Friday 19th October, 2012St. Macartan's College Hosts P.E.A.I. Conference
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St. Macartan’s hosts 2012 P.E.A.I. Annual Conference


St. Macartan’s College hosted the Physical Education Association of Ireland National Conference in the College Theatre. It was the first time such a conference was held in Ulster and saw over 200 delegates attend the weekends events at  ‘The Sem’. Friday, 19th. October saw the Conference opened by Senator Eamon Coughlan, the renowned Olympic Athlete and former World Champion. After reminiscing on participating in the All-Ireland Cross-Country Championships in St. Macartan’s College some 41 years ago, he speak about a pilot initiative he is launching with Primary Schools in order to improve levels of participation in sport in the face of sociological issues and problems.

Saturday saw a host of workshops. Local coach Brendan Lillis of Scotstown hosted a gymnastics work-shop. Enda Timoney from Corcaghan, returned to the courts at St. Macartan’s and hosted a handball workshop. Marty Corey of Clontibret advised on how to introduce a Strength & Conditioning programme into PE Classes. Other workshops included Judo, Boxercise, Handball and ICT in PE.

The local organising committee received great plaudits for bringing the event to Monaghan and for the obvious economic benefits which ensued from over 200 visitors to the locality. The conference was generally regarded as a very successful and rewarding experience.