Time is running out for affiliating to the Community Games, according to officials in Donegal.

They are today reminding interested parties that the closing date is March 31.

A spokesman said: “Areas intending to take part in the U13 cross-country or U16 marathon should contact the co-ordinator Muriel Bradley on 0877924317.

“The closing date is March 31. The talent competition has become very popular in recent years.

“Areas intending to enter competitors in the group or solo categories for music, dance, singing, culture corner and recitation should get in touch.

“Those taking part in U15 duathlon may contact the co-ordinator Paddy Bond in Ramelton.

“The swimming final will take place in the Aura Centre in Letterkenny on April 8. Competitors from the areas should be forwarded to Viona Coyle before March 30.

“In table tennis, area managers should have their teams selected at this stage. The co-ordinator is Paddy Delap in Letterkenny.

“The gymnastics finals will take place in Letterkenny on April 29. The chess and draughts finals will be held in Ballyshannon on March 26.

“The national finals for the May weekend events will be held in the University of Limerick from May 25 to 27.

“The National AGM, which was postponed owing to the inclement weather, will now be held in Limerick on April 7.”

The Community Games was established in Dublin in 1968 to cater specifically for children and later year celebrated its golden 50-year jubilee.

When the Community Games organisation was founded, Donegal entered the athletics section of the competition.

The event was held in Santry, Co Dublin, and the late Ben O'Donnell, from Lifford, was the Donegal team manager.

In 1972, it was decided to enter a number of events and Ballybofey’s Patsy McGonagle, who later became a member of the Irish Olympic Committee, was secretary for Donegal.

The Community Games have since gone from strength to strength.

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