Kilmurry NS in Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Final

Kilmurry National School Allianz Cumann na mBunscol football team involved in tomorrow’s final against Scoil Iognáid Rís, Dingle in Austin Stack Park at 6:15pm. Front from left: Jamie Murphy, Mark Keane, Jamie Nolan, Tadhg McCarthy, Danny Murphy, Shay O’Connor, Cillian Moroney, Killian Horgan and Gearóid Collins. Back from left: Gearóid Donegan, Evan Kelliher, Michael Lenihan, Fergal Enright, Gerard Costello, Micheál Hickey, Shane Kelliher, Shane O’Connell, Dónal Murphy, Killian Horgan- Lyons and Thomas Kelliher.

Excitement is mounting all this week for all involved with Kilmurry National School as they prepare for the final of the 4/5 teacher Allianz Cumann na mBunscol football competition which will take place on this Thursday evening, November 14th. at 6:15pm.

The final will be played in Austin Stack Park, Tralee against Scoil Iognáid Rís, Dingle.

First Final in Eight Years

“It has been eight years since the school has reached the final in this competition and the first time in many, many years that the team comprises of all boys,” said the equally excited Principal Thérèse Kearney.

“Numbers in the school are growing at a steady pace and this year, the four teacher school’s enrolment has reached 100 pupils.

Guidance from Joanne and Éilis

“The boys have worked very hard to get to this final stage of the competition. They defeated a strong Scartaglen side in the district final back in September.

“The quarter final stage saw a tense and tough match against Tarbert National School in Duagh, but thanks to the guidance of their coaches and teachers, Joanne Brosnan and Eilís Lynch, the boys kept their composure and showed true sportsmanship, leading to a great win on the day.

Passion and Skill

In the semi-final the team’s next hurdle was to overcome Curraheen National School, Glenbeigh, under the coaching and mentoring of the legendary Kerry footballer Mary Jo Curran.

Kilmurry NS took this game in their stride and with every player showing such passion and skill, there was nothing for the team but another win.

Cordal Community Support

“The whole community of Cordal has gotten behind this team of boys in so many ways. Cordal GAA Club has been a wonderful asset and support to the school, providing training facilities and even the kind gesture of Cordal flags for the big final and also promoting the match on their Facebook page.

Two Busses of Supporters

“The school itself will have a two buses full of supporters heading to the final to cheer on the boys.

“We wish them the very best of luck and hope that they and their families enjoy this momentous occasion.

“Go n-éirí libh a bhuachaillí agus Scoil Mhuire Abú,” arsa Thérèse.