Friday 22 November 2019

Teacher hopes her pupils get taught a lesson about defeat

Donall Hoey

THERE won't be much work done in Kilkenny or Galway schools on Monday -- but one teacher is hoping that her students hold good on their promise not to show up if their team loses.

Laura Heverin (24) cut a lonely figure yesterday in her maroon jersey amidst a sea of black and amber at her workplace.

But, regardless of the outcome at Croke Park tomorrow, she'll have to be back at her desk at Grennan College in Kilkenny on Monday.

"I will go in but maybe with my head held low," she said.

"Teachers don't get Mondays off so I'll have to show up regardless.

"When I'm in my Galway jersey they jokingly say 'That's a horrible colour'.

"They also threaten not to come into my class if Kilkenny lose -- of course they don't think there's much chance of that."

Originally from Clonberne, Co Galway, she is hoping the students have a reason to make good on their promise.

"My students say Galway have no chance. However, if they win, I did say I'd wear my jersey into school on Monday," she said.

With the Cats aiming for another title to add to their record 33 All-Ireland's, Galway will be looking to bring the Liam McCarthy Cup back to Eyre Square for only the fifth time.

With hurling being at the centre of sporting life in Kilkenny, the home economics teacher said her students were taking the match very seriously.

As for where she plans to catch the final, Ms Heverin is going to keep the peace amongst her students and friends.

"I'll be in Glenamaddy (Co Galway) for it, but if Kilkenny win I'll come back for the homecoming in my Galway jersey and wish them well."

Irish Independent

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