Our Trip to Lansdowne Road
Another shot of the presentation of the fabulous Ford Transit to our school by Casey's of Castlebar and Ford Ireland.
Tag- Rugby in St. Pat'sMr. Seamus Devaney
Pupils and teachers alike are still ecstatic about the school's great success in winning the Ford/ I.R.F.U. mini bus and in participating in one of the most significant Irish sporting achievements in recent years, when 10 boys from the school represented the best in tag rugby of over 250 schools all over Ireland at Landsdowne Rd last Saturday Being selected for both prizes however was both a surprise and a huge bonus.
The main thrust of tag-rugby in St.Patrick's , Castlebar was one of participation, enjoyment and fun! Once the Tag -Rugby gear came into the school it met with immediate success. The Boys instantly took to the game and the teachers of the senior classes were more than happy to incorporate tag-rugby into their P.E.schedules.
The next obvious step was to give the boys further practise and enjoyment and the "Nine Nations" league after school provided great fun and exercise for all involved. The standard of passing and general team play steadily grew, leading to participation in a Connacht Blitz in Galwegians ground in Galway, where out of a field of 23 teams our A and B teams finished 1st and 2nd.
We had happily resigned ourselves to hanging up our belts until next year until next season until the call bearing the news of our double success came, but when it did it sparked off a week of celebration with the culmination in a most wonderful day in Dublin at the Irish game. The amount of people who complimented the boys on their behaviour combined with the ability pride and skills of the St.Pat's boys was a joy to behold. To have mixed with such international figure as Keith Wood, Brian O'Driscoll, Jonny Wilkonson et al, on such a momentus day and to add to that in terms of ability and preparation was to add to the many proud days of our school's history.
DIARY OF OUR DAY IN DUBLIN
7:15 Meet at train station
2:00 Getting onto the pitch
2:05 Starting the game
2:20 We brought out the flag
3:00 The big game started
9:17 Arrived home