Ladies Football For Schools

The Galway Ladies GAA is proposing to organise competitions open to all schools in the county of Galway.  It is hoped that the competition will commence in early March.  They have been divided into three categories:  National School, Primary and Vocational School.  The ultimate aim of the Galway Ladies County Board is to promote and encourage underage players to participate in the game and by extension, improve the quality of both club and county teams.  Any schools wishing to participate and who have not already done so, should reply to the Secretary, Ms. Mary Reynolds, Gortbrackmoor, Ahascragh, Ballinasloe on or before Tuesday, January 31st.

Connacht Tribune June 27th 1988

At the beginning of the 1990s, when the INTO/GAA Mini Sevens were in their infancy, only a small number of schools were competing in the Girls Football section. Schools like Barnaderg, Mountbellew and Brierfrield were winners in the early years.  In 1993, Cumann na mBunscol Gaillimh inaugurated a new competition for girls.  Many of the smaller schools had girls playing on their boys’ teams at this stage.  The new competition for girls, which attracted thirty teams, consisted of a series of blitzes with schools divided according to size.  In the following years, this number quickly rose to over fifty.  The Cumann na mBunscol ethos of playing for enjoyment ensured that there was always a great spirit of fair play in the competitions. Indeed, many teachers are on record as saying that the girls’ football blitzes were the highlight of the sporting year.  In the early years of the Mini Sevens, players were chosen for the exhibition games at Connacht Senior Championship matches.  For the first few years it was “boys only” but following persistent pressure from Cumann na mBunscol, the Connacht Council allowed the girls to participate also.  Many of the 2004 Galway All-Ireland Senior Winning Team represented their schools in Tuam Stadium, McHale Park, Hyde Park, Markieviez Park and Carrick-on-Shannon.  It is interesting to note that Cumann na mBunscol Gaillimh was organising Girls Football competitions two years before taking over the Boys’ Competitions from Coiste Peil na nÓg.