As the Community Games flag was lowered and the flame was extinguished on Sunday to bring to a close the 49th National Finals in Athlone, the 3,500 children and volunteers headed home to their counties, bringing with them cherished memories of sportsmanship and new friendships.
The Games, founded by the late Joe Connelly in 1967, have become one of the largest sporting organisations for children with over 600 areas throughout Ireland involved in 50 different sporting and cultural activities.
Following the great success from the previous weekend, competitors competed in Gymnastics, Talent, Basketball and Athletics and although medals were hard earned, the Donegal participants still accounted for themselves very well.
In Basketball the Ballyshannon area won bronze in the u13 boys event and 4th place for the u16 boys; the Glenswilly/Churchill u11 mixed team won 4th place medals.
In Gymnastics all competitors gave fine displays with a bronze medal going to Cormac Logue, Letterkenny in the u15 event.
In the u12 Recitation event Callum Tierney, Bundoran won bronze. In Athletics Dara Kirk from the Glenswilly/Churchill area stole the show by winning a gold medal in the u14 Javelin; Emily Croke, Rosses was 4th in the u14 Shot Putt; Riona Doherty, Finn Valley, 4th 100m; Emma Mac An Breithinn, Gaoth Dobhair, bronze u14 100m; Johnston Bangura, Gaoth Dobhair, Silver u14 100m; Letterkenny u16 mixed Relay team won 4th place medals in the girls Marathon and Anna McGinley, Buncrana, won a 4th place medal.
Well done to all who took part.
The county manager, Mary Crossan, wishes to thank all the managers and volunteers who made the weekend such a huge success.