Pupils in St Patrick’s and St Brigid’s Primary School in Ballycastle were the first Antrim school to have the honour of welcoming not just the Intermediate All Ireland Champions, but also the newly crowned All Ireland Minor B Champions.
Captains Lucia McNaughton and Fionnuala Kelly were joined by Player of the Match, PWC Player of the Month, Maeve Kelly, alongside Senior Player Becky Ellis and County Minor Players, Nuala Devlin, Eva Graham, Elen McIntosh and Emer Vallely.
The P7 girls and boys formed a guard of honour for their special visitors, showing off their wonderful artwork and posters, congratulating the girls and their team mates on their recent successes. Principal, Mrs Roisin McCarry introduced the camogie stars to the pupils and hosted a question and answer session, with many words of advice given to the aspiring camogie and hurling stars of the future.
A special mention goes to Johnny Parker, who was one of the volunteers who prepared the lorry for the homecoming for the Intermediate Champions, with Johnny donning his Great Uncle Dessie Donnelly’s number 4 jersey that he wore in the All Ireland Final back in 1989. Mr Kinney was also delighted to be reunited with his former pupil Lucia, who was a past pupil of St Anne’s, Corkey, with Mr Kinney noting that Lucia’s determination and sporting talent shining through from a very young age.
Also at the presentation was Mrs Brenda McNeill, who was a member of the All Ireland winning Junior Team back in 1997, and she was delighted to see so many of the past pupils return, inspiring the next generation of Antrim Stars!