THERE was huge excitement in a Durrow primary school last week, when students welcomed Laois hurling manager and former Kilkenny All-Ireland hurling star Eddie Brennan.
Eddie received a hearty cead míle fáilte when he arrived at Our Lady’s Meadow NS on Tuesday 25 June to present Irish awards to the children.
During a memorable visit, Eddie spoke about the future of Laois hurling and up-and- coming county stars. He also parried some gruelling questions from pupils during a lively question and answer session.
Every year, students prepare for an Irish oral that increases in difficulty as they rise through the school. Teacher Lorraine O’Shea, who administers these ‘agallaimh’, began the orals 12 years ago, when she found that children were reluctant to speak Irish and had no confidence in their ability.
On reaching senior classes, the children answer questions similar to leaving cert Irish oral standard. Those achieving a very high standard are awarded a silver Fáinne and even a gold Fáinne for some really high achievers.
The children performed a lovely Irish version of Take my hand (Tóg mo lámh) for Eddie, followed by a rousing blast of The 2 Johnnies’ When I play for the county. According to reliable sources, Pádraig Coffey stole the show on this one!
Students presented Eddie with a hurl that was specially made and kindly donated by local hurley-maker Brian Clancy. They also gave the hurling star little Laois gifts for his three children, for which Eddie said a heartfelt go raibh mile maith agaibh. He also congratulated students on their hard work and dedication as Gaeilge as he presented them with their awards.