The Minister of State at the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform Mr Frank Fahey T.D., today presented the awards for the "Games We Can All Play" primary schools competition which marks this year's National Information Day on Disability 2006 at the Helix, DCU.
This is the tenth year that the National Information Day on Disability has been celebrated in Ireland as part of the United Nation's International Day for Persons with Disabilities. It is the second year the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform has joined forces with the Irish National Teachers Organisation to host the event.
The theme for this year's event, "Games we can all play" focuses on inclusion by encouraging primary school children to design, as a class, a game which could be played in a school yard in which all children can participate. The competition which was open to all primary schools in Ireland attracted 398 entries.
This year 26 county winners, one overall national winner and their schools share a total prize fund of over 76,000 Euro.
The games will be published in book and DVD format and will be distributed to all primary schools, Libraries, Citizens Information Centres, and various Disability organisations in Ireland.
Speaking at the ceremony Minister Fahey said, "One of the best avenues to better health is through regular physical activity and one of the best ways to achieve this is through participation in sports. For many of us the first introduction to sport is through the participation in active games in the school playground. This year's National Information Day is geared towards getting children thinking about and participating in 'games we can all play'.
All those involved in making this National Information day on Disability such a resounding success especially the participating children, are to be heartily congratulated."
6 December 2006
Note to Editors
The National Winner is St. Colmcille's National School in Sligo.
Each county winning class received a prize of 2,000 Euro worth of P.E. equipment for their school and 500 Euro in art vouchers for the class.
The national winner received 10,000 Euro worth of P.E. equipment for their school and an additional 1, 250 Euro in vouchers for the class.
The full list of winners is:
4th & 5th Class Holy Family Boys National School Carlow
6th Class St. Patrick's National School Cavan
Rang a Ceathair Scoil Chriost Ri Clare
2nd,3rd & 4th Classes Rylane National School Cork
Junior Infants to 2nd Class S. N. Eadan Fhionn Fhraoich Donegal
6th Class St. Louis Senior Primary School Dublin
6th Class St. Patrick's Primary School Galway
4th & 6th Class St. John's Parochial School Kerry
6th Class Rathmore National School Kildare
5th Class St. Patrick's Boys National School Kilkenny
4th & 5th Class Castlecuffe National School Laois
6th Class St. Manchan's National School Leitrim
5th & 6th Class Kildimo National School Limerick
5th Class St. Therese's National School Longford
1st Class S. N. Muire Na nGael Louth
Rang a Sé Belmullet Senior National School Mayo
6th Class Rataoth Senior National School Meath
5th & 6th Class Scoil Naoimh Eanna Monaghan
6th Class Daingean National School Offaly
2nd & 3rd Class Ceathru Na Mainistreach Roscommon
6th Class St. Columcille's National School Sligo
3rd & 4th Classes Presentation Primary School Tipperary
5th & 6th Class St. Mary's Boys National School Waterford
Senior Infants Gainstown National School Westmeath
5th Class St. Joseph's National School Wexford
4th Class St. Patrick's National School Wicklow