AS if playing in an All-Ireland minor semi-final on Sunday wasn’t enough pressure for their young shoulders, two star hurlers picked up their Leaving Cert results at Castletroy College, also this week.
Tom Morrissey and Jamie Porter collected the all-important slip of paper this Wednesday morning and “did superbly” according to the school principal.
“I was really delighted for them because there is a lot of pressure in all directions. I had a good chat with both Tom and Jamie and they have a nice low-key confidence, no big fuss,” commented Padraig Flanagan ahead of Sunday’s big clash.
The secondary school boasts a total of six members on the panel which will travel to Croke Park to take on Galway in the All-Ireland semi-final - Tom and Jamie along with Lorcan Lyons, Andrew La Touche Cosgrave, Barry Nash and Edward Doyle.
“They are lovely guys - the six of them, they are really lovely young fellas. Really modest and lovely youngsters in school. They are absolutely looking forward to Sunday,” Mr Flanagan added.
A total of 200 students collected their results at the Castletroy school and according to Mr Flanagan, the students who put in the work, “really did so well”.
“There were some high achievers and also some lovely results for students across the spectrum. It’s a lovely day of celebration and happiness - the odd tear but that’s the way it goes,” he said.
Further east, in Doon, at Scoil na Tríonóide Naofa, star hurler Stephen Ryan, 18, also collected his results.
“I did well enough. I got in or around 450,”said Stephen who hopes to study engineering in UL after getting an A2 in technology.
Stephen, who was captain of the school team this year, will also be in Croker on Sunday to support the players from the school on the minor team.