Primary School of the Year: Griffeen Valley ETNS, Lucan
The school year of 2017/2018 was a historic one for Griffeen Valley ETNS. In the last year of what was dubbed a ‘3-year project’, the Boys’ football team won the Sciath O’Donnchú in October bringing back the first ever piece of GAA silverware for the school.
It was there that a greater interest started for the hurling team as spectators of the Football Final realised how amazing it would be to play in Croke Park, and so, signed up to the hurling team. The team had players from 3rd to 6th class and competition for places for each group game was fierce.
There were 7 players from 6th class who had been on the hurling team since they were in 4th and had matured and improved in all their hurling aspects throughout the years, becoming leaders both on and off the pitch. These players and others on the team represent Lucan Sarsfields GAA in both codes.
With momentum growing in the school, in March 2018 a decision was made to set up Griffeen Valley’s first ever camogie team. With 4 female players having already played on the hurling team, we just needed to recruit the remainder. Interest grew, and we soon had a squad of 22 girls from 3rd to 6th class some of whom had never played before. As the weeks went on, they displayed real skill and determination. Having won every game in their group, the road to Croker was on the horizon.
It has been an excellent few years for Griffeen Valley seeing the children’s skills improving and their hard work and dedication rewarded in June 2018 winning both the Corn Oideachas for hurling and Corn Fintan Walsh for camogie.
We hope this is a sign of things to come for the future of GAA in Griffeen Valley ETNS.
Many thanks to all GAA mentors involved over the last 3 years, including John-Paul O’Keefe, Ed Platt, Michael Twomey, Fiachra Dodd, Gillian Quann, Orla Potter, Niamh Mulcahy and Ruth Hyland.