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Scoil Réalta na Maidne kids stand by their man

It was a little flavour of what the Listowel player could expect from the stands and terraces of Croke Park on Sunday and it certainly ensured that his departure from North Kerry on Saturday morning would be made with the right foot forward.Having completed his degree in primary teaching at Mary Immaculate College earlier in the year, the young Listowel man soon won a full-ti

It was a little flavour of what the Listowel player could expect from the stands and terraces of Croke Park on Sunday and it certainly ensured that his departure from North Kerry on Saturday morning would be made with the right foot forward.

Having completed his degree in primary teaching at Mary Immaculate College earlier in the year, the young Listowel man soon won a full-time position on the staff at his old school. Already he’s an integral member of the teaching team and passing on the knowledge and traditions that were once inculcated in him not too long ago within the same walls.

Teaching sixth class in his first year at the school, Mr Guiney was quite taken with the support of his young charges.

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“They were great and it was fantastic to see their support for the team,” he said. “But we did plenty of work too on Friday, it wasn’t a complete doss.”

Confident and forward-looking ahead of the game, he was even able to promise a half-day off for the school if Kerry were to win. Not bad in the light of the half day they got on Friday. “Sure, we’ll hopefully have the Sam down in the week as well if we win,” he said on Friday.

Now in his third year on the Kerry panel the Emmets man does know a thing or two about football – there’s no arguing that point – and he’s only too keen to share it all with the boys of the famous national school.

“I’m very impressed with their skills at the moment as it is. They’ve a fantastic range and John Joy does mighty work with them in the school. I have to say that the club as well have really worked hard with the young too and it all shows. The future is good for football in Listowel,” he said.



And who knows? In years to come a current member of the pupil body might well embark on a trip to Croke Park from the school under exactly the same circumstances, all the time remembering Brendan Guiney’s colourful All-Ireland departure.






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