Ulster GAA President Martin McAviney was on hand to celebrate the success of 2015 at the Ulster Ulster Vocational Schools GAA 2015 Awards ceremony, held on Wednesday 9th December in the Glenavon House Hotel.
2015 is a noteworthy year for Ulster Vocational/Post Primary Schools, as they celebrate their 51st & last year of providing Gaelic games for our schools in the present format. From 2016 onwards the Ulster Vocational/Post Primary Schools & Ulster Colleges are fully amalgamating to form a new organisation, Ulster Schools GAA.
On the evening, commemorative plaques were presented to the winners and finalists of all the Vocational Schools Provincial Hurling and Football competitions.
The occasion was also marked by paying tribute to the teachers in our schools who are enjoying a well-earned retirement after dedicating many years to Vocational Schools’ football/hurling in their own schools and counties, as well as those teachers who worked so hard at administrative level within their own counties to organise and promote Gaelic games.
Fittingly, Ulster GAA President Martin McAviney also took the opportunity to present Ulster Vocational Schools Secretary Jimmy Smyth with a coveted Ulster GAA President’s Award, in recognition for his contribution to the GAA in the education sector (pictured).