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Active School Flag is raised in Castle Park

THE Active School Flag was flying proudly in Dalkey yesterday.

Castle Park Primary School had every right to party. They became the first school in Dublin to achieve the honour.

They are only a couple of hops of the sliotar up from Bullock Harbour. Sandycove Tennis Club nestles nearby.

The Cuala HQ is around the corner on Hyde Road, where Dalkey United also reside.

It's a sporting paradise, and the school have also passed the Q mark in terms of sporting activity.

Only 12 schools in the country have received their flag and Castle Park are the first school in Dublin to receive it.

The school first opened its doors in 1904. It sits on 17 acres of ground.

The Active School Flag highlights the importance of PE, physical activity and sport in schools and the communities in which they are based.

The initiative encourages a partnership approach for schools to become more active in approaching groups like the HSE, local sports partnerships and education centres in assisting them in the promotion of physical activity in their schools.

Castle Park physical education teacher Aine Davey is delighted with the award.

"We are only a small school but we now have state-of-the-art facilities like a swimming pool, an astro-turf surface and a top-of-the-range sports hall," explains Aine.

"The GAA wasn't all that prominent here, but Gaelic games have now become a big part of our routine.

"The Cuala GPO, Willie Braine, comes in to do coaching sessions and the children are out practising on their lunch breaks."

It was the brilliant Cuala and Dublin hurler David Treacy who presented the Active School Flag yesterday.

It will fly proudly over the Dalkey castle for many years to come.