Lisburn Cúchulainns were hosted by Mayor of Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Scott Carson, recently at Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn in recognition for their engagement in the Ulster GAA Cúchulainn Initiative.
The cross-community team made up of girls from Fort Hill Integrated College and St Patrick’s Academy had participated in a twice weekly programme throughout the Summer months which had culminated in the group representing Lisburn at the All-Britain Competition in London in September.
Speaking at the event Mayor Carson said: “It was a privilege to invite girls from both Fort Hill and St Patricks to Lagan Valley Island in recognition of representing Lisburn at the All-Britain Competition in London.
“The girls told me how much they enjoyed participating in the programme by trying out a new sport and making new friends which is the basis of what the Ulster GAA Cúchulainn Initiative is all about.
“During my term as Mayor, I want to advocate for and help young people across Lisburn Castlereagh to get involved more in their communities and this initiative is one of many that benefits young people in our area.”
Also at the event. Ulster GAA Provincial Secretary and CEO, Brian McAvoy commended the players for their commitment to the programme throughout their summer break from school, “I trust the players enjoyed the experience. Some may continue to play Gaelic Games and others may not but what is much more important, and what has been the driving force behind the programme, is the forging of friendships and developing mutual understanding and respect for each other. This will hopefully be the lasting legacy of Cúchulainns in 2022”
The Cúchulainn Initiative is Ulster GAA’s flagship cross community project that builds community relations in the education sector through Gaelic games.
This project is funded through The Executive Office Central Good Relations Fund.