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Ferrycarrig Park to host schools clash - Ferrycarrig Park will play host to the next Republic of Ireland Schools International as Wales visit our shores on Thursday, March 26, with a 7 p.m. kick-off scheduled.
And three Wexford students are among the 18-strong panel, namely Ethan Boyle (Wexford Vocational School) and colleagues Paul Murphy and Corey Chambers (both Gorey Community School). All three will be hoping for a starting eleven spot next week as they go in search of another vital three points.
The scholars got off to a perfect start in the Inspiresport Centenary Shield with a 3-2 victory over neighbours Northern Ireland on St. Patrick's Day in Enniskillen. Manager Paddy O'Reilly is hoping for plenty of home support as the F.A.I. Schools host their first home International of the season.
The Welsh haven't had an easy start to their campaign, losing away to England 2-1 followed up with a home defeat to Scotland on a similar scoreline. The dragons will be looking to avenge these earlier performances with a massive away victory against the Irish crew.
The Republic enjoyed a solid performance against the North with Boyle and Murphy putting in some sterling work to ensure the victory. Goalkeeper Chambers was on the bench that evening but will push for a start come next week. It will be a difficult call for the Irish manager as McCarron, Chambers' counterpart, may well have been voted player of the match with a magnificent game between the posts against the North.
Whatever happens next week, it will be sure to be a pulsating tie in the Wexford venue. Why not come out and show your support for the local talent on display?
Group discounts apply to schools and clubs interested in attending. Please e-mail Fergus McDaid (F.A.I. Schools Secretary) at email@example.com for further details. Admission is €5 per adult and €2 per student.
The Republic of Ireland's last two games in the competition will be against England in the Showgrounds, home of Sligo Rovers, on April 17, and away to Scotland in Spartans F.C., Edinburgh on April 23.
An exhaustive trial process has been in progress since last October, including a friendly international against Australia in Dublin on January 26 when the Wexford trio were all capped in a creditable 1-1 draw.
It is a huge honour for the players to be selected to represent their schools and their country in this prestigous tournament.
Meanwhile, another Gorey lad, Conor Levingstone of Wolves, is on the Republic of Ireland Under-17 squad for the UEFA championship elite qualifying round which concludes against Poland in Grodzisk Wielkopolski at 5 p.m. on Thursday.
And Good Counsel colleagues Eoin Porter (Belvedere) and Thomas O'Connor (New Ross Celtic) were on the Republic of Ireland squad for the recent Under-16 four nations tournament in Gravenzande, Holland.
Boost for students
Two Wexford hurling colleagues are among the 26 county players who commenced their studies on the new GPA Jim Madden Leadership Programme in Dublin on Friday.
Team captain Matthew O'Hanlon and attacker Liam Og McGovern are included in the annual programme which will develop the group of county players from hurling, camogie, Gaelic football - men's and ladies - with the necessary skills, motivation and experience to become successful leaders in the community.
This programme, the first of its kind in Ireland, is made possible thanks to the support of Michael Madden and his family who are dedicating the new curriculum to the memory of their late father, Jim, who was a tireless grassroots G.A.A. and community activist in Tipperary.
The first module on the course will provide the players with a valuable insight into leadership, with guest lecturers including Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave and Colm Foster from the U.C.D. Smurfit School.
The bespoke one-year course, conducted by the GPA and independent leadership experts, will run initially for three years and is supported by a dedicated online learning platform.
Participants will complete three main modules in the syllabus: leadership workshops, personal development and coaching, culminating with a community project.
Friday saw the start of the first module which includes a leadership master class, personal effectiveness, interpersonal skills and group skills. Unfortunately, Waterford spoiled what would have been a wonderful week all round for the county hurling duo.