The most popular sporting club in the school is attended by both girls and boys of all ages. Teams are entered in first year, juvenile, junior and senior competitions. Both sides of the club have had good success in recent years and the girls under 16s were due to play an All-Ireland final in Croke Park last year when the pandemic hit. Training happens weekly either at the school or at south park (the swamp). Different teachers give of their time freely with Mr Leonard overseeing the boys section and Ms. Biggins overseeing the girls.

There is a real emphasis on the improvement of the skills of the game. As students get older more tactical and systemized approaches are introduced by a range of skilled teachers and coaches. The objective is that the pupils improve not only their Gaelic football but also their fitness, self-esteem and self-confidence. Playing on the school team also helps to foster a real connectedness to the school and the community at large. It is a unique opportunity for players from differing club backgrounds to work together and in so doing improve their teamwork, communication and appreciation of hard work, determination and resilience.

Matches go ahead during school time and pupils who travel are expected to follow up on home and class work missed while away. Matches are played throughout the county and province with games being regularly played at Tuam Stadium, Pearse Stadium and the Centre of Excellence. While on excursions pupils are expected to represent the school to the best of their ability and behave well in all circumstances.

We are lucky to have a number of teachers namely Mr Silke, Mr Maughan, Mr Sherry, Mr Lavelle, Mr Sheehan and Mr O’Loinsigh who volunteer their time and they should be afforded utmost respect and the school is indebted to them for their efforts. The club is also indebted to Joe Cosgrove of Kingfisher fitness club and John Daly of John Daly foods for their support and sponsorship in recent years. We would also like to acknowledge the contribution of Salthill/Knocknacarra GAA club for the use of their facilities and look forward to increasing school-club and community links in the future. Any parents who would like to get involved and help out in club activities make contact with the school and express an interest.

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