Sunday 23 October 2016

Mayo teacher promises no homework for a fortnight for Dublin schoolchildren if Sam goes west

Ryan Nugent

Published 01/10/2016 | 12:30

Teacher and Mayo supporter Jenny O Malley pictured her with her 3rd class pupils at St Mary's Boys National School in Lucan.
Teacher and Mayo supporter Jenny O Malley pictured her with her 3rd class pupils at St Mary's Boys National School in Lucan.
Principal David Henry with pupils of Holy Trinity Senior National School in Donaghmede

DUBLIN kids are torn between a fortnight of no homework and a Boys in Blue victory tonight - thanks to their Mayo teacher.

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The Dubs are all set for a re-run of their All-Ireland final with the Green and Red at 5pm, with schools across the capital showing Jim Gavin's juggernaut that they're firmly behind them - no matter what some of their teachers might say.

Ballina native Jenny Kelly teaches third-class at St Mary's Boys' National School in Lucan and said she'll have her Mayo jersey on show for weeks in the classroom, if her county ends an All-Ireland drought of 65 years.

"We've had good banter - if Mayo win they have two weeks off homework, so they just don't know which is better," Jenny said.

"Sure I won't have time to correct anything, I'll be so busy celebrating," she added.

Yesterday, most of the school turned up in Dublin's blue and navy, but it wasn't a totally one-sided affair.

Four brave kids arrived in Mayo colours, all thanks to the influence of their parents.

"It's been great fun. We've been doing lots of art, lots of songs and lots of celebrating," Jenny said.

"We have Aidan O'Shea, Diarmuid Connolly and Lee Keegan - all the names flying around the classroom.

"We have green and red above and blue on our windows - there's been a couple of objections," she joked.

School principal, Dara Burke is a Galway man, but will be rooting for his fellow westerners this evening.

He said, if Dublin hold onto the Sam Maguire for another year, the kids will only have a week off homework.

"I'll be supporting Mayo and I'll be killed for saying this," Dara said.

Meanwhile, Dublin legend, David Henry (inset) will be doing his best to balance the books.

He's the principal at Holy Trinity Senior National School in Donaghmede and is pledging respite from after school work for the kids - but only if the Dubs manage the win.

"There'll be no homework on Monday if Dublin win," Henry said. "When you're playing, you're caught up in your own little bubble and you're trying to block out the outside world, but when you finish playing you do appreciate the buzz that there is outside the football camp - especially the kids, they really love it," he added.

Though the children wouldn't remember too much of Henry, who won an All-Ireland in 2011.


"They would (know I played), but they wouldn't have seen me. It's probably their parents that might be telling them," he said.

"I think Dublin will win because they have better forwards and will score more than Mayo. It's pretty simple.

"Even though Dublin didn't play well, Mayo played with such intensity and their tackling was incredible the last day. I don't think they got the credit they deserved.

"For that game to be put down as an off day for Dublin was a little bit disrespectful for Mayo," he added.

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