The third Brian Collum Memorial Chess Tournament took place in the Newtownforbes GAA Complex on Friday, March 3 last.
Three hundred and seventy two children from counties Longford, Leitrim, Cavan and Roscommon took part, making it the largest Chess event in Ireland.Ninety three teams of four competed for the overall Brian Collum Cup which was retained by St Clare's primary school Manorhamilton.
St Clare's also won the Leitrim title while Tashinny and Granlahan won the Longford and Roscommon titles respectively. All participants had six games of chess which they seemed to thoroughly enjoy.
All games began and ended with a hand shake and were played in a terrific spirit.It was fantastic to see 372 children in a hall so well behaved and concentrating on their matches.
All players received a medal while St Mel's Ardagh won the trip to Tayto Park which was drawn randomly. The event is now heading towards 500 participants next year judging by its popularity.
The Collum family would like to thank the following for their help and support in staging this event; Newtownforbes GAA Complex committee, St Mel's College and James Geraghty for tables and chairs borrowed, Abbey Murphy Longford for the insurance sponsorship, McCarrick Bros for their sponsorship and staff who moved the tables and chairs throughout Thursday and Friday evening (Paidh Curran, Tom O'Toole, Vincenzo Mulligan, Stephen Farrell, John Carlos, Niall Nerney) and all the volunteers who gave of their time to set up and take down the hall, prepare food, judge games and collate scores - namely Yvonne, Mark and Sinead Breslin, Caroline Collum, Pat Collum, Pauline and Amy Howard, Tara Gately, Aidan Grey, Enda Quinn, Diarmuid Cooney, Eoin O'Hara, transition year students Niamh Nerney, Cormac McEntyre, Jack Mangan, Euan Finneran, Ailish McLoughlin Dial A Chef and Clare McCarrick, PJ Reilly and Sean Galligan of Longford Chess Club.