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Lurgan Cúchulainn’s represent Ulster at the All-Britain Competition in London

July 13th, 2023

A group of girls from Lurgan created lifetime memories last weekend when, as part of their involvement in Ulster GAA’s Cúchulainn Initiative, they travelled to London to represent their schools and town in the All-Britain Competition (ABC Games).

The Cúchulainn Initiative is Ulster GAA’s flagship cross community programme which brings together young people from different community backgrounds through Gaelic Games. The Lurgan Cúchulainn’s, consisting of girls from Lurgan Junior High School, Brownlow Integrated College, and St Ronan’s College, took part in the U16 Girls Competition. Despite being a team made-up of players who had little or no experience playing Gaelic games, the group represented themselves with distinction showing some incredible skills, passion, and teamwork as they came up against established clubs in Britain.

In the group stages, the girls enjoyed wins over St Colmcille’s, Parnells, and St Joseph’s and progressed to the Cup Quarterfinals. Following a tight encounter with North London Shamrocks, the girls emerged two-point winners. In the semi-finals the girls came up against the London County Champions, Tír Chonaill Gaels, and despite battling hard throughout they lost out to the eventual competition winners.

Speaking at the competition in London, Ulster GAA President Ciaran McLaughlin said: “The Cúchulainn Initiative continues to demonstrate the power of sport in bringing the youth in our communities together, with the incredibly positive outcome of creating lifetime friendships.

“The real success of this weekend and the Cúchulainn Initiative has been the memories and friendships that the girls have gained throughout their engagement in the programme. This year we were delighted to have the support of Ulster LGFA in delivering this project and I would like to express my thanks to them in for contributing to the successful trip. I also want to acknowledge the funding for the Initiative from The Executive Office (TEO), Ulster GAA is very appreciative for the TEO support.

“Finally, I also want to praise the schools for their participation and the teachers who gave up the first week of their summer holidays to accompany the pupils, making it possible for these young people to have such an experience.”





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