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Moneynick Primary School, Randalstown

Success for Moneynick PS at National Awards

9th Mar 2024

Moneynick Primary School received two prestigious awards at the Cumann na mBunscol National Awards 2024. Over 250 teachers from all parts of Ireland gathered in Mullingar on Friday March 8th for the Annual Awards Ceremony, sponsored by Cornmarket Group Financial Services.

‘The Awards recognise excellence in the promotion of Gaelic Games in primary schools,’ according to Joe Lyons who is National Chairperson of Cumann na mBunscol. ‘They give recognition to the work of teachers on and off the playing fields.’

Finalists in both Category 4: Promotion of Gaelic Games and Culture and Category 5: Small School of the Year (fewer than 200 pupils), Moneynick proudly received 2nd place in both categories. This was an historic achievement for their pupils, staff, school community, clubs, county and province of Ulster.

‘The category of Promotion of Gaelic Games and Culture is very popular. Entries had to be submitted in digital format,’ says PRO of Cumann na mBunscol, John Manley. ‘This attracts great interest as this category is not confined to promotion of games but also encompasses Gaeilge, ceol, damhsa, and any other activities that are Gaelic in nature.’

Managing Director at Cornmarket, Ivan Ahern said, “These annual awards recognise the teachers and schools who passionately promote Gaelic games in their schools. Cumann na mBunscol does immense work on the ground, promoting Gaelic games in primary schools. We recognise the influence of Irish sport in the lives of children. Cornmarket got involved in the awards to help honour the dedicated teachers, and Cumann na mBunscol representatives, for their tireless efforts over the year. These awards recognise the individuals who nurture young Irish children, instilling the true heart of Gaelic games”

‘We wish to thank our amazing pupils both past and present, our dedicated staff and committed parents,’ said Mrs Fiona McConway, Principal. ‘We also wish to acknowledge the support of our local clubs Erins Own GAC Cargin, St Ergnats GAC Moneyglass and Kickham's GAC Creggan and all coaches and organisers who contribute to our Cumann na mBunscol ethos.'