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Friday 23 June 2017

Dubs boss grilled on school visit!

Garristown pupils give Jim a hero's welcome

Saoirse Murray gets ready to welcome Jim Gavin to Garristown NS
Saoirse Murray gets ready to welcome Jim Gavin to Garristown NS
Zoe Fitzpatrick meets the Dubs manager

Nicola Donnelly

There was great excitement for the pupils at St Mary's National School in Garristown as Dublin GAA boss Jim Gavin paid a visit.

Pupils lined out in their Dublin jerseys, with a few hardcore Meath supporters daring to wear their green and gold jerseys, for the arrival of Jim.

His visit to the school was to acknowledge the school's boys and girls GAA teams success over the last few years in the Cumann na mBunscol league and Junior League.

The girls team won the Corn na Chladaigh final during the Allianz Cumann na mBunscol finals last October for the fourth year in a row while the boys team won the Junior league.

Both teams won the Fingal leagues in Parnell Park in 2016.

'The girls team has been in the finals for the past seven years so it's quite an achievement for such a small school,' said Principal Hugh Daly.

'Jim popped by to acknowledge the players and the work done in the school and spoke to the pupils on the values and importance of all sports,' he said.

A Questions and Answers session took place with Mr Daly mentioning one pupil asked Jim which player from the other 31 counties would he like on his Dublin team.

'He actually didn't reveal the answer,' said Mr Daly, adding that Jim did expand on the qualities of having endurance, resilience and passion for the game.

The pupils were given the opportunity to have photographs taken with Jim holding the cups the school teams have won and as Garristown is a primarily agricultural area, two hampers of locally produced products were presented to Jim.

'There was great excitement around with Jim's visit and it was nice he took time out to speak to the pupils, meet them and interact with them,' said Mr Daly.

Jim also met with the teachers who are involved with the school's GAA teams - Eimear Grehan (originally from Mayo), Ashling Egan (Sligo), Sarah Comaskey (Cavan), Padraig Durkan (Meath) and Mr Daly (Donegal).

'We are all from outside of Dublin, looking after a Dublin school's teams!,' quipped Mr Daly.

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