Students face teachers with happy hearts in Limerick charity match-up

Alan Owens

Reporter:

Alan Owens

A GROUP of Limerick secondary school students had their chance at revenge against their teachers recently as the sides sqaured off in a charity basketball game in Salesian Secondary School last week.

A GROUP of Limerick secondary school students had their chance at revenge against their teachers recently as the sides sqaured off in a charity basketball game in Salesian Secondary School last week.

The match was organised by Transition Year students at Salesians in aid of the Irish Heart Foundation and specifically to mark the launch of the Happy Heart Weekend, which takes place on May 10-12 next.

Both teams boasted a ‘super-sub’ waiting in the wings to help out, with dashing Mr Europe Barry Holmes on hand to add his skills to the student team and the supremely talented Michelle Aspell from University of Limerick basketball team throwing her expertise behind the teachers.

The students were captained by Amy Brazil, while Sr Philomena Downes from the Fernbank convent captained their opposition.

Organiser Martina Murphy, a teacher in the school and local co-ordinator for the Irish Heart Foundation, said the event was “a great success”.

“The teachers were victorious on the day with a narrow victory over the students 18-16,” explained Ms Murphy.

“The most valuable player was awarded to RE & English Teacher Barry McDonnell. Members of the Limerick Red Cross were also in attendance but thankfully their expertise did not need to be called upon,” she added with a laugh.

Past pupil Joy Neville, an Irish international rugby player, took part as the referee for the occasion.

Anne Riordan, regional manager of the Irish Heart Foundation, congratulated the teachers and students on a “very successful and entertaining event which highlighted the importance of physical exercise in everybody’s life”.

Ms Riordan also welcomed the students assistance in raising awareness and vital funds for the IHF.

This year, as ever, thousands of people all over Ireland will “lend their hearts” to the IHF in an effort to raise much needed funds for their research, prevention, CPR training and awareness campaigns. See www.happyheartweekend.ie for more details.