OMAGH CBS teacher and coach Kieran Donnelly says his heart goes out to the Year 14 pupils whose MacRory Cup-winning dreams have been dashed after a recent decision of Ulster Schools GAA.
The governing body said it had no choice other than taking the unfortunate step of pulling the pin on all its formal competition due to the ongoing lockdown situation.
It’s the second year running that Ulster Schools competitions have been hit hard by the pandemic, and it’s a decision that’s particularly sore on final year pupils at the Kevlin Road school, according to a disappointed Kieran Donnelly.
“It’s very disappointing that there will be no schools football because I know in our school that the boys live for sport. I particularly sympathise with the Year 14 footballers, who will have aspired to represent the school at MacRory Cup level since they were first years.
“I was resigned to the fact that it wasn’t going to happen, although there was a glimmer of hope eight months ago that it might go ahead – obviously that didn’t turn out to be feasible.”
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