First win of the sea­son for Sligo RFC

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THE Cathaoir­leach of Sligo County Coun­cil Cllr Martin Baker hosted a re­cep­tion in County Hall for the county’s medal­lists at the na­tional Com­mu­nity Games fi­nals.

In his ad­dress the Cathaoir­leach said it was a unique oc­ca­sion. “We have cre­ated a record, in that we never had so many cham­pi­ons gath­ered in this build­ing. Given the huge num­ber of win­ners County Sligo had at the Na­tional Fi­nals, we have a very large crowd here this evening, but I think it was im­por­tant to hon­our this spe­cial achieve­ment in the seat of Lo­cal Government in Sligo.

“For me, the Com­mu­nity Games are one of our most im­por­tant and suc­cess­ful sport­ing events. “What makes them spe­cial is that the fo­cus is very much on par­tic­i­pa­tion and en­joy­ment rather than suc­cess, and this en­sures ev­ery­one is wel­comed along to play their part. But like any sport, there is an el­e­ment of com­pe­ti­tion, and this evening we will be cel­e­brat­ing and com­mend­ing the win­ners across the var­i­ous dis­ci­plines.

“There is a great good­will among the peo­ple of Sligo to­wards the Com­mu­nity Games, they were a mem­o­rable part of our lives and they will go on to be a won­der­ful pres­ence in the lives of our chil­dren. I es­pe­cially wel­come the fact that our win­ners are spread all over the county which shows the strength of the Com­mu­nity Games or­gan­i­sa­tion in Sligo. “I think the rea­son peo­ple re­gard the Com­mu­nity Games as so spe­cial is the re­spect and ad­mi­ra­tion we have for the many, many vol­un­teers who work tire­lessly be­hind the scenes. These ded­i­cated peo­ple are re­ally the main­stay of the or­gan­i­sa­tion, and we owe them a debt of grat­i­tude for their con­tri­bu­tion year in, year out.”

The Cathaoir­leach thanked the Sec­re­tary of County Sligo Com­mu­nity Games, Ann Kelly, ‘an ex­cep­tional vol­un­teer who has de­voted a life-time to County Sligo Com­mu­nity Games, and she can take par­tic­u­lar pride in the ma­jor suc­cess we had this year.’ He thanked all the medal­lists, say­ing they are a credit to their clubs, coaches, teach­ers and fam­i­lies.’

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