Gaelic Games in Our Lady’s Secondary School Castleblayney received a great boost when it was announced that Jamie Mooney was selected on the Ulster Schools All-Star team of 2023, the ultimate individual award in Ulster Schools football. Jamie attended an initial trial in Cookstown and was selected to compete in a final trial game in Belfast on March 31st. Throughout both games Jamie displayed his excellent footballing skill and ability, with his shot stopping, short kickouts and his clever use of possession impressing the selection team. On Wednesday April 12th it was announced that Jamie had been selected as the goalkeeper on the Ulster Schools All Star team for 2023. Jamie’s selection as the goalkeeper is a recognition of his exceptional talent, and it reflects his hard work and dedication to Gaelic Games.
Jamie plays his club football with the Cremartin Shamrocks club winning numerous underage titles. Jamie has been a member of Co. Monaghan Development Squads and is currently part of the Monaghan Minor squad. Jamie has played key roles on all school’s teams and was goalkeeper on the Senior Boys GAA team that played Mac Rory Cup football for the first time this year. Last year Jamie was selected as a goalkeeper on the Queens University GAA Future Stars team.
This is Our Lady’s eleventh Ulster Colleges All-Star award and indeed their ninth award from 2006. Speaking at the school during the week Principal Mr. Kelly congratulated Jamie on his outstanding achievement ‘this is a fantastic achievement for Jamie and reflects his hard work, dedication and commitment to self-improvement. Jamie has and continues to be an excellent ambassador for Gaelic games in our school and is a great role model for younger students. The generosity of the coaches at our school cannot be overstated. They have worked tirelessly to promote Gaelic games in the school and to help the students like Jamie develop their skills and abilities. Their passion for Gaelic Games and their commitment to the students have been instrumental in the school's success in GAA in recent years’’.