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..
This time last week our TY group and the 5th year mentors headed down to the Aviva Stadium in Dublin to see Ireland take on Georgia in the World Cup Qualifier. We were accompanied by teachers Ms Bradley, Mr McMullan, and Mr Casey. We left the school after break, stopped in Monaghen then went straight to Blanchardstown. Going to Blanchardstown was great for us TY’s because we already knew our way about from the trip to Kildare for the TY Expo.
We left Blanchardstown at 6 and made the short journey from there to the Aviva Stadium. A group of girls bought green glow paint the day before and one even went around the bus putting it on everyone. Safe to say if a person had glow paint on you would know there from Crana College! 💚
Our seats were great too and the match itself was amazing! Shane Long scored the goal which I was very happy with as he’s my favourite player on the team (soz Coleman!). The atmosphere in Aviva was absolutely brilliant and there’s no surprise that Ireland got the award for the best fans at the Euros 2016.
The bus journey home was the best of craic with everyone still on a high from the win! It was such a brilliant day and I wish I could repeat it all over again, not only to see the boys in green but the craic was top notch ☘💚