4 mile Fun Run

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Handwriting Area Trial results

We held our handwriting area trial last Thursday evening and as always a high standard made it as competitive as ever, well done to all who took part. The top 3 go on to represent Slaney Valley at the county final, held in Ballon school, starting  at 2:30pm (registration at 2pm)  on Sunday the 12th of March. 


U10 girls: 1st Olivia Romaniec, 2nd Aoife Byrne, 3rd Abbie Grey & 4th Elizabeth Callaghan.

U10 Boys 1st Johnny Sheppard, 2nd David Whitty & 3rd Niall McGrath.

U12 Girls 1st Chloe Roberts, 2nd Nicole Roberts, 3rd Isabel Whitty & 4th Aoife Murphy.

U12 Boys 1st Darragh Roberts, 2nd Sean Smith, 3rd Alex Callaghan & 4th  Eamon Murphy.

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Art Area Trial

Today saw a very competitive competition with over 40 kids taking part across various age groups. The standard was very high, so regardless of results well done to everyone who took part. Most importantly everyone had a fun afternoon with their friends.


The top three in each category make it through to the county final held in Askea boys school Saturday 11th March.

The results are as follows:

Girls U8, 1st Ciara Fortune, 2nd Ellie Byrne Roberts, 3rd Ava Byrne & 4th Freya Coulahan.

Girls u10 1st Sarah Smith, 2nd Elizabeth Callaghan, 3rd Megan Doyle & 4th Robyn Conway.

Girls U12 1st Sophie Byrne, 2nd Isabel Whitty, 3rd Shanna Mae Brennan & 4th India Mernagh.

Girls U14 1st Emma Byrne, 2nd Aisling Byrne, 3rd Cara Murphy & 4th Eimear Cowman.

Boys U8 1st Jamie Conway, 2nd Noah Byrne, & 3rd Killian Warren.

Boys U10 1st Joe Warren, 2nd James Knight, 3rd Sean Byrne & 4th David Whitty.

Boys U12 1st Eamon Murphy & 2nd Alex Callaghan.

We will endeavour to return the pictures through the schools, if children don’t receive pictures back please contact us.


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Upcoming events 2017 vol3


The area art final will take place on Saturday 4th March in Spellman Hall Kildavin, registration at 1.30pm and competition from 2pm-5pm. Age categories U8-U16 boys and girls. 

All entries must have a community games theme. U8 and U10’s can choose their own theme. U12-U16 must choose one of the following themes; Duathlon, Badminton, Futsal, Cycling on Grass, Project, Swimming, Culture Corner, Handwriting, One Wall Handball and
Skittles. Winners will go forward to represent Slaney Valley at the county final on Saturday 11th March in Askea Boys School, there will be a morning and an afternoon session, 9:30am and 2pm. Enquiries to Martina Carroll 087 9960357 or Deirdre Byrne 087 1171881.


The area trials for the handwriting will take place on Thursday 2nd March in St. Brigid’s Hall Clonegal. Registration at 6:45pm, competiton starting at 7pm. All materials will be provided. Age categories U10 and U12 boys and girls. County
finals will be held on Sunday 12th March at 2:30pm in Ballon National School. Enquiries to Martina Carroll 087 9960357.


The county final will be held on Saturday 25th March in Carlow for boys and girls U9, U11 and U13. Contestants must perform  the set community games routine. Interested participants please contact Deirdre Byrne by Friday 10th March on 087 1171881.


County final will take place Saturday 29th April. Training will commence for U12’s and U14’s on Friday 24th March after athletic training in Ardattin. Enquiries to Valerie Coulahan 087 6837724.

Fun Run: 

We will be holding our 4 mile fun run which is our only fundraiser of the year on Monday 1st May. Great fun for all the family.

Please like our facebook page slaneyvalley.communitygames to keep up to date with events

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Make and Model Area Trial Results

Well done to all who took part in the area trial last night, results are as follows:

Boys U10

1st Sean Byrne, 2nd David Whitty.

Girls U10

1st Robyn Conway, 2nd Sophie Moorehead, 3rd Saoirse Byrne, 4th Ava Coleman

Girls u12

1st Caoimhe Byrne, 2nd Sophie Byrne, 3rd Reece Coleman, 4th Isobelle Whitty

Girls u14

1st Sarah Sheppard, 2nd Shauna Doyle.

1st, 2nd, & 3rd will advance to the county final held in Ballon NS Sunday the 12th of March at 10am.

Models can be collected from the hall, today Saturday February 18th from 6 – 6.15pm

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Upcoming events details 2017 vol 2

Swimming: County finals for swimming will be held for U8- U16 in Graiguecullen on February 25th. Interested participants please contact Valerie Coulahan by 10th of February at 0876837724, as all names need to be registered before the event.

Chess: County final for U13 chess will take place on February 17th. Trials to pick teams will take place in Our Lady of Lourdes National School Bunclody on Wednesday the 1st February from 4-5pm.

Tag Rugby: Tag Rugby training continues for U11 and U14 mixed teams on Saturdays at 2pm in Ardattin.

Soccer: U10 and U13 soccer county finals will take place in February. Any enquiries contact Barry Byrne at 0879197559.

Art Competition: Area art competition will take place in early March, date to follow.

Mixed Distance Relay: The cross-country and mixed distance relay U12 and U14 county finals are due to be held in Ballon on Saturday 18th February. Training will be held on Wednesday 1st, 8th and 15th February in Bunclody GAA pitch at 7pm finishing at 7:45pm. Enquiries to Barry at 0879197559.

Athletics: Athletics training will be returning on Tuesday and Friday evenings in Ardattin from 7-8pm. As was the situation for the last two years athletics training will be held in conjuction with Ardattin Athletics. Registration night for both Community Games and Ardattin Athletics will take place on Tuesday the 28th February at 7pm in Ardattin Hall. Athletics training for age 8 and older wil start immediatley after registration. Training for age 7 and under will start at a later date.

Registration fee for Ardattin Athletics will be 20 euro per child and 25 euro per adult or 80 euro per family.

Community Games registration is 5 euro per child or 10 euro per family.

NOTE: We are delighted to see incresing numbers taking part in athletic training and competing in community games. If any parent would be interested in helping with athletic training this year it would be greatly appreciated. Any enquiries to Barry Byrne at 0879197559 and Deirdre Byrne at 087117188


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Make and Model 2017

Under 10 and older area trial details.

The area final will take place on Friday the 3rd of February in St Brigid’s Hall, Clonegal.  Registration at 6.00 pm, competition starts at 6.30 pm sharp.   Age categories U10, U12, U14 & U16 boys and girls.   No date has been fixed yet for the County Finals. Enquiries to Martina Carroll 087 9960357 or Deirdre Byrne 087 1171881.

  •  Community Games registration is €5 per child or €10 per family.  Competition fee is €2.
  • Competitors to provide their own materials and display boards.
  • Wire for models will be provided.

Make & Model rules.

  1. An exhibit must be based on a Community Games Activity.
  2. Any materials may be used.
  3. Time allotted will be 3 hours.
  4. An unprepared base for the model will be permitted but shop purchased ready-made items such as miniature dolls, bicycles, nest etc., will not be permitted.
  5. Maximum size of an exhibit will be 60cm x 60cm x 60cm.

(Full rules are available on the National Community Games web site.)

Under 8 and younger information.

On Friday the 27th of February during the normal make & model class 7-8pm there will be an opportunity for all U 8’s to take part in our “mini’s competition”.  All participants will be presented with a medal.  Normal class fee of  €3 applies.  Children to supply their own materials.  Display boards will be supplied.

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Mim Gorman


The committee and all the members of Slaney Valley Community Games & Ardattin Athletics wish to extend their deepest sympathy to the Gorman family on the death of their father Mim.  May peace and comfort find you during this sad time.

Mim’s contribution to athletics and community games in our locality and throughout the county for in excess of 40 years cannot be measured.  His commitment to the young of our area far exceeded that expected of any one individual.  Because of his sense of Community and his forward thinking leaves us with his legacy of the finest running track in Carlow.

Always most evident in Mim’s attitude was his sense of fairness to all children, no child would ever be treated differently or receive an unfair advantage under his watch.  He took great joy in seeing young children develop into young adults and valued most a good attitude above all other attributes.

In recent years his health hasn’t allowed him take on an as active role as he would have liked, nevertheless his love for athletics continued to show as all activities were carried out under his watchful eye from the vantage point of the front seat of his car.  There was only one person in the field that the kids wanted to impress and they flocked around his car at the end of the training session to hear him say “you can take another two seconds or more off that time”.

As our 2017 track and field season is due to commence his presence in Ardattin will be sadly missed by all as we know we can never again say “we will ask Mim, he’ll know”.  The greatest honour we and all involved can bestow on Mim is to keep athletics & Community Games strong in our area.

Rest in peace Mim.

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Upcoming events 2017 vol1

 Upcoming Events


Basketball training is currently underway and continues in Ballon Community Centre on Wednesdays. U-11 Boys and Girls 5:30- 6:30pm. U-13 Boys and Girls 6:30-7:30pm. U-11 mixed finals will take place on Sunday 8th January 2017 at 10am in Graiguecullen. U-13 Girls final will take place on Saturday 28th January at 1:30pm in St Leo’s. U-13 Boys final to be held on Sunday 29th January in St. Leo’s at 9:30am. For further details contact Bernie on 087 9352665.


Make and Model:

The club have organised model making classes on Friday 13th, 20th and 27th of January in St. Brigid’s Hall, Clonegal. Fee 3 euro per class. The area final will take place on Friday 3rd February in Clonegal with registration at 6pm and competition commencing at 6:30pm for U-10’s – U-16’s. U-8 competition will be held at last training session on Friday 27th January. Models must be based on a community games activity. Enquiries to Martina Carroll at 087 9960357.



First training session for quiz will be held on Thursday 19th January in Clonegal. The final of the Table Quiz U-14 competition will take place on Saturday 11th February in Askea Boys School Carlow at 6pm. Enquiries to Martina Carroll at 087 9960357.


Tag Rugby:

Tag Rugby training will commence on Saturday 7th January at 2pm in Ardattin for U-11 and U-14 mixed teams . County finals will be held in January in Ardattin, date to be confirmed. Enquiries to Barry Byrne at 087 9197559.



County finals for swimming will be held on February the 25th in Graiguecullen. Interested participants please contact Valerie Coulahan at 087 6837724.


Please note: Athletic County Finals will take place on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th June.

  • All details are on our website slaneyvalleycg.com or on our facebook page slaneyvalley.communitygames.
  • Registration is 4 euro per child or 10 euro per family.
  • Age Categories: U-8 Born between 01.08.2009 – 31.07.2011

 U-10 Born between 01.08.2007 – 31.07.2009

                                              U-12 Born between 01.08.2005 – 31.07.2007

                                              U-14 Born between 01.08.2003 – 31.07.2005

                                              U-16 Born between 01.08.2001 – 31.07.2003

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County Final Results

The County Finals in Ardattin on Saturday & Sunday 18th & 19th of June proved to be a fantastic success for our area. The morning started off on a very high note with the club being awarded 1st place in the parade. Well done to the Parade Organisers Laura Murphy & Orna Brophy. These two young girls have helped our club in so many ways during the year. Thank you to the parents who contributed towards the parade and a special word of thanks to the pupils and teachers of Kildavin NS for making the torches. All our under 6’s & 8’s were in action on Saturday morning and a number of them proceeded to semi-finals on Sunday morning and then to finals on Sunday afternoon. To see so many young children from our area taking part and performing to the best of their ability was very rewarding for the coaches. On Saturday afternoon our U10’s & 12’s were in action and again everyone performed to the best of their ability. Their hard work during training for the past number of months was very evident with large number advancing to semi-finals and finals. Also on Saturday our members took part in cycling on grass, long jump and turbo javelin. The club achieved great success in all these areas. Sunday was a damp day to say the least but again the young athletes performed in their semi-finals with a large number reaching the finals which took place on Sunday afternoon.The competition for the mixed distance relays were held on Tuesday the 21st in Ardattin. A large number of our members made the panel for these relays and will be representing the county in Athlone in August.

The young people who joined our club this year as helpers provided huge backup to the coaches. We want to thank Orna Brophy, Laura Murphy, Barry Hickey, Riona Byrne & Stephen Carroll. Barry and Riona were unable to attend the County Finals but their commitment to club during the year is much appreciated. Orna, Laura & Stephen worked so hard over the weekend. Your help and willingness to do all your were asked was of huge benefit and helped enormously to the smooth running of finals.

Two of our young competitors were injured over the course of the weekend and we are very happy to say that both have made a full recovery.

The following received medals.

U6 80m Ellie Kirwan 4th. U10 100m Sophie Moorhead 4th U10 100m Ciaran Scott 1st. U10 200m Isabel Furlong 4th. U10 200m Jake Nolan 1st. U12 100m Sarah Cox 2nd. U12 600m Mark Canavan 4th. U14 Hurdles Aoife Carroll 2nd. U14 Hurdles Rory Byrne 1st. U14 800m Roisin Bailey 2nd. U16 1500m Aoibheann Brennan 1st. U10 Turbo Javelin Lily Jones 1st. Boys U12 Cycling on Grass Shane Murphy 1st Niall Furlong 3rd. U14 Long Jump Emma Mulvihill 1st Maisy Rose Courtney Keane 2nd. Boys U14 Long Jump David Furlong 4th. U16 Discus Niamh Murphy 2nd. Girls U12 Long Jump Roisin Mulvihill 1st. Girls U15 Duathlon Eve Furlong 1st. Girls U16 Marathon Aoibheann Brennan. Relays. U8 Boys 3rd. Girls U12 2nd. Boys U12 4th. Girls U14 2nd. Boys U14 2nd. Mixed U10 3rd. Mixed Distance Relay Panel – Girls U12 Sarah Cox, Roisin Carroll & Caoimhe Byrne. Mixed Distance Relay Panel Boys U12 – Mark Canavan. Mixed Distance U14 Aoife Carroll & Maisy Rose Courtney Keane. Mixed Distance U 14 Boys Lorcan Canavan.

All participants are winners in our eyes. We want to wish the very best of luck to all those who are through to the National Finals in Athlone in August. Athletics training will resume in early July. Date to be confirmed. From our various activities during the year including model making, swimming, cycling and athletics we have a total of 21 young members representing County Carlow in Athlone. The Committee & Coaches of the various activities are very proud of what has been achieved so far this year.

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