Thursday 17 April 2014

Rathmore's new field of dreams plays all-weather

Some of the pupils at the astro turf pitch opening at Holy Family National School, Rathmore on Sunday. Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin.

Kevin Hughes

RATHMORE'S new astroturf facility, located at the Holy Family NS, was officially opened on Sunday and duly attracted a huge turnout on the big day.

Staff, parents, pupils and past pupils gathered and the Holy Family School Band opened proceedings with Amhrán na bhFiann before Fr Pat O'Donnell gave the all-important opening blessing.

Pupil Susan Cahill, playing the bagpipes, led Declan O'Keeffe to the gate to perform the official duties as Declan recalled his times in the old boys school in Rathmore.

The former Kerry All-Ireland winning goalkeeper also spoke fondly of his memories of playing football in the school yard under the watchful eye of former Principal Paddy Mullooly.

Principal Diarmuid McCarthy then recalled how the new facility came into being and expressed gratitude on behalf of the whole school community to Rathmore GAA Club for their generous financial assistance.

The principal also thanked the board of management and parents' committee at the school for their assistance in bringing the project to fruition.

Two exhibition games followed - one boys and one girls - refereed by current Kerry star Aidan O'Mahony.

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