A sea of blue and a thousand cheering fans greeted the arrival of Sam to Grove Road today. A real Ollies welcome was laid on for Sam and Dublin Team member Jack McCaffrey with Eimear Costello, our GAA coach Panner and of course our own real dub, Niamh McEvoy. “It should have been us”, said Niamh as she introduced Sam to the cheering masses. Jack and Sam were dragged hither and thither as everyone tried to get their picture with Sam. Many parents and younger siblings turned up for the event which was all too quickly over. It was a case of history repeating itself as Jack’s father was part of the team who brought Sam to visit the school back in the early 80’s.
Our picture shows the three youngest pupils in the school – Aoibhin Morton, Lola Smith and Conor Grace with their hero, Jack McCafferey.
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“We’re heart broken”, was the consensus of our Girls Gaelic Team who narrowly lost to Scoil Eoin in a tough decider in Croke Park this morning. “Bloodied but unbowed”, was the view of the two Niamhs who led them to the Final. “We’re really proud of how hard they worked and be sure of this, we will be back”.
Only two points separated the sides at the final whistle and this despite the supreme efforts of Captain Caitlin Guiden and Vice-Captain Carla Barnes. Our backs were stalwart in defense and there was no doubting that “Man-of-the-Match” was Kate Collins who was ably assisted by Kim Feehily and Katie O’Sullivan.
Full report with picture gallery to follow.
The Parents Association is delighted to bring you its firstNewsletter. In future months the Association will contribute news and information to the school’s monthly “School News” to bring you updates on its on-going activities and events. On occasions when the Association has particular information to share with parents it will produce its own newsletter. In this first edition, the Association thanks out-going Chairperson Fran Leavey for his Trojan work over the last six years and welcomes new chair, Leone Mitchell. There is also some news of interest to parents on a course being run by NPC on the topic of Cyberbullying – you can read the newsletter on line here.
“If this is just the build-up, what will it be like when we win on Sunday”, so said Ms McEvoy watching the parade of colour on Friday as the children arrived at school. Pastpupil and Staff member, Ms McEvoy, is no strange to the to the Sky Blue and Navy, being an member of the Dublin Senior Ladies Panel who were narrowly defeated by Cork at the quarter final stage of the Championship.
When break time arrived there was hardly a pupil who didn’t have on some shade of blue. And well done to the boys and girls who sported the Mayo colours and yes, there was even one pupil in Tyrone jersey supporting the Tyrone Minor Team for Sunday. Good luck to all on Sunday. Now I wonder does anyone knows where there are some spare tickets.
As excitement is reaching fever pitch all over the county, Grove Road is also gearing up to support “The Dubs” on Sunday next. Friday will be a special day – A Blue Day in The Grove but blue in colour only. To celebrate the All-Ireland Football Final on Sunday and Dublin’s participation in it, Friday has been designated as a “True Blue Dubs Day”. All our children are encouraged to wear something blue on the day, a Dublin jersey if you have one of any vintage but children need not purchase one specially for the day as anything blue will do – blue- jeans, T-shirts, polo shirts etc but not other colours. Children may stick with their uniform if they wish. And in the interest of good ssportsmanship, if any child (or Mr Eagney) wishes to wear a Mayo jersey that’s fine too. This is a one off non-uniform fun day it is not a fund raising event.
And Good luck to the Boys in Blue on Sunday. We look forward to having Sam visit the school later in the year!!