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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The Community Games Athletics County Finals were held in Ardattin on Saturday and Sunday the 20th and 21st of June. There was a fantastic display of fitness, determination and speed from all the competitors. Over 80 children represented Slaney Valley in the various events. The day started off with the parade and the kids looked fantastic in their new jerseys. Thanks to O’Reilly’s Supervalu, Bunclody for their sponsorship. A big cheer went up from the Slaney Valley kids as they were awarded second place in the parade. The races kicked off with the U6 sprints followed by the U8 sprints. Then the fun began with the relays! We are delighted to say that all the hard work paid off and all of our relay teams made it around in style. Niamh Murphy competed in the bike race at lunch time and will now represent Carlow in Athlone in August. The competition heated up in the afternoon with the U 10 & 12 sprints, distance and relays. There was an early start on Sunday morning for the competitors in the javelin and shot putt. Following those competitons the semi finals and u14 competition started. The finals of all the races took part in the afternoon. This has been the most successful year ever for the club in the finals and there are now 28 members from our area heading to Athlone in August to represent Carlow. The Committee of Slaney Valley Community Games and the athletic coaches are very proud of each and every child who took part. The committee are also very grateful to those who contributed to making the weekend the success that it was and such an enjoyable event for all the kids. Medal winners: Boys U6 60M Michael Redmond 4th. Boys U10 100m Ciaran Scott 1st. Boys U10 200m Jake Nolan 4th. Boys U10 Hurdles 60m Max Coulahan 3rd. Girls U12 Long Jump Roisin Mulvihill 2nd, Zoe Coulahan 4th. Boys U14 Hurdles Rory Byrne 1st. Girls U14 Long Jump Emma Mulvihill 1st, Maise Rose Courtney 4th. Girls U14 Javelin Aoife Carroll 3rd. Boys U14 Shot Putt Stephen Carroll 2nd. Girls U14 100m Kayla Nolan 2nd, Laura O’Brien 4th. Girls U14 800m Aoibheann Brennan 2nd. Girls U14 Cycling Niamh Murphy 1st. Girls U16 100m Orna Brophy 100m. Girls U16 200m. Laura Murphy 3rd Riona Byrne 4th. RELAYS: U6 Girls 4th, U6 Boys 3rd, U8 Girls 3rd, U10 Boys 1st, U12 Boys 4th, U14 Girls 1st, U10 Mixed 4th, U13 Mixed 1st, U16 Mixed 1st. Overall Area Results – Slaney Valley 4th. Best of luck to all those heading to Athlone in August.

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Community Games County Finals June 20th & 21st

The Community Games county finals will take place this Saturday and Sunday in Ardattin field. There will be NO training on Friday night, training this week will take place on Thursday 7-8pm instead. We will be focussing on relays so please try to have all children attend so that they can practice with their team.

Saturday: 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). 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. If you have any gear from last year PLEASE return it ASAP. 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 jersies “go missing” so we ask that everyone co-operate with our request not to bring jersies 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 (except Long Puck, Long Jump and Bike Race). Field events will be called out so please listen. See notice board for approximate schedule.
  • 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.
  • 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!

Yours in Sport, Barry, Deirdre, Siobhan, Lorraine Martina & Mim.

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 approx 11am, Long Jump (u14) approx 2pm

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

After lunch:

U 12, U14 Bike race approx 2pm on main track

All U10, U12 races

Relays: U10, 12

NOTE: All races from U14 upwards (except bike race and U14 Long Jump) will take place Sunday.


11am Semi-finals

Field events: Javelin, Long Jump U12- TIMES TO BE CONFIRMED

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

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Ballon Sports

Ballon Sports will take place tomorrow Sunday the 8th of June in the GAA Pitch in Ballon commencing at 1.00pm. 

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Co Carlow Athletics Track & Field Championships

Ardattin Sunday 24th May 2015 Starting at 12 noon

Programme of Events

Boys & Girls

Time Age Event Event Event Event
12 noon U7 60m
U8 60m
U9 80m 300m
U10 80m 600m
U11 80m 600m Turbo Javelin
U7 Relay 4 x 50
U9 Relay 4 x 50
U11 Relay 4 x 100
2 pm U12 80m 600m Hurdles
U13 80m 600m
U14 100m 800m Hurdles
U15 100m 400m 1500m
U16 100m 1500m
U17 1500m
U12 Relay 4 x 100
U14 Relay 4 x 100
Junior 400m

Entry Fee €3 per athlete / €5 per team relay

Please Note:- Athletes and clubs must be regristrated / affiliated to AAI

There must be a minimum of 3 competitors per event

Athletes must compete in their own age group

Athletes can move up one age group in field events and relays

Mixed relays not allowed to compete

AAI rules apply

Wednesday 20th May at O’Toole’s Grounds

Boys & Girls

Time Age Event Event Event
7.00pm U12 High Jump
U14 Shot Putt High Jump
U16 Shot Putt
7.30pm U14 Girls Javelin
U18 Girls Javelin
U15 Boys Javelin
U18 Boys Javelin

Saturday 9th May at O’Toole’s Grounds

Boys & Girls

Time Age Event
3.00 pm Sort out by entries per age group Pole Vault

Please Note

All Long Jump’s in O’Toole’s grounds on Wednesday 20th May

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Community Games County Final Trials

Athletics Trials: Athletics trials for Community Games will take place for U6, 8, 10, 12 & 14’s on Tuesday 19th of May in Ardattin. Registration at 6pm. Races will begin at 6.30.

Please note that all children wishing to take part in the trials need to register for their race on the night. Cost €2 per athlete. If Community Games registration has not already been paid this can also be done so on the night- €4 per child or €10 per family. Please see the board at the entrance to the track for the full list of all the events available for each age-group.

The Community Games county finals will take place on Saturday and Sunday 20th/ 21st of June. Please do not attend the trials if you are not going to be available for those dates. If children attend the trials and are put forward for individual events or relays it is important that they do attend the county finals. Any queries to Deirdre 087 1171881, Barry 087 9197559, Martina 087 9960357.


  • Boys & Girls U6 60m & 80m
  • Boys & Girls U8 60m & 80m
  • Boys & Girls U10 100m, 200m & 60m hurdles.
  • Boys & Girls U12 100m, 600m
  • Boys & Girls U14 100m, 800m & 80m hurdles.
  • Boys & Girls U16 100m, 200m,1500m
  • & 7 km Marathon.


  • Ball Throw – U 12 Boys & Girls
  • Javelin – U 14 Boys & Girls
  • Discus – U16 Boys & Girls
  • High Jump – U 16 Boys & Girls.
  • Long Jump – U14 Boys & Girls
  • Long Puck Boys U12. Girls U 14.
  • Shot Putt – Boys & Girls U 14
  • Triple Jump – Boys & Girls U 16
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Athletics training Friday 8th may

Athletics training tonight in ardattin is cancelled due to the poor weather.

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Ardattin 4 Mile Fun run

A huge thank you to all who took part in our fun run Monday evening. This is a big fundraiser for Slaney Valley every year enabling us to continue all our activities throughout the year,  and your continued support is greatly appreciated, . 4 miles is a massive achievement especially for all the kids who completed the course. We are very proud of all the kids making it around, all with huge smiles on their faces. As always help was in abundance, thanks to everyone who helped out with food, marshaling, etc also the hall committee for the use of the hall.

Results for anyone interested in their times click on the link below.

Ardattin 4 mile results

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Slaney Valley 4 Mile Fun Run

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Slaney Valley Will hold a 4 mile fun run on Bank Holiday Monday the 4th registration at 4pm starting at 5pm. With Kids prizes and refreshments afterwards at the Hall in Ardattin. Lots of fun for all the family.

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