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Gaelic Football
Our school has a long sporting tradition, with the development of sporting skills among our pupils seen as beneficial to the health and wellbeing of pupils as well as an essential part of curricular development.
The senior classes participate annually in the Cumann na mBunscoil Under 13 Gaelic Football League and although they have not had recent success, in past years they have been outright winners of the competition.
Gaelic football skills are developed informally by individual teachers with their class, as part of their PE syllabus while the overall management of the school team is carried out by Mr D Mc Creanor and Mr Jim Mc Gee.
The school also has a long standing relationship with local GAA clubs such as St Mary’s GFC and John Mitchell’s GFC who appreciate the work being done by the school and who benefit in no small way from the early development of Gaelic football skills among the pupils.
In 2009/2010 St Mary's GFC organised gaelic football training and ran a highly successful league within the school. Louth GAA has also providing coaching for all of our classes.

In the photo slideshow above Shane Lennon of Louth GAA provides coaching for our 4th class boys.


Monastery NS Wins 4th Class Gaelic Blitz

On Tuesday 16th November 2010 a group of 10 boys from 4th class took part in 7-A-Side 'Go-Games' football blitz in the JJB. They were in a group with Dunleer, CBS and Tenure. Playing Dunleer in the first game Donal McKenny opened the score with a powerful shot to the back of the net. This was the first of ten goals for Donal McKenny throughout the blitz. Dunleer soon followed with two goals and it was Donal McKenny who scored the second and third for M.N.S. Evan McKenna and Andrew Rogers also scored against Dunleer. This game ended with a victory for the boys from Ardee Monastery N.S.
The second game was against the CBS. Goalkeeper Gavin Kirk kept a clean sheet and was outstanding in the third game also. In defence Cian Smyth and Liam Travers played superbly, clearing the ball from the line on numerous occasions helping M.N.S. to a second victory.
The final game was against Tenure. They too had won their previous two games. Again Donal McKenny opened the score but it wasn't long before Tenure levelled. Midway through the second half it was a vital score from Andrew Rogers that pulled M.N.S. back level. Barry Cousins then scored again and another Andrew Rogers score sealed the victory for M.N.S.

Monastery N.S. 7- 4 Dunleer
Monastery N.S. 14- 0 CBS
Monastery N.S. 7- 5 Tenure

Gavin Kirk
Cian Smyth
Liam Travers
Arran Durrigan
Evan McKenna
Barry Cousins
Donal McKenny
James Reilly
Andrew Rogers
Darren O' Brien

4th Class Gaelic Football Team

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