Derry unveil winners of Minecraft Croke Park competition

THREE pupils have been selected as winners from the Derry Cumann na mBunscol Minecraft competition.

Primary school children across the county took part, building their version of Croke Park where the All-Ireland series will come to a conclusion, starting with Derry’s clash with Clare on Saturday.

The winners were announced in Owenbeg on Tuesday, after organisers were inundated with over 200 entries from schools from all across the county.

The three finalists Callum Martin, Oisin McGlone and Peadar O’Loughlin, their families and their teachers were in attendance along with representatives from Doire Cumann na mBunscol, Derry GAA Head of Operations Stephen Barker and Derry star Shane McGuigan.

Peter Donnelly from Doire Cumann na mBunscol commented on the vast volume of entries and the high standards of creativity, logical thinking and computational thinking that were needed to build the projects.

Peter thanked the teachers from all schools across the county for their help and assistance with the competition.

Stephen Barker, who organised the prizes on behalf of Derry GAA, commented on the hard work children from across the county put in to their entries.

Stephen said that the competition gave children with all interests the opportunity to share in the excitement around the county ahead of Derry’s visit to Croke Park on Saturday.

Third place

Callum Martin from Holy Family Primary School in Magherafelt came third in the competition with an excellent submission. Callum was absolutely delighted to receive an O’Neills football signed by the Derry team,

Second place

Oisin McGlone from St. Canice’s Primary School in Dungiven came second in the competition with a superb entry that included tremendous detail on the different levels on each of the stands. Oisin received a Derry jersey signed by the Derry team,

First place

1st prize went to Peadar O’Loughlin from Bunscoil Naomh Bríd, Tirkane. His submission was superb, with a lot of care and attention going into the roof of each stand and Hill 16. Peadar received family tickets for Derry’s match on Saturday.

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