Wednesday 26 June 2019

Celebrating 25 years of GAA at Gorey Community School

Cathy Lee

All stars were celebrated at the Ashdown Park Hotel, as Gorey Community School, which is marking its 25 years in existence this year, and held a special dinner dance to honour the role that GAA has played in school life.

'It was great to remember back. Trophies are important, but really it's about participation and progress,' said Brendan O'Sullivan, a teacher at Gorey Community School who has been involved with GAA at the school since 1977.

He explained that there have been highs and lows in the sport, but at the moment the school is having lot of success, such as many Leinster championship matches as well as one schools All-Ireland final in camogie.

'We are not a club ourselves, but we work with clubs and we have 16 different GAA teams between the boys and girls. It's all about player development,' said Brendan.

The school decided last year that it was important to broaden and better the connection with past pupils.

'It wasn't about the elite sports people, such as those on Wexford County teams, the household names but rather about it was to recognise anyone who put on the jersey,' said Brendan O'Sullivan.

Teams from the last 25 years were nominated by the public, and finally all-stars were selected, which was sponsored by Gorey Chamber.

Former coach Larry Doyle, was honoured on the night and his family accept a presentation from Gorey Community School.

Gorey Guardian