White’s Cross GAA Club recently rounded off the year with a visit to their local national school in Upper Glanmire with the three Cups they had won in 2008. The very close link between Scoil Naomh Michéal and White’s Cross GAA is illustrated by the fact that sixteen members of the victorious 2008 teams had attended the school. Players from the town-lands of Ballincrokig, Ballyphilip, Ballinahina, Templeisque, Piercetown, Rathcooney, Lisnahorna had all got their primary school education at Upper Glanmire N.S.
In 2008 White’s Cross won the Seandún Junior A Football Championship and the McSwiney Cup, while the second side of their amalgamated partners Whitechurch, won the Seandún Junior B Hurling Championship. Winning the A-grade football championship was a proud moment for the Club, as it saw them get the occasion to bring the Joe O’ Callaghan trophy home to White’s Cross. Indeed on the night of their final victory the Cup took pride of place in the O’ Callaghan home at Coole East, White’s Cross. Joe O’ Callaghan had been the heart-and-soul of White’s Cross GAA for much of its history and in 2007 the Club was honoured to present this trophy, in memory of Joe, to the Seandún Division. Joe’s daughter, Margaret O’ Mahony is a teacher at the Upper Glanmire school and his great-grandson is in junior-infants.
Of the sixteen past-pupils of Upper Glanmire N.S. on the winning teams, John and Mike Meade, Eoin and Brendáin Murnane, Paul Noonan, Richie Sherlock and Conor Kelleher attended the school for the visit. They were accompanied by Club President Dermot Whooley, Chairperson Pat Reid and his son Seamus, Secretary Martin Kelleher and Fr. Ted Sheehan C.C. Eoin Murnane, who was captain of the winning Junior A Championship and McSwiney Cup teams, was a little late for the engagement, but it was commented that it was hardly the first time he had been late for school…!
The school principal Mr. Michéal Cremin welcomed the winning players back to their former school. He thanked the Club for the support it continues to provide the national school in terms of the use of the Club’s facilities and coaching assistance. He said that the current coach the Club sends into the school a day each week, Finbarr Kiely was a tremendous benefit. Given that Finbarr was trainer and coach of the victorious Junior Footballers in 2008, his contribution to the Club is greatly appreciated by all!
White’s Cross PRO Conor Kelleher thanked Mr. Cremin, the staff and students for their very warm welcome back to the school. He acknowledged the vital role the national school provides in terms of the learning and development of football and hurling skills. He encouraged the students to engage in some form of regular sporting exercise, not just for the health benefits but also for the friendships it brings.
The exploits of past-pupil John Meade were singled out for special praise. Along with operating at wing-back on the victorious football sides, John also set a new world record in 2008 for the three-legged marathon, along with his running-mate Colin Carroll. This well documented achievement was completed at the Cork Marathon last summer.
With Christmas holidays imminent the young pupils were keen to clarify if the occasion warranted home-work off on the particular day. Better than that, the Club awarded the children with home-work off, and no uniform days, between the dates of December 24th and January 6th inclusive!