HUGE TURN OUT FOR GIRLS BLITZ IN BRAY

While AGM re­ports on an­other great year in Wick­low

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SU­PER TURN OUT

ON Oc­to­ber 5, 14 schools took part in the third and fourth class girls blitz in Bray Em­mets GAA Grounds. 20 teams in to­tal took to the eight pitches which was a fan­tas­tic turn out for the first girls blitz of the year.

The em­pha­sis on the day was par­tic­i­pa­tion and to get as many young girls on to the pitches to en­joy them­selves; even if it was their first time at­tend­ing a blitz. Some fan­tas­tic foot­ball was played on the day and ev­ery­one en­joyed the day and the ex­pe­ri­ence.

The four­teen schools that at­tend­ing on the day were:

St. Brigid’s N.S. Grey­stones, St. Kevin’s N.S. Grey­stones, St. Lau­rence’s N.S. Grey­stones, St. Pa­trick’s N.S. Wick­low Town, St. Peter’s N.S. Bray, Ash­ford N.S., Kil­coole N.S., Kil­macanoque N.S., Moneystown N.S., New­town N.S., Ravenswell N.S. Bray, Gaelscoil Chill Mhan­táin, Gaelscoil na Clocha Liath and Scoil Chualann Bré.

Many thanks to Bray Em­mets for the use of their fa­cil­i­tates. To Dave, Mícheál and Gar­rett for their as­sis­tance, to the young whistlers and to all the teach­ers and par­ents who ac­com­pa­nied the chil­dren to the blitz.

AGM 2017

The AGM of Al­lianz Cumann na mBunscol Chill Mhan­táin took place in the Parkview Ho­tel, New­town on Oc­to­ber 5. In at­ten­dance was Ro­nan Keddy, Billy Cud­dihy, Jill and Craig As­ton, Do­minic Leech (Ladies GAA), Claire Fraw­ley, Gar­rett Doyle (GDA), Emer Fahy, Tara Wal­she, Colm McA­dam, David McDon­nell, Dave Barry, Mícheál Ó Murchú, Sinéad Ní Chreán Loin­sigh, Sara Jane Mont­gomery, Pamela McDer­mott, Jim O’Riordán and Brid­get Kenny (Wick­low GAA). Cathaoir­leach

Jim O’Riordán wel­comed ev­ery­one, say­ing it was good to see Claire and Emer back from their trav­els as well as a few new faces, which are al­ways welcome.

Jim men­tioned that the use of Al­lianz is es­sen­tial and that it has been noted at national level that Wick­low is one of the coun­ties to the fore­front in our use of Al­lianz.

Jim thanked the GDA’s for their as­sis­tance all year. Paul Gar­ri­gan sent his apolo­gies, Gar­rett Doyle was in at­ten­dance and Dar­ren Hay­den has now been ap­pointed as the GDA for South Wick­low. It is hoped that there will be a GDA ap­pointed for hurl­ing.

Jim thanked Bray Em­mets for the use of their grounds all year and all the teach­ers for their hard work in the pro­mo­tion of gaelic games across the county. Jim men­tioned that the hurl­ing and hel­met scheme is now up and run­ning and that schools have been emailed in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the scheme. It is great that schools can now buy hel­mets and hur­leys with the as­sis­tance of the county board.

He also talked about the club/ school link and that teach­ers can talk to their lo­cal clubs about this. Jim spoke about the Fun and Run pro­gramme, which caters for chil­dren with ad­di­tional ed­u­ca­tional needs. Chil­dren from New­town were in­volved in it this year and it was a very pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence. Jim en­cour­aged schools that were in­ter­ested to get in­volved with it. He spoke about the national awards and en­cour­aged schools to en­ter. Cis­teoir Cis­teoir Tara Wal­she gave a com­pre­hen­sive re­port of the year’s in­come and ex­pen­di­ture and thanked Dave Barry for his help in as­sist­ing her in her role in the past year. It was de­cided that as much as pos­si­ble we would use Young Whistlers to ref­eree, to cut down on ref­eree’s ex­penses, par­tic­u­larly in the blitzes for the younger chil­dren. PRO PRO Pamela McDer­mott thanked the lo­cal me­dia for their con­tin­ued sup­port, namely The Bray/Wick­low Peo­ple, Wick­low Times and Wick­low Voice. Our ar­ti­cles are fea­tured weekly and it’s great to get such good ex­po­sure.

We have a weekly slot on East Coast Ra­dio and we would like to thank Michael Seargeant for his con­tin­ued sup­port. We fea­ture in our county year­book and our fol­low­ers on Twit­ter are grow­ing all the time. At the re­cent National Cumann na mBunscol meet­ing in Septem­ber the use of Twit­ter was re­ally em­pha­sised as it’s an in­stant form of com­mu­ni­ca­tion and a great way of ex­pos­ing the work that we’re do­ing in Cumann na mBunscol in Wick­low to a vast au­di­ence.

If in­ter­ested you can follow us @cn­mb­wick­low and our web­site is www.cn­mb­wick­low.ie which has all our up-to-date in­for­ma­tion. On­line reg­is­tra­tion for Sports Day ap­pears to be a con­tin­ued suc­cess but please don’t hes­i­tate to con­tact us should there be a prob­lem.

Pamela em­pha­sised the use of the Al­lianz name, sign and logo on all pho­tos and ar­ti­cles and thanked them for their con­tin­ued sup­port. She also thanked all those who email in the ar­ti­cles and the GDA’s who take pho­tos and send on in­for­ma­tion. She ap­pealed for ar­ti­cles from all schools as the chil­dren are well able to write re­ports and would like see­ing their article in the pa­per. If any school has any in­for­ma­tion it would al­ways be welcome. Email to pro. cnmb.wick­low@gaa.ie. If pos­si­ble please send in­for­ma­tion by Fri­day to have it for the pa­pers and ra­dio.

Pamela spoke about the National Awards and en­cour­aged schools to take part, it may ap­pear as a daunt­ing task but is ac­tu­ally quite do-able, that most schools are do­ing the work any­way that’s it just a mat­ter or record­ing it. The com­ple­tion of the pro­ject is worth­while, par­tic­u­larly with great prizes on of­fer. National Awards Pat Trainor Hall of Fame Award (awarded for life­time con­tri­bu­tion to Gaelic Games in pri­mary school) - This award recog­nises a teacher who has given out­stand­ing ser­vice to the pro­mo­tion of Gaelic Games at pri­mary school level. County and pro­vin­cial Coistí are in­vited to nom­i­nate suit­able can­di­dates. En­tries will ex­plain in no more than 1000 words why their nom­i­nee is wor­thy of this award.

Pub­lic Re­la­tions - En­tries in this cat­e­gory high­light cov­er­age of Cumann na mBunscol af­fairs in a county or prov­ince. Scrap­books, ring binders etc fea­tur­ing ex­am­ples of Press cov­er­age of Cumann na mBunscol ac­tiv­i­ties in 2017 are ideal for this cat­e­gory. Web­sites may be in­cluded but can- not re­place news­pa­per cov­er­age.

County Pub­li­ca­tion - County his­to­ries, mag­a­zines, fix­tures book­lets for 2017 may be sub­mit­ted for in­clu­sion in this cat­e­gory.

Pro­mo­tion of Gaelic Games and Cul­ture….County and Pro­vin­cial Com­mit­tees - Com­mit­tees are asked to show in­no­va­tive work in pro­mot­ing Gaelic Games and Cul­ture.

Pro­mo­tion of Gaelic Games and Cul­ture….in­di­vid­ual schools.

Sub­mis­sions in this cat­e­gory must be in elec­tronic form only. En­tries on a mem­ory stick. No more than five min­utes in du­ra­tion.

En­tries may fo­cus on a sin­gle area or a num­ber of ar­eas such as coach­ing ini­tia­tives, ta­ble quizzes, pro­mo­tion of hand­ball, rounders, camo­gie etc.

School of the Year (150 pupils or less)

School of the Year (More than 150 pupils)

The win­ning schools in the School of the Year cat­e­gories will be in­vited to Croke Park.

30 pupils from each school will en­joy a Sta­dium and Mu­seum tour

€500 per school to cover bus trans­port to Croke Park

30 pupils and three staff from each school will have lunch in Croke Park Camo­gie Re­port Bhí bli­ain chuíosach mhaith againn i mbliana leis an gcamó­gaíocht. We or­gan­ised three out­door blitzes for the year and while two were well at­tended we un­for­tu­nately had to can­cel the May blitz due to the un­avail­abil­ity of schools.

Hope­fully this year that won’t be the case as we have changed the date for the third blitz.

Fiona Ní Shuil­leab­háin, Camo­gie Of­fi­cer is hop­ing to put a list to­gether of all the camo­gie schools in the county so if in­ter­ested schools could for­ward their email/phone and a con­tact per­son that would be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated.

Please keep an eye on so­cial me­dia for re­minders of the up­com­ing blitzes and con­tact Fiona for any camo­gie ques­tions if needed. Táim ag tnúth leis an mbli­ain atá amach romhainn agus táim ag súil go rachaidh camó­gaíocht sa chon­tae ó neart go neart. Hurl­ing Re­port Hurl­ing Of­fi­cer Ro­nan Keddy thanked Bray Em­mets for the use of their grounds and Dave, Mícheál and Gar­rett for their as­sis­tance dur­ing the year. He apol­o­gised about the fi­nal blitz that was or­ga­nized for Bal­li­nakill but couldn’t take place there due to an­other event be­ing there.

Ro­nan hopes that an all county blitz can be held there this year so that hurlers from the whole county can meet up for a blitz for a day. It was de­cided to keep the non-com­pet­i­tive blitzes with no goal­keeper and points only but to have a goal­keeper and full rules for one of the com­pet­i­tive blitzes. Girls Foot­ball Re­port Girls Foot­ball Of­fi­cer David McDon­nell spoke about the girls foot­ball blitzes that were held dur­ing the year and thanked Bray Em­mets for the use of their grounds and Dave, Mícheál and Gar­rett for their sup­port.

Girls foot­ball con­tin­ues to grow and it was great to see such a good turnout at the third and fourth class girls Al­lianz par­tic­i­pa­tion blitz this week. It was de­cided to keep no goal­keeper and points only for the non-com­pet­i­tive blitz but that we may have a goal­keeper with full rules for one of the com­pet­i­tive blitzes. Tráth na gCeist Billy Cud­dihy, Tráth na gCeist Co-or­di­na­tor, thanked the schools for tak­ing part last year and hopes that the at­ten­dance will be even higher this year. He en­cour­ages schools to take part and get in­volved as it’s al­ways an en­joy­able evening. West Wick­low Tommy Bren­nan, Dunlavin sent his apolo­gies. He sent this re­port – at our AGM in Fe­bru­ary, a full list of fix­tures were agreed for the year ahead. Teach­ers from six schools at­tended the AGM.

The list of fix­tures in­cluded nu­mer­ous blitzes for boys foot­ball, girls foot­ball, camo­gie, hurl­ing and in­door pella blitzes for boys and girls. We also had blitz events for first and class class chil­dren in hurl­ing and foot­ball.

Most of these events were non com­pet­i­tive while oth­ers were com­pet­i­tive such as the Al­lianz Cough­lan Cup and the Wick­low Times Shield. A ma­jor cross coun­try event takes place in Val­ley­mount NS in mid Oc­to­ber which will have over 20 schools par­tic­i­pat­ing.

None of the above would be pos­si­ble with­out the or­gan­i­sa­tion and sup­port of GDA, Paul Gar­ri­gan. He has been a tremen­dous sup­port to all schools in West Wick­low and long may he con­tinue in his role. We welcome the ap­point­ment of a full time GDA in Bless­ing­ton. We have been for­tu­nate also to have Jonathon Tal­lon pro­mot­ing hurl­ing in our schools and re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate his con­tri­bu­tion.

Our is­sue is the ab­sence of a proper in­door fa­cil­ity in the west as we have to rely on gaps in the timetable in secon level schools to al­low in­door events to take place.

We are grateful for all clubs that par­tic­i­pate in the club/school coach­ing pro­gramme. We are grateful also to a num­ber of schools and teach­ers who fa­cil­i­tate events in their area in par­tic­u­lar Sharon Brod­er­ick (Bless­ing­ton), Mary O’Ke­effe (Strat­ford), Nora Kelly (Val­ley­mount) and Julie Fitz­mau­rice (Donard). The fix­tures are com­mu­ni­cated via email and text. Thanks also to Cumann na mBunscol Chill Mhan­táin for your sup­port. Young Whistlers We’ve or­gan­ised young whistlers cour­ses for the past two years. Un­for­tu­nately due to other work com­mit­ments David Gough is not avail­able this year to run the course. It is hoped to pos­si­bly get Danny Har­ring­ton, a hurl­ing ref­eree, to do a pos­si­ble hurl­ing ref­er­ee­ing course. It was de­cided that this year the GDAs and a Wick­low ref­eree will run this year’s course hope­fully. Wick­low GAA County Board Brid­get Kenny, as­sis­tant sec­re­tary of the County Board, rep­re­sented Wick­low GAA.

On be­half of the County Board, Brid­get thanked Cumann na mBunscol for all their work and that the County Board look for­ward to work­ing to­gether with Cumann na mBunscol in the pro­mo­tion of Gaelic games in the county.

Jim O’Riordán asked for clar­i­fi­ca­tion on the money that was spent on hur­leys and hel­mets by Cumann na mBunscol, Chill Mhan­táin, and if the County Board were going to pro­vide as­sis­tance with this. GDAs Gar­rett Doyle, GDA, thanked the teach­ers and schools for all their sup­port dur­ing the year. He thanked the schools that at­tended blitzes, par­tic­u­larly the schools who bring mul­ti­ple teams as it al­lows for many more games.

He thanked Dave Barry and Míchéal Ó Murchú for all their help dur­ing the year. Gar­rett ex­plained that the GDAs will do work­shops with teach­ers if schools want. There are two work­shops avail­able. Work­shop one is more PE based skills, work­shop two is more hurl­ing and foot­ball based. This can be used as Croke Park hour. He en­cour­aged schools to avail of this ser­vice if in­ter­ested. Do­minic Leech, Ladies Foot­ball Do­minic re­ported that num­bers in ladies foot­ball are in­creas­ing, par­tic­u­larly in the ages 8-12. It was noted that ladies foot­ball is there­fore ben­e­fit­ting from the work be­ing done in schools and by the GDA’s and Do­minic thanked teach­ers and GDA’s for their con­tri­bu­tion.

Do­minic spoke of the huge at­ten­dance at the Ladies All-Ire­land fi­nal this year and that it had the largest at­ten­dance at a ladies sport­ing event in Europe. This bodes well for the fu­ture of Ladies foot­ball. Do­minic of­fered sup­port for the girls foot­ball blitzes and in any way that the Ladies GAA could as­sist. He sug­gested that a ladies foot­ball ref­eree could at­tend the Young Whistlers train­ing.

Do­minic thanked Cumann na mBunscol for all the work that’s be­ing done as the pri­mary school play­ers that are play­ing now will be the se­nior play­ers of the fu­ture.

Jim O’Riordán, Cathaoir­leach, con­grat­u­lated Do­minic on his ap­point­ment as Chair­per­son of the Le­in­ster Ladies GAA. Aon Ghnó Eile Ad­di­tional Ed­u­ca­tional Needs It was de­cided to have a meet­ing early in the new year for those in­ter­ested in or­ga­niz­ing an event, pos­si­bly at the Sports Day, for those chil­dren with ad­di­tional ed­u­ca­tional needs. Any schools that would be in­ter­ested in this should con­tact Al­lianz Cumann na mBunscol Chill Mhan­táin. Sports Day Com­mit­tee It was de­cided that the Sports Day is such a big event now and takes a lot of work that it may be a good idea to start a sub com­mit­tee that would be in­volved in the run­ning and co-or­di­na­tion of Sports Day. Vol­un­teers for this com­mit­tee were Colm McA­dam, Craig As­ton and Sara Jane Mont­gomery.

If any other schools would be in­ter­ested pleas con­tact Al­lianz Cumann na mBunscol, Chill Mhan­táin. Toghcháin Cathaoir­leach – Jim O’Rior­dan, New­town; Leas-Cathaoir­leach - Sinéad Ní Chréan Loin­sigh, Scoil Chualann; Ru­naí – Claire Fraw­ley, Kil­coole; Leas-Ru­naí - David McDon­nell, St. Kevin’s Grey­stones; PRO – Pamela McDer­mott, Kil­coole; Cis­teoir – Emer Fahy, Kil­coole; Camo­gie Of­fi­cer – Fiona Ní Shuil­leab­háin, Gaelscoil Cill Mhan­táin; Ladies Foot­ball Of­fi­cer – David McDon­nell, St. Kevin’s Grey­stones; Boys Foot­ball Of­fi­cer – Gary McGil­ly­cuddy, Moneystown; Hurl­ing Of­fi­cer – Ro­nan Keddy, New­town.

Tráth na gCeist – Billy Cud­dihy, St Pat’s - We be­gin the school year with great hope and op­ti­mism of pro­mot­ing our gaelic games and cul­ture in all our schools. We hope to bring our games and cul­ture to all the chil­dren of the Gar­den County in a fun and all-in­clu­sive man­ner. Mol an óige agus ti­oc­faidh sí!

Al­lianz third and fourth Class Boys Foot­ball Par­tic­i­pa­tion Day – Oc­to­ber 11 and 12 at 11.45 a.m. in Bray GAA grounds – Boys’ foot­ball blitz, nine-a-side and no age limit (Your school will be con­tacted re­gard­ing which day you will be at­tend­ing). Points only no goal­keeper.

Wick­low Times Par­tic­i­pa­tion Day (fifth and sixth class girls foot­ball) – Oc­to­ber 18 at 11.45 a.m. in Bray GAA grounds – Girls’ foot­ball blitz, nine-a-side and no age limit. Points only no goal­keeper.

Al­lianz fifth and sec­ond class boys foot­ball par­tic­i­pa­tion day – Oc­to­ber 25 and 26 at 11.45 a.m. in Bray GAA grounds – Boys’ foot­ball blitz, nine-a-side and no age limit. Your school will be con­tacted re­gard­ing which day you will be at­tend­ing. Points only no goal­keeper.

In­door Hurl­ing/Camo­gie third and fourth class - Week of Novem­ber 13 in regional cen­tres. Your school will be con­tacted re­gard­ing which day you will be at­tend­ing.

Al­lianz Tráth na gCeist – Thurs- day, Novem­ber 16, at 7.30 p.m. in Lyn­ham’s, Laragh.

In­door Hurl­ing/Camo­gie third and fourth class - Week of Novem­ber 20in regional cen­tres.

Your school will be con­tacted re­gard­ing which day you will be at­tend­ing.

Please send re­sults, re­ports or pho­tos to pro.cnmb.wick­low@ gaa.ie, follow us on Twit­ter @ cn­mb­wick­low. Keep up-to-date with all Al­lianz Cumann na mBunscol news in Wick­low on our web­site www.cn­mb­wick­low.ie.

The 2018 Cumann na mBunscol Chill Mhan­táin com­mit­tee.

The New­town team.

The Ash­ford NS team at Brayb for the third and fourth class girls blitz.

The Moneystown Ns team.

The St Brigid’s NS team.

The team from Kil­macanogue.

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