Ballyoran pupil picks up county draw prize

Ballyoran Primary School's Paul Hendron celebrating his ticket success with, from left, Richard Woolsey (school principal), Richard Hendron (school PE co-ordinator) and Liam McCorry (North Armagh gaelic promotion officer). Pic by Lionel Mitchell.INLM4914-4108
Ballyoran Primary School's Paul Hendron celebrating his ticket success with, from left, Richard Woolsey (school principal), Richard Hendron (school PE co-ordinator) and Liam McCorry (North Armagh gaelic promotion officer). Pic by Lionel Mitchell.INLM4914-4108

A Ballyoran Primary School pupil has had his fundraising efforts recognised with a special prize from the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA).

Paul Hendron, a P5 pupil, was recently invited to the headquarters of the Armagh GAA - the Ceannaras building at the city’s Athletic Grounds - to receive an award celebrating his achievements.

Ballyoran Primary School's Paul Hendron celebrating his ticket success with, from left, Richard Woolsey (school principal), Richard Hendron (school PE co-ordinator) and Liam McCorry (North Armagh gaelic promotion officer). Pic by Lionel Mitchell.INLM4914-4108

Ballyoran Primary School's Paul Hendron celebrating his ticket success with, from left, Richard Woolsey (school principal), Richard Hendron (school PE co-ordinator) and Liam McCorry (North Armagh gaelic promotion officer). Pic by Lionel Mitchell.INLM4914-4108

Paul managed to sell 71 tickets for a primary schools grand draw designed to raise funds towards the development of gaelic games in the Orchard County. Half the money was designated to participating schools, with the leading three individual sellers within County Armagh asked to attend the Ceannaras ceremony.

His prize as overall runner-up was a sports voucher to the value of £300 for The GAA Store. Paul also met Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney at the function, along with Aaron Findon of the Orchard County players’ panel.

“I was shocked and delighted to hear my name called out because I had no idea I had won anything,” said Paul. “It was cool to meet Kieran McGeeney because he has won the All-Ireland final.

“I also enjoyed speaking to Aaron Findon.

“I have already had a look at The GAA Store’s online catalogue and it’s going to be hard to spend my prize because it is so high a value.”

Another recent link between the GAA and education featured Maghery’s Aidan Forker.

Aidan, a county representative and student at St Mary’s Belfast, helped to launch the Higher Education GAA Senior Championships.