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Tensions are running high in this Portlaoise school as rivalries emerge

There’s no rivalry like club rivalry, as these two Portlaoise school teachers know all too-well.

The tension is palpable on the corridors of Portlaoise College as two hurling giants go head to head this weekend in the Senior Hurling championship.

Two teachers have been canvassing hard for support and have their students choosing sides ahead of the clash between Clough-Ballacolla and Borris-Kilcotton on Sunday.

Former county team mates and fellow Geography teachers, Darren Maher and Matthew Whelan, are going all-out to earn support for their sides.

And it is reported that the craic has been building all week between the pair – with students taking sides.

Although they may be former county teammates, all collegiality is being left aside as stakes run high.

Mr Maher even persuaded his class to wear their blue PE uniform in honour of Clough-Ballacolla in an attempt to get one up on Mr Whelan this week.

Will the sight of the green and red on the normal school uniform sicken Darren on Monday morning is the question? We’ll stay to stay tuned to find out.

Portlaoise College’s official stance is that they are remaining neutral – and are wishing the best of luck to both teachers ahead of this Sunday’s clash.

The game throws in at 3.30pm and is part of a double header in O’Moore Park after the clash of Abbeyleix and Rathdowney-Errill.

We’ll bring you a Live Blog on the day and will be watching out for any clashes between the pair.

Darren Maher in action against Sean Gardiner of Offaly
Darren Maher has been trying some scheming tactics this week
Matthew Whelan has sung the praise of goal hero Seán Downey
Will Matthew Whelan be celebrating the same way this weekend?

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