Craughwell participated in the parade for the first time in many years at the finals of the Galway Community Games and had the honour of reading the Comnunity Games pledge before the start of proceedings, a task which was proudly performed by Grainne McDaid. There were many fine performances from athletes from the Craughwell area and from other athletes in Craughwell AC representing surrounding areas. Representing Craughwell, Emma Jane Moran had a great series of runs in the U8 80m to make the final and looked like finishing in the medals for most of that race until pipped in the final metre. In the U8 60m, Ava Finn won her semi final comfortably but finished just outside the medals in 5th place.
Sean Cahill made the semi-finals of the U8 60m while Padraig Martyn, Emily Miskella and Edel Farrelly all made the semi-finals of the U8 80m. Jane Trehy raced to glory in the U10 girls 60m hurdles when taking the gold medal, while her Craughwell classmate Sarah McCartin was very unlucky to fall when leading the final. Mia Waters made the final of the U10 100mm while in the U12 girls Laura Cunningham, Ciara Griffin and Anna Farrelly all made it as far as the semi-finals. Cian Waters made it though to the semi-finals of the U12 100m while Micheál McFadden was close to qualifying from a tough heat.
Michelle Duggan took 7th place in the final of the U14 girls 100m, while older brother Conor finished 5th in the final of the U16 100m. Maireád McCan had a great run in the U16 girls 100m, taking second place in the final and losing out on the gold by a tiny margin of less than a metre. There were good performances also from Ailbhe Miskella in the U10 girls 200m, Ryan Gallagher in the U10 60m hurdles, Oisin Woodlock in the U14 100m, Shane Finn in the U14 80m hurdles, Keelan Woodlock in the U12 boys long puck, Andrea Tobin in the U14 girls shot putt, Adrian Prendergast in the U12 boys ball throw and Hannah Rabbitte in the U14 girls long puck.
In the middle-distance races, Grainne McDaid continued her fine record in the Community Games when taking the U14 girls 800m title with a strong finish. Darren Lyons raced to a super victory in the U10 boys 200m and Finbarr McFadden almost made it a double for the parish when finishing 5th in the same race.Grace Whiriskey had a fine run in the U12 girls 600m final to finish in 5th or 6th place in a blanket finish, while Jack Miskella and David McDonnell also put in good runs in the semi-finals of the U14 800m and U12 600m. Jamie Spellman took bronze in the U16 boys 1500m with a powerful last lap while Sineád Gaffney was unlucky to be pipped on the home straight for bronze in the U16 girls 1500m.
Shauna Tobin took the silver medal in the U12 girl’s ball throw with a huge throw of 39.70m. In the jumps, Maria McNamara took gold in the U16 high jump with a fine 1.55m leap while Ellen Fitzpatrick took silver with 1.35m. Aisling Keady-Cummins took silver in the U14 girl’s long jump with 4.09m, while Aoife Walsh was 5th in same event with 3.63m. Dylan Finn took silver in the U14 boy’s long jump wirth 4.26m, while Jack Craven finished in 7th place.
There were also outstanding individual performances from other members of Craughwell AC while representing their areas – with Conor Gillen 1st in U16 boys 1500m, Matthew Moran 4th U16 boys 1500m, Aidan Conneely 1st U14 boys 100m, Tara McNally 2nd U14 girls 100m, Sinead Treacy 3rd U14 girls 100m, Cathal O’Brien 2nd U14 boys shot putt, Oisin Doyle 2nd U14 boys 800m, Liam Forde 1st U14 boys 80m hurdles, James Cahalane 1st U12 boys 600m, Dearbhaile Walsh 2nd U12 girls 800m and Conal Doyle 4th U8 boys 60m.
In the relays, Craughwell took the double in the U16 boys and girls relay. In the girls event, Ellen Fitzpatrick, Maria McNamara, Sineád Gaffney, Maireád McCan and sub Gabrielle Tobin raced to glory ahead of Athenry. For possibly the first time ever, the parish fielded a team in the U16 boys relay and a towering performance saw the team of Cathal Reidy, Conor O’Donoghue, Jamie Spellman and Conor Duggan power around the track to take the gold medals in style. In the U14 relays, Ardrahan’s team of Mark Buckley, Liam Forde, Eddie Madden and Aidan Conneely took the gold medals at their ease while in the girl’s relay Craughwell took the silver medals with Hannah Rabbitte, Michelle Duggan, Grainne McDaid, Aisling Keady-Cummins and subs Leanne Freaney and Andrea Tobin.
The Craughwell U12 boy’s team made the semi-finals with Adrian Prendergast, Dylan Finn, Cian Waters and Micheál McFadden while a strong U12 girls team finished 4th in their heat with Ciara Griffin, Aoife Walsh, Ciana Reidy, Laura Cunningham and subs Anna Farrelly and Shauna Tobin. Oranmore’s U12 team finished 4th in the final featuring club members Jim Crowley, James Cahalane, Brendan Commins and Sean Delaney, while Dandy Murray helped the Ardrahan U15 mixed team to bronze medals. Craughwell’s U10 mixed relay had a fine performance to take the bronze medals in the final with Mia Waters, Finbarr McFadden, Jane Trehy, Darren Lyons, Ailbhe Miskella and Ryan Gallager