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Tyrone schools giving pupils early holiday for All-Ireland final

The 'Tinnies' sculpture at the border outside Strabane has been dressed in Tyrone GAA colours ahead of the All-Ireland final
Brendan Hughes

SCHOOLS across Tyrone are giving pupils an early holiday to support the county team in the GAA All-Ireland final.

Numerous schools in the county have announced they will be closed on the Monday after Tyrone's bid to win Sam Maguire.

And while for some children it means an extended summer holiday, it's an early day off for those who will have already returned for the new school term.

Tyrone take on Dublin in the men's senior football final on Sunday September 2 at Croke Park.

Among the schools that have announced the closure are St Ciaran's College in Ballygawley, St Joseph's College in Coalisland and St Patrick's Academy in Dungannon, as well as many primary schools.

St Ciaran's College said on its Facebook page that principal Paul Lavery had decided to "make Monday September 3 a holiday for all" following Tyrone's success in reaching the All-Ireland final.

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The decision was warmly welcomed online, with many Facebook users urging other schools in the county to do the same.

St Joseph's College principal Desi McNeill tweeted: "To show support for the Tyrone GAA bid to regain Sam Maguire, the whole school return planned for Monday September 3 has been changed to Tuesday September 4."

St Patrick's Academy in Dungannon also said on Facebook: "Due to the success of the Tyrone football team, the start date for term one has now changed.

"Our congratulations to the Tyrone panel and management."

The school year lasts 195 days, 185 of which the school has to be open for pupils.

It means schools have the discretion to take some days off in the academic year during which pupils do not attend and to allow for staff training and school development.

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