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posted 7 Oct 2013, 14:37 by Unknown user


Fixture details have been emailed to all schools by Secretary Aodán Wrenn. The first school on each fixture should make initial contact to arrange matches. Schools are encouraged to adhere to the dates of play set out in the fixtures so that county finals can proceed on time. All schools are also reminded to text results of each match to the Secretary in a timely fashion. Go n-éirí an t-ádh libh!



The U-11 ladies football Go Games fixtures for 2013 were forwarded to all schools recently. The majority of these blitzes took place on Thursday 3rd October at various locations throughout the county. Tipperary Allianz Cumann na mBunscol would like to thank everyone who helped in the smooth running of these competitions from co-ordinators to referees and individual schools who took part in the competitions. Co-ordinators are reminded to text the details of the winner of each blitz to Secretary Aodán Wrenn on 087-6578057 as soon as available. I would encourage schools to email match reports to myself on blitzes they have taken part in. Reporter of the Week section has more information on format etc. The U-11 boys football Go Games fixtures were emailed to all schools at the start of last week. The majority of U-11 boys football Go Games blitzes will be taking place on Thursday 10th October. Schools should contact the co-ordinator of each blitz with any queries/problems with fixtures as soon as possible. Schools are encouraged to stick to the fixture dates in order to allow the smooth running of the competitions for all involved. The best of luck to all teams as they prepare for these competitions.



Schools were forwarded details of the Allianz Cumann na mBunscol National Awards in association with Cornmarket in recent days. There are a number of categories open to schools at the national awards. The Pat Trainor Award was instigated to remember a friend and colleague, Pat Trainor. The object of the award is to honour a fellow teacher who has given years of service to Gaelic Games promotion. This year one nomination will be accepted from each Province so recommendations should be sent to Provincial units. Nominations must be accompanied by a citation outlining the nominees involvement in Cumann na mBunscol. There will be an overall winner who will be presented with the Pat Trainor Perpetual Trophy and will receive two All-Ireland tickets for year 2014. The three other nominees will be presented with trophies. The School of the Year Award is presented to a school that promotes Gaelic games in their community. Work should show how you promote and participate in Gaelic games in your school. The work can be presented through articles /photographs and children’s work. Each school that submits a project to this category will receive an O’Neill’s Jersey in their county colours and a certificate of participation. They will also be put in a draw for 2 All-Ireland tickets for 2014. There are three categories in this section. Schools are judged according to size including 1-4, 4-8 and 8+ classroom teachers. The final section is the Award for the Promotion of GAA Games and Culture. Committees/schools are asked to show their innovative work in promoting Gaelic games and culture. This can target a single area or a number of areas involving promotion of Gaelic Games and Culture including Football, Hurling, Camogie, Handball, Rounders, Respect Initiative, Go Games, Table Quiz etc. Submission will consist of a document outlining promotion work (1 – 2 A4 Pages - 500 words approximately) and photographic evidence on CD or Memory Stick.



This Merit Award will, with the co-operation of County Committees, be rolled out at AGMs in each County in 2013. This is the basic level - there are four more levels to follow. Certificate will be issued to each qualifying school. In order to qualify for this award Tipperary schools must be affiliated to Tipperary Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Coiste, participate in Tipperary Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Activities and be represented at the Tipperary Allianz Cumann na mBunscol AGM. Certificates will then be issued by Secretary Aodán Wrenn.



After several queries on certain rules when playing in Cumann na mBunscol matches, a reminder was sent to schools in relation to play of the ball and square ball rules. For both football and ladies football at U-13 and U-11 only two plays of the ball are permitted, i.e. one hop and one solo OR two solos. In addition to this, schools are reminded that the square ball rule applies in Cumann na mBunscol matches. Finally, a reminder that girls can play on the boys football teams at U-11 and U-13 level but must follow boys rules.



Schools are reminded of the importance of mouthguards for all children participating in Cumann na mBunscol matches. All boys training for and playing Gaelic football must wear mouthguards at all times. Girls playing Ladies Football and training for Ladies Football are not obliged to wear mouthguards until the 1st of January 2014. However, girls playing football on boy's teams will have to wear mouthguards from now. For P.E. lessons undertaken by the teacher or un-organised football sessions, such as at break times, it is at the discretion of the school as to whether mouthguards are to be used.



Schools are reminded and encouraged to send news and updates of their progress in the football championships for the coming season. Reports should include, in as much as possible, school names, referee, venue, final score and a balanced account of the match. 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 would encourage as many teachers and schools as possible to follow us as this will enable you to access information as soon as it becomes available. We thank all the teachers who have become followers of Tipperary Cumann na mBunscol on Twitter. We have got a great reaction from teachers and schools in recent months. We now have 582 followers.