Gold rush for Donegal in HSE Community Games finals

Last week-end saw an exodus of talent leaving Donegal to compete in the Community Games National Finals in Athlone. After successfully co-ordinating the Ulster Finals in Letterkenny Donegal had five teams and a lot of individuals competing. Donegal has not had this amount of success in recent years.

Last week-end saw an exodus of talent leaving Donegal to compete in the Community Games National Finals in Athlone. After successfully co-ordinating the Ulster Finals in Letterkenny Donegal had five teams and a lot of individuals competing. Donegal has not had this amount of success in recent years.

On Saturday Donegal won three gold medals in Judo. U 25kgs we had Odhran Devlin and Erin McGroary and in the U 45kgs Barry McLaughlin all from the same area in Fahan.

In the swimming u13 Girls Team (Ballyshannon) got gold, team members included Roisin Maguire, Mary Flora Scott, Derbhla O Moore, Una Britton and Emma Rooney. Emma also got an individual gold in the U12 Freestyle. Cora Rooney Gold in the U8 Freestyle, Cian Rooney also received gold in the U10 backstroke.

and Emma Vaughan from Letterkenny East got bronze. Ruby Husrt fourth place (Ballyshannon)

In the Gymnastics sisters Maria and Alanna Gallagher from Ramelton won gold. This is a remarkable achievement for both these girls after competing in community games for a number of years and all Ramelton should be so proud of them.

Letterkenny East U12 Boys win a bronze medal in soccer. This was a great comeback by the Letterkenny boys after being narrowly defeated the day before in the semi final. They played Maynooth in the playoffs and with great determination went on to win the game 2-0.

U12 girls Gaelic Bundoran team came in fourth place. Under the management of Noel Carr, Paul McGee, Hannah Doherty and Olivia Murphy, this was the teams first time to compete in Community Games and hopefully enjoyed their experience and we hope to see them in years to come.

Fanad girls U15 and U12 won silver medals won in soccer. Fanad has entered girls in community games for several years now and this has been their most successful year having had outstanding success under the manageme nt of John Heraghty and Michael McDevitt and Hughie Walsh.

The Gymnastics team from Letterkenny East won a bronze medal. This was a great achievement for this team also having entered this event on numerous occasions.

The Donegal Executive Committee would like to thank Marie Gibson and Hugh, all the managers and everyone who helped out over the week-end, it was a brilliant week-end and to all the Donegal participants who did everyone so proud in their achievments and how they conducted themselves, they were a credit to their parents, area and county and they made it so easy for all looking after them.