Press Release

Minister for Food Safety and Health Promotion officially closes the 40th Birthday Celebration of the HSE Community Games – ‘Farewell to Mosney’

Minister Wallace, Minister for Health Promotion and Food Safety, officially closes the 40th Birthday Celebration of HSE Community Games ‘Farewell to Mosney’.

Minister Mary Wallace. TD, Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children today (24th August, 2008) officially closed the Community Games at Mosney, the last time the Games will be held at that venue.

In 2009 the National Finals of the Community Games will move to state-of-the-art sports facilities at Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT). The move marks the end of a thirty-five year relationship with Mosney, where over 8,000 children from all over the country have competed annually in the Games. The HSE sponsor the Community Games and the aim is to create a healthy environment, one that promotes the health of visitors, fans, players, employees and the local community – a place where people will have a positive healthy experience playing or watching community games activities.

The Irish Sports Council also support and sponsor the games. Many famous Irish personalities have competed in the games over the years including Sonia O’Sullivan, Niall Quinn and Colin Farrell.

The Minister said “Children love being involved in the games, and it is great for building self-esteem and confidence. There is a great range of activities from dancing to draughts to discus. There is something to appeal to every child. HSE Community Games caters for children from age 6 to 16 allowing them to participate in over 34 team events and numerous individual evens which also include cultural activities.”

The Community Games are active in many communities in all parts of Ireland. The Games can help the HSE to reach out to these communities and spread healthy messages to the thousands of people involved with these games in these communities.

Minister Wallace said “In recent years, an effort has been made to offer more healthy food options for volunteers and participants. We want to make the healthier choice the easier choice. Physical activity is important to keep the mind healthy. The HSE Community Games provides these opportunities for young people. In fact, we can all be healthier in body and mind by being a little more active.”

“I would like to thank all the participants, the organisers, the volunteers and the parents for contributing to this fantastic event. It is wonderful to see that the Community Games, which began so many years ago, are continuing to have such an important and beneficial role in the lives of young people. I am confident that for many years to come the Community Games will continue to engage children in what hopefully becomes a lifetime commitment to physical activity” the Minister added.

Read the speech.