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During the week commencing Monday, 1st April, the St Mary’s campus played host to a range of community activities.

The most significant of these activities was the “Easter School” organised by the West Belfast Partnership Board, which provides tuition and support in GCSE Mathematics for young people in the local area. The school will continue at St Mary’s on Saturday mornings during the month of April.

The campus also hosted an Easter camp for young people in the coaching of Gaelic games. The camp was organised by the Ulster Council of the GAA.

Primary school children from West Belfast and surrounding areas came together over the Easter holidays at St Mary’s University College to learn new and refine existing Gaelic games skills at the ‘Ranch’s’ first ever Gaelic Games training camp. Over the three-day camp boys and girls ranging from six to twelve years of age took part in Gaelic football, hurling, camogie and handball activities. They received skills training from student coaches with high-level coaching awards from their respected codes, in conjunction with the top-class training facilities across all codes.

The camp was enjoyed by participants and coaches alike and a great interest has been generated in a summer camp at the ‘Ranch’. GAA development Officer at St Mary’s, Stephen Beattie, said:

“I would like to thank all the coaches who gave up their time to share their expertise and make the camp the success it was, and the children for their enthusiasm. We now have a sound foundation to build upon in order to provide this great opportunity to more young Gaels of Belfast”.