Wednesday, September 07, 2022

Lexi Power, Kelsey Coady, Abby Coady, Chloe Coady and Katie Doyle


Leona and Christy Cody with baby Jaxon


Lisa Murphy with her children Evie and Mai

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Freya Murray and Darcy Cole




By Elizabeth Lee

THERE was fun and plenty of games when Bagenalstown AFC hosted its first community open day in McGrath Park.

“The whole idea behind the event was to encourage more people to come to the park and take part in sports like soccer, pitch and putt and cricket. We wanted to create a family fun day for the community and for them to come and get involved,” said Liam O’Brien, treasurer with the soccer club.

The event was sponsored by the Carlow Sports Partnership, allowing children to take part in all events free of charge. They had great fun participating in the training drills and mini-matches. There was great excitement as they tested their skills in the penalty shoot-out and keepy-uppy competitions. The target shooting event was also a real hit with all age groups. The inflatable obstacle course and bouncy castle were also very popular.

The event was well attended, with lots of families able to appreciate what the park has to offer. A cricket match was in full swing all afternoon, while the pitch and putt course looked in excellent condition.

Sueann Doyle Monaghan, Tanya O’Neill, Nina Doyle, Catherine Doyle and Ellie O’Neill


Sean Hickey and Alex Doyle


There was something to amuse all the family so the club got positive feedback about the barbecue, refreshments and cake sale. Music was provided by DJ Karol, which brought a real party atmosphere in the fantastic weather. The club hopes it will the first of many community open days to come and are planning for 2023 already.

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