On Friday the 12th of August, 190 children took to the hallowed turf in Croke Park for the annual Ulster Gaa Activity day.
The children experienced the full complement of the stadium facilities, changing in the Cusack Stand changing rooms, complete with team warm up rooms, going on a stadium tour before playing on the famous pitch
6 football clubs were represented and 10 hurling clubs were represented. The football clubs who participated (below) played in a blitz where each club played 4 games.
- Ard an Ratha,
- Naomh Muire, Iochtar na Rossan,
- Naomh Mhuire, Convoy,
- Gaeil Fhanada,
- Gleann tSuilí
- Naomh Padraig Muff
All the hurling players from (below) were divided into 4 different teams with everyone playing 3 games.
- CLG Charn Domhnaigh,
- CLG Buncrana,
- CLG Beart,
- Gaeil Leitir Ceanainn
- Naomh Adhamhan
- Sean Mac Cumhaills
- Four Masters
- Aodh Ruadh
- An Clochan Liath/ Goath Dobhair
We had access to the field from 4:30pm to 6.00pm. During the football and hurling matches the players showcased some great skill and talent that we will hopefully see in years to come when they go onto represent Donegal in Croke Park.
Donegal Gaa Coaching & Games would like to say a big thanks to Ulster Coaching & Games staff and in particular Gary Mallon for all their help on the day.
Thanks to the County Minor Board and Hurling Board for their help organising the clubs and children in the lead up.
The 4 referee’s John Ward, Emmet Byrne, Odhran Lafferty and Davitt Bradley Flynn. A special mention to Odhran and Davitt who after completing the Go Games refereeing course earlier in the year, and actively refereed in their clubs, were rewarded with the opportunity to officiate in Croke Park.
Finally, thank you to our all our club mentors for their preparation in advance of the trip and assistance and co-operation on the Day, We are looking forward to next year’s trip already!