THE SHEEHY and Leahy brothers began the week by lifting their old school teacher aloft.
They hope to finish it by lifting the Munster Junior Club Football Championship cup.
Cappamore take on Kenmare Shamrocks in Mallow this Sunday, December 9 at 3.30pm.
Fourteen players - over half of the panel - went to Bilboa National School, and they were back on Monday.
Margaret Walshe, who is celebrating 30 years teaching in the school, has taught all the boys down the years. But this time it was their turn to give her a lift, as the picture shows.
School principal, Ciaran Sheehan, said Ms Walshe is a great sport. “Fair play to her for letting them hoist her up. It was great fun and the children really enjoyed it. She is the most senior teacher in the school and taught every single one of the boys,” said Mr Sheehan.
“In days gone by Ms Walshe could have given the boys extra homework for mischievous behaviour, but judging by the size of them now I’d say she left them off with a warning.”
The team has a strong affiliation to Bilboa due to the numbers who attended the school.
Twelve of the 14 players visited the school on Monday including two sets of three brothers - Diarmuid, Sean, Brian Sheehy and Paul, Neil, Brian Leahy.
“There was a great buzz in the school. The teachers and children had decorated all the rooms. All the windows were covered in green and yellow and children made posters and banners.
“The kids had flags and jerseys and they gave the players a big cheer when they went in to each class with the East and County trophies,” said Mr Sheehan, who has a nephew on the panel, Conor. “There are 14 past pupils so it is a great achievement for the school and the parish. To be in two county finals in two years in hurling and football is fantastic,” said Mr Sheehan.
The other players would have attended the old girls and boys school and Tineteriffe. In the future they will be joined by children from Scoil Chaitriona.
Player/manager, Diarmuid Sheehy, said it was a trip down memory lane and nice to see Ms Walshe again.
“She is a great teacher. There was great excitement in the school. I can remember when I was in school and players were coming in to us,” said Mr Sheehy. Both he and Mr Sheehan recalled the late Jimmy Ryan “Jim”.
A great Cappamore GAA man, Mr Ryan trained all Bilboa’s teams in his own time.
“He would have coached them all so it is a great credit to Jimmy,” said Mr Sheehan.
Cappamore company, Mike Hynan Coaches, will be supplying buses on the day. Contact to book a place.
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