Wednesday 22nd June 2011 saw the Finals of the Tyrone Cumann na mBunscol Primary School leagues held at Pomeroy.
In the IGGY JONES CUP for small schools, Knocknagore Primary School emerged as county champions for the first time since 1998 when they saw off a gallant St Brigid’s PS, Cranagh in the Final. They had earlier defeated the challenges of Gortnagarn PS and St Patrick’s PS, Aughadarragh respectively.
St Teresa’s PS, Loughmacrory are the new holders of the THADDY TURBITT CUP after overcoming St Scire’s PS, Trillick in the final. They had earlier defeated the Clan Na Gael schools in the semi-final while St Scires had overcome St John’s PS, Kingsisland.
The CUMANN NA MBUNSCOL Cup will rest at St John’s PS, Moy for the year after they had seen off St Peter’s PS, Moortown at the semi final stage and emerged victorious against St Mary’s PS, Dunamore in the final. St Mary’s had earlier defeated Recarson PS in their semi-final.
St Columbkille’s PS, Carrickmore retained the ALLIANZ CUP after heading off the challenges of St Joseph’s PS, Galbally and St Patrick’s PS, Castlederg in a round robin competition. Tyrone star Mark Donnelly was their mentor while Darragh Canavan, son of Peter, inspired his team to victory with a display his famous father would have been proud of.
In the inaugural competition of the LADIES’ SHIELD, St Patrick’s PS, Castlederg claimed victory after defeating St John’s PS, Moy in a final that went into extra time. They had earlier defeated St Lawrence’s PS Fintona while the Moy girls had overcome St Mary’s PS, Cabragh in a close encounter.
Jerome Quinn was there to film the events for his website while the BBC’s Thomas Kane did a piece on Tyrone Assistant manager, Tony Donnelly who was mentoring St Patrick’s PS, Aughadarragh for the day. This piece can be seen on BBC 2 before the Tyrone/Donegal live clash on Sunday.
Meanwhile on Monday at Fr Rock’s GAA grounds, Cookstown, St Patrick’s PS, Dungannon won the Tyrone Cup for large schools when they emerged victorious in a round robin competition which included Holy Trinity PS, Cookstown and Primate Dixon PS, Coalisland. The Dungannon boys, managed by well known Brackaville referee Cathal O’Hagan, have now completed a three in a row!