Ballagh NS had an amazing year on and off the sports field this year.
Principal, Mr Carmody informed us that a national competition of all the schools in Ireland takes place to decide the Cumann na mBunscol “School of the Year”. We compiled a folder of all our achievements from throughout the school years. It took us about a month to complete the folder. We filled our folder with pictures and stories of our achievements. Each student from 4th-6th class wrote a story about our year.
We have done very well in GAA sports and music for a small school. We have been involved in 13 county finals over the years. We also had a great year with music, as two pupils made it to the county final in the Scór na Páistí. We heard that we had made it through to the national final between ourselves (Ballagh N.S), Dualla N.S and Dún CBS.
We were very excited and we couldn’t wait for the following Friday when we would find out who would win the competition. On Friday all the pupils in Ballagh N.S went home at 2 o’clock while the teachers went to Dublin to find out where we were placed in the competition. The weekend passed by very quickly and we were all buzzing to get into school Monday morning to find out if we had won or not.
In our folder we wrote stories about how we won the u13 hurling title, u11 football title, u11 mini 7s indoor hurling competition, ladies football Munster Final group B, we represented West Tipperary in the County Skills competition. Jack Ryan played against Limerick with the Tipperary Primary Game team. Anthony McCarthy played with Cork against Donegal in the Primary Game of the All Ireland Football Semi Final. Two of our pupils came first and second respectively in the Cross Country running which we use to ensure our fitness every year. Declan Ryan visited our school before the All Ireland Hurling final 2011. David Power, Tipperary’s successful minor football manager and Brian O’Meara came to the school to present the Under 11 Football and Under 13 Hurling trophies and medals.
Of the 1500 schools in the country with 4 or less mainstream class teachers eligible to enter the Cumann na mBunscol “School of the Year” Competition, Ballagh NS came in second place. Doon C.B.S. came in first place. We feel that this is an amazing achievement coming from our thirty children in our two teacher school. All along we have known we are one of the best schools in Ireland, now we have a trophy to prove it.