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Leinster Reports 2014 OFFALY   29/11/2014

Secretary’s Report -Cumann na mBunscol Uíbh Fhailí

Date: Wednesday 26th November 2014

 

In conjunction with our coaching officers the year started with indoor hurling/camogie and football Astroturf blitzes in the months of February and March. These are always well attended and enjoyable blitzes, excellently co-ordinated by our coaching officers. I would like to thank Alan Mulhall and John Leahy for the huge amount of work they do and for organizing school coaches throughout the county which is very much appreciated.

 

At the beginning of the year, we set up our new website, www.ocnmb.com and we are on twitter also @Offaly_cnmb. This promotional tool is something we hope to use more and more in the future.

 

This year we once again held a skills competition to select children to represent Offaly at finals days in Croke Park. These skills days took place in March in Clara and Rath GAA grounds. All schools in the county were eligible to send forth a representative in each of the four codes. Participation was very high and after a number of skills tests, children were selected to represent Offaly at All-Ireland Semi final and final days. This year we were eligible to send 7 children in total to Croke Park across the four codes (2 Hurling, 1 Camogie, 2 Boys Football and 2 Girls Football)

 

Our u13 competitions started at the end of March. We had a very successful term with matches going very smoothly. Our finals were held in O’Connor Park Tullamore and St. Brendan’s Park Birr. Many thanks to these venues for use of their facilities.  I think all will agree that these finals were played in a competitive and sporting manner and were a pleasure to watch.

This year we sent a girls football team and boys hurling team down to play at half time of Kilkenny v Offaly. This was a very successful outing for all involved with each child receiving refreshments after the game.

We also hosted a half time game between Galway and Kilkenny with teams coming from afore mentioned counties to play at half time of an absorbing match in Tullamore.

 

Our new school year got underway with football matches successfully starting in mid September. We hosted a total of 15 finals at venues across the county. Thanks to St. Brendan’s Park, O’Connor Park and Croghan GAA for use of venues.

 

In total just over 300 competitive games were played in the last year, catering for all four codes and all school sizes. We had 16 finals in our Spring Term and 15 in our Autumn Term.

 

I would also like to pay tribute to the schools in the county, to the teachers and children who are in essence what Cumann na mBunscol is all about. The amount of work being done throughout the county is incredible, and final days are a testament to this. 

 

Thanks to all those involved in the preparation of fields for finals days, our referees, pipers, the media, the clubs in the county, Coiste na nOg and the County Board without whose support it would be impossible for Cumann na mBunscol to function. Also huge thanks to our sponsors Allianz’.





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