Tuesday 16 September 2014

Munster title for the Gaelscoil

Published 29/05/2013 | 05:36

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The team from Gaelscoil Aogáin, Castleisland, Co. Kerry celebrating with school principal and trainer, Tomás Ó Conchúir, and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh, member of the Kerry Senior Ladies Football team, following their win at the Gael Linn Féile Peile 2013 in Lispole recently.

Gaelscoil Aogáin, Castleisland, are the 2013 Munster champions of Féile Peile Gael Linn!

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Gaelscoil Aogáin, Castleisland, are the 2013 Munster champions of Féile Peile Gael Linn!

This popular yearly football festival, organized by Gael Linn for Gaelscoileanna and Gaeltacht primary schools in the province, was held over two days on Wednesday and Thursday, May 22 and 23rd. It was the first time the competition was held in Kerry and Lispole was the venue chosen on this historic occasion.

In an exciting final, opposition from a combined Gaeltacht team, Lispole N.S./S.N. Bhaile an Fheirtéaraigh, proved no match in the end for the hungry Castleisland footballers, who won out by a scoreline of 4-10 to 3-05.

Great credit is due to school principal, Tomás Ó Conchúir, who trained and encouraged the Gaelscoil Aogáin team to victory. There were cheers of delight from the Castleisland supporters as team captain, Luka Ó Brosnacháin, accepted the Gael Linn cup from local sporting hero, Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh, herself a past participant in the competition, and presently a member of the Kerry Senior Ladies Football team.

Eight teams in total were in Lispole for the event, and they were divided into two groups. In the first group were the Gaeltacht schools, some of which were allowed to link up in order to field a team - Sc. Naomh Eirc/Sc. An Ghleanna/S.N. Muiríoch; S.N. Cheann Trá/S.N. Chill Mhic a'Domhnaigh/S.N. Dún Chaoin; S.N. Lios Póil/S.N. Bhaile an Fheirtéaraigh and S.N. an Chlocháin.

Teams from Gaelscoileanna made up the second group - Gaelscoil Aogáin, Castleisland, Gaelscoil Mhichíl Chíosóig, Ennis, Scoil Mhic Easmainn, Tralee and Gaelscoil Faithleann, Killarney. The teams were mixed, with nine players per side, made up largely of boys and girls from 5th and 6th. classes in the schools.

Each team played at least three matches over the two days, with the winner of each group advancing to the the semi-final and subsequently to the final. Domhnall Ó Murchadha from An Rinn, Co. Waterford, was the games administrator at the event, and Caoimhín and Éanna Ó Conghaile from Connemara were the referees. They commended all the young players for their sporting play over the two days. Of course, not all the fun was on the football pitch during the festival! Most of the visitors were accommodated in local guesthouses, and the students had great fun at the table quiz, concert and céilí organized for them by Gael Linn staff, Seán Ó Ceallaigh and Jamie Ó Tuama, on Wednesday evening in Lispole Hall.

The weather obliged which helped greatly towards everyone's enjoyment of the occasion! ! Great credit is due to the staff of Scoil Eoin Baiste, Lispole, who did most of the organizing at local level. Every facility was afforded to the event by the Lispole GAA Club, and Gael Linn are very thankful in particular to the club officials for their help and co-operation.

The Gaelscoil Aogáin footballers team were given a great welcome back to the school, and will no doubt be celebrating their win for some time to come! Oilean Chiarrai Abu!


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