What day! What a treat! Claddagh NS on tour (again!!) Our school's football team was invited to Renmore Army Barracks for an inter-schools Gaelic blitz....but this was much more than just football: Weapons displays, assault courses, a tour of the barracks and a great big feed in the mess hall. Go raibh maith agaibh, Óglaigh na hEireann.
The senior classes had an amazing day of sport in Fr. Burke Park today. It was great to see how the children have improved their fitness in recent years. Well done to everyone who tried their best and, most importantly, enjoyed the day!
Well done, also to the deserving recipients of the Brendan Forde Perpetual Trophy and our Sportstar of the Year trophies. Special thanks to Mr. Geraghty who put so much effort into organising the day.
Excitement was at fever pitch yesterday in Stadio del Dominico as the Claddagh World Cup reached its final with an epic showdown between Argentina and Germany. Skill, dogged persistence, high drama, agony and joy were all to be seen as each team gave everything to a game in which either could have emerged deserving winners.
Germany dominated the first half, with a hailstorm of shots clattering into the Argentinian net. Despite their best efforts, Argentina could formulate no effective response to this relentless onslaught, and entered the second half as underdogs without much prospect of finding the upper hand.
To everyone's surprise, though, the South Americans finally found their mojo, and staged a dogged and ever-more confident comeback as the final whistle drew closer. Again and again, the ball rocketed past the German keeper, leaving the Europeans in despair - and the Argentinian fans in ecstasy.
With the able Mr. Rogers refereeing, both teams played fairly and gave everything in pursuit of victory, but there could be only one winner: Argentina takes the Claddagh World Cup for 2017.
Meanwhile, spectators were entertained at the breaks by the novelty of witnessing highly sporting and supremely skilled demo matches between teachers and students.
The children in Claddagh have had some great two-wheeled fun this week for National Bike Week. We've had bike skills workshops, a maintenance workshop from An Mheitheal Rothar, and did Claddagh School proud when over 70 children and staff participated in the City Lunchtime Cycle. We were very proud of the children, who showed how far they have come in developing their cycling skills and safety awareness on the open road.