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Cornmarket Cumann na mBunscol Awards 2020   09/03/2020

The Cumann na mBunscol Awards, sponsored by Cornmarket Financial Services occupy a special place in the Cumann na mBunscol calendar. This year’s Awards Banquet was held in Thurles, birthplace of the GAA. The local Committee, led by Cathaoirleach Paddy Kelly, spared no effort in their preparations for the weekend and the presence of  Liam Sheedy, coach of the All-Ireland hurling champions, as guest speaker was the icing on the cake.

‘The Cornmarket Cumann na mBunscol Awards highlight the huge range of work that goes on in schools the length and breadth of the country in the promotion of Gaelic Games.’ said Liam Magee, Chairman of Cumann na mBunscol. ‘It is fitting that the Awards banquet takes place in Thurles where the GAA was founded. Let’s not forget that  the driving force behind the movement was a teacher,  Michael Cusack.’

                     The Pat Trainor Award for Lifetime Service to Primary Schools Gaelic Games was won by Liam Weir, who taught in Scoil Barra, Beaumont in Cork for his entire teaching career. Liam’s involvement in Sciath na Scol in Cork and also as an officer of Cumann na mBunscol at provincial level over several decades made him an ideal recipient of the award which was presented by Ann Trainor, widow of the late Pat Trainor.

                          The Award for Best Public Relations once again went to Sciath na Scol of Cork while Cumann na mBunscol Chiarraí were runners-up.

                           Cumann na mBunscol Luimnigh won the Best Publication Award with its long running magazine ‘The Green and White.’

                           Herbertstown  National School were popular winners of the Promotion of Gaelic Games and Culture category. The County Limerick school was nominated in two categories as was a neighbouring school in South Limerick, Kilbehenny NS, who were runners- up to Herbertstown NS in the category for Promotion of Gaelic Games and Culture.

                 Kilbehenny NS was was named as Small School of the Year for 2020.  Located on the border of Limerick, Cork and Tipperary, Kilbehenny NS was also nominated in two categories this year. Principal Stephen Walsh, a former Limerick hurler himself, and his staff are steeped in Gaelic Games.  

The Large School of the Year Award went to Creevy NS from Donegal who fought off stiff opposition from Scoil Phrionsais Naofa, from Offaly and Holy Trinity NS from Fethard County Tipperary .

 Cur chun cinn an Chultúir Ghaelaigh agus na gCluichí Gaelacha was a category introduced in 2019. Gaelscoil na Cruiche from Mayo were winners of this category.

Tipperary manager Liam Sheedy came straight from a training session at Semple Stadium to the Anner Hotel to address the guests. Liam spoke of the positive influence which teachers have on their pupils and praised the volunteerism which drives Cumann na mBunscol. He listed the senior stars of today who started their days in Cumann na mBunscol competitions.

INTO Deputy President Mary Magner represented the union at the Awards.  Sponsors of the Awards are Cornmarket Group Financial Services and they were represented at the Awards by Emer Conroy while Allianz, sponsors of Cumann na mBunscol, were represented by Martin McKeogh.

The full list of Award winners is as follows:

Pat Trainor Award: Liam Weir (Sciath na Scol)

Public Relations: 1.Corcaigh


                                  3. An Mhí

Merit Awards: Port Láirge, Fear Manach, Tír Eoghain, Ard Mhacha

County Publication:  1. Luimneach 

                                       2. Corcaigh

                                       3. Áth Cliath & Ciarraí

Promotion of Gaelic Games and Culture: 

Herbertstown NS, Co Limerick

Kilbehenny NS, Co Limerick

Divine Mercy NS, Dublin

Cur chun chin an Chultúir Ghaelaigh agus na cluichí Gaelacha

Gaelscoil na Cruaiche, Maigh Eo

Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn, Trá Lí

St Mary’s Parish NS, An Lú

Small School of the Year

Kilbehenny NS, Co. Limerick

Thomastown NS, Co Tipperary

Herbertstown NS, Co Limerick

Large School of the Year

Creevy NS, Co. Donegal

Scoil Phrionsiais Naofa, Clara, Co Offaly

Holy Trinity NS, Fethard, Co. Tipperary