Skilful hurlers from St. Iberius make their debut for a blitz

HURLERS FROM St. Iberius National School made a little bit of history last week when they played their first inter-school matches with Wexford Gaelscoil.

Through the Wexfore GAA schools initiative pupils in St. Iberius have received hurling skills classes over the last two years from Wexford hero hurler, George O'Connor.

Last week the kids got to put those camán handling skills to the test when they met up with Wexford Gaelscoil for a blitz.

Said deputy school principal, Iris Johnston: 'This is the first time that the children from the school have played hurling with children from an other school'.

However the emphasis is strictly on fun, and the teams on the day were mixed up with pupils from each school on each side.

'We had six teams and we had a blitz,' she said adding that the children thoroughly enjoy the game.

'The GAA fund the hurling skills programme and it is great. It gives the children great awareness of their cultural game,' she said.

The games took place in St. Joseph's club.

This week George O'Connor said that more inter school blitz games are planned for after Easter.

'We're going to run 'Camán agus Mo Chara' after Easter out in Pairc Charman,' he said.

'The kids enjoy it immensely and that's what it's all about,' he said.

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