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Dublin News   20/08/2014

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The various elements of the gaelic games programme of Cumann na mBunscol, Ath Cliath, provide regular games for children, a support network for teachers and places emphasis on the central role of the GAA in our Primary schools.


The games programme is supported by a games equipment distribution service - of particular value in attracting new schools and servicing schools designated developing – forms the lynch-pin of the games programme.


The siopa discharged 67 games equipment transactions during the last school year.  Cumann na mBunscol ordered/sold/distributed 4,890 helmets in 132 transactions; ordered/sold/distributed €2,655 worth of sliotars; 7,240 hurleys were presented/sold/distributed; ordered/sold/distributed 890 footballs to 42 schools; contacted 25 selected schools and invited teachers to collect footballs x 12 presented by cumann na mBunscol to help with games development; presented games equipment to 9 new/developing schools.



Cumann na mBunscol invited teachers from 80 schools to participate in a 2-hour fun activity programme conducted by Paudie Butler comprising a fresh approach to the introduction of the skills of Camogie/Hurling in a PE context. An equipment bag to support this model was presented to each school and a complimentary meal was served. The teacher-focused programme, comprising games, athletics & gymnastic Strands of PE curriculum, supported the on-going promotion and development by our colleagues in schools and was rolled out on a phased basis in the following manner. Schools x 17 in Dublin 09 region in Coláiste Phádraig (05/12/13);

Schools x 15 in Dublin 16 region in Scoil Olaf (25/02/14); Schools x 22 in Lucan  region in Scoil Mhuire BNS (12/03/14); Schools x 26 in Dublin 15 region in Scoil an Chroí Ró Naofa Huntstown (21/05/14). Phase two of the project, costing €8,000 to date, is eagerly anticipated and will be undertaken in the Autumn.



Peil – d’eagraigh an Cumann sraith cluichí ó mhí Mhéan Fómhair go mí na Nollag do 390 foireann a ghlac pháirt sa Pheil leaghta amach i 35 Roinn. Socraíodh na babhtaí ag cruinnithe an Choiste Láir, teaspáineadh iad ar shuíomh idirlíne an Chumainn agus d’imríodh na cluichí i 32 ionad timpeall an chontae ar an Mháirt, ar an gCéadaon & ar an Déardaon ó Mheán Fómhar go Nollaig;

Fixtures booklet – the 72-page fixtures & information booklet, detailing a programme of 160 weekly inter-school games, listing schools involved in Go Games Local Leagues x 17 and a programme of 24 Regional Leagues for older age-group, providing a directory of contacts for the 360 teachers in charge of school teams and embracing Colaistí Oideachais through student referees and acknowledging their role, was an invaluable aid for our teacher colleagues. A similar Leabhrán was a feature of the camogie/hurling  leagues  in the new year.

Iomáint / Camógaíocht - d’eagraigh an Cumann sraith cluichí ó mhí Fheabhra go mí an Mheithimh do 218 foireann a ghlac pháirt san Iomáint/Camógaíocht/Go Games leaghta amach i 29 Roinn.   



Our ‘Follow the Dubs’ school-based project – comprising forecast-the-score cards, prizes of popular Dublin merchandise, 5,000 full-colour promotion posters distributed to 400 schools – was an acknowledged part of the programme and fostered ongoing interest in the Dublin Senior teams during the Allianz leagues, in particular.



Award schemes, through specific class-based work (Follow the Dubs / An Clár is Fearr / Lucht Leanúna is Ornáidí /An Brat Scoile is Dathúla), offered further opportunities for increased participation by more teachers & children and was fully exploited by Cumann na mBunscol. Allied to a group text service, our award-winning website  provided an exhaustive service and enjoyed particular appeal among our recently qualified teachers while acting as a forum and social point which is acknowledged by colleagues as a practical response to meet the needs of busy teachers.

With Liathróid Láimhe, Allianz Young Whistlers, 7-day Santry athletics programme, INTO/GAA Mini Sevens, Friendship games with Belfast, and an invaluable link with Teacher Training Colleges also on the Clár, the voluntary work of our colleagues in the primary schools has ensured that Cumann na mBunscol is a central part of the rich tapestry of GAA life in the Capital.