Letirim Community Games enjoyed a very successful weekend at the HSE National Community Games Finals with three silver medals being brought home to the county by Kinlough duo Gero Gilmartin and Eanna O’Hara in the swimming pool while Carrick-on-Shannon’s U-16 Mixed Tennis team also won silver medals.
Gero Gilmartin’s silver medal in the U-8 Freestyle is a remarkable story as just nine months ago, the son of former Melvin Gaels and Leitrim player Liam Gilmartin was in a full length cast after an operation. However, that didn’t stop Gero as he was just pipped for the gold medal in a great performance.
Eanna O’Hara’s silver medal came in a thrilling and extremely close race when a member of the Irish swimming squad from Tipperary just pipped him to the gold in the U-12 50m freestyle.
Carrick-on-Shannon won the third silver medal of the weekend when were beaten 2-1 by Blarney of Cork in the U-16 Hardcourt Tennis Final, a first for the county.
The final weekend of the National Community Games takes place in Athlone this weekend. Last year Leitrim brought off a fine double when the Mohill walkers Dearbhaile Beirne and James McNabola took both walks. Unfortunately last year was the final year of the walks which brought many medals to Leitrim including those won by Olympians Colin Griffin & Laura Reynolds. It will for qualifiers in other events to bring home awards to the County this year and a number of them are capable of doing so.
Kinlough Community Games
Much to the delight of Kinlough parents and coaches, all our participants at the All Ireland Community Games Finals, held last weekend in Athlone performed incredibly well. For many it was a first appearance in the finals and judging by performances, we are certain that it won’t be their last. The intensive training and preparation undertook over the summer certainly proved fruitful and all involved should be very proud of their efforts.
A special mention to Gero Gilmartin, Uragh, who in his first year at the finals won a sliver medal in the U8 Freestyle 25m, just piped at the post for first. Gero’s achievement is all the more amazing, considering he was in a full length cast nine months ago, following a serious hip operation that necessitated several months of rehabilitation. The will to win and determination prevailed, congrats Gero.
Another medal winner on Sunday was Eanna O’Hara, Laughta in a keenly contested U12 50M Freestyle. Eanna was nip and tuck on the home straight with Mayo and Tipperary before eventually settling for second place and a sliver medal behind the Tipperary based Irish swimming squad member. Again congrats Eanna.
The Kinlough community games would like to thank those who arranged a fantastic home coming celebration both in Ballyshannon and Kinlough. Our sincere gratitude also to the coaches who gave up so much time to train our competitors, finally best wishes to Hanna Gilmartin who this weekend competes in the All Ireland Surf Life saving in Wexford. Best Wishes also to our Boys U12 Relay team and all the boys and girls who will compete this weekend in Athlone at the All Ireland Athletics Finals.
Good luck to all our members who are competing in the National Community Games Finals next weekend in Athlone. David & Kasey Bruen, Tom McCabe, Ellis Conway, Brian Finn, Dara Morahan, Mark Diffley, Emma O’Connell, Aine McGwynne, Narada Patrasco, Blake Walsh, Jack Flynn, Shane Surlis, Callum Whelan & Colin McDonnell are all in action over the weekend and we wish them the very best of luck.
Well done to Clive Glancy on winning the Ballinamore 10Km while Graham Allen was third in the Masters 3 category. Also well done to Eanna Madden and Daire Farrell on their Leaving Cert results last week. Eanna has been selected for training with National Junior sprint squad in Santry on September 2, well done Eanna.
Drumcoura City eight nighter: Liam Aldridge continued his recent run of good form by winning the eighth and final round, coming from two nill down to beat a gallant Thomas Nevin in an absorbing final that had everything that makes for a great game of darts. Next Thursday, the eight qualifiers compete for the €1600 prizemoney, play starts 10pm. If you have an interest in darts this is the place to be forget about the telly, your support for your local stars would be appreciated please be seated by 9/45pm. The full line up is from Cavan we have A. O’Neill, R. Venton & N. O’Reilly, Sligo are represented by Irish captain S. McGowan & M Healy. Leitrim’s three representatives are E. McDermott Jnr, C. Fanning & L. Aldridge. Some line up should be a great night of darts, refreshments wil be served.
County Board Eight Nighter: The Blue Devon was the venue for the second round of the Carrick Taxies tourament, there were two newcomers to the leauge table in Ian McGreevy S/Fst & Robert Mulvey R/U, E Mc Dermott (snr) was the other S/Fst, the winner was that man again Liam Aldridge. The winner of our pick a double fundraiser was C. Sheridan. Thanks to the Blue Devon managment & staff for refreshments provided & their sponsorship of the night.
Leitrim mens darts organisation present a night at the races in Drumcoura City Saloon on Sunday, September 30, your support would be appreciated in promoting this event.
Lock 17 Carty’s of Leitrim Village hosts round 3 next week check in 8 pm, round 4 is in McLoughlin’s of Fenagh and on Sunday, September 2, round 5 is in Jackies of Ballinamore.
Mohill Schools Show-jumping
Mohill Community College Equestrian are hosting a leg of the All-Ireland Inter-schools showjumping competition in Moorlands Equestrian Centre Drumshanbo on September 16. This year the sponsors are Equestrian.ie. On the day there will be a novice team competition and an open team competition with individuals competition also. For further details, contact Kieran on 086-2515934.