PHOTO GALLERY: Longford Community Games have plenty to cheer - Ballymahon Forgney are top area in country for the second year in succession

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Ballymahon Forgney Community Games committee members and volunteers are celebrating after they were named the top area in the country for the second consecutive year at the 24th National Community Games Area, Volunteer and Media Awards which took place yesterday in The Salthill Hotel, Galway.

Just as they were in 2015, Ballymahon Forgney Community Games were presented with the Large Area All-Ireland and Leinster awards at the gala awards ceremony where RTE’s Tony O’Donoghue was MC.

On behalf of the triumphant Ballymahon Forgney Community Games, a delighted Shirley Maloney accepted the coveted All-Ireland trophy from  2009 World Championship 20km Walk gold medal winner Olive Loughnane.

Ballymahon Forgney were also awarded the Steps to Health 2016 Gold quality standard, one of only three areas across the country to be honoured in this way.

Michelle Mulvey (Carrickedmond) and Conor English (Lanesboro), who were the Longford Community Games Adult and Youth Volunteer of the Year award winners, respectively, were also presented with Recognition Awards yesterday evening.

While Longford’s Small Area Award standard bearers were Newtowncashel Community Games.

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