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There is life beyond the parade - Why Schools Rugby could learn an important lesson from the GAA parish

Brendan Fanning


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Lee Barron of St Michael's College scores his side's second try during the Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup semi-final match  in Donnybrook, Dublin recently. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Lee Barron of St Michael's College scores his side's second try during the Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup semi-final match in Donnybrook, Dublin recently. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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Lee Barron of St Michael's College scores his side's second try during the Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup semi-final match in Donnybrook, Dublin recently. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

It was hard not to feel for the young couple and their three kids in St Anne’s Park yesterday morning.

All dressed up and nowhere to go. The kids were decked out in green, topped off with their St Patrick’s Day hats.

Decent looking ones too, not the kind that would disintegrate in the first shower of rain. The plan would have been to go to the parade. Instead their folks had dragged them along to the local park, making the best of a bad lot.