Category Archives: Community Games

St. Patrick’s Day 2016

Congratulations to Clane’s St. Patrick’s Festival Committee who pulled off such a great week of festivities yet again, this year focused on the theme of Health and Fitness.

Clane Community Council hope you enjoyed our float which was powered by volunteers of all ages from Clane Tidy Towns, Clane and Rathcoffey Community Games, Clane Friary and Abbey Cemetery, Clane Heritage and the Abbey Community Centre. Generously sponsored by local business Power Food Technology, it demonstrated the wonderful power of the community working together.

Clane Community Councils Float about to power up Main Street

Clane Community Council’s Float about to power up Main Street

Some of the Guard of Honour for the main float!

Des Drumm (chairman) and John Power (chief engineer!) accepting the award on behalf of Clane Community Council from Lord Mayor of Clane Dessie Marron

Here’s to the “Health and Fitness” of everyone in Clane in 2016.

Happy Saint Patricks Day from all in Clane Community Council

Happy St. Patricks Day from all in Clane Community Council

Community Awards Night 2015

Clane Tidy Towns Logo - 2013The wonderful achievements of local resident’s associations, businesses and young athletes were all recognised at the annual Community Awards Night held in Manzor’s The Village Inn on Friday October 30th. The winners of this year’s Clane Tidy Towns Best Kept Estates and Best Presented Premises competitions were also revealed.

First up were those young athletes who were awarded medals at the All-Ireland Community Games championships held during the summer. Matthew Walsh-Hussey was recognised for being awarded the silver medal for Under 12 Freestyle Swimming. He was carefully coached by Susan Galbraith, with the help also of Agnes McGuire, and Michelle and Paul McLoughlin.

Clane and Rathcoffey Community GamesClane’s under 12 soccer team also made it all the way to All-Ireland medals – they secured the bronze in their competition. The team consisted of Cormac Bradley, Sean Sheridan, Cian Dowling, Arran Wosser, Christopher Part, Ethan Farrell, David O’Beirne, Mark Gibbons, Eoin Geraghty, Dean Comiskey, Sean Uzamah, Darren Ward, Tom Nolan, Isac Jamirah, John Fitzsimons and Ben Kirwan. They were lead by the hard-working management team of Peter Kirwan, Derek Sheridan and Aaron Kirwan.

Martina Healy, who coordinates all Clane & Rathcoffey Community Games activities, was also recognised on the night for all her hard work through out the year.

Moving on the the Tidy Towns portion of the evening, Chairman of Clane Community Council Des Drumm thanked the Tidy Towns committee for their hard work during the year, and congratulated them on gaining 4 extra points for the village, and retaining the bronze medal, in the national competition.

Chairperson of Clane Tidy Towns Helen O’Flaherty then thanked the many individuals, businesses,  community organisations and resident’s associations that had contributed so generously to Clane’s Tidy Towns efforts in 2015.

The evening ended with the announcement of the winners of this years Best Kept Estates and Best Presented Premises competitions generously sponsored by Clane Project Centre. The prizes were presented by chairman of Clane Project Centre Kit Grogan. The winners were:

Large Estates:

First Prize: Joint winners Central Park & Churchfield, and Abbey Park
Second Prize: Brooklands
Third Prize: College Wood Manor

Medium Sized Estates:

First Prize: Park View
Second Prize: Capdoo Park

Small Estates:

First Prize: Mainham Wood
Second Prize: College Grove

Best Presented Premises:

Bob & Kate’s

A big thanks to all who helped out on the night, and in all the activities throughout the year. Clane Tidy Towns and Clane & Rathcoffey Community Games wish you a well-deserved relaxing few months, and look forward to your continued support in the years ahead.




Intel Community Grant 2015

Clane Community Council were delighted to receive a community grant from Intel again this year, reflecting the significant number of hours volunteered by Intel employees in Community Council activities like Tidy Towns and Community Games.

Intel Community Grant Award 2015

Chairman Des Drumm attended the award ceremony on the Intel campus in Leixlip recently, with one of the Intel employees that volunteers on Community Council activities, John Kennedy, there to help with the handover.

If you know of any Intel employees in the community, please remind them that hours they volunteer to activities like Tidy Towns and Community Games can have the bonus affect of helping to raise valuable funds for the community.

Clane Community Council are grateful to Intel for not just their generous financial contribution, but also their willingness for their employees to put their skills and enthusiasm to work in the community too.


Community Games – Congratulations!

Congratulations to all the winners of the recent Clane and Rathcoffey Community Games track and field and swimming events. They were recently presented with their medals in an awards ceremony in the Abbey Community Centre.

Clane and Rathcoffey Community Games Prize Winners 2014

Clane and Rathcoffey Community Games Prize Winners 2014

The listings of the winners in the swimming competition can be found in the March Le Chéile and the winners of the track and field competition in the June Le Chéile.

A big thank you to the hard-working committee led by Martina Healy that managed the events, to all the local schools for helping spread the word and facilitating the games, to Clane Athletic Club for assisting with the Long Jump, and to everyone else who helped make the events such a success.

Best of luck to those young athletes who will go on to represent Clane and Rathcoffey in the County finals…and indeed beyond!






Community Games Track & Field rescheduled to this Saturday

Clane and Rathcoffey Community GamesPlease note that the Clane & Rathcoffey Community Games Track and Field events are rescheduled to take place this coming Saturday May 31st in the grounds of Scoil Mhuire. The events will begin at 11am.

The long jump competition will take place at the long-jump pit in Scoil Mhuire on Thursday May 29th starting at 6:30pm.



Tidy Towns Awards…Drumroll Please…

Monday 21st October was the occasion of the Clane Tidy Towns Awards night where all of the hard work of residents associations, local businesses and the Tidy Towns committee was celebrated. Our new All-Ireland Champions – the wonderful Clane and Rathcoffey Community Games Mixed Under 10 Gaelic Football team – were also honoured…

Clane and Rathcoffey Community Games

Clane’s Community Games endeavours lasted all the way to the national finals in Athlone this year as our Mixed Under 10 Gaelic Football team made it all the way to the finals…and won…becoming All Ireland Champions!

Most of the winning panel made it to the award ceremony and were presented with a little memento of the occasion. The full panel included Ronan Murphy, Dean Cumiskey, Oisin O’Sullivan, Seán Sheridan, Micheál O’Connor, Ben Kirwan, Matthew Walsh-Hussey, Ethan Farrell, Holly Farrell, Leah Feane, Patrick McNally, Rebecca Lynch, Rosemary Ennis, Daire Doherty, James Ball, Christopher Part, Laoise Gillman, Sean Finnerty and Sean Tighe.

The squad were carefully and expertly coached and managed by a team consisting of Ray Kiernan, John Doherty, David Farrell and Jill Gillman, all of whom were thanked for the time and effort they put into the panel.

Of course the team could not have progressed without physically getting to the various matches, and so for their generous financial support which enabled coach hire, local businesses P.D.M., Cooney Electronics, XL Tools Leixlip, David Lowe and Co. Ltd. – Greg Hopkins, Paul McCormack – McCormack Hooper Dolan, and Robert Massey – Bostik Ltd. were all thanked.

A special presentation was also made to the wonderful Martina Healy for her leadership and dedication to Clane and Rathcoffey Community Games. So many of the children of Clane have enjoyed Community Games over the years thanks to her hard work, and the work of her enthusiastic committee.

Congratulations to all involved and here’s looking forward to our All Ireland champions achieving even greater successes in the years to come.

Clane Tidy Towns

Clane Tidy Towns achievements were also celebrated on the evening. The chairman of Clane Community Council, John Kennedy, thanked the residents, the businesses, the churches, the schools, the scouts, the individuals and in particular the hardworking Committee of Clane Tidy Towns for helping Clane look so well this year, progressing even further in the national Tidy Towns competition than before, this year reaching top of it’s class in Kildare.

Matt Hayes from the Tidy Towns Committee then thanked the various sponsors of the night all of the contributors to the activities during the year before finally the moment of truth: the results of the best kept estates and best kept premises were announced. With prizes sponsored by Clane Project Centre, the winners were:

Small Estates

  1. Awarded jointly to Mainham Wood and College Grove
  2. Butterstream Drive and Lawn

Medium Estates

  1. Park View
  2. Oatfield Park

Large Estates:

  1. Abbey Park
  2. Central Park and Churchfield
  3. Loughbollard

Best Presented Premises

  1. Manzor’s – The Village Inn

Although not every estate could receive an award, no estate went home empty handed as Clane Tidy Towns had organised for a Nest Box and a bag of spring bulbs to be presented to each estate as a thank you for participating the competition. The Tidy Towns committee passed on a sincere thank you to everyone who helped out in Clane Tidy Towns activities in 2013 in any way – and encouraged anyone with any suggestions for improvements in 2014 to get in touch with any of them at any time.

Indeed – there is a great opportunity coming up this November 8th to meet with the Tidy Towns team: they are hosting a table quiz in Manzor’s on Friday evening in support of Clane Tidy Towns activities. Tables of four costing €40 with kick off at 9pm. Why not enter a team and help close off the Tidy Towns year with some fun!



Community Games – Mixed U10 Football Team win the All-Ireland!

Congratulations to the Mixed Under 10 Clane and Rathcoffey Gaelic Football team that recently won the All-Ireland Community Games final in Athlone. They played brilliantly and have done their community very proud.

A sincere thanks too to all who helped run and support Clane and Rathcoffey Community Games this year – the team would not have been able to make it all the way to the finals without your generous support.


Mixed Under-10s Gaelic Football team make it to the All Ireland Finals!

Congratulations to the Clane and Rathcoffey Community Games Mixed Under-10 Gaelic Football team that recently won the Leinster finals of their competition. Next stop the Athlone Institute of Technology for the Community Games National Finals. The best of luck to our young athletes who will be representing Clane and Rathcoffey on the big day.


Community Games 2012 – and the winners are:

A big crowd gathered in the Abbey on the evening of June 6th for a special occassion: the prize-giving ceremony for the Clane and Rathcoffey Community Games 2012. Dozens of young men and women were awarded gold, silver and bronze medals by the Community Games organising committee and there were smiles all around.

A packed house in the Abbey

In a few short weeks we are going to be cheering on men and women wearing the Irish colours on an international stage. Perhaps in a few short years we will be cheering on some of the wonderful young athletes photographed below.

Well done to everyone who participated. A special thanks to all the Mums and Dads and Guardians that supported their children in the games, and to the hard-working Community Games sub-committee that organised and ran the event.

Best of luck to those that will represent Clane and Rathcoffey in the Kildare county finals.

Community Games 2012 – a big success…

There was a big turnout in the grounds of Scoil Mhuire Clane on Tuesday May 29th for the Track and Field events of Clane and Rathcoffey’s Community Games 2012. This year the competition was blessed with perfect weather, and the hardworking organisers managed to get through all of the events in the one evening with some daylight to spare.

A large crowd gathered for Community Games 2012

It was wonderful to see so many young athletes enjoying the fresh air and doing so well: a big congratulations to all those who participated in the races. A special thanks too to the Mums, Dads and Guardians that supported their children, Scoil Mhuire for making their grounds available, and all the volunteers on the Community Games sub-committee that helped make the day run so smoothly.

Some of the organising committee and helpers on the day

Prizes for the various races will be presented in the Abbey on Tuesday the 5th of June at 7pm. All are welcome to this celebration – we hope to see you there.

Community Games results coming in…

Some Community Games match results have come in recently…well done to all the players representing Clane and Rathcoffey, and thank you to all those that are facilitating and supporting these games in any way:

U/10 Football: Clane and Rathcoffey beat Carbury in Clane Monday 30th April. The score was: Clane/Rathcoffey 5-12,  Carbury 0-00

U/14 Camogie: Clane and Rathcoffey beat Carbury/ Braodford in Carbury Friday 4th May. The score was Clane/Rathcoffey 3-00, Carbury/ Broadford 0-00

U/12 Girls Football: Unfortunately the Clane and Rathcoffey team were beaten at home by Monasterevin on Monday 30th April.

Community Games 2012 off to a flying start…

Congratulations to the Clane & Rathcoffey Community Games Gaelic Football Under 10’s team who kicked off their campaign in style with a great win away to Monasterevin last Thursday evening (5th April) in Ballykelly. The final score was Monasterevin 1-00,  Clane & Rathcoffey 4-8.

Here’s wishing them and all our Community Games athletes and competitors the best of luck. Information on our ever-popular summer games, to be held May 27th, will be posted here in the coming weeks.

Congratulations to all our Community Games athletes

Congratulations to all the young sports men and women from Clane and Rathcoffey that represented Kildare at the the recent National Community Games finals.

Our 12 local swimmers had a very successful weekend at the National Community Games finals. While a number of the boys had a tough draw this year in the heats, they achieved excellent success with Matthew Walsh-Hussey receiving a Bronze medal in the boys U-8 freestyle and Enda O’Connell receiving a 4th place bronze medal in the boys u-14 freestyle. The remainder of the team performed well with Eoghan Maguire reaching the semi-finals and Peter Doyle swimming strongly in his heat. A very young boys relay team – age 13 – performed exceptionally in the u-16 relay as they reached the semi-final. We expect great things from this team in the coming years.

On Sunday, the girls team also performed very well in their respective heats with Aine Maguire reaching the u-8 semi-finals; and Claire Delaney, Zoe Mason and Eimear O’Connell both coming 4th in very tough heats. The girls u-16 relay team performed very well by winning their semi-finals, only to be subsequently disqualified on a technical infringement – a very disappointing result to an excellent team performance by the girls.

A great exciting weekend with some excellent swimming by all competitors.

Thank you to the Westgrove Hotel whom facilitated training sessions for the squad over the summer. A very special Thank You to coach Paul McLoughlin for all his experience, time, energy, enthusiasm and most of all fun.

Swimming team training with Paul McLoughlin

Swimming team preparing for the finals with coach Paul McLoughlin in the Westgrove Hotel

In the Gaelic football events our boys made it all the way to the All Ireland final and picked up silver medals, losing out to Carrick-on-Shannon in the end. our under-12 girls also made it all the way to the medals, being awarded bronze after winning their play off.

Well done to everyone who participated in the games, and a big thank you to all those who helped make it possible. The coaches, the organisers, the parents:  everyone who supported Clane Community Games 2011.

Best of luck to our young sports-men and -women!

Clane’s Community Games is having a tremendous year.

After a very successful run of local and regional events, two teams from Clane/Rathcoffey are this weekend representing Leinster (Kildare – Clane) in the National Community Games Finals in Athlone. A record number of 12 of our swimmers are also representing Kildare.

The Under 10 boys Gaelic football team are scheduled to play the Muster representatives (Kerry – Rathmore/ Gneeveguilla) in the 2nd semi-final at 11.00am on Saturday 13th August. The winners of this play the winners of the 1st semi-final between Connaught (Leitrim – Carrick-on-Shannon) v Ulster (Down – Clonduff) on Sunday 14th August.

The Under 12 girls Gaelic football team are scheduled to play Munster (Cork – Glanmire) at 3.30pm on Saturday 13th August.

The full details of all these matches are below.

Our yong swimmers are also having a fantastic year. In fact more of Kildare’s representatives come from Clane/Rathcoffey than anywhere else: we have 12 swimmers representing Kildare in this weekends competition – all the details are below. The majority of these children have trained in the Health & Leisure Club on the Celbridge road which has recently closed.  However, we are grateful to the Westgrove Hotel for facilitating training sessions for the squad over the summer, coached by Paul McLoughlin.

Here’s wishing all the young sportsmen and women the best of luck in their matches.

Gaelic Football Under 10 Mixed

First Semi-Final: Connaught V Ulster
Leitrim – Carrick-on-Shannon V Down – Clonduff

Second Semi-Final: Munster V Leinster
Kerry – Rathmore/Gneeveguilla V Kildare – Clane/Rathcoffey

Gaelic Football Girls Under 12

First Semi-Final: Connaught V Ulster
Mayo – Charlestown V Cavan – Baileborough

Second Semi-Final: Munster V Leinster
Cork – Glanmire V Kildare – Clane/Rathcoffey

Gaelic Football Provisional Time Table:

Saturday 13th August:

  • 9.30am – U10’s 1st Semi-final
  • 11.00am – U10’s 2nd Semi-final
  • 2.00pm – U12’s 1st Semi-final
  • 3.30pm – U12’s 2nd Semi-final

Sunday 14th August

  • 9.30am -U10’s Play-off
  • 11.00am – U10’s Final
  • 2.30pm – U12’s play-off
  • 3.30pm – U12’s Final

Boys Swimming – Saturday August 13th:

  • Boys U8 Freestyle Matthew Walsh-Hussey
  • Boys U12 Freestyle  Eoghan Maguire
  • Boys U14 Breaststroke Peter Doyle
  • Boys U14 Freestyle Enda O’Connell
  • Boys U16 Squad  Enda O’connell, Peter Doyle, Dara McKeon, Brian Corbett

Girls Swimming – Sunday August 14th:

  • Girls U8 Freestyle Áine Maguire
  • Girls U10 Backstroke Claire Delaney
  • Girls U14 Freestyle  Zoe Mason
  • Girls U16 Freestyle  Eimear O’Connell
  • Girls U16 Squad Zoe Mason, Sinead Corbett, Rachel McCarthy, Eimear O’Connell

Community Games AGM

All are encouraged to attend the annual Clane Community Games AGM to be held on Tuesday November 16th at 8pm in the Abbey. Come along to find out about the success of this years Community Games, and help shape plans for 2011.

Clane Community Awards – and the winners are…

On Monday 18th October Clane Tidy Towns and Clane Community Council held their annual awards night in Manzor’s, Clane. It was a packed night, with some of our leading young sports men and women recognised, and the winners of the Clane Tidy Estates competition, Best Presented Premises, and Clane Person of the Year were all announced… Continue reading