Our Olympic Games -- but with a uniquely Irish take on events
By Paul Melia, co galway
They gathered every weekend in parishes across the country. Togged out in soccer shorts and GAA jerseys, scores of boys and girls competed against each other to win the regional heats and make it to the national finals the following August.
A uniquely Irish phenomenon, the Community Games were a local version of the Olympic Games where children aged six to 16 years competed in more than 20 sports including athletics, soccer and the long puck.