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St Senan’s takes lead on underage rugby safety

ST Senan’s Rugby Club in Shannon are the first in Ireland to make headgear mandatory at underage level. They have entered into a collaboration with Galway based N-Pro, a world leader in the production of head guards, and it is estimated that wearing the products can reduce impacts to the head significantly. With such high levels of physicality in rugby, there has been major concern in recent years about the impact of hits to the head on players at all levels. Club President Dave Lee said that St Senan’s felt it was important to be proactive about dealing with a common concern. “We are going on feedback from parents, there has been a lot of discussion and concern about concussion and injuries lately, and we felt we had to do something to counteract that worry. We made contact with N-Pro, about maybe doing a collaboration and they jumped at the chance.” He said that the N-Pro product is superior to …

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St Senan’s celebrates past and looks to future

THIS month marks 60 years since the first national school was opened in Shannon. It was in February of 1962 that St Senan’s opened its doors, as the town was being established, with thousands having received their education there since. School principal Tori Hehir said that plans are being made to mark the milestone. “We’re doing a school mass on February 23, and we’ll have past pupils and past teachers there, all of that. With fun days we’re going to push them out to March and April and see will the remaining Covid measures lift.” She said the school now has 129 pupils, with the numbers not as large as they once were due to demographic changes in Shannon and the opening of a number of other schools. St Senan’s board of management is chaired by Geraldine Lambert, who has deep family ties to the school. “I’m actually the first great grandparent of a child in the school. My great …

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Sally leaves St Senan’s with fond memories

AFTER 17 years as principal of St Senan’s, Sally O’Neill is retiring next month. Living in Quin, Sally had taught in Ballycar before taking the job at St Senan’s, which she found very rewarding. “I reallly enjoyed it, it was a central part of my life. I worked with fantastic teachers really, the group that were there when I started had great experience and I learned from them. “The deputy principals I worked with were all absolutely super. Midway through my time at St Senan’s there were a lot of changes, and the teachers we had were a fantastic team; hard-working, dedicated, professional people. It was just a joy. “I didn’t know anything really about Shannon when I started there and the people of Drumgeely were so welcoming to me. They were generous in spirit and every way, we did a lot of fundraising for the school, the Parents’ Association always rowed in. There was great spirit and great heart, …

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John Lynch has been to the fore of St Senan’s for 40 years.

Future of St Senan’s Kilkee secure

By Seamus Hayes GAA clubs across the country will agree it has become increasingly difficult to get volunteers to take on club officer roles and it has almost become the norm that some clubs fail to fill some executive posts at their annual meetings. Eventually, most manage to get someone to take on a specific task. Despite the fact that St Senan’s Kilkee have, so far, failed to find both a chairman and secretary, outgoing chairman Peter Muldoon is satisfied the club’s future is secure and that the posts will be filled. The positions remain vacant after the AGM and a further meeting failed to find candidates for the posts Outgoing officials Peter Muldoon (chairman) and John Lynch (secretary) signalled well before the end of last season that they would not be seeking re-election. Muldoon completed four years in the post, while outgoing secretary John Lynch has been the face of the West Clare club for the past 40 years. …

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