St. Teresa’s GAA Club present £2k and New Jerseys to St. Teresa’s PS as success continues…

Loch Mhic Ruairí Cumann Naomh Treasa GAA Club have donated £2,000 to St Teresa’s Primary School as well as a new set of Jerseys, from proceeds raised at a recent Golf Classic.

It is a terrific boost to both the school and the GAA Club as the quality and standards continue to rise significantly at youth level, highlighted by the superb successes in the Cumann na mBunscoil for the past two seasons running.

Club Chairman, Stephen McCullagh, presents a cheque for £2,000 from St. Teresa’s GAC to School Principal, Mrs Sweeney, along with new school jerseys. Also pictured are Shane McCullagh (Club Youth Officer), Mark McCullagh (School Teacher) and Aidan Gordon (Cub Secretary) an pupils Tomas Duff an Cora McElduff.

Club chairman, Stephen McCullagh, is delighted to see the bond strengthen between School and Club which has been instrumental in the impressive development of gaelic games within the community.

“The Club recognise the hard work that the school does at developing the Children within the Community and indeed at developing their sporting talents and their efforts are greatly appreciated by the wider Community. The Club would also like to take this opportunity to thank the school for their continued support and assistance and to congratulate them on all their recent achievements, mostly notable on winning the Cumann na mBunscoil indoor 5 a side competition for the second successive year and wish them all the best in the Ulster Final later in the month.”

Last season’s senior football captain, Mark McCullagh, has played a key role in that development within the school and, with Michael Gallagher, has evidently developed a formidable reputation for the school through the exploits within the Cumann na mBunscoil events. Back to back Tyrone titles in the event and not to mention that last year saw the school go on and win a historic Ulster title in the code, has formed a most reputable name for the school in this sphere.

There is no doubt that the second successive win in the competition has been another huge achievement and overall the work been done in the school, in a sporting context, has been excellent in respect of youth development within the Community. It has been an exciting period for the School and Master McCullagh is clearly excited about the added prospect of now defending a provincial title next month.

“The school are extremely proud and excited by the boys’ latest exploits in Cookstown last week. To win this prestigious competition once last year was an amazing achievement for our school and to win it for the second year on the bounce is truly remarkable. It was another titanic battle with Donaghmore in the final and they deserve huge credit once again for the part they played in this year’s competition. It was ironic that we faced the exact same team again in the final and the score line was once again the exact same as well; 0-4 to 0-3.”

“Our victory is a testament to the hard work that the club coaches, the teachers and most importantly the boys are putting in. A special mention must go to Miss Ciara Coyle who has worked extremely hard with the boys behind the scenes to help raise their fitness levels every week after school. We realise that winning isn’t everything at this tender age but feel that it is a great springboard for this group of players; not only in regards to Gaelic football, but life in general. Due to such issues in society such as obesity, anxiety, low self esteem etc. – we place a large emphasis on promoting sport in St. Teresa’s and Gaelic Games is very much at the fore front for us here in Loughmacrory.”

“We consider ourselves to now be in bonus territory but will relish the opportunity to defend our Ulster Crown now in Magherafelt on the 29th March. We are very thankful to the excellent job that the Tyrone Allianz Cumann na mBunscol are doing and the opportunities that they provide for all of our children. We also express our gratitude to the continued support of our parents who are always assisting us in our sporting endeavours.”

The presentation of funds and new jerseys to the school by St. Teresa’s GAC is another terrific boost and there is no doubt that all augurs very well indeed for the future of gaelic games in Loughmacrory.

Tyrone Allianz Cumann na mBunscol champions 2017 – back to back successes for St. Teresa’s PS Lougmacrory

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