THE pupils at St Patrick’s Boys School on the Dublin Road in Limerick city have sent a heartfelt message to local hero Paul O’Connell, as the Munster star prepares to play his final game in a red jersey this Saturday. It reads, simply, ‘Thanks Paul’ and ‘Goodbye’.
Paul visited the school only a fortnight ago to support its centenary celebrations. Now the students have returned the favour and bid their hero a lovely farewell, in their own artistic way.
During his visit, the rugby legend helped launch a mural made by the school to celebrate 100 years of teaching. He also congratulated the boys on their numerous sports activities, and commended them for participating in the Great Limerick Run on the May Bank Holiday weekend.
The school thanked the towering rugby star for taking time out to chat with the children individually, and sharing stories with them. After that jam-packed visit, the boys couldn’t turn down the opportunity to show their gratitude with yet another creative venture.
Paul’s final game as a Munster player will kick off in Belfast this Saturday evening, when the men in red take on Glasgow in the Pro 12 final.
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