Friday 24 November 2017

Even God left waiting as Confirmation girls win All-Ireland title

Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

EVEN God had to wait while six schoolgirls brought home an All-Ireland title to their primary school.

Confirmation day was postponed for 24 hours in a Co Kerry parish following a campaign by the parents to have it changed – because the date clashed with the finals of the All-Ireland spikeball championships.

The Sixth Class girls at Glenbeigh National School in Co Kerry – Chloe Cahill, Ailbhe Clifford, Amy Morris and cousins Tierna, Shauna and Rachel Sheahan – emerged as All-Ireland spikeball champions, beating Laois side The Heath NS at the final at Mary Immaculate College in Limerick.

Six boys from the same school also competed in the competition and got as far as the semi-final.

Like all champions, their road to victory was beset with challenges along the way, including opposition to having the date of their confirmation moved by parish priest, Fr Jerry Keane.

In the end, it took a ballot supported by the parents from three different national schools to persuade Fr Keane to relent.

Confirmation for the children of Glenbeigh, Curraheen and Boheshill national schools had been set for March 20.

Fr Keane said for the date to be changed, a secret ballot would have to be cast and supported unanimously by the parents at the three parish schools.

Their coach, Mary-Jo Curran, the holder of nine All-Ireland medals with Kerry ladies footballers, paid tribute to the parents at the other schools for their support.

Fr Keane declined to comment on the issue.

Irish Independent

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