The National Community Games took place in Athlone IT over the weekend, and Laois had almost 100 children taking part in competitions ranging from draughts to cross county to art.It proved to be a hugely successful weekend too, as Laois won twelve gold, seven silver and 18 bronze medals and four fourth placings.
In the U-13 choir event, Emo-Rath represented the county and got third position in this competition, the choir were Anna Kerins, Aoife Langford, Chloe Langford, Clodagh Dunne, Emily Gleeson, Emma Lawlor, Isabella O’Toole, Jason Woods, Katie Kerins, Lauren Johnson, Maebh Aine Ni Dhufaigh, Meegan Scully, Niamh Crowley, Niamh Ryan, Seth Burns Mooney, Sinead O’Rourke, Zoe Keegan. The choir were tutored by Ms Greene and accompanist was Audrey Whelan.
In the Group Singing, Killeshin won silver medals tutored by Karen Kelly. The group were Aideen Dollard, Aoife Whelan, Carla Hennessy, Ciara Hennessy, Leah Dowling & Rachel McDonald. In the Solo Singing, Clodagh Dunne from Emo-Rath represented the county singing Part of Your World from the Little Mermaid and won a Silver Medal.
In the girls U-13 Table Tennis, Mountrath represented the county with distinction as they won gold medals under the guidance of Jimmy Hayes. The team were Teegan O’Connor, Nadia Krawczun, Leanne Delaney, Jessie Hayes, Hailey Hayes. The team played Sligo in the semi-final and won 4-3, they played Rameton, Donegal in the final and won 7-0.
In the Draughts finals, at U-10 level The Heath put in a great performance to win gold. In the semi-final they beat Monaghan 18-2 and in the final they beat Elvin from Co Roscomon 14-6. The team were Lisa Keane, Holly Kavanagh, Ellen Walsh, Aaron Thornton, Cormac Dunne, Mark Phelan and Jack Reddy, tutored by Ms Anita Fennelly. In the U-10 Art, Tara Fahey, The Heath, won bronze in this competition, displaying a very colourful work of art.
In the Project competition Rathdowney competitors won fourth position medals, the team were Peter Keyes, Aisling Henderson, Aoife Scanlon and Emma Fleming. In the U-14 Mixed Quiz, St Paul’s Portlaoise were narrowly beaten by one point for fourth position. The team were Alice Carew, Brian Sheehy, Christopher Carew, Katie White and Ronan Corr.
In the Cross Country Mixed Distance Relays, the U-14 girls team qualified for the final where they put in a good performance, but unfortunately were not in the medals. The team were Eva Galvin, Orla Mullally, Naoimi Luttrell, Aoife Daly, Hannah Carbery and Elaine Daly.
In the team U-13 Team Cross Country Laois also qualified for the final, they put in a good performance but were not in the medals. The team was Brian Ryan, Jessica Higgins, Jake Dargan, PJ Daly, Leah Cooney, Aisling Boyle, Erone Fitzpatrick, Amy Walsh and Eddie Allen. In the mixed distance relays boys and girls at U-12 and U-14 all competitors ran very well but just missed out on qualifying for the finals.
Congratulations to all the Laois competitors who competed for their county over the weekend, you all did Laois proud. Thanks to the county managers David Corri and Mary Kelly for co-ordinating the weekend. Thanks to all the team managers who gave up their time to take care of all the participants. Thanks to all the parents and supporters who came to Athlone to encourage the children. Congratulations to Jane Walsh Killeshin our County Secretary who was appointed National Assistant Child Officer recently.
See this week’s Leinster Express for more photographic coverage from the Community Games