"It was one of the proudest days for Longford," enthused Longford and Leinster Community Games Chairperson Joe Fox following the recent provincial finals where the host county emerged with a remarkable five titles.
More than two thousand participants, volunteers and supporters descended on Longford from across the province for the finals and Mr Fox remarked, "We had fantastic performances from all fifteen Longford qualifiers and emerging victorious in five events was a real highlight."
In basketball, the Newtowncashel U11 mixed and Longford south U13 boys teams, were triumphant and they progress to represent their county and province at the Aldi National Community Games Festival weekend from May 24 - 26 in the superb University of Limerick.
Longford enjoyed a hat-trick of success in indoor soccer - Kenagh U10 boys, Killoe U10 girls and Clonguish U13 boys - and they too will be heading to UL in search of national glory.
The Killoe girls capped off a memorable day as they met Irish international soccer star and runner-up for the 2014 FIFA Puskás Award for the best goal of the year, Stephanie Roche, at the award winning City Calling Stadium.
Mr Fox is confident Longford will also play host to the 2020 Leinster Community Games Finals. "We showcased the county and its facilities and the hospitality afforded to all our visitors was fantastic.
"St Mel’s college provided what can only be described as the perfect venue for these events. Along with Edgeworthstown community centre, St Dominic's community centre (Kenagh), St John’s Hall and The Mall complex were the perfect venues to promote Longford Community Games."