Newbridge Community Games celebrates 40 years

Aoibhinn, Martin, Jean, Roisin Conlan.
The two clubs that make up the Newbridge Community Games effort joined forces for a party to celebrate 40 years of the games in the town.

The two clubs that make up the Newbridge Community Games effort joined forces for a party to celebrate 40 years of the games in the town.

The event was held at Ryston Sports and Social Club on Friday, August 29, and was attended by past competitors, volunteers and friends.

Starting out as Newbridge Community Games, the town was split due to the population boom and density in 1994-1995. Uniquely, St. Brigid’s and St. Conleth’s joined forces to form a central committee to make all the major decisions for both and also to organise all the fundraising. This meant that major problems which other towns have experienced when forced to establish two groups were not experienced in Newbridge. For example, both groups shared the swimming facilities at Curragh pool and they still organise some of the competitions together, including the art, modelling, gymnastics and swimming competitions, while football, athletics and basketball are organised separately.

The result has been that both St. Brigid’s and St. Conleth’s have enjoyed enormous success in Community Games both at local and at National level.

Former Olympian Karen Shinkins, who started her athletics career in Community Games, was among those who attended on the night.