The boys and girls in St Patrick’s NS in Ballylinan turned green and yellow on Friday ahead of Sunday’s County Final.
All 277 kids from Junior Infants to Sixth Class donned the colours of the village when we took a trip out there yesterday.
Ballylinan will contest the senior football final for the first time in 30 years and the excitement in the village is palpable.
From the minute you reach the outskirts, all you can see is green and yellow flags, bunting and more.
The senior manager Paul Julian and his selectors Kieran Kelly and Eamon Lacey were present while chairman Walter Hoveden gave the kids a talk in the hall.
The connections between the school and the team that will take to the field in O’Moore Park are incredible.
All 32 of the panel members were educated in St Patrick’s NS and so too were the management team.
Principal John Treadgold wished the team the best of luck and the students then congregated in the hall to sing their County Final Song.
‘Glory Glory Ballylinan’ reverberated around the hall and the principal was hoping they might even hear it in Portlaoise.
They then took time out to pose for some photos which we have below.
The manager Paul Julian was there with his two sons and his two nieces.
Eamon Lacey was pictured with his nephew while Kieran Kelly’s posed with his two sons.
Frank Shanahan, the Schools Link Coach, was also there with his two daughters.
St Patrick’s Cumann na mBunscol teams also had their photos taken – with the lads set to be in the Division 3 final in a few weeks’ time.
See all that and more below: