OVER 200 children from the Kingdom emerged on Athlone last weekend for the first weeekend of the HSE Community Games National Festival. Kerry was well represented in all activities from cultural to sport in what is now an annual trip for Kerry people to show off their wealth of skills.
In the art competition, there were medals for Bartek Zglinski, Killorglin 2nd and Cathal McLoughlin, Blenerville 3rd in the boys Under 8 and Under 14 events. In the Handwriting Under 10 event, Eibhlin O'Leary, Firies wrote herself into a 4th place finish.
In the cross-country and mixed relay events, Kerry were well prepared with 35 athletes participating. In the Under 12 girls event, Kerry represented by Ciara Kennelly, Fossa, Abigail Lynch, Ballydonoghue / Lisselton, Katie Palmer, Firies, Nathasa Myers, Keel / Killtallagh, Aoife Kerins, Castleisland, Meadbh McElligot, Rock St / Caherslee were 1st in their semi-final and received the bronze medals when in 3rd place in the final.
In the Under 12 boys event, Kerry were represented by Niall Carey and Patrick Gallivan, Beaufort, Cian Donnellan and Jack Falvey, Spa / Fenit / Barrow, Tomas Clifford, Firies and Conor O'Brien, Sneem and all competed very well when finishing 4th in their semi-final, but alas missed out on the medals podium in their final on Sunday last.
In the Under 13 Mixed Cross Country event, Kerry represented by Caoimhe Barry, Ballydonoghue / Lisselton, Cathal Shire and Sean Horan, Castleisland, Elaine O'Donoghue, Firies, Kaitlin Moriarty and Kate Murphy, Kenmare, Mark Cooper, Killarney South, Darragh Keane, Listowel and Diana Nagle, Spa / Fenit / Barrow performed brilliantly when finishing 2nd in their semi-final showing great teamwork, but could not replicate their heroics in the final only for the remarkable achievement of Sean Horan, Castleisland when he finished 1st in both in the semi-final and final and claimed the individual gold medal, remarkable for the fact because he only began running competively recently and is definitely one to watch in the future.
In the Under 14 girls event, Kerry represented by Shona O'Brien, Killarney North, Fiona Doyle, Beaufort, Sophie Lynch, Ballydonoghue / Lisselton, Helena O'Sullivan, Kenmare, Niamh Stack, Ballybunion and Meadbh O'Sullivan, Killorglin pulled out all the stops and romped to victory in both their semi final and final and all girls are quickly becoming household names in Community Games and athletics nationally.
In the Under 14 boys event, Kerry were represented by Michael Devlin, Spa / Muckross, Sean Galvin, Lixnaw, Cathal Collins, Rathmore / Gneevguilla, Liam O'Donnell, Spa / Fenit / Barrow, Cathal Whelton and Cormac O'Sullivan, Kenmare finished 5th in their semi-final to qualify for the final but were not not in luck in the final just missing out on the medal positions.
Kerry Community Games would like to congratulate the Lynch family, Ballydonoghue / Lisselton, when last weekend they claimed their 51st national Community Games medal in athletics, a remarkable achievement and testament to their involvement in Community Games.
In the cycling on grass events, Kerry were represented by Thomas Dore, Cathy Johnson and Eoin Moloney, all Duagh / Lyre and Emer Dineen, Castlegregory. Cathy Johnson put the wheels in motion when winning the gold medal in tremendous fashion and deserves this win after coming so close on previous occasions. The boys from Duagh / Lyre were not to be outdone and Eoin Moloney brought home the silver medal whilst Thomas Dore attained the bronze medal.
In the Duathlon event, Helena O'Sullivan, Kenmare followed her gold medal win in the mixed relay event with a 3rd place finish, Jeaic McKenna, Abbeydorney/Kilflynn was unlucky to miss out on a top four finish in the boys event.
In the Gymnastics, Sarah Fahy, Duagh/Lyre attained the gold medal in the Under 13 event with Ruairi Murphy, Milltown/Listry claiming 3rd place and Rachel Leane, Killcummin claiming 4th place.
In the Judo competion, Conor Lucey, Spa/Muckross and Aaron O'Brien, Keel / Killtallagh claimed the gold medal, whilst Luke Costelloe, Firies, Jack O'Donoghue, Spa / Muckross and Christopher Palmer, Firies all claimed silver medals. In the girls judo competition, Diane Cooper, Firies and Cora Joy, Killorglin both claimed the gold medals while Brid Flynn and Ciara Murphy, both Firies claimed the silver medals.
In the Model Making event, Saoirse Buckley and Declan Hallissey, Kenmare both claimed 4th places whilst Christine McCarthy, Kenmare and Iseult Callaghan-Leahy both claimed 3rd place finishes. In the swimming event, there were many top class swimmers from Kerry, but alas only a few medals with Lucy O'Donnell and Alison Lane, Rock St/Caherslee both winning silver medals.Ethan O'Neill, Spa / Muckross was 2nd in the Under 10 freestyle event with Shane Kerins, Killarney North 3rd in the Under 14 freestyle event.
In the Solo Dance (modern or disco) James Friel, Boherbee / Cloghers / Manor was 2nd and will certainly feature again in the future. In the Under 15 boys badminton event, Anascaul / Camp / Inch attained the bronze medals and in the Under 10 draughts competition, Ballyheigue won the silver medals.
In the Under 11, 13 and 16 Project competition Ardfert / Kilmoyley recieved 3rd place, Rock St / Caherslee were 4th and Lixnaw were 2nd and Rock St / Caherslee were 3rd in the boys Under 13 table tennis. Spa / Muckross Under 14 attained the gold medals in the set dancing event with a great performance.
All in all, a magnificent weekend was had by the children of Kerry and the future looks bright for sporting and cultural prowess in the future.Thanks to all the children that represented Kerry with such dignity and honour.
Under 13 Futsal
Boys: 1st Kenmare; 2nd Spa/Muckross; 3rd Rock St/Caherslee; 4th Annascaul/Camp/Inch
Girls: 1st Duagh/Lyre; 2nd Rock St/Caherslee; 3rd Listowel; 4th Annascaul/Camp/Inch
U10 Mixed Gaelic Football
1st Kilcummin; 2nd Listowel; 3rd Kenmare; 4th Ballyduff
Ballyheigue will represent Kerry in the camogie competition.
Blenerville had victory over Rock St/Caherslee in the hardcourt tennis by 2 sets to 1.
Under 12 & 14 skittles competition
1st Moyvane/Knockanure; 2nd Duagh/Lyre; 3rd Brosna