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posted 16 Jan 2017, 01:06 by Birt Noe

Annual General Meeting Of Munster Primary Schools GAA Board

The Annual General Meeting of the Munster Primary Schools GAA Board (Allianz Cumann na mBunscol, Coiste na Mumhan)  took place in the Horse and Jockey Hotel in Co Tipperary last Friday night. Special guests at the meeting were Liam Lenihan, Leas Cathaoirleach of the Munster Council and Michael Burke, Chairman of the Tipperary County Board. Liam Lenihan, a former primary teacher himself, spoke of the contribution that primary teachers, male and female, have made and continue to make, to the promotion of Gaelic Games. Michael Burke welcomed the delegates to Tipperary. He said that a highlight of Tipperary’s success in winning the 2016 All Ireland was the joy he witnessed when the players brought the Liam McCarthy Cup to the primary schools and the strong memories players had of their formative years playing in competitions organised by Allianz Cumann na mBunscol.

Mr Joe Lyons, Chairman of Coiste na Mumhan, said that there are over a thousand primary schools in Munster and virtually all play in activities organised by Allianz Cumann na mBunscol. He thanked the Munster Council for its support of primary schools games and for its continued support of the Munster GAA Primary Game.

‘Cumann na mBunscol is unique in that we are active in virtually every school, large or small, mixed or single- sex, urban, rural, suburban in the province of Munster and indeed throughout the country. The work of Cumann na mBunscol is hard to quantify but I know it is easy to underestimate. It survives on the goodwill, commitment and dedication of teachers, young and not so young. And let’s not forget our retired colleagues who give invaluable assistance when we are at our busiest,’ said Mr Lyons.

Joe Lyons, who is Principal of Ballybrown NS, was re elected as Chairman for another year while Brother James Dormer was re elected as Development Officer. Aodán Wrenn, a native of Shanagolden, was returned as PRO. Aodán teaches in Clerihan NS, outside Clonmel and is Rúnaí of  Allianz Cumann na mBunscol in Tipperary.

Niamh O Dea and Ruairi Walsh, who teach in St Paul’s NS in Dooradoyle, were Limerick delegates. Eamon Fitzgerald, a native of Kilfinny, was a delegate representing Waterford. Eamon is a long-serving stalwart of  Allianz  Cumann na mBunscol in Waterford and is a stalwart of the De La Salle club in the city.



A registration fee of €30.00 is now due from all schools. This fee entitles schools to participate in all Cumann na mBunscol activities during 2017. Please note the fee covers your school’s activities for a calendar year. Please forward a cheque for €30.00 to our Treasurer Jerry McDonnell, 25 Ballingarrane, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. This is a once off annual payment which will enable your school to participate in Tipperary Cumann na mBunscol activities in 2017.



If you or a colleague would like to be added to the contact list for updates on Tipperary Allianz Cumann na mBunscol activities please contact Tipperary Cumann na mBunscol PRO John Manley Dualla NS at or Aodán Wrenn,, to be added to the contact listings.



Schools are reminded and encouraged to send news and updates of their progress in the hurling championships for the coming season. Reports can be a great writing topic for the classroom and are an opportunity for children to see their work published for a wider audience. In the pre-season championship build-up children could be given the chance to tell about their own training regiments and tips for the coming championship. A Reporter of the Week will be chosen and their work included in the weekly report. Please ensure all reports are a single paragraph in Verdana 10 type. All submissions should be proof-read by the teacher before submission.



For any schools/teachers wishing to access Tipperary Cumann na mBunscol news and updates via Twitter, the Tipperary Cumann na mBunscol Twitter username is @TippCumanNamBun. The following link will enable you to follow us: We now have 1424 followers.



For match reports, fixtures and school G.A.A. News and events, please email Tipperary Cumann na mBunscol PRO John Manley Dualla NS at


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