Dublin Community Games is over 50 years in existence. In the intervening years it has expanded into a national organisation that has brought happiness to millions of Irish children and directed others to national and international fame in sport. Founded by Inner-city-born Joe Connolly in his adopted Walkinstown in 1967, Dublin Community Games has grown beyond all expectations. Its full potential as a continuing source of good for the young people of Dublin has not yet been realised.
The basic organised unit of Dublin Community Games is the Area administered by a Committee of voluntary workers from the local community. Each area has defined boundaries. It is amazing how much has been achieved by Dublin Community Games considering that it has no paid staff and depends entirely on more than 1500 voluntary workers, with thousands of children taking part in Community Games in their local areas each year.
A considerable number advance to the Dublin finals in Santry Stadium and elsewhere, then the Leinster Finals and ultimately a smaller number get to the All-Ireland Finals in Athlone – the goal of every child in Community Games. There are over 40 sporting and cultural events to choose from so that children can experience different sporting and cultural activities before deciding which they prefer and progressing further with their choice. Dublin Community Games and affiliated areas receive grants from Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Co Council, South Dublin County Council, Dublin City Council and Fingal County Council.
together with sponsorship from a number of public and private companies. This helps to finance the running costs and the administration of Dublin Community Games and facilities in Carmichael House, North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7. The office is staffed on a voluntary basis by County Secretary, Tom Sheridan.