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GALLERY: Clare athletes on the hunt for Community Games gold

Clare Community Games will have 92 children representing them in track, field and relay events at the Community Games National Athletic finals this Saturday in Carlow SETU Campus (formerly IT Carlow). On Saturday over 60 of the participants in the National Finals had a Meet and Greet and coaching session in O’Sullivan Park. It was arranged by Paula Byrne O’Connell, county chairperson. It was beautiful to see so many smiling children in glorious sunshine so eager to meet and make new friendships. Thanks to Marie, Martin, Colm. Gabriel and the parents who helped to give tips and encouragement to the children on their particular event. Best of luck to all in the finals on Saturday. Busy Time St Francis Credit Union Clare Community Games are having a very busy few weeks completing team competitions. The winners will qualify for the Munster finals on September 10 with some preliminary games to be played on September 3. Some are also preparing for …

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GALLERY: Great spirit at Clare Community Games in the sunshine

St Francis Credit Union Clare Community Games held their Annual County Athletic Finals on Saturday in glorious sunshine in John O’Sullivan Park, Lees Road, Ennis, writes Mary Phelan. Over 600 children from 24 areas across the county participated in Relays and Track and Field events. At the opening ceremony, where all the competitors and their mentors assembled on the track, Chairperson Paula Byrne O’Connell welcomed everyone to the first proper County Athletic Finals in three years. She welcomed Mayor of Clare Tony O’Brien, President of Clare Community Games Mrs Cecilia O’Sullivan, the County executive committee, all the volunteers at area and county level who give so much time and energy for the children of Clare. Without these volunteers there would be no community games. She thanked Clare County Council and the caretaker at John O’Sullivan Park for the wonderful facility to host the finals. She also thanked the parents and children for turning up on such a warm day. She …

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Parish girls are Clare Community Games camogie champs

The St Francis Credit Union Clare Community Games U-14 Camogie competition took place in ideal conditions last week in Kilmaley with Doora Barefield coming away with gold. The competition was coordinated by Ann McMahon with referees Áine Ní Chormaic and David Cunningham. Six teams from Kilmaley to Killaloe participated in the competition with some very talented displays on offer with some matches very closely contested. Moylussa (Killaloe/O’Brien’s Bridge) who were first time entrants in camogie came up against Sixmilebridge/Kilmurry in the quarter final with Moylussa winning 2-1 to 1-0. In the other quarter final Doora/Barefield proved much too strong for the local Inch/Kilmaley/Connolly side winning 1-3 to 0-1. In the semi-final Cratloe, who were also first timers to the competition got a walk over in the quarter final, met Killanena/Flagmount who had a bye in the first round. Cratloe proved to be the stronger coming out on top 3-2 to 1-1. In the second semi final Doora/Barefield took on Moylussa …

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Clare Community Games in jeopardy over lack of volunteers

SAINT Francis Credit Union Clare Community Games has warned that unless it can find volunteers for its executive committee, then the county will not have a community games. The organisation, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year has put a call out for volunteers to fill posts on its committee. The call comes on foot of the organisation’s AGM last week, which was held via Zoom. Seventeen of the registered areas were in attendance and the meeting proceeded well until the election of the executive committee. Nine members of the outgoing committee did not seek re-election and nominations for these positions were not put forward. The meeting was adjourned and will reconvene on Tuesday, November 30 at 8pm. Areas are now encouraged to hold their Annual General Meeting and put names forward for the positions which are vacant. The vacant positions include: Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, Games Director, Youth Officer. A Children’s Officer will also be appointed. …

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Magic of the Games still alive for Emer

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Clare Community Games, Ivan Smyth spoke with Emer Considine about what the Games mean to her As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Community Games in Clare, Ivan Smyth spoke to Emer Considine about what the Games mean to her, her husband competing in the same discipline at the Games and performing for royalty Emer Considine’s passion for everything associated with the Community Games is evident when she lists off the events she competed in. Camogie, athletics, basketball, tennis, and the board game draughts are just a few events she threw her hand to as Emer admits the goal was always reaching Mosney to compete in the Community Games National Finals Her love of the Meath venue is evident throughout the interview. “Mosney was special Getting your tracksuits and staying in the chalets was unique to Mosney. “Those things really made it seem so important because for us it was. It’s where …

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Community Champion

Clare Community Games President, Cecilia O’Sullivan has been an integral part of the group’s sporting success. She spoke with Ivan Smyth about 50 years of memories and hopes for many more. When Cecilia O’Sullivan answers her phone, she is surprised to hear that The Clare Champion want to speak to her. Cecilia is the longest serving official of St John’s Ennis and Clare Community Games. She has been a member of St John’s Ennis Community Games since 1971, the first year that the competition was held in Clare. In her own words she has been “a long time” involved with the Community Games. “I’ve been involved since the start. Although it (Community Games) has changed and got bigger over the years, it’s been great to be involved in it.” Cecilia is currently the President of Clare Community Games while she has held numerous other roles throughout the last half century. She served as Secretary of Ennis Community Games from 1975–1994, …

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