Irish people everywhere have fond memories of taking part in Community Games – it's something of a childhood rite of passage. We can all recall the excitement of activities with friends on summer days, and even representing the county at a trip to the National Finals in Mosney.
StoryLab recently helped Community Games to tell its incredible story, as this national institution marks its 50th anniversary. And it was an absolute privilege.
A glossy souvenir Golden Jubilee magazine captured a slice of Community Games history, with stories, memories and pictures on its progress and the positive impact it has had on the nation.
We told the story of founder Joe Connolly, an ordinary but inspiring man, who wanted to address the lack of sporting and leisure activities for young people in 1960’s Dublin.
“Thousands of children were growing up, the odds stacked against them in areas where opportunities for personal fulfilment were lacking and where no sense of community or identity existed,” he later explained.
It was a pleasure to speak with some of the many wonderful volunteers, participants and administrators who give up their time year after year to make the Games such a success.
Published in the ‘Irish Independent’ in January 28, the Community Games story also included details of a new sponsorship with Aldi, ensuring the future of this great national event which is underpinned by the many volunteers who support it. Happy Birthday!