Darndale kids hold their own Olympics

by Gazette Reporter
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Over 120 children from Darndale and Glin Road had their own Tokyo Games experience at an Olympic-themed sports day, which included a series of masterclasses from top sporting organisations.

The Glin and Darndale Olympic Sports Day took place at the Glin Road Sports and Recreation Centre on Dublin’s northside, with 60 children from Darndale and 60 from the Glin Road area participating on the day.

Running in parallel with the Tokyo Olympics, eight events were organised including cricket, boxing, athletics, soccer, and orienteering.

Kaya Chaney and Sophie McDermott celebrate at the Glin and Darndale Olympic Sports Day which included a series of masterclasses from top sporting organisations. Image: Fintan Clarke

The event also saw masterclasses from national and regional sporting associations including the FAI, Leinster Rugby, and Cricket Leinster, and Boxing Ireland skills and drills were provided by local Darndale legend Joe Russell.

“It is fantastic to see so many of our local children take part in this unique event,” said Dr Jack Nolan, chair of the Darndale Economic and Social Plan implementation group.

“They will also have gained inspiration from the sporting associations who came out on the day to engage with our next generation of heroes.”

Leelyn Scanlan, Lacey Scanlan, Ava Murray, Aoibheann Mitchell Boylan and Heidi Boylan celebrate at the Glin and Darndale Olympic Sports Day which included a series of masterclasses from top sporting organisations. Image: Fintan Clarke

The event was organised by Glin Road Sports and Recreation Centre and Darndale Recreation Centre in partnership with Dublin City Council Recreation Service, Dublin City Council Sports and Wellbeing Partnership.

“The event was organised to tie into the Olympics, and we were delighted to see the turnout on the day,” said Jason Brady, Duty Supervisor at Glin Road Sports and Recreation Centre.

“All in all, the Sports Day went very well, and the weather did its bit and held out for the kids.”

Stephen Scarf celebrates at the Glin and Darndale Olympic Sports Day which included a series of masterclasses from top sporting organisations. Pic: Fintan Clarke

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