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Another Busy Year for Islandeady Community Games

2015 was another very busy and successful year for our Community Games resulting in recognition at the National Awards in Mullingar in November. Islandeady won Mayo Best Area Award for the breadth of participation of young people across so many different events. This is a great achievement for a small community particularly as our Community games has just restarted again in the past 3 years. Over 100 young people participated in a wide variety of events including Art, Athletics, Chess, Draughts, Handwriting, Table Quiz, Soccer and Swimming.

The Islandeady Art and Handwriting competition which took place in Cloggernagh NS produced some excellent Art and Handwriting. Congratulations to Tadhg Hayes who won 2nd place in U12 Boys Art and Liam Coyne, 3rd place in Boys U14 Art in the Mayo Finals.

Our first Gold County Medal of 2015 was won by Aishling Graven who came 1st in the Mayo U12 Girls Handwriting and went onto represent Mayo in the All Ireland finals in Athlone.

Both Boys & Girls U13 Indoor Soccer teams won the Mayo finals in a great double win in Foxford and went onto represent Mayo at the Connacht Soccer Finals in Sligo. U-13 Girls Indoor soccer team, Rachel Gallagher, Niamh Ward, Rachel Gallagher, Emma Gallagher, Zara Collins, Brianna Moran, Aoife O'Malley were managed by Bríd Tuohy Ward and Elaine Gallagher. The Boys team had a brilliant performance and secured Silver Medals being narrowly beaten in the Connacht Final by Roscommon.U13 Boys Indoor Soccer Team: Michael O'Connell, Seamus Hayes, Liam Coyne, Rory Morris, Liam Morris, Bryan O'Flaherty, John Vahey, Niall Carter were managed by Pat Morris.

Draughts was a new event in 2015 and the U10 Draughts team represented Mayo and won Silver at the Connacht Finals in Sligo: Team Adam Coyne, Shane Hennelly, Darragh Needham, Christian McNamara, Christopher O'Connell, Laura Bourke, Managers: Catherine Cunniffe & Alacoque Donnellan.

Our Chess team also represented Mayo in the Connacht Finals and were narrowly defeated. The Chess team included Michael O Connell, Mark Ward, Dylan Kelly, Seamus Hayes, Finn Kellett, Luke Napier and David Burke, managed by Dee Kellett and Karen Kelly;

The Sports Day was again a huge success with over 60 young people taking part in a wide range of Track events on a sunny May Bank Holiday!!. With the help and enthusiasm of the GAA and Foroige, the novelty events, barbeque, face painting, shop and other fun provided the welcoming atmosphere.

At the Mayo Community Games Athletics Finals in Claremorris in June, the parish was well represented in the Opening Parade with a team of 30 young participants all clad in our new Islandeady Green & White kit. Medal winners on the day included Aoife O'Brien, Brian O Flaherty (Ball Throw) Kevin Coyne (Discus) and Rachel Gallagher, Vivienne Ward, Liam Morris & Liam Coyne (Mixed Relay U13)

Our Athletes at the All Ireland Community Games Finals, Aoife, Saoirse and Roisin O'Brien did the area proud with all three winning medals. Aoife O'Brien won All Ireland Silver in 7k U16 Marathon, Saoirse O'Brien, whose team won Gold in the U14 Mixed Relay and Roisin O'Brien who won Bronze in the U12 Mixed Relay Team.

With such a mix of talented and enthusiastic young people in the parish, Islandeady Community Games are well deserved of the Best Area Award. Congratulations to all the participants and winners in 2015.

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