Scoil Mhuire gan Smal takes on the pros

The Scoil Mhuire gan Smál girls football team from Graignamanagh, headed to Dublin for a unique ‘Bring on the Pros’ experience earlier this month.

The Scoil Mhuire gan Smál girls football team from Graignamanagh, headed to Dublin for a unique ‘Bring on the Pros’ experience earlier this month.

The girls were the only football team in the country fortunate enough to win this once in a lifetime opportunity to train with Dublin football captain, Bryan Cullen. The team of 34 girls were whisked off to Belvedere RFC in Dublin and greeted by representatives from the National Dairy Council, who sponsored the prize, and Hunter Communications.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine Simon Coveney was also on hand to welcome the girls. Each child was awarded a signed t-shirt to wear for their training session.

Bryan Cullen along with two other coaches took to the field and put the girls through their paces. They practised all the skills and enjoyed learning from the best. The training session was extremely well organised and every child gained something from it, along with having a fantastic time.

The children were treated to a warm, healthy lunch which was provided by the NDC. A Q&A session followed with Bryan Cullen and Leinster and Ireland full back Rob Kearney.

Both stars gave fantastic advice to our budding footballers and an insight into their sporting lives. The players were extremely generous with their time, posing for photographs and signing autographs.

The girls were then presented with their own, signed O’ Neill’s football. Finally, Eimear O’ Shea and Sinéad Lanigan were interviewed by Anna Daly for TV3’s Ireland AM show, which aired last week.