PICTURES: Students starstruck as Paul O'Connell visits Edenderry school

The Irish rugby legend arrived to great fanfare

Justin Kelly


Justin Kelly


The pupils of Scoil Bhride National School in Edenderry had a very special visitor last week as former Ireland captain Paul O’Connell visited the Offaly school as part of the Aldi Play Rugby initiative.

The school entered and won the competition to receive a training session from the rugby legend and there was great excitement amongst pupils and staff as the Munster great arrived.

After welcoming Paul, the pupils and teachers showed him around the school, which boasts sensory rooms as well as a yoga room. Paul also addressed the school in the assembly hall and presented them with a signed Irish rugby jersey.

The Aldi Play Rugby programme is delivered by Community Rugby Officers throughout the provinces, as they guide teachers, coaches and parents through the process of introducing a non-contact rugby programme to schools for children between the ages of 6 to 14.

For further information on the initiative, see