The weekend from May 24 to May 26 saw a wonderful weekend of activities and sport at the National Community Games Finals held in Athlone IT.
A total of 165 Laois contestants competed in a wide and varying programme of events with our county representatives achieving both individual and team success.
The first medals of the games came from Handwriting with Sarah Touhy from Stradbally securing gold in the U-10 girls competition,swiftly following were gold medals for Sean Scannell and Conor McMahon Emo/Rath. Bronze went to Jordan Overton also Emo/Rath, Matthew Doyle from St Marys and St Pauls U-16 Medley team. Well done to all the swimmers ,coaches and managers on the day. Gold medals were also secured for the Heath in U-12 Draughts plus silver for the U-14 team under the dedicated coaching from Miss Anita. Congratulations to the entire team involved. Portarlington once again proved themselves as gold medal winners in the U-14 Tag Rugby competition taking the national title home once again under the guidance of Mary Bennett and the coaching team. Stradbally also reaped gold in Contmp Irish Dance with a choreographed piece from Thumbelina by Brid Ann and Grainne Buggy giving Orla Sheridan, Sinead and Sarah Larkin,Grainne MCaul, Bronagh Scully and Grace Scully a well deserved victory.
Silver also went to another Stradbally girl Magaret Oxley in U-14 Art. Emo/Rath competitors brought home well deserved bronze medals in Solo Singing from Clodagh Dunne ,Eddie Allen in cycling on grass and Emma Lawlor in Solo Dance .Well done to all the mentors and supporters over the weekend.
To all the Laois competitors over the course of the weekend, thank you for your participation over the past months whether national winners or otherwise. To parents for supporting your children and turning them out to represent our county in the best manner possible the committee of Laois Community Games would like to thank you for your dedication and continued support. To Aall our managers of the week end thank you for volunteering your time to the competitors from Laois ,without your support and effort the games as a whole could not be held. Continued success to all as we look for ward to our Laois Area finals to be held on June 22. Entries to same to be with County Secretary Jane Walsh before June 10.