Fit Towns benefits communities 

Two Galway communities have been rewarded for their work in fostering sporting and exercise activities. 

Pictured at the presentation of awards in the Galway Sports Partnership FIT TOWNS initiative in the Harbour hotel, Galway on Monday last were - Back:  Martin Staunton, Eyrecourt Active Retired Ass; Majella Ní Chríochán, Simon Murray, Inishbofin; Noirín Ní Loideán, Club Siúil, An Spideil; Mark Gillen, Craughwell AC; Michael Tobin, Craughwell AC; Cllr Niamh Byrne, Oughterard/Moycullen Fit Towns; Tom Peoples, Moycullen Fit Towns; AN Other, Portumna Fit Towns; Cathy Ní Ghoill, Coiste Aclaíocht, Inis Mór; Joesephine Gardiner, Galway Sports Partnership, Portumna Fit Towns. Front: - Sarah Ní Fhatharta, Coiste Spoirt & Siamsa Inis Meain; Sorcha NÍ Choncra , Comhar Caomhán Teo, Comhairchumann Pobal, Inis Oírr; Michael Curley, Galway Sports Partnership; John Treacy CEO Irish Sports Council;  Declan McDonnell, chairperson Galway Sports Partnership steering group;  Frank Fahy, Galway City Council;  and Sarah Killeen, Fit Towns Portumna. 
Absent from the photograph,  Vincent O’Hara, Portumna Fit Towns.

Pictured at the presentation of awards in the Galway Sports Partnership FIT TOWNS initiative in the Harbour hotel, Galway on Monday last were - Back: Martin Staunton, Eyrecourt Active Retired Ass; Majella Ní Chríochán, Simon Murray, Inishbofin; Noirín Ní Loideán, Club Siúil, An Spideil; Mark Gillen, Craughwell AC; Michael Tobin, Craughwell AC; Cllr Niamh Byrne, Oughterard/Moycullen Fit Towns; Tom Peoples, Moycullen Fit Towns; AN Other, Portumna Fit Towns; Cathy Ní Ghoill, Coiste Aclaíocht, Inis Mór; Joesephine Gardiner, Galway Sports Partnership, Portumna Fit Towns. Front: - Sarah Ní Fhatharta, Coiste Spoirt & Siamsa Inis Meain; Sorcha NÍ Choncra , Comhar Caomhán Teo, Comhairchumann Pobal, Inis Oírr; Michael Curley, Galway Sports Partnership; John Treacy CEO Irish Sports Council; Declan McDonnell, chairperson Galway Sports Partnership steering group; Frank Fahy, Galway City Council; and Sarah Killeen, Fit Towns Portumna. Absent from the photograph, Vincent O’Hara, Portumna Fit Towns.

Portumna and Coiste Aclaíocht, Inis Mór, were the two winners in this year's Fit Towns, a new initiative of the Galway Sports Partnership which challenges local clubs and communities to work together to organise sports and activities for their local areas.

Ten communities took part in the challenge with Portumna winning Category 2 (towns and villages under 2000 population ). They headed off challenges from Meelick/Eyrecourt Active Retired Group,  Craughwell Athletic Club, Carna & Iorras Aithneach, Moycullen Fit Towns and Oughterard Fit Towns. 

Coiste Aclaíocht, Inis Mór, took the Category 3 award (for the offshore islands ), over Coiste Spóirt & Siamsa Inis Meain, Comhair Caomhán Teo, Comhairchuimman Pobal, Inis Oírr, and and Fit Islands Committee, Inishbofin. 

Each category winner was presented with a cheque for €5000 and a special commemorative plaque  by Irish Sports Council CEO John Treacy at a ceremony in the Harbour Hotel. 

Chairperson of Galway Sports Partnership steering group,  Declan McDonnell paid tribute to the support the Sports Partnership had received over the years from the Irish Sports Council and in particular towards this initiative. He also paid tribute to the outstanding voluntary effort made by all participants in the competition and to the benefits that their efforts had provided for residents in their localities. 

John Treacy pointed to the increasing number who now take part in sport and physical activities, and the increasing awareness of the benefits of participation which was a result of the work of the Sports Partnership network nationwide. 

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