On January 13th 2016 Bernard Brogan, the Dublin corner forward, came to our school with the great Sam Maguire.
First, he talked to the boys from 6th class. He told them to never give up on anything and that when he was younger he was not on any of the underage teams. He never gave up and was outside trying to become better every day. In his youth he played Gaelic football, hurling and even made the U-21 team. He also played basketball, table tennis, soccer and he also swam. He made his debut for Dublin when he was 24. Then three years later he won Player of the Year and went on to win three All-Irelands with Dublin.
Secondly, he talked to the 4th and 5th class boys. He talked about the same things but was asked different questions, such as "If you didn't play for Dublin, who would you have played for?" He answered "Kerry, because my mum was from Listowel." Another boy asked him "Who was the hardest player you have marked?" He replied "Marc Ó Sé from Kerry." He then told the boys that they could have homework off and got a group photo.
Thirdly, he talked to 1st, 2nd and 3rd class. Again he told them how he practised hard and never gave up. After that he answered a couple of questions, took a group photo and again told them that they had no homework.
All in all it was a great day and a very special one. It was a once in a lifetime chance to see and touch the Sam Maguire cup.
Article by Dáire Guerin and Colm Crowley, 6th class. Images by Dáíre, Colm and Ms. Bonner.
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