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29th Sep 2022

Our General Meeting was held in the Croke Park Hotel last Saturday, September 24th. 

It was a well attended meeting with some officers giving presentations on Cornmarket Awards Criteria, Rounders, Pat Trainor Award Winner Mike O'Donoghue, our forthcoming 50th anniversary publication, Mini 7s, PR, new website, etc. along with some other items on the agenda. 

Our new website was also launched on the day. 

15th Sep 2022

National Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Week took place from June 13th – 17th. We had a massive response across the whole country with hundreds of schools participating in a hugely successful week. Daily activities were set in hurling, camogie, gaelic football, handball and rounders by some prominent inter county stars such as Donegal’s 2012 All Ireland Senior Football winning captain Michael Murphy, Dublin Footballers Dean Rock and Ciarán Kilkenny, Kilkenny’s All Star Hurling goalie Eoin Murphy, Armagh GAA’s Ryan Gaffney, Cork’s All Ireland Handball champion Catriona Casey, Limerick Footballer Peter Nash, Wexford’s nine time All Ireland Senior Rounders Medal winner Kate O’Reilly, Sligo footballers Jackie Mulligan, Katie Walsh & Joshua Flynn, Roscommon Footballer Jenny Higgins, Leitrim star Ryan O’Rourke, Tipp hurlers John McGrath & Paddy Stapleton along with former Tipperary senior hurling captain Shane McGrath.  There was huge engagement on social media with these daily activities. Michael Murphy’s video received almost 26000 impressions on Twitter. Our menu of activities proved very popular with schools participating in skills challenges, recreating famous match scenes, interviews with teachers, art competitions, jersey days and much more. The week was an incredible success and we cannot wait to do it all over again next year!


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15th Sep 2022

On June 30th last, Mairead O’Callaghan completed her last day of teaching in Glenville National School having taught there for 40 years.   She was given an emotional send off by the children, staff and parents of Glenville and it was obvious that she was held in the highest esteem by all.    

This of course does not tell the whole story of a person who has devoted her time to the playing and promotion of Gaelic Games in Watergrasshill, Glenville, Cork and throughout the country. She was a star camogie player for Watergrasshill GAA and in 1982 was a member of the team that won the All Ireland Camogie Club Championship. It is no surprise that Máiréad had such a strong interest in Gaelic games having come under the early tutelage of the legendary Eamonn Ryan who taught in Watergrasshill NS. Her school, Glenville NS, was one of the first schools to play boys and girls on the same teams, with great success, in an era when it was a boys only domain!

Máiréad immersed herself in the activities of Sciath na Scol and a few short years later took up the role of secretary as the only female officer among all the males. She was and is, an administrator second to none!  Sciath na Scol thrived and developed under her stewardship and it is hardly surprising that she has held positions at Provincial and National Cumann na mBunscol level. Currently Máiréad is President of Cumann na mBunscol Náisiúnta. Here’s to many more fruitful years; retired but not gone! Beir Bua.