Game Over, Ball Burst: Community Games offers 'Endless Possibilities'

Donn O'Sullivan

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Donn O'Sullivan

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Game Over, Ball Burst: Community Games offers  'Endless Possibilities'

Limerick's award winners at the 2017 Aldi Community Games awards

THE University of Limerick has been named as the host venue for the Aldi Community Games National finals for the next three years.

In what is a huge boost for Limerick, more than 7,000 children aged between six and 16 years will compete in the finals in August.

The Community Games was established in 1967 and participants from a total of 27 counties and 575 registered areas participate in the event each year. The day after the news broke of UL's victory in securing the games, the Aldi Community games awards were held in Enfield Co. Meath.

In their 50th year, the awards night rewarded the tireless efforts, by thousands of volunteers, who keep the game alive countrywide. The good news kept on coming for Limerick as they were big winners on the night.

The enthusiasm for ones own community, in the room, on the night, was infectious. The passion with which people spoke about their own areas and indeed their competitors areas, showed what the community games is truly about.

There was huge excitement in the room at the thought of Limerick hosting the event next year, with several of the selection committee confirming to the Limerick Leader that the facilities at UL would hopefully bring back a ‘Mosney style’ community spirit to the games, with all competitors able to stay on campus and enjoy the one centre nature that the University has to offer.

The tagline of the community games is ‘Endless Possibilities’ and that is exactly what Limerick and UL will add to the games. As the Aldi Community Games Media award winner for 2017, we at the Limerick Leader will be with them every step of the way.

Caption:  Limerick winners at Aldi Community Game awards 2017: L to R, standing, Noreen O'Dea, Limerick CG PRO, Donn O'Sullivan, Limerick Leader, Eleanor Fitzsimons, Limerick CG Secretary, Anthony Fitzsimons, Limerick CG Chairperson, Deirdre McCarthy, Dromcollogher Broadford,Niamh Berkery, Assistant PRO, Michael Sheahan, Limerick CG President, sitting L to R Ciara McCarthy, Youth Volunteer Award winner, Caoimhe O'Dea, Limerick CG Youth Officer, Fiona Hannon, Ballybrown Clarina.