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