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Leinster Reports 2014 LONGFORD   29/11/2014

Report of Activities – 2013/2014.

Cornmarket Awards

Longford had two very successful nominees in this years Cumann na mBunscol National Awards ceremony last November. Killoe principal, and long standing committee member, Colm Harte was awarded the Pat Traynor award for outstanding contribution to Cumann na mBunscol throughout his years. St. Bernard’s N.S. Abbeylara were also runners up in the ‘small schools’ section and received great praise for the wide range of GAA activities that are being carried out and encourage in the school.

Gaelic Football

With great success, the leagues began in September 2013 and the finals were played in Pearse Park. There were five mixed team finals and four girls team finals played with a high standard of football on display. In the new year, the league championship began and again the finals were held in Pearse Park. Along with the straight finals there was also “B” finals held with great support from parents and schools alike. The competitive nature of the league system being operated led to a variety of league and championship winners.

Outdoor Hurling

The county board had sent a coach, Noel Conaty, to provide hurling coaching to a number of school and as a result three divisions were formed to run a 7 a-side, 9 a-side and 11 a-side championship. A girls blitz was also facilitated in June. The blitz and championships were competitive and keenly contested and showcased the great interest and potential of hurling within schools around the county.

Indoor Hurling

This year, indoor hurling was run with children from 2nd to 4th class in a non-competitive format. This gave the younger children a great taste for hurling and they relished the opportunity to play in this setting. Feedback was very positive as it was felt to be very inclusive and enjoyable for the children.

Scór

Scór took place in May of this year. The competition for larger schools, over 100 pupils, was facilitated in Killoe N.S. and for smaller schools, less than 100 pupils, in Granard. This format was a departure from previous years with the intention of encouraging greater participation from smaller school. The enormous talents that are alive in the children and the tremendous confidence building that the competition offers to the participants was witnessed throughout. There were 18 categories in the larger schools section and 17 categories in the smaller schools section and all those involved in the organising and operating of the events must be commended.

NFL Half-Time Games

A team from Wexford travelled to Longford to play at the half-time of the championship game versus Wexford in Pearse Park. Children from several schools around the county represented their county and graduates of the “Young Whistlers Initiative” also officiated.





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