Sam Maguire School Tour launched

Posted on: 9th March, 2018

Category: News

Contributor: West Cork People

Many people know the name of Sam Maguire, but few know the story of the man behind the cup.  The Sam Maguire School Tour is a partnership between the Church of Ireland in Dunmanway, Co. Cork, where Sam Maguire is buried and five other groups in the area, packaged together to provide a fun and informative day out for primary school tours.

The Sam Maguire School Tour was formally launched in St. Mary’s Church in Dunmanway by Cllr. Declan Hurley, Mayor of the County of Cork and Tracey Kennedy, Cork GAA Chairperson on Tuesday, February 27. They were accompanied by the pupils from fifth and sixth class of Dunmanway Model School, where Sam himself attended as a child.

Prior to the launch, the children from Sam’s old school went on a trail tour to Top of the Rock, Glenilen Farm, Dunmanway Swimming Pool and St, Mary’s church with the Sam Maguire Community Bells.  Dunmanway Historical Association and Funmanway are also included as options on the tour but were not included in today’s itinerary.

The purpose of this school tour is to tell the story of the life Sam Maguire and the history of his home town, Dunmanway in Co. Cork. Sam Maguire was a member of the Church of Ireland from Malabracka near Dunmanway and is buried in St. Mary’s Churchyard in Dunmanway town. After his schooling he took up a position in the post office in London, he became a member of the IRB and provided intelligence and support to Michael Collins in the struggle for Irish freedom.  Sam also played Gaelic Football in London, was captain of his senior football team as well as president of his club, London Hibernians. He represented the London County Board as congress and was a trustee of Croke Park.

Cork County Board Chairperson Tracey Kennedy praised the initiative saying “The Sam Maguire School Tour is an ideal opportunity for children to learn more about the life and birthplace of Sam Maguire, while at the same time getting involved in in a number of really fun and educational activities. It’s a truly unique experience and I would urge all schools to consider a visit.”

As well as School Tours, the Sam Maguire Community Bells are looking forward to welcoming Coach Tours this summer and are planning to open their doors to tourists every afternoon in July and August, where visitors can hear the story of Sam Maguire and ring the Sam Maguire Community Bells for themselves.

For more information about the Sam Maguire School Tour, contact or ring 023-8856508 from 10.30-3pm Mon-Fri (exc. Wed). Or see

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This Saturday the 10th March, will see some magically curious activity as local Bandon national schools compete in a Wizarding Harry Potter Quiz. The prize will be the beautiful Bandon Banshee Perpetual Cup.

As any Harry Potter enthusiast knows, Bandon has the unique honour of having a character named after the town. The Bandon Banshee, was referred to as the nemesis of Gilderoy Lockhart in the Chamber of Secrets. The book grossed €60 million in sales and was the 7th highest earning film of all time.

Locals, looking to enhance the town for young people, saw the quiz as an ideal way promote the connection. The universally absorbing book series brings young readers on a huge adventure of magic, adversity and triumph. It is also an exploration of loyalty and friendship, good and evil – so it is not only popular way to engage young people, it is a hugely positive connection.

Zoe Tennyson, one of the organisers said they were delighted with the response from schools who ran a qualifying quiz as part of World Book Day. On Saturday Bandon Town Hall will be transformed into Hogwarts Great Hall, with proceeds going Bandon Playground Group, and to cover costs of the event.

Bandon Books will be rewarding the winning team with vouchers to each of the five members. The Bandon Banshee, or Bean-sidhe na Bandaan Perpetual Cup will be hotly contested – but which school will the Banshee go to??

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