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 email@example.com or ring 023-8856508 from 10.30-3pm Mon-Fri (exc. Wed). Or see www.fanlobbus.ie/Sam-Maguire-School-Tour.htm