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In Pictures: Green and red galore as Scoil Bhride and Castlecuffe prepare for Clonaslee-St Manman’s county final

Castlecuffe and Scoil Bhride Clonaslee

Clonaslee-St Manman’s will contest the Premier Intermediate hurling final on Sunday – and excitement was at fever pitch in the area on Friday.

We took a trip over to North Laois where we visited Scoil Bhride Clonaslee and Castlecuffe National School.

We were accompanied on our trip by Clonaslee players John Rowney and Mark McEvoy, PRO Michael O’Brien and local publican Martin Fallon.

We began our journey in Scoil Bhride where principal John O’Sullivan steered us in the direction of Sixth Class students Sean Og Thornton and Oran Dunne who led us from class to class.

The majority of the Clonaslee-St Manman’s team previously attended Scoil Bhride and they are very proud of their achievements

There are 131 pupils in Scoil Bhride and they all posed for plenty of pictures. We then headed up the road to Castlecuffe.

Principal Bridie Dunne and her teachers had the place decked out in green and red.

While Castlecuffe is the smaller of the two schools – currently with 72 pupils – it has provided plenty of the players who will compete on Sunday.

Captain Liam Senior, Niall Corbet, Bob Downey, John Rowney, John Rigney, Daire Scully and Paddy Purcell are all past pupils of Castlecuffe.

Clonaslee-St Manman’s face Abbeyleix in the Premier IHC final at 2pm on Sunday in O’Moore Park – and there will be huge support if this visit is anything to go by.

Check out some great photos from both schools:



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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.