Big win for O'Connell CBS Primary School

Last year’s Bloody Sunday commemoration, particularly the Croke Park ceremony, caught the imagination of teachers and pupils in schools throughout the country.

Cumann na mBunscol Áth Cliath, the organisation the runs Gaelic games in Dublin’s primary schools, ran a digital competition, in association with the Dublin GAA county board, that attracted 228 amazing entries from classrooms across the capital.

Drama, poetry, puppetry and clever and creative use of digital media, were all part of the mix presented to the judging panel who took considerable time to comb through all the entries.

We were delighted to hear that the overall accolade went to our young neighbours in O’Connell CBS primary school pupils under the direction of school principal, Mickey McHugh.

The judges described the superb winning film from O’Connell’s, much of it filmed on local streets around the stadium, as ‘creativity at its best, as these talented children brought history to life in truly dramatic form. The acting, costumes and the obvious enjoyment of the participants were hugely impressive and well deserving of the top prize’.

The pandemic-delayed presentation ceremony was held recently in the school yard and was attended by Croke Park, Dublin County Board and Cumann na mBunscol representatives and marked the end of a wonderful initiative that was described by Mr. McHugh as ‘a huge learning experience for the boys and a source of great pride for the staff and pupils of our historic school that lies in the the shadow of Croke Park.’

Comhghairdeas le na daltaí agus na múinteoirí go léir i Scoil uí Chonaill! Congratulations to everyone involved.

You can watch the full or an abridged version of their winning film here:

Short Film

Longer Film