Gala Gifts for Schools

Primary schools from across Ireland were invited to enter the competition by submitting a 30 second video, via the Gala website, telling Gala how their school would benefit from the prize money.

One winning primary school was awarded a €10,000 cash gift, and two runners-up schools benefitted from cash gifts of €5,000 each.

Gala Gifts for Schools Winners

First place: Caherline National School in Caherconlish, Limerick €10,000

Joint runner up: Shinrone National School in Birr €5,000

Joint runner up: Scoil Naomh Iosef in Ballyheigue €5,000

As part if Gala’s 20th anniversary celebrations, on Friday 4th May –  Gala visited Caherline National School in Caherconlish, Limerick, to donate a huge €10,000 to the school as part of its Gala Gifts for Schools competition!

Caherline National School was named as the winner in the Gala Gifts for Schools competition, following the school summitting a 30 seconds video on how they would spend a ‘Gala Gift’ at the school to improve the education and school days of their pupils.


A judging panel, comprising of actress, Aoibhín Garrihy; Editor of Primary Times, Marie O’Reilly; and Gala Retail’s CEO, Gary Desmond, deemed Caherline National School to have one of the top videos on the day.

Actress Aoibhín Garrihy surprised the school by appearing at a special assembly in which she gifted the school, on behalf of Gala Retail, a huge €10,000 which the school pledged to spend on an ASD classroom to cater for the needs of children with Autism who attend the school.

Teacher at Caherline National School, Orlagh Eichholz, explains: When I first heard about the Gala Gifts for Schools competition, I was determined that our pupils and I would be as creative as possible and create a video that visually showed our school and how a ‘Gala Gift’ could make a huge difference to our facilities for pupils with autism at Caherline National School.

“We spend a lot of time on our video, and it took a number of takes to get it just right, and it’s been worth all of the efforts!  To have been named as the winning school, receiving such a significant sum of money, is incredible! This will make a real difference to our school and will be of huge benefit to our pupils’ learning experiences. There’s such a buzz in Caherconlish and we’d like to thank Gala Retail for this extremely generous donation to our school. We wish Gala Retail a very happy 20th anniversary.”

Aoibhín Garrihy was joined by Gala’s CEO, Gary Desmond and local Gala retailers at the prize presentation at Caherline National School.

Mr Desmond adds: “The creativity and innovation shown in the videos that we received from Primary Schools across Ireland was outstanding. It was extremely hard to judge the competition based on the calibre of entries, however the video from Caherline National School really stood out thanks to its creativity, innovation, how a Gala cash gift could really benefit the school, and of course, its pupils being the stars of the show in the video!

“We look forward to following the progress of the school’s plans and are hoping to visit Caherline National School later in the year to see how the €10,000 has been spend, and most importantly, how it’s benefitting the pupils’ education.”

List of Entries:

1 Presentation Primary School Terenure Fortfield Park Terenure Dublin 6W
2 Aughacasla National School Blennerville
3 Clonlisk National School Mulrooneys Roscrea
4 Castletara N.S Gala Ballyhaise
5 Cloughfin N.S. McGettigans Gala  78 Port Road, Leterkenny Co. Donegal
6 Eagles Nest National School Rogan’s Gala in Tully, Renvyle, County Galway
7 St.Patricks N.S Clogh Railway Garage Castlecomer Co.Kilkenny
8 Brittas Bay National School Ticnock, Dublin Road, Arklow
9 Allen National School, Co. Kildare. Kilmeague, Co. Kildare.
10 Scoil Mhuire Newtownforbes, Co Longford Smyths Gala, Newtownforbes
11 Scoil Bhride Camiers Gala, Ballydehob
12 St. Mary’s N.S, Drung, Co. Cavan Denning’s Gala, Drung, Co. Cavan
13 St. Patrick’s N.S. Loch Gowna, Co. Cavan
14 Scoil Samhthann Fox’s Gala Ballinalee
15 Fatima National School Hyde Street, Mohill, Co. Leitrim
16 Scoil Bhríde, Croghan, Rhode, Co. Offaly Darcy’s Gala, Mount Lucas
17 Scoil Bhride Camiers Gala, Ballydehob
18 St. Brendan’s NS, Eyrecourt Lorrha, Shane Mulrooney
19 St. Patrick’s N.S. Killucan Co. Westmeath
20 Tramore Educate Together N.S\ Main Street, Kilmeadan, Co. Waterford
21 Scoil Bhríde Gala, Newbridge Rd, Naas
23 Tarmon National School Murphys Ballyhaunis Co. Mayo
24 Ray National School Browne’s Gala, Manorcunningham, Co. Donegal
25 Shinrone National School Mulrooneys Roscrea
26 Scoil Chrónáin Naofa, Dromakeenan Mulrooney’s Roscrea
27 Divine Word NS Marley Grange Terenure (Pat and Hilary Duffy)
28 Stewarts Special School Ballyfermot
29 St. Patrick’s NS Craanford Brian King Arklow Rd Gorey Y25 T8Y7
30 Gaelscoil Uí Earcáin Gala Willowpark
31 S.N. Iorball Sionnaigh Denning’s Gala, Drung, Cavan
32 Scoil Éanna Mimnaghs Gala Supermarket
33 Firmount National School Millfield Service Station Old Mallow Road, Blackpool, Cork
34 Scoil Áine GNS collins avenue
35 Scoil Mhuire National School, Tuam Ballybane, Co. Galway
36 Courtnacuddy NS Kavanaghs Gala, Clonroche
37 Moneystown NS Tinahely
38 St. Joseph’s Primary School Claremorris. Co. Mayo
39 Gaelscoil Sheáin Uí Éigeartaigh Camden Quey
40 Aston Village Educate Together National School Peter Fleming, Main Street, Slane, Co. Meath.
41 Danescastle NS Daybreak Ballycullane New Ross Wexford
42 Walterstown N.S. Cork
43 Holy Cross Mercy , Killarney , Co. Kerry Killarney Co. Kerry V93 P30Y
44 Caherline National School Ballysimon Road, Co Limerick V94 RD8E
45 St Colman’s BNS, Kanturk, Co Cork. Murphy’s Gala, Dromcummer More, Mallow, Co. Cork
46 Nenagh CBS Primary School Gala, Nenagh
47 Newtownwhite educate together ns Ballina
48 Navan Educate Together NS Gala Express, Cannon Row and The Brink Service Station, Beauparc
49 St. Michael’s N.S., Mullinahone, Co. Tipperary Lonergans Gala, Carrick St., Mullinahone, Co. Tipperary
50 Patrickswell N.S. McDermott’s, Main Street, Patrickswell, Co. Limerick
51 Scoil Eoin Balloonagh, Tralee Co. Kerry Gala Mounthawk Tralee
52 Scoil Mológa Fortfield Pk, Terenure, Dublin 6W
53 St. Brendan”s N.S., Blennerville Gala Texaco S/S Dingle Road
54 New Court Special School Bray
55 Sacred Heart Primary School, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary Mulrooneys Gala Roscrea
56 Adamstown National School Cullen’s Gala, Adamstown, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford
57 Gaelscoil na gCeithre Maol Mangans Gala Ardnaree Ballina Co. Mayo
58 Gaelscoil Shlí Dála Mulrooneys Gala Store, Roscrea, Co.Tipperary
59 Scoil Ursula Blackrock Gala Shandon
60 Screen NS Freemans Gala Oilgate Co. Wexford
61 St Kevin’s Boys’ School, Kilnamanagh, Dublin 24 Terenure
62 St. John’s S.N.S Dublin Rd, Arklow
63 St. Michael’s N.S. Cootehill McMullen’s, Bridge Street, Cootehill, Co. Cavan
64 St. Thomas’ Senior National School Tallaght
65 Scoil Assaim B.N.S Whitehall Dublin 9
66 Moneenroe National School Railway Garage Castlecomer Co Kilkenny
67 St. Brendan’s NS, Eyrecourt Lorrha, Mulrooney’s Service Station
68 Banteer National School Irene Murphy, Killarney Road , Kanturk.  (P51 THC2)
69 Kealkill National School, (Co Cork) Burke’s Gala. Kealkill, Co Cork.
70 Glinsk N.S. Smyth’s, Williamstown, Co. Galway
71 St Kevin’s Boys’ School, Kilnamanagh, Dublin 24 Terenure
72 St Finians, Clonard Kiltale, co meath
73 Scoil Chlochair Mhuire Gala Grand Parade Cork
74 St. Michaels Mullinahone Mullinahone
75 Scoil Chlochair Mhuire Grand Parade, Cork City
76 St Gabriels Special School Cork Ballygarvan
77 St, Brendan’s NS, Eyrecourt Lorrha, Mulrooney’s Service Station
78 St. Paul’s primary school, Navan HTTPS:// Gala kiltale
79 Durrow National School Dolan’s Services Station, Clara Road, Tullamore, Co. Offaly
80 Milford National School Gala Express Limerick
81 Clogheen KerryPike NS Donnelly’s Gala Express