Davy's surprise visit delights children on last day of school
The arrival of Wexford Senior Hurling manager Davy Fitzgerald brought smiles to the already happy pupils at Barntown National School on their last day of school.
The school had planned to have a medal presentation for their fifth and sixth class girls who were triumphant in not one but three sports during the year. Unbeknownst to the pupils, they had organised for the Clare man to come along as the surprise special guest to present the medals.
The girls won the District Gaelic Football and Camogie Final, as well as the Rackard League Roinn C Camogie and Football finals. They also won the Rounders County Final. School Principal Louisa O'Brien explained that their boy fifth and sixth class boys had had a very successful year in 2016/2017 and now it was the turn of the girls.
Davy happily presented the three sets of medals and also presented medals to the winners of the lunchtime league, an all-school initiative that saw sixth class pupils take on management and refereeing duties while teams made up of other pupils competed against each other.
He spoke to the group about the importance and inclusivity of sport and the role it played in a local community.
Ms O'Brien said: 'It was the loudest cheer I've ever heard in the school, when he walked in behind me! He was brilliant with the kids, took time to take pictures with people and spoke to everyone. It was a lovely way to round off a great year.'
She paid tribute to the coaches of the teams, Jennifer Maroney, Sarah Eustace, Shane Cadogan, and Tara Kennedy, commending the effort and time each had put into their respective teams.