St Patrick's Grammar School Armagh

St Patrick's Grammar School Armagh

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OUR FIRST CLEVELAND-NORTHERN IRELAND IBA BLITZ!

We have seen a fantastic rollout of our programme in the first school semester to P5 children (aged 8 or 9) in twelve primary schools and to Year 8 children (ages 11 or 12) in six secondary schools.

In all 955 kids across the 18 schools have experienced ten weeks of basketball action. For the great majority of the kids this will have been their introduction to the game.

Our term's school outreach coaching programme culminates in a blitz event where over two days we bring first the primary schools together and then the secondary schools meet up at a central venue. We have 23 teams in total playing 66 games of basketball across the two blitz events!

These blitz events help us meet one of our key objectives to 'use the magic that sport can deliver to bring all parts of our community together and show that we have so much more in common than we have that divides us'.

We believe it will be a fantastic way of signing off on the first term of our school basketball programme!

Ballymacash Primary School St Colmans Primary School, Lambeg St Itas Primary School Largymore Primary School Fort Hill Integrated Primary School St Annes Primary School, Dunmurry St. Joseph's Primary School Carryduff Tonagh Primary School & Nursery Unit Harmony Hill Primary School St Teresa's Primary School Belfast Belvoir Park Primary School, Nursery Unit and Special Provision Rathmore Grammar School www.rathmoregrammarschool.org St Colman's High School & Sixth Form College Victoria College Belfast Laurelhill Community College Fort Hill Integrated College St Patrick's Grammar School Armagh
MacRory Cup Report 📑
St Mary's ease to opening day win 🏐

It has been a long 20 months since the last game in the Danske Bank UK MacRory Cup was played back in March 2020, but this afternoon saw the meeting of St Patrick's Grammar School Armagh and St. Mary's Grammar School, Magherafelt get the 2021/22 competition underway.

And when Eoin McEvoy burst through the Armagh defence and finished to the net in the opening minute, St Mary's were in the ascendancy from there on. A Ruairi Forbes goal and three points from Cathair Quinn saw the Magherafelt side lead comfortably at the break by 2-10 to 0-03.

St Patrick's Armagh improved after the break, with James Conlon, Rónán O'Hanlon and Tadhg Grimley all battling bravely, but a Conchuir Johnston goal meant St Mary's were never going to be reeled in.

Final Score
St Patrick's Armagh 0-06
St Mary's Magherafelt 3-16

#MacRoryCup
Armagh GAA | Derry GAA | Ulster GAA
Radharcanna Rúnda: Ard Mhacha le Míchéal Ó hAodha! 📍🪐🌳

In episode 3, Mícheál takes us around Armagh City!

Visit Armagh Armagh Robinson Library & No 5 St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh - Anglican - COI St. Patrick's Cathedral Armagh Observatory and Planetarium Armagh Parish Armagh Men's Shed HISTORY IRELAND St Catherine's College Armagh Memories Armagh City Choir St Patrick's Grammar School Armagh
How fantastic are the boys at St Patrick's Grammar School Armagh with over a third of their 6th form on the road already and the rest not far behind them? 😲😲 What an inspiration! 🤩

We had the pleasure of meeting the year 13's and year 14's yesterday afternoon during our Safe Motoring presentation. Thanks to Ms. Hampsey and Mr. O'Callaghan as well as staff and students for being so welcoming.

Also a huge thanks to our sponsors Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon PCSP who made sure all students in their area got a free copy of New Driver NI.

Also thanks to CRASH Services, JMK Solicitors AB&C Insurance DriveTech Hankook Tyre UK Charles Hurst for all your support.

Don't forget to take the pledge, follow the link below 👇👇

www.newdriverni.com/pledge
Niall McQuaid with another fascinating interview with a famous county personality recalling primary school GAA memories...

Davy Harte

Davy Harte attended St. Mary’s PS, Aughnacloy from 1986 – 1993. He has taught in St Patrick’s Grammar School, Armagh from September 2005 to the present day. He was a key member of the Tyrone All-Ireland winning teams of 2005 and 2008.

For my primary education, I attended St Mary’s PS, Aughnacloy. At the time, my class was considered a large class as there were about 14 pupils, half of whom were boys. I attended the old school beside the chapel until the end of P4 before moving to the new school at its present location. The old school had a large yard which was split in two where the P5/6/7 played at the bottom end while the P1-4 remained at the top half. It was like a dream come true when we moved down to the new school as there were 3 pitches: one for P1-3; one for P4/5 and what we regarded as the main pitch for P6/7 which had its own nets. The way we organised our football was that every Monday, we picked two teams which lasted for the week. This game continued each break and lunch and the score by the end of the week would be something like 50 goals to 45!

When I started primary school, the player that everyone was talking about was Sean Douglas, who went on to play for the Tyrone minors during my P5 year. When I was in P5, the school had a great P7 team and Stevie Donnelly was a very skilful player who could have scored points from anywhere. Stevie, who would go on to play for Tyrone minors and U21s, was a player that I would have looked up to. We had also a very good team by my P7 year. Martin O’Neill who was a very tenacious player, was our best player. We had also Paul Douglas, whose brother Hugh was playing for Tyrone seniors at the time. Paul always had a bit of sway round the school yard as he would have had a bit of inside knowledge of the ‘goings-on’ within the Tyrone set-up and so was forever being grilled for gossip. He did have some stories for us but whether they were all true or not was another matter!

Another lad in our class was Neil Morrison who was a super player. Neil, who would have got most of our scores, went on to appear in Riverdance, subsequently touring for six years. Our goalkeeper was Pierce McKillion who loved that position and never wanted to play anywhere else. He received a pair of Peter Schmeichel goalkeeping gloves for Christmas one year and after that he thought he was a professional goalkeeper. So all in all, we had a good school team. My younger brother Jarlath and Joe McCann, both in P5, made up the team.

I played on the school team for 3 years starting in my P5 year. After playing against the boys from my own school, I thought that I could hold my own against most P7s but when it came to the competitions against other schools, I soon realised that I was out of my depth physically. Although I didn’t realise it at the time, there is a big difference physically between a P5 and a P7 pupil and I found myself being brushed off the ball quite easily. I remember being taken off during a Knockmany Cup match after having done very little in the match up to that point...

We felt we had a good team in my P7 year and this was helped by our success in the schools’ league section. St Mary’s PS, Ballygawley had won the prestigious Knockmany Cup the previous year and were favourites for that year’s competition as well. We beat them by 10 points at the league section, which left us very confident going forward to the Knockmany that year. We had also easily defeated Glencull PS and Altamuskin PS in the league. The Knockmany Cup was a massive competition in the eyes of primary schools at the time. Everyone would always be asking how the schools got on during the annual competition. We managed to reach the final of it during my P5 year but were defeated by Glencull PS. I would have known many of the players from other schools at the time as I had joined the Errigal U12 team for training which had just started up. Our family had moved back to Glencull when I was 5 years of age but my mother had decided to keep us at Aughnacloy PS.

From Ballygawley PS, I knew Enda McGinley and John Devine. I recall in my P6 year at the Knockmany tournament we remained on to watch the final in which Enda captained the Ballygawley team against Altamuskin, although the Ballygawley lads still maintain that Stevie Quinn was their real leader. John Devine, who was in his P5 year, was their goalkeeper and excelled at six-yard sprints. Brian Mullin & Adrian O’Donnell were excellent players in the Altamuskin team. In my P7 year we had already won the schools’ league section having defeated Garvaghey in the final so as was discussed at the Errigal U12 training, we were deemed to be the hot favourites for the Knockmany trophy. Indeed, we got through our group section very easily defeating Glencull, (which was very satisfying as they had beaten us at the same stage the previous year) and also Fivemiletown. We then won our quarter-final and met Fivemiletown again in the semi-final who beat us by one point! They went on to get well beaten in the final by Garvaghey!

Garvaghey had an exceptional player called Emmet O’Hanlon who was so much bigger than anyone else on the pitch but backed up his size with a superb skill set. Also starring for Garvaghey PS was Paddy O’Hanlon and William Shields. It still annoys me to this day that I never won a Knockmany in my three years of trying. In my P5 year, Glencull won it, followed by Ballygawley in P6 and finally Garvaghey in my final year. These were all schools that were part of the Errigal club and therefore I would have known all the boys who were players on the teams and holders of the coveted Knockmany medal. Nowadays the ‘slagging’ still goes on among the players of those three years regarding the ownership of the Knockmany medals or lack of! Enda’s Ballygawley PS year group will slag the boys from Altamuskin whom they defeated. However, the Glencull boys from the year above him will slag him and his Ballygawley PS year group while the Garvaghey PS boys will slag the Ballygawley boys as well. And of course everyone slags me and reminds me that I never won a Knockmany medal!
Even to this day I hear our younger Errigal senior players slagging each other about the Knockmany.

While at primary school I had a keen interest in Tyrone senior football. It was around this time that Mickey took charge of the Tyrone minor team. It was the tradition that we met up at my grandmother’s house on match days (Mickey and my Dad’s mother). It was a big family affair and we all travelled in cars to the matches. My best memories of Tyrone matches are from the 94/95 era. I had been to the two U21 All-Ireland Final victories in 1989 and 1990 and even at that age, I was aware of the exceptional talent of a certain Peter Canavan.
I always remember Peter’s wee jig after scoring a goal into the Canal End in what I think was the National League Final in 1992. It was of course the bulk of that team that carried on to the mid-90’s senior team and I would have admired both Peter and Pascal Canavan. I had watched them winning the Ulster Club title in 1993 and they were true idols of mine. While Peter is the best player I have ever seen, I always tried to model myself on Pascal, in terms of consistency levels - how he applied himself and how he played and read the game. From the team of the mid 90’s I was a huge fan of Adrian Cush. When we were playing in the back garden I always pretended to kick left footed points like Cushy. He was left-footed in a time when there were not many stand-out left footers. He would collect the ball and weave through defences and kick great points and frees.

I began my teaching career at St. Patrick’s Grammar Armagh the day after we won the momentous All-Ireland semi-final versus Armagh in 2005!!!
I was sheepish enough going into the building on that day, but underneath it all, I was on top of the world having just qualified for my first All-Ireland Final. There was a teacher in the school who was on the Armagh panel called Paul McCormack. Tyrone Goalkeeper John Devine was working with me and we were both very fortunate that our Principal Fr Donaghy was a super man and looked after us very well in terms of football and was very generous in giving us time off. He would have allowed us out to attend events which we would have viewed as important. He was of the opinion that as well as representing your county you were also representing your school.

Playing GAA at my primary school was a very important beginning to my sporting career. It is where I developed a love for the game and it was also my first experience of sporting competition. I still like to reflect on the great days I spent with my classmates in the school yard and representing the school against my neighbouring schools. I have many friends from primary school and I still like to reminisce about the ‘good old days’. It’s great to see that GAA of all codes is still very much active in the primary schools of our county and long may it continue. The future of Tyrone GAA is bright!!!

Errigal Ciaran GAA
St Patrick's Grammar School Armagh
Davy Harte

St. Patrick's Grammar School, Armagh. While there has been a boys’ post-primary school on Armagh’s Sandy hill since 1838, the present St Patrick’s Grammar school was set in place in 1988 with the amalgamation of Armagh’s two outstanding boys’ grammar schools, two schools with long and proud histories of service and achievement, St Patrick’s College and CBS, Greenpark.

Operating as usual

08/12/2021
08/12/2021
Photos from St Patrick's Grammar School Armagh's post 07/12/2021

Christmas chocolate chip cookies baked by Year 8 and 9 students! Delicious. 🎄🎄🎄⭐️

07/12/2021

Thanks to local businesses and parents for the latest donations of prizes for our Parent Group Christmas Raffle! 💚❤️

Bagel Bean
Raffles
Tony’s Bar and Grill

#Gratitude #SPGScommunity

07/12/2021

Mr Devlin and Mr Mc Gleenan congratulating Ryan Grimley who is in the All-Ireland boxing 38:5Kg category this Sunday in Dublin. All in St Patrick’s wish Ryan well.💚❤️

Mr Devlin and Mr Mc Gleenan congratulating Ryan Grimley who is in the All-Ireland boxing 38:5Kg category this Sunday in Dublin. All in St Patrick’s wish Ryan well.💚❤️

06/12/2021

Ryan Grimley, Year 10, won his All Ireland boxing semi final in Dublin yesterday. Good luck next weekend in the final. The last person to fight in an All Ireland from Armagh City was Colm Doran many years ago!
❤️💚 #Proud #achievement

Ryan Grimley, Year 10, won his All Ireland boxing semi final in Dublin yesterday. Good luck next weekend in the final. The last person to fight in an All Ireland from Armagh City was Colm Doran many years ago!
❤️💚 #Proud #achievement

05/12/2021

Many thanks to the businesses who have donated to our Christmas Parent Group raffle. All donations appreciated and further prizes can be left at the school reception.

Email [email protected] if you are a local business and interested in supporting this worthy cause!

Tickets on sale this week.

Massive thanks to….
PAYNTERS
RUMOUR
SHEENA’S BEAUTY SALON
MCKEEVER’S SPORTS/ GAA store
MCKEEVER’S CHEMISTS
TWO SPOTS COFFEE
WINE LABEL

#gratitude #community ❤️💚

St Patrick's Grammar School Armagh updated their address. 05/12/2021

St Patrick's Grammar School Armagh updated their address.

St Patrick's Grammar School Armagh updated their address.

05/12/2021

Well done to year 8 student Patrick McNally, who completed his OCN Level 1 in DJing last a night at Drumgor youth centre. Patrick was the youngest to complete this performing a showcase alongside year 11 students who are preparing for their GCSE music exams at Lismore Comprehensive. A great achievement for one so young. #SPGSambassador ❤️💚

Well done to year 8 student Patrick McNally, who completed his OCN Level 1 in DJing last a night at Drumgor youth centre. Patrick was the youngest to complete this performing a showcase alongside year 11 students who are preparing for their GCSE music exams at Lismore Comprehensive. A great achievement for one so young. #SPGSambassador ❤️💚

05/12/2021
03/12/2021

Frank Diamond from ALPS -All Lives are Precious -entertaining our Year 12s this afternoon! He spoke about the importance of building resilience and being kind to ourselves and each other. #donttakeyourselftooseriously #bekind 🍎🍏

Photos from St Patrick's Grammar School Armagh's post 03/12/2021

📣📣Year 12 News📣📣

On Friday afternoon, we were delighted to welcome Frank Diamond from ‘All Lives Are Precious’ (ALPS), a community based Mental Health initiative established to support the emotional wellbeing/mental health of our young people and to educate them on building resilience.

Frank mesmerised our Year 12 students with stories of his life journey as a former missionary priest who spent more than a decade in Tanzania, Africa.

He encouraged the Year 12’s to be kind to themselves as well as being mindful of others. He tasked them to carry out a random act of kindness over the weekend and we will look forward to hearing their examples in form class next week.#mentalhealthmatters #bekind #randomactsofkindness 🍎🍏

03/12/2021

Please give generously. Tickets on sale next week. Prize donations still welcome! ❤️💚

Please give generously. Tickets on sale next week. Prize donations still welcome! ❤️💚

SchoolCloud - St Patrick's Grammar Armagh 03/12/2021

SchoolCloud - St Patrick's Grammar Armagh

SchoolCloud - St Patrick's Grammar Armagh Welcome to the St Patrick's Grammar Armagh booking system. Bookings can be amended via a link from the email confirmation - please ensure your email address is correct.

03/12/2021

Donations still welcome!

SPGS CHRISTMAS CHARITY APPEAL

Over the next few weeks the SPGS community will be collecting food items for the Armagh Food Bank, Sisters of Charity Homeless Hostel and SVDP.
See below for list of items being collected.
#Giving #Community #Gratitude #Generosity 💚❤️

03/12/2021

Well done to our November Parent Group SPGS Sweepstake winners!

£50- E Vallely
£100- Julie Coyle
£150 - M Clarke

Thanks to all who support this wonderful cause! Tickets are still available. Contact the school for details! £5 per month for a minimum of 12 months.
#inItToWinIt 🎉🎉🎉🎉

Well done to our November Parent Group SPGS Sweepstake winners!

£50- E Vallely
£100- Julie Coyle
£150 - M Clarke

Thanks to all who support this wonderful cause! Tickets are still available. Contact the school for details! £5 per month for a minimum of 12 months.
#inItToWinIt 🎉🎉🎉🎉

03/12/2021

Well done to our Self Study Star- Advaith Reji, Year 9. #StudentTakingAcademicResponsibility #IndependentLearning #SelfStudyBooks ⭐️⭐️📗📕

Well done to our Self Study Star- Advaith Reji, Year 9. #StudentTakingAcademicResponsibility #IndependentLearning #SelfStudyBooks ⭐️⭐️📗📕

02/12/2021

🎉🎉🎉And the November Parent Group Sweepstake winners are…..

01/12/2021

Past pupil, Conor McKenna was a welcome visitor to St Pat’s today, accompanied by the Anglo-Celt and Sam Maguire cups. Some students, staff and Tyrone stars from the past took the opportunity to have a photo taken. A great return to Gaelic football for Conor. Well done!

Past pupil, Conor McKenna was a welcome visitor to St Pat’s today, accompanied by the Anglo-Celt and Sam Maguire cups. Some students, staff and Tyrone stars from the past took the opportunity to have a photo taken. A great return to Gaelic football for Conor. Well done!

Photos from St Patrick's Grammar School Armagh's post 01/12/2021

St.Pats would like to thank Tyrone GAA for the visit of Sam Maguire today. #Cuthbertontour ❤️💚

01/12/2021

Our office staff welcome past pupil Connor McKenna! #Smiles

Our office staff welcome past pupil Connor McKenna! #Smiles

01/12/2021

Year 12 students with Sam and Conor!

Year 12 students with Sam and Conor!

01/12/2021

Eglish/St Pats men today with Conor and the Sam Maguire! #Fratres

Eglish/St Pats men today with Conor and the Sam Maguire! #Fratres

01/12/2021

Year 13 students welcoming Conor and Sam to St Pats!

Year 13 students welcoming Conor and Sam to St Pats!

01/12/2021

The Anglo Celt visiting Armagh today with Conor McKenna!

The Anglo Celt visiting Armagh today with Conor McKenna!

Photos from St Patrick's Grammar School Armagh's post 01/12/2021

Year 9 students enjoying designing T Shirts in Art! #TheArtsinSPGS ❤️💚

Photos from St Patrick's Grammar School Armagh's post 01/12/2021

Great work from Year 10 in art! Clay designs based on architecture. #TheArts ❤️💚

01/12/2021

Well done to our Corn na nÓg footballers who played with great heart and commitment in our blitz today at MUSA. #ballers

Well done to our Corn na nÓg footballers who played with great heart and commitment in our blitz today at MUSA. #ballers

01/12/2021

SPGS CHRISTMAS CHARITY APPEAL

Over the next few weeks the SPGS community will be collecting food items for the Armagh Food Bank, Sisters of Charity Homeless Hostel and SVDP.
See below for list of items being collected.
#Giving #Community #Gratitude #Generosity 💚❤️

SPGS CHRISTMAS CHARITY APPEAL

Over the next few weeks the SPGS community will be collecting food items for the Armagh Food Bank, Sisters of Charity Homeless Hostel and SVDP.
See below for list of items being collected.
#Giving #Community #Gratitude #Generosity 💚❤️

01/12/2021
01/12/2021
30/11/2021

Team Armagh! ❤️💚

Team Armagh! ❤️💚

30/11/2021

Action from the Cleveland NI International Basketball Academy today!

30/11/2021

Charlie Doyle MVP ❤️💚

Charlie Doyle MVP ❤️💚

30/11/2021

Kyran Houlihan MVP in Year 8! ❤️💚

Kyran Houlihan MVP in Year 8! ❤️💚

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