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SPAR FAI Primary School 5s programme
By Pat Quigley & Paul Byrne
14, Jan 2018 - 17:36


Dear Teacher,

I'm delighted to announce that the 2018 application process is now open for the SPAR FAI Primary School 5s programme.

Last year the programme involved 28,576 students last year from 1,495 schools. The competition has been running since the mid-1990s and the programme promises to be bigger and better than ever this year.

Please click on the link to experience a snapshot of what the competition is all about SPAR FAI Primary School 5s<>

FAI Schools can confirm that the National Finals will be hosted in the spectacular surrounds of the Aviva Stadium again this year. It could be your School in the National Finals on May 30, so sign up now for your chance to go all the way and create a day to remember for your School and its students.

This magnificent competition is for children in 4th, 5th and 6th class and it all begins at your local county level. The events are a fantastic opportunity for girls and boys to participate in a fun filled one day blitz. There are six sections (3 for boys and 3 for girls) to cater for all school sizes so whether your school falls into the small, medium or large category there is a competition to cater for you. Your ‘section' will depend on your school enrolment numbers for boys/girls in 4th, 5th and 6th class as to whether you are in small, medium or large schools section.

Please see attached the 2018 SPAR5s brochure & schedule which will outline the competition format, rules and details on your specific County qualifiers. The contact details for your local co-ordinator is also included on the download should you have any questions in relation to the competition. Please note the limitations per team permitted in your County qualifiers.

Tues 10th April West Mayo - Westport Utd FC
Wed 11th April South Mayo - Ballinrobe Town FC
Thurs 12th April North Mayo - Killala FC
Tues 17th April East Mayo - Kiltimagh/Knock Utd FC B Schools only
Wed 18th April East Mayo - Kiltimagh/Knock Utd FC A Schools only
Thurs 19th April Central Mayo - Solar 21 Castlebar
Fri 20th April North West Mayo - Iorrais Aointhe FC
Wed 25th April Solar 21 Park, Milebush Castlebar(Mayo Finals)
Thurs 3rd May Solar 21 Park, Milebush Castlebar (Connacht Finals)
Thanks to the following schools who have entered online

Gortjordan NS

Tavneena N.S

St. Joseph's NS (killala NS)

Cuilmore National School

Foxford National School

Gaelscoil Na Cruaiche

Ballyheane N.S.

St Pats Castlebar

Scoil Raifteirí


Knockrooskey N.S.

St. John's N.S.

St. Joseph's P.S.

Crimlin N.S.

Scoil Íosa

Please register your school now at<>

Entry fee is €50 per school (not per team), payment can be made via cheque or EFT. All cheques should be made payable to FAI Schools and forwarded to the relevant Provincial Co-ordinator. EFT payments should include the school roll number in reference field so the payment can be identified or your school roll number on the back of the cheque.

MUNSTER: Ger Duggan, Teacher, St. Mary's BNS, Ferrybank, Co. Waterford
Account Name: Munster Branch FAIS, IBAN: IE12AIBK93411950677028, BIC: AIBKIE2D

CONNACHT: Noel Dervan, Teacher, Lisaniskey NS, Ballydooley PO, Donamon, Co. Roscommon
Account Name FAIS Connacht Primary, IBAN: IE75BOFI90368082744619, BIC: BOFIIE2D

ULSTER: Kieran Shiels, Conwal, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
Account Name: FAIS Ulster Branch, IBAN: IE07BOFI90491532618446, BIC: BOFIE2D

LEINSTER: Tom Bolger, Teacher, St. Bernadette's SNS, Quarryvale, Dublin 22
Account Name: FAIS Leinster Primary, IBAN: IE31IPBS99060571054685, BIC: IPBSIE2D

PLEASE NOTE | Schools will not be allowed to participate until the online application form and entry fee has been received.

If you wish to make amendments to your ORIGINAL application, please do not submit a second application as duplicates will be deleted off the system. Amendments can be made by emailing<> detailing your query or amendment.

Please note that this year we have one single closing date for all counties, the closing date is strictly Friday, February 9 at 5pm and no late applications will be accepted.

For further information on the programme please email<>. May I take this opportunity to wish your School the best of luck in the competition, I hope you enjoy the experience.

Kind Regards,

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