Games for ALL
Pictured: _Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael John Horan, with from left, Dylan Melia, Caitlin Mulligan, Teo Marris, Casey Fulton, Ywon Ibikunle and Aoibheann Brennan at the launch of the M. Donnelly GAA Football for ALL Interprovincial Finals at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile _
Football for ALL finals day launched in Croke Park
Almost 150 players competed in M. Donnelly GAA Football for ALL Interprovincial Finals in September, delivered in partnership with Irish Special Schools Sports Council
Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) President, John Horan, joined children from schools affiliated with the Irish Special Schools Sports Council (ISSSC) to promote the third annual M. Donnelly GAA Football for ALL Interprovincial Finals.
Children with mild-general learning disabilities compete in this 9-a-side Gaelic Football tournament. The players represent the regions of Connacht, Dublin, Munster, North Leinster, South Leinster and Ulster and are drawn from 15 different special schools (see full list of schools below).
Each squad comprises 12 boys and 12 girls who have been selected from regional trials to play on the hallowed turf of Croke Park. The GAA’s support for the M. Donnelly GAA Football for ALL Interprovincial Finals reflects the Association’s on-going commitment to engaging with special schools, as set out in the new GAA Strategic Plan, Fís Shoiléir 2018-2021.
“Our support for the M. Donnelly GAA Football for ALL Interprovincial Finals illustrates our unwavering commitment to inclusiveness,” said John Horan, President, GAA. “By participating in our games, we believe that everyone has the opportunity to thrive and develop their full potential”
The ISSSC is a voluntary organisation that provides sporting and cultural activities in special schools, as designated by the Department of Education and Science.
“As the GAA is interwoven with the very fabric of Irish life, culture and heritage, we are proud that the Association is getting behind the Interprovincial Finals,” said Richie Doran, Chairperson, ISSSC. “We would also like to thank Martin Donnelly who, from the get-go, has championed the cause to bring the benefits of GAA participation to children in special schools.”
The counties and special schools represented at the 2018 Football for ALL finals day in Croke Park are:
- St. Anthony’s, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
- St. Dympna’s, Ballina, Co. Mayo
- St. Joseph’s, Ballytivnan, Sligo
- St. Bernadette’s, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
- Our Lady’s, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan
- Holy Family School, Cootehill, Co. Cavan.
- St. Francis School, Portlaoise, Co. Laois
- Our Lady of Fatima, Wexford
- Mother of Fair Love, Kilkenny
- St. Lazerian’s, Carlow
- St. Mark’s, Newbridge, Co. Kildare
- St. Ultan’s, Navan, Co. Meath
- St. Brigid’s, Dundalk, Co. Louth
- St. Ita’s, Drogheda, Co. Louth
- St. Brigid’s, Mullingar, Co. Louth
- Scoil Chiarán, Glasnevin, Dublin 11
- Coláiste Éoin, Crumlin, Dublin 12
- St. Augustine’s, Blackrock, Co. Dublin
- St. Peter’s, Rathgar, Dublin 6
- St. Micheal’s, Chapelizod, Dublin 20
- St. Joseph’s, Tallaght, Dublin 24
- Catherine McAuley’s School, Limerick
- Scoil Chormaic, Cashel, Co. Tipperary
- St John’s, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford
- Scoil Bernadette, Cork
For more information visit www.gaa.ie/community