** Cóilin Duffy
RANELAGH, Santry and Marino-Fairview competitors represented Dublin with pride at the Aldi All-Ireland Community Games weekend at the University of Limerick on Saturday and Sunday last.
A strong contingent travelled from Dublin, taking part in a range of events, with many memories to take away from the weekend for competitors, managers, family and friends alike.
Ranelagh’s Norah O’Flanagan struck Gold in Swimming with her first placed finish in the 2 Lengths Breaststroke for Under 12 and Over 10 Girls.
Indeed O’Flanagan picked up two gold medals, also in squad competition.
There was a strong contingent in the swimming competitions from the area, with Ranelagh representing Dublin in the Girls Under-13 Swim Squad (4 x 1 length Freestyle) and coming home with Gold
Norah O’Flanagan, Annabelle Black, Lucy Colleary, Elli McNamara, Amy O’Neill and Ellen O’Driscoll were part of the winning squad.
Riona Monaghan also put in a strong display, finishing fourth in the two lengths breaststroke for Under 14 and Over 12 girls.
Also involved in individual swimming events from Ranelagh were Quinn Boylan, Philip Lynch, Ellen O’Driscoll, Kate Black and Amy O’Neill.
Ranelagh’s Ella Moynihan Ní Bhradaigh, Riada Ní Chasaide and Grace Rooney; along with Santry’s Cathal Hickey were part of the nine strong Dublin mixed team that took part in the 1200m Under 13 and Over 11 mixed Cross Country, but didn’t feature in the medal placings.
Ranelagh’s Jamie Carr was part of the Boys Under 12 mixed distance relay squad who came third in their heat behind Kerry and Laois.
The Dublin Girls Under 12 Mixed Distance Relay took bronze, behind Donegal and Kerry, with Ranelagh’s Jane Murphy, Aoibhinn Cusack and Evie Hayes involved.
Ranelagh’s Hannah Barnes, Eabha Fitzpatrick, Aisling Thomas and Honor Lynch were part of the Mixed Distance relay Cross Country Under 14 and Over 12 Girls 600m team.
In the Swim squad (4x 1 length Freestyle) for Under 13 and Over 10 Boys, Ranelagh represented Dublin with Quinn Boylan, Jack Carr, Hugo Ivers McCormack, Philip Lynch, Daragh O’Dwyer and Adam Whittaker trying hard, but not featuring in the medal placings.
Santry were also represented by Harry Young in Model Making and Sorcha Thomas in Swimming.
Marino-Fairview were involved in the Under 14 Quiz, but didn’t feature in the medal places, in a highly competitive event. Joseph Connolly, Luke Feeley, Ely Nolan, Ruairí O’Donohoe and Aidan Tancred were the squad.
They also had representatives in Gymnastics with Hannah Corcoran and Charlotte Clements taking part; Alex Corcoran and Hugo Daly were involved in Swimming events; while Briona Ní Mhuirí participated in Model Making.
Over 3,600 participants from across the country took part over the weekend in over 30 different disciplines with everything from Indoor Soccer, Badminton and Mini Rugby to Culture Corner, Projects and Talent competitions.