GALLERY | Great night for Longford as Ballymahon/Forgney win fourth consecutive provincial accolade at Aldi Community Games Awards

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Longford had much reason to celebrate at the Aldi Community Games Area, Volunteer and Media Awards on Saturday in the Cavan Crystal Hotel as the Ballymahon/Forgney committee were honoured as the top area in Leinster for the fourth consecutive year.

Previously, the Ballymahon/Forgney Community Games committee were recognised as the top area in the country in both 2015 and 2016, and it was a huge achievement for them to pick up yet another provincial accolade.

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

A delighted Helen Flanagan Forbes, Ciara Molloy and Shirley Maloney, accompanied by her husband, John, were on hand to collect the silverware.

RTE's Tony O'Donoghue was the special guest MC and it proved to be a hectic weekend for him, with the draw for the European Championship qualifiers also taking place in Dublin's Convention Centre on Sunday morning.

Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon were named the Overall Top Area at the Aldi Community Games Area, Volunteer and Media Awards, with their inspiring work of introducing Syrian refugee children to sport and helping to integrate them into the local community, earning them much deserved acclaim. 

Longford Leader Managing Editor Alan Walsh was presented with a 2018 Aldi Community Games Media Award for producing the most engaging online story and their overall promotion of Aldi Community Games. 

The Dromard Community Games committee (Small Area), Youth Volunteer Ollie Duffy (Dromard) - represented by his father, John, and Adult Volunteer Mark Leonard (Killoe), were also presented with richly deserved awards.

Also read: Longford Leader to receive 2018 Aldi Community Games Media Award for online coverage