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Liam Magee elected Cathaoirleach of Cumann na mBunscol   21/03/2019

Liam Magee, Principal of St Columban's Primary School in Belcoo, Co Fermanagh, has been elected as Cathaoirleach of Coiste Náisiúnta of Allianz Cumann na mBunscol. Liam has  served as Uachtarán for the past three years and prior to that, he held the position of Cisteoir for five years.

Speaking after the recent AGM of Cumann na mBunscol in Sligo, Liam said:

 'Firstly I would hope to continue and build on the great work that has been going on over the years.    

In the not so distant past, GAA clubs, particularly those based in rural areas, had little problem in ensuring that they had a conveyor belt of youth feeding into the club’s adult teams. Basically in those good old days any child with an interest in sport had just one avenue to go down, namely the local GAA club. The GAA had a captive pool of new blood waiting in the wings. But the GAA need to realise times have changed in recent decades. New vistas, new opportunities have seen old certainties of the past discarded. There is a big wide world out there beyond the parish boundary and the GAA club is just one of several sports options in the market place.  

Therefore, never was the work of all Allianz Cumann na mBunscol units and primary teachers more important than it is today in the promotion of Gaelic Games. The work of the National Committee, local committees and primary school teachers can never be under estimated and should never be taken for granted. Without this wonderful dedication, from so many teachers, Gaelic Games would not be in the strong position it is today and Gaelic games would not be the game of choice in our primary schools. 

I would therefore be urging  greater recognition for the tremendous amount of work that teachers do in promoting Gaelic Games throughout the country.'