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WATCH: Holy Family Senior School show their support for Portlaoise ahead of Sunday’s County Final

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Today marked the end of a fantastic week of school in Holy Family Senior School Portlaoise filled with preparations for Sunday’s County Final.

There are over 700 pupils in the school with links to around 50 different countries across the world but this week everyone was wearing the green and white of Portlaoise, all connected through the comradery and the excitement that underpins the GAA.

Pupils from all classes wore their club colours, made flags and even put together a video to wish the players well before the big game on Sunday between Portlaoise and Portarlington.

According to Principal Roisin Brennan, the children have missed out on a lot due to Covid but have demonstrated such resilience throughout.

She said: “As such, we are especially happy as a staff that we could safely include fun and excitement into our lives this week.

“As a school we are incredibly lucky to have such dedicated and interested teachers who give of their time four evenings per week coaching hurling, football and camogie solely to provide an avenue for children to play and enjoy our native games.

“Every child is welcome and encouraged to give these sports a go.

“We take this opportunity to encourage again any pupil who is interested to join any of the local clubs in Portlaoise parish and experience for themselves the magic of the GAA.

“As a school community we wish the Portlaoise players, management and supporters all the best in the County Final, especially the many past pupils connected with our school who will take the field on Sunday.

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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.