Winning schools enjoy VIP tour at the home of GAA
MORE than 150 School children enjoyed a winners VIP tour at the home of GAA as part of The Irish News school trips to Croke Park, Dublin last week. The lucky pupils from St. Oliver Plunkett’s PS Kilmore, St. Patrick’s PS Glen, St. Joseph’s PS Kileenan, Edendork PS Dungannon and Killyhommon PS Enniskillen, had a unique day to remember after collecting tokens to enter The Irish News competition.
The pupils’ hard work in collecting tokens was greatly rewarded with a jam packed day involving a guided stadium tour and a visit to the GAA museum. Monaghan captain Conor McManus took time out of his preparation for Monaghan’s semi-final to be part of The Irish News school winners’ end of year day out in Croke Park.
Conor also spoke passionately about what it is like to play in a big game at Croke Park and the children thoroughly enjoyed the lively question and answer session with him.
The Croke Park Hotel completed the trip in fitting style with lunch for both children and teachers to refuel them after their action packed day. “It is without a doubt the best way to end the school year for these lucky Irish News school winners.
The scale and history of the Croke Park stadium is inspiring for the children to experience and to have the opportunity to meet Conor McManus was amazing for the children and for them to get an insight into what it is like for a player to play in such a great stadium and pitch was the highlight of the day.
“Our Schools Trip to Croke Park initiative is designed to encourage as many children of all abilities to realise their full potential and inspire them to become more involved in sport and to be the best they can,”Irish News marketing manager, John Brolly, said.
“The children create a great buzz in the hotel when they arrive in for their lunch after an exhausting tour of the great Croke Park stadium and we are delighted to have this association with a very worthwhile Irish News school initiative,” Croke Park Hotel general manager, Alan Smullen, said.
St. Oliver Plunkett’s PS, Kilmore – Co Armagh
St. Patrick’s PS, Glen – Co Derry
St. Joseph’s PS, Kileenan – Co Tyrone
Edendork PS, Dungannon – Co Tyrone
Killyhommon PS, Enniskillen – Co Fermanagh