St. Joseph's School play in "Football for ALL"

St Joseph’s School Ballytivnan, Sligo pupils play for Connacht GAA in Croke Park


Pupils from Sligo’s St Josephs School took part in the M. Donnelly GAA “Football for ALL” Interprovincial Finals on Tuesday, September 26th in Croke Park.  This is the second year that these games have been held in Croke Park. Last year St Josephs School Ballytivnan, were the sole representatives on the Connacht GAA Boys and Girls teams. Over one hundred and forty-four players from all four Provinces took part in this years tournament which is a joint initiative between the National GAA for ALL Committee in collaboration with the Irish Special Schools Sports Council (ISSSC). St Joseph’s School is part of the Northwest Branch of the ISSSC and their players were also joined on the Connacht Team by players from St Antony’s, Castlebar, St Dympna’s, Ballina and St Bernadette’s, Letterkenny.


The Chairperson of the Connacht GAA Games for All Committee, Denis O’Boyle, expressed his gratitude to the pupils, their parents and staff of St Josephs in representing Connacht GAA in Croke Park. He acknowledged the wonderful involvrement and encouragement from the school Principal, Carmel Wynne. He thanked Connacht GAA Council for their ongoing support. He also complimented Co Sligo GAA and its Games Manager, Liam Og Gormly together with Sligo Game for All Chairperson, Tim Hynes, in preparing the teams for the Interprovincial Finals at the Sligo Centre of Excellence..


Liam Og Gormley, Tim Hynes, Gerry Tuohy and Brian Maguire were all involved in the coaching of the St Josephs’s  boys and girls in the skills of Gaelic Football and accompanied them to Croke Park. They also assisted in the management of the Connacht Boys and Girls teams in what was a wonderful and most enjoyable day of Gaelic Football and a very proud day for all the players from St Josephs School who represented Connacht GAA in Croke Park.

Photograph: President of the GAA, Aogán Ó Fearghail, with players, coaches and mentors of the Connacht Boys and Girls teams which played in the M. Donnelly GAA “Football for ALL” Interprovincial Finals in Croke Park.

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