Dominican College proud to be awarded Irish News Post Primary School of Year.

Following on from this year’s stunning success in the JJ O’Reilly U-16 Ulster Colleges competition, Dominican College have recently been awarded the Irish News Post Primary School of the Year Award.

This award is in recognition of the work the school has invested in Gaelic sports over the past few Years and the rich dividends this work is now witnessing. The success in The Irish News competition was also ion recognition of the unique way in which the school, in line with its strongly inclusive ethos, engaged with pupils from a non-traditional GAA background and created a winning team from a range of players from diverse backgrounds.

Pupils from the school are now learning how to coach and the school has the vision that these pupils will help mentor and coach our local primary schools and the Post-Primary award recognises and rewards this superb work being carried out both on and off the field.

Mr Carey, our Gaelic coach and past Dominican pupil, was himself captain of the 2010 Derry-Championship winning Eoghan Rua team and he has used his experience to build a winning team in his own school over the past few seasons.

“Some of the lads come to us and have only a bit of background in GAA through their primary school or perhaps through Eoghan Rua or Glenullin, but many are coming from feeder primary schools that have either a soccer or rugby background. So, beginning in first year, we just try to introduce the game. They have certain physical attributes and basic technical skills that they can apply to Gaelic games, but it’s only really now after two or three years of playing and developing in seven-a-side and nine-a-side blitzes that we are able to get together a full- sized squad to compete at Ulster Colleges level.

This year we won our first Ulster Colleges title which was obviously a huge success for a school such as ours. The real reward in all this is the work done behind the scenes in the school to develop Gaelic games and make them inclusive for all. It is lovely for it to be recognised that there is good work going on in Dominican College, Portstewart. To have won this award on the fiftieth anniversary of boys first entering the school in 1968 makes this success all the sweeter”

In playing terms the challenge for the school is now to build on this season’s JJ O’Reilly Cup victory and next year we will draw on some of the U-16 talent to enter a sixth form team for the first time in our history. Our Year 11 squad, many of whom also played at U-16 level are also just about to compete in an Ulster Colleges Semi-final.

Richard Carey is pictured receiving the Post-Primary award with Dominican College Vice-Principal, Mr Gerry Lynch.

Also pictured are five members of the successful U-16 team are:
Alan Thompson Ryan Taggart, Lewis Hawthorne, Lorcan McMullen, and Jake Wallace