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In Pictures: Paralympic hero O’Reilly receives warm welcome at Laois secondary school visit

The students in Portlaoise CBS were treated to a very special visit last week.

Paralympic hero Gary O’Reilly, with his bronze medal dangling from his neck, was the guest of honour for a presentation and question and answer session with staff and students.

Gary graduated from the CBS in 2011 and was only too happy to return and show off his medal to students and some of his teachers.

Following his arrival to the school he met with our First Year group who quizzed Gary on all things Olympics.

He gave the students an insight into his journey from secondary school to the games, his training regime and hopes for future races.

After a small presentation from Principal Maura Murphy from the school Gary continued to meet the Transition Year students and some Fifth Years.

Some students were even lucky enough to try on the medal.

A spokesperson said: “The entire CBS community are so proud of Gary and what he has achieved since leaving the CBS.

“We are excited to see what’s next for this young athlete.”

Check out some great pictures from the visit below:

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.