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Primary Schools Creative Writing Competition

Primary Schools Creative Writing Competition

12th January 2010

The GAA Museum in conjunction with The Irish Times is delighted to announce a new primary schools creative writing competition.

We are calling on pupils to put on their thinking caps, put pen to paper, get creative and imagine that you were at that famous meeting in Hayes Hotel in Thurles on 1st November 1884.

To enter pupils must write a letter about that famous meeting imagining that they are one of three characters who was in Thurles that day-

  • Mrs Hayes, owner of Hayes Hotel, Thurles, Co. Tipperary
  • Michael Cusack, teacher and founder of the GAA
  • Maurice Davin, world famous athlete and first President of the GAA
  • Pupils must begin their letter with the words 'Dear Séan', letters must contain at least three historical facts about that famous meeting in Thurles and must be between 200 and 300 words long.

Prizes include €200 and 2 All-Ireland tickets for the winner, €200 for the school and a class trip to Croke Park.

For more information on the competition, historical information and for extra ideas and hints email