. ‘Ar dheis De go raibh a h’anam dilis’.
St Francis Credit Union Clare Community Games lost a dear friend and a brilliant, talented volunteer on Tuesday 25th January. Dolores O’Loughlin passed to her heavenly reward and will be greatly missed by her husband Kevin and family. Dolores was involved in the setting up of Community Games in Sixmilebridge in 1971. She has worked tirelessly since to promote the games and she served as President of Sixmilebridge/Kilmurry Community Games. Dolores with her beautiful smile was a friend to everyone in Community Games.
Do you want to #SaveClareGames? Join us on Tuesday 14th Dec at 8pm on Zoom.
Clare Community Games was founded in 1971. In this, our 50th year, we are struggling to fill all the positions on our County Executive Committee. If we fail to fill these critical positions then Clare Community Games will not be in a position to participate in Community Games competitions during 2022. We are asking for the help of Community Games supporters in Clare to get these positions filled so that we can look forward to a successful 2022. It will be a great pity, particularly for all the children in the county, especially on this special anniversary, if we are unable to participate in Community Games activities in the years ahead. Your county needs you. #SaveClareGames
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St Francis Credit Union is delighted to continue its support for Clare Community games as it celebrates its 50th Anniversary. St Francis Credit Union have been part of this fantastic organisation as a main sponsor for over 4 years now. The main reason for our involvement on behalf of the membership is that the community games carries the same ethos values here in St Francis Credit Union.