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Kilkenny CBS, Kilkenny v Scoil na Trinóide Naofa, Limerick - Masita GAA All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Croke Cup Senior A Hurling Semi-Final
22 March 2014; Conor Doheny, left, and team-mate Cathal McGrath, right, Kilkenny CBS, contest a high ball with Dean Coleman, Scoil na Trinóide Naofa. Masita GAA All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Croke Cup Senior A Hurling Semi-Final, Kilkenny CBS, Kilkenny v Scoil na Trinóide Naofa, Limerick. J.K. Brackens GAA Club, Templemore, Co. Tipperary. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

Post Primary Schools


Post Primary Schools have traditionally been a key environment for the development of players through exposure to increased competition for places on School teams, and the participation of those teams in the many Colleges and Vocational Competitions at Junior and Senior Cycle level within Counties, Provinces and at National level.

Commitment from dedicated teachers who give of their time freely to foster our native games in their respective schools has been the cornerstone of this promotion and development and in turn legions of players have responded by wearing their school jerseys with distinction ensuring competitions for us to savour and remember.

Post Primary schools play a vital role in the development of young men and women who go on to play such a vital role in Irish life. The transition from childhood to adulthood is challenging, not only in playing terms but also on life’s journey, and the maintenance and further development of safe and positive environments for participation in Gaelic games is central to our role in our Post-Primary schools.

Participation in Post Primary Schools

The provision of participation opportunities in Gaelic games is a particular challenge in the Post-Primary School as pressure on academic standards increases and in light of the challenges which go hand in hand with the promotion of extra-curricular activities.

As a follow-on from the successful Go Games Programme in Primary Schools, a flexible developmentally appropriate small-sided games programme called Super (Touch) games has been established for implementation in Post-Primary Schools.

This Post Primary games programme is being replicated in Clubs, particularly within urban areas, and is aimed at providing games for 12 – 17 year old players not adequately served by regular school or club games through the traditional competitive structure.

Click here to find out more about some of the GAA's Youth Participation Initiatives.

Click here to find out more about Gaelic games development initiatives for the Post-Primary School.

Inter-School Competitions

Inter-School Competitions at Post-Primary level provide the stage for some of our brightest up and coming talented players to perform. Renowned for their competitive nature and the commitment of the players some of these competitions are among the most famous to be played in Gaelic games.

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Comhairle Iarbhunscoileanna

Comhairle Iarbhunscoileanna is the structure within the GAA that is responsible for the promotion of Gaelic games in Post-Primary Schools.

Visit the Comhairle Iarbhunscoileanna website for further information.

For more information, contact GAA Games Development Office. Croke Park, Jones Road, Dublin 3.

For more information on GAA Participation Initiatives contact the GAA Games Development office at gamesdevelopment@gaa.ie or 01 8658696?

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