Longford Community Games administrators Shirley Maloney and Joe Fox elected to key national roles at AGM in Derry

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Long serving and experienced Longford Community Games administrators, Shirley Maloney and Joe Fox, were elected to key national positions at the Aldi Community Games National annual general meeting in Derry this weekend.

Shirley, who has held the role of Longford Community Games secretary for a number of years and was a member of the National Board of Community Games, was elected National Secretary, taking over from Offaly's Jude Feehan who retired after holding the reins for the past eight years. 

It is a busy brief, with a significant workload, but that challenge won't faze Shirley, who was instrumental, alongside her fellow area committee members, in steering Ballymahon/Forney to four consecutive provincial area of the year awards, 2015, '16, '17 and '18.

Also read: Great night for Longford as Ballymahon/Forgney win fourth consecutive provincial accolade at Aldi Community Games Awards

The Ballymahon/Forgney Community Games committee were also recognised as the top Aldi Community Games area in the country in both 2015 and 2016, and you can be sure Shirley will bring that wealth of experience and enthusiasm to her new role and best of luck to her. 

Following her successful election, Shirley, who is a member of the Board of Longford Sports Partnership, remarked, "I'm honoured and proud to be elected National Secretary Community Games. Thank you to all for your support and I'm looking forward to the year ahead."

Longford Community Games Chairperson Joe Fox recently took the helm of Leinster Community Games and in Derry, he was elected National General Vice President. 

Longford Community Games will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year and  to celebrate that milestone the county will host Leinster Finals.

Longford’s participation numbers in the Community Games are impressive and Mr Fox previously said, “Per head of population, Longford is among the top counties when it comes to participation in Community Games. That is fact.”

Also read: Leinster Community Games chief leads calls for Longford athletics track

The Aldi National Community Games AGM took place in the Derry City Hotel on March 1 & 2, and in addition to Shirley Maloney and Joe Fox, the Longford delegation included Mary Forde, Mark Leonard and Patsy Kenny. 

Away from the business of electing officers and devising strategy, delegates attended workshops on digital communications, the Steps to Health programme, and minute-taking and GDPR.