It's official - we're the best in the country.
Glenville National School walked off with the top prize at the Cumann na mBunscol awards in the Berkley Court Hotel, Dublin on Saturday night. On behalf of the school Mairead O'Callaghan accepted the trophy (and the 2,000 Euro first prize) from Minister for Education Mary Hanafin.
|Minister for Education and Science, Mary Hanafin, GAA President Sean Kelly and Mairead O'Callaghan with the trophy.|
Also present were GAA President Sean Kelly, Olympic Gold medallist Ronnie Delaney, RTE's Marty Morrissey, Roadstone Chief Michael Grogan, and 270 invited guests.
The citation for the award reads:
"Glenville National School, Co.Cork.
It would take a special effort to win this title and that's exactly what Glenville produced. A first time entry, a first time winner - Glenville is quite simply a unique school. Its cross border twinning with Creggan, Co.Antrim is significant but even that doesn't capture the essence of this school. It's a multi-cultural place where the G.A.A plays a huge role in forging friendships and a community sense of place. Indoor hurling is played and a weekly e-gazette produced. Amazingly even from the ink on the paper it transfers to the reader that Glenville is worthy of the title Roadstone Cumannn na mBunscol Small School of the Year 2004.
Marty Morrissey, Chairman, Assessors' Panel."
This is a wonderful achievement for the school, and a credit to all those who have contributed over the years. In recognition of this fact and that so many people -- parents, past pupils, local GAA Clubs, the community in general - besides the present staff and pupils of the school, we are having a night of celebration in Kade's Kounty on Friday December 10th, beginning at 7.30 pm. Everybody welcome.