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Cumann na mBunscol (Article 2)

September 8th, 2019

Cumann na mBunscol (Article 2)

Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Chill Mhantáin

Welcome back to the start of another school year. Let’s hope it’s a happy, healthy and successful one. We have an exciting calendar of events planned for 2019 – 2020 and are looking forward to it. Well done to those who represented the Garden County in Croke Park during the summer, an amazing achievement, you should be very proud of yourselves. Here is one such account from Olivia Shannon who represented Wicklow.

My Day At The All-Ireland Final
In March, I qualified to go to Ballinakill for a Cumann na mBunscol GAA skills competition. I was very happy when I came 1st in the Ladies Football. After a while of waiting to see what would happen, I received a letter from Cumann na mBunscol. When I opened the letter I couldn’t believe that I would be playing in Croke Park on the day of the All–Ireland Football final. I could not believe it! During the summer I practised my skills and finally the day arrived. I got up early, got dressed and ate my breakfast. Eventually we got into the car for our journey. When we arrived we went to a community centre were we waited to be told what to do. There were a lot of other children there from lots of other counties. After saying goodbye to our parents, we got into our teams with our great coaches and set off to Croke Park. It was a quick walk and we arrived at the stadium soon after. It was so exciting to see my kit hanging up in the dressing room. I was wearing Dublin No. 9. Then we left to get pictures taken. When we got back to the dressing rooms we put on our boots and got our gum shields and gloves ready. We got to our seats and watched the start of the minor match. Near the end of the first half we left to get ready to go onto the pitch. When we reached the side of the pitch I realised that I was about to play in Croke Park! I was so nervous at this stage. As the half-time whistle rang through the stadium we ran onto the pitch. The grass looked so amazing I just couldn’t wait to start playing. As soon as the match started all my nerves were gone. I was playing with girls from all over the country. The match was ten minutes long. When the match finished we went for lunch. After that we got changed into the club jerseys of the Dublin footballers. I got a Clontarf jersey, the team that Jack McCaffrey plays for. We stood by the red carpet where all the players got to shake hands with the President. After that we left and went to our seats and watched the senior All-Ireland match. I was disappointed that it was a draw but it was the best game of football I have ever seen so far. That day in Croke Park was the best day of my life!
By Olivia Shannon

Registration and County AGM
Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Wicklow’s year will begin next week with our annual AGM and Registration on Thursday September 12th in Lynhams of Laragh at 5pm. Tea and sandwiches will be served afterwards.
This will be an ALL COUNTY AGM and registration for ALL SCHOOLS in the north-east, south and west regions.
Schools must attend and register at the AGM if they wish to participate in Cumann na mBunscol activities this year.
There will be a registration fee of 50 euro, which will cover all Cumann na mBunscol activities for the year but NOT sports day (this will be an additional €50 entry fee paid at the Sports Day meeting in June). The registration fee will cover growing costs, referee’s expenses etc.
The AGM will allow us to create an accurate and up to date contact list for the current school year and ensure that every school that wants to become involved in Cumann na mBunscol Wicklow activities can do so. This brings us into line with common practice in other counties.
School have been emailed the Registration Form for 2019-2020, please complete this and bring it along with the €50 Registration fee to Thursdays meeting.
The deadline for registration is September 30th. If you cannot attend next week’s meeting please let Claire Frawley, Runaí know and you can forward the registration form and fee to our treasurer Emer Fahy at St. Anthony’s Building, Kilcoole Primary School, Kilcoole, Co. Wicklow.
The agenda for our AGM was also emailed to schools but if there is anything further you would like to add to the agenda, please do not hesitate to contact our Runaí.
The AGM is an opportunity for teachers throughout Wicklow as members of Cumann na mBunscol to meet as both a sporting and teaching community to share and discuss activities and give feedback and recommendations for our organisation for the coming year.

North East Fixtures List 2019-2020

Term One – Focus on participation based games

Wicklow Times Participation Day (5th and 6th Class Girls Football)
19th September at 11.45 a.m. in Bray GAA grounds – Girls’ football blitz, nine-a-side and no age limit. Points only no goalkeeper.
Allianz 5th and 6th Class Boys Football Participation Day
26th September at 11.45 a.m. in Bray GAA grounds and Kilcoole GAA Grounds/Venue to be confirmed – Boys’ football blitz, nine-a-side and no age limit. Points only no goalkeeper.

Allianz Camogie League Day​
3rd October at 11.45 a.m. in Bray GAA grounds. Nine-a-side and no age limit. Points only, no goalkeeper.

Boys’ Allianz Hurling Blitz Day ​
10th October – at 11.45 a.m. in Bray GAA grounds. Nine-a-side and no age limit. Points only no goalkeeper

Wicklow Times Participation Day (3rd and 4th Class Girls Football)
17th October at 11.45 a.m. in Bray GAA grounds – Girls’ football blitz, nine-a-side and no age limit. Points only, no goalkeeper. 6th Class Young Whistlers can used.

Allianz 3rd and 4th Class Boys Football Participation Day
24th October at 11.45 a.m. in Bray GAA grounds and Kilcoole GAA Grounds/venue to be confirmed – Boys’ football blitz, nine-a-side and no age limit. Points only,no goalkeeper. 6th Class Young Whistlers can used.

Allianz Tráth na gCeist​
Thursday 7th November at 7.30 p.m. in Lynhams, Laragh

Football Young Whistlers Course- 21st November. Venue to be confirmed

Indoor Hurling/Camogie 3rd and 4th Class Blitz
14th, 21st and 28th November in Shoreline, Greystones. 6th Class Young Whistlers can used. These are not mixed teams.

Your school will be contacted regarding which date you will be attending.

Schools will attend on 1 of these days. Please let us know if you cannot attend on 1 of these days.

Term Two and Three –

Focus on Indoor Blitzes are participation based;

3rd / 4th Class Indoor Boys/Girls’ Football Blitz

16th, 23rd and 30th January in Shoreline, Greystones

Indoor football tournament for boys and Girls in 3rd and 4th Class. 6th Class Young Whistlers can used. These teams are not mixed.

(The emphasis in this competition is on participation and sport for all, 7 a-side).

Schools will attend on 1 of these days. Please let us know if you cannot attend on 1 of these days.

Hurling Young Whistlers Course Thursday 16th January. Venue to be confirmed.

Indoor Camogie 2nd and 3rd Class.
Thursday 6th February Shoreline Greystones. Young Whistlers Welcome.

Indoor Hurling 2nd and 3rd Class.
Thursday 13th February Shoreline, Greystones. Young Whistlers Welcome.

Boys’ Football Allianz Coughlan Cup Day 1
27th February Bray Emmets and Kilcoole GAA Grounds/ Venue to be confirmed

Eleven-a-side and no age limit at 11.45 a.m.

(Your school will be contacted regarding which venue you will be attending)

Points only, goalkeeper. 3points for a point, 1 point for a goal.

Girls’ Wicklow Times Shield Day 1
5th March at 11.45 a.m. in Bray – 9 a-side (Teams will be graded on this day.)
Goalkeeper, points worth 3, goals worth 1 point

Boys’ Football Allianz Coughlan Cup Day 2​
12th March at 11.45am in Bray Emmets and Kilcoole GAA Grounds/ Venue to be confirmed
Eleven-a-side at 11.45 a.m. This is a competitive competition. Full rules apply.
Your school will be contacted regarding which venue you will be attending).

Girls’ Wicklow Times Shield Day 2
19th March at 11.45 a.m. in Bray – 9 a-side (Teams will be in divisions from Day 1 and this is a competitive competition.) Full rules.

INTO Skills Challenge​
(Two pupils per school may participate in each discipline – Boys’ and Girls’ Football, Camogie and Hurling.)
Please note if a child has already played in Croke Park they cannot take part in the skills competition. Participants must be born on or after January 1st 2008

Regional events will take place on the week of 20th April and those selected will go forward to a county selection day which will be held on the week of the 27th April in Ballinakill.

May 7th – 3rd and 4th Class Boys/Girls Football
11.45 a.m. in Bray and Kilcoole/venue to be confirmed – One day nine-a-side football blitz.

Credit Union Cup​
14th May at 11.45 a.m. in Ballinakill – One day boys’ nine-a-side hurling blitz. Competitive based games

Allianz Camogie Day​
21st May at 11.45 a.m. in Ballinakill – One day girls’ nine-a-side camogie blitz. Competitive based games

Open Date: 28th May Event to be organised.

Sports Day Meeting​​
Thursday 4th June at 8.00 p.m. in Newtownmountkennedy Primary School
It is imperative that any school participating in Sports Day 2019 is represented at this meeting

Sports Day​

Wednesday 10th June at 10.00 a.m. in Charlesland Sports and Recreational Centre (There are strict age limits for Sports Day)

Please send results, reports or photos to pro.cnmb.wicklow@gaa.ie, follow us on twitter @cnmbwicklow Keep up-to-date with all Allianz Cumann na mBunscol news in Wicklow on our website www.cnmbwicklow.ie

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