Cumann na mBunscol, Gaillimh, received a nomination in the Best Football Initiative Category at the recent Roadstone Awards ceremony at the Clontarf Castle Hotel in Dublin. This awards scheme, generously sponsored by Roadstone, recognises the efforts made by the various county units of Cumann na mBunscol in promoting Gaelic games in primary schools. Marty Morrissey from RTE headed the panel of assessors for the competition and was high in his praise for the efforts of Cumann na mBunscol, Gaillimh, under the Chairmanship of Tom Cunningham (Scoil Mhuire, Mountbellew). This past year saw a high increase in the number of schools taking part in girls’ football, and the various finals produced games of the highest quality. Special praise was given to the work done by committee member, Paul Gannon, in helping to establish a new ladies’ football club in West Connemara. The boys’ football competition attracted an entry of one hundred and fifty schools, with eighteen graded sections ranging from 15-a-side to 5-a-side for small schools. These 5-a-side competitions proved popular as they enabled pupils from some of the smallest schools in the county (including Inisbofin) to develop their football skills.
December 20th 2001