Sunday 22 April 2018

Schools' Aviva day out 'will live long in memory'

The Ard Scoil Mhuire Ballinasloe team
The Ard Scoil Mhuire Ballinasloe team
Two Gortnor Abbey, Crossmolina players tackle an opponent
The St Muredeachs Ballina team
Girls from Sacred Heart School in Westport in action during the Aviva Schools visit Newsdesk Newsdesk

Connacht schools were well represented at the Irish Rugby Schools Festival in the Aviva Stadium last weekend.

The province was represented by boys' teams from Gortnor Abbey of Crossmollina, St Jarlaths of Tuam, St Muredeachs of Ballina, Colaiste Muire Ballymote, St Marys College in Ballygar and Scoil Chuimsitheacht Chiaráin, An Cheathru Rua.

Connacht girls schools rugby was also well represented by Ard Scoil Mhuire of Ballinasloe and Sacred Heart Westport.

The event gave the young rugby stars the chance of a lifetime by hosting a series of matches on the main pitch in the Aviva stadium.

Refreshments were then provided to all involved once the action on the pitch had finished.

President of the Connacht Branch, Gerry O'Donnell, was in attendance and he congratulated the IRFU on running an excellent event.

"Schools rugby is a very important aspect of the sport in Ireland and I congratulate the IRFU on running a superb event which really promotes the vibrancy of the schools game in this country," he said.

"Everyone who travelled from Connacht had an excellent day and it is an experience which will live long in the memory for those who took part."

Irish Independent

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