NI schools donate GAA kit to pupils in Romania
SCHOOLS in Northern Ireland have come together to donate a specially made GAA kit to pupils in Romania.
Around 50 sixth-form pupils from three schools travel to Romania each year to bring medical supplies and equipment to disadvantaged communities.
They are also linked to Lunca primary and secondary school in Prejmer, Brasov.
Teacher Declan Cullen, who led this year's Romania trip, said they noticed Lunca's lack of sportswear and decided to donate a kit.
"They didn't even have a strip for their school. They just played in their ordinary clothes," he said.
"We got the school colours and badge, I went to Begley's in Dungannon and we designed it and posted it out to them."
The Romanian school recently sent a photo showing delighted pupils wearing their new O'Neills GAA sportswear.
St Patrick's College in Dungannon, St Paul's High School in Bessbrook, St Patrick's Academy in Lisburn and Dungannon pub Ton's Place sponsored the GAA kit.
Mr Cullen from St Patrick's College said Lunca does not currently play Gaelic games but next year the visiting schools plan to introduce pupils to GAA sports.
The 45-year-old history teacher from Edendork said he also hoped to teach the pupils some Irish history.
"When we go over there to Romania we learn about their culture and language, and they are very interested in ours, so what better way to do that than by teaching some Irish history in the classroom and teaching them some Irish sports," he said.
Equipment such as stationery and musical instruments has also been donated to the school in Romania.