Lively debate in Cavan
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.ulstergaa.ie. To view pictures and documentation from the AGM log onto www.scoilsport.org.
ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUES HIT BY SNOW!
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.
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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.