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St Malachy's Glencull Primary School, Ballygawley

Allianz Cumann na mBunscol

22nd May 2016

Sunday 22 May 2016 will be a day that will live long in the memory of Tyrone GAA supporters. This is particularly so in the case of 18 primary school pupils – from right across the county – who had the opportunity to represent the ‘Red Hand’ county in the half-time Mini Games at Celtic Park during the Ulster SFC meeting of Derry and Tyrone.

There was a great buzz of excitement and, no doubt, a restless night beforehand as these young lads gathered together in anticipation of their momentous day. The parents looked on with immense pride as the boys donned the famous O’ Neill jersey, before taking to the field for their moment in the limelight. Without showing any sign of nerves, the young starlets played their hearts out – displaying their full set of skills in the process. After the half-time games concluded, the boys were presented with medals from the Ulster Council. These will be cherished forevermore, and capped-off a truly memorable day for all concerned.

Representing Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Thír Eoghain were:

Matthew Quinn

St. Patrick’s P.S, Dungannon

 Colm Mellon

St. Malachy’s P.S, Glencull

 Michael Rafferty

St. Mary’s P.S, Killyclogher

 Daniel Rafferty

St. Mary’s P.S, Cabragh

 Shéa Gates

Laghey P.S.

 Ronan Cassidy

Blessed Patrick P.S. Castlecaulfield

 Matthew Donaghy

Holy Trinity P.S. Cookstown

 Dara McGinley

St. Mary’s P.S. Ballygawley

 Robbie Conway

Atishane P.S. Dunamanagh

 Conor Owens

Drumduff P.S.

 Micheál Mac Salaigh

Gaelscoil na gCrann

 Mark McAnulla

Omagh Integrated P.S.

 Gavin Molloy

St. Mary’s P.S. Strabane

 Liam Colton

St. Dympna’s P.S. Dromore

 Patrick Corrigan

St. Brigid’s P.S. Altamuskin

 Fintan O’ Neill

St. Patrick’s P.S. Mullinahoe, Ardboe

 Shea Tracey

St. Mary’s P.S. Dunamore, Kildress

 Cormac Dolan

St. Conor’s P.S. Omagh

Our thanks to CnmB committee members Brian Gormley (Glencull), Sean Quinn (Galbally) and Liam Grugan (Omagh) who escorted the children throughout the day, and helped make it such a memorable occasion. Bernie Fox and Stephen Donnelly (Ulster GAA) and Anne Daly (Tyrone GDA) are also thanked. A final word of thanks goes to our counterparts in Derry CnmB, especially Peter Donnelly (Holy Family P.S. Magherafelt) for their tremendous hospitality on the day.

All-in-all, it was a terrific day for Tyrone – in more ways than one…