On Sunday, September 18th Tipperary defeated Dublin in the All-Ireland Minor Football Final to win the Tom Markham Cup for the first time since 1934. Two members of the panel, Alan and Colin O’ Riordan are past pupils of St. Joseph’s Primary School, Templemore so there was great excitement in the school when we heard that the boys would be returning to school for a visit with the silverware. On Thursday morning, October 6th Alan and Colin arrived at the school with team selector Fearghal McDonnell, Football Board PRO Hugh Coughlan, committee members Paddy Guider and Eddie Ryan and JK Brackens club officers Mick Byrne and Tom Collum and of course the special guest – Tom Markham who has been nicknamed ‘Little Sam’. They received a warm welcome at St. Joseph’s where the entrance was bedecked in the blue and gold of Tipperary. To the rousing strains of Simply the Best the group made their way to the school hall which was decorated with the artwork of the various classes depicting the famous win and where the match was playing on the big screen. The group were welcomed by school principal Ms. Elaine Foley who spoke of how proud the school is at the achievement of the boys and even admitted fear that her native Kingdom may not be a match for the future Tipperary senior footballers! Team selector Fearghal McDonnell addressed the pupils and explained the hard work and dedication that was involved throughout the year to achieve this success. Hugh Coughlan explained to the children the role of Tipperary Football Board and their goal for the future – to win the Sam Maguire by 2020. JK Brackens GAA Juvenile Chairman Mick Byrne encouraged all the children to get involved in club training. Alan O’ Riordan then addressed the children. He explained the hard work involved and encouraged the children to listen to teachers and coaches and always do their best. A special presentation was then made to Alan and Colin by school football captain Caoimhe O’ Brien (6th Class) and Tom Corcoran (Junior Infants). The presentation was a memory of the boys sporting prowess which was coming to the fore even during their early schooldays in St. Joseph’s. With the formalities complete, the autograph hunting and the picture taking began and no-one was left disappointed as the group gave generously of their time. St. Joseph’s Primary School warmly congratulates Alan and Colin and the whole panel and wishes them well for the future.
A week later, festivities began again when a delegation from Templemore Ladies Football Club arrived with the County Junior Cup won in a fantastic County Final display against Templetuohy on Sunday October 9th. The school were delighted to have no less than 8 past pupils involved with this panel who were trained by Chairman of our Parents Association Michael Towey. It is great to see the success that the girls enjoyed in primary school is continuing. Training in school is continuing every week also and this years team will begin their campaign shortly with their first game against Ballyporeen. We wish them the best of luck.