Athletics: Ballymun kids off to St Mirren

by Aaron Dunne
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A group of students from Trinity Comprehensive Ballymun will visit St Mirren Football Club in the Scottish town of Paisley next month. 

The 14 students – from second to sixth year – will visit a local school and attend a match between St Mirren and St Johnstowne during their two day visit in November. Three teachers will also travel. 

Preparations are already well underway and last Saturday the students undertook a bucket collection in Charlestown Shopping Centre to help finance not only the trip but also the school’s sports scholarship scheme with Paula Prendergast supervising.

“Before we travel we get the students to write penpal letters to a local school to help create links — and also to promote  handwriting,” says Gerry McDonnell, PE teacher at Trinity Comp.  

Some of the sixth year group, who are Leaving Cert PE students, will have a chance to work with St Mirren on fitness testing for their projects.

St Mirren has an Irish connection through Tony Fitzpatrick, who was made captain of St Mirren at the age of 19 by the then manager Alex Ferguson and was later appointed  the club’s CEO.

Although Fitzpatrick is Glasgow born and bred, his family originally came from Ireland. St Mirren FC, founded in 1877,  plays in the Scottish Premiership and has won the Scottish Cup three times, most recently in 1987, and the Scottish League Cup in 2013. 

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