Limerick senior hurlers were greeted by Coláiste Nano Nagle students when they arrived at the school with the Liam McCarthy Cup Picture: Dave Gaynor
SONGS, match reports, a Limerick poem and much more were bestowed upon the All-Ireland winning hurlers when they visited a city school this week.
Captain Declan Hannon, and fellow defenders Diarmaid Byrnes and Sean Finn received a royal reception at Coláiste Nano Nagle.
After a friendly chat with members of staff and sisters of the Presentation Order, the trio alongside Noel Hartigan strolled into the gymnasium with the Liam MacCarthy trophy in hand, where they were met with rapturous applause.
Hannon paid his respects to his fellow late captain Leonard Enright, who passed away the weekend before, with a solemn prayer. Bruff native Finn urged the young women to take up a passion to establish bonds that last for a lifetime.
“I encourage you to take up a sport or a hobby; you make close friends for life.
“I’ve definitely made friends with the lads on the team after winning the All-Ireland, and they would say the same,” the All-Star added.
Principal Sinead Moloney echoed the corner-back’s message to her students:
“We’re delighted and privileged today, and in this school, each and every day we encourage you to be your best inside and also outside the classroom for extracurricular activities as we move forward,” Ms Moloney said.
While celebrating excellence in sport, the all-girls school also celebrated the academic excellence of three former pupils who will receive the Noreen McManus bursary.
“We’re fortunate that Noreen McManus is a former student of the school, and a friend of this school, and thanks to her generosity we are able to recognise academic excellence in our school,” Ms Moloney added.
Claire Mullaney currently studying Midwifery at UL, Hayleigh Kiely who is studying primary school teaching in Mary I, and Amanda Dawson studying in the Shannon College of Hotel Management were announced as the recipients.
After a wonderful performance from the Sexton Street school’s orchestra, the hurlers handed a boutique of flowers and a specially-commissioned hurley to principal Ms Moloney.
The hurley, crafted by DJ Daly who also manufactured young hurler of the year Kyle Hayes’ hurley contains the names of all players from the panel, management, staff and sponsors.
Despite visiting over a hundred school thus far, Noel Hartigan from the GAA County Board is still enthusiastic for future visits.
“There is 140 schools in Limerick, and we have around 30 still to go.
“The schools have been super, and it’s a shame, not every school can get all the players, but they’ve been super happy in all our visits,” Mr Hartigan concluded.