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Primary Schools Creative Writing Competition. Winner Announced

Primary Schools Creative Writing Competition. Winner Announced

3rd June 2010

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The GAA Museum and The Irish Times are pleased to announce that the winning entry was written by Gemma Patterson from Conna NS in County Cork. Congratulations Gemma!

Gemma has won €200 and 2 All-Ireland tickets for either the Hurling or Football Championship Final in September. Gemma has also won €200 for her school and a class trip to Croke Park.

A great number of applications were received and the standard was extremly high. The GAA Museum and The Irish Times would like to thank all entrants for their hard work and creativity.

In accordance with the competition guidelines Gemma imagined that she was Elizabeth Hayes owner of Hayes Hotel in Thurles, Co. Tipperary and wrote a letter to her friend Sean describing the founding of the GAA in her hotel on 1st November 1884.

                                                                                            Hayes Hotel
                                                                                            Thurles
                                                                                            Tipperary

                                                                                            3/11/84
 Dear Sean,

                 Business at the hotel has been good. We've had three wedding breakfasts with each bride as gorgeous and charming as the next, hired a new cook (Sheila's back pain was so bad she could barely peel potatoes so se retired) and two meetings, one in the dining room and another group of around sven in the billiards room.

                The men in the billiards room had the room booked since the end of summer but there was no need as the billiards room can barely hold ten people and isn't suitable for big get-togethers.

                 You won't believe who was there, the father of athletics himself, Maurice Davin. He was elected President and the teacher who wrote those interesting articles in Fainne Lae, Michael Cusack was elected Secretary.

                  They are going to call this orgaisation the Gaelic Athlethic Association or the GAA. They hope to make all the native Irish games appealing again. These games are hurling, gaelic football, handball and games like that.

                   You know I have agood feeling about this organisation, maybe it could last for 125 years or more, maybe there might be a GAA club ub every parish in Ireland, maybe there might be an All-Ireland and maybe there might be GAA stadiums and GAA summer camps. Maybe so or maybe not, but I think this organisation might be a fantastic success and you know about my accurate intuition. As usual I will reply as soon as possible when I get your response.

                    Yours Sincerely

                                           Lizzie Hayes