Cumann na mBunscol Mhaigh Eo

Promoting all aspects of Gaelic Games in Mayo's 174 primary schools.


June 2013

Exhibition Game | June 16th | McHale Park

The Mayo girls who participates in the Cumann na mBunscol Exhibition Game in McHale Park, June 16th.
The Mayo girls who participated in the Cumann na mBunscol Exhibition Game in McHale Park, June 16th.


The Mayo boys who participates in the Cumann na mBunscol Exhibition Game in McHale Park, June 16th.
The Mayo boys who participated in the Cumann na mBunscol Exhibition Game in McHale Park, June 16th.

The second of our exhibition matches took place in front of the Connacht Semi Final crowd in Elverys McHale Park.

The football teams of Mayo and Roscommon contested the senior match, which was preceded by the Cumann na mBunscol Exhibition Game.

Players began to gather from 1:30pm before being presented with their full Mayo kit and taking their seats in the stand where they enjoyed the second half of the Connacht Intermediate Hurling Final, which was also contested by Mayo and Roscommon.

Action from the boys' exhibition game, June 16th.
Action from the boys’ exhibition game, June 16th.

Following the launch of the Póc Fada competition, the Cumann na mBunscol exhibition commenced. The children had 20 minutes to display their skills in front of the gathering crowd. What followed was a fantastic display of shooting, passing, blocking, tackling, and all in the spirit of the “Give Respect, Get Respect” initiative. Both the boys’ and girls’ games were officiated by our Young Whistlers from Craggagh National School.

Action from the girls' exhibition game, June 16th.
Action from the girls’ exhibition game, June 16th.

The children then formed the traditional Guard of Honour to welcome the competing teams of Mayo and Roscommon onto the field of play.

Guard of Honour before the big match
Guard of Honour before the big match

As always, this was a fantastic experience for the children. We in Cumann na mBunscol are very grateful to Connacht GAA, especially Adrian Hassett for making this occasion possible. Also, the Mayo County Board, in particular PRO Aiden McLoughlin, for providing the playing gear for the children.

A very special thank you to Mayo Games Manager, Billy McNicholas who is always on hand to help us get set up on these days.

Give Respect, Get Respect
Give Respect, Get Respect

There is just one exhibition game left for us this year, the Connacht Final, which will feature children from all 5 Connacht counties.

The venue is yet to be confirmed, but will take place on Sunday, July 21st.

The Mayo Senior Team who contested the Connacht Semi Final Vs Roscommon.
The Mayo Senior Team who contested the Connacht Semi Final Vs Roscommon.

Mayo  Girls

Caitriona Mallon, Ballyvary Central School

Michaela McEntire St Attractas’s N.S. Charlestown

Taylor Keady St. Patrick’s NS, Kilmaine

Kate Leneghan  Geesala NS, Geesala, Ballina

Joanie Brady Scoil Phadraig, Westport

Lisa Davitt Ballyvary Central School

Niamh Foody  Logboy NS,

Lauren Smyth Currabaggan NS, Knockmore

Alannah Flynn Currabaggan NS, Knockmore

Saoirse Melvin Irishtown NS , Irishtown

Young Whistlers 

Lorcan Conroy & Katie McNicholas both Craggagh NS, Kiltimagh

Mayo  Boys

Killian Chambers      Holy Family NS, Newport

Paraic McDonagh      Geesala NS

Shane Morrisroe Carracastle NS

Riain O’ Connor Balla NS

Seán Tiernan, SN Tuar Mhic Éadaigh

Mairtín Carr, SN Tuar Mhic Éadaigh

Matthew Fox Ballintubber NS

Josh Carney  Derrinabroc NS

P.J. Gilmartin       Breaffy NS, Ballina

Brian Timoney             Breaffy NS, Ballina

Cumann na mBunscol Hurling County Finals

Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Maigh Eo Hurling Finals – Elverys McHale Park – June 12th, 2013

(Followed by re-scheduled Division 5 football finals)


Division 1 (11-a-side)

Tooreen NS v Carracastle NS

Ref: James McGrath @ 6.00

(20 minutes per half)

Division 2 (9-a-side)

Ballyvary NS v  Gaelscoil na Cruaiche (Westport)

Ref: James Judge @ 5.00

(17  minutes per half)

Division 3 (7-a-side)

Kilmaine NS v Kilmovee NS

Ref: James Judge @ 4.00

(15 minutes per half)

Division 4 (6-a-side)

Kilkelly NS v Cross NS

Ref: Sean Mulroy @2pm

(13 minutes per half)

These finals will be followed by the Division 5 Football finals:

Division 5 Boys (football) 7.00 pm

Facefield  v  Carrakennedy

Division 5 Girls (football) 7.45 pm

Facefield  v  Mount Palmer

Connacht Centre of Excellence GAA Festival Day


The Coaching Team at the new state of the art Connacht Centre of Excellence (located in Bekan, mid-way between Knock & Ballyhaunis) are holding a Primary Schools’ GAA Festival Day on Thursday, June 20th. This Festival Day is open to all Mayo primary schools.

Please see details from Connacht GAA below:


Connacht Primary School G.A.A. Festival Day

As part of a pilot for this year we are inviting each County Cumann na mBunscol to bring 120/150 players to the Connacht Centre, Bekan, for a day’s activity.

Each group will be subdivided into 3 separate groups to take part in the 3 different activities.



Skills Session

Games Session


The day will commence at 10.30 with a video session in the Theatre.

All other activities will start at 11.00

Duration of each activity : 1Hr

The events will be organised by the games personnel.


To ensure smooth operation on the day each Cumann is required to submit the names and numbers of teams to the games manager by Thursday 13th June.

The games will be 10 a side.

All children must bring a packed lunch.


Cost: A nominal fee of 5 euro per player.


Contact Mayo Games Manager Billy McNicholas for inquiries or expressions of interest.


Small Schools Blitz

Allianz Cumann na mBunscol|Small Schools Blitz June 12th 2013 | Elverys McHale Park




Group 1 Group 2 Group 3              
Crimlin Drummin Cloghans Hill
Cloondaff Garracloon Cogaula
Rathnamagh Killawalla Craggagh
Scoil Neifinn Tavrane Murrisk



  Pitch 1 Pitch 2
10:30 Crimlin  v  Shraheen  
10:50 Cloondaff  v  Rathnamagh Scoil Neifinn  v  Shraheen
11:10 Drummin  v  Garracloon Killawalla  v  Tavrane
11:30 Crimlin  v  Rathnamagh Cloondaff  v  Scoil Neifinn
11:50 Drummin  v  Killawalla Garracloon  v  Tavrane
12:10 Rathnamagh  v  Shraheen Crimlin  v  Cloondaff
12:30 Cloghans Hill v  Murrisk Craggagh  v  Cogaula
12:50 Crimlin  v  Scoil Neifinn Cloondaff  v  Shraheen
13:10 Cloghans Hill  v  Craggagh Cogaula  v  Murrisk
13:30 Drummin  v  Tavrane Garracloon  v  Killawalla
13:50 Rathnamagh  v  Scoil Neifinn Craggagh  v  Murrisk
14:10 Cloghans Hill  v  Cogaula  

Schools: please email with exact numbers to ensure every participant receives a medal.


Non – competitive Blitz format, scores will be kept by the referees,

but there will be no outright winner.

Games are 7 minutes per half.

Teams are 5 a side mixed.

Unlimited substitution, please use all the players you bring.

Every team has 3 games.

Every child will receive a winners medal when you have played your last game.


Normal GAA rules apply with our Cumann na mBunscol adaptations….

Player has one bounce and one solo or two solos, and has to pass or kick then

Frees, 45s and kick outs may all be taken from the hand

Your goalkeeper should take all kick outs

There is no square ball rule or penalties, all close in frees are 13 m


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