Longford Community Games to host National Pitch & Putt Finals in Ballinalee

Alan Walsh

Reporter:

Alan Walsh

In Rawles, Ballinalee for the launch of the HSE National Community Games Pitch & Putt competition which will be held in Acres Pitch & Putt course, Ballinalee on Saturday, August 15 were Longford County Council Cathaoirleach Cllr Gerry Warnock, Deputy James Bannon, Dave Reddin (Pitch & Putt Ireland), Peter Conboy (Acres Club Treasurer), Michael Stephenson (Acres Club Chairperson), Michael Meaney (Pat the Baker, sponsor, Cllr Miche�l Carrigy and Joe Fox (Longford Community Games Chairperson and National Vice President). Photo by Shelley Corcoran
The Acres Pitch & Putt Club in Ballinalee, Co Longford, will be bustling with activity this weekend as it is the venue for the HSE Community Games National Pitch & Putt Finals for the third year in succession.

The Acres Pitch & Putt Club in Ballinalee, Co Longford, will be bustling with activity this weekend as it is the venue for the HSE Community Games National Pitch & Putt Finals for the third year in succession.

The event is being staged in conjunction with the HSE Community Games National Finals Festival which takes place in Athlone Institute of Technology over the next two weekends, Friday, August 14 to Sunday, August 23 and Friday, August 21 to Sunday, August 23.

Almost 200 hundred youngsters, aged between six and sixteen, will represent County Longford at the National Festival.

Longford Community Games Chairperson and National Vice President Joe Fox said the National Festival is an occasion to celebrate all that is good in community activity and Irish lifestyle in general.

He thanked The Acres Pitch & Putt club for their co-operation in hosting the National Pitch & Putt Finals. “Well done to all at the Acres Club for having their course in top condition for the finals.”

The opening ceremony for the Pitch & Putt National Final in Ballinalee takes place at 8.30am on Saturday, August 15 with the National Anthem and Community Games pledge being recited.

Longford Leader Editor Sheila Reilly and Siobhan McGuinness from Longford Sports Partnership will perform a ceremonial tee off before the serious competition gets underway.

Finals commence with the Girls teams who tee off at 9.15am followed by the boys teams at 11am.

Longford will be represented by three teams in Ballinalee - one girls team from Clonbroney and two boys teams - Clonbroney and Granard.

CHURCH GATE COLLECTION

Meanwhile, the Co Longford Community Games Church Gate Collection takes place this weekend Saturday and Sunday, August 15 & 16. Please give generously if you can and support your local area community games.