On Friday the 10th of March, Cumann na mBunscol Naisiunta held their flagship annual awards night sponsored by Cornmarket in the Killyhevlin Hotel in Enniskillen in Co. Fermanagh. This event recognises the contributions made by teachers from the entire island of Ireland to the Promotion of Gaelic Games. This year, Drimnagh Castle decided to enter the category for Large School of the Year for Promoting G.A.A. and Culture. As the school has a proud tradition of GAA and a lot of work is carried out in the school regarding promoting G.A.A. and Culture, it was a matter of putting all our work and pictures together in a presentation and entering it in to be judged. Every class was given a task to do. Some work included writing acrostic poems, researching important people in G.A.A., drawing timelines, art work etc. Everyone put a huge effort in. This went hand in hand in hand with our continued work with Hurling, Gaelic Football, Athletics and this year the addition of Handball to our skillset.
In January it was announced we were shortlisted in the top three schools in all of Ireland. A number of the staff went to represent the school at the awards and it was a great opportunity to see the wonderful work that is going on all over the country. When the time came to announce the awards there was no Oscars style mix up and the correct envelope was read out. We were presented the School of the Year Award beating out stiff competition from Kilcoole NS from Wicklow and Scoil Iosef from Limerick. It is wonderful accolade for the School and we couldn’t be prouder of all our students and staff who contributed to this award.