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.

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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 https://youtu.be/iyoWDNB5HJI Fortfield Park Terenure Dublin 6W
2 Aughacasla National School https://youtu.be/lN7p4Izt9lM Blennerville
3 Clonlisk National School https://vimeo.com/265822619 Mulrooneys Roscrea
4 Castletara N.S https://youtu.be/HO4IfZk2tCA Gala Ballyhaise
5 Cloughfin N.S. https://vimeo.com/265811670 McGettigans Gala  78 Port Road, Leterkenny Co. Donegal
6 Eagles Nest National School https://youtu.be/LMkZLsNI1jU Rogan’s Gala in Tully, Renvyle, County Galway
7 St.Patricks N.S Clogh https://youtu.be/ylKwUqxwSgc Railway Garage Castlecomer Co.Kilkenny
8 Brittas Bay National School https://youtu.be/0Ixe69dbqf4 Ticnock, Dublin Road, Arklow
9 Allen National School, Co. Kildare. https://vimeo.com/265772244 Kilmeague, Co. Kildare.
10 Scoil Mhuire Newtownforbes, Co Longford https://youtu.be/IX9WjEzvkVk Smyths Gala, Newtownforbes
11 Scoil Bhride https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HvBKXCiFlg Camiers Gala, Ballydehob
12 St. Mary’s N.S, Drung, Co. Cavan https://youtu.be/oZ13wIg1dJ8 Denning’s Gala, Drung, Co. Cavan
13 St. Patrick’s N.S. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwV8SImKbJI Loch Gowna, Co. Cavan
14 Scoil Samhthann https://youtu.be/O_8Tt7sAreQ Fox’s Gala Ballinalee
15 Fatima National School https://youtu.be/IwyaKIgfFnY Hyde Street, Mohill, Co. Leitrim
16 Scoil Bhríde, Croghan, Rhode, Co. Offaly https://vimeo.com/265661943 Darcy’s Gala, Mount Lucas
17 Scoil Bhride https://youtu.be/7HvBKXCiFlg Camiers Gala, Ballydehob
18 St. Brendan’s NS, Eyrecourt https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coGyjUhvw7c Lorrha, Shane Mulrooney
19 St. Patrick’s N.S. https://youtu.be/5-GFOl-RokU Killucan Co. Westmeath
20 Tramore Educate Together N.S https://youtu.be/YrMq0KppSeI\ Main Street, Kilmeadan, Co. Waterford
21 Scoil Bhríde https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YeYEEXBBLcE Gala, Newbridge Rd, Naas
22 SCOIL NAOMH IOSEF BALLYHEIGUE, CO KERRY https://youtu.be/OXWJ1vSFNdo MOUNTHAWK, TRALEE, CO. KERRY
23 Tarmon National School https://youtu.be/aQqwDPtNSWY Murphys Ballyhaunis Co. Mayo
24 Ray National School https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_6S5upqB2c Browne’s Gala, Manorcunningham, Co. Donegal
25 Shinrone National School https://youtu.be/f1FE3Ht6aBk Mulrooneys Roscrea
26 Scoil Chrónáin Naofa, Dromakeenan https://youtu.be/UFcJHYIk5po Mulrooney’s Roscrea
27 Divine Word NS Marley Grange https://vimeo.com/265598752 Terenure (Pat and Hilary Duffy)
28 Stewarts Special School https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46T0tQ1WdWs Ballyfermot
29 St. Patrick’s NS Craanford https://youtu.be/RcumseUstCA Brian King Arklow Rd Gorey Y25 T8Y7
30 Gaelscoil Uí Earcáin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaSse-mDB3M Gala Willowpark
31 S.N. Iorball Sionnaigh https://vimeo.com/265431791 Denning’s Gala, Drung, Cavan
32 Scoil Éanna https://vimeo.com/265419029 Mimnaghs Gala Supermarket
33 Firmount National School https://vimeo.com/265402611 Millfield Service Station Old Mallow Road, Blackpool, Cork
34 Scoil Áine GNS https://youtu.be/nLOJlj5COm4 collins avenue
35 Scoil Mhuire National School, Tuam https://youtu.be/4Oxva_HmEfk Ballybane, Co. Galway
36 Courtnacuddy NS https://youtu.be/yD2ZOYwLcvw Kavanaghs Gala, Clonroche
37 Moneystown NS https://vimeo.com/265190916 Tinahely
38 St. Joseph’s Primary School https://vimeo.com/265197126 Claremorris. Co. Mayo
39 Gaelscoil Sheáin Uí Éigeartaigh https://drive.google.com/file/d/1KEJBjOImg8G5vw_OgXwTjRc4szxqsLlU/view?usp=sharing Camden Quey
40 Aston Village Educate Together National School https://youtu.be/rASPQBw4ct8 Peter Fleming, Main Street, Slane, Co. Meath.
41 Danescastle NS https://youtu.be/dD8UEvCKxWU Daybreak Ballycullane New Ross Wexford
42 Walterstown N.S. https://youtu.be/OBty_E2fvbI Cork
43 Holy Cross Mercy , Killarney , Co. Kerry https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3cEiKKI14U Killarney Co. Kerry V93 P30Y
44 Caherline National School https://vimeo.com/261281565 Ballysimon Road, Co Limerick V94 RD8E
45 St Colman’s BNS, Kanturk, Co Cork. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWEB53D9Rvs Murphy’s Gala, Dromcummer More, Mallow, Co. Cork
46 Nenagh CBS Primary School https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6h89aWYhBQ Gala, Nenagh
47 Newtownwhite educate together ns https://youtu.be/S_3aEboo-3A Ballina
48 Navan Educate Together NS https://youtu.be/SYIF5JWwkTw Gala Express, Cannon Row and The Brink Service Station, Beauparc
49 St. Michael’s N.S., Mullinahone, Co. Tipperary http://www.mullinahonens.ie/pages/page.php Lonergans Gala, Carrick St., Mullinahone, Co. Tipperary
50 Patrickswell N.S. https://vimeo.com/261737458 McDermott’s, Main Street, Patrickswell, Co. Limerick
51 Scoil Eoin Balloonagh, Tralee Co. Kerry https://youtu.be/CYW3vGuhAX8 Gala Mounthawk Tralee
52 Scoil Mológa https://youtu.be/GNH0OklhAgY Fortfield Pk, Terenure, Dublin 6W
53 St. Brendan”s N.S., Blennerville https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1647519382001479&id=789750671111692 Gala Texaco S/S Dingle Road
54 New Court Special School https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5F8urcNVFE Bray
55 Sacred Heart Primary School, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary https://vimeo.com/261549495 Mulrooneys Gala Roscrea
56 Adamstown National School https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FNXvjC_uH94 Cullen’s Gala, Adamstown, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford
57 Gaelscoil na gCeithre Maol http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdGKmqy02tE&feature=YouTube.be Mangans Gala Ardnaree Ballina Co. Mayo
58 Gaelscoil Shlí Dála https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9RMssmMH2Y Mulrooneys Gala Store, Roscrea, Co.Tipperary
59 Scoil Ursula Blackrock https://vimeo.com/261365384 Gala Shandon
60 Screen NS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-HF_rp08pA&feature=youtu.be Freemans Gala Oilgate Co. Wexford
61 St Kevin’s Boys’ School, Kilnamanagh, Dublin 24 https://vimeo.com/261293187 Terenure
62 St. John’s S.N.S https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkYkKbRjM9Q Dublin Rd, Arklow
63 St. Michael’s N.S. Cootehill https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3eO5l82BZY&sns=em McMullen’s, Bridge Street, Cootehill, Co. Cavan
64 St. Thomas’ Senior National School https://drive.google.com/open?id=1jRMUNagfjU3mnjZ_CCna_1AJ21vjHPoc Tallaght
65 Scoil Assaim B.N.S https://youtu.be/_KF3vgC8oWM Whitehall Dublin 9
66 Moneenroe National School https://youtu.be/Edy5gfrzW60 Railway Garage Castlecomer Co Kilkenny
67 St. Brendan’s NS, Eyrecourt https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coGyjUhvw7c Lorrha, Mulrooney’s Service Station
68 Banteer National School https://youtu.be/fq1-qcG245I Irene Murphy, Killarney Road , Kanturk.  (P51 THC2)
69 Kealkill National School, (Co Cork) https://youtu.be/gMQgNufZZI4 Burke’s Gala. Kealkill, Co Cork.
70 Glinsk N.S. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AaiidBcQNM Smyth’s, Williamstown, Co. Galway
71 St Kevin’s Boys’ School, Kilnamanagh, Dublin 24 https://vimeo.com/261293187 Terenure
72 St Finians, Clonard https://drive.google.com/file/d/1QwQBaCyjEmagIot6sNIWKkFkrlR9k-oM/view?usp=sharing Kiltale, co meath
73 Scoil Chlochair Mhuire https://vimeo.com/260778204 Gala Grand Parade Cork
74 St. Michaels Mullinahone https://youtu.be/0u-T2CmYAL0 Mullinahone
75 Scoil Chlochair Mhuire https://vimeo.com/260778204 Grand Parade, Cork City
76 St Gabriels Special School Cork https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVH-dbdL2lI Ballygarvan
77 St, Brendan’s NS, Eyrecourt https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coGyjUhvw7c Lorrha, Mulrooney’s Service Station
78 St. Paul’s primary school, Navan HTTPS://vimeo.com/260417517 Gala kiltale
79 Durrow National School https://vimeo.com/260413489 Dolan’s Services Station, Clara Road, Tullamore, Co. Offaly
80 Milford National School https://youtu.be/gFLeb0-A-iw Gala Express Limerick
81 Clogheen KerryPike NS https://www.dropbox.com/sh/fho3x67rqgxrm7r/AAAkWQ-dtpNsdY9GYO3FxZMAa?dl=0 Donnelly’s Gala Express