Last Wednesday our class took part in FAI Disability Training led by two men, named Chris and Oisin. Chris is an amputee who unfortunately lost his leg in an accident a few years ago. Chris featured on popular Irish TV show, Operation Transformation. He also plays football internationally with fellow amputees. Chris and Oisin gave us an insight on the opportunities available for people with disabilities sports wise. I was stunned as I never heard tell of the different teams involved with the FAI regarding disability football. Oisin coaches these teams and is very passionate on spreading the word about the teams as most people, even with disabilities have never heard tell of them. Chris chatted to us about living with one leg, and how his life has actually improved since it was removed. It was an excellent day, also fair play to the two men involved, it’s a long trek from Dublin up to our part of the world..
So, last Thursday TY met the lovely Christy Toye. Christy is not only one of the soundest people I’ve ever met, he is a Donegal player. He came to the school last Thursday as part of The Sky Sports Programme to inspire us and tell us that we can make our own dreams come true.
He said that his dream was to play for Donegal, and whatever our dream is we can make it come true if we put in the work required.
As Irish as Lepruchauns, Gaelic has been around for many years and plays a major role in Irish people’s lives, and let me tell you from experience, it’s not an easy game.
I wouldn’t say it’s as rough as rugby but by god it’s nearly there, on Monday our u16 Crana College Gaelic headed to Thornhill College in Derry, and it wasn’t an easy or pretty fight.
To be fair to us, it was our first time playing as team, and Thornhill had a great side. We may have lost the game, but we were the real winners as afterwards we headed to McDonalds, and yes we were loving it.