During the course of their education in St. Pats, our children are given the opportunity to try many different sports (both team sports and non contact sports) including;

Soccer, Hurling, Swimming, Olympic Handball, Rugby, Gaelic Football, Basketball, Handball, Rounders, Table Tennis and Athletics.

Children are trained by experienced staff and qualified coaches. They participate in rigorous training and continue to beat the competition in many sporting areas. The school is represented by teams in all the local school competitions.

Many successful athletes have hailed from our school including Irish Soccer Goalkeeper David Forde.

In addition we have welcomed some very special athletes of our time to our school for example, Olympic Winner David Rudisha.


St. Pat’s has a long and proud tradition of promoting hurling in Galway City, and the school is the proud holder of numerous county titles in hurling.

Enjoyment of the game and developing and improving their skills are the main aims of the coaching undertaken in the school.

Training takes place in the school yard or at ‘The Swamp’ in the Claddagh every Thursday after school.

Players are drawn from city clubs Castlegar, Liam Mellows, Salthill-Knocknacarra and Rahoon Newcastle who all come together to play in the green and white of St Pats!

2nd class boys get an introduction to hurling with Gerry Spellman on Fridays.

Gaelic Football

St Patrick’s Primary School plays an active part in developing Gaelic Football both in the school and the wider community.

Indeed, the school has had a long and successful tradition in fostering and cultivating a love for the sport.

Our philosophy for Gaelic Football in the school is one of participation, to introduce children to the game and offer them an opportunity to play it.

All our classes have access to coaching sessions throughout the year from our dedicated teachers and external coaches.

Our teams participate in the Cumann na mBunscol and other school competitions during the year.

Kick Boxing

Kick boxing is an intensive all over workout that builds strength, stamina, balance and coordination.

Classes take place twice a week.


St Pats boys are fortunate to receive rugby coaching on a weekly basis from Connacht Community Rugby Officer Will Thornton. Will takes each class for a six week block.

The boys play tag rugby, which is great for developing their co-ordination, balance and athleticism in a rugby environment that doesn’t require the tackling aspect.

Classes are then invited to go to blitzes in the Corinthians & Galwegians rugby clubs at the end of the term to put their new skills into practice!

Indoor Soccer

Our thrilling Pat’s Cup indoor soccer league takes place every term for 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6 class pupils.

This year our Premier League and World Cup tournaments raised over €800 for animal welfare charities in Galway!

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