Busy Fixture List for Juveniles Over the Next Month

Busy Fixture List for Juveniles Over the Next Month

It promises to be a busy few weekends for juvenile athletes and coaches over the next month with

  • Craughwell Community Games taking place this Saturday 4th May at 4pm
  • Ardrahan Community Games on this Monday 5th May
  • Oranmore Community Games taking place next Wednesday 8th May at 6pm
  • Clarinbridge Community Games contact Ann Moran
  • Avaya Galway U9-11 track & field championships on Sunday 12th May in Dangan
  • Connacht Secondary Schools track & field finals on Thursday 16th May in Athlone
  • Avaya Galway U12-19 track & field on Sunday 19th May in Dangan
  • National Community Games cross country on 25/26 May
  • Irish Secondary Schools track & field on Sat 1 June
  • Galway Community Games finals on Sun/Mon 2/3 June
  • the list goes on !!

 

If you will be going to the u9-11 championships on Sunday week and have never been to Dangan, here’s how to get there:-

  • drive in past Terryland shopping centre and turn right at the roundabout onto the new bridge
  • continue through the traffic lights after you cross the river
  • turn right at the next roundabout, heading for Moycullen
  • turn left at the T-junction (Westwood Hotel), heading towards Moycullen
  • after 100m take the right turn (a small lane) into the Dangan sports complex
  • there is a car-park on the left and one further down at the sports centre
  • the track is on the right hand side on the way down to the sports centre

 

Here’s a snippet from “Galway in the Days Gone By” from this week’s Connacht Tribune for the year 1988 to help you recognise Dangan 🙂

New sports centre: Construction work on the new £1.5 million regional sports centre at Dangan will begin before the end of the year, according to Assistant County Manager, Mr. Donal O’Donoghue. The centre will contain an ultra-modern synthetic running track, a pitch plus various other athletic facilities, will have spectator capacity for about 10,000 people, with possibly two main stands running on opposite sides of the track. There will also be carparking for over 600 cars.”

Some omissions from the above article:-

  • the “two main stands running on opposite sides of the track” were actually built over at Terryland on the opposite side of the river and at Pearse Stadium – so bring your binoculars if you want to use the stands!
  • get in early because if there are 9,999 spectators in before you, you will have difficulty getting a good view of the track
  • the carparking for over 600 cars requires cars to be stacked on top of each other, we’re looking for volunteer stackers on the day

 

Ah, sorry to be making a joke of the vision, Dangan is a fine facility, they just didn’t deliver fully to the vision stated in above article. It could use a bit of shelter though so if there is a hint of rain, bring a couple of brollies for yourself and your athletes.

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