At the launch of the Leinster Community Games Finals were Longford officials Megan Fox, Joe Fox, Pat Horkan, Mary Forbes, Patsy Kenny, Phyllis Farrell, Shirley Maloney and Betty Fox
Hosts Longford will have the biggest representation at the Leinster Community Games Finals on Saturday next, April 27.
Venues in Longford town (The Mall Albert Reynolds Peace Park and St Mel’s College), Edgeworthstown (St Mary’s campus) and Kenagh (St Dominic’s Community Centre) will be a veritable hive of activity as participants, mentors, supporters and parents arrive for the provincial showcase.
Fifteen Longford teams will be in action, with Dublin figuring next on the participation list as they have thirteen teams involved.
Longford Community Games celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and what better way to celebrate that milestone than to host the Leinster Finals.
Longford’s fifteen teams hail from ten different areas - Newtowncashel, Longford south, Kenagh, Granard, Drumlish, Abbeylara/Mullinalaghta, Ballymahon/Forgney, Ardagh / Moydow / Glen, Killoe and Clonguish; and they will be competing in basketball, chess, draughts, table tennis and indoor soccer.
The provincial winners will progress to the first Aldi National Community Games Festival weekend from May 24 - 26 in the superb University of Limerick.
Leinster and Longford Community Games Chairperson Joe Fox is looking forward to Saturday’s events.
Thanking local sponsors, Longford County Council and Longford Credit Union, he said, “Longford community games has a proud legacy and we are indebted to all the volunteers that helped to shape the organisation in our county.”
According to Mr Fox, Longford has risen to new heights this past decade.
“Gone are the days when we were regarded as the minnows. We are now demanding the accolades that befits the commitment and dedication of our area volunteers and participants. This hard work has made us the number one county in Ireland for participation per head of population and this statistic speaks volumes for itself.”
Mr Fox said it is 'a humbling experience' to serve at county and provincial chairperson during the organisation's 50th anniversary milestone year.
He extended thanks to the Longford committee of the last five years 'for their vision in shaping community games for laying down a template that is being duplicated in other counties across the four provinces.” Mr Fox says he is looking forward to the future with great confidence, adding,
“I have one wish and it is, that this county will get the athletic track that it richly deserves. We have many fantastic athletes that are proud to say they started their journey with Longford Community Games.”
Some key dates ahead in this golden jubilee year for Longford Community Games include the staging of tyhe county track and field finals on Sunday, June 2 in Leo Casey Park, Ballymahon, while deceased members of Community Games will be remembered at a special mass which will be celebrated in St Mel’s Cathedral on Sunday, June 23.
Meanwhile, the Longford Arms Hotel will be the venue on October 19 for the Longford Community Games dinner dance.
Longford teams in action in the Leinster Finals on Saturday.
U11 mixed Newtowncashel; U16 boys Newtowncashel; U13 boys Longford south; U13 girls Kenagh
U13 Granard; U16 Drumlish
U10 Abbeylara/Mullinalaghta; U12 Ballymahon/Forgney; U16 Ballymahon/Forgney
U13 boys Ardagh / Moydow / Glen; U13 girls Ardagh / Moydow / Glen
U10 boys Kenagh; U10 girls Killoe; U13 boys Clonguish; U13 girls Longford south