Clare Community Games had 27 athletes who made the long trip to Navan, Co Meath to compete in the National Community Games Cross Country and Mixed Distance Relays finals on Saturday 27th November. All the athletes from the different areas combined to form Clare teams and managed to bring 23 medals back to Clare from the event. The Cross Country won the over all team event and also captured 4 individual medals. The girls Under 12 and Under 14 both took silver and the boys Under 14 came fourth in a very competitive event. Special thanks to all the parents and guardians who made the long trip to Navan and who all pitched into help organise the children and get them ready for the events.
Clare Cross Country team. Overall National Team winners. See more photos on Facebook and on National Community Games Facebook.
Competitors Representing Clare
- Under 12 Boys Mixed Distance Relay: Oisin Henegan (Doora Barefield), Cian O Dwyer (Ennis St John’s), Daithi Ryan (Quin Clooney), Ryan Kelly (Newmarket on Fergus).
- Silver: Under 12 Girls Mixed Distance Relay: Martha Walsh (Ennis St John’s), Emma Kelly (Ballynacally Lissycasey), Aisling Kelly (Ennis St John’s), Caoimhe Neylon (Inch Kilmaley Connolly).
- 4th Place: Under 14 Boys Mixed Distance Relay: Tadgh Hassett (Inagh Kilnamona), Luke Reid (Inch Kilmaley Connolly), Michael Donnelly (Ballynacally Lissycasey), Conor Looney (Cooraclare Cree), Aidan O'Connell (Ennis St John’s).
- Silver: Under 14 Girls Mixed Distance Relay: Mina Gomes (Ennis St John’s), Aoife Lillis (Cooraclare Cree), Clara Keogh (Carraigaholt Cross), Evie Quinn (Tulla).
- Gold: U13 Cross Country Team: Sophie Maher (Ballynacally Lissycasey), Faye Mannion (Doora Barefield), Zoe Quinn (Tulla), Emma Haugh (Ballynacally Lissycasey), Sinead Robertson (Doonbeg), Tom Arthur (Moylussa), Daithi O Leary (Inagh Kilnamona), Joseph Lernihan (Cooraclare Cree), Issac Hassett (Quin Clooney), Eoin Shannon (Lisdoonvarna).
The Community Games National Swimming finals took place in the University of Limerick on Saturday 27th November. Clare were well represented by a fine team of swimmers from across the county. Many of the Clare team were delighted to meet Irish Olympian, Brendan Hyland. Huge thanks is due to Niamh O'Connor from Doora / Barefield who coordinated everything for County Clare on the day and who assisted all Clare swimmers and their families to ensure everything went smoothly - no easy feat in the current Covid environment. Thanks also to the other volunteers who helped out: Leanna Conway (Youth Officer, Ballynacally/Lissycasey), Christina Liddane (Carrigaholt/Cross) and Sarah Quinlavin (Area Secretary Newmarket on Fergus).
National Swimming Medal Winners
- Silver - Girls U12 freestyle - Leah O'Connor.
- Silver - Girls U16 butterfly - Leanna Liddane.
- Silver - Boys U16 butterfly - Oisin O'Grady 2nd (with amazing fast time of 28s).
- Bronze - Boys U16 freestyle - Sean O'Connor (awesome time of 26s).
- 4th - Girls U14 freestyle - Ingrid Murphy.
- 4th - Girls U14 backstroke - Sarah Cosgrove.
- 4th - Girls U16 freestyle - Ella Holly.
- 6th - Boys U10 backstroke - Conor Keogh (quickest in his heat with 22.64s and 24.10 in final).
Pictured Olympian Brendan Hyland with Leah O'Connor (U12 Freesyle, silver). See more photos on Facebook. Check out national Community Games swimming album also.
Swimmers Representing County Clare
- Lillan O'Reilly (Girls u10 25m Freestyle)
- Filipe Wodjak (Boys u10 25m Freestyle)
- Sadhbh McGeehan (Girls u10 25m Backstroke)
- Conor Keogh (Boys u10 25m Backstroke)
- Leah O’Connor (Girls u12 50m Freestyle)
- Odhran Donnellan (Boys u12 50m Freestyle)
- Sally Fennell (Girls u12 50m Backstroke)
- James Laverick (Boys u12 50m Backstroke)
- Courtney Flynn (Girls u12 50m Breaststroke)
- Dan Holly (Boys u12 50m Breaststroke)
- Ingrid Murphy (Girls u14 50m Freestyle)
- Sarah Cosgrove (Girls u14 50m Backstroke)
- Tadgh Hassett (Boys u14 50m Backstroke)
- Mia Holly (Girls u14 50m Breaststroke)
- Roisin Hogan (Girls u14 50m Butterfly)
- Eric Cronin (Boys u14 50m Butterfly)
- Ella Holly (Girls u16 50m Freestyle)
- Sean O’Connor (Boys u16 50m Freestyle)
- Jodie Perkins (Girls u16 50m Backstroke)
- Leanna Liddane (Girls u16 50m Butterfly)
- Oisin O’Grady (Boys u16 50m Butterfly)
St Francis Credit Union Clare Community Games had great results on Saturday 16th October at the National Finals of the U16 Pitch & Putt competitions in Elmhall Golf Club, Elmhall, Celbridge, Co Kildare. Three boys and one girl represented Clare. Sean Casey – Sixmilebridge/Kilmurry won silver medal having been beaten by the narrowest of margins with just one shot between them. Amy Corry – Cooraclare/Cree also did her area, county, and Munster proud when she also came home with a well-deserved silver medal. Also putting in a great show but were unlucky not to feature among the medals were Dylan Corry – Cooraclare/Cree and Fintan George – Lisdoonvarna/Doolin/Kilfenora/Kilshanny.
Amy Corry had this to say after the competition: "It was a great honour to represent Cooraclare/Cree and Clare community games at the national finals U16 pitch and putt competition at Elm Hall Cellbridge last Saturday. I had put in a lot of practice in the lead up to the competition so to come away with a silver medal was really satisfying. The competition was tough, and the course was in excellent shape. I'd like to thank everyone involved with Cooraclare/Cree and Clare Community Games for this opportunity".
Many thanks to Jimmy Maher who coordinated the County competition in Kilnamona Pitch and Putt Club during September.
St Francis Credit Union Clare Community Games had great results on Saturday 9th October at the National Finals in U.L. There were only two teams from Clare participating and they brought home a gold and a silver. Great credit is due to Ballynacally/Lissycasey U12 girls Gaelic Football who won gold and Newmarket-on-Fergus bous U2 Soccer who fought hard to bring home the silver.