GAA

GAA skills have been taught in our school for a number of years by our GAA Games Promotion Officer, Declan Jennings, who visits our school weekly to work with different classes each term.

In 2022 we were delighted to take our first steps into the world of Cumann na mBunscol by entering the senior class Gaelic Football competition.

Cumann na mBunscol is a teacher led initiative where a wide range of opportunities and activities for all children is provided with equal opportunities for boys and girls to participate.  Activities include boys’ and girls’ football, hurling, camogie, handball, rounder’s, athletics, mini-sevens, inter class leagues, quizzes, projects, skill award schemes and blitzes.

A number of training sessions were held with 4th, 5th and 6th Classes, with an average of 40 pupils per session.  There was great enthusiasm and a lot of fun!  The St Andrew’s team played three matches in total, which included a superb win on our home ground, much to the delight of our very enthusiastic supporters!  Despite some great team performances, we were very unlucky to miss a place in the quarterfinal stages.
In preparation for next year, we are hoping to organise some ‘friendlies’ with other local schools before year end.

Last year we also entered a team into the Cumann na mBunscol Hurling League for the first time. With the help of Ms. Smith, Mr. Harrison and parent volunteers the team managed to reach the final in Croke Park. It was a fantastic achievement and a great day out for the school. We look forward to entering senior teams once again next year. Please see below match report from the final.

There was a brilliant atmosphere in Croke Park as St Andrew’s faced up to play Scoil Áine in the final of the
Cumann na mBunscol hurling competition. The first half was a little bit scrappy at times but the St Andrew’s players never took their eyes off the sliothar and played with lots of energy going into the break with a slender one point lead.
The team were unlucky to concede a few scores early in the second half and despite an amazing effort from all
they couldn’t close the gap.

Well done to Scoil Áine who played brilliantly and avenged their defeat to us in the qualifying games. St Andrew’s will have to wait until next year to redress the balance. This St Andrew’s team have given a huge amount of time and effort to training and matches this year. This was evident as the team improved from every single game they played.
A huge thank you to all parents and staff for setting up the G.A.A.

St Andrews NS A!