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Sligo AGM 2014   13/11/2014

 Tuarscail an Runai 2014 : Cumann na mBunscol, Co. Shligigh.

 The school year 2013-2014 proved to be an enjoyable and busy year for Cumann na mBunscol. I would like to thank all the schools and teachers for their assistance in getting the competitions completed.

 Cumann na mBunscol Awards

These awards honour and portray the diligent work carried out by Cumann na mBunscol committees throughout the country.

This year 2013 – 2014, we entered and received a nomination for the Assessor’s Merit Award in the Public Relations Category and Promotion of Gaelic Games and Culture Category of The National Cumann na mBunscol Awards. The awards ceremony was held in Hogan Mezzanine Suite, Croke Park on the 16th November 2013. Thank you to Bernie Ryan, who organised the Public Relations submission, and for her diligent work in keeping in contact with the local media. We also thank Áine Mc Grath for the work she did in promoting Rounders and for organising this year’s submission to the Promotion of Gaelic Games and Culture.

Allianz Cumann na mBunscol will be launching the new award format this year.

Level 1 of the Awards is certificate based. Any school that is affiliated to Cumann na mBunscol and attends their local AGM will be presented with this certificate.

Level 2 of the Awards is presented to those who have already received Level 1.

Level 2 Certificate is awarded to schools who have participated in any four of the items listed below:

·         Participation in boys / girls football

·         Participation in mini-7s

·         Participation in camogie / hurling competitions

·         Promotion of Respect Initiative (as in Fair Play Awards, nominate schools / advertise on website etc)

·         Having a club school link

·         Having an Allianz Cumann na mBunscol noticeboard

 The form will be available on the national website and should be returned to the county secretary. Evidence should be attached e.g. a photo of the noticeboard. The Merit Awards are featured in the current INTOUCH magazine.





Football Competitions

The 2013 Football Championship began in March with 56 schools entered. All competitions were played on a league basis.  The details of the various competitions are as follows:


·         3 teams entered the 2 Teacher Mixed competitions.  This was played on a league basis with the top two teams qualifying for the final.

·         11 schools entered the 2 Teachers Competitions with the majority of schools fielding boys and girls teams.  This was divided into 2 Sections.  The top team in each section played the runners up in the other section for the semi-final.

·         10 schools participated in the 3 teacher section – this was divided into three groups.  The top team for each group progressed to the semi-final. A draw was made between the three group runners up for the fourth place in the semi-final. All schools fielded boys’ and girls’ teams.

·         17 schools participated in the 4/5 teachers section.  All schools fielded boys’ and girls’ teams.  This section was divided into 4 groups.  The top team in each section progressed to the quarter-finals. The semi-finals were played as follows Winner (1) vs Winner (3) and Winner (2) vs Winner (4)

·         6 schools participated in the 6/7 teacher section. There was one group.  The top two teams qualified for the final.

·         9 schools participated in the 8+ teacher section.  Schools fielded boys and girls teams where applicable.  This section was divided into two groups.  The top two teams progressed to the semi-finals with the winners in both sections playing the runners up in the other. 


Our finals’ day took place in Markievicz Park on the 14th June 2014. The favourable weather conditions contributed hugely to the success of the day. Although this can be a long day, for all involved, it is also very enjoyable. Our thanks go out to Paddy Galvin and the Markievicz Park committee for all their help. We would like to offer a special word of thanks to all the teachers and other volunteers who turned up on the day and helped out with the running of the competitions. Without their help the children’s “Big Day” would not have happened so smoothly. Thanks especially to Pat Conway and his team of referees for helping us out on the day.













Football Roll of Honour 2014




2 Teacher Mixed


Kilrusheighter NS

Cloonloo NS

2 Teacher Competition




Carns NS

Templeboy NS


Kilmactranny NS

Mullaghroe NS

3 Teacher Competition




Dromore West NS

Castlerock NS


Castlerock NS

Cliffoney NS

4/5 Teacher Competition

   John Kent (Boys)



             Ardkeeran NS

Culfadda NS


               High Park NS

Cloonacool NS

6/7 Teacher Competition




Calry NS

Calry NS


Tubbercurry NS

Strandhill NS

8+ Teacher Competition

Seán Mulhern        (Boys)

     Cannings           (Girls)


Grange NS

Grange NS


St. John’s NS

Scoil Ursula

Hurling  Championships

After wet weather conditions in early Spring, the Hurling competitions were rescheduled for later in the year. Twenty teams took part. The finals took place on 21st May in Connolly Park, Collooney. A Camogie Blitz was held in Geevagh on 13th May 2014.


Hurling Competition






Dromore West NS

Geevagh NS


Castlerock NS

Geevagh NS


Indoor Hurling/ Camogie

The Indoor Competitions took place after the Easter break. 28 schools participated in the Indoor Hurling competition and 17 schools in the Indoor Camogie. The top boys/girls team in each section progressed to the semi-final. The finals were played in the Teeling Centre on March 9th 2014.





Dromore West NS

High Park NS


Killeenduff NS

Ballintogher NS



INTO Mini-7’s Competition

The INTO Mini-7’s is a National Competition where all schools in the country are invited to compete in the same competition. The setting of age limits enables this to take place.

Once again there was huge interest in our mini-7’s, with 45 schools participating in the football competition. The competition was divided into 13 regional blitzes with the top boys/girls teams progressing to Round 2 consisting of four groups. The finals were held on 7th November 2013 in St Mary’s Sligo.

Mini 7’s Football





Castlerock NS

Calry NS


Dromore West NS

Calry NS


Mini 7’s Hurling

It was decided to hold one competition for the Mini 7’s Hurling and Hurling this year due to the adverse weather conditions and consequently the difficulty of finding time to run both competitions.


Place Kicking Competitions:

The finals of the placekicking competitions were held in Markievicz Park on 30th March, 2014 during the Sligo Longford match. A high standard was achieved by both boys and girls.


Match Report Competition

Winner: Matthew Fitzsimons, Drimina NS


Exhibition Games

On the day of the Mini 7’s Finals, children were chosen to go forward to play in Croke Park on semi-finals days in August – Girls’ Football (1), Boys’ Football (2), Hurling (1), Camogie (3).

Cumann na mBunscol took part in an exhibition match during the Sligo v Galway match on 21st June 2014 in Markievicz Park, Sligo. A boys’ and girls’ team were selected to represent Sligo from teams who had progressed to Finals’ Day. Cumann na mBunscol also took part in an exhibition match during the Mayo v Galway  Connacht Final match on 13th July 2014 in Hyde Park, Roscommon.


Annual Table Quiz

The Annual Cumann na mBunscol table quiz took place in the Teeling Centre, Collooney on 4th March 2014. Thanks are extended to CJ Fallon who sponsored this event once again this year. There was a large interest in this event with 42 teams participating.

The results of the competition were as follows:

1st                                            Calry NS

2nd                                          Grange NS

3rd                                           Mercy






Allianz continue to sponsor Cumann na mBunscol on a National Level. However, without financial support at local level our competitions could not continue in their present format. Our level of sponsorship for the competitions has been cut dramatically in the past two years. We are deeply grateful to the businesses that continue to sponsor our competitions. While we value our current sponsors highly we are always on the lookout for future sponsors. Sponsors are given recognition in our Fixtures Booklet, in our Finals’ Day Programme and in our media correspondence. We would especially like to thank Sean Mulhern for his continued sponsorship of the fixtures booklets, and also Tubbercurry Credit Union, Cannings and John Kent for their sponsorship this year.


Most Colourful Supporters

To add to the colour and excitement of Finals’ Day, we introduced the Most Colourful Supporters Competition a number of years ago. Schools have entered into the spirit of this competition and encouraged parents and pupils alike to support their school team with colour and volume!

This year’s award was won by Cliffoney NS and Scoil Ursula.


Fair Play Awards

The Fair Play Awards were introduced to encourage Fair Play in our competitions both on and off the pitch. This is a whole school award. School nominate the team they feel best demonstrates Fair Play in their particular groups. Well done to the schools who received an award in the Sligo Park Hotel on 18th June at 4pm:

  • Killavil, Coolbock, Maugherow, Monasteraden, Kilglass, Sooey, Moylough, St Brendan’s, High Park, Collooney BNS, Rathcormac, and Ballisodare.

This year’s overall winner was: Rathcormac NS.

The award for Fair Play on Finals’ Day, the Maura Galvin Award, was presented to: Castlerock NS


Sligo Coaching Scheme

Eleven years ago, the great partnership between Sligo Cumann na mBunscol, Sligo IT and Sligo County Board put a football coaching scheme in place for all interested Primary Schools in County Sligo. The scheme started at the end of February and continued until the end of May. The students who visited our schools were skilful and co-operative and their work enhanced the work already being undertaken in schools. It was generally agreed that the IT coaches were of an excellent standard this year. However, as every organisation is under financial pressure we are encouraging schools to hold a Jersey Day each year to fundraise for the scheme. We would like to thank Liam Og Gormley and John Hughes for all their work to ensure this scheme runs smoothly.




New Ventures

In a continuing effort to promote Gaelic Games, the Allianz Cumann na m Bunscol Co Shligigh Committee organised a GAA Rounders coaching session for teachers on 1st April in Gaelscoil Chnoc na Ré followed by a blitz for primary schools on 2nd April in Kilcoyne Park, Tubbercurry and on 3rd April in Sligo Council Pitch. It was a great success. Many thanks to Joe Donoghue, his team of coaches and to all who turned out for the blitzes. Similar  blitzes will be run again in Spring 2015.

This year a Camogie Development Day was organised and held in Geevagh on 13th May 2014 from 10am – 2pm with nine schools participating. A shield and medals were awarded to the winning team. Two trophies, one for Player of the Day and another for the best emerging team were also awarded. Refreshments were provided by Geevagh club and a photographer was employed to record the event. Many thanks to Benny Kenny who organised the referees and to Yvonne Byrne, Coaching Officer and Mary O Connor, National Development Officer who attended the event.

It was agreed to begin the process of setting up a website for the coming academic year. The National Committee of Cumann na mBunscol has launched its website na mBunscol Shligigh can send information which is then posted in blog format.

For the coming academic year, it has been decided to pilot sending out affiliation forms in June to be returned by June 30t.h. This is to facilitate getting the competitions started as soon as possible when the new acamedic year 2015-2016 starts. The committee should be informed of any changes to class numbers in September, and will accommodate as necessary.


At a time when schools are under increasing pressures, we are extremely grateful to all the teachers in Sligo who give so willingly of their class and free time to engage their pupils in Gaelic Games. The level of participation and skill that are seen in all areas of our competitions are testament to the dedication of our teachers. We are also grateful for the time they give to help on Finals’ Days and in co-ordinating competitions during the year.

Finally, I would like to thank all the people on our committee. It would be impossible to organise and run activities without their support.  They work so hard throughout the year, giving generously and freely of their time to organise, co-ordinate and publicise competitions and events for the promotion of Gaelic Games. I would like to acknowledge the sterling work done by David Dillon, Natasha Branigan, Aisling Tighe, John Liddy, Geraldine Kilcoyne, Mick Maye, Bernie Ryan, John Hughes, Cathy Mc Ginley, Áine Mc Grath, Carl O Rourke, Marlene Scanlon, Mick Heffernan and Michéal O Broin in their respective roles on the committee. I would like to thank them most sincerely for their help and support during the year. They have been of invaluable assistance to me in my role as secretary and for which I am very grateful.

We wish Natasha Branigan success in her move to Drogheda and hope she will be happy there. We congratulate Bernie Ryan on her appointment as Chairperson of the National Committee of Cumann na mBunscol and wish her success in her role.

Finally I thank you for your attendance at this year’s AGM and wish the new committee all the best for the coming year.


                                                                                                Patricia Hunt (Rúnaí, Cumann na mBunscol)