Monaghan Coaching & Games organised a GAA 5 Star flag presentation ceremony in the Entekra Centre of Excellence, Cloghan on Wednesday June 19th.
The awards ceremony was attended by the 8 GAA 5 Star Centre Schools who completed the programme from Monaghan during the school year. Over 30 principals, teachers, kids and parents were in attendance at the presentation yesterday. County Co-Ordinator Rory Beggan thanked all the schools (principals, teachers & kids) for their continuous hardwork in promoting Gaelic Games through this 5 star initiative. He highlighted the amount of work our primary schools have to undertake throughout the year and acknowledged each school for implementing this initiative. Monaghan County Board chairman Michael Eoin McMahon was also attendance and spoke about the importance of our Primary Schools promoting and developing our game and thanked them for the role they play in this.
The 8 schools who were awarded GAA 5 Star Centre Flags where Monaghan Boys School, Carrickmacross Boys School, Castleblayney Boys School, Scoil Bhride Leitrim, Scoil Eanna Ballybay, St Josephs Knockatallon, Urbleshanny NS & Knockconan NS.
Kathy Ronaghan (Principal) from Scoil Bhride Leitrim spoke about the benefits of the programme in their school. Kathy talked about how kids who were not involved in GAA clubs who took part in the programme gained a keen interest in GAA and have now joined their local GAA club. Kathy also talked about the benefits of delivering this programme via a co-ordinated approach of Club,School (Cumann Na mBunscoil) & County. This involved the help of club coaches, school teachers and Monaghan Coaching & Games staff. This model proved successful for Scoil Bhride. Kathy also highlighted the importance and benefits of exercise on our young children’s mental health. We thank Kathy for her kind words.
Monaghan have had a great response to this programme and we hope that it will grow from strength to strength over the next few years. For any information regarding the GAA 5 Star programme or if your school want to become a GAA 5 Star Centre School you can submit an expression of interest form via https://learning.gaa.ie/5Star
Below shows each School receiving their Flag.