Friday, November 19 proved to be another successful day for Tipperary in Croke Park.
The venue was the Mezzanine Suite in the Hogan Stand and the occasion was the Cumann na mBunscol National Awards. Tipperary Cumann na mBunscol P.R.O. John Manley was nominated for the Public Relations of the Year award. Dualla N.S, where John is the Principal Teacher, were nominated in the School of the Year category.
This was a fantastic achievement. To be nominated in a category means you are in the top four in the entire country, in that particular category. It was an extremely enjoyable night in Croke Park. Delegates from all over the country got to meet with colleagues and friends from different counties.
That is what is unique about the GAA. It enables us to form friendships with people from all over the country. M.C. was Tipperary's own Paul Collins from Today FM. Many very important people were present on the night, to celebrate another very successful year for Cumann na mBunscol.
Unfortunately Christy Cooney, Uachtarn Cumann Luthcleas Gael, couldn't be present, due to overseas engagements. However he was replaced, quite capably, by Leas Uachtarn Padraig Naughton. Margaret Cunningham, Chairperson of Cumann na mBunscol Naisinta, was present on the night, as were the last three Presidents of the INTO. We were also privileged to have iconic Dublin footballer Ciarn Whelan present to present awards.
Tipperary Cumann na mBunscol's incomparable P.R.O John Manley won a National Award in the Public Relations of the Year category. It was a fantastic achievement to be recognised as one of the very best PROs in the 32 counties. John is also Principal in Dualla N.S.
This tiny school in West Tipperary stood toe to toe with the heavyweights of the GAA World, and won a National Award in the School of the Year category. It was an incredible achievement. Dualla sent in an excellent application. All their hard work over the past 12 months paid off, when they achieved this award. It was a proud moment for the school, parents, school community, for Tipperary, and also for John Manley. John has reinvigorated the GAA spirit within the school since his appointment as Principal in September 2009.
A very proud School Secretary and SNA Ann Marie Devane accepted the award on behalf of Dualla National School. Special thanks must also go to Dualla NS Teacher Ms. Mary McElligott for all she does to promote GAA within the school. Sincere congratulations to John and Dualla National School on winning two such prestigious awards. He may well be back up to Croke Park this time next year, attempting to win more awards - just like the Tipperary hurlers!
Maith an fear John. Ta t ag danamh sr obair. You, and your school, have done Tipperary proud. Comhghairdeas agus go n-eir libh