The Golden Vale Clare Community Games county finals in the art and model-making competitions were held at the Christian Brothers School, Ennis, last Saturday and attracted a big entry of more than 400 competitors from 25 areas.
In the art competition, the competitors had three hours, under supervision, to paint, draw, sketch or collage any Community Games activity. In the case of the model making, competitors had to create, within three hours, a model out of any material, which had to have a Community Games theme.
The adjudication in both cases was based on observation of events, creativity and originality and natural ability. A number of special category competitors took part in this year’s finals.
Some of those who represented Clare at the National Community Games finals last year were winners again in their respective age categories. In art, the following have again qualified for the national finals: Meabh Bannon, Sixmilebridge/Kilmurry; Noel O’Gorman, Kilmihil; Keith Hyland, Meelick/Coonagh; Paraic O’Gorman, Kilmihil. In model making the following repeated last year’s success: Ava Cunningham, Cratloe; Aoibheann Hogan, Kilnamona; Ciaran Hassett, Sixmilebridge/Kilmurry and Barry Clancy, Kilnamona.
The judges had a difficult time selecting winners, as the standard was extremely high. The county co-ordinator, Cecilia O’Sullivan, congratulated all the competitors for their efforts and participation and wished the winners every success at the national finals in May. She acknowledged the judges and supervisors, who helped run the competition, the area secretaries and teachers who promoted it locally, and Brother De Roiste, principal of Ennis CBS, for the use of the school.
The prizes will be presented to the area secretaries and delegates at the next county meeting at the West County Hotel, Ennis, on Tuesday, March 2, at 9pm.
U-8 1. Karen Hayes, Derg 2. Niamh Quinlivan, Kilmihil 3. Megan Lyons, Cratloe
4. Hannah Fitzgerald, Newmarket-on-Fergus
U-10 1. Katie Gleeson, Sixmilebridge/Kilmurry 2. Yanna Bandojo, Shannon 3. Sinéad Mullins, Crusheen/Ballinruan 4. Croidhe Crowley, Kilrush
U-12 1. Meabh Bannon, Sixmilebridge/Kilmurry 2. Karen Gallagher, Cratloe 3. Keava Scanlon, St John’s, Ennis 4. Kate Quinlivan, Sixmilebridge/Kilmurry
U-14 1. Jennifer Gaule, Sixmilebridge/Kilmurry 2. Kate Coughlan, Kilmihil 3. Greta Baktai, Derg 4. Ciara Mulligan, Crusheen/Ballinruan
U-16 1. Ellen Roche, Sixmilebridge/Kilmurry 2. Niamh Moloney, Crusheen/Ballinruan
U-8 1. Noel O’Gorman, Kilmihil 2. Jack McSweeney, Tulla 3. Darragh Moloney, An Droichead 4. Luke Crowley, Kilmihil
U-10 1. Keith Hyland, Meelick/Coonagh 2. Luke Hillery, St John’s, Ennis 3. Ulick O’Sullivan, Quin/Clooney 4. Liam Doran, St John’s, Ennis
U-12 1. Cathal Roche, Sixmilebridge/Kilmurry 2. Conor Cleary, Crusheen/Ballinrua 3. Dermot Foley, Derg 4. Jack Moran, St John’s, Ennis 5. Angel Valkanov, Shannon
U-14 1. Paraic O’Gorman, Kilmihil 2. Oisín MacCriostail, Quin/Clooney 3. Eoin McNamara, Ruan 4. Paulo Adana, Shannon
U-16 1. Frankie Martyn, Cooraclare/Cree 2. David Donnellan, Cooraclare/Cree
U-10 1. Paul Lyons, Kilnamona
U-12 1. Eoin Carty, Killanena/Flagmount
U-14 1. Eoin Downey, Kilnamona 2. Seán McCormack, Killanena/Flagmount
U-10 1. Ava Cunningham, Cratloe 2. Ruth O’Neill, Sixmilebridge/Kilmurry 3. Cara O’Brien, Newmarket-on-Fergus 4. Aobha Carey, Sixmilebridge/Kilmurry
U-12 1. Katie Taylor, Quin/Clooney 2. Caoimhe Roughan, Ruan/Toonagh 3. Emma Killowry, Doora/Barefield 4. Teresa O’Keeffe, Kilnamona
U-14 1. Aoibheann Hogan, Kilnamona 2. Niamh Hassett, Sixmilebridge/Kilmurry 3. Lauren McConway, Quin/Clooney 4. Kate Flynn, Sixmilebridge/Kilmurry
U-10 1. David Hamilton, Sixmilebridge/Kilmurry 2. Michael Mundy, Cratloe 3. David Clancy, Kilnamona 4. Martin McCormack, St John’s, Ennis
U-12 1. Ciaran Hassett, Sixmilebridge/Kilmurry 2. Dylan Cummins, St John’s, Ennis 3. Cormac Kelly, Newmarket-on-Fergus 4. Brendan Donlan, Quin/Clooney
U-14 1. Barry Clancy, Kilnamona 2. James Pearse, An Droichead 3. Joseph Chaplin, Cratloe 4. Dean Cooney, Sixmilebridge/Kilmurry
U-16 Patrick Hogan, Kilnamona
The draughts finals will take place this Saturday in St Josepsh’s secondary school in Tulla, starting at 9.30pm.
At U-10 level, the semi-final pairings are Tulla A v Quin-Clooney and Tulla B v Broadford. At U-12 level, Broadford will play Tulla A, with the winners going through to play Sixmilebridge. Quin-Clooney will play Tulla B, with the winners going through to play Ennis.
In the U-14 competition, Kilkee will play Quin-Clooney, with Broadford awaiting the winners in the semi-final.
Tulla will face Sixmilebridge, with the winners going on to play Kilrush.
Clooney will host the handball finals this weekend and the draws are listed below.
Girls’ U-13 semi-finals: Newmarket v Quin/Clooney; Kilkishen v Derg
Girls’ U-15 final: Kilkishen v Quin/Clooney
Boys’ U-13 quarter-finals: Kilkishen v Sixmilebridge A, with winners to play Derg;
Quin/Clooney v Kilrush, with winners to play Sixmilebridge B
Boys’ U-15 quarter-finals: Sixmilebridge B v Derg, with winners to play Newmarket; Kilkishen v Kilrush; Tulla v Sixmilebridge A