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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Athletics County Finals 18th & 19th.

The Community Games county finals will take place Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th in Ardattin field. There will be NO training on Friday 17th, training will take place on Thursday 16th at 6.30 – 7.15 for U6’s & U8’s, 7.15 – 8.15 for U’10’s up. We will be focussing on relays so please try to have all children attend so that they can practice with their team.

Saturday 18th: All children are requested to participate in the Community Games Parade. It is an important part of the day and very enjoyable for the children.

  • All Slaney Valley participants are requested to meet at our tent (Green) no later than 9.15am on Saturday morning. Assembly 9.30 for parade.
  • Athletic Gear will be provided (for all athletes taking part in individual events). This gear will be given out at training on Thursday evening.  We will provide gear for as many others as we can for the parade also. All children can wear their own black shorts and white socks. We ask that all gear be returned on Saturday before leaving the field. It will be washed and given out on Sunday to those participating in the semi-finals/finals on Sunday. Each year a number of jerseys “go missing” so we ask that everyone co-operate with our request not to bring jerseys home on Saturday evening. Children should therefore bring their own t-shirt to change into.
  • When the parade is finished all children must return immediately to the tent as races will start directly after the parade. No parents allowed on the running track only managers.
  • Parents are asked to listen out for races, field events and relays and keep the children close to the tent so they do not miss their event.
  • The normal procedure is U6’s first then U8, 10, 12 ETC. U6 and U8 will be finished by lunch time (approx 1pm) on Saturday but may have to come back Sunday. This year all U14 upwards events will take place on Sunday. Field events will be called out so please listen.
  • There will be a break for lunch (approx 1-2pm) and the races will resume after, however some field events may take place during lunch – times to be confirmed.
  • Please leave a contact number if your child gets through to Sunday in case of any changes in times etc.
  • If your child is not going to participate/ for queries please contact Deirdre 087 1171881 or Martina 087 9960357 as soon as possible.
  • Looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday 18th.

Carlow Community Games County Finals Schedule

Please note this schedule is approximate and subject to change.

There will be a charge for adults both days. Children are free. There will be NO PARKING in the field on the day, please follow signs


9.15 Meet at tent

9.30 Assemble for parade

10am Parade

Before lunch:

Races: Heats and Semi-finals U6 andU8

Relays for U6 and U8 (Finish by approximately 1pm) Finals on Sunday.

Field events:

Ball Throw, Turbo Javelin & Long Jump time to be confirmed

Lunch 1-2pm (some events may continue through lunch)

After lunch:

U 12 bike race approx 2pm on main track

All U10, U12 races

Relays: U10, 12

NOTE: All races from U14 events will take place Sunday.


11am Semi-finals & U 14 events

After Lunch: All finals: U6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 including relays and middle distance races.

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Athletics Training

As was the situation last year athletics training will take place in conjunction with Ardattin Athletics.  Registration night for Ardattin Athletics & Slaney Valley Community Games will take place on Tuesday 23rd of February at 7.00pm in Ardattin Hall. Registration fee for Ardattin Athletics is  €20 per child to a max of  €60 per family.   €5 per child or €10 per family for Community Games. Athletics training will commence for age 7 and over after for registration on the 23rd of February. Training will continue every Tuesday & Friday night from 7.00 to 8.00.  Training for under 7’s will start on Friday 1st of April at 7.00 until 7.45.

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U- 6 Born between 01.08.2010 – 31.07.2012

U -8 Born between 01.08.2008 – 31.07.2010

U-10 Born between 01.08.2006 – 31.07.2008.

U-12 Born between 01.08.2004 – 31.07.2006.

U – 14 Born between 01.08.2002 – 31.07.2004

U – 16 Born between 01.08.2000 – 31.07.2002

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Art Competition

Art Competition: Area Art Competition will take place on 5th of March in the Spellman Hall, Kildavin. Registration at 1.00pm. Competition commencing at 1.30pm. Age categories U8 – U16 Boys & Girls. All entries must have a community games theme. Under 8 & 10’s can choose their own theme. U-12 – U-16’s must choose one of the following themes: Debating, Pitch and Putt, Long Puck, Spikeball, Rugby, Discus, Quiz, High Jump, Group Music and Model Making. Winners will go forward to represent Slaney Valley at the County Final on Saturday 19th March in Askea Boys School, Carlow. Enquiries to Martina Carroll 087 9960357 or Deirdre Byrne 087 1171881.

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Make & Model

Under 10 and over area trial details.

The area final will take place on Saturday the 20th of February in St Brigid’s Hall, Clonegal. Registration at 1.30 pm, competition starts at 2.00 pm sharp. Age categories U10, U12, U14 & U16 boys and girls. County Finals will take place on Sunday 3rd of April in Ballon. Enquiries to Martina Carroll 087 9960357 or Deirdre Byrne 087 1171881.

  • 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 19th of February during the normal make & model class 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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Look back at 2015

What a year we have had here’s a little look back at some highlights, look forward to seeing you all next year.

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Our annual end of year Disco will be held on Friday the 2nd of October to acknowledge the participation of so many children in the various community games competitions during the past 12 months. This will take place at 7.00pm in the Spellman Hall, Kildavin.

The evening will start with the presentation of medals to the winners of our area competition in handwriting, model making and art which took place at the beginning of the year. The 18 children who travelled to Athlone to represent us in the National Finals will also be presented with a trophy to recognise their achievements. Following the presentations there will be a disco for all young and old – this promises to be a disco with a difference.

This night is a celebration of participation in our various events and we want to see each and everyone of the children who were involved with our club during the year at our end of year party. We want to see our artists, basketballers, model makers, scribes, footballers, athletes, swimmers, cyclists, tag rugby players and those who played skittles.

A raffle will be held on the night and we are asking parents to donate child centred spot prizes and to contribute generously to the raffle on the evening.

Our AGM will be held on Tuesday 6th of October at 8.00pm in St Brigid’s Hall, Clonegal. A large number of children in our area have benefitted from the work of the Community Games Committee and we ask that parents show their support by attending our AGM.

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