Lively de­bate in Ca­van

Bray People - - Sports -

THE AGM of Cu­mann na mBun­scol Náisiúnta took place in the Slieve Rus­sell Ho­tel Bal­ly­con­nell County Ca­van over the week­end.

The Gar­den County was rep­re­sented by An Cathaoir­leach Jim O’Rior­dan and An Cis­teoir Anne-Marie MacKenna.

In this, the 125th an­niver­sary of the GAA, it was fit­ting that the AGM was held in Bal­ly­con­nell as Bal­ly­con­nell was the first GAA club in County Ca­van to be es­tab­lished 125 years ago.

The meet­ing was ad­dressed by Aogán Ó Fearghail, lea­suachtarán of Ul­ster Coun­cil GAA. He en­cour­aged schools to be­come in­volved in the 125 cel­e­bra­tions. Michael Martin, Project Man­ager for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of our Strate­gic Plan out­lined a model im­ple­ment­ing coach­ing in schools.

There was a long and lively de­bate when it came to the mo­tions: some coun­ties felt that non-com­pet­i­tive games were be­ing im­posed on schools and that our com­pe­ti­tions al­ready pro­mote in­clu­sive­ness and par­tic­i­pa­tion.

How­ever, the meet­ing was as­sured that our com­pe­ti­tions would con­tinue and that the em­pha­sis on Go Games was aimed at pupils in the younger classes.

The Gar­den County was praised for its in­no­va­tion this year in the Mini Sev­ens in which two pupils from ev­ery school will be in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in a skills­based tour­na­ment with the ten best be­ing se­lected to rep­re­sent the county in the re­gional fes­ti­val at which the Croke Park selections will be made. Fi­nally the meet­ing was ad­dressed by Ryan Feeney and Mark Con­way who out­lined an in­no­va­tion from Ul­ster, Club Maith, a scheme whereby a club can ap­ply for a qual­ity stan­dard award, with three lev­els of ex­cel­lence: sil­ver, gold and platinum.

It is en­vis­aged that this scheme would be adapted for pri­mary schools and would be re­named and re­branded as Scoil Maith.

For de­tails of this log onto: www.ul­ster­ To view pic­tures and doc­u­men­ta­tion from the AGM log onto www.scoil­


The 2009 Al­lianz Foot­ball Leagues were due to get un­der way last week. Un­for­tu­nately the weather turned rather nasty and many schools were forced to close. With poor weather fore­cast again this week, it is un­likely that there will be many, if any, matches played. How­ever we are op­ti­mists in Cu­mann na mBun­scol and the fix­tures for this week are as fol­lows:

Roinn a hAon: Kil­mac v Gaelscoil Inbhir Mhóir; St. Lau­rence’s v St. Pat’s; St. Cro­nan’s v Scoil Chualann

Roinn a Dó (North): St. Kevin’s v Kil­coole; St. Fer­gal’s v St. Peter’s

Roinn a Dó (South): Ark­low v Round­wood; Ash­ford v New­town; Rath­new free

Roinn a Trí: Glenealy v Curtlestown; Scoil Mhuire is Gear­ard v Gaelscoil Uí Chéadaigh; St. Brigid’s free

In each case the first named team has home ad­van­tage and is re­spon­si­ble for con­tact­ing the op­pos­ing time with re­gard to date, time and venue. The home team is also re­spon­si­ble for pro­vid­ing the ref­eree. Match re­ports should be sent to the PRO. Lists of fix­tures and con­tact names for the dif­fer­ent schools have been emailed by the sec­re­tary.

The fix­tures for the week beginning 2ú Fe­abhra were as fol­lows:

Roinn a hAon: St. Cro­nan’s v Kil­macanogue; Gaelscoil Inbhir Mhóir v St. Pat’s; Scoil Chualann v St. Lau­rence’s

Roinn a Dó (North): St. Kevin’s v St. Peter’s; Kil­coole v St. Fer­gal’s

Roinn a Dó (South): Round­wood v Ash­ford; New­town v Rath­new; Ark­low free

Roinn Trí: Curtlestown v St. Brigid’s; Gaelscoil Uí Chéadaigh v Glenealy; Scoil Mhuire is Gear­ard free.

If the weather im­proves schools may wish to resched­ule their first round fix­tures. There are no fix­tures sched­uled for the week beginning 16th Fe­bru­ary as schools will be on mid term break.

West Wick­low Boys’ Non-Com­pet­i­tive Foot­ball Blitz

Dé Céadaoin Fe­abhra

Venue One: Bless­ing­ton – con­tact: Pat Sheri­dan 086-1716659

Venue Two: Strat­ford – con­tact: Mary O’Ke­effe 087-6305574.



Ao­gan O Fearghail, vice-pres­i­dent of Ul­ster Coun­cil G.A.A. who ad­dressed the Na­tional AGM.

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