Special visitor at Geashill NS open day

GAA President Liam O’Neill was the special guest at Geashill National School’s annual open day on Tuesday, June 19.

GAA President Liam O’Neill was the special guest at Geashill National School’s annual open day on Tuesday, June 19.

He was invited to present medals and help raise the school’s 3rd Green Flag.

Principal Micheál Hyland welcomed him and the large crowd to an afternoon of entertainment provided by the pupils of the school. Each class performed Irish Dance a variety of songs and poems and played musical instruments.

Following this, Chairperson of the Board of Management, Monsignor Coonan praised the children and teachers of the school for their work throughout the year. He also welcomed the GAA President, Liam O’Neill who he recalled was a past pupil of his own.

Chairperson of Raheen GAA John Hackett also welcomed Mr O’Neill. He acknowledged the great success achieved by the school teams in the Cumann na mBunscol competitions.

In reply, Mr O’Neill expressed his pleasure in attending the celebration. He paid tribute to the whole school community for the afternoon’s event. He then proceeded to present the school’s football team with their Cumann na mBunscol winning medals.

Principal Micheál Hyland, a Mayo native, was surprised when the Sixth Class pupils presented him with an Offaly jersey which he promised to wear at the school Sports Day.

Finally, Mr O’Neill joined the Green School committee in raising the school’s 3rd Green Flag.

The celebration concluded with refreshments for all, prepared by the Parents’ Association.