There was great excitement at Castleisland Boys’ National School recently when word filtered through from Dublin that the school’s badminton team, coached expertly by Mrs. Niamh Burke, had reached the final of the All-Ireland Primary Schools Competition.
The team, consisting of: Peter Burke, Micheál O’Shea, Patrick Roche, Jack McGovern and Ayrton Burke had won all their games in the preliminary rounds and they now faced Banteer, coached, ironically, by Niamh’s mother, in the final.
In a thrilling match, the Castleisland boys just lost out with a score of 21-19, 21-18.
“We were all so proud on the following day when the lads arrived with their silver medals.
Congratulations to Mrs. Burke and the team and we’ll look forward to next year,” said Principal, Denis Griffin.