The 2016 Community Games Festival, in association with the HSE, proved a hit again as record-breaking attendance numbers were recorded.
Over 7,000 participants flocked to Athlone AIT armed with lots of support over the last two weekends despite the inclement weather.
Sport was played, races were run but most importantly lifelong friendships were made. The festival witnessed winners all round as in the eyes of Community Games, everyone is a winner with participation and enjoyment being key.
Participants and volunteers from over 600 areas across Ireland make this national festival a unique and memorable experience while representing everything that is good about sport and culture in Ireland today.
Gerard Davenport, President of Community Games said: “In this Olympic year I have no doubt we have seen a number of future Olympian’s taking part in various events across our National Festival.”
Bernie Brennan, Marketing and PR Director, added: “As we approach our Golden Jubilee (2017), it is with great pride we can confirm this year’s festival was one of the most successful to date. Our ethos remains as strong as ever with children’s health and wellbeing remaining our number one priority.”