Kerry Community Games Award Winners 2014

The Kerry Community Games Committee held its annual awards dinner at the River Island Hotel in Castleisland on Friday night. Guests, on the occasion included: Mayor of Kerry, Cllr. John Brassil and Kerry Group Communications Manager, Aoife O’Brien. Among the many presentations on the night was one made to Martin McCarthy, Listowel on his retirment from the Kerry Community Games county executive after 23 years of service.

Award winners for the 2014 season include the following: Athletics. 1st.  Kenmare; 2nd. Killarney South;   3rd. Duagh/Lyre. Merit Athletics.  Winning Area: Milltown/Listry.

Field Events. Martin Culloty Memorial Cup. Winning Area: Kenmare. Cultural Participation. Winning Area: Kilcummin. Merit Participation Award.  Winning Area: Glenflesk.

Owen White Trophy.  Most Improved Area.  Winner: Dromid/Caherdaniel. PR Awards. First, Ballyheigue; Second, Boherbee/Cloghers/Manor and third, Fossa.

Swimming. Winners: Rock St./Caherslee. Youth Awards: First, Claire O’Connell, St Brendans/Oakpark;  Second, Conor O’Mahony,  Boherbee/Cloghers/Manor and

third, Cathal O’Reilly, Rock St/Caherslee. Senior Volunteer /The Paud O’Leary Memorial Trophy went to Honor Fitzgerald, Kenmare. The Best Overall Areas. First, Kenmare; Second, Rathmore/Gneeveguilla and third, Duagh/Lyre.

There are currently forty-four registered Community Games areas in Kerry. These areas are organised by voluntary workers from the local community who decide which activities to run. Qualifiers from area competitions advance to the county finals where the first four in every competition receives a prize.

Gold medal winners then advance to the Munster and/or National Finals to represent Kerry. Over the years, all Kerry areas have had the honour of representing their county at the National Finals and there are great memories and experiences from all levels of participation.

Kerry Community Games promotes healthy participation in sporting and cultural activities for children and young people. For over 40 years, thousands of children have participated each year and many have gone to become Kerry’s leading lights in sports and the arts. The success of Kerry Community Games is only made possible through the support and hard work of volunteers across the county.

The present committee is made up of: President: Brian Lewis. Chairperson: Patsy O’Connell; Secretary: Margaret Culloty; Treasurer: Patricia O’Neill;  PRO Radio: Nelius Collins; PRO Press: Margaret Dineen; Development Officer: Sean O’Sullivan; Children’s Officer: Maggie Griffin; Youth Officer: Sharon Fealy.