Limerick GAA's Tom Morrissey and Pat Donnelly are 'Going Places'

Donal O'Regan

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Donal O'Regan

Limerick hurling star Tom Morrissey and Pat Donnelly, U-21 manager visited St John the Baptist Community School to promote Bus Éireann’s Go Places competition

Limerick hurling star Tom Morrissey and Pat Donnelly, U-21 manager visited St John the Baptist Community School to promote Bus Éireann’s Go Places competition

LIMERICK U-21 captain in 2017, Tom Morrissey and manager, Pat Donnelly certainly went places last year - all the way to All-Ireland glory.

The duo visited St John the Baptist Community School in Hospital to promote the Bus Éireann competition for transition year students – Go Places.

The deadline for entries is March 16, and Tom and Pat.are encouraging transition year students to enter.

As part of the competition, students are being invited to submit projects – in words, photographs, or videos – about their journey to school. Whether they travel by foot, bike, car or bus – Bus Éireann want to hear about their journey. Where do they go? How do they spend that time? Who do they travel with? Who are the people and what are the places in their community that they pass by every day, and what are their stories?

Three lucky winners will receive an iPad and the overall winner will also receive a day trip to Tayto Park for their class with entry and private coach transport to and from their school provided.

Limerick forward Tom recalled his journey.

“My parents used to drive my brother and I to school because we lived nearby. Even though we lived very close, what I remember most about the journey to school is that we were always late. We were actually known to be late! Later on, I began driving to school which was great because you blast the tunes as loud as you want. Me and my brother used to sing our hearts out. That’s something that sticks out the most for me," said

Limerick U-21 hurling manager Pat, who also works as an inspector with Bus Éireann, took a trip down memory lane as he recalls getting the bus to school.

“I didn’t really know anyone in the school when I started but because I was able to get the bus, I got talking to other children and made friends in no time. The girls used to sing on the bus on the way home every evening. One song that sticks out is Top of the World, but you had to pretend you didn’t like it to seem cool in front of the girls!” laughed Pat.

Bus Éireann has operated the school transport scheme on behalf of the Department of Education for 50 years. Every day in Limerick, it transports 12,621 pupils to and from school on 526 buses under the scheme. That breaks down into 85,326kms each day on 760 school routes.

Go Places with Bus Éireann is open to all transition year students. Deadline is March 16. For more information visit www.goplaceswithbe.ie