1910 Schools Visit

Former Wexford hurling star and Leinster hurling Coach George O Connor had the pupils and staff of Curracloe National School enthralled when tracing the origins of the GAA in  vivid detail from the great deeds of Cuchulainn, to the Shelmalier team of 1910 and finally to the modern day hurler of today.

George was visiting the school on Friday last as part of the Shelmalier GAA Clubs centenary celebrations remembering and commemorating the great Shelmaliers victory in the 1910 All Ireland hurling final. George compared the great deeds and success of the Shelmalier men in 1910, to that of Cuchulainn as they both overcame impossible obstacles to achieve their goal, but they both had the same belief and determination in their own skills to succeed in the end. He said that the people from ‘Over the Water’ should be rightly proud of the great deeds of their fore fathers of 1910 and it was great to see so many of their descendants now proudly wearing the black and amber of the Shelmaliers with the same success today. George however, stated that all young players need to practice their hurling skills on a daily basis and show the same determination and commitment in order to wear the Wexford and Shelmalier jerseys with the same enjoyment and success as in 1910. Liam Griffin highlighted that George had enjoyed relatively little success with Wexford all during his long playing career, however on the very last day as an inter-county hurler in 1996 he achieved his ultimate goal of a senior All Ireland hurling medal, similar to that of the Shelmalier men of 1910. Liam stated that success will come when you least expect, however, enjoyment and teamwork in playing the game are just as important as any success you might achieve. He complemented the Shelmalier GAA Club for their enormous efforts in commemorating and remembering this event, as it will help all the people of the ‘Over the Water’ area have a greater sense of identity and belonging which is very important in this modern era. Shelmalier Club Chairman Seamus O Leary thanked all the schools of the area for taking part in the centenary celebrations and thanked George and Liam for their assistance. He said that having so many descendants of the 1910 team in all our national schools helped bring a greater awareness and a sense of ownership to the commemorations and programme of events throughout the year. The programme of events in the national schools include, sporting and cultural talks to the pupils, art competitions, 1910 hurling quiz, essay competitions, underage hurling competitions and much much more during the year.

Screen school and Castlebridge school are also due to be visited in the coming days.